BJJ Mat Rat http://www.bjjmatrat.com Roll. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:42:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-BJJMatRatHeader-2-32x32.png BJJ Mat Rat http://www.bjjmatrat.com 32 32 Fighting Off The Wall http://www.bjjmatrat.com/fighting-off-the-wall/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/fighting-off-the-wall/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:02:46 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=628 Last night at class we spent most of the evening working on stand-up self defense tactics. In jiu jitsu we tend to spend most of our time fighting on the ground, either off our backs or with our weight distributed on our partner. Anytime I work on stand-up I’m reminded of how different the strength … Continue reading "Fighting Off The Wall"

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Brick WallLast night at class we spent most of the evening working on stand-up self defense tactics. In jiu jitsu we tend to spend most of our time fighting on the ground, either off our backs or with our weight distributed on our partner. Anytime I work on stand-up I’m reminded of how different the strength and cardio requirements are. It gets even harder when you’re standing up and pinned against the wall. And harder still when you get taken down, pinned against the wall, with your partners full weight on you and your trying to stand back up.

We started the class with out typical warm-up of hip escapes, and then quickly transitioned into pummeling drills. These drills switched to pummeling “sparring”. After warm-up we started our wall work. One person would stand with their back against the wall, the other would stand in front of them, with double underhooks and attempt to keep them pinned there. The person on the wall had the job of getting at least one underhook, and spinning their partner so that they were against the wall. Back and forth we went with that drill.

Next we started the same way, one person against the wall, while the other pinned them there and then went for a double leg, pinning the guy on the wall against the ground and the wall. The guy on the wall had to use the wall to stand back up by walking his shoulders up the wall while pushing his partner down so his partner didn’t get the takedown again.

This was exhausting, and a great workout, especially for the legs. I left class realizing that to become a complete grappler I would need to spend significant more time in situations like being pinned against a wall. That’s easy to forget when you do most of your work on a wide open mat, resetting your match anytime you get close to a barrier (a wall) or roll too close to another match that may be going on.

Here are a couple of videos that are pretty close to showing what we were working on:

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Prof. Jorge Pereira – Spider Guard Pass to Armbar http://www.bjjmatrat.com/prof-jorge-pereira-spider-guard-pass-to-armbar/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/prof-jorge-pereira-spider-guard-pass-to-armbar/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:48:25 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=620 Jorge Pereira is a coral belt under Rickson Gracie. He is originally from Rio de Janeiro and has competed in many jiu jitsu and Vale Tudo matches. His best quote was spoken after a particulary tough fight with Alessandro Stefano, “A warrior doesn’t bleed, his honor overflows”. In this video Pereira shows an awesome guard … Continue reading "Prof. Jorge Pereira – Spider Guard Pass to Armbar"

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Jorge Pereira is a coral belt under Rickson Gracie. He is originally from Rio de Janeiro and has competed in many jiu jitsu and Vale Tudo matches. His best quote was spoken after a particulary tough fight with Alessandro Stefano, “A warrior doesn’t bleed, his honor overflows”.

In this video Pereira shows an awesome guard pass straight into an armbar. This move is a great example efficiency and effectiveness:

Guard passing against a skilled guard player in jiu jitsu can be an exhausting task. I try to find any way I can to maximize efficiency during that part of the game. I like the technique shown in this video because it does’t require a ton of explosiveness or speed. Because it goes right from the pass directly to a submission, it really increases it’s efficiency. Lately I’ve been trying to think of guard passing more as a series of concepts rather than techniques, so I like the concept of pass straight to a sub. I’m sure there are many more examples of this concept in jiu jitsu, which may be one of my next deep dives of learning.

