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The 5 Love Languages and BJJ

I’m not sure how many people out there are familiar with the concept of the 5 love languages- and to be honest, “love language” is a bit of a misnomer: it would be more apt to call it “5 ways people show they give a damn about you”, but that isn’t quite as succinct.

The concept,  in a book written about by a man named Gary Chapman, really down to the idea that people either show they care about someone, or certain ways that displays of care and concern will resonate with people more than others. It’s sometimes touted as a method to understand how you can best show someone you care, but frankly I think that requires a level of self awareness in our actions that not many people are able to achieve on a consistent basis. I could go on at length on why, but long story short, while it’s an hard balance to maintain, ultimately I think caring for others while still having a sense of your own personal boundaries is sort of the best way to go. Anyway, back to the point, I have found that it’s a great way to understand why people do what they do: the language they use in order to show their care and concern for others.

The five languages are physical touch, words of affirmation, gift giving, acts of service and quality time. And if you think about it, I’m sure there are multiple ways you can think of how these play out in your academy: the teammate who offers to let you use gum or tape, the teammate who offers to help you drill something, the one who gives you a (friendly) slap on the back off the mat, the higher rank who is willing to sit after class and listen to some of the problems you are having while rolling or maybe something you struggled with during your last tournament, and work with you on how to solve those problems.

It’s nothing ground breaking, but they are just little ways that people show one another that they care- I don’t know about you, but I wonder sometimes why people do what they do, and this is one possible explanation for some people’s actions. Granted, people are amazingly complex and this by no means is the end all, be all when it comes to explaining the many nuances of human behavior, but it’s a nice way to start to explain certain actions and behaviors by your teammates.

Have a great day everyone!


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Science! Jiu Jitsu is Beneficial for Your Brain

As if we needed additional evidence…

IFLScience has an article about how aerobic exercise is not only beneficial for the heart, but for the brain as well.

Take a look at the article and have a great day everyone!

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The Necessity of Etiquette in an Academy

It may seem silly- I totally get it- but believe it or not etiquette really does have place in an academy.

There are several reasons why etiquette is necessary in an academy, and it may surprise you. First and foremost, safety. There are certain things you allowed and not allowed to do in a gym simply because it’s not safe to do whatever you want. By doing so, you could potentially put yourself and your teammates at risk of injury or disease.

Second reason? Respect. It shows respect to your partners, respect to your coach/instructor, and respect to your academy. And they do deserve a level of respect: they are taking the time out of their day to roll with you. You can use a grappling dummy all day, but it’s nothing compared to drilling and rolling with a real, live human.

So while it may seem unusual, it is important to follow the etiquette of the academy.

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Article on an Injury Survey- We’re All Beat Up, Yo

The Grumpy Grappler has  an article in which he took a survey about how banged up we all are: there’s a lot of them- knees seem to the most abused body part though.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!


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Grief and BJJ

This isn’t really something people talk about, but I think it has pertinence in a lot of people’s lives and whether we like it or not, as much as we talk about leaving our personal issues off of the mat, it does effect our training and our time at the gym.

Grief can be caused by a variety of situations- it’s the sorrow of losing someone, either (usually) through death, or sometimes emotionally through say a divorce or break up after a long relationship.  Anyway, anyone who knows me is well aware that I hate talking about personal things (in general- it’s not you, it’s me, I promise), but I’ve had experience with both kinds since I’ve started in jiu jitsu. Well, I haven’t divorced anyone- two outta three ain’t bad, right? Anyway, the recent loss of a family member prompted this topic.

It’s interesting because we talk about what to do and how to cope with physical injuries- a dislocated joint, a torn ligament. Sometimes we do talk about how emotions effect our jiu jitsu, but more in the light of how to deal with the dejection of defeat: rarely do we talk about managing the very real and painful loss of someone close to us, and how to come back from that.

Obviously your experience may vary, but personally I have felt a bit of an internal struggle. Physically I’m fine- everything is in more or less working order, no different than it was the day before. Emotionally however the entire landscape has changed:again it could vary depending on what stage of grief you’re in and a variety of other factors, but let’s say for the sake of argument you’re in a place where it feels like that part of your brain that says, “hey, come on, let’s do this thing!” has decided to take a nap and/or has been wrapped burrito-style in a big, wet, heavy blanket.


The ultimate thing is that it’s ok to be sad: it’s ok to acknowledge these feelings. Bottling them up, ignoring them at best won’t make them go away, and at worst will end up creating a bigger problem than just dealing with them in the first place.

It’s also ok to take some time off of the mat: I would say just let your instructor know what’s going on. If you suddenly disappear that’s cause for concern, but I feel at this point everyone knows what it feels like to lose a loved one, and if you let your coach know what’s going on they should give you the space and time that you need. And if they don’t, it may be time to re-evaluate what kind of gym you are spending your time in.

When you feel like it’s time to get back to training, don’t just throw yourself into training just as hard as you were before. Again, experiences may vary but grief really isn’t something you can turn on and off like a faucet: it’s more of a thunderstorm that rolls in, and eventually out. Give yourself time to work back into the routine of things and most of all be patient with yourself: sometimes emotions can take a lot out of you, make you more tired than you may realize. Treat it like coming back from an illness such as a cold or flu- take it one step at a time before you go full speed ahead.

And finally understand that many people, including your teammates, have gone through the same thing. If you feel comfortable enough, talk to some of them- jiu jitsu is a community, and your teammates I’m sure do care. Or at the very least will be a little more understanding if mid-training you suddenly curl up into a ball and start crying out of nowhere.

How have you dealt with grief and training in the past? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone.


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Article on Tips for Buying Supplements

If you are someone who purchases supplements on a regular basis, Peter on Old Munki BJJ has some helpful tips on what to look for and to keep in mind while shopping for supplements.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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