Monthly Archives: April 2013

Blue belt Promotions at the Gym

Congratulations to our guys who got stripes and our two new blue belts, Justin and John- great job, guys!

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Advantages for Women in Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jiu wrote another post regarding the other side of the gender issue when it comes to women in jiu jitsu. It’s an interesting read, I read through her list of advantages. While I agree some of them are indeed advantages, some of them I feel are actually disadvantages, more specifically a smaller pool of competitors in tournaments.

Anyway, I would recommend it: check it out!

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Uses for Tournament T-Shirts

So, real talk, some (most) shirts they give away at tournaments are pretty awful. The IBJJF ones have been getting better, but even they still some have some misses here and there. I will share with you guys what is, to me, the worst tournament t-shirt I have ever received.


It was the first time this guy had run a tournament like this, and didn’t really know what to put on the t-shirts. Kudos to him for trying, but yeah, I do not consider this a “good” tournament shirt.

But, it’s a free shirt, and people like free stuff, right? Or at least it makes us all fell better about paying so much to sit around for hours and hours before jumping on a mat for anywhere from a few minutes to a whole day. This sounds like sound logic until you come home and you have a literal plethora of these things, just sitting around unused. Here are some suggestions.

-Of course, donate them to goodwill or some other charitable organization.

-use as dusting rags around the house

-put on a dog, if you have one, who just got stitches on their body and the cone of shame is too inconvenient (although I would consult with a vet before doing this).

– give away to friends and family, which I frequently do

– use as a workout shirt/ Jiu jitsu undershirt for the ladies, which is something else I frequently do.

– I guess you could frame them, if you’re into that sort of thing. Shrug. Maybe you love these shirts and have been offended by this entire post. Everyone has different tastes.

What do you do with your tournament t-shirts? Do you cherish them always, toss them in the back of your drawer, or find some creative use for them?

Let me know!


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Interesting Article from Jiu Jiu

Jiu Jiu write an interesting article about the male privilege in Jiu jitsu- check it out!

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Jiu Jitsu and Contact Lenses

So, I’ll just cut to the chase, while training last night I accidentally got kicked in the eye and it knocked my contact lens. Luckily I was able to catch it before it hit the floor, and we have contact solution in our first aid kit, but for anyone who wears contacts while training you what want to think about getting one if those small travel size bottles of multi-purpose solution. To be perfectly honest I’m not sure the active, disinfecting ingredient in the solution is strong enough to kill whatever is possibly on the floor, but hey, it’s better than nothing.

Just a tip from your friendly four-eyed Jiu jitsuka.

Some people have suggested rolling without glasses or contacts: my eyesight is bad enough that I am pretty sure that would lead to such a massive headache that I would just want to crawl into a hole and die, so at least personally that’s out. I just put up with it, and expect that there’s a good chance one will fall out (it’s usually the one for the right eye).

For other vision impaired Jiu jitsu players, what do you guys do? Just put up with the risk of your contacts falling out? Wear glasses to class and put them off to the side before training?

Let me know!



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New York Open 2013 Results

Our guys fought hard, a couple came away with medals, a couple got banged up and one got head butted in the nose. :-/ But, among our competitors was Maggie’s dad, mike: go Mike!


The only brown belt females that fought were in the masters and registration closed before I could attempt to be the youngest master’s division competitor at the tournament. I don’t know: I just didn’t see the tournament coordinators bending the rules for an adult to fight masters AND after the tournament’s registration had closed- but I did have a chance to chat with Jen Flannery and we talked about coordinating registration for future tournaments. I imagine this will turn into something like a phone tree, but, you know…not.

Other than that, I just checked the tournament results and the top teams were Alliance at 309 points, Renzo Gracie at 212 and Gracie Barra at 109. For anyone who’s interested in that sort of thing.

Oh, and can someone solve this for me? There is a brown belt Gracie Barra guy who has fantastic hair. I see him at tournaments all the time, and it just never seems the appropriate venue to compliment a dude’s hair. Anyone have any idea?

UPDATE: mystery solved. It’s AJ Agazarm. Apparently he’s making all the right moves on the Jiu jitsu mat, and wherever he buys his styling products. Trust me, as someone with long curly hair, it’s not easy to find the right hair stuff.

Ok, I think I’m done talking about hair.

Also, while we’re at it, the hippy-Jesus guy who is always at the west coast Jiu jitsu tournaments, if anyone knows his name as well. I feel like I should know that guy’s actual name, and stop referring to him as “Hippy Jesus”.

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At New York Open and on Vine

I’m at New York Open supporting some teammates…

Also, I’m messing around with Vine-


I only have one video up, but feel free to check it out. Or not- I won’t tell you how to live your life.

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Alternatives for Google Reader

I’m slowly coming to terms with the retirement of google reader in July. In response, I’ve been playing around with different RSS feed services to see what’s available.

NewsBlur: It’s aesthetically pleasing, but with a 64 subscription limit and a “premium” option, which I get the impression I’ll be hounded to upgrade to, this is pretty low on my list.

The Old Reader: it was cool until I imported all of my blog subscriptions and it said I had 1300+ posts to read, which was very not true. Also, it’s still in the beta stages, and there’s no mobile app. Sad face.

Feedly- so far ahead in the race for my affections, and attention. It easily synced up with my google reader, and even noted which posts I had already read for much more manageable number of 20. It also has a mobile app. Sweet! I have messing with the mobile app and it’s fairly easy to use- instead of a feed though it has pages or cards listing the posts you haven’t read yet, which I’m not entirely sure I like.

I’m sure there are a ton more out there, but hopefully this will give the few and the proud Google Reader users a head start on trying something else before the service is taken out for good in July :-/

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Tape Armor!

So, you know how you buy those rolls of medical tape, and then you have to use your teeth to rip the tape lengthwise in half to get the right width for your fingers and toes?

Well, one Jiu jitsu guy got tired of it as well and made specifically thin-width rolls of medical tape, and called it Tape Armor! I think it’s a pretty pretty brilliant idea. Just, ignore the logo and how it looks like you’re being flipped off, and check out the site.


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Metamoris II Update: the Lineup

The Metamoris II line up just came out, and it looks like it’s going to be pretty interesting:

Shinya Aoki vs. Kron Gracie
Roldolfo Vieira vs. Braulio Estima
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu vs. Brendan Schaub
Mackenzie Dern vs. Michelle Nicolini
Andre Galvao vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Bill “The Grill” Cooper vs. Ryan Hall

I’m happy to see women on the card, and I think it’ll be pretty interesting to see Lovato and Galvao go after one another. Or maybe it’s because I imagine them epically smashing one another. One can dream.

Who are you looking forward to seeing compete on June 9th?

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