Question Approaching the journey to "Solid"

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sizzlefuzz

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Hey team, I just hit "Simple" yesterday and it went pretty darn well. Primarily because I spent so long practicing with 28kgs before a 32kg bell without a grip that tore my hands apart on the swings showed up that I was probably overdue to hit it. Anyway, I'm looking for what to do going forward. Personally, for my goals I'm going aiming to hit "Solid" since the trip to "Simple" has me feeling stronger, performing better at BJJ, and even looking (someone called me "sneaky ripped" recently) better. So, "Solid" is probably going to be more of the same, I think.

I read Pavel Macek's article: Solid: In-Between Simple & Sinister and I jotted down a 2 week plan to take on the next step in the journey so I'm looking for some feedback:

Week A:
M: swings 28, TGU 36 -> mixing in TGUs with the 40 as progression happens
TU: swings 32 (on the clock), TGU 28
TH: swings 32, TGU 32 (mixing in swings with the 36 and 40 as progression happens
F: swings 28, TGU 28 (Wrestle the bell)

Week B:
M: swings 32, TGU 36 -> mixing in TGUs with the 40 as progression happens
TU: swings (2h) 48, TGU 24
TH: swings 32 (on the clock), TGU 28
F: swings (2h) 48, TGU 24

The TU/TH 2H swing sessions would be working toward 10x10 on the 48kg swings since I like the feeling of "loading" that I get from the heavy swings. As far as progression goes, I've already hit some singles with the 40kg bell, so I'm thinking it's more likely that I would get to the 40kg get up before working on the swings. I think I would work this set up until I have the TGUs dialled in and then assess where I am on one-armed swings that are heavier 36kgs & up.
 

Kozushi

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Hey team, I just hit "Simple" yesterday and it went pretty darn well. Primarily because I spent so long practicing with 28kgs before a 32kg bell without a grip that tore my hands apart on the swings showed up that I was probably overdue to hit it. Anyway, I'm looking for what to do going forward. Personally, for my goals I'm going aiming to hit "Solid" since the trip to "Simple" has me feeling stronger, performing better at BJJ, and even looking (someone called me "sneaky ripped" recently) better. So, "Solid" is probably going to be more of the same, I think.

I read Pavel Macek's article: Solid: In-Between Simple & Sinister and I jotted down a 2 week plan to take on the next step in the journey so I'm looking for some feedback:

Week A:
M: swings 28, TGU 36 -> mixing in TGUs with the 40 as progression happens
TU: swings 32 (on the clock), TGU 28
TH: swings 32, TGU 32 (mixing in swings with the 36 and 40 as progression happens
F: swings 28, TGU 28 (Wrestle the bell)

Week B:
M: swings 32, TGU 36 -> mixing in TGUs with the 40 as progression happens
TU: swings (2h) 48, TGU 24
TH: swings 32 (on the clock), TGU 28
F: swings (2h) 48, TGU 24

The TU/TH 2H swing sessions would be working toward 10x10 on the 48kg swings since I like the feeling of "loading" that I get from the heavy swings. As far as progression goes, I've already hit some singles with the 40kg bell, so I'm thinking it's more likely that I would get to the 40kg get up before working on the swings. I think I would work this set up until I have the TGUs dialled in and then assess where I am on one-armed swings that are heavier 36kgs & up.
I've been finding that by simply getting very very good at "Simple" I can just sort of jump up to Solid.

Good luck with the BJJ! It's good stuff! I'm a judo guy and quite enjoy BJJ when I do it too.
 

sizzlefuzz

Level 6 Valued Member
I've been finding that by simply getting very very good at "Simple" I can just sort of jump up to Solid.

Good luck with the BJJ! It's good stuff! I'm a judo guy and quite enjoy BJJ when I do it too.
Thank you for the input, I figure it's at least worth a two week try with the template above, but I'll keep that in mind about sharpening the sword with "Simple".

Judo is an awesome martial art! I love watching it during the Olympics and the Judogallery youtube channel puts up awesome content as well. One of my friends has a subscription to that website Superstar Judo and we drill a lot of the techniques that the Mongolians show, since it has a great carryover to BJJ given how their style is. Also, we've been focusing on using illegal Judo grips in BJJ, to great effect.
 

Kozushi

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Thank you for the input, I figure it's at least worth a two week try with the template above, but I'll keep that in mind about sharpening the sword with "Simple".

Judo is an awesome martial art! I love watching it during the Olympics and the Judogallery youtube channel puts up awesome content as well. One of my friends has a subscription to that website Superstar Judo and we drill a lot of the techniques that the Mongolians show, since it has a great carryover to BJJ given how their style is. Also, we've been focusing on using illegal Judo grips in BJJ, to great effect.
Once you've gotten the ground grappling game under your belt you may want to expand to becoming a good standup grappler also with some judo training. 36% of judo wins at the international level are on the ground using the same moves as in BJJ, so there is a huge crossover. I've competed in (and won, hahaha) BJJ and gi-grappling tourneys. Very similar. The Mongolians have an amazing native wrestling tradition (as do many countries). To my knowledge the best judoka are the Russians in terms of victories internationally. BJJ training helps a lot in judo ground fighting.

By the way, I do think your plan will work to move up in weight in S&S. It fits with what I know about it. You are using several tricks we use at once over your weekly plan, like 2h swinging a heavier bell, mixing in heavier swings for a few sets etc...
 
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