Monthly Archives: August 2014

Happy Friday: An Tribute to Our Beat Up Gi’s and Belts

Happy Friday everyone!

Here’s a little tribute to out worn out, torn, beat up belts and gi’s:




Have a great weekend everyone!

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Science! Lung Capacity of a Smoker vs. Non-Smoker

Are you a smoker? Do you think smoking has no effect on your lung capacity, particularly when it comes to your training?

Au contraire, mon ami.

IFLScience posted a video of two sets of lungs filling with oxygen- one set belonging to a smoker, the other set to a healthier set of lungs.

Take a look at the video and ask yourself what sort of amazing cardio you could have if you would just stop smoking.  Or, if you don’t smoke, show it to someone who does, so they can contemplate the near superhuman cardio they could have if they would just quit smoking.

Otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Crossfit Self Defense Training….Er, What?

Crossfit is offering self defense courses? Really?

Apparently Crossfit athletes can sign up for 1 day specialized self defense course, focusing on awareness  of their surroundings (good), “Defuse and de-escalate common conflicts” (also good), and “use CrossFit movements that mirror simple and effective combative movements” (um, what?).

The site repeatedly claims that athletes (and trainers) are not learning striking, however they keep using the term “combative”. Which I understand is not synonymous with striking, but it still worries me.

Also the fact that this is a one day course also bothers me: that’s like taking jiu jitsu or judo for a day and just assuming that you know everything. I know we’ve talked about this before, but it takes more than just a day to develop the muscle memory, to fully absorb the lessons taught in keeping yourself safe. Sure, it’s an interesting variation to add to your workouts, I guess, but I wouldn’t want anyone to go into this thinking they could handle any situation thrown their way because they took a day of crossfit self defense training.

What do you all think? Let me know-otherwise, have a great day everyone!



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Interesting Article About Females and Aggressiveness in the MMA Community

Hey guys, I’m running around today, but I believe Georgette shared this article on Facebook- about how MMA culture can be potentially dangerous for women. Check it out and let me know what you think: otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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You Know You’ve Done It Too: Article from Val Worthington on BJJ Photo Crimes

Val Worthington wrote an article on the photo crimes (we’ve all) committed in jiu jitsu photos- the “shaka”, which I never knew that’s what it was actually called, the “tough guy” pose, the thumbs up- one I’m particularly guilty of. There’s also the medal biting one which I don’t entirely get, but whatever.

Check out the article and let me know what your biggest BJJ photo crime tends to be- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Strong Ladies Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Tony Gentilcore (to be honest I’m not really sure who this guy is- this article was shared on my Fitocracy feed. Yes, I’m still using Fitocracy.) posted this article on his blog about how women are told to “not get too muscular”.

I say get muscular. Get strong. Do those push ups and bench presses, squats and cleans.

Not to sound cliche but strength is beauty. To me, that means functional strength is beautiful. I know now and again I complain about my “dude arms” but honestly, if given the choice between “dude arms” and not being able to do half the things I can now- I’m picking my muscular shoulders and (oddly) well developed upper arms, any and every day of the week.

Check out the article and let me know what you think. Otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!

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IBJJF Master Worlds: The Old People Are Coming Out in Full Force

I was looking through some of the tournaments that are coming up for the rest of the year, and maybe I was just looking at the wrong ones but it seems like registrations are sort of light…Until you look at the Master Worlds, set to take place on November 2nd and 3rd.

…The old people are coming out in full force, y’all.

It’s interesting to see so many competitors, who are all required to have a birth year of 1984 or earlier, signing up to participate in the event. It would be interesting as well to look into the “why” of that as well: does it really have to do with age? Is it the chance to attend a Worlds competition with (I guess) less pressure than the Worlds that takes place in early summer?

If you have any theories, feel free to throw them my way: otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Your Attitude and BJJ: You Gotta Start Somewhere

Let’s be honest: there are just some days where you feel like you’re doing awesome, like you’re really progressing…And then there are those days where you feel like you suck: particularly when you are trying something new. It can be a frustrating experience, one where you are tempted to hang your head on your way out the door and maybe even attempt to give your current rank back.

First of all, don’t try to give your belt back- that’s just silly. Second of all, days like those require an attitude adjustment. We all had to crawl before walking, which lead to running, etc. We have to start from somewhere. Sure, it can suck big time especially when we feel like we should do better- you feel as a competent, fairly intelligent human being you should pick up on  this particular technique that is appears (deceptively) simple. But truth of the matter is that what you are attempting is more complicated and requires more time, practice and focus. Or maybe even the same technique but it needs to be approached in a different manner.

So, don’t be discouraged: you may feel like you are fumbling through, but everyone has to start somewhere, and even when you progress along there are times where you are tripped up now and again, and need to take a different approach.


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Science! Images of Joints in Motion

It’s Science!

IFLscience recently posted Gif images of joints moving under x-ray. How cool would it be if someone could manage taking the same kind of image of something like a omoplata or an armbar?

Anyway, check out the post and let me know what you think: otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Coming Back to Center

Today is just one of those days where the life/work/training balance feels all out of sorts. We’ve all experienced it: we have our schedules and routines, our rituals in place for the week, and then next thing you know fate slaps us into a tail spin as we try to get back to the routine we were so familiar with.

I think it’s key to remember that times like these don’t last forever: sure, it’s an annoying inconvenience when they occur, but just as there are dull moments in our lives, there are also periods of chaos. We just have to do our best to weather the storm, come back to center and try to get back to a routine that we can live with. That may mean taking jiu jitsu class at a different time, changing up your commute, getting up earlier, or just sitting tight and letting the storm pass so you can come back to center, and get back to your regular schedule.

…That’s all I have for today folks. Have a great day everyone!

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