Article on Whether or Not You Should Train When Tired

Hey everyone, Stephan Kesting has a couple of videos on whether or not you should train when you are really tired. Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Muscle Protein Involved in Sleep Regulation

Hey everyone- a recent study showed that skeletal muscle protein lessens sleep deprivation in mice, which could have some exciting possibilities for treating insomnia.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Meteor Shower Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Well, NASA is being a little bit of a killyjoy- or establishing realistic expectations. Guess it depends on how you look at it, I suppose. They have stated that the meteor shower that’s supposed to happen on the 13th will not be “the brightest ever”, despite what all of  your friends say on Facebook.

It should still be impressive however- check out the article and have a great weekend everyone!

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Article on Items to Pack for a Tournament

Hey guys, it’s a hectic week, but if you all have a moment check out the article from Grapplers Planet on What to Pack for a Tournament. Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Alien Life Edition

Well this is pretty interested: was first sounded like there was a ridiculous job in NASA defending us from Aliens, actually sounds like a pretty interesting position. Basically, NASA is hiring to make sure when exploring space, we avoid accidentally contaminating Earth with foreign bacteria or matter from Mars, and vice versa. Not that I think there is anything truly malicious or anything that would make for a science horror film, but invasive species of flora and insects are totally a thing here, so why not be concerned about the same thing across planets.

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

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Coaching and What it Means to You

So I’ve had a professional coach for the past few months, and frankly I’ve been having some trouble really finding a groove with that coach. I’m starting to wonder if at least part of the problem has to do with what a “coach” means to me, especially with my background in jiu jitsu.

While I’m not expecting the coach at my job to show me some new, slick submissions, I think there are some expectations that I may be bringing in to the relationship due to past experience. For instance, your coach is also usually your instructor- for the most part, anyway. They are usually intimate with your struggles because they have seen you train, they have rolled with you on occasion and have watched you roll with others, pointing out certain positions or sticking points and offering suggestions how to get around them.

To be fair, that may not be everyone’s experience when it comes to coaching. Maybe your teacher and your coach to two entirely different people- the coach being there to lead and motivate, while the teacher is there to perform more of the day to day tasks.

Do I think a coach needs to be there every single time you train? No, but I think they should be around on a fairly regular enough basis to understand your style, so they can aptly and accurately offer suggestions on how to better your game. Or really work to get to know the person by asking questions about common sticking points, and seeing what sticks in order to work on common problem areas, brainstorming or offering suggestions that the person being coached can then put their own spin on.

What does having a coach mean to you? Just curious. Let me know- otherwise have a great day everyone!

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Canada Outlawing BJJ Tournaments: The Saga Continues

Yet again- what the hell, Canada?

So we previously talked about how Canada had some problems with jiu jitsu tournaments, considering jiu jitsu as a combat sport.

Apparently one organization basically said, “well, we’re doing this anyway” and held a tournament in Ontario. Bold move, friends. Bold move. Apparently the police showed up- rather than arresting anyone however they hung out and posed for photos with participants.

The whole thing is just strange, to be honest. You can read more about it on Grapplers Planet: check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Results and Thoughts on EBI 12

Last night was the 12th Eddie Bravo Invitational, or EBI 12. This one was particularly interesting because it was an all women card. I was only able to watch the first round and two matches in the quarter finals (because of that whole pesky “work in the morning thing”) but it seemed to be a pretty exciting event.

The eventual winner was Erin Blanchfield over Gabi McComb via armbar in overtime- good for her.

The only other thing I’ll say about the event is that while combat jiu jitsu- striking while on the ground- seems like a good idea in theory, watching it in practice I’m not totally sold on it. I think it’s more appropriate if the match is being stalled one way or another, but in the little I saw, it seemed like competitors were trying to strike one another while a legitimate submission attempt was going on, which was a little silly in my opinion.

Those are just my thoughts. Also, having an event at 9pm on a Sunday night would not be my top pick for an event. Especially while Game of Thrones is running. Just sayin’.

For those who watched, what were your impressions? Also, for anyone who missed the event, you can find them here.

Have a great day everyone!

 

 

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Happy Friday! Sensory Deprivation Edition

Happy Friday everyone! So I’m thinking about possibly trying out a sensory deprivation tank- seems like it would be an interesting experience. download.jpg

Funny enough, I know Rafael Lovato Jr. seems to be a fan of them (based on his social media activity). Anyone else try them? What did you think?

Let me know- otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!

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Science! Study Shows Drinking Sugary Beverage with Meal Could Promote Fat Storage

Huh, well this is pretty interesting: turns out a recent study showed that drinking a beverage that’s full of sugar with a high protein meal could reduce the body’s metabolic efficiency and prompt the body to store more fat.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

 

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