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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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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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Giva Santana Seminar Review


A couple of nights ago we had a seminar at our academy with Giva Santana- owner of One Jiu Jitsu, great jiu jitsu player, and overall a nice guy.

We went over a good deal of spider guard, sweeps from del la riva, some nifty armbars and a couple of cool other tips to think about adding to one’s game. Overall the seminar was fun and informative, with plenty of laughs and information that a student could take with them. I was happy to see our guys from all skill levels- from the guys that have been at the academy for over 10 years to some students that have been there for less than 30 days. Giva took the time to help everyone, and offered different levels of difficulty for techniques, so the white belts wouldn’t get lost and the more advanced guys had something to sink their teeth into. All in all if was a good night and we were glad to have the seminar in the academy.

That’s all I’ve got for now folks- have a good day everyone!

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Sakuraba to Face Frank Shamrock on October 15th Rizin Event

You know, you would think I would be a lot happier about this, but I’m not that terribly thrilled about this match.

Sakuraba is supposed to face Frank Shamrock in Japan on October 15th. Once upon a time I would be thrilled to see Sakuraba in the ring: now I’m just worried that his knees aren’t going to hold up. Not that I really have any say on the event, but jesus dude. I think it’s time to throw in the towel and stay in the grappling/MMA scene as a coach.

What do you guys think? Let me know and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Apparently Liking the Song “No Diggity” May Make You More Likely To Be A Psychopath

Well, crap.

I’m taking this study with a grain of salt, but apparently psychopaths enjoy rap and heavy metal rather than classical music and jazz.

Why we’re particularly targeting this sweet jam from Blackstreet, I’m not sure.

Also, can we talk about the kind of conversation that had to ensue in order to get this stock photo?


I’m confused. And yet, intrigued.

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


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Close (Enough) to Halloween!


It’s almost Halloween!

We’re a little more than a month away from my favorite holiday- close enough that I find justification to listen to one of my favorite Halloween songs, which I am now sharing with you- enjoy and have a great day!


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Training, Coaching and the Like

Hey Everyone,

I know last week was a little bit of a doozy- rest assured I’m still training


….and still working on trying to be photogenic. Also, contrary to what the photo may suggest, I do not have jaundice.

I’ve also been helping to coach/support our team:


Just haven’t been posting much: I can’t totally promise that I’m back on the wagon, but I’m making an effort.

This past weekend we had a group of competitors raise money and compete in Tap Cancer Out: it’s a great tournament for a great cause, and if one’s coming through your area I would highly suggest checking it out.

Have a great day everyone!

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Helping Hands: Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

So, heads up, this post has absolutely nothing to do with jiu jitsu.

Last week I and a bunch of others went to Texas last week to help the residents of Houston rebuild their lives after Hurricane Harvey. And trust me, there was a lot to be done. Some of the things that we did included sorting food at a food bank in Austin, working to sort and pack clothes/supplies for the Austin Disaster Relief Network, and actually reaching out with another group to help clean out and do demolition work on the homes that needed wet, moldy items and materials removed from there homes.


And trust me, there was a lot to clean out (those are fish that were found under some flooring, in case you were wondering).

It was a great experience, to actually be able to go out there and help the people of Houston. There is a part of me that’s sad (and kind of upset, to be honest), that we weren’t able to help more people. There’s just so much to be done, and while we worked as hard as we could, there’s just a ton more to be done out there.

If you can, I would ask that people take a moment to donate something, anything really, to help these people out- for those affected by either Harvey or Irma.  They have a lot of rebuilding to do.

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

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Heading to Texas

Hey Everyone,

I’m headed to Texas this week to put in some manual labor and de-mucking some houses that were effected by the hurricane with some other volunteers.

While I’m getting down and dirty in Texas, enjoy this article on logically expanding your jiu jitsu, and have a great week everyone!


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