Posts Tagged ‘BJJ’

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Let’s face it, doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can take a toll on your body and can leave you super tight over time. The reason why you feel tightness most of the time is because of Myofascial tissue bunching up. Essentially this tissue is a fibrous connective tissue that helps support your muscles and bones. When it bunches up it causes tightness the we feel, so we must release it. The best explanation I have heard to explain this tissue is that it’s like having a t-shirt sleeve being pulled down which inhibits your arm from moving up easily. However, when you release the sleeve – or in our case the Myofascial tissue – it releases the tension and allows for full range of motion. Learn more here. Here are three tools I have used for years now to help relieve tightness and improve my range of motion.

1. The Tennis Ball

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I use the my tennis ball specifically to release the tension in my feet. Roll your feet out 30-60 seconds every day and you will not only feel looser but your hamstring flexibility will increase. If you don’t believe me, test your flexibility before and after rolling out your feet. That’s what I thought.

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There’s a lot of articles on the internet these days that include crazy lists from places like Buzzfeed to Business Insider. I haven’t seen many BJJ related list articles so now it’s our time to shine. Here are 13 things only people who have served time on the mats will understand.

1. Any references to the word shrimp is not about the food, it’s about saving your ass.

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2. When you mention BJJ to a friend and they think it’s Karate.

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BJJ RESUME

Lately I have been on the job search. Thus, I have been updating my resume, creating cover letters, etc. During this time it’s given me a chance to reflect on my past work experience, extracurricular history, etc. and I’ve realized that the last four years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has made a substantial impact on my life in many ways, even professionally. In this post I want to show you that BJJ is not only an amazing life enhancing martial art but also a career boosting activity. Below are the reasons I think recruiters should pay extra attention to practitioners of BJJ.

Humble

Nothing is more humbling than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The mats are a place where egos are crushed and reality is faced every day. The humble culture of BJJ is a result of this and it is one of the most prevalent traits of the art. Being humble translates directly into the workplace and is extremely beneficial when working on a team.

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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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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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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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