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I have been keeping in touch with UFC Fighter Din Thomas ever since we filmed MMA Legacy in California. I promised him that next time I came to Florida, I would visit him and his school (ATT - American Top Team) in Port St Lucie. In talking with Din, he said that I should not only visit, but actually go through a training camp with him for about a week. Being that he knows my skill level, abilities, weaknesses, and drive to learn... he said that it would be a delight to work with me. He wanted no more than 10 days of pure training. Any longer than that and he said that I would probably fall into a coma or just keel over and die.

So I planned a trip to Florida. I arrived on Nov 15th and stayed with Din for the next 8 days. During this time I put my mind, body, and spirit to it's maximum limits! We would start early morning and training wasn't over until around 11pm at night. Stopping only to eat, sleep, and shower... it was grueling! But for those who know me best, I loved every minute of it!

As for my living accomodations, I actually slept in the gym itself. Din had a "guest room" built into his gym for when fighters came into town to train for an upcoming fight or just for relaxing between classes. The room wasn't anything impressive... a couch, tv (no cable), microwave, and just enough floor space to lay out a sleeping bag. There was a refrigerator in the office and a shower in the locker room, so I had all the necessities it took to live. And I wouldn't have had it any other way. Din originally said that when we do this, we do it one hundred percent. Meaning no going out at night, no partying, no drinking, no girls, no television, no cell phones, no internet/computers, etc. Just eat, sleep, and train. The funny thing was, once we got started, those were all the LAST things on my mind. Surviving was priority. Taking care of my body, eating, staying hydrated, and getting enough rest was the only thing on my mind. There was no way I had any time or motivation to go out or even think about partying.

Upon completion of the training camp, I actually didn't want to leave. As hard as it all was, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Din is a great guy and so are all of his training partners. Everyone at ATT treated me as if I was family.

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"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional."
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Okay so previously I mentioned that I was training with Spiritwolf in Hilo. What I didn't mention was that during that training I banged up my ear pretty good. Slowly over the following week it became swollen and pretty big. Monday night when Relson was in town, I trained pretty hard and after training, I looked in the mirror... and OH MY GOD it got even bigger! So I asked Kimmie if she wouldn't mind going to the Emergency Room with me to get it drained. We got to the ER around 11:00pm and the doctor drained all the fluid and bandaged me up.

Tuesday night I unwrapped the bandages to clean the area and to take a shower. Once I unwrapped my ear, I noticed that it was completely filled back up again! So I took a shower and went back to the Doctor with Kimmie. This time it was a different doctor and he had different opinions about treating "cauliflower ear". First off he asked, "Do you grapple for a living?" I saw where he was going with this. He went on to tell me that wrestlers, grapplers, rugby players, etc... all come into the hospital with the same injuries over and over again. And unless I plan to quit grappling, attempting to fix my ear would be pointless. Basically he expects to see me on a regular basis as long as I continue training. This is also probably a big reason why most of the guys I train with all have cauliflower ear and don't care about it anymore.

Anyways, I told him that unlike the rest of the guys I train with, I actually care about the way I look. So he drained it again but this time tried compressing my ear with a clip instead of just jamming gauze into it. I kept the clip on for 24 hours but couldn't take the pain of it anymore. I ended up taking it all off and just decided to let it be.

The doctor was right... As long as I continue to train the way we do, these types of things are inevitable. It would be nearly impossible to pursue a life highly involved in Martial Arts, Grappling, and Fighting without having the battle scars that comes along with it all. Everything has its consequences. Have you ever seen a professional Sumo Wrestler on the cover of Men's Health Magazine? Or a starting NFL line backer who was also an underwear model for Calvin Klein?

Didn't think so.

So in short...
Monday I drained my ear.
Tuesday I drained my ear again.
Wednesday I had my doctor check it out one last time, just in case.
And today, I have accepted the fact that it's just a slightly deformed ear and not the end of the world.

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Relson Gracie came back in town tonight and trained with us for a couple hours. After training, Relson and Todd made an announcement that they wanted to promote some people. And as such...

HK no longer has these guys labeled as "white belts":

Josh Austira
Cory Tsuda
Tony "Montana" Au
Kim Au
Nick Lee
Keanu "Ballistic" Pascua


Other than the white belts getting promoted, Relson also added degrees to some of his advanced students:

Kainoa "Rooster" Marchello
Russell Saito
Nora "Ichi" Matanane
Kevin "Tangy" Tang
and of course yours truly... Chris "Hollywood / Turbo" Templo


...Pictures coming soon.

