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Review | Banana

Review | Banana

A Review of Bananas, every monkey, err grappler’s favorite fruit.

Intro

Bananas, we’ve all had one. Whether you are a health nut or a slob, you cannot say you didn’t enjoy it either. I could credit it to an evolutionary viewpoint that we are all monkeys and what do monkeys love? Exactly. But this is not a article on creation or anything but more so a review on bananas. Bananas are packed full of nutritional benefits yet sometimes get mixed reviews. Are they worth eating? When is the best time to eat them? “I’m sick of eating just straight up bananas how can I switch it up?” Are these question you ask yourself? Of course they are and in this review they will be answered and I’ll even supply you with my favorite pre-training recipe that is so tasty and easy you’ll slap yourself for never trying it before.

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Guide | The Perfect Way to Wrap

Guide | The Perfect Way to Wrap

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

Intro

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.

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Guide | Grilled Potatoes

Guide | Grilled Potatoes

How-to guide for easy grilled potatoes, with it being grill season wrap your potatoes up in tin foil gi and let them feel the heat!

Intro

With the 4th of July right around the corner, one thing is obvious and exciting for all of us. That thing would be AAMUURRICA! I mean that would be that it is grill season! How can you not be pumped for that? You get to hang out outside, eat copious amounts of meat and start a fire without getting arrested. If that does not get your blood flowing like when you step onto the mat for the first match of a competition I dont know what will and you are lost, or have some really bad circulation….go get that checked out. With grilling it is not all about meat,  but meat is the centerpiece. That being said you are usually more concerned with cooking the showpiece of your grilled menu to perfection and do not want to hassle around with trying to wrangle vegetables rolling around on the grill and making sure you arent burning the potatoes. With this guide I am here to teach you

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Technique | 15 Minute Quick Pickles

Technique | 15 Minute Quick Pickles

How to guide on Quick Pickles, Its as easy as salt, sugar, pickle.

Intro

You might be saying “didn’t you just do a post on pickling?” and I will counter with “have you ever watched more than one video on how to set up a triangle?” Exactly, the exciting part about cooking is that there are endless combinations of flavors and techniques that result in countless different outcomes. Sometimes they are delicious and you will find yourself counting out the exact amount of grains of salt you put into a recipe to make it just right again. Sometimes they suck and should just throw them in the trash and order out. But experimentation is the root to finding what works and does not work. Lucky for you people have been cooking for generations and passing along  techniques they have mastered in a fine tuned and easy to understand way. Just like black belts teaching a seminar on a kimura lock. This method of pickling is no different…I mean it is because well its a way to prepare food and not a way to tear a shoulder. Long story short, there are many paths to a certain destination. In this how to guide today our destination just so happens to be pickles. So come travel down a different path than we did a few weeks ago.

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Guide | Grilled Rice

Guide | Grilled Rice

A how to guide to grilled rice, reinventing your grill guard with a classic Japanese technique!

Intro

It is the best time of year right now because, for starters it’s not winter. The second most important reason is because it is grill weather! It doesn’t get much more exciting than getting to channel your inner primitive instincts to make a fire and then cook everything on it. When you and all of the other goons at the gym get together and think about firing up the grill of course the first question that comes to mind is “What type of meat do we want?” Now pause right there and channel your inner jiujiteiro and use your creativity to change up the game. We are going to take a look at something besides meat and vegetables for the grill, rice. This is a guide to grilled rice, not only is it a delicious and simple addition to all of your weekend cook outs but

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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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Guide | DIY Dried Fruits

Guide | DIY Dried Fruits

A how-to guide to making your own dried fruit, its different than hang drying your gi.

Intro

This time of year, unless you are in the lucky states that only have two seasons, marks the start of delicious fruit, berry and vegetable seasons. With these seasons upon us we must be prepared to really capitalize on getting the most out of it. I don’t mean just in the moment either, think of setting up submissions, do you really expect the first one you try will work? No, you use it to set up the next move, worse case scenario, you get the benefits right away but I like to always be thinking 10 steps ahead. Thus getting ready for all these fresh produce, I am planning on enjoying them year round by making my own dried fruits, berries and vegetables. You can also join me for the ride with this how to guide on dried fruit.

Why make your own dried fruit?

The art of drying fruit is a fantastic practice that has been around for longer than most of the things around you currently besides water and air.

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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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Guide | Cooking with Protein Powder

Guide | Cooking with Protein Powder

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

Intro

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.

Why to cook with protein powder?

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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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