This Sunday a good amount of the academy and affiliates braved the snow forecast for our in-house tournament. It was great to see everyone compete, and as an added bonus some students were promoted, so all in all it was a pretty great day. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how these newly promoted students grow and develop their jiu jitsu. Great job, guys!
So, the extra:
In celebration of the holidays, I grabbed my teammate Sarah and will be doing a little series of videos over the next two weeks- sort of the 12 days of Christmas, but “The 12 Days of Judo” . It’s not at all educational/inspirational or anything of that nature, it’s just for fun- and to be perfectly honest it’s been a long time since I’ve been in front of a camera so the first couple are going to be a little rough (and at times I sound a bit like a jackass, so you know, I’ve got that going for me), but I’m hoping everyone will be sort of amused by the end of it.
Anyway, the video is for Day 1: Ippon Seoinage. The video’s below, and will be posted on my page on google plus (which i’m still tweaking with). So, er, enjoy!
Happy Friday everyone!
Heads up, this has nothing to do with jiu jitsu, but I saw this recently and it sort of irks me. My birthday is in June, and I just so happen to fall under the sign of Gemini. Recently, I happened to cross a description of a “Gemini woman”, particularly when it comes to relationships.
…It basically said that I was duplicitous, promiscuous flake who would be prone to having affairs.
Um no, but thanks a lot, jerk.
While I know full well this should be taken with a grain of salt, but really? That’s just insulting, no matter who you are or when you were born.
And it said I was attracted to “bad boys”. …Again, no thanks hombre.
Ok, that’s the end of my rant. If you have read a description of your sign, and there’s always something in there that just always seems totally wrong, let me know. Otherwise have a great weekend!
Ok, real talk internet, I’m a highly visual person. When I write, when I speak, when I teach, I’m really just describing to you the pictures running (typically amok) around in my head. Usually this works to both of our benefit, until you start needing names for things. Or people: I have a tendency to say to acquaintances, “I know your face, I just don’t know your name…”
It’s all just part of my charm.
Anyway, I’m not so good at the naming of things, a talent Eddie Bravo seems to have in spades. This technique is called “the Electric Chair”, and to be perfectly honest I have no idea why it’s called that: then again he also has a technique called “Sorcerer” which is also a little baffling…whatever, DSTRYRsg posted a video of the Elecric Chair, courtesy of BJJ Addict.
Check it out!
This was something our coach posted on Facebook the other day:
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. -Richard Bach”
It’s sort of a difficult phenomena to explain, the cohesive, bonding element of training in jiu jitsu. How you roll with these people day in and out, how fumbling through the learning process, sharing in the elation of having a technique click, or even in the frustration of being stumped (at the moment) in this ongoing human chess game. It’s a connection that can be felt on a one on one basis with a teammate, and with the group as a whole.
I won’t lie to you, sometimes this bond can be corrupted, subverted by some with less than honorable intentions and a need for control or power. In its best form however, it’s a blend of personalities and a genuine feeling of support and community- a crazy, sometimes slightly wacky family with each person adding to the diversity and supportive atmosphere, but all with a general goal in mind: to continue learning the sport of jiu jitsu and to help one another grow and improve.
While I have definitely called some of my teammates, particularly some of the younger lower ranked guys “the little brothers I never asked for” I am glad to have them all in my life. And I sincerely hope you have this sense of cohesiveness in your team and academy as well.
Ah well, just something I wanted to share with you all: have a great day everyone!
It’s what I (internally) call the time right before a tournament when you are the most likely to get injured- you know, just before I remember the 80′s song that inevitably plays in my head shortly after. Minor or major, doesn’t matter, we’ve all been there at one time or another and it’s a huge pain in the butt.
It’s usually about 2 weeks out from a tournament, I have found. Emotions are running high, everyone is getting antsy and ready to compete- you can feel a change in the “rhythm of the room” as our coach says, and this can sometimes lead to mishaps: an armbar that someone goes after a little too hard, someone escapes a bad position a little too enthusiastically and ends up hitting their partner, or themselves (hey, it happens), the list goes on and on.
So how do we avoid this “danger zone”? Personally, I just keep aware and try to stay mindful while training: just keep moving to get a sweat on, but not get too crazy. The name of the game so close to tournament time is to train smart, and keep yourself as healthy as possible before you compete.
Have you noticed this “danger zone” period right before a tournament? Do you do change anything in your training habits, etc specifically around this time to avoid getting injured? Let me know!
So, I found this interesting piece of news: Chef Mario Batali of Food network/Iron Chef fame and two other business partners have opened a Chicago location of his Italian gourmet dining experience, Eataly. There is one already in NYC, but this Chicago Eataly is said to 30% more space and a more open layout.
And there’s a Nutella bar. Like a place to get Nutella put on stuff. Or stuff that is made with Nutella in it. Oh my goodness.
At this point in time the only reason I would have to visit the Windy City is for a tournament, and in all likelihood one run by the IBJJF…Soooo, when’s the next Chicago Open? Because this is going to have to be a stop after the tournament, on the way to the airport.
Let’s make this happen, IBJJF.
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Happy Friday everyone!
I’m still out of the gym, being little miss lazy pants and enjoying a day of doing nothing…
Anyone training today? Or recovering from their food coma? Or is this just another day of the week for you?
Let me know and have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
And if you are somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving today, then have a happy Thursday! 😀
That’s an excited “what”, in case you’re not sure.
For anyone that has no idea what the hell I’m talking about, Kazushi Sakuraba is a Japanese MMA fighter who fought in Pride, Dream and UFC. Here’s a little blurb from Wikipedia:
“He has competed in pro-wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling, UWFi and Kingdom Pro Wrestling. He has fought in MMA competition in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, K-1 Hero’s and Dream. He is known as the “Gracie Killer” due to his wins over four members of the famed Gracie family.”
He was always fun to watch, and this a bit of a confession, I have wanted a t-shirt with some reference to Sakuraba since college (I’m a nut, I know).
So last night I was browsing OK! Kimonos website, and guess what I found?
The shirt says “Sakuraba knows”
The only drawbacks are that it looks like there are only men’s sizes, and high neck t shirts bother me, but I’m still excited about it.
Yes, these are the things I get excited about.
Ok, enough of that- have a great day everyone!
It’s a cycle a lot of competitors have gone through, myself included: you train, you heavily restrict you diet to the point of borderline absurdity, and then adding insult to injury you come down with a cold either right before or immediately after your tournament.
An article recently published suggests that depriving the body of nutrients may suppress your immune system and as a result make you more prone to infection. I am by no means suggesting this is the only reason you get sick, but I thought it was pretty interesting and possibly something to consider when prepping for your next tournament.
Check it out!