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‘Tis the Season of Slacking

It’s getting to that time of year: the mats are less packed as people make more and more excuses for why they aren’t showing up. Office parties, family gatherings, children’s Christmas plays- all valid reasons in a lot of ways, but what is one “meh, I have this thing and can’t go to class” can quickly turn into “dang, I haven’t been to a jiu jitsu class for an entire month” if you’re not careful.

I say all of this, knowing full well I’m heading to New Orleans later this week and will also be skipping class: try to do whatever you can to get into class when you can. Sure, it may just be one day for the entire week, but the effort will still keep you emotionally invested and motivated to attend class for when you do have time to make it in.

Just a few words of advice: have a great day everyone!



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Seminar with Daniel Beleza

Hey everyone,

Last night we had a seminar at our academy with black belt Daniel Beleza– he’s won about a bajillion tournaments, and just seems like a pretty chill guy.

It was a lot about chokes (score!) and ways to get to them from mainly spider and closed guard- nothing wrong with that. He also did a lot of work from an inverted triangle position, which was unusual but an interesting and new way to look at things. It was also fun to see the numerous variations of submissions based on what your partner gives you. All the variations and the finer details may have gone over some of the lower belts’ heads and they would need to see it again to fully get it (I’m not even sure I picked up on all of the details he showed) but it was fun to at least see the progression of the different techniques and submissions, how one flowed into the other.

All in all a good night 🙂

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Science! Bones May Play A Role In Regulating Appetite And Metabolism


A recent study suggests that there is a hormone that effects bones, but also helps us metabolize sugar and fat.

Crazy! Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Enjoy this jam from Beetlejuice and have a great day!

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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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