Monthly Archives: August 2014

Happy Friday: Muppets and the Beastie Boys Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I found this a a few days ago, and it’s just too good not to share: a Muppet video synced with the Beastie Boys song “So What Cha Want”

Enjoy, and have a great weekend everyone!

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Video on How to Not Roll with A Female

BJJ Immersion shared this video from Unit2Fitness on how to not roll with a female jiu jitsu player:

It’s pretty funny. The good news is that the few that behave this way are pretty much in the minority, and it’s a phase (for the most part) they grow out of as time passes.

What do you guys think? Let me know- Otherwise, have a great day!

 

 

 

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The Importance of Healthy Eating Habits

Not to bring down the vibe, but this video really brings home the importance of healthy eating habits and exercise from an early age.

While I don’t think the occasional cup of juice or a french fry for a toddler will immediately doom them to a lifetime of obesity I definitely think fried and ultra sugary foods should be a rare treat, not a part of their regular diet. Getting kids outside to play and explore is also pretty crucial to this whole thing, but I agree that bad eating habits early in life can be a detriment to a person further down the road.

Anyway, just wanted to share with you all. What do you think about the video? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day!

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The Curious Case of The Abu Dhabi Pro Trials

So….anyone have any idea when those are happening? Because I don’t.

For anyone who isn’t sure what I’m talking about, the Abu Dhabi Pro Trials are a series of tournaments or “trials” for competitors to qualify for a (paid) trip to one huge tournament out in the United Arab Emirates. It looks like over the past couple of years they have been fiddling with the structure of the trials: from cutting down the number of qualifying tournaments to fiddling with the divisions- for women, anyway- but you would usually hear word about this tournament by now.

So far I’ve checked their website and there is no mention of any Pro Trials happening anywhere. The past few years they have held one of the trials in New York and typically in mid to late October. According to the New York Abu Dhabi Pro Trial Facebook page, the group in charge of the tournaments haven’t released any dates yet.

Anyone have the inside scoop on this? Again, because I sure don’t: let me know, otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Metamoris 4 Review: Better, but Still a Long Way to Go

This past weekend Metamoris held its 4th event this past weekend. While the organization does appear to be improving, there are definitely some areas in which they need to work on.

First and foremost, the mat. Guys, why was the Metamoris logo rubbing off onto competitors’ clothing? Hopefully this was just a one time snafu, but I would strongly recommend never using the company who produced this ever again.

Second, the same graphics in between each match. I totally understand that it was probably more cost effective, since all they did was take the background stories/trailers leading up to the event and re-aired them before the match, but next time I would suggest paying a little extra and getting some different graphics for the event itself. Just saying.

The matches were good- there’s really no way to win with this event though: no one wants a draw, but we don’t want points, etc. There has to be some sort of compromise, like a dwindling purse as time counts down or something.

Again, overall the event was good: I would have liked to see more gi matches, and I think the “secret match” was a little unnecessary, but whatever.

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

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Happy Friday: Ebola Edition

Not necessarily a “happy” topic, but one we need to talk about.

As I’m sure you’ve heard in the news, there have been ebola virus breakouts in Africa, and two patients were transported to the United States. And, considering how much sweat we all share (especially in no gi…yeesh…) it’s a somewhat understandable concern.

Rather than hide under the mattress or train with a Hazmat suit on, let’s try to understand the virus- I fully believe knowledge is power. You can’t deal with something if you don’t know what you’re up against.

Fortunately, IFLScience has a nice little article titled “Ten Things You Really Should Know About the Ebola Virus“.

Really, the most important fact in my opinion is this: “For those living in developed countries, such as the US, it is not likely that the virus will spread.”

So in short be aware, but don’t totally freak out and become a real life Bubble Boy just yet.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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One of the Most Important Skills to Learn in BJJ

Breathe.

Without breathing all the other stuff is practically useless. That choke, that sweep, that armbar- you’ll need to do them quickly (and more often than not sloppily) if you don’t allow yourself to breathe.

I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m talking about it again, because breathing really is just that essential. I had the same trouble when starting jiu jitsu: I would inhale and hold my breath when rolling, which is a really great way to tire yourself out before you even get started. Our instructor at the time advised me to force the breath out, because eventually I would have to breathe back in. And he was right: still to this day sometimes I’ll take a moment and make sure to breathe out when I feel like I’m getting too anxious and I feel too tense while rolling. It’s one of the most important things we need, and yet one of the functions of our body we take for granted the most. Learn to breathe in preparation for a tournament, so it’s one less thing you have to worry about when you are freaking out about competing (especially when you are a lower rank).

Learn to breathe deeply, both to calm yourself and to better your jiu jitsu. Because really, learning to breathe during those situations will help you and your game.

 

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Metamoris 4 This Weekend: Your Thoughts?

So Metamoris 4 is this weekend (August 9th, 5pm PST), and I definitely think the matches set to go down will be interesting. Check out the Metamoris site to see the teaser videos, including Josh Barnett and Dean Lister, Kit Dale and Gary Tonon, and the match I am looking most forward to watching, Saulo Ribeiro and Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros:

What matches are you looking forward to the most? Do you have any predictions on who will win? Do you think the crowd will finally riot if there are too many draws throughout the night?

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

 

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Competition and the Importance of Sportsmanship

Sorry, I know my posts haven’t been very in depth the past couple of days: I’m still trying to get everything set up in my new office.

This is something I really want to stress when it comes to being a competitor or coach at tournaments on either a local or national level: the importance of sportsmanship and sportsmanlike conduct. I know winning, and losing can be an emotional experience. I strongly encourage you to keep in mind your opponent though. Win or lose, you should thank them for taking the time out to step out on the mat and compete with you. Trust me, most of these tournaments, particularly the more local ones happen on the weekends, and we all could come up with things we either need to do, or would rather do than wait for hours and hours in some gym, waiting for a few hectic minutes of competition.

Remember as a competitor or coach, without that opponent there would be no match to begin with: and that needs to be respected. I’m sure we all have stories from all kinds of tournaments regarding poor etiquette during and after a tournament, from either the competitor themselves or (sometimes surprisingly) their coaches. We all get caught up in the moment, but snubbing your student’s opponent or even berating your own student I personally find to be a bit gauche. Also, I’ve never been a fan of the “tough love” approach if that gives you an idea of where I am coming from: in the same thought process of respecting the opponent your student faced their fears an anxieties, decided to pay the registration fee, drive hours and hours to wherever and wait to compete. Again, that effort should be respected.

So really in closing win or lose, as the competitor or coach you don’t have to be best friends with whoever is on the other side of the match, but you should at least be respectful of the other person competing.

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Congratulations to Teammates who competed at NAGA Battle at the Beach

This past weekend a chunk of our team went out to NAGA’s Battle at the Beach and competed. Some matches were won, some lost, but overall everyone did really well. It was great to see what everyone has drilled and practiced over the past weeks. It’s always nerve-wracking to compete, particularly in the beginning, and I’m thrilled that so many of our teammates decided to face that anxiety and fears, and compete anyway. Hooray!

Congratulations, guys!

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