Monthly Archives: February 2017

Jiu Jitsu Tournament Banned in Canada: Say What?

Admittedly, I’m a little baffled by this: a jiu jitsu tournament was cancelled in Canada because it was viewed as being in violation of their criminal code.

Huh?

Honestly, I would think hockey would be banned before jiu jitsu: there’s waaaay more violence in that sport than anything you would see on a jiu jitsu mat.

Anyway, check out an article on the whole thing, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Handed-ness Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Well this is interesting: according to an article on IFLscience, researchers now believe the origin of someone’s hand preference (left, right, ambi) has something to do with the development in the spine, rather than the brain.

Check it out and have a great weekend everyone!

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BJJ: It Takes Two to Grapple

One of the most interesting things about jiu jitsu- and for some, one of the biggest drawbacks- is that it takes two to grapple. You can do solo drills that mimic certain actions in jiu jitsu, you can buy an army of grappling dummies (which would be kind of creepy but hey, I don’t judge), but nothing can really compare to having a real, live human being that will drill and train with you.

It’s one of the reasons we talk so much about being respectful to your partner, other than the whole “it’s just polite not to be a jerk to someone that is taking the time and effort to drill and train with you”. You do in fact need that person if you want to practice reacting to certain positions, ways to counter certain reactions, and overall improve your game.

So, in short be kind to your training partner- because it’s the nice and respectful thing to do, and also you have to be careful not to blow through training partners, because they truly are integral to your success.

Have a great day everyone!

 

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Jiu Jitsu: Sometimes It’s Just that Simple

Jiu jitsu can seem terribly confusing and complicated at times: there are precise movements and placement of various body parts that those who do not pick up on the finer details end up blundering through a technique. I totally get it: there are still some techniques that I haven’t totally picked up all the finer points on- sorry folks, getting your black belt does not magically mean you know all the details to all of the techniques: you have to keep learning, training and evolving your jiu jitsu.

Anyway, now that I’ve burst your bubble (just a little), I’m also here to tell you that sometimes jiu jitsu can really be simple, I promise. Remember, jiu jitsu has no magical element- at the end of the day it boils down to physics and body mechanics. I also think sometimes we overthink and over-complicate a problem in a position or technique, because we have so many techniques that seem to have a gamut of moving parts. We want to tackle the complicated right away: the quicker we work on the complicated, the better we can get a feel for it and eventually master it, right? But sometimes the complicated answer is not always the best or most effective one.

Trust that sometimes jiu jitsu can be very simple- that you don’t need 20 steps to take care of a problem you keep encountering while you roll. Sometimes a simple (yet effective) change or movement may be all that you need.

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

 

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Article on the Importance of Jiu Jitsu and Sleep

Since this specifically has something to do with jiu jitsu and totally justifies my need for sleep/naps, I’m totally going to share it with you.

Dirty White Belt has an article on the importance of sleep and how it helps  you learn more importantly how it helps you forget certain things. It kind of falls in line with what I’ve always said about sleeping and dreaming: it’s the equivalent of a computer going through defragmentation. Throughout the day our brain deals with a ton of information, and when we sleep it gives the brain time to sort through the truly essential information we need to keep, and the stuff that could be considered unnecessary or incomplete can be discarded.

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

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Happy Friday: Nifty Science Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Well this is sort of interesting: scientists are exploring an alternative to morphine based on saliva.

The article is pretty neat- check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Work Trip!

Hey Everyone,

Posting is going to be a little dicey the next day or so due to the fact that I’m in Las Vegas for a work convention. We’re staying at the Luxor….

The rooms are nice, but otherwise staying in a pyramid is just as ridiculous as you could imagine.

Have a great day everyone!

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Drilling and BJJ: A Little Bit is Better than Nothing at all

It can seem daunting at times, the things you want to work on in order to improve your BJJ game: there’s that sweep you keep trying that just isn’t happening, the position that you just can’t hold on to….The list goes on and on.

And you know (at least in theory) that the best way to improve in these areas is to drill: higher ranks advise lower ranks all the time- drill, drill, drill as it’s really the best way that you are going to improve. Sure rolling is fun, but drilling is really where you hone in on the execution of the technique.

So some people put off drilling, since there is SO MUCH that needs to be done. My advice to everyone who may feel that way is this: obviously you can’t drill everything that needs to be improved upon all in one session. If you tried, it would literally be hours before you left the gym, if you ever left at all. Break down the things you want to work on into more manageable pieces. You’re having trouble escaping half  guard? Work on drilling one or two escapes- it may just be for an additional 15 minutes after class, but hey, 15 minutes is better than nothing at all. It’s a baby step, but it does get you closer to the mastery of a technique than you were before.

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

 

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NAGA Philadelphia- Ladies Team Bringing Home the Gold

This past weekend there was a NAGA Philadelphia (actually it was about 20 minutes outside of the city but psh, details). Our team did fantastic, but our ladies team really knocked it out of the park. Everyone did wonderfully, win or lose, and I was really proud to see everyone go out there and do their best.

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Great job, ladies!

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Science! Article on Woman Who Lived Without Lungs for Six Days

This article doesn’t have so much to do with jiu jitsu, but more with the marvel at how far we’ve come in terms of modern medicine.

This woman lived without a set of lungs for six days, and through the wonders of modern medical technology, was able to survive that period and receive a lung transplant.

Six days- that’s crazy! Maybe I just listen too much about our medical history, but we’ve definitely come a long way from blood letting and “well, let’s just cut it off and see if they make it.”

Check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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