Science! Study Suggests We Pass “Memories” on Through DNA

Well, this is pretty neat: apparently there are some studies being done that suggest “memories” can be passed potentially by DNA, which makes me wonder just what kind of memories jiu jitsu people are imprinting onto their DNA.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Video on Stretches to Use Post BJJ Class

Hey Everyone,

Sorry, I’m in a bit of a rush today, but here’s a video on some stretches we all could probably use after class.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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BJJ: Get Uncomfortable and Work on your Weaknesses

Recently I gave one of our lower ranked girls a challenge- to solely work on her bottom game for 90 days. She has a really strong top game, and it was an area for improvement that I noticed while rolling with her.

And she’s actually stepping up to the challenge, which I’m really happy about: we’ve been going over some tricky situations she’s finding herself in at the bottom, and the repeated exposure and intentional move of pushing herself out of her comfort zone will ultimately pay off in the long run.

It sucks, to be sure, to throw yourself into an uncomfortable position, and it’s tremendously tempting to just work on the things you do well. People love to be good to something, and to play to their strengths. Real progress can be made however when you can take a good hard look at your weaknesses and challenge yourself to work on them. It makes you a more well rounded player, and you may even find more strengths (and weaknesses) than before.

So, take a moment and try to challenge yourself: you might be surprised at what you find.

Have a great day everyone!

 

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BJJ and Competition: It Pays to Be Nice

I had this conversation recently while at a function over the weekend: most of the time in sports, but particularly in BJJ it really pays to engage in sportsmanlike conduct on the mat, and to be nice off the mat.

Part of it really has to do with attrition: as you advance in the sport, more and more you will find that you are fighting the same people. You start to recognize faces, you remember names (even if you are terrible at remembering names like I am). And the higher you go, the more often you will see that person- if all of you decide to continue competing.

It’s much easier on all of you to continue competing if you are on good terms with everyone. Think of it this way- what situation would you rather walk into, a tournament where you are basically meeting up with old friends, you all duke it out and win or lose  you are shaking hands with everyone while laughing and smiling? Or you walk into a tournament where you have a problem with everyone, and everyone has a problem with you, and all of you awkwardly ignore each other before and after you fight? Personally, I would prefer the former, but to each their own.

And also, it’s just plain common decency to be nice to one another. We’re all taking time out of our schedules and lives to fight one another, which should be acknowledged and appreciated.

So, in summary be nice to one another, because you never know when you are going to meet that person again…and again… and again…

Have a great day everyone!

 

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A Tale of Two BJJ Seminars

Hey Everyone,

Last week our academy had two great seminars take place- one was with David Avellan to go over his “Kimura Trap” system, and the other was with de La Riva black belt Vicente Junior and Samir Chantre.

It was definitely interesting to have both seminars in the same week: both were great seminars and all the instructors were friendly and knowledgeable, but also it gave us great opportunities to learn a lot of material and compare the two seminar instruction styles.

First, Avellan seems to have the seminar routine down pat: he started the seminar right on time, informing us there was a lot to get through so let’s get the party started. And there was a lot of information- he even had an org chart printed out of all the items he intended to go through. For a three hour seminar he managed to cram a lot in, answer questions and still keep the momentum going, going over all the different positions from where you can attack with a kimura: from full guard, half guard, stand up, tying your shoes, doing your taxes- all of it.

The second seminar was a little slower paced: as you know people will inevitably show up late to a seminar, so we started a little late. It was more broken up into two smallerish seminars, Vicente or “VJ” going over some of the finer details of the de la Riva guard, and Chantre showing some sweeps from the leg lasso open guard. There was a good deal about certain fundamentals, and a focus on some finer details that people tend to forget about the de la Riva guard. The leg lasso portion had some interesting sweeps and details I hadn’t seen before, so that was pretty interesting.

Again, both seminars were fun and full of instruction, instructors were all friendly helpful, and it was a pleasure to experience both (very different) teaching styles.

 

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Article on the Grappling Styles of the Pacific

Hey Everyone,

GrapplingArts has an interesting article on the different styles of grappling throughout the pacific region of the world.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on How Your Gi is Made

Hey Everyone,

If you happened to be interested in just how your gi is made, gireviews.net has an article all about it- check it out and have a great day!

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Coaching in BJJ and Life: It Takes Two (At Minimum)

Val Worthington wrote a great article about being honest about your goals and your willingness to commit your time and energy to them. I find this to be a bit funny and apt, as I am in the middle of applying for a coach in my professional life.

I agree with her sentiment that it’s a waste of everyone’s time to state intentions and then ignore the follow through. Coaching- in sports, or even the professional world- is a two way street. It requires cooperation and commitment on both ends in order for it to truly be successful.

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

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Happy Friday: NY Open Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

IBJJF’s NY Open is this weekend- is anyone going? Let me know, and have a great weekend everyone!

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Science! Article on Possibly Why Deep Breathing Calms You

We tell people all the time to breathe in jiu jitsu: while we usually give students that instruction so they don’t hyperventilate or become out of breath while rolling, sometimes it;s also a way to get the person to calm down, and science is possibly starting to figure out why.

According to the article on IFLScience, “there is a small patch of neurons in your brain that keeps tabs on how you’re breathing, and then relays this data to another part of the brain responsible for your state of mind. Researchers found that if these neurons were killed in mice, the rodents became far more relaxed and had a reduced sense of alertness.”

Sort of makes sense- if you’re breathing heavily, your brain thinks it’s under duress and increases anxiety.

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

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