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Top Jiu Jitsu Blogs – 2018 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/top-jiu-jitsu-blogs-2018/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/top-jiu-jitsu-blogs-2018/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:14:14 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=604 I spend a fair amount of time surfing the web for jiu jitsu related content. I’m always looking for jiu jitsu blogs that are informative, funny and entertaining. There’s no shortage of jiu jitsu related material on the internet, but I’ve found myself going to the same resources time and time again. As this blog … Continue reading "Top Jiu Jitsu Blogs – 2018"

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Jiu Jitsu BlogsI spend a fair amount of time surfing the web for jiu jitsu related content. I’m always looking for jiu jitsu blogs that are informative, funny and entertaining. There’s no shortage of jiu jitsu related material on the internet, but I’ve found myself going to the same resources time and time again. As this blog (bjjmatrat.com) serves as a place for me to list resources that I plan on re-visiting in the future, I thought I would compile a list of jiu jitsu blogs that I like to read so that I can quickly reference them when I need to.

Since I’m always looking out for good jiu jitsu content, I’ll update this list as I find new stuff. If you have any suggestions about jiu jitsu blogs not listed  here let me know in the comments so can check them out.

  • Jiu Jitsu Times
    This blog is a great mix of posting up-to-date jiu jitsu news, and funny jiu jitsu videos. I recommend following them on Facebook if you want to keep your feed interesting.
  • BJJ After 40
    This is the jiu jitsu blog of Mike Bidwell, a jiu jitsu black belt who spent 13 years at brown belt, and uses his story of going through that grind as an inspiration to the rest of us who are struggling through jiu  jitsu. He often has interesting, creative moves to share as well.
  • On The Mat
    This blog hosts a robust listing of articles and videos. I can browse around here for hours.
  • Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood
    This is the blog of Nic Gregoriades, author of The Black Belt Blueprint, creator of a variety of DVDs, and perhaps the most mellow personality in jiu jitsu. Always insightful to hear what he has to say on jiu jitsu and yoga.
  • Chewjitsu
    I really enjoy this blog. It’s run by Nick “Chewy” Albin, and he’s probably one of the most positive jiu jitsu content creators on the web. He has a lot of good inspirational material for people coming up through the ranks of jiu jitsu.
  • Bishop BJJ
    This one is probably a little more serious and literary than the other blogs listed here. Good to dive into this blog when you’re looking for a little more of a deep read.
  • BJJ Globetrotters
    Basically what it sounds like. Globetrotting jiu jitsu practitioners.  Be sure to check out their “Story” page to read up on what these guys are all about.
  • Grapplearts
    Stephan Kesting was one of the first people I discovered online when I began jiu jitsu. I signed up for his newsletters, subscribed to his YouTube channel and followed him on Facebook. Lots of good material here.

Like I was saying before, I’m always on the hunt for more jiu jitsu related content, so if you know of anything really great I’d appreciate hearing about it in the comments.

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Jiu Jitsu University – Review http://www.bjjmatrat.com/jiu-jitsu-university-review/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/jiu-jitsu-university-review/#respond Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:20:16 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=584 If you’re anything like me (and approximately 100% of other jiu jitsu practitioners) you’re always on the lookout for details to improve your game. YouTube is a great place to go, but I also like to do a deep dive through reading, and Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro offers a lot to learn. Saulo … Continue reading "Jiu Jitsu University – Review"

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Jiu Jitsu UniversityIf you’re anything like me (and approximately 100% of other jiu jitsu practitioners) you’re always on the lookout for details to improve your game. YouTube is a great place to go, but I also like to do a deep dive through reading, and Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro offers a lot to learn.

Saulo Ribeiro has a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, Judo and has fought (and won) in MMA. He has won the World Jiu Jitsu Championship five times, and competed in Metamoris 4, where his match against Rodrigo Medeiros ended in a draw. He is co-owner (with his brother Xande Ribeiro) and instructor at The University of Jiu Jitsu which boasts over 50 affiliates world-wide.

Ribeiro’s book “Jiu Jitsu University” divides techniques by belt rank.  He spends some time in the introduction describing what he believes to be the goal of each of the belts in jiu jitsu. I found this insight to be very helpful, understanding what a seasoned black belt thinks the focus of a particular belt should be serves to construct a road map in my mind of what to work on in my particular rank.

