Submission Pro Tour Sacramento Open Recap

In case you have not been following my Instagram feed, it has been a few days since I competed in the Submission Pro Tour Sacramento Open. It was a very well run event and all the staff, refs, promoters and competitors were very friendly and helpfull. Now onto my reflection of the event.

I am very satisfied and happy with my performance. I was able to take home a third place finish, with two matches in total. My bracket was awfully small for my weight class. I competed in the 181 pound class and assumed it would be stacked, although there were only five competitors total in that division. Due to the odd number of competitors, I was the first match of the tournament and the winner of the first match would move onto the semi finals with the rest of the competitors. My first match was a tough one. My opponent came out strong and aggressive right off the whistle. He was quick to establish grips and attempt to pull guard. I was able to stay out of his guard and upon standing back up, attempt a guard pull of my own (I will create a more in depth breakdown video of each match for my YouTube channel). My opponent was aggressive throughout switching to different attacks one after another. At one point he had a kimura grip on my left arm looking for a submission. I had a strong grip on my l’appelle preventing my shoulder to be compromised. He proceeded to yank on the grips he had in order to break my grip and isolate my arm. It was at this point I realized he was exerting himself. The match was five minutes long and resulted in no submissions, leading to over time. I was able to make it to the end of the third overtime. I knew I was down on the time carbs and needed to accumulate a significant amount of riding time to lock in a guaranteed win. At this point my grip was fatiguing and instead of clinging onto his collars for positional control, I switched to classic collegiate leg riding techniques that learned in high school. I kept both hooks in and used a power half series that I was particularly fond of in high school. My opponent did a very good job defending the few submission attempts I went for. After about three minutes of riding time, I saw an opening for an armbar attempt. I did not have good enough control once my hips were set and my opponent was able to slip his head and arm out. After the officials calculated the total riding time, I was awarded the win based off of overall riding time.

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After this match my grip was pretty shot. My forearms were so pumped! I felt more pumped in my forearms after that match than I ever have during a killer arm workout. I ate a banana to get some quick energy back before my next match which was about ten minutes after my first match. My second opponent was coming in fresh and ready for action. He came out strong just like my first opponent. Although he did not have as much control over the positions and left openings for me to scramble, he did have me in danger of a sneaky Ezekiel choke from mount. Like my first match, no submissions during regulation resulted in the need for overtime. I chose the back just like I had in my first match and made the mistake of not being aggressive off the whistle and looking for an escape. I remained calm and collected, but was not as active during the first overtime round and gave up about a minute of overtime for my opponent. I was unable to have prolonged control of my opponent like I did in the first match. At the end of three overtime rounds, my opponent had longer riding time locked in than I did. He was earned his raised hand by the ref and moved on to the finals leaving me in third place.

My experience at the Submission Pro Tour was a great one. All week and during the weekend I was working on homework and other academic responsibilities. This pressure to complete all my assignments on time throughout the week of the tournament and even the morning of allowed me to use the tournament as a break from the noise. I went to have fun and learn. Even though this is the lowest placing I have earned since beginning my competitive grappling journey, I am most satisfied with this result. The competition was game, I saw major improvements in my own jiu jitsu skills, and learned what I need to work on next. One of the biggest improvements I believe I made in preparation for this event was my submission defense and ability to stay calm and collected. I have been competing in grappling related sports since 2011 and have had my fair share of matches where I went out too hard in the beginning and or panicked when I was in bad position. This event I was able to relax throughout each match and remain cognitive throughout. Something I need to work on for my next competition is my grip endurance. The strength is there, but the ability to last several matches unfortunately is not. I also need to work my escapes from bad positions as well as my ability to capitalize in scrambles to obtain dominant positions. I am not sure if I will compete again during 2017, but I am looking forward to improving and bringing heat in 2018.

For more information on my grappling journey and training, follow me on Instagram (@joshuasettlage). For more information on personalized training programs, and customized nutrition guides for any grappling oriented sport, email me at settlagesac@gmail.com.

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Submission Pro Tour Open Peak Week

If you have not been following me on Instagram (@joshuasettlage), or been keeping up with my competitive endeavors, I am competing in the Submission Pro Tour Sacramento Fall Open. As of today I am currently sitting at 11 days out from the competition. In this event I will not be cutting any weight, and will be competing at 181lbs in the white belt division. With any competition, the preparation one makes can directly affect the results of the event or contest. I love training. I love rolling, wrestling, grappling, and lifting weights. I also love to program my own training and tailor it specifically to my needs. Going into this tournament, I knew I need to properly “peak” for this event and come in as fresh and strong as can be. At the GrapplingX tournament I competed in May of this year, I had a great prep, easy weight cut, but felt I came in slightly over trained/under recovered. I felt like I could not produce the force in takedowns, or have the capacity to endure grueling matches, even though I spent a lot of time improving my conditioning. Thankfully I only had three matches, with only one going the distance so my gas tank wasn’t fully tested. Going into this tournament, I want to ensure that I am fully recovered and able to perform my best. Here are some of the tactics I will be implementing to ensure proper recovery.

