Article on Improving Your Jiu Jitsu Off the Mat

When it comes to getting better at jiu jitsu, there’s really nothing that beats drilling and training more: if you want to get better, you need to actually do the sport you want to get better at. Sometimes however that’s just not a possibility: obligations and circumstances can take you off the mat for an extended period of time, unfortunately. Revolution BJJ however has 5 suggestions for getting better at jiu jitsu while taking that time off of the mat.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Science! 100 Million Year Old Virus Found in Human Blood

This has nothing to do with jiu jitsu, I just think it’s pretty neat.

Researchers recently found a 100 million year old(!) virus in the blood of a pregnant woman, which is pretty rad. Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Relaxing in Class as a White Belt

We all know White Belts are sort of like puppies that get the zoomies (you know, the zoomies)- they are super amped to do all the things, and at times have a hard time concentrating at the task at hand even if they really want to.

The author over at BJJ Self Help has an article on what it means to “relax” as it relates to a white belt in class.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Slow Down if You’re Skipping Forward

So we drilling a sequence of techniques last night- you know, practicing A, then A to B if A is countered, and then going to C if the first two were shut down, etc., etc. I found myself trying to skip the first couple and trying to get to the end of the series. Admittedly the first couple that I was forgetting to practice were the more basic elements leading to the more difficult, but still it’s no excuse. Even if you think you are the master of the basics…you still need to practice the basics. There are so many little details and elements to even the fundamentals of jiu jitsu it’s hard to remember and execute on all of them. And who knows, practicing those fundamentals will open the opportunity to see how other techniques may relate, in addition to whatever it is you are drilling.

Also, unintended side effect, if you are a higher belt there is a chance there is some lower belt who may watch you go through the more basic moves for tips- not that they have a specific question per se, but they want to see someone more skilled at the particular technique performed by someone at a higher level. So in going through the basics, there’s a chance you’re not only helping yourself, but another teammate as well.

So, if you’re like me and you find that you are trying to skip to the end- stop. Take a breath, refocus, and work through all of the techniques, even if you may consider them to be more basic and would rather focus on the more complicated items. You could always use the review of the basics, and you never know who else you could be helping in the process.

That’s all I’ve got for today- have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Bold Statement Edition

Happy Friday everyone! I have a bold statement to make….

When it comes to low calorie ice creams, I don’t think Halotop is the best.

Come at me, bro.

I know they are enjoying their time in the sun- with fun flavors and slick marketing campaigns (or really weird ones). But personally I think Enlightened ice cream actually achieves the ice cream flavor that we’re all looking for, without all the calories, of course. Whenever I eat Halotop it always tastes on the verge of freezerburn: there’s always a slight hint of ice crystals in each pint. I don’t get that with the Enlightened ice creams- granted, they are sometimes rock hard when you buy the pint, but from what I understand that’s common with ice cream that’s been made with a sugar substitute like erythitol.

So, that’s my admission/bold statement for the day. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Giva Santana Seminar Review

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A couple of nights ago we had a seminar at our academy with Giva Santana- owner of One Jiu Jitsu, great jiu jitsu player, and overall a nice guy.

We went over a good deal of spider guard, sweeps from del la riva, some nifty armbars and a couple of cool other tips to think about adding to one’s game. Overall the seminar was fun and informative, with plenty of laughs and information that a student could take with them. I was happy to see our guys from all skill levels- from the guys that have been at the academy for over 10 years to some students that have been there for less than 30 days. Giva took the time to help everyone, and offered different levels of difficulty for techniques, so the white belts wouldn’t get lost and the more advanced guys had something to sink their teeth into. All in all if was a good night and we were glad to have the seminar in the academy.

That’s all I’ve got for now folks- have a good day everyone!

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Sakuraba to Face Frank Shamrock on October 15th Rizin Event

You know, you would think I would be a lot happier about this, but I’m not that terribly thrilled about this match.

Sakuraba is supposed to face Frank Shamrock in Japan on October 15th. Once upon a time I would be thrilled to see Sakuraba in the ring: now I’m just worried that his knees aren’t going to hold up. Not that I really have any say on the event, but jesus dude. I think it’s time to throw in the towel and stay in the grappling/MMA scene as a coach.

What do you guys think? Let me know and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Apparently Liking the Song “No Diggity” May Make You More Likely To Be A Psychopath

Well, crap.

I’m taking this study with a grain of salt, but apparently psychopaths enjoy rap and heavy metal rather than classical music and jazz.

Why we’re particularly targeting this sweet jam from Blackstreet, I’m not sure.

Also, can we talk about the kind of conversation that had to ensue in order to get this stock photo?

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I’m confused. And yet, intrigued.

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

 

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Close (Enough) to Halloween!

Guys….GUYS.

It’s almost Halloween!

We’re a little more than a month away from my favorite holiday- close enough that I find justification to listen to one of my favorite Halloween songs, which I am now sharing with you- enjoy and have a great day!

 

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Training, Coaching and the Like

Hey Everyone,

I know last week was a little bit of a doozy- rest assured I’m still training

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….and still working on trying to be photogenic. Also, contrary to what the photo may suggest, I do not have jaundice.

I’ve also been helping to coach/support our team:

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Just haven’t been posting much: I can’t totally promise that I’m back on the wagon, but I’m making an effort.

This past weekend we had a group of competitors raise money and compete in Tap Cancer Out: it’s a great tournament for a great cause, and if one’s coming through your area I would highly suggest checking it out.

Have a great day everyone!

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