In each of the sections Saulo illustrates step by step  techniques that he thinks is relevant for the belt level. He goes into very clear detail as to how to execute these techniques, illustrates some common misconceptions about the technique to help you avoid the pitfalls, and occasionally suggests ways to drill so that the technique becomes second nature. As he says in the book If you think, you are late. If you are late, you use strength. If you use strength, you tire. And if you tire, you die”, so he emphasizes the importance of commiting the moves to muscle memory.

Jiu Jitsu University - Inside

It is interesting that he divides the belt sections up into the following areas (in order):

  • White Belt (Survival)
  • Blue Belt (Escapes)
  • Purple Belt (Guard)
  • Brown Belt (Guard Passing)
  • Black Belt (Submissions)

What’s revealing about this is the importance placed on ensuring that you can survive a match and gain position throughout all the belts until black, where you can really start to focus on submissions. I like that thought process. It’s been my experience that the guys with great guards and who have the ability to escape bad positions are more confident with their submission attempts, because they know if they miss they can recover and get back to a safe place and start over.

There’s a reason that Jiu Jitsu University is often ranked as one of the must have jiu jitsu books for your shelf. The information is insightful, and the production quality of the book is top notch. I find myself often flipping through the pages after class, looking for tips in the book on any technique or issue I may have encountered while rolling. The details and insight this book provides are very helpful, and it lays out a great road map for any practitioner. I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book for your library.

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The Carnivore Diet Experiment – Update Day 7 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/carnivore-diet-experiment-update-day-7/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/carnivore-diet-experiment-update-day-7/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:46:18 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=559 Well, I made it through 6 days of eating (mostly) only meat.  I had one cheat about 3 days in, I ate some oatmeal with honey and banana in the afternoon because I was going to have a long session of jiu jitsu training later that evening, and wanted to make sure I had energy … Continue reading "The Carnivore Diet Experiment – Update Day 7"

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T-Bone SteakWell, I made it through 6 days of eating (mostly) only meat.  I had one cheat about 3 days in, I ate some oatmeal with honey and banana in the afternoon because I was going to have a long session of jiu jitsu training later that evening, and wanted to make sure I had energy to roll.  I had another cheat last night, when my family wanted to go out for pizza. Man, I love pizza. That pizza was delicious. The best pizza of my life.

So here I am on day 7, reflecting on the past weeks experiment. One thing I learned a few days in is that I grossly under prepared for the amount of food I was going to need for the week. The meat I bought on Sunday was gone by Tuesday. So back to the store I went, several times. Part of this week-long trial run on the carnivore diet was to learn how to get by day to day in regards to meal prep. I’ve learned that the way I am currently approaching meal prep is EXPENSIVE. I’ve blown my grocery budget for the week, I’m on day 7, and I’m out of meat again. Clearly I need to learn some cost cutting moves if this is to be sustainable over the long haul. I’ve joined a Facebook carnivore group, and have asked questions about how to budget for a carnivore diet, and the general consensus is to eat more ground beef (less steak if money is a concern, after all ground beef is ground steak), and to do some shopping at Costco or Sam’s Club, where meat can be bought in bulk. As for now I’m going to have take a break from a pure carnivore diet, simply because I don’t want to go spend any more money on meat, I’ll just eat what the rest of my family is eating for the remainder of the week.

I did see some physical benefits from this diet, almost immediately. Starting from the first day that I ate all meat I found that I only needed 6 hours of sleep. Usually I sleep 8-9 hours a night, and still wake up groggy. On the carnivore diet I slept practically exactly 6 hours, then woke up on my own, no alarm clock, and was WIDE awake. I had tons of energy, and had a clearer mind than I’ve noticed in a while (though about 3 days in I started to experience some brain fog, not sure why this happens, but maybe it’s the brain switching from using carbs to using fat for energy). I also noticed that my hips and joints started to feel better. Anybody that’s done jiu jitsu for any length of time knows that it’s tough on the joints and hips, and I have been having a problem with one hip in particular, so I was pleasantly surprised to have it feeling better. I also regularly deal with muscular exhaustion that I feel mostly in my quads and hamstrings. This seemed to be disappearing during the course of this week. It felt great to be able to bound up stairs without feeling any leg fatigue at all.

