Science! Study Suggests Seasons Can Actually Change Your Brain

Huh, this is interesting: a study was recently published which suggested different parts of the brain are more active during the different seasons.

“While these are interesting observations, [it is pointed] out that the team currently has no insight as to how this process could happen.”

Well, balls. It’s interesting to consider though.

Check it out and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Article from Bloody Elbow: Former Wrestler Made Up Story of Wrestling Mountain Lion

I didn’t know that this was a thing, but apparently some former wrestler claimed that he wrestled a mountain lion while hiking with his son. And to the complete surprise of no one, the man has come around to admit that the story is false. I have no idea why he would make up a story about that in the first place, but then again there are a lot of silly things that people do that just don’t make sense.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Choke Yawn

We’re practicing chokes this week, and my teammate pointed this out while I was in the middle of yawning- the choke yawn: the yawn that you get because your brain wants an extra dose of oxygen in between repetitions. I guess it beats the “choke nap”.

Have you experienced the choke yawn? Let me know, otherwise have a great day everyone!

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I Got Kicked Out of a Grappling Tournament (with Everyone Else)

Well, that’s a first.

You may have heard about this over the weekend: NAGA (aka, North American Grappling Association) held a tournament in Glassboro, NJ. Even though they called it NAGA Philadelphia. Yeah, I don’t really get it either.

Anyway, the venue turned out to be waaay too small for the event, and the fire marshal for the town came and kicked everyone out of the space. Eventually they let people back into the space, but there was such a back up that a lot of competitors dropped out, and understandably so: any sort of estimated start time was totally tossed out the window, as the venue owner had to count exactly how many people walked in and out of the venue.

So, anyway- how was your Saturday?

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Happy Friday! Office Space Printer Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I threatened to have an “Office Space” moment with the printer in my office earlier this week- for those who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, or just need the satisfying sight of someone taking a baseball bat to a malfunctioning printer, take a look at the video below:

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Please, Please- No Rings on the Mat

I can’t stress this enough: wedding rings, earrings, nose rings, toe rings and everything in between- please take that stuff off.

I’m not telling you this due to some distaste for jewelry, I am just legitimately worried that you will end up injuring yourself or a partner- the mere idea of what could potentially happen makes my stomach turn a bit.

Earrings can be ripped out, so can nose piercings, etc., not to mention fingers can get broken and then some medical professional is going to have cut your wedding ring off.

Trust me kids, as they say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So please, I’m sure you love those earrings, and no one is going to judge you for taking off your wedding ring: please keep yourself and your teammates safe, and leave them off of the mat.

That’s all- have a great day everyone!

 

 

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Trying Something New, Now and Again

Guys, I had to do a spinning class yesterday (long story, essentially it was part of a work thing) and my legs are pretty damn sore right now.

While jiu jitsu will always be my preferred form of exercise and stress relief, it’s nice to try something different now and again. Maybe try out a different class in your academy, if nothing else to say that you did it. I’m not saying you should stop doing jiu jitsu, but it doesn’t hurt to expand your horizons once in a while.

Have you tried any new sports or activities recently? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Article Challenging You to Pick Someone Much Larger to Train With

Jiu jitsu Times has thrown down the gauntlet and has challenged all of us to try something: to train with someone who is much bigger than you.

I tend to do this on a (somewhat) regular basis, but if you don’t, I would suggest doing so. Read the article if you would like, and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Exercise Does Not Always Mean Weight Loss

While we know anecdotally that exercise is not the all encompassing answer to weight loss, we now have science to back it up: a recent study showed that while there will be a significant spike in calorie expenditure when initially being more active, the body will eventually adapt and end up burning less calories.

Our bodies are almost frustratingly efficient sometimes.

Anyway, check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Reflection Edition

Happy Friday everyone! 

I mentioned something about this last night in the gym after training, but I wanted to mention it here as well. 

Think about your past couple of training sessions: what went well, what didn’t, what could have gone better-regardless of whether or not it was successful or not. Think, reflect, and think about ways to improve. There’s always room to improve, to move forward and do better. 

Just some food for thought: have a great weekend everyone! 

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