So, according to Caio Terra’s Facebook page, apparently he was all set to fight in Pans Ultra Heavy Division but has unfortunately fallen ill and will not be competing at the tournament, period.
Sort of a bummer since it would have been interesting to see how he handled the ultra heavy dudes, but really at the end of the day your health is more important. Hopefully Terra feels better soon.
Oh, and IBJJF has added two new weight divisions for females, hooray! There was a petition going around for a lighter weight division, which they will be adding (rooster) but also it’s nice to see they added a new division to the heavier end of the spectrum as well.
Anyway, have a great day everyone!
Happy Friday everyone!
So apparently Caio Terra is signed up for the ultra heavy division of Pans this year. Good to hear he doesn’t have to worry about making weight- I really think it’s a publicity stunt, if you will:.Terra is basically looking to put his money were his mouth is- deliberately putting himself in the heaviest division possible to show his jiu jitsu is effective against the bigger, heavier guys. Well, I guess we’ll have to wait until next week to see how this plan plays out.
What do you guys think: will Caio emerge from Pans victorious, or do you think he’s going to get the living daylights smashed out of him? let me know, otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!
Luckily I have never needed to have surgery, but I know there have to be some jiu jitsu players out there that have needed operations, particularly with the knees and such. Ick. Well, good news, scientists are working on developing screws made from silk which will eventually dissolve, means less surgeries and hopefully/theoretically will mean less time off the mats. Hooray!
Check it out and let me know what you think. Have a great day everyone!
Holy butterfly guard, Batman.
Last night our academy had the pleasure of hosting a seminar with Xande Ribeiro. Both Ribeiros have sort of different styles, and personalities if we’re being honest, but you can’t deny that they are pretty damn effective. And bonus, they are pretty awesome teachers and great guys all around.
I’m pretty short on time today, sorry, but it was a really great seminar- there were some pretty solid, key concepts that I would like to incorporate into my game, or at least really try to be mindful of when I’m in certain positions, so I consider that a win.
Anyway, just wanted to share with you guys. I didn’t take any pictures last night, but I’ll post some when they become available, and get permission from their owners, of course. Have a great day everyone!
Xande has basically been doing an East Coast the past couple of days, stopping in on different Ribeiro Association schools to teach and train. He got into Philly last night and will be holding a seminar at our academy tonight- hooray!
I’ll let you guys know how it goes- have a great day everyone!
We all sort of know it, but really don’t have much evidence to quote and back up our claim, and admittedly, we’re usually talking about it in a sort of anectodal way and not in terms of research: it’s harder for women to lose weight than men. Which makes sense in an evolutionary perspective- women need fat to reproduce and ensure the propagation of the human race. A beautiful theory when you look at it from a grand sweeping view of humanity and history in general- a huge pain in the ass when you have a tournament in a couple of weeks and your body decides to drive to mad by holding onto water weight like nobody’s business.
There was an article on Tabata Times about 5 different ways a woman’s metabolism differ from a man’s. I’ve been a little hesitant to post this article, mainly because I wanted to find the studies where these facts were coming from. I really wasn’t able to find much, so I would say which this is an interesting conversation piece I wouldn’t take it as gospel unless you can find the research to back it up, of course. And even then I would proceed with caution and really do what works best for you; for instance it says that intermittent fasting is detrimental to women- maybe you are on an intermittent fasting diet and it’s working great for you, don’t let some article making a generalization sway you from what works best for your body.
One interesting study I did find was the Minnesota Starvation Experiment, conducted in World War II. They found after a period of weight loss soldiers would stop losing weight, essentially going into starvation mode and had the psychological profile of every grappler I have known who was cutting weight for a tournament (well, except for the possibly accidental self mutilation). What forced their bodies to give up the water weight? Eating extra calories, believe it or not. The Wikiepedia article I read didn’t really have much on this subject, but there are articles across the internet talking about the “whoosh” effect, where after the spike in calories the water weight of these soldiers quickly dropped. So, ladies, holding onto some water weight for a couple of weeks, and you know it’s not from your cycle? Try eating some extra calories and see what happens.
Just some interesting info on a Monday morning. Have a great day everyone!
