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There is No Shame in Being Tapped by a Girl & Day 6 of the 12 Days of Judo: Kouchi Gari

This post is really for the dudes out there, but women can take something away from it as well.

This comes from a conversation I had with a co-worker on Friday. He admitted some hesitance to doing crossfit because he would walk in knowing there would be women in the room that could lift heavier weights than he would be able to, particularly at the beginning. He also asked if he tried Jiu jitsu, if there was a support group for men who were submitted or tapped by women. Before anyone gets hot under the collar about that statement, this co-worker is a pretty nice guy, and let’s be honest, is expressing a fear that many allude to, but few outright admit: the fear of tapping to a girl.

Guy, this mentality will not serve you well in jiu jitsu. You should never be ashamed of being submitting by someone who has trained longer than you, has more experience than you, has put in countless hours of drilling, training, has put in their fair share of blood, sweat and tears into the sport- just because of their gender.

I know it’s a bitter pill to swallow- men are told they are better, particularly when it comes to physical activity than women practically from the day they are born. But the truth of the matter is it plays into the “curse of natural ability” that I have mentioned before. You may not have the expectation of athletic prowess, or even to do well particularly well per se, but if you have the expectation to do better than a female, that is where you will falter, and fail, and become frustrated, especially in the beginning. Jiu jitsu can certainly have its moments of roughness, but a very large part of the sport still involves timing and skill, which are honed through practice and experience- both of which are available to either gender.

If a girl taps you, instead of getting frustrated, and feeling like there is something wrong in the natural order of the universe, instead think of it this way: she, a fellow teammate, is skilled enough to take advantage of that weak point in your jiu jitsu, and this is a fantastic time to work on those parts of your game- improving both of your games.

And we’re up to day 6 of the 12 days of Judo: Kouchi Gari.



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Happy Friday! Post by a Fellow Blogger & Day 5 of the 12 Days of Judo: Tai Otoshi

Happy Friday everyone!

Meghan over at Stethoscopes and Armbars wrote a really nice post about cancer and hope that I think you should check out.

And today is the loudest and most obnoxious day of Judo yet, but in a good way. 🙂 Today is Day 5: Tai Otoshi! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m putting the video below, and have shared it to my Google Plus page.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend guys!


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Wishing You the Best Today & Day 4 of the 12 Days of Judo: Ouchi Gari

Hey guys, admittedly I don’t really have much to talk about today: hope everyone’s happy, healthy, and feeling their best in training. 🙂

Today we’re on Day 4 of the 12 Days of Judo, which is Ouchi Gari. Just like before, the video is below and will also be posted on the Skirt on the Mat Google Plus page.


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The Necessity of Vitamins, and the 12 Days of Judo, Day 3: Harai Goshi

Regardless of how you acquire your vitamins- pills, food, or injection (yes, there is a way to inject vitamins), you can’t argue their vital role in keeping your body functioning the way it should.

If you ever wondered why your body couldn’t just get its act together and make these vitamins already, such as vitamin c, well we used to but no longer have that ability and you can blame our ancestors… From approximately 60 million years ago. An article in the New York Times discusses the necessity of these molecules, and how through evolution we lost the ability to produce these vitamins on our own.

I’m definitely not doing this article justice, and you should totally check it out.

And today is day 3 of the 12 days of Judo, and the throw is one of my favorites, harai goshi! If you watch the video, you may wonder why I demonstrate the throw before going through all 3. Mainly, it’s for the blog readers who have never stepped foot on a mat before in their lives (I do have a couple of those), and so it’s pretty much guaranteed they have no idea what these throws look like, let alone their names.

Anyway, enjoy!

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“Something Will Happen” & Day 2 of 12 Days of Judo: Osoto Gari

So, my dad has a saying he likes to quote now and again: “something will happen”. It’s in reference to an old cooking show called “Two Fat Ladies”. Think Paula Deen, but British and more genuinely charming.

Apparently in one episode the ladies were riding around on the countryside (I believe) on their sweet wheels:

fat ladies

When their motorcycle breaks down. This show was I believe popular around the early to mid 90’s, so cell phones weren’t quite all the rage, no matter what sort of impression Zack from Saved by the Bell gave you back in the day.

