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Earworm…Tuesday?

It would make more sense if I posted this on Wednesday for a fantastic alliteration, but whatever, I’m just going for it. For anyone who is not terribly familiar with the term, it’s one of those songs that you can’t help but listen to on repeat.

So here you go- enjoy, everyone!

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To Tape or Not to Tape

So, while most of the internet tells you that you should tape your fingers for jiu jitsu, I need to be a contrarian for a moment and say that I’m not totally convinced that everyone needs to do it, myself included. I do tape my pinky toe to its neighbor, but that’s after multiple dislocations (because I’m stubborn) and really to avoid future distractions while training.

I’m sure there are many out there that feel taping their fingers is an absolute life saver, particularly those who have been training for years upon years: your body has suffered tremendous wear and tear and I’m sure tape is a fantastic relief. There are also people out there who say to tape your fingers to avoid future pain or getting knobbly knuckles, and that’s where I don’t totally agree. Full disclosure, I’m also someone who sort of falls more in line with the Hunter S. Thompson quote about the body:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

So really, take that as you will.

Just some thoughts for the day. Have a great day everyone!

 

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Science! Article on 10 Fitness Myths

hey Everyone,

IFLScience has an article on some fitness myths that we’ve all heard about: technically the article is labeled how these fitness myths do more harm than good, but personally I feel like that’s a bit of an exaggeration.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on 2017 IBJJF World Recap

Hey Everyone,

Bloody Elbow has a brief recap of 2017 Worlds: check it out and have a great day!

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Happy Friday! Rocky Start Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Have to admit, this month is off to a little bit of a rocky start- we had a teammate that was assaulted during a robbery and was injured from the ordeal: we were all saddened and admittedly worried about him but he’s recovering and in good spirits, so that’s a relief.

Hopefully you all have been having smoother beginning to the month, or if you’ve also been experiencing a rough start, here’s hoping the next few weeks turn out to be a bit more smooth sailing.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Science! Article on Sleep Deprivation Making the Brain “Eat” Itself

Well this is a bit concerning: a recent study suggests that the brain “eats” itself when it experiences chronic sleep deprivation.

Check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Black Belt Brackets for 2017 IBJJF Worlds

Hey Everyone,

Worlds are this weekend, and Jiu Jitsu Magazine has an article on who they think are the most likely competitors to win each black belt bracket.

Personally, I hope the underdog or someone totally out of left field wins, just to keep things interesting.

Check out the article and have a great day everyone!

 

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Spring/Summer Cold Epidemic

I don’t know about you all, but around the Mid-Atlantic States it seems like as the weather is warming up, people seem to be dropping like flies due to a late spring/early summer epidemic of colds and the like.

As always, be sure to take care of yourself, get plenty of rest, and for pete’s sake if you know you’re sick, don’t go and train- no one doubts your commitment and no one sure as hell wants the same virus you have.

No offense, we cherish you as a person but in no way want to succumb to the same illness.

Take care, everyone!

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BJJ Injuries and Recovery: The “Danger Zone” of Almost Feeling 100%

There’s a “danger zone” if you will in BJJ, which I’m sure we’re all familiar with: it’s that point where you are feeling better- a whole lot better in fact. You feel like you could possibly train like you normally would and then BAM! You’ve set your recovery back a few weeks because you did something you shouldn’t have.

It’s always tricky, being in that space where you come back from an injury, you start to feel great and so then you convince yourself that it’s ok to turn up the intensity. While you may feel ok, your body/ whatever part of it you happened to have injured may not be up to the task just yet.

It’s frustrating, I know, but it really is beneficial to take your time getting back to full intensity with training. Don’t think of it as holding yourself back, but rather investing in your future: the more you allow an injury to heal now, the less you will set yourself back and prolong the injury.

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

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Article on White Belts Learning from White Belts

Hey Everyone,

BJJ Self Help has an article/some advice on white belts teaching each other. While I agree a good brainstorming session never hurt anyone, when in doubt ask a higher belt.

Take a look and have a great day everyone!

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