Article on 5 Lessons to Learn from Marcelo Garcia

Hey Everyone,

Jiu Jitsu Magazine has an article on Marcelo Garcia and 5 lessons you can learn from him in regards to jiu jitsu.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Charity Power Hour

So this really isn’t jiu jitsu related, but it’s all about making the world a little better and being just a little more excellent to each other, so I’m down for it.

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Yesterday my company raised money to build more permanent shelters for people living in third world countries through a non-profit called New Story. It costs $6,000 to build one of these homes, and we set a challenge to raise all the money in one hour- and we did it, with 2 minutes to spare!

What’s impressive in my opinion is how transparent they are with their costs: they have a google spreadsheet that tells you everything your donated money goes towards, which is pretty cool.

Feel free to check it out, donate, or maybe put together a fundraiser of your own in order to sponsor the building of a house for a family in need.

And party on, dudes.

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Article on Suggestions for Drilling for BJJ

Hey Guys,

Dirty White Belt has an article on “How to Drill for BJJ”. He makes some good points- check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Overtraining in Martial Arts

It’s a hard pill to swallow, admitting that you are potentially overtraining. You want to keep pushing, to keep going and to keep improving, but if you’re are consistently pushing at that pace all the time, then there’s a very real chance that you are doing more harm to yourself then good.

Check out Stephen Kesting’s article on the subject, and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Brain may Have a Role in Fighting Bacterial Infections

Well this is neat: according to an article from IFLScience, the brain may play a role in how we fight off bacterial infections. The article specifically talks about the bacteria e. coli, but it has interesting implications for other bacterial infections, such as the one all grapplers fear, MRSA.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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That Awkward Photo Moment While Training…

A few months ago we had a pretty large promotion class/ceremony at our gym, and we even had a photographer (ooh, fancy) come out and take photos of the event.

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In addition to taking some great shots of our promotions, the photogrpaher took some photos of all of us training, which included some fun/interesting action shots-

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Some fun poses-

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and so naturally (as one does) I looked through the set to see if there were any fun action shots of me…

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Nope. Just one of my big, gross forehead veins. Yay!

Further proof that I’m not a terribly photogenic person.

Ah well, at least we all had a good time.

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Competition: Going with a Group vs a “Lone Ranger” Competitor

We have a policy at our academy that may seem a little strange to some, but it works pretty well for us: when it comes to a jiu jitsu competition, unless there’s some special circumstance, no one competes alone. You at least have one other person with you (preferably a coach) and under ideal conditions we bring a whole team of people to a tournament.

I’ve seen the “lone ranger” sort of competitor: the guy without a coach or even another teammate to cheer them on. I’m curious to hear if someone prefers it this way. Personally, I like the idea of having an entire team attend an event, to share the experience and memories with.

Do other people prefer it the other way? If so, why? I imagine there’s some benefit that I’m just not aware of, and am curious to know what it might be.

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

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Happy Friday! Words of Wisdom Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

If I have one word of advice to give you, it’s this: don’t cut the bottom of your foot. It’s like a papercut, just 100 times worse and will take forever to heal if you happen to be even a somewhat active person.

That’s my life lesson for all of you: have a great weekend!

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Embrace the New Year’s Newbies

Around this time of year you tend to see memes and cartoons all lamenting the same thing: the gym or academy that one knows and loves being overrun by a bunch of “resolutioners”- people who decided to follow the mantra ‘new year, new me’ and signed up for some sort of gym membership or tried out a class: judo, bjj, crossfit, jazzercise, prancercise… You name it, they’re giving it a go in an attempt to be more physically active and lead a happier, healthier life, and some of them decide they would like to try jiu jitsu for the first time. They’re goofy, uncoordinated- they won’t know (or will forget) the gym’s protocols, etc.

And I say welcome them with patience and open arms.

We were all the goofy, uncoordinated newbie at one point: we all did stupid things, asked seemingly stupid questions, forgot certain bits of etiquette and protocol and what-have-you. Some of us may have even been those resolutioners ourselves that stuck around. But we persevered, and while it’s unlikely that all of those newcomers will stick around, it’s also unfair to blow those people off, or dismiss them out of hand just because they happened to start at the beginning of the year.

And yes, as I mentioned there is a chance that they will drop off after a couple of months. But I would rather that person have a positive association and memories of trying out jiu jitsu rather than someone feeling dismissed during their brief attempt at bjj.

Just my two cents- have a great day everyone!

 

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Thoughts on MMA Fighter Nunes

 

I have said before that I didn’t really have a favorite female MMA fighter- there was no one I was really rooting for- but I have to say Amanda Nunes is sort of winning me over.

She has a work ethic I admire, her recent win was impressive to say the least, and so far from what I’ve seen a sportsman like conduct that I prefer to see/hear about as opposed to the trash talking that’s now rampant in the sport and makes me cringe every.single.time.

Just some of my thoughts- let me know what you think, otherwise have a great day everyone!

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