Happy Friday! Parisian Smog Edition

So this is interesting: apparently Paris is taking some massive action to work on reducing the smog that has been blanketing the city- apparently the worst they’ve seen in the past 10 years.

Read all about it and have a great weekend everyone!

 

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Article on Rib Injuries and How to Deal with Them

Hey Everyone,

Stephan Kesting has an article on dealing with rib injuries you’re more or less bound to receive while training BJJ.

All I can add to this article is when getting back into training, it’s helpful to buy a neoprene wrap to use while drilling, etc. Thing to note however- if you walk into a sporting good store, there’s a chance they will have no idea what you are talking about if you just refer to it as a “neoprene body wrap”. So then you may need to refer to them as a waist trainer, mainly because the myth of spot reduction weight loss is still going strong. They should then know what you are talking about and point you in the right direction. After you stop dying a little on the inside.

Totally speaking from personal experience.

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

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Article on Things A Black Belt Wish They Had Known When Starting Jiu Jitsu

Hey Everyone,

Val Worthington has an article on things she wish she had known when starting jiu jitsu. I definitely agree with the majority of them: I still wish I could find a gi that perfectly fits though. Sigh…. Someday.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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New Belts and a New Space!

We had a great night on Friday- 12 belt promotions and stripes galore, all in our brand new space!

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We recently moved to a space with a lot more square footage, and what better way to break in the new space than with a couple of promotions! A bunch of blue belts, a couple of promotions to purple and a handful of students promoted to brown…I’m so happy for my teammates.

Congrats everyone!

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Happy Friday! French Rap Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

So, I’ve been working on learning French recently…Well, for a while I was trying to learn about 5 languages at once- I realized I wasn’t given any of them the proper attention so I decided to prioritize my languages and so for now, French is my only focus.  In addition to going through lessons with Duolingo (a pretty handy language learning service) I’ve also been listening to French rap- for a while it was MC Solaar, and for now I’m listening to this guy a lot, Maitre Gims.

Take a moment to listen, or not- regardless, have  great weekend everyone!

 

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Traveling and Celebrating (Not Too Soon Though)

Whoops- it’s been a minute since I posted last. Sorry everyone: I’ve been traveling, celebrating Thanksgiving with family and hopping on planes and such the past couple of days.

I’m not much one for celebrating the holidays early, but I know a number of people who are- a friend of mine and former teammate posted this on Facebook and it speaks to me on a personal (funny) level.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Study Shows Salmonella Thrives in Salad Bags

So, admittedly this is not terribly jiu jitsu related, but it’s diet related and therefore in a “6 degrees to jiu jitsu” kind of way it’s related, but apparently according to a recent study salmonella thrives in salad bags.

Whomp, whomp.

Anyway, check out the article, be wary of any salads you happen to buy in bags and have a great day everyone!

 

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Article on the Importance of Local Tournaments for Aspiring BJJ Competitors

Hey everyone, Jiu Jitsu times has an article on the importance of local tournaments when you are aspiring to be a frequent competitor.

Check it out, and have a great day!

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Science! Long Term Cannabis Use may Make You Age Faster

I have some sad, sad news for some jiu jitsu players- particularly Eddie Bravo. According to a recent study, long term cannabis use can negatively effect your cardio vascular health and overall make you age faster.

Sorry, dude.

Although also to be fair, the article says nothing about cannabis use vs tobacco use: between the two I would think tobacco smoking would be worse,  but that’s just my opinion.

Check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu and Competition: Nevertheless, I am Willing

So we’re starting a bookclub at work pretty soon, and the book we’re all reading beforehand is called Mastering Life’s Energies: Simple Steps to a Luminous Life at Work and Play. I’m not one to really read self-help books: it’s usually science and history or sci-fi/fantasy for me, but it’s pretty well written so it hasn’t been that much of a chore to read.

It talks a good deal about dealing with objections and doubts in a way that feels less of a struggle or grind to achieve your goal(s), and I feel has a lot to do with jiu jitsu, particularly competing.

There’s a section of the book in which it asks you to perform an exercise: I’m going to (poorly) summarize it, but think of something you have wanted to do that causes you a lot of anxiety, and frame all the anxious sentiments with the ending “nevertheless, I am willing.” When put into a competition angle, it may look something like this:

“I am scared to compete: nevertheless, I am willing.”

“I’m worried that I’m going to get crushed out there: nevertheless, I am willing.”

“The idea of getting in front of a bunch of people and fighting this complete stranger is nerve wracking: nevertheless, I am willing.”

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have found out (the hard way) that ignoring your anxiety- or worse, dwelling on it- does little to reduce it, but in fact in some ways makes it worse. By acknowledging this anxiety, but focusing your thoughts towards your purpose, your goal, it should lead to a (small) peace of mind.

Just my two cents: let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

 

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