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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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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 | 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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Guide | Free eBook

Going gourmet as a grappler, for free!

This weeks “guide” is in the form of how to improve your every day life by signing up for the mailing list to get your FREE copy of my mini eBook, Eat well, Train hard. Your Inner Campfire.It is a guide on how your body utilizes the food you put in it. It is not a diet plan but more so food for thought or one might say, something to chew on. It is only fitting that you understand food before digging in with the Grappler Gourmet Cookbook which is in the works as we speak. It will be out in the near future. My friend and training partner and myself have been putting in extra time to make it exactly what you deserve, something special. Continue reading

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Guest Review | Thyme | Brendan Hufford

Don’t be fooled, grappler.  Thyme is no mere herb.

In ancient times, thyme had many uses:

  • Adorning the tombs of deceased pharaohs
  • Burned as incense in Greek temples
  • Bathed in by Roman soldiers to energize them and give them courage
  • Gifted to knights by maidens as a blessing in medieval times

I’m joking.

It’s just an herb.

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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

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Guide | The Perfect Way to Wrap

A “how to” guide to making the perfect wrap or burrito. Let’s roll, literally.

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It is 2014 and it seems every damn restaurant, deli, coffee shop or lemonade stand offers wraps of some sort these days. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this but what there is something wrong with, is poorly constructed wraps. What a nightmare it is to be given what appears to be a nice and perfectly wrapped burrito or chipotle-chicken wrap just to find out it is a ticking time bomb set to go off the second you take your first bite. Horrible right? Well, who are you to judge? Are your wrapping skills up to par? And note I said wrapping not rapping, there are no correlations unless you are a rap artist who is deeply passionate about the state of wraps. But before we can judge someone else’s wrapping ability we must gaze into the mirror and see our own reflection and say “hey bucko, can you do it better?” With this guide to making the perfect wrap, you sure as shit will be able to, and will be supplied with some recipes to test your new skills with. So as the title says, let’s roll. Continue reading

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Review | Spinach

A review of spinach. Be strong to the finish, ’cause you eats your spinach…   

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Let’s talk about the most nutrient-rich, low in calorie and down right delicious food out there, that should be part of your daily diet… spinach. Whether it is in the form of a salad, blended into your smoothies or in powder form shaken into your protein powder, you will reap the benefits. Popeye really fucked up and gave me a lot of work to do by claiming that eating canned spinach will make you big and strong like Andre Galvao. But in reality, he was eating some of the most disgusting and least nutritious form of spinach and achieving gains on instant HGH levels. Too bad that those are not the benefits associated with spinach. I am here to talk about good old fashion spinach that is bought fresh, prepared perfectly and eaten properly, for all of the right reasons. Those reasons are essentially endless because spinach is one of the best foods on the planet. In this review you will find out why it is so good for us grapplers (hell and anyone for that matter), how to select the right spinach and then a solid recipe that will change the way you eat. It’s time to eat some spinach. Ba-nana-na-na-nanaaa ba-nana-na-na-naaaaa Continue reading

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Guide | Poached Eggs

A how to guide to poached eggs. The best way to cook an egg just got easier.

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If you have yet to notice, based on my posts and interview questions, I love breakfast. And I really do feel that it is not only the most important meal of the day but it is usually the most delicious. All of the foods you find on a breakfast menu are keepers and it is amazing how you can see even the most sour, probably ex or current serial killer, dish washer in a restaurant’s, face light up like a child on Christmas morning when “family meal” is breakfast for dinner. What makes breakfast so good? Besides the fact that it is the starting point for your metabolism, it is easy. Think about breakfast, what time of day it’s traditionally at? That’s right, when you are far from high energy or wanting to do a lot of work. Early ass crack of dawn when the only thing you want to work on is how to turn back time and get back in bed again. That is why I love poached eggs. Well I love them because they are creamy, delicious and also cooked without any additional fat. So in this how to guide we will look into the details of a classic technique with a few creative time and energy saving tips, and share with you a stellar recipe. Continue reading