Happy Friday everyone!
So if you live in the US and have experienced the invasion of the Asian stinkbug (and if you haven’t, you’re quite lucky) there’s good news- apparently it’s been so cold this winter that a large amount of these critters have died off. According to…people who monitor these things, usually the stinkbug hides out over the winter, sitting tight in attics and shingles until the winter is over and they can invade everything all over again. But, apparently due to the polar vortex it’s been so cold these bugs can’t survive the temps and have been dying in larger numbers than usual.
I never thought there would be a silver lining to this particularly cold winter, but there you have it. And what does this have to do with jiu jitsu?
Absolutely nothing, that’s what.
Check out the article and join me in celebrating this good news. Otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!
JiuJiu has a nice post over on her site about your “conversation” style when rolling in BJJ: are you a coffeeshop kind of player in training, with a casual, easy back and forth with your partner, are you more argument, a style that I sometimes sum with a quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. I think all the styles she lays out have their time and place, depending on who you are training with and how you are feeling that day, if you have any injuries, getting ready for a tournament, etc. I imagine the more you train, the more experienced you become in the other “styles”, becoming well versed in changing modes to fit the situation and even the atmosphere of the training session, or as our coach calls it, “the rhythm of the room”.
Personally, I like to think I’m more debate, although there are definitely times I slide into presentation, because I’m so focused on “making my point” if you will, that I sort of ignore the turn taking. Oops. Also, I would like to add a conversation style to the list: I’m not at all proud of this one, because it’s how I have sometimes dealt with the “argument” partners- stonewalling. Sort of an extension of presentation, you shut down the other person completely, absolutely no receptivity, emotionally withdraw from the conversation and attempt to end it as quickly as possible. Again I’m not at all proud to admit it: it hasn’t happened often and much like after a real argument with someone, I have felt pretty terrible about it afterwards- jiu jitsu should always be a conversation, a back and forth between you and the other person.
Check it out and let me know what you feel your “conversation” style is in bjj, or leave a comment on JiuJiu’s site. Either way, have a great day everyone!
So I caught this on The Ground Never Misses: a clip of a Krav Maga instructor showing people how to use a hand grenade in self defense…
First and foremost, I have nothing against Krav Maga. I am sure there are many strengths to it, and I’m sure there are possibly some real life applications to it. Admittedly I’m not entirely sure, as I have never take a Krav Maga class in my entire life. But when it comes to hand grenades, eh, I think I like my game plan best.
Run. Run far and run fast. These moves may look cool and slick, badass even, in reality you only have so many seconds to react and I would like to spend that time getting away from an explosive device.
Check it out and let me know what you guys think. Otherwise, have a great day everyone!
I had an interesting experience on Saturday- I came in earlier than usual, for two reasons: a) to warm up and b) there is a bjj intro class on Saturday mornings, and sometimes we have women who take BJJ and due to religious obligations can’t touch men, so it’s nice to have an extra female here and there to throw into the mix. Fortunately there were two women in the class on Saturday, and so I had a chance to take my time, warm up and chat with my teammate, also a female and was also there early.
What made the experience interesting was I kept noticing one of the two white belt women glancing in our direction- which I thought was a little odd, but then I tried to look at it from her perspective: she’s just starting as a white belt, and not only now knows there are other women in the academy (I mean, you can logically & theoretically, know something but then the evidence is right in your face and then you know it, if that makes sense) but apparently higher belt women- purples and browns that you know, just apparently lay around and chill on the side of the mat on Saturday mornings. Living, breathing proof that women like her not do this sport and do it for a long time, but can excel and reach a high level.
It’s kind of funny to think about: when I started jiu jitsu the high ranking females were training, but they were also few and far in between. Not to brag but we have a pretty strong female presence in our academy- two browns, a couple purples and a slew of blue and white belt ladies. There have been classes where the male to female ratio was equal, and on average we’ll have approximately 5 to 6 women at a time in class. It’s something that I definitely thinks is awesome, but over time it’s something that you sort of take for granted, and that Saturday morning just reminded me of the rare, and really great situation we have in our academy.
Anyway, just wanted to share that experience with you all. Have a great day everyone!