Monday, 28 May 2012

Nutrition for Competitive Athletes and Normal People, Too.

If you've read my article about Strength and Conditioning, you know that when I began training BJJ, I stopped lifting weights because I thought BJJ was all I would need to stay in shape.  My main concern was what I looked like, not how well I was performing.  As I continued my jiujitsu training, I realized that in order to be effective, I would have to step it up a notch and add strength training; sometimes it's hard to find the time for everything but even harder is finding the energy.  I've also added MMA and muay thai training to my routine and I often find myself tired and irritable, even though I get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  I wanted to be competitive in my sport but I was overlooking two equally important factors:  diet and supplements.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Do You Even Lift? Olympic Weightlifting for MMA and "Dat Ass"

Jahed Momand and Harem 2012
Jahed Momand is a former Card Monkey who made wagers, clicked buttons and collected bananas until the government took his jerb.  Currently he is the Head of Risk Modeling at Personalized Medicine LLC after studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California and Chemical Physics at the University of Illinois.  None of that really matters because today I am only going to ask him about Olympic lifting and its application in MMA and the development of "dat ass".

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

OSS Kid's Prototype Gi Pre-Wash Review

If you haven't read Meerkatsu's interview with OSS Clothing, the "About Us" blurb on their site goes like so:
Welcome to OSS Clothing, a premier apparel company born on the island of Oahu and spreading across the pacific. We believe that it’s the journey, not the destination that defines us and makes us who we are.
The name OSS is short for Oshi Shinobu. The first character “Oshi” means “to push,” and the second character “Shinobu” means “to endure.” Together they symbolize the importance of pushing, striving and persevering. To push yourself to your limit, when your body quits but your mind keeps pushing, when your mind is exhausted, but your spirit keeps you going, you endure the pain, you persevere, that is OSS!
OSS is a lifestyle brand designed by the people and powered by heart. We draw our inspiration from the indomitable spirit, we may lose the battle but we shall never be defeated! OSS!

Tatami Zero G v2 Gi Review

Like a G
The Tatami Zero G v2 is a very fresh looking, lightweight gi designed especially for women and it sells for $119.99 at Martial Arts and  Gis of this weight are often considered to be a great summer gi but I prefer light gis year round; I recommend it for any time you think you might sweat in class.  Or any time you want to look like a G.  It even comes with a G bag.
Awww yeah...

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Fushida "CompLS" Women's Gi Review

If you are not dazzled by the above photo, you don't deserve this gi.  When I saw that photo for the first time I knew I had to have the Fushida CompLS and up to that point, I didn't even really like white gis.  The embroidered "FUSHIDA" across each shoulder accompanied by the purple embroidered logo makes the styling of this gi minimalistic and "classy", for lack of a better word.  The inner cuff taping, the thick collar and the soft draping of the gleaming white fabric said to me that this was a top quality gi. The photo doesn't lie; of all of the gis I've bought, this is definitely the nicest looking and the quality is top notch.  These sentiments have been repeated in nearly every other review of the Fushida CompLS I've read.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

BJJ: The Thinker's Game

A few months ago I read a very insightful article about BJJ called "The Pleasures of Drowning" written by Sam Harris, the well-respected author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of FaithLetter to a Christian NationThe Moral Landscape, and Free Will.  I was surprised to see he had written the article but I understand why a thinker like him would be drawn to BJJ.  He says:

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Killer Bee Kimono's Ligustica MK II Review

The Killer Bee Kimono's Ligustica MK II is one of my all time favourite gis. It comes in black, blue and white and I've had mine for about a year.  I've hot washed and dried it about 20 times (I exaggerated in my video review a little, not thinking) and it's still in perfect condition because of the high quality construction and fabric.  Pricing is very reasonable at $78US for the top and $37US for the pants; they're sold separately rather than as a single proportion gi.

I'll give you a few brief facts and some photos but there's not much sense in typing out everything I've already said in this video. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Which Way to the Gym Duffel Bag Review

I bought an amazing gym bag at Lululemon Athletica about a year ago; unfortunately the zipper broke so I took it back to the Halifax, NS store to see if it could be fixed.  Turns out it couldn't be but they offered me another bag of my choice to replace it.  Initially I was offered the Legendary Duffel but it was too small to hold all of my gear and the outside pockets didn't have zippers.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Strength and Conditioning Training

I supplement my jiu jitsu with strength and conditioning training.  Before I began BJJ, I only did weight training.  I lifted fairly heavily for my size but I really didn't have a good grasp on how to progress in the most efficient way or how to plan my training in the ideal way.  Most importantly, I think, I ignored core, cardio and explosive power training.  Everything works together to take your body toward its highest potential level of fitness.  The dumbest thing I did was completely give up on strength training when I started BJJ because I thought that would be all I needed to stay in shape.  The fault in my logic was in only caring what I looked like and not in how well I was performing.

BJJ's Choking Hazard: The Gi

The uniform worn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is called a gi and it takes a while to get used to.  Most people start BJJ in no gi and find the gi bulky and uncomfortable; I hated training gi for almost 2 years but I think a lot of the reason is because I didn't know how to use it to my advantage.  I still remember the first time I saw Jason Statham choke someone with his own jacket in Transporter how friggin cool I thought it was. Now I know how to choke people with their own clothing, too.  Bottom line is if they wear it, we can choke them with it.

WTF Does OSS Mean Anyway?

Shoyoroll is always posting OSS! on their Facebook wall and it annoys me; or it did because I didn't know what it meant.  Now I know so I guess it's okay.  Continue, Shoyoroll.


That’s How I Roll Part 1: The Little Things…

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is mostly practiced by men but more and more women are training every day and they're starting for different reasons.  Some were introduced to BJJ by their boyfriends or husbands or girlfriends, some (like me) stumbled upon it while trying something else,  some want to add a new aspect to their existing martial arts skills;  regardless of the reason, BJJ will only improve their lives.

What's Up With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

I've always wanted to learn martial arts. There are so many different ones to choose from though that it can be hard to decide what would most benefit you. For years all I did for fitness was weight lifting and I kept a log on a message board every day charting my progress. On that same board, there was a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) section where guys would talk about technique, gear, fighters and upcoming events. I became really interested in reading what they had to say every day and decided that I wanted to be a part of it. I did a Google search of the MMA clubs in my area and called to ask about classes.