Science! Cerebellum May be Doing More Than Previously Thought

Hey Everyone,

IFLScience posted an article about how the cerebellum may be more responsible than previously thought- which up until now was just (I use the term “just” loosely)  motor control, coordination, and precision.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Article on IBJJF 2016 World Champ Testing Positive for Doping, Stripped of Medal

Jesus, guys. Really?

Leandro Nogueira tested positive for a prohibited substance that is typically taken to boost testosterone after a cycle of anabolic steroids.

Check out the article and have a good day everyone.

 

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Jiu Jitsu and Rolling: “Don’t Be Rude”

I had a conversation with a white belt recently which brought this issue up: he was rolling with a partner who (I’m presuming/hoping) accidentally kicked the white belt.

Said white belt was understandably pissed. Admittedly I also get a little annoyed when I’m kicked, punched or when I am somehow on the receiving end of a knee to the face. Jiu jitsu is about no striking: if I wanted to get punched I would do Muay Thai kickboxing or capoeira, or something of that nature.

The white belt in question was asking if that kick was “legal” in tournament. I had to explain to our heated white belt that I’m sure it was an accident, and that it was probably an aggressive sweep that got kind of weird. I also had to explain the common, unspoken rule of “don’t be rude”.

Jiu jitsu practitioners have to walk a fine line between technique and really digging deep sometimes to pull off a submission. You want to be technical, you want to quickly and efficiently put your opponent in a position that they will feel the need to tap- whether that be a choke, joint lock…. the list goes on and on. But, the difficulty comes when you add the element that the other person wants the exact same thing, and of course people aren’t perfect- we all try to grind out a technique that may not be the easiest or prettiest one to use at that time.

Still, we try- there’s the idea that we want to submit our opponent without unnecessary pain or roughness. Again, back to the idea of “don’t be rude”. It can be a weird gray area at times, and one that is definitely subject to interpretation, but it’s something we should all keep in mind and- I dunno, personally I give people the benefit of the doubt more often than not because I assume they know about this rule.

Just some thoughts- have a great day everyone!

 

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Happy Friday! Polyglot Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Matador has an interesting article on what additional languages people are trying to learn around the world- check it out and have a great weekend everyone!

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Article on Pans By the Numbers

Hey Everyone,

I’m playing catch up over here post-pans: in meantime, check out BJJ Heroes article on Pans by the Numbers, and have a great day everyone!

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BJJ Heroes Bio: One of my Old Teachers

Oh hey, small world! One of my old teachers has a bio on BJJ Heroes!

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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BJJ and the Point of No Return

I’ve received questions like this before, and my coach brought it up in class recently. In jiu jitsu thre is *almost* an answer to everything, but there is such a thing as a “point of no return”. I’ll get questions about how to get out of a position where the person literally has nothing, their partner is holding all the cards, and then they ask what they should do in that situation.

There does come a point where you have let things get to such a point where- sorry friend- you’re just not getting out of that submission. The tap, really, is your way of getting out. Not the answer you want I know, but sometimes the truth hurts. You’ve done a lot of wrong things to get to that point, and that’s the un-fun conclusion.

The good news however is the fact that you have to let things get so far before you get to that point of no return. Stop the progression before that final lockdown of a submission and  you still have a chance of getting out. Easier said than done, I fully realize this, but it should give you at least a little bit of hope. Keep working to stay out of that point of no return, and you still have the fighting chance.

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

 

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BJJ Ban in Canada: It Just Keeps Getting Weirder

So apparently the whole ban started because of a beef between the bjj promoters and some kick boxing organization- which the article read quoted the promoter as saying,

“We are jealous about retaining the responsibility of supervising amateur kick-boxing galas in Quebec.”

….Ok, a couple of weird things about this. First, BJJ does not equal kickboxing. Second, who the hell actually admits to being jealous? This dude, it seems.

Congrats on being in touch with your emotions and owning up to them, but I do believe the concern is a bit misplaced. Just saying.

Feel free to read the article and scratch your head along with me.

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Eddie Bravo (Finally) Starts Combat Jiu Jitsu

So this is finally a thing now? I feel like this idea was introduced YEARS ago- adding open palm strikes to jiu jitsu when one opponent is on the ground.

Good for Bravo, for finally getting this ball rolling. Personally, the idea of having someone slap me in jiu jitsu is a bit annoying, but hey if people are into it, more power to them.

Check out an article on it, and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Canadian BJJ Tournament Ban Resolution: a Happy Ending for BJJ Competitors

I don’t know about you guys, but there’s a satisfaction from hearing the resolution to things, and this is no different: apparently Canada got itself sorted out and the tournament was put on.

Hooray for happy endings!

Read all about it, and have a great day everyone!

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