Your Attitude and BJJ: You Gotta Start Somewhere

Let’s be honest: there are just some days where you feel like you’re doing awesome, like you’re really progressing…And then there are those days where you feel like you suck: particularly when you are trying something new. It can be a frustrating experience, one where you are tempted to hang your head on your way out the door and maybe even attempt to give your current rank back.

First of all, don’t try to give your belt back- that’s just silly. Second of all, days like those require an attitude adjustment. We all had to crawl before walking, which lead to running, etc. We have to start from somewhere. Sure, it can suck big time especially when we feel like we should do better- you feel as a competent, fairly intelligent human being you should pick up on  this particular technique that is appears (deceptively) simple. But truth of the matter is that what you are attempting is more complicated and requires more time, practice and focus. Or maybe even the same technique but it needs to be approached in a different manner.

So, don’t be discouraged: you may feel like you are fumbling through, but everyone has to start somewhere, and even when you progress along there are times where you are tripped up now and again, and need to take a different approach.

 

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Science! Images of Joints in Motion

It’s Science!

IFLscience recently posted Gif images of joints moving under x-ray. How cool would it be if someone could manage taking the same kind of image of something like a omoplata or an armbar?

Anyway, check out the post and let me know what you think: otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Coming Back to Center

Today is just one of those days where the life/work/training balance feels all out of sorts. We’ve all experienced it: we have our schedules and routines, our rituals in place for the week, and then next thing you know fate slaps us into a tail spin as we try to get back to the routine we were so familiar with.

I think it’s key to remember that times like these don’t last forever: sure, it’s an annoying inconvenience when they occur, but just as there are dull moments in our lives, there are also periods of chaos. We just have to do our best to weather the storm, come back to center and try to get back to a routine that we can live with. That may mean taking jiu jitsu class at a different time, changing up your commute, getting up earlier, or just sitting tight and letting the storm pass so you can come back to center, and get back to your regular schedule.

…That’s all I have for today folks. Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Muppets and the Beastie Boys Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I found this a a few days ago, and it’s just too good not to share: a Muppet video synced with the Beastie Boys song “So What Cha Want”

Enjoy, and have a great weekend everyone!

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Video on How to Not Roll with A Female

BJJ Immersion shared this video from Unit2Fitness on how to not roll with a female jiu jitsu player:

It’s pretty funny. The good news is that the few that behave this way are pretty much in the minority, and it’s a phase (for the most part) they grow out of as time passes.

What do you guys think? Let me know- Otherwise, have a great day!

 

 

 

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The Importance of Healthy Eating Habits

Not to bring down the vibe, but this video really brings home the importance of healthy eating habits and exercise from an early age.

While I don’t think the occasional cup of juice or a french fry for a toddler will immediately doom them to a lifetime of obesity I definitely think fried and ultra sugary foods should be a rare treat, not a part of their regular diet. Getting kids outside to play and explore is also pretty crucial to this whole thing, but I agree that bad eating habits early in life can be a detriment to a person further down the road.

Anyway, just wanted to share with you all. What do you think about the video? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day!

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The Curious Case of The Abu Dhabi Pro Trials

So….anyone have any idea when those are happening? Because I don’t.

For anyone who isn’t sure what I’m talking about, the Abu Dhabi Pro Trials are a series of tournaments or “trials” for competitors to qualify for a (paid) trip to one huge tournament out in the United Arab Emirates. It looks like over the past couple of years they have been fiddling with the structure of the trials: from cutting down the number of qualifying tournaments to fiddling with the divisions- for women, anyway- but you would usually hear word about this tournament by now.

So far I’ve checked their website and there is no mention of any Pro Trials happening anywhere. The past few years they have held one of the trials in New York and typically in mid to late October. According to the New York Abu Dhabi Pro Trial Facebook page, the group in charge of the tournaments haven’t released any dates yet.

Anyone have the inside scoop on this? Again, because I sure don’t: let me know, otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Metamoris 4 Review: Better, but Still a Long Way to Go

This past weekend Metamoris held its 4th event this past weekend. While the organization does appear to be improving, there are definitely some areas in which they need to work on.

First and foremost, the mat. Guys, why was the Metamoris logo rubbing off onto competitors’ clothing? Hopefully this was just a one time snafu, but I would strongly recommend never using the company who produced this ever again.

Second, the same graphics in between each match. I totally understand that it was probably more cost effective, since all they did was take the background stories/trailers leading up to the event and re-aired them before the match, but next time I would suggest paying a little extra and getting some different graphics for the event itself. Just saying.

The matches were good- there’s really no way to win with this event though: no one wants a draw, but we don’t want points, etc. There has to be some sort of compromise, like a dwindling purse as time counts down or something.

Again, overall the event was good: I would have liked to see more gi matches, and I think the “secret match” was a little unnecessary, but whatever.

What did you all think? Let me know- otherwise have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Ebola Edition

Not necessarily a “happy” topic, but one we need to talk about.

As I’m sure you’ve heard in the news, there have been ebola virus breakouts in Africa, and two patients were transported to the United States. And, considering how much sweat we all share (especially in no gi…yeesh…) it’s a somewhat understandable concern.

Rather than hide under the mattress or train with a Hazmat suit on, let’s try to understand the virus- I fully believe knowledge is power. You can’t deal with something if you don’t know what you’re up against.

Fortunately, IFLScience has a nice little article titled “Ten Things You Really Should Know About the Ebola Virus“.

Really, the most important fact in my opinion is this: “For those living in developed countries, such as the US, it is not likely that the virus will spread.”

So in short be aware, but don’t totally freak out and become a real life Bubble Boy just yet.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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One of the Most Important Skills to Learn in BJJ

Breathe.

Without breathing all the other stuff is practically useless. That choke, that sweep, that armbar- you’ll need to do them quickly (and more often than not sloppily) if you don’t allow yourself to breathe.

I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m talking about it again, because breathing really is just that essential. I had the same trouble when starting jiu jitsu: I would inhale and hold my breath when rolling, which is a really great way to tire yourself out before you even get started. Our instructor at the time advised me to force the breath out, because eventually I would have to breathe back in. And he was right: still to this day sometimes I’ll take a moment and make sure to breathe out when I feel like I’m getting too anxious and I feel too tense while rolling. It’s one of the most important things we need, and yet one of the functions of our body we take for granted the most. Learn to breathe in preparation for a tournament, so it’s one less thing you have to worry about when you are freaking out about competing (especially when you are a lower rank).

Learn to breathe deeply, both to calm yourself and to better your jiu jitsu. Because really, learning to breathe during those situations will help you and your game.

 

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