Some things are far worse than running out of coconut water and acai…
One of those things would be moving, which is exactly what I have been doing for the past month. Relocating can put a damper on writing and more importantly training. I wont lie, I was getting a bit bummed out about having to not be able to train as much as I would like. But last month when I was going through my final week at the gym in Brooklyn, I was on the mat as much as possible trying to get one last roll in with every one of my training partners. Towards the end of that week I saw one of the beasts in the gym show up finally. I was pumped because I had not had the chance to get that last roll in. Today would be that day. So I go up to my buddy Jake and start in on a little pre-training sarcastic taunting. Then I notice, he doesnt have a bag with him… He then sets up for the verbal submission that shuts down my entire game. He just came from the doctor and it turns out he has torn his ACL. Moving and missing a little training doesn’t sound bad at all anymore as we go into the whole process of what he has to undergo to get back into training. Injuries are never fun and never quick to recover from. Jake knows this because hell, the guy is in school to be a doctor.
Then it dawns on us that this is something that is common in the jiu jitsu world and would make for a great resource for all of those suffering from major injuries. It is not a battle of just healing but also how to mental, physically and nutritionally maintain throughout the process to get back on the mats in full force. I invited Jake to catalog his journey and bring it to you here on Grappler Gourmet. Not only does it keep me updated on my buddies recovery but also gives valuable insight from a professional. I will pass the torch over to Jake now for his first chapter because hey, I am not a doctor! Continue reading
Sometimes you just need to take a rest day, today is that day.
Last week my fiance started a campaign to get me to Dream Jiu Jitsu’s Baddest Blue competition. And thanks to a lot of generous friends, training partners and parents I am blasting off to California this weekend to make a go of it. I am amazed at the support that the Jiu Jitsu community offers up and want to extend a huge THANK YOU…wait that is not huge enough… Continue reading
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
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
Do you want to be sponsored or become a better sponsored grappler? Here is the answer to your questions.
Do you want to train, compete and travel for free? What about be decked out in your favorite gear or fueled by your favorite supplements all for free? You deserve that right? I know, you are amazing. You are winning a ton of competitions, posting radical pictures on Social media of you with the biggest names in the sport, or have 100k followers on twitter who are sitting by waiting for your daily tweet so they can retweet it to their minions…oh wait…you don’t have all of that? Well guess what, lucky for you, all of that means nothing Continue reading
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
What’s for dinner is clear, it’s the chili from Inverted Gear.
Nelson Puentes of Inverted Gear (@InvertedGear) and I are always chatting about food, BJJ, food, magic the gathering, and sometimes food.In our many chats along with his awesome interview he refers to his coveted chili recipe. You cannot blame the guy, it is a masterpiece! And you wont find it on BJJHQ.com.
I love chili, my recipe has evolved over the years. Chili was probably first recipe I ever followed. I cook it with different meats Grass fed beef, bison, venison, turkey. -Nelson “Big Panda” Puentes
I have since been pestering Nelson to share with me and more importantly, you all, his recipe. Guess what party people? We got Continue reading
A review on Red Cabbage, the thing that is acceptable to slap a headlock onto and that is just to put it in your shopping cart.
Did you know that there’s more vitamin c found in red cabbage than oranges? The marketing team for oranges really did their job well. “I thought cabbage was green?” That statement is correct but there are three major types of cabbage, today we will be glorifying the red kind. I won’t lie I am playing favorites here because frankly I think red cabbage is better. With a world full of coleslaw out there you will be shocked how many people opt for green cabbage when red really brings a whole new perspective on flavor. Not to mention nutritionally offers quiet a lot. As grapplers and generally busy humans we aim for foods that can be made in advanced, last awhile, and offer a lot of nutrients. Look no further than the cabbage stand in your produce section. Let’s control the head of cabbage in this weeks review of Red Cabbage including Prizes Inside
Interview with Owner of Bamboo Jiu Jitsu, Alliance black belt, and Foodie, the Big Panda of Inverted Gear himself, Nelson Puentes!
This week I got to finally slow myself down and put questions together for a good friend of mine, Nelson Puentes. I say that because when Nelson and I first started talking we had that Step Brothers “Did we just become best friends? Yup!” moment over food. Primarily over Brussels Sprouts, slow cooked chili and Philly cheese steaks. It was clear that I needed to put some of our conversations into this interview or else I would miss too many gems to share with you all! So without further adieu Continue reading
An interview with Emily Kwok, Black Belt World Champion, instructor, foodie, role model, and mother.
If for some reason you train under a rock or are a giant and refuse to learn and accept that smaller people can beat you up, you clearly do not know who Emily Kwok is. For the rest of the BJJ community we are honored to know. Emily is the first female to be awarded a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada, but that wasnt enough, she then went on to march that black belt down and win Worlds, in gi and no-gi. To bring back the first World’s title back to Canada! Emily is known for a plethora of her achievements on and off the mat. A lot of you will know her from her collaboration with Stephan Kesting of Grapplearts.com to create the fantastic series (and bane of my existence as I am 6’4 100kg) How to Defeat the Bigger Stronger Opponent. I had the pleasure of meeting Emily over a year ago at a seminar and let me tell you, if you want to know what it is like to have someone truly practice what they preach and make you feel that you are no longer the “stronger” opponent, meet Emily on the mats Continue reading