Another odd thing that I noticed is that when I had salad with my pizza last night, the salad didn’t taste good to me. I love salad, I’m a huge salad eater, and the restaurant that I went to has a salad I’ve had many times in the past and enjoyed. But something about my taste buds changed over the course of the week and the lettuce did not agree. I won’t draw any conclusions from this, I just think it’s interesting to note.

All in all I am intrigued by this diet (or as many people have corrected me, it’s actually a WOE, “Way of Eating”). The incredible difference in the amount of sleep I needed was enough to get me to consider giving this a 30 day run next time. I need to re-think the meal prepping from a budgetary perspective, and once I can get that nailed down I’m going to go all in for the full 30 day attempt.

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Knee Shield Woes http://www.bjjmatrat.com/knee-shield-woes/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/knee-shield-woes/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:41:16 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=550 I recently attended an open mat where all the blue belts had really great open guards. It was extremely frustrating (in the best possible way) to try to pass their guard. The usual pressure passing that I do just didn’t seem to work. They were able to handle the pressure well with their legs, and … Continue reading "Knee Shield Woes"

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I recently attended an open mat where all the blue belts had really great open guards. It was extremely frustrating (in the best possible way) to try to pass their guard. The usual pressure passing that I do just didn’t seem to work. They were able to handle the pressure well with their legs, and if I was able to beat their legs, then as I swung around to try to get to side control their far leg somehow made it’s way between me and their torso and I was stuck in open guard again.

I talked to a few people after the open mat to see what their strategy was, and they all said they had played a similar guard, essentially using a knee shield and variations to control me. Being only a blue belt myself I hadn’t really seen the knee shield used to such great effect, but as I understood it the school they belonged to focused heavily on guard all through the white belt curriculum. That was an “ah-ha” moment for me. I had also been focusing on guard heavily for the past year, but to see how effective a good guard game could be so early in a jiujiteiro’s development really solidified my thought that a well developed guard can lead to a more confident offensive game.

Of course after the open mat I needed to research knee shield techniques on YouTube. My thought is that if you can understand a defense or an attack, then you can formulate a plan to counteract it. So I went in search of the various ways to use a knee shield to defend against a pressure passer.

I found a variety of videos, but the three listed below seemed especially relevant to what I was trying to learn.

You can be sure I’ll be trying to work these into my game for the next couple of weeks. With any luck I’ll be able to reverse engineer these techniques and learn to get myself out of the bad situations that  someone with a good knee shield can put me in.

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The Carnivore Diet Experiment http://www.bjjmatrat.com/the-carnivore-diet-experiment/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/the-carnivore-diet-experiment/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:40:02 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=525 The carnivore diet has been flooding my social media feed as of late. Everyone from Joe Rogan to Jordan Peterson, Shawn Baker and a pantheon of athletes are all trying the diet hoping to gain energy, reduce inflammation and improve athletic performance. I had a very good friend of mine who attempted to get me … Continue reading "The Carnivore Diet Experiment"

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Carnivore DietThe carnivore diet has been flooding my social media feed as of late. Everyone from Joe Rogan to Jordan Peterson, Shawn Baker and a pantheon of athletes are all trying the diet hoping to gain energy, reduce inflammation and improve athletic performance. I had a very good friend of mine who attempted to get me to try the carnivore diet a few years back, but at the time I wasn’t ready to take the leap. He talked about how the switch to eating just meat helped him heal up some gut issues he was having, and as an added benefit he also dropped a significant amount of weight. His story was compelling but I just wasn’t ready to give up all the food that I enjoyed. But as I got further along in my jiu jitsu practice I started to realize that I needed to make some lifestyle changes if I was going to have the energy to roll as often as I wanted to roll. I started by changing my sleeping habits, I became more strict about when I went to bed. I also changed what I ate, and when I ate. Intermittent fasting (along with bullet proof coffee) helped me to have more energy and also helped fix some gut issues I was having. I also became a lot stricter about the quality of my food, really focusing  on eating more meat, vegetables and less low quality carbs. All of these changes greatly improved my jiu jitsu.

