Washing Machine BJJ

Properly taking care of your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi is essential to training. The gi is a big piece of the puzzle of BJJ and washing, shrinking, as well as caring for your gi is important. Let’s face it, if you don’t keep proper hygiene, you won’t be training very long. I have always been a little skeptical at people’s opinions and blog posts for these gi care topics so I wanted to create a solid step by step guide for each of these processes based off what I have had work for me, my dad, and other training partners.

When you first buy your gi

It’s pretty important to wash your gi before it’s first use (especially if it’s colored) to set the dye in the fabric. Here are the steps:

  1. Remove from packaging
  2. Punch into washer
  3. Add 1 cup of vinegar
  4. Wash with cold water
  5. Hang to dry

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There are a lot of interviews with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts on the web, however, there are very few of lower belt levels – especially when it comes to women. I feel like hearing what a black belt has to say sometimes isn’t as relatable as someone closer to my own belt level. That’s why I wanted to gain some insight into the advanced white belt world from Morgan Miller. She is a white belt that has recently been tearing up the female featherweight division. In fact, she just placed third in the Pan Ams last week!  I decided to reach out to her to see what advice she could give women at the white belt level in BJJ.

The interview is as follows:

Q: Why do you think women should do BJJ?

A: BJJ is a great sport for women. Its not only an awesome workout to help you get into amazing shape but a great form of self defense. I’ve also noticed it helps build confidence in women as they learn and develop skills that make them feel more safe and secure.

Q: What is your training schedule like?

A: I train BJJ every day, as well as an hour of cardio everyday (45 minutes on elliptical, 15 minutes on an exercise bike). I also do strength training 4 days a week.

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Q: What are your favorite techniques?

A: I really like scissor sweeps, arm bars and triangles.

Q: How do you prepare mentally for a tournament?

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Rolyer vs Eddie

As many of you know there will soon be a rematch between Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie at Metamoris 3 on March 29, 2014. There is a ton of controversy that surrounds their first fight (watch it here) because Bravo wasn’t very well known and Gracie is of course from the famous family who originally founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Also, that fight is what propelled Bravo’s popularity and his BJJ association 10th Planet. There are a lot of assumptions about who will win the fight, however, there are also a lot of facts about the two fighters you may or may not know. I wanted to give visibility to each fighter with as many transparent facts as possible so you can decide for yourself who could win this match!

Eddie Bravo

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TeacherJean-Jacques Machado

Rank: 3rd degree black belt

Years of experience: 20 years

Fighting Experience: 5 wins 2 losses ADCC Qualifiers and Tournament

Smokes Marijuana: Definitely

Signature Moves: Rubber Guard, Twister

Royler Gracie

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Teacher: Helio Gracie

Rank: 7th degree black belt

Years of experience: 20+ as black belt

Fighting Experience: 4 time World Champion, 3 time Pan American Champion, 3 time ADCC Champion, 5-5-1 Professional MMA record, silver medal in the Judo Brazilian Nationals

Smokes Marijuana: Doubt it

Signature Moves: All Original Techniques

Comparison

Looking at the facts shows why it was such a huge upset when Bravo tapped Gracie out. We can’t ignore Bravo due to his previous win, but when looking at the facts, he is definitely the under dog. Gracie has quite the track record and statistically has the highest probability of winning, however, there is always a chance of an outlier – wow that got nerdy quick. All in all, I think it will be a great fight and I think big events like this are great for the economy of the BJJ community. Personally, I want to go with Royler, but I think there is always a possibility of the underdog winning!

What is your prediction?

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Combat Skin Rashguard and Shorts Review

When I was asked to review some No Gi gear from Combat Skin I was extremely excited because I had been recently eying up their new stuff. I have never been the guy to buy rash guards or fight shorts – mostly because I am in college and in debt – but after using the gear for No Gi training and having the rashguard on under my gi, I don’t think I could live without them.

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A lot of people try to find good family activities and my argument is that martial arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is one of the best activities for families out there! The picture above is my dad and I doing a little Xguard at the Grand Canyon. Yes, people did look at us weird, but I think this image paints the picture of a few of my main points about why you should make BJJ a family activity. Don’t worry, I didn’t sweep him off the edge!

Creates a pathway for communication

One thing I have noticed since I got my dad into BJJ is that it has increased our common ground and created a pathway for better communication. I currently live 2,000 miles away from my parents and I probably have the best communication with them of all time. I also specifically have more communication with my Dad and a lot of it is because of BJJ. If you think about it, the sport has a lot of facets and is super intricate. Its the ultimate conversational topic because not only is it fun, but there’s unlimited aspects of it to chat about with someone else who is enthusiastic about the subject. I think having someone else in your family to communicate about something you are passionate about can have a positive impact on that relationship… Read the rest of this entry »

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When buying anything I personally like to conduct a lot of research before making my purchase—especially with BJJ gis. However, the lame part about looking up gi reviews online is that most of the reviews are super bias towards a specific brand, they don’t compare gis honestly, and they are filled with a ton of fluff to make everything sound fancy. Because of the poor reviews I wanted to provide my honest opinion about my experience with the four gi brands I have trained in the last three and a half years. I hope my concise opinion helps you with your own purchases!

1. Atama – The second gi I bought when starting BJJ was a white Atama double weave. This gi was $170, but so far has been worth it. It is a thick, rough, and durable gi. This is probably my favorite Gi. I hate to be stereotypical with liking an Atama gi but I haven’t had any problems with the top or pants. I would say, however, that it has been the gi that has the most notable sweat, dirt and bloodstains.

Cost: $170

Shrinkage: Low

Durability: High

Style: Not too bad

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BJJ Tournament IBJJF

Why you should compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments are getting much more popular, and are popping up everywhere from small local tournaments to large regional championships. I personally think that tournaments are a great experience and everyone should compete for a lot of beneficial reasons. The key to tournaments isn’t only to focus on the outcome of how you perform but rather to grow and develop as a fighter on the journey of preparing for the tournament. These are my three reasons why you should register and compete within the next month.

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