Monthly Archives: August 2017

Master Worlds- Win Some, Lose Some and then Eat Some Acai…

Hey Everyone, so Master Worlds was a hoot- as much as I dislike Las Vegas, the tournament itself was pretty nice: there were tons of competitors (4,300 I heard) and the entire 3 days were pretty busy, but good. I fought twice (once in my division, once in absolute), lost both times on points, but had a good time, got to spend time with friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, made a new friend or two…and of course had an acai bowl (obviously).

Anyone else compete? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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IBJJF Master Worlds Countdown

So it’s 2 days until the IBJJF Master Worlds (I know they call it “World Master” but frankly that just doesn’t make sense to me).

It should be pretty exciting: all us old people (those 30 years and older) will be heading to Las Vegas to duke it out and see determine who are the toughest geezers in the bunch.

For anyone that’s registered, the brackets and order of fights are up if you want to check it out– they will be working 21 mats on the first day. Dang…

Anyway, take a look and have a great day everyone!

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Results from Polaris 5

Hey Everyone, so Polaris 5 happened this weekend, including the anticipated match between Gary Tonon and Dillon Danis- I unfortunately did not watch the event, but according to BJJ Heroes Gary Tonon won by judge’s decision.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Whether or Not You Should Train When Tired

Hey everyone, Stephan Kesting has a couple of videos on whether or not you should train when you are really tired. Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Muscle Protein Involved in Sleep Regulation

Hey everyone- a recent study showed that skeletal muscle protein lessens sleep deprivation in mice, which could have some exciting possibilities for treating insomnia.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Meteor Shower Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Well, NASA is being a little bit of a killyjoy- or establishing realistic expectations. Guess it depends on how you look at it, I suppose. They have stated that the meteor shower that’s supposed to happen on the 13th will not be “the brightest ever”, despite what all of  your friends say on Facebook.

It should still be impressive however- check out the article and have a great weekend everyone!

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Article on Items to Pack for a Tournament

Hey guys, it’s a hectic week, but if you all have a moment check out the article from Grapplers Planet on What to Pack for a Tournament. Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Alien Life Edition

Well this is pretty interested: was first sounded like there was a ridiculous job in NASA defending us from Aliens, actually sounds like a pretty interesting position. Basically, NASA is hiring to make sure when exploring space, we avoid accidentally contaminating Earth with foreign bacteria or matter from Mars, and vice versa. Not that I think there is anything truly malicious or anything that would make for a science horror film, but invasive species of flora and insects are totally a thing here, so why not be concerned about the same thing across planets.

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

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Coaching and What it Means to You

So I’ve had a professional coach for the past few months, and frankly I’ve been having some trouble really finding a groove with that coach. I’m starting to wonder if at least part of the problem has to do with what a “coach” means to me, especially with my background in jiu jitsu.

While I’m not expecting the coach at my job to show me some new, slick submissions, I think there are some expectations that I may be bringing in to the relationship due to past experience. For instance, your coach is also usually your instructor- for the most part, anyway. They are usually intimate with your struggles because they have seen you train, they have rolled with you on occasion and have watched you roll with others, pointing out certain positions or sticking points and offering suggestions how to get around them.

To be fair, that may not be everyone’s experience when it comes to coaching. Maybe your teacher and your coach to two entirely different people- the coach being there to lead and motivate, while the teacher is there to perform more of the day to day tasks.

Do I think a coach needs to be there every single time you train? No, but I think they should be around on a fairly regular enough basis to understand your style, so they can aptly and accurately offer suggestions on how to better your game. Or really work to get to know the person by asking questions about common sticking points, and seeing what sticks in order to work on common problem areas, brainstorming or offering suggestions that the person being coached can then put their own spin on.

What does having a coach mean to you? Just curious. Let me know- otherwise have a great day everyone!

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Canada Outlawing BJJ Tournaments: The Saga Continues

Yet again- what the hell, Canada?

So we previously talked about how Canada had some problems with jiu jitsu tournaments, considering jiu jitsu as a combat sport.

Apparently one organization basically said, “well, we’re doing this anyway” and held a tournament in Ontario. Bold move, friends. Bold move. Apparently the police showed up- rather than arresting anyone however they hung out and posed for photos with participants.

The whole thing is just strange, to be honest. You can read more about it on Grapplers Planet: check it out and have a great day everyone!

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