I have been following Dr. Shawn Baker’s twitter feed for a while, at the recommendation of my friend. Dr. Baker has been exploring the carnivore diet for some time, with amazing results. He is an athlete in his 50’s, who holds many strength records, including 1st place Texas Strongest Man, and 5th place USA Strongest Man. He attributes his athletic prowess to the carnivore diet. This piqued my interest. I’m still trying to dial in my nutrition, and suffering from exhaustion more often than I think I should, and if this diet helped Dr. Baker with his athletic goals, maybe it can help me with mine.  One thing I’ve been interested in seeing is his lab work, to see if eating only meat has had any negative effect on his cholesterol or reveal any other potential issues. It’s one thing to see a boost in athletic performance, but if it comes at the cost of causing harm in other aspects of your health then it’s not worth it. Dr. Baker was a guest on Robb Wolf’s podcast, in which they discussed his lab results, and they look pretty good. This has given me the confidence to try this diet myself.

In addition to Dr. Baker’s results, I have also been following Dr. Jordan Peterson’s and his daughter, Mikhaila Peterson’s, dietary journey. Mikhaila has suffered from a long list of physical and mental ailments (arthritis, depression, skin issues), and Dr. Peterson has said he also suffers from depression and digestive issues, among other problems. Traditional medical advice wasn’t helping with their problems, so Mikhaila decided to try changing her diet to alleviate her symptoms. She eliminated everything from her diet except for meat, and in short order she claims that most of her physical and mental issues subsided.  Dr. Peterson saw the results his daughter had and decided to give the carnivore diet a try himself, and apparently he also saw a litany of positive effects, including more energy, less brain fog, relief from depression, clearer skin, and weight loss. You can see the interview with Joe Rogan here:

All of that sounds intriguing to me, so this week I’ve decided to give it a shot. I went to the grocery store and found some sale items, BOGO chicken breast and london broil. I found a recipe online for london broil, and made enough for lunches and dinners for the next couple of days. I started eating mostly meat 2 days ago, and I can say that I already feel more energy, I haven’t slept as many hours as I usually do, and I’m thinking much more clearly than I have in a long time.  I’m going to stick with this for at least a week, maybe a month and see how the results hold up.

Of course, as part of this diet, I have to eliminate beer, as beer contains carbs that would interfere. So I looked up what people recommend for alcohol when on the carnivore diet, and it looks like bourbon is on the menu, so I got all the base ingredients to make Old Fashioneds at home. Yes, I know the simple syrup is a little bit of a cheat, but as important as it is to eat well for the body, I also think you need to eat (or drink) a little that’s good for the soul.

Old Fashioned Recipe:

Optionally you can add a bit of orange peel and a maraschino cherry, but I just make mine with the ingredients listed above and it comes out great.  Mix it all together, drop in an ice cube and enjoy some fine sipping.

Old Fashioned

I’ll write another post after eating this way for a while, to share my experiences, and meal prep tips. Meal prep has been the trickiest thing to figure out for me, especially on a budget, so if I find any good hacks I’ll share it in the next post. I’m already planning on buying beef jerky for snacks, Epic Meat Bars I’ve tried before and their products are delicious. I also saw Three Jerks Jerky on the Shark Tank, and I’ll be checking that out as well. I don’t know how you can go wrong with jerky made out of filet mignon.

I’m really hoping that I get some of the benefits that I’ve been reading about on the carnivore diet. It would be nice to need less sleep, and to be able to recover from jiu jitsu quicker. I know what you eat is as important (if not more so) than your fitness routine, so with a little tweaking I’m hoping that the carnivore diet will boost performance.

