Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

I was diagnosed with having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at the age of 19 (in 2009, I’m now 23ish 🙂 ). It was severe enough to wear I had to buy computer software to complete my college assignments via voice-text as I could not type without extreme discomfort. I can remember being a junior in high … Continue reading

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Many sides of BJJ

Last week I met up with a teammate to do some supplemental drilling and sparring and we got onto the subject of the various games at our particular gym.  When I stop to think about it, it just baffles me. While there may be some similarities every single person in our gym plays a drastically … Continue reading

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Wrestling legend Dan Gable on ways to ‘make’ great athletes

While reading Sam Sheridan’s “The Fighter’s Mind,”  I stumbled across a passage where wrestling legend Dan Gable shares his insight on how a coach builds the foundation behind any successful athlete or team. Gable candidly stated that not all athletes have that special “it” factor.  He felt that it was important to surround his athletes with people that were not only … Continue reading

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The IBJJF NEEDS you

Few competitors are aware that they can work events and compete as well.  It helps because BJJ is not the sport where dough is ever flowing.  Sponsorships are scarce and usually start as gear only and can escalate to monetary contributions.  Unfortunately you have to compete often and medal before anyone even knows who you … Continue reading

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Loser’s Mindset in BJJ

My Professor recently reposted an interesting article here titled “5 Life Lessons of BJJ”. I most enjoyed the mentioning of the loser’s mindset in BJJ.  The article states, “It is a loser’s mindset to hate on someone because they are superior to you at something. Respecting and acknowledging mastery comes with exposure to the red pill mindset, … Continue reading

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My favorite Medicine Ball workout

Competition season is finally here!! Since many major tournaments are right around the corner many are finding other ways to supplement their BJJ game. In addition to cardiovascular exercise like running, jogging, or bicycling, I wanted to carry out several strength and conditioning exercises to help rehabilitate some beaten up joints in addition to being … Continue reading

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Training on Antibiotics

So what is the best way to train on antibiotics?  I’ve hit quite a hurdle in my path to becoming a world champion.  I wanted to compete at least twice before the pans in march and since the funding is looking optimal I’ve tried to maintain a more serious training mindset. Except that I haven’t … Continue reading

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This is what happens when Animal Kingdom meets Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Sunday we went Christmas tree shopping because we are the ultimate procrastinators.  While shopping we stumbled across these gems (see pic above) and laughed profusely at the silly images.  It wasn’t until we got a little closer that realized that the crazy animal images were printed on rash guards. The planning began. 7 rashguards , … Continue reading

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Weight Classes Ruined Me

I’m 5 ft. 4 150 some lbs..when I started jiu jitsu I lingered around 145 lbs and when I gained a couple lbs, of mostly muscle I’d like to think, I didn’t think twice about the extra poundage.  If anything I was glad I had the extra pounds and thought it might help my top game (how naive). … Continue reading

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No driving in the rain

There have been quite a few developments in these past few days. For starters, we had two new girls join us for womens class yesterday which was nice. We’re still getting a feel for how to teach and what to teach.  I think for now at least we should stick with escapes and sweeps wait … Continue reading

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