Friday, February 12, 2016


SO every other Friday night we have 6 rounds of 10 minute sparring sessions at jiujitsu. Its usually the guys that haven't gotten enough during the week because of their work schedule or guys that are there all the time, just wanting to get better. I can dig both. 

Either way - an hour of sparring in a virtual fight, a chess game of grappling can be pretty taxing. And it gets even heavier when there happen to be a couple of black belt visitors from Guam... from Purebred BJJ Guam, to be exact. 

Sensei Stephen on the far left, Sensei Robert far right. The yobo and the hapa popolo guys are my regular training homies - Josh and Masai.

And back to the two black belts. Its always such a pleasure getting to train with and have live sparring with visitors. Its even a greater time when they're solid black belts. At first, it can be kind of crazy to think that these strangers are going to slap hands with you and agree to fighting until one or the other taps... which says "you got me". A mutual agreement to finish each other in a technical match. 

For the most part though, I feel like I'm in good hands with black belts. 99% of them are not out to try and injure you. Especially not these guys. But I would expect it could get quite ugly if you were to spar dirty or, you know, be a total dick.

I've always wanted to say this, I'm going to be honest, its been even more fun now being further along the whole jiujitsu experience (I tried to avoid 'journey' there, ha ha).  It hasn't really been that long for me but I've consistently been there for about 4-1/2 years now. Never took any "life breaks" and luckily never had any serious injuries, other than a few that had me sidelined for a couple of weeks or so. 

I honestly feel like I just got started. So much more to learn and drill a thousand times over into my brain. Into my muscle memory, to make it second nature. Many lingering questions I never really put into words that just kinda float around there - every time I'm in that position or state of mind during training. Things kinda just pop up in my head then float away.

I do need to take more risks in training; put myself into unfamiliar territory, which will be the only way I can move ahead. But ah, I can go on and on about this. Bottom line that its been fun. 

And then I came home to this delicious meal. Dirty rice. Ground beef, peas and brown rice. And a poached egg on top! Soon as I seen it, I thought to myself "what happened to low carbs today?" But how in the fucking hell do you not eat this? It cannot be passed up. 

Took a second shot of it just to show off my poached egg game. 3 minutes and done. Mahalos to Sasha for hooking it up. I'm feeling loved. I'm just happy. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


I think the Facebook-Bikers may get bullied by bullies. Just saying.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016


Just rolled in for the V-Twin Expo last night and already been eating pretty frickin well (as you may have guessed).

This old market we found, Findley Market, was established in 1852. So many vendors to choose from but we went with the pasta. 

Glad I actually used the treadmill at the hotel this morning. Hoping 4 miles would cover the olive oil and black pepper pasta dish I had with a side of spicy curry chicken salad and Cincinnati's own chili.

Saw this butcher specializing in BACON. The selection was pretty dope to say the least. Wish they'd cook it for you, I'd have to try the peanut butter bacon just because I love peanut butter. And bacon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


IF YOU ARE: Japanese, part Japanese, like Japanese cars and trucks, used to think manga girls were kinda hot (you fucking nerd), you must watch this video. No, seriously, watch this. I know you got time while taking a dump.


Got my Samurai Darth Vader by Bandai this afternoon and I'm stoked as fuck. And still full from eating at Manaow!


I know. And I even said it before myself, not that it's THAT important but not all of Long Beach's Thai restaurants are run by Cambodians.

When I order Huevos Rancheros, I don't want John Parker cooking it. You dig? So the first thing I asked them at Manaow was if they're Thai themselves. Yes - Thai owned and run. Both cooks are also Thai. Now I can move on.

Right on 3618 E. Broadway Long Beach, California 90803, Manaow is THE BEST THAI RESTAURANT IN LONG BEACH. Yes, that's right. I said it. It is. Trust me.

Nestled right next to a laundry mat and a dive bar, parking might be a little stiff but it's worth it.

Pictured here is the Pad Thai and Stuffed Chicken Wings. Pretty standard. But the outstanding items are their curries.

Southern Curried Noodles up front and Panang Curry w/Beef was all business out back.

We could not get enough of the curries. Not pictured is the additional Sticky Rice and Garlic Beef we also devoured.

You should know by now, when I say EAT HERE I mean it. EAT HERE! Another gem in Long Beach!

Monday, February 1, 2016




New format. Clean, mean and lean! Check out Rod's new pad on the internet: 

Sunday, January 31, 2016



Better than Dave Mann saying my bar napkin pencil doodle is cool, ALOHA SHOYU posted my easy fried rice recipe on Facebook. Yeah, it was back in 2014 but I'm a little late to the whole social media thing (just joined the evil FB a year ago). 

Just thought I would share (or brag)! CHEEEEEEEEEEE


These are fucking incredible. Its as if they were made for me. I can't be having my kid playing with them either. I gotta put them in my case next to my Sinners SoCal shit and all my rare, small chopper parts.

This Darth Vader one takes the fucking cake though. Holy fucking shit.

There's a second release of this one with a big Death Star on his helmet. That one is bogus even though it comes with two lightsaber katanas.

The Stormtrooper is amazeballs.

do I need two Stormtroopers too? Probably. 

Details are tight as fuck. 

No tapping to my force choke, ninja!

This is the raddest post. Feel my fucking deadly force, fags!

I'm all like fuuuuuuuck, duuuuuuuude. 

Stole all the photos from here.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


 ...roll another one beat the outcome.

Where... have... I... been. Its kinda interesting, from my perspective (or via pakajunk perspective) thats its been the same but with more in life. Definitely better, for sure. Its as if things are the same + amplified positively since my last post in April 2015.

Still training, eating, training, you know. Family, work, train, food.

I mean the whole pakajunk blog thing started just because I wanted something to do besides writing articles for motorcycle magazines. Even if it was just a couple of sentences, I just wanted to run on a tangent about something ELSE.

And just before I started pakajunk, everything was motorcycles. My 9 to 5, my part time job, my hobby, my commute to work, emails. Surrounded by motorcycles. It was a relief doing this.

Then after a few years, life sorta got in the way. Had a kid, life got very interesting and cool, got wrapped up in martial arts and I'm still there. Its kinda nice being into something that can't be bought. It was a little rough watching things I loved dearly, that was once garbage to most people, become the holy chalice of their garage built pile of chopper freedom. 

I love the fact that my open guard or my armbar can't be purchased on eBay or bought before I could find it on some odd craigslist ad in San Diego.

But fuck all that, I guess its how its going to be now and I've come to accept it.

I still work in the v-twin industry but in a much more different mindset. Can't tell you how much more refreshing it is. Like an in-house consulting guy, I guess. My bosses leave me alone to what I'm good at it (or what I think I'm good at!) and I get the job done.

So yeah, just wanted to rattle off what was on my brain as I sit here full of home made pizza.

Will post soon.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Congrats to Dustin on his brown belt achievement!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Marcelo Garcia - Working Out For JiuJitsu

Posted by Stuart Cooper Films on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
But I love doing jiujitsu.