Category: BJJ Lifestyle

The Road to Recovery | A guide for grapplers recovering from an ACL tear

The Road to Recovery | A guide for grapplers recovering from an ACL tear

Some things are far worse than running out of coconut water and acai…

One of those things would be moving, which is exactly what I have been doing for the past month. Relocating can put a damper on writing and more importantly training. I wont lie, I was getting a bit bummed out about having to not be able to train as much as I would like. But last month when I was going through my final week at the gym in Brooklyn, I was on the mat as much as possible trying to get one last roll in with every one of my training partners. Towards the end of that week I saw one of the beasts in the gym show up finally. I was pumped because I had not had the chance to get that last roll in. Today would be that day. So I go up to my buddy Jake and start in on a little pre-training sarcastic taunting. Then I notice, he doesnt have a bag with him… He then sets up for the verbal submission that shuts down my entire game. He just came from the doctor and it turns out he has torn his ACL. Moving and missing a little training doesn’t sound bad at all anymore as we go into the whole process of what he has to undergo to get back into training. Injuries are never fun and never quick to recover from. Jake knows this because hell, the guy is in school to be a doctor.

Then it dawns on us that this is something that is common in the jiu jitsu world and would make for a great resource for all of those suffering from major injuries. It is not a battle of just healing but also how to mental, physically and nutritionally maintain throughout the process to get back on the mats in full force. I invited Jake to catalog his journey and bring it to you here on Grappler Gourmet. Not only does it keep me updated on my buddies recovery but also gives valuable insight from a professional. I will pass the torch over to Jake now for his first chapter because hey, I am not a doctor!

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Guide | Positive Effects of Competition Preparation

Guide | Positive Effects of Competition Preparation

How you are winning gold in life before you even step foot on the mat come competition day.

There are a few different types of people found in every gym, you have the die hard competition guys/gals, the people who would compete but always find a reason not to, the ones who love the art but have no interest in competitions and finally those who are there only because it is a fun and different exercise. Yes those people exist.  But ultimately I feel that everyone should try a competition at least once in their Jiu Jitsu careers because of the benefits that come from the preparation involved. Notice how I did not say the medals, the matches or any of that? That is because after many competition prep seasons I have learned that you earn the most out of the time leading up to the competition and not only from a Jiu Jitsu stand point, but overall lifestyle.  Here are the most important lessons

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Interview | Richie Boogeyman Martinez

Interview | Richie Boogeyman Martinez

Did you hear a bump in the night? Maybe it is the boogeyman coming to turn bad jiu jitsu players into good ones, or to talk about us about his diet!

This weeks interview is with 10th Planet San Diego‘s Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez. I had the awesome experience a few weeks ago of flying out to compete at the Dream Jiu Jitsu’s Baddest Blue. One of the highlights was getting to meet Richie and his brother Geo. After watching him work with some of his students that were competing you cannot help but notice a high level of passion and pride in the sport itself and more so in his students. Seeing this I had to get Richie in for an interview because he is truly the Boogeyman of the Jiu Jitsu world, instead of scaring bad kids into being good, he teaches BJJ in a way that leaves you feeling good. Within the first minute of meeting Boogey he was asking if anyone wanted to go to Starbucks in the parking lot, I needed more information than that to give you all so here we go.

The Boogeyman cometh to ensure all of your chokes are snug and tight.
The Boogeyman cometh to ensure all of your chokes are snug and tight.

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Recipe | Bulking with Grains

Recipe | Bulking with Grains

When bulking up for gains it helps to bulk up your grains.

None of us eat as much as we should or as often as we would like. Why is that? Because sometimes we are just down right tired after working, commuting and training. The last thing we want to think about is having to make a meal that will take over 10 minutes. So to build off an upcoming article I wrote for Jiu Jitsu Magazine, I cannot stress the importance of bulk cooking for the week enough. Rice is a food that everyone has sitting around their kitchen that takes around 45 minutes to make and should be added to any and all bulk cooking regiment. But why be so boring? Don’t you want to maximize your protein intake with every meal while also making your rice more creamy and flavorful? That is why adding quinoa is a no brainer. This article will

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BJJ Spotlight Recipe | Meerkatsu

BJJ Spotlight Recipe | Meerkatsu

Kicking off a new division of recipes inspired by BJJ athletes and figures starting with the one and only Meerkatsu!

