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TBT | Meerkatu’s Food Week

A year ago today this happened, one of the most exciting events in Gg history; I would like to say THANK YOU to Seymour and everyone else who showed their support in this event!

This past weekend concluded the awesome week long Food collaboration with Meerkatsu. The positive responses were staggering and has really made it all feel worth the while. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is more than just a sport, it really is a community and a lifestyle. Meerkatsu and myself have really embraced that theory and try and bring more than just on-the-mat techniques to the community. Why? Because if you do BJJ you know that it is more than just a hobby or a short term fix, it is a long term commitment and a way of life. To maintain you need to properly prepare yourself mentally and physically on a daily basis and what better way to do so than Continue reading

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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 Continue reading

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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! Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Why You Should Be Drinking Green Tea

Are you down with the Green? And I don’t mean Prop 19.

Are you sick of water or how about sick of trying to make big hard weight cuts? Well there is one simple solution that could help cure those ailments commonly found within the sport of Jiu Jitsu, Green Tea. Green tea has been proved time and time again to be one of the best damn beverages on the planet for athletes. The amount of benefits packed within the steady consumption of green tea are ridiculous and often overlooked because hey, its just tea right? Green tea should be a staple in every grapplers diet. If you are only consuming it at your post IBJJF competition all-you-can-stuff-in-your-face sushi celebrations, you wont be gaining much, but if you regularly have a glass, you can increase your chances of being at said celebration with a gold medal around your neck or least of all, feeling a lot healthier and happier. But do allow me to Continue reading

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Guide | Bulletproof Coffee

Want to improve your defense? Make yourself Bulletproof with this guide to Bulletproof Coffee.

How do you kick start your day? Loading up on oatmeal, cereal and/or eggs? What is your coffee situation like? These are key factors when it comes to maximizing your day and having Gianni Grippo pre-competition-match-levels of energy rather than feeling like you are constantly playing from behind and being smothered by drowsiness. With bulletproof coffee you might think it is like believing in snake oil, but there are actually benefits to the concept behind it. It is not advanced math, but it is as simple as Coffee + butter + oil = Energy + weight loss + focus. Now the situation gets tricky when trying to find the right coffee, correct butter and deciding on the oil. That is exactly what we will look into in this guide to bulletproof coffee. Along with how to make it as Continue reading

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Guide | 5 Must Have BJJ Supplements

Shake, rattle, then roll; The Grapple Gourmet’s guide to the best BJJ supplements.

If you drink what you should eat, then know what you drink. You often hear the protein shakers start going all at once the second class is over with. Is that the only time of the day to be using your shaker filled with mystery powders ranging from chocolate mint flavors to poison “bubblegum?” No. There is a vast world of supplements out on the market and that is because as we progress in science and technology, we create, and develop a finer tuned catalog of supplements for each purpose. Rather than just having “Protein Powder” we have blends, whey, casein, super pump up uber bulk hope cans with your bare hands powders. What I am saying is there are a million and one different products out there and without knowing which ones truly benefit our training, you are a sailor lost at sea. Well it is time to fire up the lighthouse and show you to the coast of the best supplements to take for BJJ, its pretty important, that’s for shore (see what I did there?) It is not all about getting pumped up anymore, but improving our performance, recovery and overall healthy. Continue reading

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Review | Spaghetti Squash

(Spaghetti) Squash your diet with this super healthy gourd, then your opponents with your superior nutrition.

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We are about to hit the thick of winter now that it is December. In the middle of the holidays and with a lack of competitions going on, we may find ourselves starting to resemble a squash. Unless you are a rooster weight and have the luxury of a great metabolism where you can eat anything and somehow still cut weight. I hate you. I don’t really but I do have to watch what I eat surrounding the Holidays. Because during them I eat like a boss, so should you. One thing that is great though is what foods are available this time of year, especially squashes and cabbages! I love butternut squash but the applications are a touch limited. But have you heard of spaghetti squash? No this is not where pasta comes from but it is where your new favorite food comes from. In this weeks review of Continue reading

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Interview | Felipe Costa

An Interview with the All-Natural Steroid Free, Felipe Costa!

Felipe Costa is not the physically biggest guy in the sport, but he is a giant personality wise. He is known for the plethora of seminars he does worldwide along with his video series including Felipe 30+ which covers his road to recovery after surgery in the pursuit of getting back into the competition circuit. Much like many other sponsors of Storm Kimonos,  the heart of a champion lives within Felipe. He never won a major title until he was a Black belt, under Rodrigo Comprido….wait what am I doing…

The best person to tell you about Felipe is the man himself! I cannot possibly do him justice. Take it away Felipe! Continue reading

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Guide | How to Enjoy the Holidays

A how to guide to eating during the Holidays.

Simply put, its just one day, enjoy yourself with friends, family and loved ones.  E A T! Then sweat it out the next time you are on the mats.

Unless the fella pictured above is who you have to grapple with this Thanksgiving. Then I wish you luck and remember technique beats strength any day.

Eat well, train hard.

Oss.

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