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.

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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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Alive

Hey Everyone,

Hopefully you all had a great Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately I came down with one of the worst colds I’ve had in the past decade, and so spent the 3 day weekend downing cold medicine and catching up on TV that I’ve been meaning to watch (mainly Handmaid’s Tale and a period drama called Taboo, in case anyone is interested).

Anyway, while I’m not totally out of the woods, I am alive: enjoy some Sia while I’m trying to catch up on all the things I neglected while I was recovering, and have a great day everyone!

 

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Master Worlds- Win Some, Lose Some and then Eat Some Acai…

Hey Everyone, so Master Worlds was a hoot- as much as I dislike Las Vegas, the tournament itself was pretty nice: there were tons of competitors (4,300 I heard) and the entire 3 days were pretty busy, but good. I fought twice (once in my division, once in absolute), lost both times on points, but had a good time, got to spend time with friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, made a new friend or two…and of course had an acai bowl (obviously).

Anyone else compete? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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IBJJF Master Worlds Countdown

So it’s 2 days until the IBJJF Master Worlds (I know they call it “World Master” but frankly that just doesn’t make sense to me).

It should be pretty exciting: all us old people (those 30 years and older) will be heading to Las Vegas to duke it out and see determine who are the toughest geezers in the bunch.

For anyone that’s registered, the brackets and order of fights are up if you want to check it out– they will be working 21 mats on the first day. Dang…

Anyway, take a look and have a great day everyone!

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Results from Polaris 5

Hey Everyone, so Polaris 5 happened this weekend, including the anticipated match between Gary Tonon and Dillon Danis- I unfortunately did not watch the event, but according to BJJ Heroes Gary Tonon won by judge’s decision.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Whether or Not You Should Train When Tired

Hey everyone, Stephan Kesting has a couple of videos on whether or not you should train when you are really tired. Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Muscle Protein Involved in Sleep Regulation

Hey everyone- a recent study showed that skeletal muscle protein lessens sleep deprivation in mice, which could have some exciting possibilities for treating insomnia.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Meteor Shower Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Well, NASA is being a little bit of a killyjoy- or establishing realistic expectations. Guess it depends on how you look at it, I suppose. They have stated that the meteor shower that’s supposed to happen on the 13th will not be “the brightest ever”, despite what all of  your friends say on Facebook.

It should still be impressive however- check out the article and have a great weekend everyone!

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Article on Items to Pack for a Tournament

Hey guys, it’s a hectic week, but if you all have a moment check out the article from Grapplers Planet on What to Pack for a Tournament. Have a great day everyone!

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