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How to Fold Your Jiu Jitsu Gi for Travel http://www.bjjmatrat.com/how-to-fold-your-jiu-jitsu-gi-for-travel/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/how-to-fold-your-jiu-jitsu-gi-for-travel/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:40:35 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=485 I’m traveling this week on vacation, down in Florida visiting family and friends. Though the week will be spent mostly poolside with a drink in hand, my daughter lives here and trains Jiu Jitsu locally, so I will be spending some time on the mats, working off my gluttony and catching up with her while … Continue reading "How to Fold Your Jiu Jitsu Gi for Travel"

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Jiu Jitsu GiI’m traveling this week on vacation, down in Florida visiting family and friends. Though the week will be spent mostly poolside with a drink in hand, my daughter lives here and trains Jiu Jitsu locally, so I will be spending some time on the mats, working off my gluttony and catching up with her while bonding in the gentle art.

I didn’t want to fly here and be dependent on the school I was visiting to loan me a Gi for training. I wanted to bring my own, it fits better anyways. I tend to travel light, so I wasn’t too concerned with being able to fit my Gi into a travel bag, but I still researched the best way to fold a Gi. My usual method of balling up the pants and jacket and shoving it into a bag tends to take up a lot of space. I wanted to be able to get it to the smallest size possible so I wouldn’t run out of any room in my duffel bag.

Below I’ve listed the steps I took to fold my Gi. Hopefully this saves you some time trying to find the best way to fold a Gi, especially for traveling on an airplane.

  1. Lay your jacket on the ground, folding one lapel over the otherJiu Jitsu Gi
  2. Fold one sleeve over the jacketJiu Jitsu Gi
  3. Fold that same sleeve back over itself so the width matches the jacket widthJiu Jitsu Gi
  4. Repeat for the other sleeveJiu Jitsu GiJiu Jitsu Gi
  5. Fold the jacket in half lengthwiseJiu Jitsu Gi
  6. Grab the pants, and fold those in half lengthwiseJiu Jitsu GiJiu Jitsu Gi
  7. Lay the folded jacket on top of the folded pantsJiu Jitsu Gi
  8. Fold the combined jacket and pants up by one thirdJiu Jitsu Gi
  9. Fold the top down by a thirdJiu Jitsu Gi
  10. Now it’s in it’s final shape, so time to tie the belt. Begin by folding the belt in halfJiu Jitsu Belt
  11. Lay the belt over the Gi, placing the middle of the belt in the middle of the folded GiJiu Jitsu Gi and Belt
  12.  Turn the Gi over and fold the belt over the other sideJiu Jitsu Gi and Belt
  13. The next part is the whole trick of making sure the belt is tied right, you have to criss-cross the belt to get the two ends to go 90 degrees from itselfJiu Jitsu Gi and BeltJiu Jitsu Gi and Belt
  14. Turn the Gi over again, folding the belt around the other side and fold one end of the belt under the other making a simple knotJiu JItsu Gi and Belt
  15. In order to close the gap between the belt and the Gi, fold the ends of the belt around the horizontal line of the belt as seen in this pictureJiu Jitsu Gi and Belt
  16. Finally, make a knot with the two ends of the beltJiu Jitsu Gi and BeltJiu Jitsu Gi and Belt

That’s all there is to it. For my travel needs this was plenty small enough to fit in my duffel bag. I check my bags but you could easily fit this Gi into a carry on when it’s folded this way.

I got the idea for this from Mong Phu’s video:

Happy travels!

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Profile: Chris Haueter http://www.bjjmatrat.com/profile-chris-haueter/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/profile-chris-haueter/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:20:20 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=455 Chris Haueter is a dynamic Jiu Jitsu fighter, instructor, referee and illustrative artist. He is one of the first Americans to earn a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, cementing his place among the BJJ Dirty Dozen under the tutelage of the great Rigan Machado. Haueter has been an avid competitor for many years,  where his aggressive style … Continue reading "Profile: Chris Haueter"

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Chris HaueterChris Haueter is a dynamic Jiu Jitsu fighter, instructor, referee and illustrative artist. He is one of the first Americans to earn a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, cementing his place among the BJJ Dirty Dozen under the tutelage of the great Rigan Machado.

Haueter has been an avid competitor for many years,  where his aggressive style can be seen on YouTube,  and has also worked as a referee for Metamoris. In addition to Jiu Jitsu he has practiced karate, wrestling, Muay Thai, JKD (under Dan Inosanto) and Boxing. He is accredited with coining the term “Combat Base” in reference to the seated, one knee up position used when in someone’s guard, and his Californian school is also called “Combat Base“.

