Update- I’m an Idiot Who Fell For an April Fool’s Day Joke

This is why you need to pay attention to what you read, folks. Particularly around the first of April.

Someone wrote an article on April 1st about IBJJF allowing heel hooks and reaping-and not bring fully caffeinated and alert, decided to share that post. It sounded a little fishy to me, so I checked the IBJJF website- no mention.

I went back to the article and then I saw the date it was published- April 1st.

Whomp, whomp.

Moral of the story- read critically, and always check for primary sources.

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IBJJF to Start Allowing Reaps and Heel Hooks At Brown Belt and Above

Well, this is pretty interesting: starting April 7th (funny enough, the weekend of the DC Open), Brown and Black belt competitors will be allowed to reap the knee and go for heel hooks.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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A Podcast on 12 Black Belts Giving Advice on Starting BJJ

Hey everyone, Grapplearts has a podcast up on their site with 12 Black Belts giving their advice about starting bjj. My own? I guess just the Dory (from “Finding Nemo”) philosophy- just keep swimming, just keep swimming….

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

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Science! Study Suggests “Learning Styles” Approach is Nonsense

Well this is kind of interesting: we all have heard the premise that people need to learn things in different ways- visual, audio, reading and kinesthetic. A recent study suggests however that there really is no difference to how the information is presented, and rather more effective strategies include,

“giving practice tests, encouraging peer teaching, and working through problems and examples out loud.  It also helps if students can connect what they’re learning to information they already know, fitting new knowledge into their understanding of the world.”

So, putting this into a jiu jitsu context would include rolling, sharing ideas and thoughts with other students to work certain positions out, and for instructors it means taking what your students should already know and building on that knowledge. Neat!

Anyway, check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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Dana White to Added As a Playable Character in UFC Videogame

So I don’t really play video games (anymore), but I found this to be pretty funny: apparently UFC promoter Dana White is now a playable character in a new UFC game. My favorite quote about this so far is how you can watch a scene of “Dana squaring off with Dana while Dana holds them back.”

Beautiful.

Anyway, check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Study on Exercise Possibly Reducing Dementia

Happy Friday!

Well this is pretty neat, particularly if you’re a woman: a recent study suggests that exercise could reduce your risk for dementia, particularly if you’re a woman. Granted, the sample size of the study was pretty small, but it seems to support older studies  that suggest the same thing. Yay!

Check it out and have a great weekend everyone!

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Pans 2018 Results

I know I’ve been radio silent for the past couple of days- a quick recap: went to Pans, lost my first match, hurt my knee in the process and now I’m home. Yay!

Others did a heck of a lot better however, which BJJ Heroes outlines in their recent article- check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Tips On How to Learn Something Faster

Basically a primer on how to learn jiu jitsu, and really all the things we’ve talked about in the past.

IFLScience has an article with tips on how to learn something faster, and really it’s a lot of tips that we talk about when learning jiu jitsu, including “Skills are easier to pick up as individual parts” and “Multitasking doesn’t work, especially for storing new information”

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

 

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Article on How to Convince Someone to Try BJJ (Without Scaring Them Off)

Hey everyone,

Jiu Jitsu Times has an interesting article on how to convince someone to join bii- without scaring them off.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Science! Well Timed Electrical Impulses Could Potentially Improve Memory Recall

Well this is interesting- kind of wish I had this for some seminars: a small study recently performed suggested that well timed electrical impulses could potentially improve memory recall. Admittedly, some have criticized the study due to its small sample size (and understandably so) but it’s an exciting thought.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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