Ryan Hall on Next Season of Ultimate Fighter

Oh hey, look at that: White Belt BJJ posted an article about the contestant line up for the newest season of Ultimate Fighter, and Ryan Hall is on the list.

Full disclosure- I haven’t really watched that many of Hall’s matches, or much of the Ultimate Fighter, for that matter. But, I’ve competed against his wife Jen a couple of times and we chat when we see eachother at tournaments, so I’m totally (unabashedly) biased and rooting for him to win.

Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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Stop Thinking and Just Go

Not that I’m really into talking about my teammates (I always think it’s sort of odd) but recently I’ve been working with one teammate on some fundamentals. This past week or so we’ve been talking about flow rolling and its benefits.

We’ve all been guilty of it, at some point or another: we think about what we want to do to the point where we will stop, and at that point the opportunity has already passed us by. Many of us have an inner monologue that plays while we roll, and sometimes that inner voice can be tremendously helpful- encouraging, telling us when we have our points, whatever. And it’s always encouraged to move efficiently, to advance with purpose. But sometimes you just need to tell that inner voice to shut up: you need to embrace the inner silence and just let your body do its thing, otherwise you think so much about what you are supposed to do that the actual opportunity to do whatever it is passes you right by. Sometimes you just need to trust in your muscle memory, trust in your jiu jitsu and just roll.

Just thought I would share. Have a great day everyone!

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Complete Results from ADCC 2015

So the ADCC tournament did actually happen this past weekend- unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to watch any of the matches, but from what I hear there were some pretty exciting matches.

You can check out the full results on BJJHeroes.com, and if you did watch any of the matches, let me know which ones you found to be the most interesting.

Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Tournament Musical Chairs Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

So what the heck is going on with the ADCC? I feel like every time I turn around someone is dropping out of this tournament and being replaced by someone else. So far all I can tell you with any certainty in regards to who is competing is Xande and…some people. Maybe. For now. Who the hell knows.

I guess check out the ADCC website for the most updated list? Or watch the event and see who shows up, I guess.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Flu Season is Early This Year….

For love of all that is holy, wash your hands, get your flu shot, take your vitamin C, and if you end up getting sick anyway, please stay home until you feeling better, or at lease are no longer contagious.

We appreciate the dedication, but really you’re just going to feel awful, you’re going to get other people sick, and really…

TONDq

Just a friendly public service announcement- have a great day everyone!

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Article on BJJ Skin Conditions

So it’s not something we really like to talk about, but there are some skin infections that we grapplers get that everyone should be aware of, for more effective treatment and prevention.

George-jitsu posted an article on four basic skin problems that grapplers tend to experience. Good hygiene is pretty crucial in the fight against these conditions- wash on a regular basis, and make sure to wear a clean gi.

Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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Both Ends of the Spectrum: Focusing on the Short Term and the Long Haul

Jiu jitsu has a pretty interesting progression, when you think about it. On the one hand we understand this is an art that takes twice as long to achieve your black belt as others: 8-10 years is a tremendously long time to do anything, really.

One the other hand there is a very steep learning curve in the beginning, and progress comes in jumps and spurts, not just a steady progression. So we focus on the short term- making sure we get to class, drilling a million times and training all the time, building ourselves up to that next level of progression.

And I think problems arise when someone focuses too much on one or the other. You focus too much on the short term, you become frustrated at the lack of progression, you focus too much on the long term you run the risk of becoming complacent or quitting.

By maintaining a balance between the two, you can focus on those little steps, but also keep in mind they are the smaller pieces to the (much) bigger picture, which will take some time to build.

…Those are just my thoughts for the moment. Have a great day everyone!

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Article on the Role of Your Professor in Jiu Jitsu

Good morning everyone! Grace Barra has an article on the role of the your professor. Check it out, and let me know if there are any other ones you can think of to add to the list- and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Awkward Shaka Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

There’s a pretty funny blog I highly recommend reading, called The Awkward Shaka. It’s pretty funny, and I think you guys will enjoy it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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BJJ Shower Thoughts

Have you heard of Shower Thoughts from Reddit? Just random musings that people come up with that are just random musings that can potentially be brilliant? For example:

“I have a feeling that Bruce Wayne would be better at fixing Gotham than Batman. Batman spends hours a day punching college dropouts when Bruce Wayne could create jobs by building the infrastructure that Gotham desperately needs and funding major job training initiatives.”

I’m sure we’ve all had random thoughts about jiu jitsu that could also qualify as shower thoughts. For example:

-Velcro on belts to keep them tied

-If you had to fight your BJJ twin (someone with literally the same game, submissions, etc) how would that match go?

-Does Eddie Bravo ever get confused by the all the different names he comes up with for techniques?

-if I change my name to something Portuguese sounding, will that make my jiu jitsu .02 percent better?

-Would you ever really be able to pass the guard of a professional contortionist?

These aren’t really meant to be taken seriously, obviously. Let me know if you’ve had any jiu jitsu shower thoughts of your own recently. Otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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