This is the start of a new segment I have been working on with a ton of awesome people throughout the Jiu Jitsu community. I wanted to find out what everyone else’s eating on a regular basis and then share those recipes with you. I got the pleasure of working with Seymour “Meerkatsu” last Summer to develop our Meerkatsu x Grappler Gourmet’s Food Week. Where we designed a weeks worth of user friendly recipes for the BJJ lifestyle.  That event got a ton of awesome response. So now I have come up with a new segment using similar recipe cards that you all have grown familiar with but are now the favorite recipes of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes, artists and community leaders. Who better to start off with than Meerkatsu!

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Interview | Vegan Jiu Jitsu’s Leon Jackson

Interview | Vegan Jiu Jitsu’s Leon Jackson

You don’t need to eat meat to be the man to beat!

This weeks interview is with the 24 year old blue belt out of Ricardo Almeida BJJ in New Jersey who is also the man behind Vegan Jiu Jitsu. I had the pleasure competing against Leon back at the NY Spring Open in the no-gi finals, I lost by points as per usual, but speaking of usual occurrences…I could sit here and try and tell you all about someone but I will not be able to do them justice so take it away Leon!

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Recipe | Protein Chex Cruci-Mix

Recipe | Protein Chex Cruci-Mix

Pack it on by snackin’ on the healthy reincarnation of “Puppy Chow,” the Protein Chex Cruci-Mix!

Snacking is a common issue found within all of our lives, so how do we beat it? Dealing with the urges to snack or graze throughout the day is like training with your instructor, you might think you have them beat, but in reality they are just waiting for you to slip up. So we must use our well-honed and creative Jiu Jitsu minds and think outside of the box on how to truly counter the urges of snacking. I am one of those annoying guys who is always attacking from inferior positions.  So by applying that mindset to the question of “How can I beat the urges of unhealthy snacking without eating boring foods that do not actually cure the hunger and in turn I end up eating an entire bag of almonds which is way too many.” I have concluded that

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Recipe | Road to Recovery Smoothie

Recipe | Road to Recovery Smoothie

Smash pass soreness straight to flavor control.

Building on last weeks article all about Battling Post-Competition Soreness with Food and an upcoming Jiu Jitsu Magazine article I wanted to come up with a recipe that is “one-stop shopping” recovery elixir. Spring is in the air here in Brooklyn and the weather is heating up, making it prime time for those big ole frosty frozen drinks. Smoothies are found everywhere these days and they can be a curse and a gift. Some of them are down right delicious but what you might not know is they are packed with more sugar and fat than is needed and are really doing your waistline more harm than good. But do you know the best part about smoothies besides the taste? They are ridiculously easy to make yourself and just like your jiu jitsu came you can tailor them to your needs. Even if you lack the ability to boil water successfully your culinary skills are still good enough to make a smoothie…hell you just put everything in a blender and press a button. If this is beyond you I do not know how you have survived this long. Enough ranting, it is time to toss all of the facts out there and turn this nutritional enlightening blender on high and travel down the Road to Recovery, smoothie in hand.

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Battling Post-Competition Soreness with Food

Battling Post-Competition Soreness with Food

Win your match against soreness via this Food Triangle from Diet La Reliefa.

My word play is almost as painful as the soreness in the days following a hard week of training topped off with a brutal competition. I am currently experiencing this pain myself. The trouble is, not only does it suck to have your forearms shot in daily life, it sucks because there is nothing you want to do more after competing than to get back on the mats and work on your mistakes. It can be very frustrating to be on the mats, sore as shit and now you are faced with feeling worse about your performance because you cannot give it your all to fix the errors. But instead of sitting there and complaining there is a simple and delicious way to fight off the weak grips, stiff neck and tin-man like flexibility. Notice how I said delicious? That should be a clear sign that I am not talking about just taking a fist full of ibuprofen or NSAID. But rather embracing the natural pain killers and recovery elixirs Mother Nature has created for us in this list of foods. Battling Post-Competition Soreness with Food is a great way to get back in the saddle and ride your way to recovery, repair and pain relief. Let’s S-roll through this article, my grips are shot but my brain is not.

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Interview | Mason Monsevais

Interview | Mason Monsevais

Interview with Mason Monsevais, the previously #1 Ranked Blue Belt in the World out of Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy

Mason has been on the top of the figurative and literal podium for the past 2 years at Blue Belt. He is now tearing up the purple belt division since he was promoted by the Mendes Brothers back at the end of 2014. He is one of the up and coming young stars in the sport, If you are a teen you should be looking to him as an inspiration, if you are an adult, you should be looking out for him at competitions because you are going to have one hell of a match. I got to chit chat with Mason about how his diet plays a crucial role in his journey to the top. But enough of me jabber jawing, let’s get right into it.

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