October2014

  • Advanced Belt & Yoga Stretches

    In our last issue I touched on stretches that can be performed with your belt to further assist you with deeper stretches in order to improve your current physical condition. I’d like to further expand the variety of stretches available to you that can be performed with a belt,...
  • Improving Your Balance

    So grappler, you say you want to improve your balance? Maybe the first thing we better do is define what we mean when talking about balance. It turns out that it’s a little more complicated than you may think, especially when we talk about applying it to jiu-jitsu. Balance...
  • Earn Your Berry Black Belt

    If you’ve got a sweet tooth, but don’t want that Twinkie that’s full of a ton of calories, need a quick pick me up, or feeling just blah; berries may be just what the doctor ordered. Berries are great for a healthy eating lifestyle because they are rich in...
  • Ask The Doctor

    Q: My girlfriend won’t let me touch or kiss her after I roll. She’s afraid of catching something, I have to shower before she’ll even see me. Is her fear warranted? Many people worry about catching diseases from rolling or dirty equipment, especially Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aurues, or MRSA....
  • Isometric Strength

    Isometric what? Few people know what isometric strength is and even fewer know how to train it. However, isometric strength plays a huge role in jiu-jitsu. It is the often forgotten and heavily neglected form of strength training, yet it may have the largest and most immediate impact on...
  • How To Support Your Child’s Jiu-Jitsu

    Being a good Jiu-Jitsu Parent Having been around jiu-jitsu for quite a few years now, I’ve come across a lot of things. It’s hard to recall very many negative experiences I’ve had with the sport, however, one thing I seem to witness more than I’d like, is some poor...
  • Compression Session

    Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a very challenging sport. We take beatings, physically and mentally, in our efforts to understand and improve in the gentle art. It’s not uncommon for high-level competitors to be training five or more days a week, with multiple sessions a day. Even hobbyists are spending a...
  • Going Commando!

    Special Operators Use BJJ to Add to Their Skill Sets! Standard operating procedure…right? Imagine this scene: it’s dark – pitch black actually – and cold, real cold – winter cold – and you’re set up on a house waiting to enter it without knocking. You’re weighed down with tons...
  • Making Sense Of Over-The-Counter Topical Pain Relievers

    When you think of creams for aching muscles and joints the first thing that comes to mind is probably the pungent smell.  I always think of Tiger Balm and Ron Smith’s Muay Thai School. It was 1998 and I was wandering through random martial arts gyms, while finishing up...
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