Science! Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Memory Decline Caused by Age

Well this is exciting, and a great excuse to eat more dark chocolate or cacao nibs as I get older (score!):

Studies have have shown that a diet high in cocoa flavanols increases the neural connections  in the dentate gyrus region of the hippocampus,  and can reverse age related memory loss.

“In addition to the boost in neuronal connections in the dentate gyrus, memory test scores also improved for those receiving a high level of dietary flavanols… After the three month study, those drinking high levels of flavanols had the working memory of someone decades younger than themselves.”

The article does say that eating a bunch of chocolate is not the best method to ingest these flavanols, and this is kind of how I feel about that news:

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BJJ: Why You Shouldn’t Quit at Blue Belt

Imagine reading a book, and getting through an exhilarating first chapter- filled with highs, lows, frustration and finally a resolution. You know there are so many more chapters to the book, but you close the cover and walk away. Or you go to a move theater to watch a film- you sit through the exposition, become invested in the characters and their conflicts, nuances, struggles, and then just as you get through the first major conflict in the plot, you stand up and walk out of the theater.

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That’s sort of what happens when people quit at blue belt. Sure, a number of people have real legitimate reasons they can’t continue with jiu jitsu: work, family, health- I totally get it. But there are some people that just fade away once they get their blue belt, which is mind-boggling. There’s so much more! Sure there are more obstacles and some sacrifices to be made, but there are so many other milestones, accomplishments, unique experiences to be had, and these people are missing out on them when they quit once they receive their blue belt.

Have you had people just disappear after they get their blue belt? Is it just as baffling to you as it is to me? Let me know!

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Congratulations to Our New Purple and Brown Belts!

Last night we had some striping for a couple of people and some pretty big promotions- we had a couple of guys move to purple, and two teammates move up to brown(!!).

Congratulations to CJ and Vance for your move to purple belt, and congratulations to Marty and Sarah for the move to brown belt!

Hooray! :D

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IBJJF Tournament Rankings?

Has anyone else noticed this? I saw this on the Bjj pro tournament page- there were stars, presumably ranking the tournament.

Anyone else know any more about this?

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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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