Monthly Archives: May 2014

Happy Friday: The Likable Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

There was  an article recently in Business Insider about habits of exceptionally likable people, in which I feel several of those qualities are can be developed, or improved upon with jiu jitsu (or probably most disciplines, but hey, this is a jiu jitsu blog so we’re just going to go with it).

Check it out and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!

 

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BJJ: Finding the Purpose in the Movement

I’ve noticed a sort of a funny phenomenon when watching lower belts drill certain techniques: you can sort of tell when someone understands why they are doing something, versus someone who is going through the motions, because they don’t quite understand the purpose of their actions.

It’s like an actor who doesn’t quite understand the meaning behind their lines. Sure, they understand the general principle of what they are saying due to a knowledge of language and know there will be some sort of immediate reaction to what is said, but there is a lack of knowledge pertaining to the why. What prompts those particular words to be said, those actions to be taken?

The same thing happens in jiu jitsu: by and large we know our bodies are suppose to bend and flex a certain way, and putting your hand here and your foot there will create a certain result, but when it comes to the why-which in turns prompts the technique- some students, particularly in the beginning, are a bit mystified. It’s a disconnect that I am sure many, if not all of us have experienced at least once in our jiu jitsu careers. We don’t understand the purpose or principle behind the specific details of our actions, so we go through the motions until there comes a time when we eventually get the particulars:  You place your hand here to keep the person from breaking your posture, place your foot here to prevent them from sweeping you or upsetting your balance, so on and so forth.

Some ways, in my opinion, to bridge this gap or disconnect is to practice and train more, even if it’s just training in that particular position. And more importantly ask your instructor. Someone came up with this pass, sweep, etc. most likely because they were put into a particular position and thought this might work, and it did- quite well in fact, and enough times to be considered a technique worthy of being taught. And if you still are having trouble understanding, ask your instructor, or higher ranked teammate: chances are they have been in that situation plenty of times, and have come to understand the reason behind the technique and its details.

Have any of you noticed this, or have you experienced this personally? Not understanding the purpose behind a technique? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Interesting Article on Cognitive Fatigue and BJJ

Hey guys, I don’t have much time today, but Aiseop has an interesting article on Cognitive Fatigue and Jiu Jitsu. He even cites his references- it’s awesome. 🙂

Check it out and let me know what you think. Otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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IBJJF New York Summer Open Early Registration Ends this Week

Hey guys, I don’t really have much to talk abotu today, but I do want to remind anyone that’s thinking about registering for the IBJJF New York Summer Open that the early registration ends this week (on the 31st)- so if you know you are going, register this week before the price goes up!

Oh, and does anyone have any details on this BJJ Pro thing? I saw the tournament on the IBJJF calendar, and saw on their facebook page there will be a tournament with cash prizes….and that’s about it.

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

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Happy Memorial Day

To all of our veterans out there, Happy Memorial Day!

Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Holiday Weekend Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

It’s Memorial Day on Monday, which means a lot of academies will be closed on Monday due to the holiday…and the fact that most people will be working their way back from the beach or shore (believe it or not if you are from the area you know the difference between the two…weirdos). Others will be taking the weekend to get some rolling sessions in, I imagine in between BBQ’s and trips to the local pool.

Is your academy close for the holiday, or are they holding any special rolling sessions apart from your regular class schedule? Let me know, otherwise have a great weekend!

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Jiu Jitsu and Meditation: Non-Directive Meditation Makes Your Brain More Active

So I’ve mentioned on here a couple of times how jiu jitsu is a form of meditation, an unconventional kind of meditation, but a form of it still.

I just found this article about how non-directive meditation creates more brain activity than the directed kind. Putting it in the context of jiu jitsu- you’re using more of your brain during a roll when you don’t have a specific sweep/submission in mind, and more going with the flow and taking whatever opportunities present themselves. That’s how I’m interpreting the article, anyway.

