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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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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 Continue reading

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Interview | Brendan Hufford

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” but this is the interview you’re looking for.

Brendan Hufford is a man you have most defiantly seen or heard of within the Jiu Jitsu world. Not because he is out there playing Jedi mind tricks on the Miyao brothers at Worlds, but because he is one of the busiest damn guys within the community. He is working full time, training, running GiReviews.net, writing for Jiu Jitsu Mag running Ok! Kimonos, and even finding thyme to do guest posts (I have a feeling this is what they call “foreshadowing.”) Needless to say the dude is busy, yet he still finds time to eat right and show up on the mats day in and day out. Being “tired” from an 8 hour shift on a Monday doesn’t sound that bad anymore now does it? Continue reading


Review | Sugar Snap Peas

A review on my favorite pea, “Tap, nap or Sugar Snap.”


We are all grown ups now, or at least are pretending to be, so get over the stereotype of mushy peas. It is that time of year where the markets are flooded with the same vegetables you see year round but the subtle difference is that they actually taste good because they are in season! Sugar snap peas are one of the tastiest vegetables out there and are one of the main reasons to look forward to eating in the Spring time. They also bring a lot of health benefits to the party. So take a break on how to snap arms for 15 minutes and read about how to snap peas in this review.

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We are all peas of a pod when it comes to the fact that we love BJJ, but as you can see just by looking at all the different walks of life when looking across the mat today in class, not all of us are the same, the same goes with peas. Continue reading


Guide | Cooking with Protein Powder

How to guide to cooking with protein powder because drinking it gets boring.


These days almost everyone’s using protein powders of some sort within their day, or they should be. They are affordable, easy to use, and super beneficial for our health and training. If you aren’t yet, stop right now, quit buying rash guards and gis and go buy some protein powder and a shaker. It’ll change your game much more than having a new gi. Now that you have your protein powder, first off let me welcome you to the club, welcome. I drink at least two different shakes a day, every day, I wont lie to you, it gets tiring and gross some days. Then I saw articles about a revolutionary way to still get my protein intake but not in liquid form. So just like with BJJ techniques, I would like to share with you what I know with this how to guide. It was a no brainer and right up my alley, cooking with protein powder.

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Review | Hummus

A review of hummus, your new favorite meal time training partner.


Hummus, a wonderfully useful product that is widely available, cheap, and delicious. Oh and it is beneficial on multiple levels for our active lifestyles. But to look at “Hummus” we need to look into the core of it, Garbanzo beans, more commonly known as chick peas.  In this review of hummus, we are focusing on store bought over homemade hummus. Why is that? Because I will bet 99% of BJJ tacticians don’t have chickpeas just hanging out on a regular basis in their kitchen. Plus hummus is delicious and a staple in my meal plan.

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To understand hummus we need to break it down into the most basic of terms. Continue reading

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Guide | Avocado 101

Save the berimbolo back take drills for the mats, today lets look into Avocado techniques in the kitchen with this how to guide.


I am not writing a diet plan here, I am here to help you live happier and train harder by eating better! But more importantly imagine while reading this post you are sitting around your instructor in class as he is teaching you the details of a super badass closed guard submission. This same theory can be applied to food and today the focus of our technique is the wonderfully versatile, must have fruit, The Avocado.

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Review | Yogurt

A review of yogurt, one of the most versatile white belt of the food world out there.


Yogurt, no matter what style we are talking about, is chalk full of beneficial qualities for everyday grapplers to stay at home call of duty all stars. No matter what your activity level is, you can benefit from yogurt.In this review you will find that yogurt is made many different ways from all sorts of “milks” whether its dairy based from cows, or non-dairy based from soy beans. Either way as long as it contains heated “milk” and starter culture which is lactic acid bacteria, its yogurt, and its provides us with health benefits.

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What is Yogurt? Simply put yogurt is a very old recipe that probably originated when someone left some milk out in too warm of an area. Continue reading

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Guide | DIY Trail Mix

A how to guide to DIY trail mix, snacking often and eating well does not have to be hard anymore.


When it comes to our daily food intake we all kind of slip up in the “snacking” category. Whether that means we are eating the wrong foods there, spending too much money on snacks or worse, not eating at all! A quick and easy fix that can be fun, and very beneficial to our training and daily lives is to be making our own trail mixes! Trail mix packs a punch of nutrients. As far as snacking goes there is no better route in my opinion than a well tailored trail mix that is full of proteins, sugars, carbs, antioxidants, and omega-3s. You cannot go wrong especially when it tastes damn good too. It’s shockingly easy, affordable, and efficient, now let’s roll into this how to guide on making your own trail mix.

Why make your own trail mix?

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Review | Canned Tuna

A review of canned tuna, the most popular protein source available.


Canned tuna is one of the top purchased items in grocery stores. Why is that? It is cheap, easy, and an excellent source of ready to eat lean protein. There is a reason why you see all those meat heads from the gym crushing it by the can. That is because canned tuna has some rock star qualities for muscle growth and repair. But what does not need to happen is trying to stomach eating it with just a fork. There are much better ways to enjoy, yes I said enjoy, canned tuna. It is too good to pass up just because of its taste. In this review we will look into understanding canned tunas health benefits and a recipe.

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Tuna from a can, what an odd staple food. But there are reasons for that, as stated its packed full of lean protein, lots of omega-3 fatty acids and its so accessible and affordable. But with that comes draw backs. Continue reading