SLEEP:

Sleep is something I am definitely aiming to increase as the contest grows closer. Going into the GrapplingX tournament, I woke up at 4:15am everyday until the Wednesday before where I caught some more Z’s. I love getting up early and training earlier in the morning rather than later, but I came to realize that if I want to perform my best, I need to reevaluate my sleeping habits. Starting three weeks out, I will go from waking up at 3:15-3:30am six days a week to train, to three days a week and the remaining days sleeping in as late as possible to accumulate a total of eight hours of sleep. This also leads into how I will change my weight training…

WEIGHT TRAINING:

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On the days where I will be waking up between 3:15-3:30am, I will conduct my regular weight training workouts, but with much less volume. Instead of working up to a maximum effort squat and then 3-5 drop sets at 75%, I will just perform the max effort squat, and move on to the accessory work. I also changed the volume on my accessory work. Instead of 10-15 sets of accessory work, it is now between 5-6. Keeping high intensity in my workouts allows me to stay sharp and keep my body loose, without the prolonged recovery time of the high volume training I was doing. The days where I get a full eight hours of sleep, I do not perform any weight training, and focus on pushing the pace at jiu jitsu and getting in extra live rounds. Over the course of the three weight training days, I want to hit the big three (squat, bench, & deadlift) for a heavy single. I will keep this up until two weeks out when I will only work up to 70% of my 1RM for deadlift, but keep squat and bench the same. The week of, it will be light sessions of active recovery work.

NUTRITION:

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My nutrition will remain the same until the contest. I found myself stalling in my body weight, and slightly gaining body fat. I adjusted my macros by slightly decreasing my carbohydrate intake. Since I do not have to cut any weight for this tournament, I can still bulk slowly and focus on building muscle. I am currently following a If It Fits Your Macros approach which works great, but I find a decrease in performance when I chose to get some of my macros from foods of lesser quality. So starting a month out, I will be getting all my macros from quality food sources, the best that I can find. I’ll adjust my macros day to day to see how I’m feeling. If I have a lot of live rounds and am completely spent at the end of training, I might add some carbs back in. That is the beauty of not having to cut weight. I get to eat till I’m satisfied and show up to compete with a full belly.

Those are the three things I will be tweaking with my current programming in preparation for this tournament. After this tournament, I will go back to the full Settlage Size & Strength program and will prepare to compete in Cory Gregory’s Turkey Classic online powerlifting meet. More on that later.

If you are looking for personalized strength and conditioning programming, a customized nutrition, or 1-on-1 training, email me at settlagesac@gmail.com. For more content on training, jiu jitsu, and my personal life, follow me on Instagram, @joshuasettlage.

Why #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED?

#SUMISSIONSHREDDED is a training program made for wrestlers, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and submission grappling athletes, made by a former high school wrestler, current BJJ and submission grappling athlete and life long lifter; Me. I have tried many sports, but my one love always came back to grappling focused combat sports. Through the seven plus years of training, I have utilized many different strength and conditioning programs to achieve different goals throughout my grappling career. I constructed this program based off of how I have prepared for the weight cut and conditioning training of my last two competitions earlier this year and had great success. My main goals and big focus for this program were to get stay strong, build on my conditioning, and have an easy weight cut where I can be the biggest strongest competitor in my weight class.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

To do this program, you will need a weightlifting belt, or a powerlifting belt, and a gym with the equipment necessary to do squats, bench presses, deadlifts, pull ups, dips, and plenty of dumbbells.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD DO #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED?

Here are just a few questions for you: Do you pin most of your opponents in the first period? Do you lose the majority of your matches by points or pin in the third period? At the end of a match do you find yourself exhausted mounted and hanging on for dear life? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this program is for you. The focus of this program is to build your aerobic and anaerobic capacity to push the pace of a match, as well as serve as a way to train to cut weight if need be.

CAN I USE THIS PROGRAM TO CUT WEIGHT?

Yes! There will be two versions available, one for straight conditioning, and one for conditioning with a weight cut bias.

WILL I LOSE THE STRENGTH GAINS I MADE FROM #SUBMISSIONSTRONG?

No! This program is still rooted in strength. This program will have you lifting heavy to maintain the strength you’ve worked so hard to obtain, but will help you become a better athlete through the development of your conditioning.

IS THIS PROGRAM JUST FOR BJJ/SUBMISSION GRAPPLING ATHLETES?

No it is not. This is an inclusive strength program designed for ALL grappling athletes. Wrestlers in competing in both collegiate, freestyle, and greco, as well as traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners, and the No-Gi submission grappling crowd. The athletic demands of all these grappling sports are relatively the same despite different techniques and rule sets.

CAN I DO THIS PROGRAM WHILE IN SEASON?

There are going to be two version of #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED. One for the off season, and a slightly different one meant for in season training that includes a weight cut

WHAT IF I’M A BEGINNER AND HAVE NEVER LIFTED BEFORE?

This program can be easily tailored to your experience level as a lifter. If you are someone who is just getting into sport specific strength and conditioning, you can choose the scaled version of the workouts.

