An Article on the History of the Ezekial Choke

Well this is pretty neat- I don’t know about you but I’ve always wondered how the Ezekial choke got its name.

Fortunately someone was just as curious and way more motivated to find the answer to the question, and wrote a whole article about the story- and the man- behind the ezekial choke.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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The Whole Sport vs Martial Art Debate….Again.

So apparently Rickson Gracie had some thoughts on modern jiu jitsu and how “sport” jiu jitsu is terrible, and doesn’t translate to real life. Or something of that nature. I’m pretty sure he’s said something to this effect before.

Listen, it’s all fine and good to point out the differences between sport and “real life” jiu jitsu. Believe me, there are things I have done in tournament that would have probably killed me or left me paralyzed if I had done them on the street. However I think we can all agree at this point that in order to become proficient in jiu jitsu, you need to have some basis in self defense, and that people would adjust appropriately for the situation- because there’s some level of self preservation that kicks in.

I don’t think there’s anyone that would get into a street fight and think “Oh, this is totally the time to go for a berimbolo on this dude that’s swinging his fists at me.” Of course you’re going to try to stop this person from trying to attack you, and you’re going to use what you have learned in class in a way that will leave you the least injured. I think that’s the part that people who detract from sport jiu jitsu tend to forget: life doesn’t happen in a vacuum and the human race in general is pretty good at adapting to situations that arise. It’s at least one of the reasons for how we made it this far as a species.

Anyway, those are just my thoughts. Have a great day everyone!

 

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Jason Kelce’s Speech During the SuperBowl Parade

If I could tell you one thing about Philly, is that it loves the story of the underdog succeeding in the end, and that’s exactly what happened with the SuperBowl this year.

I did end up watching the parade go by (fortunately it rolled right in front of my office so I was able to watch it live from my desk) but I did not in fact watch Jason Kelce’s speech live: that would have required standing out in the cold with a bunch of drunk, rowdy people, which…. no thank you.

Jason Kelce did give a pretty great speech though, which is below if you would like to watch. It’s uncensored though, so I would suggest wearing some headphones or keeping the volume low because, well, it’s Philly. It’s a city full of F-bombs.

Also if you’re wondering, he’s dressed like a Mummer- and for those who are not sure what that is, it’s a group that holds a parade on New Year’s Day which the city started to keep Philadelphians from shooting their guns in the air to celebrate the New Year. No, I’m not kidding.

Anyway, enjoy and have a great day everyone!

 

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Happy Friday! Relatable Comic Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I find this comic to be pretty relatable: 27750447_1990923627589132_8517507435250552423_n

You can do this, or you just start calling them what you think their name should be: I have called one of our white belts “John” several times…. His name is Matt.

He and I have laughed about this: he looks like a guy named John who works as a teacher, lives in the suburbs with a wife and two kids. And none of these things are actually the case for our friend Matt.

Anyway, enjoy and have a great day everyone!

 

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Foot Sweeps: Great Takedown Options for BJJ

I was just reading an article from Grapple Arts about some judo takedowns that the author feels are great for BJJ- he goes over the suma gaeshi, and the ura nage, but I would make an argument for foot sweeps.

They are pretty unassuming- not the fancy, fun throws that one thinks of when they hear judo. They are however very much a part of kodakan judo, and are great options when it comes to taking down an opponent.

While you may have to change up your entrance since bjj players prefer to stay low and bent over, I usually like a good ko uchi gari or uchi mata to get someone to the ground. My teammates have found success with some foot sweeps as well, including okuriashi harai and sasae tsurikomi ashi. The hardest parts of these throws really is timing: getting just the right moment to catch your opponent off balance.

Just some suggestions- again, not the huge throws that one thinks about, but they are effective and I would suggest giving them a try. That’s all for today- have a great day everyone!

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No, Philadelphia Did Not Burn to the Ground

I know, I’m surprised as well.

In case anyone is wondering what Philly looks like now- well, just like it did before: there was some toilet paper in the trees, some extra empty beers cans and bottles resting in the potted plants, but that was really about it. And I work pretty close to where everyone congregated Sunday night. We’ll see what the parade on Thursday will bring.

Anyway, I’ll get back to BJJ soonish, promise.

Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Crisco on Lampposts Edition

In case anyone thought it was a joke, Philadelphia really did put Crisco on their lampposts to keep people from climbing them, and the city has also learned two things in the process:

  1. If determined enough, people will still climb lampposts, no matter what slippery substance you coat them with.
  2. Crisco is in fact not water soluble- fortunately I think it’s also stable enough that while America’s favorite lard product has not washed off after multiple rain and snowstorms, it is also not producing a rancid odor. So we have that going for us.

Just wanted to share: have a great weekend everyone!

 

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BJJ Black Belt Draws Popular Cartoons as BJJ Players

This is pretty cute: apparently a BJJ black belt has been drawing different popular cartoon characters as doing jiu jitsu:

I feel like I’ve had a similar conversation with one of our students(still a white belt and got his gi embroidered with his name…just…sigh.)

Anyway, feel free to take a look and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Wash Your Hands Edition

I know I haven’t posted all week: I’ve been under the weather over the past few days- and what feels like the upteenth time this cold and flu season. I wash my hands what feels like ever hour, but apparently that hasn’t been enough.

Wash your hands and cover your mouths when you cough, people! Probably in the reverse order, now that I’m seriously thinking about it.

That’s all for now- have a great weekend!

 

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Happy Friday! Some Football Game is Happening this Weekend, I Think?

Happy Friday everyone!

So, full disclosure, I don’t watch football. There’s something infuriating to me about the stops, and the starts…and the stops, and the starts… and then someone moves two feet and then proceeds to do a little dance about it.

Anyway, I’m being told that there’s an important football game happening this weekend. And, in anticipation of Philadelphia being- well, Philadelphia- there have been multiple warnings to people that they should prepare for a riot.

Guys, that only happens when Philly wins.

Anyway, have a great weekend and hopefully you will not encounter a riot in your hometown this weekend.

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