Tag: grappling

Interview | Jonathan Satava

Interview | Jonathan Satava

Interview with accomplished and rising Marcelo Garcia BJJ stand out Jonathan Satava!

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite topic, can you give us a little about who you are. Accomplishments, background, sponsors, affiliations, blood type, list of fears, etc. Kidding, mainly just the first 4 things there and generally anything you wish to tell about yourself.

Well first, thank you for the interest and opportunity. I was born and raised on Long Island and I’m the middle child with two sisters. I’d say I was an active kid growing up.  I played baseball, skateboarded, snowboarded, ultimate Frisbee, and everyone’s favorite – manhunt.  In middle school, I did some wrestling but broke my collarbone during practice and never got back into it.

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Interview | Brendan Hufford

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?

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Review | Granola

Review | Granola

A review of Granola, getting to know granola up close and personal but not like “in someones mounted triangle up close and personal.”

Intro

Granola is a staple for all “heath conscious” individuals or just for the majority of us because it is easy and usually pretty damn tasty. Because granola has hung out with the fit kids for so long due to guilt by association is has gotten the rap that if it is granola, it is healthy. Not necessarily true. I personally eat granola a few times a week. I love Chocolate Banana Nut Granola. How healthy does that sound? It’s actually not that bad, but I am not eating just granola by the cup load, nor should you. I have maybe 1/4 – ½ cup at most on my yogurt in the morning and that is it. Reason being granola is a great way to jump start your metabolism but

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Review | Coffee

Review | Coffee

A review on coffee. Also known as “Go-Juice,” the black belt of beverages.

Intro
If you do not drink coffee, get out. I do not mean for good, I mean get out and go get a cup and then come back and read all about the favor you are doing for yourself by reading this review of coffee benefits for our training. We all drink coffee, or have. It is the second most traded commodity on earth just behind oil. That’s pretty ridiculous right? It is for a reason, well, reasons, coffee is delicious, packed full of energy and shockingly has some excellent health benefits. As for us BJJ nuts who are at the gym all day or the 9-5ers who can only make the night class a couple days a week, coffee should be a staple in your training. Some top level grapplers such as Jon Satava of Marcelo Garcia’s here in NYC drinks coffee right before training. There are good reasons besides just for the energy. Lets slap hands and bump fists with a cup of coffee and get rolling.

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Guide | DIY Pickling

Guide | DIY Pickling

A guide to pickling, a break from BJJ videos is sometimes needed.

Intro

Some people say cucumbers taste better pickled. I say most all vegetables taste better pickled. Have you ever had a plain piece of seared salmon with some brown rice and a side of steamed broccoli for dinner? Of course you have, and probably way more often than you would like to admit. This guide is not to say to stop eating that but is to improve on that one word we all hate, “boring.” We all hit peaks and valleys when it comes to our training and the same goes for our taste buds. If we have the same meal the same way too often we get stagnant with it and are no longer enjoying eating, what is the point of living if we aren’t doing that? Well one great way that is easy, affordable and is general fun to do is to pickle your own vegetables. Adding them to some of your mainstay dishes for a nice change of pace that will really revive the meal and awaken your taste buds! Also they aren’t horrible for you either. Soon enough instead of salivating over seeing a dry aged rib eye at the butcher counter and thinking about it seared to a nice medium rare you will find yourself staring at the produce isle and being flooded with thoughts of what flavors you would use to pickle each and every vegetable. With this guide to pickling you will add as much technique to your cooking game as you have within your BJJ game!

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Review | Sugar Snap Peas

Review | Sugar Snap Peas

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

Summary:

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.

General Information

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.

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Review | Pineapple

Review | Pineapple

A review of pineapple, the “sweet” training partner.

Summary:

As humans in the 21st century we have a wide variety of foods available to use and the majority of us only eat a select amount. It is staggering how hard it is to get our daily intake of fruits and vegetables. What is it so hard?  Are fruits too much work? Too expensive? Don’t taste good? Well if you believe that, let me try and change that opinion on a work horse fruit that tastes delicious, is super beneficial nutritionally for us, and affordable. You guessed it, what Sponge Bob lives in, Pineapple. Pineapples are chock-full of beneficial vitamins and enzymes that aid in our training on and off the mats. Let’s look at how to prepare pineapples for daily consumption that way we can reap the health benefits of them without all of the headache.

 General Information

Pineapples are all over the market these days. I wont bore you with a history lesson here, I know we are only patient when it comes to setting up our submission chains and still we can rush those from time to time. Long story short, Pineapples are American’s second favorite fruit losing a close decision to bananas.

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Review | Hummus

Review | Hummus

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

Summary:

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.

General Information

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

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Guide | Avocado 101

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.

Intro

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.

Give me the facts! 

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Review | Yogurt

Review | Yogurt

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

Summary:

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.

 General Information

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.

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