#SUBMISSIONSHREDDED PRICING:

#SUBMISISONSHREDDED

Program Payment Plan Price Description
#SUBMISISONSHREDDED One Time

$260

Full acess to all 12 weeks of #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED, private Facebook group, live Q&A’s, weekly checkins and monthly FaceTime calls.
#SUBMISISONSHREDDED Month-to-Month

$95

Full acess to all 12 weeks of #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED, private Facebook group, live Q&A’s, weekly checkins and monthly FaceTime calls.
#SUBMISISONSHREDDED (Personalized Programming) One Time

$300

Full acess to all 12 weeks of #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED tailored specifically to your athletic needs and resources, and bodytype, customized nutrition plan, private Facebook group, live Q&A’s, daily checkins and weekly FaceTime calls.

If you’re interested in #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED, fill out the fields below to sign up for the newsletter!

 

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3 Days Before Weigh In From GrapplingX Elk Grove 2017

Why #SUBMISSIONSTRONG?

#SUMISSIONSTRONG is a training program made for wrestlers, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and submission grappling athletes, made by a former high school wrestler, current BJJ and submission grappling athlete and life long lifter; Me. I have tried many sports, but my one love always came back to grappling focused combat sports. Through the seven plus years of training, I have utilized many different strength and conditioning programs to achieve different goals throughout my grappling career. I constructed this program based off of how I prepared for my last two competitions earlier this year and had great success. My main goals and big focus for this program were to get crazy strong, keep most of my conditioning, and not get too big to the point where I wouldn’t make weight. In this program you can expect to get big, strong, all while still being able to make weight.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

To do this program, you will need a weightlifting belt, or a powerlifting belt, and a gym with the equipment necessary to do squats, bench presses, deadlifts, pull ups, dips, and plenty of dumbbells.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD DO SUBMISSION STRONG?

Some question for you: Do you lose most of your matches by pin? Do you have a hard time escaping from mount? Do you have a hard time finishing takedowns or maintaining position? If your answer is YES to any of these questions. Then YES this program is for you! Strength is essential to finishing pins, as well as not being pinned. Someone can be a better wrestler than you technically and expose your back for some near fall points, but if you are strong enough to defend and keep moving, chances are you can get back to your belly and stay in the match. Of course we never want to even get in the situation in the first place.

Being a stronger wrestler will allow you to fight harder for advantageous positions and stay on the offensive. Strength in crucial to finishing a takedown. You can have the most amazing takedown technique, but if you are unable to produce the force behind it, forget about it. For you BJJ and submission grappling guys, if you can’t finish a takedown, you can’t engage fight. Even if you’re someone who plays a heavy guard game, you need the strength to hold your opponent in position and control his/her body.

IS THIS PROGRAM JUST FOR BJJ/SUBMISSION GRAPPLING ATHLETES?

No it is not. This is an inclusive strength program designed for ALL grappling athletes. Wrestlers in competing in both collegiate, freestyle, and greco, as well as traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners, and the No-Gi submission grappling crowd. The athletic demands of all these grappling sports are relatively the same despite different techniques and rule sets.

CAN I DO THIS PROGRAM WHILE IN SEASON?

There are going to be two version of #SUBMISSIONSTRONG. One for the off season, and a slightly different one meant for in season training.

I DON’T WANT TO GROW OUT OF MY WEIGHT CLASS. CAN I STILL DO THIS PROGRAM?

Of course you can! Through proper nutrition and training, you can still get crazy strong without having to grow out of your weight class. Although, this program is best used for someone who is already small for their weight class and is looking to get stronger for that weight class.

CAN I USE THIS PROGRAM TO CUT WEIGHT?

You can, but it wouldn’t help you cut weight at all. If you are looking for a program that is for a weight cut and /or conditioning, peep #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED.

WILL I LOSE THE CONDITIONING I

GAINED FROM #SUBMISSIONSHREDDED?

If you follow the workout program, stick to the nutrition guide, and recover well, you shouldn’t lose any conditioning. That goes to say you might not necessarily PR your mile time, but are you trying to run fast or get strong to win matches?

WHAT IF I’M A BEGINNER AND HAVE NEVER LIFTED BEFORE?

This program can be easily tailored to your experience level as a lifter. If you are someone who is just getting into sport specific strength and conditioning, you can choose the scaled version of the workouts.

#SUBMISSIONSTRONG PRICING:

#SUBMISISONSTRONG
Program Payment Plan Price Description
#SUBMISISONSTRONG One Time

$260 (Best Value)

Full access to all 12 weeks of #SUBMISSIONSTRONG, private Facebook group, live Q&A’s, weekly check-ins and monthly FaceTime calls.
#SUBMISISONSTRONG Month-to-Month

$95

Full access to all 12 weeks of #SUBMISSIONSTRONG, private Facebook group, live Q&A’s, weekly check-ins and monthly FaceTime calls.
#SUBMISISONSTRONG (Personalized Programming) One Time

$300

Full access to all 12 weeks of #SUBMISSIONSTRONG tailored specifically to your athletic needs and resources, and bodytype, customized nutrition plan, private Facebook group, live Q&A’s, daily check-ins and weekly FaceTime calls.

If you’re interested in getting #SUBMISSIONSTRONG, fill out the fields below to sign up for the newsletter!

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