Happy Friday: Love is Support Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

So what do I mean by “love is support”?

I recently read a piece called “Love is Not Enough“- a title that grabs your attention to be sure, but one of the ideas Manson lays out is that in a healthy relationship, one partner supports the other in their endeavors- obviously as long as those happen to be healthy ones that either benefit, or least not harms oneself and others. Whether it’s jiu jitsu, cooking, competitive knitting (I would be highly interested to know if that was a thing), you name it.

In particular I found one sentence that really echoes what I feel about relationships, “A loving relationship is supposed to supplement our individual identity, not damage it or replace it.”

Sure, you can kid with your partner about the things they do- what relationship isn’t better with a little laughter and joking around? And really, a healthy relationship also doesn’t include putting the other person on a pedestal to a point where they can do no wrong- but ultimately you should be in their corner, and they in your corner when it comes to being you, and doing the things that make you happy. Otherwise you’re both going to make yourselves miserable, and frankly life’s too short for that kind of noise.

Anyway, check out the article, let me know what you think-otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!

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Article on BJJ Women Who Changed Jiu Jitsu

Hey everyone, BJJ Heroes has a cool list of women jiu jitsu players who were pioneers, and/or otherwise left an indelible mark on jiu jitsu throughout the past couple of decades.

Check it out, let me know if you think someone should be added to the list, who, and why- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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From Big to Small- Adjusting Your BJJ Game as You Lose Weight

So I’ve lost some poundage recently for tournaments and such, and as I’ve been training I’ve noticed a side effect that’s both amusing and just a little frustrating: there are some positions where I have to re-adjust because what was there, well, isn’t there anymore. There’s less body for me to use, so I have to adapt to the body I now have. I have to readjust my position to use my weight to the best of my ability, particularly because there is less weight for me to work with.

Honestly, it’s a surprising change I didn’t anticipate. I thought for the most part everything would stay the same- really because I didn’t think the amount I was losing would create that much of a difference, but it does make sense- if your body composition changes enough, you have to adapt and adjust accordingly.

Has anyone else experienced this recently? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!


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Article on BJJ Nutrition Basics from Science of Skill

Nutrition in general is pretty important, but particularly so for athletes like us (it’s ok if you have a hard time grasping the notion that you are an athlete- I struggle with the same issue). Science of Skill is here to help, and has a post offering general nutritional tips for your average grappler.

Check it out, let me know if you have anything to add- otherwise, have a great day everyone!


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Happy Friday: Wonky Week Edition

Other than our great seminar on Wednesday, this week has just been…off. And not just for me, for everyone it seems.

Here’s a song to commemorate this week, with the hope that next week will be a lot better.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Our Seminar with Rodrigo Pagani

So last night we had a seminar with Black Belt/Head of the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association in Brazil/really nice guy Rodrigo Pagani, and in short, it was pretty great. The techniques he taught weren’t terribly fancy with almost superfluous movements, and definitely made sense, which was a nice middle of the road sort of approach: something that the higher belts could sink their teeth into and learn, while the lower belts could follow along, and not feel like they were just dropped into the middle of an advanced algebra class when they just mastered addition and subtraction.

Pagani’s (current) signature guard, the curu curu guard sounds like it’s going to be super crazy and overly fancy (like Berimbolo part 2, Electric Boogaloo) but rather still had that same style of staying fairly efficient and still giving you a lot of options to counter a variety of possible reactions from your opponent.

So, overall it was a great seminar, and I’m really looking forward to working on some of the stuff he showed us.


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Awesomeness Abounds

Hey everyone!

So there have been some great things happening IRL which I’m happy to share with you:

little spoon

Photo Borrowed from Foobooz: click on the photo to read the article

My teammate’s cafe, Little Spoon is now open! Hooray!



We’re having a seminar tonight with Rodrigo Pagani, where we’ll learn the intricacies of the “Curu curu” guard… I have no idea what that entails, but I’m sure it’s going to be interesting.


Also, Jen Flannery of  50/50 BJJ just got her black belt! Another hooray and congratulations!


And finally, I’ve been shopping around for gi’s recently, and in my searches I found this gem:




…Oh yes, my friends, that’s exactly what you think it is.


Shell and all, courtesy of the brand Modern Flow.

So, that’s all the good news (and great finds) I have: how are you all doing? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Drilling BJJ: The Fine Line Between Assisting a Partner and Smothering Them

I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there before- your instructor goes through a technique, you partner up with someone, and when it’s time to practice what was just shown, their eyes become as wide as saucers- their face filled with nothing but fear and panic. They turn into a deer in headlights, looking at you with an expression that screams “what now?”

So you try to coach them through the technique- put your hand here, your foot there, it’s ok, just breathe….

While we all want to help one another, you have to proceed with caution when it comes to this sort of thing. In the effort to be helpful, you run the risk of becoming too helpful, and the student learns to depend on you to teach them the technique, not the instructor. Which especially in the beginning can be sort of the blind leading the blind.

No one’s doubting your good intention- but it’s sort of like cheating with online scrabble with one of those websites (Not that I ever did such a thing…so-siree-bob…) You get stuck in a move, and so you refer to an outside source. Just this once, you tell yourself….

And then the next thing you know, you are checking the site for the best letter combination before you even attempt to play your turn. What was supposed to be an occasional assist becomes a crutch that the person depends on, which is also detrimental to you. The time that would have been spent drilling or practicing, you are essentially reteaching a technique. Or, what if this is the one technique that they actually fully understood, but now you two have gotten into such a routine that you automatically start to teach the person- there’s also the possibility that you don’t fully understand the technique yourself, and could be guiding the person to do something incorrectly. Again, not intentionally, but that’s why you have an instructor that’s (usually) higher ranked to show you these techniques.

As a training partner, it’s fine to point out one or two things, but you really shouldn’t walk your partner through a technique from A to Z: if they have that many questions about what was being taught, don’t be shy, call your instructor over and have them go through the technique. A) it’s kind of their job and B) the ultimate goal is that a relationship of trust is built between the student and teacher, so your training partner learns the technique through the instructor, and not a jiu jitsu verison of “Whisper Down the Lane”.

Have you been in that situation? How did you handle it? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!


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Eddie Bravo Invitational AKA Battle of the Beards

So I saw photos from the Eddie Bravo Invitational on my Facebook feed, and it appears the uniform for this event was either a super graphically designed rash guard or a full beard, preferably both. Check out the BJJ Legends facebook page to see what I mean.

It looks like it was a pretty interesting event- I didn’t watch the event because, well, to be totally honest I sort of forgot about it. I did take a look at some of the photos however, and it appeared to be an interesting event.

Did anyone else watch the event? What were your thoughts? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day!

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Happy Friday: A Praise Chorus Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve been listening to a lot of Jimmy Eat World lately, particularly their song “A Praise Chorus”

So join in and rock out with me, and have a great weekend everyone!

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