Check it out and let me know what you think. Otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Exercises to Take Care of Your Limbs and Ballerina Toes

I’m putting up a link to this post from DSTRYRsg for two reasons: first and foremost, taking care of your hips, knees and ankles is crucial for longevity in the sport. And second, they use a photo of a guy with pointed ballerina toes at the top of the post and it amuses me immensely.

But seriously guys, take a look at the videos and really think about incorporating them into your workout routine so you can take care of some of the most important joints for your jiu jitsu game.

Would you add these into your workout routine? Is there an exercise you’ve already incorporated into your workout that you prefer in order to keepy your knees, hips, etc in (relative) working order? Let me know- otherwise have a great day everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu: The Importance of Rest

It’s a fact that we all know, but tend to forget or lay to the wayside: resting is just as crucial to your training as drilling, rolling, and making sure you are supplying your body with the proper vitamins and nutrients.

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How about you? Do you nap, or at least make sure to get a good night’s rest?  Let me know, otherwise have a great day everyone!

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Product Review (of Sorts)- Nuts ‘n More Fortified Nut Butters

So, true confession time:

My name is Katie, and I’m kind of a peanut butter addict. While delicious, I am also the first to admit it is not the healthiest food out there: it’s sort of in the middle of the food spectrum, not terrible for you, but not terribly great either.

I stopped by my local GNC recently and noticed this Nuts ‘n More fortified nut butter (and legumes! Because, peanuts) spread, and decided to try their chocolate peanut butter version.

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I glanced over their nutritional information before purchasing: first and foremost, while the product is low in sugar, there’s no sucralose, which is a big plus in my book. After ingesting the stuff for years, taking a break from all artificial sweeteners, then trying it again, I noticed sucralose made me feel out of sorts- more forgetful, sort of in a brain fog. Also, I started to notice a bitter undertone to the sweetness- so, since then I’ve cut pretty much all sucralose out of my diet. While the Nuts ‘n  More brand does use artificial sweeteners, they use xylitol which according to Wikipedia is derived from fruits, vegetables, corn husks and hardwoods (mm, is that an oak undertone I’m picking up in my fake sugar?) (bad joke, sorry). And, apparently it doesn’t assist in the development of cavities, due to the fact that xylitol is a non-fermentable sugar alcohol, and therefore cannot act as food for bacteria. Hooray!

Here are all the other nutritional facts, if you would like to take a look. In addition to the xylitol, the company has also put in flax seed for omega-3 fatty acids, and whey protein…

…which didn’t hurt my stomach.

If you may recall (which if you don’t, that’s totally fine, I probably wouldn’t either) in a previous post I explained how I was under the impression that I could no longer consume whey protein due to the stabbing stomach pains I would experience afterwards. But, I ate an entire jar of this stuff and at least for now I have not experienced any discomfort.

The (sort of) cons to this product: I am focusing on the xylitol aspect because a) it’s not sucralose, but also b) there were very visible crystals of the sweetener that sunk to the bottom of the jar. Personally, not a deal breaker, and it does state on the label to stir with each use, but it was a little odd. Second was the price, which is really not that big of a deal unless you seriously walk in and expect to purchase a jar of this stuff for approximately the same amount you would spend for an average jar of peanut butter. So, basically you’ll be fine as long as you don’t start off with the expectation you are purchasing a normal jar of peanut butter.

Also, they have more flavors, and they also offer several almond butter spreads- almond butter and milk tend to make the back of my throat itch, but if you don’t have any reactions to the stuff, go for it and let me know what you think.

So, will I purchase more jars of this stuff? Especially since I found there’s a pumpkin spice peanut butter version you can purchase on Amazon?

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And guys… Real talk, for anyone that went to Pans this year and visited the açai bowl tent- remember how they offered peanut butter on top of your acai? What if they offered these peanut/almond butters instead?

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Just wanted to share with you guys: have a great day everyone! 

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