Happy Friday: Shiny and New Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Fair warning, this is a bit of a rant. The new iphone is supposed to come out today, which usually wouldn’t even register as an event for me, but my work recently moved across town to the same block as an Apple retail store, and I had to dodge and weave my way into work this morning. And frankly, it was pretty annoying, and I find the thing a bit silly. It’s just a phone.

Sure, having the shiny, new thing out there is fun and all, but I feel like people lose focus when it comes to new phones or, coming back to jiu jitsu and the fancy expensive gi’s or other gear out there. I buy gi’s to do jiu jitsu, I don’t do jiu jitsu to buy gi’s.

Ok, my rant is over. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu: Where the Mundane Can Seem Magical

So as you know I really avoid talking about how my training sessions go with my partners, but last night I was rolling with a white belt girl- I let her set up a submission, and then got out of it just as a muscle memory, in hindsight I really should have just let her finish it to get the feeling for the successful completion of the technique. My bad.

Anyway, it was a thing that I’ve practiced a million times, and got out of the set up: it wasn’t a particularly fancy or graceful move, but my partner looked at me like I had just pulled a rabbit out of my gi top.

“How did you do that?” she asked me, her eyes wide in wonderment.

I just told her years of practice- partially because it was one of those things I do so naturally now that I would have to take a minute to think about how to explain it, and we just didn’t have time for that, and also because it’s the truth. After enough practice, and some training, and even more practice the techniques you learn will become second nature: you’ll become more attune to timing, openings and opportunities to use them. What at first seems slow, grinding and simple can over time become a much more fluid technique that you can perform with confidence. And hopefully what seems routine and mundane to you will appear skillful, almost magical to someone else (most likely a lower rank).

That’s all I’ve got for today- have a great day everyone!

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Science! Scientists Reveal How Our Circadian Clocks are Reset

Well this is pretty cool: scientists believe they’ve discovered just how our circadian clocks are reset- which is useful to know when it comes to developing drugs, and let’s be honest, it’s just pretty awesome to better understand how the body works.

Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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BJJ and Breasts

Yup. That’s what we’re talking about today.

I recently watched a CollegeHumor video making fun of the more common solution active women with a larger bustline seem to go for, the Two Sports Bras, found below:

When it comes to jiu jitsu, we’re pretty lucky because while it’s a full contact sport, it’s actually a fairly low impact sport on the joints, as opposed to say running, so we can get away with just one sports bra, unless there is running in your warm up and you are just that uncomfortable with that brief period of jogging.

While I agree that women’s sport bra…(er, developers? Designers?) still have a long way to go in terms of creating the perfect sports bra, finding the right sports one (or ones) really should be up there with any other sort of gear you wear to class: gi, compression shorts, etc. There have been studies and article out there which point out that a lot of women are wearing the wrong regular/everday bra, and I can only imagine it’s the same case for their activewear as well.

I also wanted to mention that there are sports bras for different levels of impact. Again, while jiu jitsu is a fairly low impact sport, I would suggest going with something medium to high support. Here’s are some tips from Champion USA on finding the right sports bra.

So, in short take some time and find the right gear for yourself. Your body will thank you for it.

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Blood Type May Effect Memory

Well this is a new one: a recent study suggests that individuals with the AB blood type are more at risk of developing memory problems later in life.

I would totally blame my inability  to remember certain details on techniques if I didn’t know my own blood type, but due to donating blood I actually do know my blood type and it’s definitely one of the more common ones (A positive). Well, so much for that excuse.

Anyway, check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Nose to the Grindstone Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

We’re getting ready for a couple of tournaments over here, putting our noses to the grindstone and preparing for competition. Do any of you have a tournament coming up you’re getting ready for? Let me know- otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!

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Drink Up: The Importance of Water

A teammate posted this on facebook, and it’s something we all need to be reminded now and again: water is crucial in general for our wellbeing.

Take a look, grab a glass of water, and have a great day everyone! dehydration

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The Importance of Bowing on and Off the Mat

Maybe not every academy does this, but in our gym people bow when they get on and off the mat. It may seem silly to many, especially to beginners, but there really is a point and purpose behind the action.

It shows respect: respect for your academy, the sport, and your fellow teammates for taking the time to train with you that day. Bowing also shows gratitude for the same things. You are giving your thanks for being able to get on the mat and training that day, for having a place to train in the first place and partners to train with that day, for helping you improve and get one step closer to the next level of mastery.

How about you guys? Do you bow on and off the mat? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day!

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IBJJF 2015 Pan Dates Already Announced

The IBJJF announced yesterday they already have the dates set for their most well attended tournament for the year, the Pans. They will take place March 11th to the 15th in the usual spot, University of California in Irvine. I feel like it’s a bit early to be discussing tournaments in March, but on the other hand it makes planning other travels and events a lot easier.

What do you guys think? Are you jazzed to already know when Pans will take place, or do you also think it’s a bit odd to talk about a March tournament in September? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Coffee May Help Reduce Tinnitus

Ok, confession moment: this post was originally titled “coffee is good for you: suck it, naysayers”.

Studies suggest that women who drink higher amounts of caffeine are less likely to develop tinnitus. For anyone who isn’t sure what that is, it’s a ringing in your ears that never really goes away. Considering my father has tinnitus, I’m happily slurping down my multiple cups o’ joe in hopes that I will not suffer the same condition- although to be honest, we’ve had some pretty funny conversations due to it.

The article also goes on to list other studies that suggest coffee’s health benefits, including protecting drinkers from type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and more, citing all the studies mentioned (an article after my own heart).

Speaking of coffee, I’m going to go grab myself (another) cup.

Have a great day everyone!

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