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Phone Journal Dump April 26th 2023

Started a phone journal in March hoping to track training towards competing in the European Masters in late April. Just copying and pasting it all in here. 1/3/23 Park pull ups and long walk. Wednesday Gi rounds. Not a lot of partners at my level but some big units so worked on bottom and letting … Continue reading


I blog more often on http://www.kyuzogym.com/news now, and only put something down here when it’s not suitable for that site. I am trying to relax. It is not working. I reached the end of 2022 highly stressed. It took a physical and mental toll. I had a busy and stressful year. I didn’t take a … Continue reading

A Letter to the non-Leaving Cert sitter

It’s Leaving Certificate Fever time, and kids all over the country are scrambling to get their last bits of revision done before it begins, or, sitting on their phones with the door locked pretending to be studying. Lest you have forgotten, the Leaving Certificate is the final exam of your secondary education. It works on … Continue reading

My Lockdown Training Plan

… By Barry Oglesby, aged 41 and a half. They’re everywhere. They won’t stop uploading! They’re on Yoga mats on patios, and in living rooms hugging their dogs! They’ve all got rubber bands! They’re telling me to lift cans of beans! They won’t leave me alone! That’s right- personal trainers are everywhere. So what else … Continue reading

Why I’m competing again…

And so my blog returns! Look, I won’t make any promises as to the frequency of what follows this post. I’ll just say that I’ll be more regular. A vague promise that when I have something to say, and when the time suits, I might, just might, possibly sit down and type something. Honestly though, … Continue reading

Yes, I now do a podcast…

Podcasts eh? My friend messaged me one day to recommend a podcast called The Greatest Generation, which is where 2 guys sit, drink beer, and commentate over Star Trek episodes. Now THAT’S a podcast. This is also a podcast. I’ve been recording facebook live videos each week for the past few months. Then I stopped … Continue reading

How to stop your child being kidnapped by a foreigner

All child snatchers seem to be foreigners. You go on facebook and someone has shared “BEWARE… my 4 year old was out playing when he was approached by a black/asian/Eastern European man in a van…” the stories go. It prompted a friend to quip that we don’t need to worry about immigrant workers stealing our … Continue reading

Why do people start?

I have an anecdote that’s only slightly exaggerated, depending on the setting and how much I want to embarrass my wife. Basically, I got into martial arts because I wanted to meet girls. I was running with a friend on an elevated track, and my friend was running a Taekwondo class in the hall below. … Continue reading

Why I’m Getting Out of Social Media… sort of

A really strange thing happened to me last week… I had a great day. That’s not the strange thing. I have many great days. The strange thing is coming a few lines below this one. My great day started with my wife saying, “I know it’s raining but let’s go to Farmleigh anyway and maybe … Continue reading

Protected: The Time Those Guys Cheated

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