Monthly Archives: February 2015

Happy Friday! Cotton Candy Oreo Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

cotton candy oreos

Now, this is just wrong.

Listen Nabisco, it’s all fine and good to jazz things up once in a while, but Cotton Candy Flavored Oreos? Just thinking about that makes my stomach turn.

Just stop, Nabisco. Just….stop. If not for me, think of the children!

That’s all folks- have a great weekend!


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Interesting Post about MMA Ban in France

I know everyone and their mom is talking about the kid who received his 7th degree black belt and their thoughts on it (which in short, my opinion is I don’t agree with it and the owner of the school should have found an alternative means to improve student retention among the minors in his academy) but here’s another interesting article from Bloody Elbow.

France recently banned judo coaches from teaching students MMA- how you can ban that sort of thing is beyond me, but whatever.  This decision has drawn a lot of criticism, including a comment from the current president of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Bertrand Amoussou:

“The latest statement made by the president of the French Judo Federation, Jean Luc Rougé, threatening to ban judo coaches from teaching MMA in France, is a characteristic abuse of power.

Thanks for keeping it real, Bertrand.

For more info about this ban and those who disagree with it, check out the article and let me know what you think. Personally, I think it’s hurting the sport of Judo more than helping it: instead of attracting people to the sport to keep it alive, you’re driving people away, almost guaranteeing a drop in participants and endangering the vitality of the sport. It’s hard to keep a martial art alive if no one is around to practice it.


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BJJ and Takedowns: Attacking “On the Move”

My coach had an excellent point last night (which you know, happens now and again…I kid, I kid) during class- one of the more difficult elements of takedowns, other than the actual technique itself, is executing it with a live, moving target. We become used to drilling a particular takedeown- a judo throw, a single or double, etc- that when it comes to go time, it’s hard to translate those “static” drills into a smooth execution of the technique.

It’s beneficial to work on attacking “on the move”- either through sparring, or a light back and forth with a partner who isn’t necessarily overly resistant, but more mobile and offering a more dynamic situation to work off of, rather than just standing there (we call this “hop randori” in our academy). Practicing in this fashion is a better representation of just how you will execute your takedown during more intense sparring and in competition, leaving (relatively) little surprise when it comes to use it.

Just wanted to share with you all- have a great day everyone!

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Men and Their Partners Who Don’t Let Them Train With Women….What?

One female jiu jitsu player recently shared her experience on Planet BJJ, about how a man refused to roll with her because the man’s wife “wouldn’t let him” roll with a female….


Er, what?

I legitimately do not understand this mentality- which admittedly even though I was in a relationship with a fellow grappler/jiu jitsuka/whatever, I’m also involved in the sport so I’m coming at this from a totally different perspective. I was never jealous of him rolling with another female because I knew how I behaved with other guys, and understood what happened in class and on the mats.

I would really like to sit down with one (or a couple) of these women and try to understand their concerns which leads them to push this edict on their partners. Is it lack of communication? An expectation as to how each grappler will react while rolling with one another (how a girl will react to the guy, and vice versa)? I’m genuinely curious as to where the issue lies precisely: I typically believe that once we understand the cause of an issue, we can work on resolving it, or at least coming to some sort of compromise.

Have you encountered this as a woman, a guy refusing to roll with you due to the request of a partner, and more importantly, did they explain why? Dudes, have you been with a girlfriend/partner that didn’t like the idea of you rolling with a female, and did you two talk about what was causing the issue? Let me know!




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Science! Drinking Coffee Can Possibly Reduce Breakage in DNA

Not that I need much motivation to keep drinking coffee, but according to this post from IFLScience: “During the new investigation, scientists found that those consuming a blend known to be rich in active compounds experienced fewer breaks to the DNA strands in white blood cells when compared with controls.”

So, I’m thinking at this point my DNA is never breaking- that or it’s just counteracting the effects of living in one of the most environmentally unhealthy regions in the US and really just keeping everything (relatively) balanced.

