Monthly Archives: November 2015

Rousey Lost to Holm in UFC 193

Well, that happened. While I can’t say that I’m surprised that Rousey lost (it was bound to happen- no one is unbeatable indefinitely) I was actually surprised that it was to Holm. The last time I saw her fight, she did fairly well in the ring, but while she hit her opponent, her striking lacked power which I honestly thought was going to be her problem with this match. It’s great that she was able to correct this weakness in her game.

Anyway, let me know what you all thought of the match, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Friday the 13th Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Nothing that interesting to report, just stay away from any lakes tonight, because, you know…


Anyway, have a great weekend everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu and Mindful Movement

This is one of those things that just happens, and it’s tremendously important, but we don’t really talk about it too much, as it just happens organically. As you continue to learn and develop skills in jiu jitsu, you tend to cut out excessive movements, and engage more and more in mindful movement- there is a great reduction in arm flailing, and excessive movements that don’t really lead to anything. You find that each movement that you engage in has a purpose, for the most part: it’s to set up a technique, to defend, to put your opponent in a position that is advantageous for you- you’re not moving just for the sake of moving.

This reduction in unnecessary movement also reduces the amount of energy you waste: we all want to avoid being gassed, so we need to find ways to improve our energy stores, and to conserve what energy we have. In a best case scenario, we try to do both. And thirdly, unnecessary movement can cause unnecessary openings for your opponent to take advantage of in a match: when you move with purpose, you also (hopefully) take in account the risk involved in each movement, and how your partner may try to take advantage of that opportunity.

So, I would suggest that you be mindful of your movement during your next training- cut off the excess fat, if you will, to have a leaner game with more…meat, I guess, if we’re following that analogy.

Just my thoughts for the day: have a great day everyone!

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BJJ and Every Day Anxiety: I Would Rather Compete Than…

So, it’s something I’ve been working on (kind of) in my life, but I can be a pretty withdrawn, almost shy, person in social situations. I do really well for the most part in one-on-one interactions, but when it comes to public speaking or even addressing a number of people in a group, I get really anxious and clam up.

I mention this because for work I had to speak to a group of approximately 30 people yesterday. I realized I wished I would have rather jumped into a jiu jitsu competition at that very moment than get up to speak. Jiu jitsu competitions in themselves are pretty stressful- but given the two stressors, there was definitely a preference of one over the other. I mean I did my presentation, and I did it pretty well, but man…talking in front of large groups of people is nerve-wracking. Which is funny, considering I did theater in high school and college.

Anyway, here’s a list of other everyday things that give me anxiety, that I would gladly avoid and jump into a jiu jitsu competition if given a chance:

-send a company wide email.

-go to a party where I don’t know anyone- like, a single soul.

er…those are really the top two I can think of at the moment. What are some situations you have to deal with and think “I would much rather jump into a jiu jitsu tournament right now.”

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

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Gabi Garcia MMA Debut: She’s Fighting a Pro Wrestler on New Year’s Eve

Well, at least they’re the same height.

This past Friday apparently the two met in St. Louis, MO (I’m still not sure why Missouri,but hey, whatever) and the announcement was made that the two will fight in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve.

Garcia’s opponent- Lei’D (pronounced Lady?) Tapa, is a jiu jitsu blue belt, in addition to her pro wrestling background. Both apparently had words to say about the event, Garcia stating, “I’m ready. I was born to be challenged.”

Tapa also had her own statement, claiming how she is the “Queen of Rings” and “destined for greatness”.

So, I guess we’ll see how this plays out on New Year’s Eve: who do you think will win? Garcia or Tapa? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Rude Tudors and Snapchat Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

So I’ve started to listen to a podcast a friend recommended, called Rude Tudors

rude tudors

It’s a fun look at the Renaissance period and all the weird stuff that went down.

Also, I’ve started to use Snapchat- I feel it’s so simple that I almost have difficulty figuring out, which also makes me feel super old and out of touch. Anyway, if anyone would like to add me and/or explain exactly what I can do on it, my username is skirtonthemat (original, I know).

That’s all, folks. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Interesting Article on Getting Your Black Belt, and Then What Comes Next

Science of Skill has an interesting article on the mindset people have acquiring their black belt, and then what comes next. Unfortunately some people view their black belt as the final destination in their jiu jitsu adventure (not that final destination- you know what I’m talking about). As the article points out though, “there is no finality in jiu jitsu”.

For many martial arts a black belt is indicative of total mastery of the art, because the art itself doesn’t change all that much. I’m thinking more in terms of striking arts: there are only so many ways you can punch or kick a person. Jiu jitsu however is constantly evolving, changing, following and ebb and flow of different techniques that are focused on. It’s nearly impossible to master all of these techniques in one lifetime. A black belt is a tremendous milestone, absolutely, but it is by no means the end of the story.

One might say jiu jitsu is ….. a neverending story 


If you don’t understand this reference, I’ll be tremendously sad.

Anyway, check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Article on How One Guy Lost 25 Pounds for Jiu Jitsu

Someone posted an article on White Belt BJJ about how they lost 25 pounds in a month for jiu jitsu, which is great, it’s just not something I would recommend people strive for. Typically (and your results may vary) it’s generally considered in the healthy range if you lose about 2 pounds a week, which leads to a healthy range of 8-10 pounds a month.

This person did the right things (or sounds like they did the right things): they started to eat better, stopped drinking calorie laden alcoholic beverages, and upped their physical activity- all things I would recommend anyone do.

Anyway, check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Words From Saulo: A White Belt with Stripes is Already a Master

So, Saulo Ribeiro- multiple world champ in jiu jitsu, judo black belt, head of the Ribeiro Association… well, he has this habit of making these bold statements that seem to come out of nowhere, but ultimately turn around and actually make sense.

Case in point, recently BJJEE recently published an article about how Saulo said that a white belt with stripes is already a master, which probably made a lot of jiu jitsu people scratch their heads. But, true to form, what he says does make sense-

 “If you are doing jiu-jitsu and are a one stripe white belt, then you are a ”master“ and can already teach some jiujitsu to someone from your family or friends…Some say .. “I’m just a white belt ..” Do not say it like that, say it with pride! If you are white belt well, you took a decision to start jiu-jitsu, and many people are scared to make that first step. If you are white belt with a couple of degrees, the you can defend yourself against 90% of people out there. Go your way, and never stop learning.”

Check out the article for yourself, and have a great day everyone!

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Women’s Jiu Jitsu and MMA News, and Vice -Versa

Well, this is interesting- apparently I missed that Rhonda Rousey announced that she wants to be the best at jiu jitsu. That’s cool, I guess. I think she has the potential to do well in jiu jitsu, but it sounds like she feels it’s going to be a breeze, where I feel it’s going to be more difficult than she may realize. But then again, she may enjoy the challenge: it gives her something to aspire to while she currently holds her title in UFC.

And then on the other side of the fence, jiu jitsu black belt Mackenzie Dern apparently just announced her intentions to move to MMA, which sounds pretty cool. I don’t really have anything to say on the subject, so we’ll just have see how that plays out.

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