So, the ladies were obviously distraught, tried fixing the problem on their own- but these were two ladies with vast experience with finding creative ways of adding lard to recipes, not fixing motorcycles. So, eventually one of the ladies sits down on the grass on the side of the road, seemingly free from the anxiety of the situation. The other asks what she is doing, still worked up over their problem.

The one sitting on the side of the road tells her friend not to worry, because “something will happen.”

There are good deal of things in life that we can’t control, and even when we know full well we can’t control them, we fret and overwhelm ourselves with anxiety. Our there are points where we get “stuck”, so to speak: we do everything we can in our power, but our efforts do not produce an immediate, noticeable result.

This is the perfect time to remind yourself to just keep doing what you can, and try not to worry too much, because “something will happen”.  A variation to Finding Nemo’s “just keep swimming” motto, if you will. Why keep swimming? Because eventually, “something will happen.” Something will change either within, or sometimes beyond your control and you’ll move on from this point, so don’t worry (too much, if you can) because “something will happen”.

Ah, Dad wisdom: all of this, from a guy who has the “Bananaphone” song as his ringtone. 🙂

And today is day 2 of “the 12 Days of Judo” which features osoto gari!

Like before, the video is below, and on my google plus page. Enjoy!

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In House Tournament and Stuff

This Sunday a good amount of the academy and affiliates braved the snow forecast for our in-house tournament. It was great to see everyone compete, and as an added bonus some students were promoted, so all in all it was a pretty great day. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how these newly promoted students grow and develop their jiu jitsu. Great job, guys!

So, the extra:

In celebration of the holidays, I grabbed my teammate Sarah and will be doing a little series of videos over the next two weeks- sort of the 12 days of Christmas, but “The 12 Days of Judo” . It’s not at all educational/inspirational or anything of that nature, it’s just for fun- and to be perfectly honest it’s been a long time since I’ve been in front of a camera so the first couple are going to be a little rough (and at times I sound a bit like a jackass, so you know, I’ve got that going for me), but I’m hoping everyone will be sort of amused by the end of it.

Anyway, the video is for Day 1: Ippon Seoinage. The video’s below, and will be posted on my page on google plus (which i’m still tweaking with). So, er, enjoy!

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Happy (Belated) World Judo Day!

I didn’t find this out until class last night when our Coach informed the class, but yesterday (October 28th) was World Judo Day- so grab your closest judoka and give them a good throw in (belated) celebration!



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BJJ: Learning a Technique Because It Just Looks Cool

This probably would be more apt to call “Judo: learning it because it looks cool”, but whatever, I’m just going to run with it.

We learned a fancy entry to a Judo throw this weekend in class that I want to practice and get better at executing, at least better while drilling it. Do I think I have a snowflake’s chance in hell of pulling it off in a tournament? Nope. Then why spend the time practicing it?

The simple answer is “because it looks cool”.

The more in-depth answer I can provide is this: while of course it is beneficial to drill and “own” a technique, sometimes it’s just fun to try something new. You learn these new things, develop new skills that granted, may not directly relate to a training or competition match, but has the possibility of getting you to think in a different way, discerning different opportunities to take advantage of and encouraging a more diverse jiu jitsu game in general.

So, while I wouldn’t condone sinking all your time into something super fancy and complicated that would need juuust the right circumstances and planets to align in a certain fashion, I would say give them a try now and again, because there could be some secondary benefit you may not realize may come of it.

Have a great day everyone!



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Happy 22nd Birthday to Our Academy!

Our gym turned 22 yesterday, so of course I did what every self respecting student would do…

I developed some stomach issues, forgot my gi and ended up having to work late.


But, I offer my heartfelt happy anniversary to one of the first BJJ schools on the East Coast, one of the first kettlebell gyms in the country, and home to some of the toughest competitors I know and have the pleasure to train with, Maxercise!

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Tough Judo Lovin’

We’re doing throws and randorii all this week, and even some single and double leg takedowns, And it hurts- not in an injured sort of way, but more “wow I haven’t done this in forever, I forgot I had that muscle let alone had the ability to make it sore” kind of hurt.

When thinking about how this stuff hurts a little, but I’m still willing to jump right in and do it all over again, I think of this song:

“sometimes love, don’t feel like it should…”



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