Article on the Importance of Jiu Jitsu and Sleep

Since this specifically has something to do with jiu jitsu and totally justifies my need for sleep/naps, I’m totally going to share it with you.

Dirty White Belt has an article on the importance of sleep and how it helps  you learn more importantly how it helps you forget certain things. It kind of falls in line with what I’ve always said about sleeping and dreaming: it’s the equivalent of a computer going through defragmentation. Throughout the day our brain deals with a ton of information, and when we sleep it gives the brain time to sort through the truly essential information we need to keep, and the stuff that could be considered unnecessary or incomplete can be discarded.

Anyway, check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Nifty Science Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Well this is sort of interesting: scientists are exploring an alternative to morphine based on saliva.

The article is pretty neat- check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Work Trip!

Hey Everyone,

Posting is going to be a little dicey the next day or so due to the fact that I’m in Las Vegas for a work convention. We’re staying at the Luxor….

The rooms are nice, but otherwise staying in a pyramid is just as ridiculous as you could imagine.

Have a great day everyone!

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Drilling and BJJ: A Little Bit is Better than Nothing at all

It can seem daunting at times, the things you want to work on in order to improve your BJJ game: there’s that sweep you keep trying that just isn’t happening, the position that you just can’t hold on to….The list goes on and on.

And you know (at least in theory) that the best way to improve in these areas is to drill: higher ranks advise lower ranks all the time- drill, drill, drill as it’s really the best way that you are going to improve. Sure rolling is fun, but drilling is really where you hone in on the execution of the technique.

So some people put off drilling, since there is SO MUCH that needs to be done. My advice to everyone who may feel that way is this: obviously you can’t drill everything that needs to be improved upon all in one session. If you tried, it would literally be hours before you left the gym, if you ever left at all. Break down the things you want to work on into more manageable pieces. You’re having trouble escaping half  guard? Work on drilling one or two escapes- it may just be for an additional 15 minutes after class, but hey, 15 minutes is better than nothing at all. It’s a baby step, but it does get you closer to the mastery of a technique than you were before.

Just some thoughts for the day- have a great day everyone!

 

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NAGA Philadelphia- Ladies Team Bringing Home the Gold

This past weekend there was a NAGA Philadelphia (actually it was about 20 minutes outside of the city but psh, details). Our team did fantastic, but our ladies team really knocked it out of the park. Everyone did wonderfully, win or lose, and I was really proud to see everyone go out there and do their best.

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Great job, ladies!

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Science! Article on Woman Who Lived Without Lungs for Six Days

This article doesn’t have so much to do with jiu jitsu, but more with the marvel at how far we’ve come in terms of modern medicine.

This woman lived without a set of lungs for six days, and through the wonders of modern medical technology, was able to survive that period and receive a lung transplant.

Six days- that’s crazy! Maybe I just listen too much about our medical history, but we’ve definitely come a long way from blood letting and “well, let’s just cut it off and see if they make it.”

Check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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At Some Point You Will Suck at BJJ

If you haven’t come to this realization then I hate to break it to you, but at some point you’re going to suck at BJJ: there’s always a period where it seems like you can’t do anything right, people are blowing through your guard like it’s nothing and they are getting positions, sweeps, etc. left and right so fast it makes your head spin. The good news is if you are willing to drill, admit your faults and strive to improve, this state should not last indefinitely.

It’s always interesting to see how people handle this period: it’s one of the reasons why they say you can’t hide on the mat. You will inevitably become frustrated, and that’s when our less-than-polished selves come to light. It also shows just how dedicated you are, and what you are willing to do in order to get over that hump, even when it seems at times like there is no end in sight.

My advice is always to stick it out, keep pushing forward and work to improve those areas you feel in which you are lacking. It will take hard work, to be sure, but you will also feel gratified for sticking through it and eventually making progress on your jiu jitsu adventure.

Just some thoughts for the day- have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Long Week Edition

Happy Friday everyone,

While I can’t speak for absolutely everyone, it’s been a long week personally and I think a lot of people would agree with me.

So let’s all chill out, listen to some soothing music, and have a relaxing weekend:

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Jiu Jitsu Tournament Prep: Take Care of Your Immune System

I imagine a number of people at this point in time are well into their prep training for tournaments for the upcoming season: from small, local events to the much larger stage of IBJJF Pans and so on, fellow jiu jitsu players are drilling, training, losing the Christmas pounds to make weight and honing their focus in preparation.

While we are all doing this- exercising, eating right, all that good stuff- it’s important to pay attention to one more thing: our immune system. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but I know here on the East Coast in addition to the flu virus, there’s also a nasty stomach virus that’s going around, and we should all (obviously) take precautions to avoid getting sick. With all the training, exercising and all that goes on, we push our bodies which in turn can effect our immune system negatively if we’re not careful.

Washing your hands and maintaining hygiene practices of course is highly preferable, but getting enough sleep is important- or at least I tell myself it is: it gives me a perfect excuse for naps on the weekends- eating properly to also give yourself the proper amount of nutrients (while maintaining your diet) is also important.

And finally, if you do happen to become ill, don’t go to the gym and spread it around! Please and thank you.

So be careful everyoene, keep training and take care of yourselves!

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Training in Jiu Jitsu: Stay Curious

When it comes to jiu jitsu (and a good deal of life, to be honest), it truly benefits to maintain a certain level of curiosity.

By all means this doesn’t mean drill and learn techniques to the best of your ability- on the contrary, it means drilling them, breaking down the elements and fully understanding the technique so you can better understand the kinds of questions you need to ask in order to move forward.

Additionally, it sometimes means putting your previous beliefs aside, suspending the doubt that something not might work, and just give it a shot. This typically comes up when an instructor shows a sweep, submission, something that you immediately doubt will work. Well, admittedly it may not be the best technique for you or how your body works, but you won’t really know until you keep an open mind and give it a try.

Finally, it also means being willing to put yourself out there and actually asking a higher belt the questions that you happen to come up with. If you feel a bit resistant to this idea trust me, as a hardcore introvert and someone who never wants to feel like they are inconveniencing someone, I’m right there with you- but I think you will find that if you actually take the time to ask a higher belt some things that you have been mulling over, more often than not I would say there’s a good chance you will find yourself pleasantly surprised at the reaction to your question. I know I’m always happy to chat and answer questions that lower belts ask: it shows they are really thinking about the actions they are taking, the techniques they are learning, and trying to come up with solutions or tweaks in order to improve their jiu jitsu.

Just some thoughts for the day- stay curious, my friends.

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