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A Pro-MMA fighter that I trained with in California (Waachiim Spiritwolf) called me up and told me that he was flying to Hawaii for a fight. He said that he would like to meet up and train with me a little bit before his match and if it's not too much trouble, have me corner him during his fight. He was a really cool guy and actually helped me out quite a bit in California so naturally, I wanted to return the favor. His fight was in Hilo (Big Island) which I have never been to. He was fighting a guy named Ross "The Boss" Ebanez and was the Main Event. Exciting!

So I packed up my training gear and a change of clothes for a day and flew to Hilo. We met up and immediately caught up on each other over lunch. Not too long after, we started preparing for his fight which was scheduled to happen at 7:00pm that night. He looked ready and confident. Spiritwolf is built like a Mack Truck and hits like one too.

Well to make a long story short, the fight ended three minutes into the first round. Ross landed an over-hand right which knocked Spiritwolf down, but not out. As Spiritwolf was on his way back up to his feet, the ref stopped the fight. Everyone was disappointed in the referee stoppage saying that he ended the fight prematurely. But he argued that they must be aware of the fighter's safety. Oh well... What can you do?

Spiritwolf was a little upset but handled it pretty well. He said "there is always next time" and put it behind him. Afterwards, we went back to the hotel, got cleaned up, then met up to go have a drink.

All in all it was a great experience and I got to a chance to fly to an outer island that I have never been to. On top of that, I also got a chance to check out BJ Penn's training facility! WhooHooo!

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I competed in both Gi and No-Gi divisions and...
...lost in both Gi and No-Gi divisions.

I am a little disappointed, but at the same time, I'm okay. People flew in from all over have been dedicating months and months to this tournament and gave it their all. I on the other hand just went in with a "Yea, I guess I'll compete...?" sort of attitude. Win... Lose... No matter.

It's okay... maybe next time.

The one highlight that I would like to add is that I decided to try and cut weight again for the tournament and was able to weigh in at 164lbs!! Holy Moly I haven't seen the scale say 164 since like early high school!! hahahah...

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Date: Sunday, October 11th, 2008
Time: All-Day (doors open at 8:00am)
Location: Blaisdell Convention Center (Main Arena) - Honolulu, Hawaii
Open to: Public
Cost: $75 online pre-registration / $80 at the door
Weigh-ins: Octocer 10th, 2008 Waikiki Gateway Hotel 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Divisions: Gi / No Gi / Absolute

Weight Divisions:
139.9lbs & Under (Fly Weight)
140lbs - 149.9lbs (Feather Weight)
150lbs - 159.9lbs (Light Weight)
160lbs - 169.9lbs (Welter Weight)
170lbs - 179.9lbs (Middle Weight)
180lbs - 189.9lbs (Light Heavy Weight)
190lbs - 199.9lbs (Cruiser Weight)
200lbs - 224.9lbs (Heavy Weight)
225lbs & Above (Super Heavy Weight)

North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Rules, Points, & Advantages

For official rules and regulations:
http://www.nagafighter.com/naga_rules.asp

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I decided the day of the tournament that I was going to enter. I wanted to test myself in an "unprepared state". Meaning, I didn't train for the tournament, I didn't cut weight to fight in a lower weight class, I didn't diet, or do anything really. I just showed up, weighed in, and fought at what ever weight I normally walk around at.

To make a long story short, I fought in two divisions, Gi and No-Gi at 172lbs.
And I ended up taking home 2nd Place in both divisions!. WhoooHooo!!


Some interesting facts:
- I felt good throughout the whole competition. I wasn't drained, weak from dehydration, or nervous.

- I lost to the same guy twice. He also entered both divisions and ended up taking home 1st place in each of them.

- Since I now walk around at about 170lbs... I bet I could cut weight to 159.9 for NAGA in October. I wonder what that would be like???

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Date: Sunday, September 14th, 2008
Time: 6:30PM
Location: O2 Martial Arts Academy - Aiea, Hawaii
Open to: All Gracie Jiu-Jitsu students and affiliates
Cost: $20
Weigh-ins: Same Day - as early as 3:00pm

Divisions: Gi and No Gi

Weight Divisions:
139.9lbs & Under (Fly Weight)
140lbs - 149.9lbs (Feather Weight)
150lbs - 159.9lbs (Light Weight)
160lbs - 169.9lbs (Welter Weight)
170lbs - 179.9lbs (Middle Weight)
180lbs - 189.9lbs (Light Heavy Weight)
190lbs - 199.9lbs (Cruiser Weight)
200lbs - 224.9lbs (Heavy Weight)
225lbs & Above (Super Heavy Weight)

North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Rules, Points, & Advantages

For official rules and regulations:
http://www.nagafighter.com/naga_rules.asp

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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “DAMN What A Ride!”

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