Monthly Archives: October 2017

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Enjoy this jam from Beetlejuice and have a great day!

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Science! Man Dies from Bacteria Contracted During Hurricane Harvey Relief

Ruh roh….

So someone died from a flesh eating bacteria that was contracted while doing demo work for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas. I’m only commenting on this because I was doing the same kind of demo work in Houston about 6 weeks ago, also to assist Houston residents that were effected by Hurricane Harvey.

The bad, but good, news is that the disease spread fairly quickly- essentially I’m not dead yet, so I think I’ll be all right. It’s just a shame that someone was struck ill while in the middle of helping others.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Lessons in Jiu Jitsu That Can Be Applied to the Workplace

Patience: Recently I had a co-worker say, “just how do we teach people patience?” Well, jiu jitsu in my opinion is an excellent way to teach someone patience. Think about the last time you applied a choke and then waited…and waited…and waited for the person to tap. Even when you think you have everything in the bag, success will not come rushing in on swift wings. You have to be patient to truly achieve what you want.

Grit: Goes hand in hand with patience- it takes tremendous fortitude to get to a black belt in jiu jitsu and it sometimes fortitude, or grit if you prefer the term, is needed in the workplace in order to get the task at hand completed. Just like you need to dig out the submission, I’m sure there are times in your job where a problem seems insurmountable and you have to “dig” out the solution.

Creating Muscle Memory so You Can Look for Opportunity: So, I work on the admin/marketing side of real estate- time and time again the people on the sales side are encouraged to learn certain scripts for talking to potential clients.

Sounds less weird than it really is, I promise.

On the sales end, much like a jiu jitsu match, while really anything can happen you know that by and large certain things are going to happen. There are going to be certain  phrases that people use, certain common moves they are probably going to make, etc. For jiu jitsu, it’s drilling- for sales agents, it’s script practice. Same concept- drilling common techniques and counters so when you get to a “live” situation, you can detect and act on the opportunity that presents itself.

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

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Article from Xande and Why His Guard Has Not Been Passed for 11 Years

Hey everyone, On the Mat has an article from Xande about why his guard has not been passed in the past 11 years.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Metamoris Facebook “Challenge”

I saw this poster on Facebook this morning:

Metamoris poster

I really think Ralek should write a book with all of the things he’s done to Metamoris, and someone should title it “101 Ways to Not Run a Fight Promotion Company”. To be fair, it seems like the Gracie family really leans into the old saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” but what I think he doesn’t realize is that having a public image is a lot like having a savings account: you typically keep adding to it, and try to avoid making withdrawls if at all possible. Though granted, considering how he still owes Metamoris athletes money I feel that analogy would be totally lost on him.

I am enjoying some of the challenges put forth- these have been my favorite so far:

blindfold robot

+5 for creativity…

And of course the obvious:

get a job

A crowd favorite so far, it seems.

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Article on Improving Your Jiu Jitsu Off the Mat

When it comes to getting better at jiu jitsu, there’s really nothing that beats drilling and training more: if you want to get better, you need to actually do the sport you want to get better at. Sometimes however that’s just not a possibility: obligations and circumstances can take you off the mat for an extended period of time, unfortunately. Revolution BJJ however has 5 suggestions for getting better at jiu jitsu while taking that time off of the mat.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Science! 100 Million Year Old Virus Found in Human Blood

This has nothing to do with jiu jitsu, I just think it’s pretty neat.

Researchers recently found a 100 million year old(!) virus in the blood of a pregnant woman, which is pretty rad. Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Relaxing in Class as a White Belt

We all know White Belts are sort of like puppies that get the zoomies (you know, the zoomies)- they are super amped to do all the things, and at times have a hard time concentrating at the task at hand even if they really want to.

The author over at BJJ Self Help has an article on what it means to “relax” as it relates to a white belt in class.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Slow Down if You’re Skipping Forward

So we drilling a sequence of techniques last night- you know, practicing A, then A to B if A is countered, and then going to C if the first two were shut down, etc., etc. I found myself trying to skip the first couple and trying to get to the end of the series. Admittedly the first couple that I was forgetting to practice were the more basic elements leading to the more difficult, but still it’s no excuse. Even if you think you are the master of the basics…you still need to practice the basics. There are so many little details and elements to even the fundamentals of jiu jitsu it’s hard to remember and execute on all of them. And who knows, practicing those fundamentals will open the opportunity to see how other techniques may relate, in addition to whatever it is you are drilling.

Also, unintended side effect, if you are a higher belt there is a chance there is some lower belt who may watch you go through the more basic moves for tips- not that they have a specific question per se, but they want to see someone more skilled at the particular technique performed by someone at a higher level. So in going through the basics, there’s a chance you’re not only helping yourself, but another teammate as well.

So, if you’re like me and you find that you are trying to skip to the end- stop. Take a breath, refocus, and work through all of the techniques, even if you may consider them to be more basic and would rather focus on the more complicated items. You could always use the review of the basics, and you never know who else you could be helping in the process.

That’s all I’ve got for today- have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Bold Statement Edition

Happy Friday everyone! I have a bold statement to make….

When it comes to low calorie ice creams, I don’t think Halotop is the best.

Come at me, bro.

I know they are enjoying their time in the sun- with fun flavors and slick marketing campaigns (or really weird ones). But personally I think Enlightened ice cream actually achieves the ice cream flavor that we’re all looking for, without all the calories, of course. Whenever I eat Halotop it always tastes on the verge of freezerburn: there’s always a slight hint of ice crystals in each pint. I don’t get that with the Enlightened ice creams- granted, they are sometimes rock hard when you buy the pint, but from what I understand that’s common with ice cream that’s been made with a sugar substitute like erythitol.

So, that’s my admission/bold statement for the day. Have a great weekend everyone!

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