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
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
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. Continue reading
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
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
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. Continue reading
Looking for that extra edge before training? Try Probar BOLT instead of guzzling down a shake just to have it sloshing around while you train.
Be nice to your tummy, and try a gummy. I am not writing nursery rhymes but rather talking about an awesome product sent to me by my sponsor Q5 Sports Nutrition, Probar BOLT energy chews. I am always being asked by fellow training partners and by my own brain, what is a good way to get an energy boost pre training without having to stomach those nauseating, jitter-inducing pre workout supplements. I first say, Q5 Launch fuel stacked with BP8 Stinger, but not everyone wants to take the leap right away. We are notoriously cheap because of all the gym fees and competition fees we have to choke up regularly. These chews are a game changer in the fact that they are easy to carry, affordable, delicious and your brain does not trick you into thinking you need to take them every day like other supplements. But why do they work? What do they taste like? How will you benefit from them? How much are they? Let me answer those for you. Continue reading
That’s right! More about the Orange. The most important color in Jiu Jitsu that you can award to yourself.
Unlike the flavor of the month foods and jiu jitsu moves, oranges have always and will always be the most popular fruits on the planet. No they did not win any contest or are the funniest kid on the block, they are packed with nutrients, easy to carry, cheap and down right delicious. As you know from last weeks article (you read last weeks article right?!) oranges come in many different shapes, sizes and flavors. Luckily you know how to select the right on for every occasion now but today I will get into how you will benefit from said orange, helpful tips and even a badass printable recipe designed just for you. Let’s roll. Continue reading
Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?
Orange belts are for karate, eating oranges is for BJJ.
Ever go to the grocery store and find yourself confused when all you simply need to do is buy some oranges? That is because you think you are in the right spot because “hey, these look like oranges but why are they called something else?” Well that is because there are multiple different varieties of oranges on the market at any given time. Grappler Gourmet is an equal opportunity reviewer but not all oranges should be treated equally. In this weeks review I will be providing a crash course on the different types of oranges, how to tell them apart, and what they are best used for so that way when you find yourself in the citrus section at the store tomorrow you will be walking around like you just got your blue belt. I hope you enjoy this week’s guide to oranges! Continue reading
The hardest working person on the mats, oh did I mention he’s only 14…
Dante Muschamp is a 14 year old yellow belt training out of Brooklyn. I use the term training loosely because I swear everyday I go by the gym or in the gym he is there. Whether it is coming in early to help teach the junior’s class (which he graduated out of early and moved up with the teens,) taking his own teens class, and then still kicking around and asking if he can join in for the adult classes. A week does not go by when Dante asks me if I want to roll and I am 6’4 220lbs. The kid is a machine and truly a shining example of what the love of the sport can offer. He may of not won Worlds(yet) but this kid is a rising star. In the Jiu Jitsu community titles and competition results are always what you ask about first, but what truly matters is if you are an excellent ambassador of the sport itself. Continue reading