Category Archives: Nutrition

Meerkatsu Presents grappler gourmet

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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Recipe | Kickass Kaleslaw

Screw killing two birds with one stone, one bowl of Kaleslaw will take down a whole army of birds.

This week I am offering up one multipurpose and ultra nutritious recipe. This kickass kaleslaw is packed with almonds, cashews, hemp seeds, kale, red cabbage AND flavor. We know by now that the best foods are the ones that we can make in advance, that are easy, and that give us the most bang for our buck nutritionally for our training. Well…you’ve read about kale and red cabbage somewhere right? I sure hope so because if you have not, you have been missing out. It is time to change that, this kaleslaw 10th planets the shit out of your typical coleslaw. Replacing all of those fatty and gross ingredients of your typical coleslaw with high end superfoods for one stop shopping. Kick some ass at meal time with our Kaleslaw. Continue reading

Protein Puppy Chow

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 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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Product Review | Purps Part II

Purps Hydro & Vita Powder, a product for every PURPose.

This is a continuation of last weeks post introducing you to Purps along with a review of two of their four products. This week I am hitting the remaining two products so you will be a well rounded Purps belt. If work was hectic, you competed over the weekend or you’ve been hit in the head too many times and do not remember the bulk of the information from last week lets go through a refresher course. Continue reading

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Product Review | Purps Part I

Purple belt on the outside, black belt on the inside, upgrade your go-to drink.

What are you drinking on a daily basis, water, fruit juice, and sports drinks? Are you getting the most nutrients you can from those beverage choices? Granted water is the liquid of life and should never be replaced, but what about those other thirst quenchers. What would you say to a beverage that is down right delicious, all organic and absolutely great for you that you have never heard of? Well the Mendes Brothers preach about the stuff, I’ve got your attention now don’t I? Well Continue reading

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Interview | Bernardo Faria

Find out how to be a World Champion such as Bernardo Faria off the mats. He is a man of (deep)half-guard and whole nutrition.

Bernardo is a beast, and one of the nicest guys on the planet. How can you not be when you are sharing the mat with and working with Marcelo Garcia on a day to day basis? At only 27 he has already stacked up quiet the impressive tournament resume before and after receiving his black belt in 2009 under Ricardo Marques, a Carlson Gracie Black Belt. (He is currently the 6th ranked Black Belt in the World.) Bernardo then went on to join the Alliance in Sao Paulo under “The General” Fabio Gurgel. Bernardo now lives and teaches at Marcelo Garcia’s Academy in NYC. I am keeping Bernardo’s bio short because you should Continue reading

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Review | Salmon

Slammin’ will get your DQ’d, but Salmon will get you the gold.

Finally right? A review on the most highly recognized health food in the sport. Everyone and their yoga-enlightened grandmothers eat salmon these days. Why is that, because it is fucking tasty? Yup. Or is it the fact that it is ridiculously nutrient rich? Yup. Oh wait, or is it because it is lean and will help you stack on lbs of corded muscle so you can become the top dog at any open mat? Yup, even though we know that is about technique, not muscle. But having that little edge of strength could push you ahead when you find yourself evenly matched skill wise. Back to the point, salmon, the black belt of the meat world for athletes. Sit down, pause Kurt Osiander’s Move of the Week for a second and learn a bit about why salmon is truly so amazing. In this weeks review of salmon you will find out how to Continue reading

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Special Edition | BJJ Holiday Recipe

Balls of protein with a candy cane, all you wanted for Christmas right?

With the holidays putting pressure on out wallets and more importantly, our diets, we need to get creative. Does this mean you cannot eat sweets and enjoy all of the festive flavors you’ve grown up to love and throw your diets to the side? Absolutely not. We can still hit those key ingredients and flavors while using a little grappler gourmet ingenuity! What do we have laying around the house at all times and some of us practically live off? Protein powder. What’s delicious this time of year? Chocolate and candy canes. So I was thinking why not create a protein packed snack alternative that will cure those urges and stack on muscle rather than soft bellies? Boom, the answer to all of your prayers. (no it’s not a free collection of every shoyoroll gi ever made.) Continue reading