Monthly Archives: July 2012

Olympic Jiu Jitsu: not yet

I sort of understand, and yet don’t, as to why jiu jitsu is not an olympic sport yet. I know it’s probably going to be an exhibition sport for the 2016 olympics, but I am referring to the possibility of it becoming an actual event in the Olympics.

I’m sure someone’s asked, and someone much more dedicated has found the official answer, but I feel part of it has to do with the lack of governing bodies in the sport, which is sort of relative to its age.

As I’ve mentioned before, governing bodies of jiu jitsu in the states is sort of like the wild west- sure, there’s supposed to be law and order, and there are those in the process of working to tame it, but there is still a lot of uncharted territory, because in the timeline of sports, jiu jitsu is still fairly new. And I am sure this lack of higher jiu jitsu government is also in an issue in a number of other countries as well. IBJJF/CBJJF is working to fill that void, but it’s going to take time.

I’m sure there are probably other reasons out there as well, but I’m sure that’s not helping the case. Give it time though: not to look down on other athletes, but they have curling and dressage as Olympic sports, I would hope they would add jiu jitsu to the list.

Just a tuesday morning musing. Have a good day everyone!


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Jiu Jitsu Feet

Pardon my grammar, but I’ve got mad calluses, yo.

Last night on a whim I bought a Ped-Egg, basically micro-plane for your feet. Which, to me immediately begs the question who looked at a micro-plane (you know, that grater in the kitchen you use for zesting lemons and finely grating cheese) and either thought about, or actually began to use one on their feet.

Anyway, I think a combination of jiu jitsu, my own preference for walking around the house in bare feet, and the fact that I have been wearing flip flops a lot, um, yeah, my feet are gross.

I think I used that thing for a combined 15 minutes last night, and there are parts of my feet that are still definitely callused, they just look less dirty.

So if anyone knows a salon in the Philadelphia area that does pedicures and happens to have a belt sander on the premises, please by all means let me know.


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Ah Ha! Win!

No real posting tonight, because I just spend the past 1/2 hour to 45 minutes trying to figure out something for work, and mission accomplished! But it ate up all the time I had to write.

Ah well, tomorrow’s another day.

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Muscle Pharm Assault Pre-Workout Supplement

So Max got a bunch of supplement samples at work from a GNC rep and brought them home to try. One of the samples that happen to catch my eye was a pre-workout supplement from Muscle Pharm called Assault. I decided to give it a try and possibly give you all a review.

The intended purpose of this supplement is to help you “train like an unchained beast”. And by that, the company means this supplement is intended to provide you with energy and supplements to help preserve muscular endurance as well as assist in muscle recovery.

First there is the look of the product itself. Other than the fitness keywords/buzzwords plastered all over the product (high performance! Anti-fatigue! STRENGTH DOMINATION) (btw I am totally not making this up, these are actually on the package) it’s pretty par for the course, geared toward males who either train hard, or think they train hard.

They come in different flavors that I can’t think of off the top of my head at the moment, but I tried the fruit punch flavor. The box we had contained separate single serve packets with a variety of flavors. The directions advise you to mix one full packet into 8-16 oz of water 20-30 minutes before working out. I took a packet with me to work, and decided to give it a try an hour before working in case there were any adverse effects.

Half of the packet into about 6 to 8 oz of cold water and stirred. The water turned a bright watermelon hue and didn’t completely mix, even after a couple of tries stirring, whisking even, if that’s possible with a small plastic coffee straw.

The taste was overly sweet, and was pretty off putting in that regard. I pushed through and waited for some sort of effect. As far as I could tell I didn’t feel much of a difference, but maybe it was because I only took half of the recommended amount.

It may be for some, especially for those with a raging sweet tooth, but not really for me. A photo of my mixing efforts:


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Long Days, Late Nights

My schedule is a little full at the moment, but I still plan on posting once a day.

Stay tuned!

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The “Why Does That Hurt” Game

Has anyone else done this? You sit with a friend or training partner and say “my (whatever) hurts” and then proceed to think about your previous training sessions, and then hypothesize about what you could have done to yourself.

No? Oh, well…carry on then.

If so, sometimes it’s not so easy, right? Usually you can clearly remember stumbling on a sidewalk or stubbing your toe on a cabinet door, but when training you are faced with several potential candidates sometimes.

And that, my friends, is the “why does that hurt?” game.


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Heart to Heart With Coach

I’m not sure what the situation is at other schools, but I feel our academy and team is lucky enough to have a coach who is willing to take the time out to talk with team members, and wants to know what is going on with everyone: to understand “where everyone’s head is at”. We all have different goals when it comes to jiu jitsu, different levels of involvement, and even different situations going on personally, so it’s a pretty smart move in my opinion. I recently had a chat with him because of some pressure and stress that were completely self-inflicted, and I came away from the conversation feeling a lot better. It’s also always great to be able to talk to your teammates, don’t get me wrong, but just as you have more experience then say a lower belt, your instructor more often than not will have the most experience in the training, competing and everything that entails.

I know this may not be the case in some academies out there, but I am definitely glad that we are the kind of school which has that kind of rapport.

So I’m feeling better, have a little homework to do, but I definitely feel less stressed, so mission accomplished, hooray!


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Sometimes, Tournaments are Boring to Watch

That’s right, I said it. If you don’t have someone in the division competing, and if it’s not some crazy black belt fight, and you have been hanging around the venue for what feels forever, sometimes tournaments can be boring to watch. I have friends and family that insist they want to see me compete: which is a lovely gesture that I truly appreciate, however if I or my teammates are not competing or about to compete, sitting around in a gymnasium for several hours can be kind of boring. I can only imagine this is at least twice as bad when you have no idea really what is going on.

There is always the chance something crazy, but that’s really not something you want to bank on. So friends and family, as much as I appreciate the thought and the interest in what I am doing, it would be much more comfortable for you to watch whatever footage is available of the tournament.

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Awkward Merit Badges

I just found this on Imgure. Just because we’re all dedicated to a sport doesn’t mean we don’t have an awkward moment or two in our lives. For that, here’s a merit badge!:

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Sometimes the Cup is Just Full

Yet again I promised I would make it to a Muay Thai class, and yet again I failed in sticking around. I feel like a bribe may be in order, to convince myself to stick around for the extra hour and a half, like say an acai smoothie (mmmm….delicious!)  which may totally undo all the good that is done during the actual class, but hey, it’s a bribe, it’s supposed to be delicious and decadent.

Or I could just admit that at the moment, the metaphorical cup is full. In addition to work, my schedule involves a lot of training….and working out…and more training, and maybe even more training in a different martial art isn’t exactly what I need right now. For some reason I am ridiculously prone to over-training/under-recovering, and where I am at the moment just may be exactly where I need to be.

We all do it to ourselves: we somehow come to the belief that we are not strong enough, fast enough, and we need to work harder to get there. And to be perfectly honest, more often than not we are right. We rarely push ourselves when we really need to. Bot occasionally we really do push ourselves to a point where it is just not physically possible to add anymore to the pile- to fill the cup any further. And we have to be okay with that for the moment: our bodies adapt, situations change, and we can add more on, but there does need to be a period of adjustment, and that’s ok.

…But now I really want an acai smoothie. D’oh!



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