Monthly Archives: January 2017

At Some Point You Will Suck at BJJ

If you haven’t come to this realization then I hate to break it to you, but at some point you’re going to suck at BJJ: there’s always a period where it seems like you can’t do anything right, people are blowing through your guard like it’s nothing and they are getting positions, sweeps, etc. left and right so fast it makes your head spin. The good news is if you are willing to drill, admit your faults and strive to improve, this state should not last indefinitely.

It’s always interesting to see how people handle this period: it’s one of the reasons why they say you can’t hide on the mat. You will inevitably become frustrated, and that’s when our less-than-polished selves come to light. It also shows just how dedicated you are, and what you are willing to do in order to get over that hump, even when it seems at times like there is no end in sight.

My advice is always to stick it out, keep pushing forward and work to improve those areas you feel in which you are lacking. It will take hard work, to be sure, but you will also feel gratified for sticking through it and eventually making progress on your jiu jitsu adventure.

Just some thoughts for the day- have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Long Week Edition

Happy Friday everyone,

While I can’t speak for absolutely everyone, it’s been a long week personally and I think a lot of people would agree with me.

So let’s all chill out, listen to some soothing music, and have a relaxing weekend:

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Jiu Jitsu Tournament Prep: Take Care of Your Immune System

I imagine a number of people at this point in time are well into their prep training for tournaments for the upcoming season: from small, local events to the much larger stage of IBJJF Pans and so on, fellow jiu jitsu players are drilling, training, losing the Christmas pounds to make weight and honing their focus in preparation.

While we are all doing this- exercising, eating right, all that good stuff- it’s important to pay attention to one more thing: our immune system. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but I know here on the East Coast in addition to the flu virus, there’s also a nasty stomach virus that’s going around, and we should all (obviously) take precautions to avoid getting sick. With all the training, exercising and all that goes on, we push our bodies which in turn can effect our immune system negatively if we’re not careful.

Washing your hands and maintaining hygiene practices of course is highly preferable, but getting enough sleep is important- or at least I tell myself it is: it gives me a perfect excuse for naps on the weekends- eating properly to also give yourself the proper amount of nutrients (while maintaining your diet) is also important.

And finally, if you do happen to become ill, don’t go to the gym and spread it around! Please and thank you.

So be careful everyoene, keep training and take care of yourselves!

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Training in Jiu Jitsu: Stay Curious

When it comes to jiu jitsu (and a good deal of life, to be honest), it truly benefits to maintain a certain level of curiosity.

By all means this doesn’t mean drill and learn techniques to the best of your ability- on the contrary, it means drilling them, breaking down the elements and fully understanding the technique so you can better understand the kinds of questions you need to ask in order to move forward.

Additionally, it sometimes means putting your previous beliefs aside, suspending the doubt that something not might work, and just give it a shot. This typically comes up when an instructor shows a sweep, submission, something that you immediately doubt will work. Well, admittedly it may not be the best technique for you or how your body works, but you won’t really know until you keep an open mind and give it a try.

Finally, it also means being willing to put yourself out there and actually asking a higher belt the questions that you happen to come up with. If you feel a bit resistant to this idea trust me, as a hardcore introvert and someone who never wants to feel like they are inconveniencing someone, I’m right there with you- but I think you will find that if you actually take the time to ask a higher belt some things that you have been mulling over, more often than not I would say there’s a good chance you will find yourself pleasantly surprised at the reaction to your question. I know I’m always happy to chat and answer questions that lower belts ask: it shows they are really thinking about the actions they are taking, the techniques they are learning, and trying to come up with solutions or tweaks in order to improve their jiu jitsu.

Just some thoughts for the day- stay curious, my friends.

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Article on 5 Lessons to Learn from Marcelo Garcia

Hey Everyone,

Jiu Jitsu Magazine has an article on Marcelo Garcia and 5 lessons you can learn from him in regards to jiu jitsu.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Charity Power Hour

So this really isn’t jiu jitsu related, but it’s all about making the world a little better and being just a little more excellent to each other, so I’m down for it.

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Yesterday my company raised money to build more permanent shelters for people living in third world countries through a non-profit called New Story. It costs $6,000 to build one of these homes, and we set a challenge to raise all the money in one hour- and we did it, with 2 minutes to spare!

What’s impressive in my opinion is how transparent they are with their costs: they have a google spreadsheet that tells you everything your donated money goes towards, which is pretty cool.

Feel free to check it out, donate, or maybe put together a fundraiser of your own in order to sponsor the building of a house for a family in need.

And party on, dudes.

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Article on Suggestions for Drilling for BJJ

Hey Guys,

Dirty White Belt has an article on “How to Drill for BJJ”. He makes some good points- check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Overtraining in Martial Arts

It’s a hard pill to swallow, admitting that you are potentially overtraining. You want to keep pushing, to keep going and to keep improving, but if you’re are consistently pushing at that pace all the time, then there’s a very real chance that you are doing more harm to yourself then good.

Check out Stephen Kesting’s article on the subject, and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Brain may Have a Role in Fighting Bacterial Infections

Well this is neat: according to an article from IFLScience, the brain may play a role in how we fight off bacterial infections. The article specifically talks about the bacteria e. coli, but it has interesting implications for other bacterial infections, such as the one all grapplers fear, MRSA.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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That Awkward Photo Moment While Training…

A few months ago we had a pretty large promotion class/ceremony at our gym, and we even had a photographer (ooh, fancy) come out and take photos of the event.

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In addition to taking some great shots of our promotions, the photogrpaher took some photos of all of us training, which included some fun/interesting action shots-

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Some fun poses-

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and so naturally (as one does) I looked through the set to see if there were any fun action shots of me…

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Nope. Just one of my big, gross forehead veins. Yay!

Further proof that I’m not a terribly photogenic person.

Ah well, at least we all had a good time.

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