Mackenzie Dern Beat Gabi Garcia in Semi Finals Match at Abu Dhabi World Pro 2015


Last week during the Abu Dhabi World Pro Tournament, Mackenzie Dern won the semi finals match against Gabi Garcia, which you can watch here:

According to a comment on the video, someone mentioned Gabi there was an issue with the points, saying she deserved two for throwing Dern. I actually watched the video to see what she was talking about, and I can see what she’s talking about- it happens around 3:40-3:45 of the video, at the same time I can see why the ref didn’t call it.

What do you think? Did she deserve the two points, or no? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day!


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Happy Friday: Judo Fever Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

There’s apparently an outbreak in our academy: an outbreak of Judo fever.

Teammates are sharing stories of performing uchi-komis (practicing the form of the throw- basically pantomiming the throw repeatedly) at work and other public, non-academy places.

I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have an urge now and again to do the same: however I also sit at work for most of my day so I haven’t had an opportunity to act on said urge.

Has something like this ever happened at your academy? Let me know- otherwise, have a great weekend!

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Article from BJJ Brick on General Training Rules

The author of BJJ Brick has an article on their blog about the 19 general rules to go by when training in BJJ.

Check it out, and let me know if there is anything you would like to add to the list. Otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Science! Excessive Intake of Vitamin Supplements May Increase Cancer Risk

You know how they talk about there being too much of a good thing? Apparently vitamin supplements can also fall under that category.

According to IFLScience, an article was published by the University of Colorado Cancer Center in which researchers analyzed data regarding vitamin usage and cancer, and found that those who took more than was necessary actually increased their risk of developing cancer. according to the post:

“We are not sure why this is happening at the molecular level,” explains researcher Tim Byers, “but evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer.”

Ruh roh. The post goes on to assure us all not to panic, that these vitamins in the correct dosage should be beneficial for everyone.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Ralek Gracie and Foot in Mouth Syndrome, Caught on Tape

Jiu Jiu wrote an article on her blog about how Ralek Gracie basically spent 15 minutes putting his foot in his mouth. 

First, I applaud her for taking the time to watch the whole damn thing. I absolutely hate the straight on, close up shots the organization seems to be so fond of when it comes to interview footage- I don’t know what it is, it just really gets on my nerves.

Anyway, apparently he spends the time talking about how his comment was not sexist, but rather out of context, and all other sorts of things I have no interest in hearing at the moment (sorry, not sorry).

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

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Article on Why America Needs Jiu Jitsu

Good morning everyone! Sorry, short on time today, but here’s a nice article on why America needs jiu jitsu.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! The Power of Touch Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Groundwork BJJ has a blurb on their site about an article on the power of touch among BJJ students.

Check it out, and have a great weekend everyone!

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Science! Study Suggests Steroids Increase Chances of Testicular Cancer

Confessional moment: I almost added “for Males” at the end of the title of this blog post, but considering testicular cancer is pretty specific to one gender, I felt that was a little redundant.

Anyway, as if there wasn’t enough cost and risk associated with using performance enhancing drugs, now apparently one study shows that use of this junk also increases the risk of gentlemen losing a part of their junk.

…That was terribly crude, I’m sorry.

Anyway, the article states, “[Brown University Professor] Zheng found that [Muscle-Building Supplement] users were 1.65 times as likely to get testicular cancer as those who did not use the supplements. Moreover, Zheng says, “If you used at [an] earlier age, you had a higher risk. If you used them longer, you had a higher risk. If you used multiple types, you had a higher risk.” The danger more than doubled for those who started using before they turned 25, as well as for those who used for more than three years or used more than one kind.”

Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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Article on BJJ, Puzzles and Problems

John Will from Australia wrote a little blurb about how problems are annoying, but puzzles are fun and how we are all essentially problem/puzzle solvers on and off the mat, and I agree with him.

Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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Being a Black Belt is Kind of Like Being a Parent….

Over the past couple of months I’ve realized that in some way, being a black belt is sort of like being a parent. It’s definitely more than just teaching techniques- people look to you for guidance (mainly in regards to jiu jitsu, but sometimes not), even when you are not entirely sure of the next course of action.


You come in early, or you stay late after class because someone has a question or needs help. You patiently explain- again, and again- a particular concept, but then you have the reward of seeing their eyes light up when they finally get it or successfully complete the technique.

You get up early for events you are not even participating in, to take photos and support those who are taking part. And if this past weekend is any indication, I’m going to be the best, or worst mom ever:

Hey, is that so-and-so’s mom?


Is she really napping in the bleachers?



You (at least appear) to have this certain level of authority, but you also encourage lower ranks to think for themselves, to express their own personalities and creativity, so they too can progress in their jiu jitsu and take on a leadership/parental role in the academy- to develop into a full fledged adult, if we’re continuing with that analogy.

And speaking personally, you do it all because you care about your teammates, you want them to succeed, and sincerely wish for their success and happiness, just like you would for any family member you care about.


Just wanted to share with you all. Have a great day everyone!


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