Check out the post, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Ju vs Jiu Jitsu Edition

Happy Friday!

There’s an interesting article over at White Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu about the differences between Japanese Ju Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Check it out and have a great weekend everyone!

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BJJ and Courage: The “Big Secret”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela (according to

Guys, I’m going to share a big- huge, massive secret with you all that I have learned from my years training, competing, teaching, all that jazz.

At some point or another we’re all scared, anxious, unsure of ourselves. We have moments of weakness, and doubt our abilities and decisions: from white belt all the way up to black belt.

It’s how we deal with those dark moments that will define us and our progress- in jiu jitsu and really in life. Fear and anxiety are natural emotions- it’s taking a risk, not letting those moments of uncertainty restrict you from venturing outside of your comfort zone and taking chances in life. Sure it can be potentially unpleasant, but it sure as hell beats running around in the same circles over and over again because you’re too afraid to take a new path.

Just wanted to share with you all- go out, try new things, and have a great day everyone!


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Science! Sleep Deprivation and its Effects on the Blood

We all talk about how getting a proper night’s sleep is crucial, right? Other than the obvious benefits of just being more focused individual and less of a terrible person throughout your day, a recent study at UPenn showed that the effects of sleep deprivation can be measured in the blood: those (rats and humans) who had their sleep schedule restricted over several days had higher levels of certain waste products in their blood, as opposed to those who had an adequate amount of sleep.

I’m sure I’m not doing the article nearly enough justice with my summary: check it out and let me know what you think.

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Knowledge and BJJ: When Too Much of a Good Thing Can Become A Bad Thing

As I’m sure you all are aware by now I’m a huge fan of knowledge. I want to know the who, what, where, when and why of pretty much everything (except for maybe how they make scrapple.) When it comes to jiu jitsu however there are times when (dare I say it) too much information can actually become a hindrance, especially all in one shot and particularly with a lower rank student.

I see it happen now and again with the lower rank students- they try to take on too much, slap all the pieces together too quickly, and in their eagerness to execute a technique with (at least the appearance) of proficiency in the technique, a lot of the details are lost in the process. It’s great to be so committed and enthusiastic about what we’re learning, but sometimes you need to slow it down a little, get all the details straight and build your speed from there.

That doesn’t mean that you drill in a perpetual state of slow motion, but regardless of speed you should always make sure you are hitting the key points and details of a technique. As you build on those details, as they become more and more a part of your muscle memory, the speed in which you execute a technique can be increased without sacrificing its effectiveness.

That’s all for now folks- have a great day everyone!



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Bjj Training: Don’t Fear Your Kryptonite

Val Worthington wrote about an interesting article over one Breaking Muscle about your jiu jitsu kryptonite– the person who seems to shut down your technique, even though you are successful with the same technique against someone else the same size and relative skill level.

Really, it’s one of the great and infuriating things about jiu jitsu- the sport is fluid and accommodating enough for all ages, sizes, and interpretations among all kinds of people. Unless you have someone that is really attempting to be a copycat, no two students’ games will be exactly the same. Sure, there will be common themes due to what’s taught in the academy and the person’s body type- but sort of like viewing art or listening to a orchestra piece, each student can come away with a different interpretation or focus on some element even though technically everyone attended the same class, heard the same instruction and went through the same drills.

So honestly it’s not terribly surprising that one person can thwart your game when you usually have no problem with someone else who is the similar in size and rank: they may just have a different interpretation, figured out a different piece of the puzzle that other students just haven’t gotten to yet.

While dealing with these kryptonite students may be frustrating, my response is just take a deep breath and try a different approach. Just like dealing with a jigsaw puzzle- if a piece doesn’t fit, you don’t keep attempting to slam that one piece in (for very long, anyway). You look for different pieces, rotate the pieces to continue forward with the puzzle.

Those are just my thoughts- let me know what you guys think!

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