Haueter’s teaching style is very fundamentals based, it has a heavy emphasis on being the aggressor in a fight.

He is known for a few Jiu Jitsu colloquialisms that are revealing to his teaching style:

  1. “ABC” = Always Be Choking. Haueter maintains that no matter what you’re working for in a particular move, if you can simultaneously threaten a choke it will make the move more effective.
  2. The “Golden Rules of Grappling”
      • Be the guy on top.
      • When on top, stay on top.
      • If you’re on the bottom, have a guard they shall not pass.
      • Never forget Rule #1.

    • “Think street, Train Sport, Practice Art” – Haueter maintains that one should always be rolling with an awareness of what your partner could be doing if the roll was a street fight, so that you know what moves would be effective in that situation. Though he emphasizes the importance of thinking street, he also enjoys the sport aspect of the game, and is open to exploring and creating new moves to experiment with what is possible in jiu jitsu.

I  had the great fortune of attending one of Chris’s seminars. I walked away from that seminar with a new understanding of some fundamental jiu jitsu principles that I was able to immediately apply to my game. His aggressiveness while standing, always “bothering” the gi, and always looking for chokes and angles were explained in a way that made a lot of sense to me. I would say of all the great seminars I’ve attended, this is the one that stuck with me the most. In addition to the techniques he showed, Haueter also had an endless treasure trove of funny stories to tell, and was an all around great guy to hang out with. Having a gregarious personality, he hung around long after the seminar was over to talk with the participants, answer additional questions and take pictures with the students. Anytime he is teaching within driving distance you can bet that I will be there.

Chris is also a great artist, check out this video showcasing his skills.

 

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The Wim Hof Method for Jiu Jitsu Performance http://www.bjjmatrat.com/the-wim-hof-method-for-jiu-jitsu-performance/ http://www.bjjmatrat.com/the-wim-hof-method-for-jiu-jitsu-performance/#respond Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:03:42 +0000 http://www.bjjmatrat.com/?p=425 Wim Hof is somewhat of a medical phenomenon. He is an extreme athlete from the Netherlands who holds 26 world records and is best known for his ability to perform well in extreme cold temperatures. He holds the record for the longest ice bath, he has climbed Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro wearing nothing other … Continue reading "The Wim Hof Method for Jiu Jitsu Performance"

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Wim HofWim Hof is somewhat of a medical phenomenon. He is an extreme athlete from the Netherlands who holds 26 world records and is best known for his ability to perform well in extreme cold temperatures. He holds the record for the longest ice bath, he has climbed Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro wearing nothing other than shorts and shoes, completed a full marathon above the arctic circle in Finland (again, in shorts), and boasts countless other physical feats in extreme weather conditions.

Wim Hof travels the world giving seminars on his unique method of training for these challenges. Known as the “Wim Hof Method“, it is a combination of cold exposure and breathing exercises aimed at building brown adipose tissue, reducing fat and inflammation, fortifying the immune system and raising oxygen levels for more energy and reduced stress.

Wim has trained MMA fighter Alistar Overeem in this method, worked with athetes like Laird Hamilton and has given seminars at numerous gyms including Henry Akins’ Dynamix MMA.  He claims that his method can increase athletic performance and some fighters have used it as a supplement to their training.

The Wim Hof Method begins with a simple breathing routine:

  1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position
  2. Perform 30-40 power breaths. Inhale through the nose or mouth, and breath out through the mouth. The trick is to inhale fully, feeling the inhalation deep into your lungs, and in the lower back, and exhaling in a short, powerful burst.
  3. At the end of 30-40 inhalations, exhale fully and hold for as long as you can.
  4. Finally, once you can no longer sit without air, breath in one breath fully, expanding your chest as much as possible and hold that breath for 10 seconds.
  5. Repeat the whole series for 3 or so rounds (I do 4-5 rounds).

His method also includes cold exposure. A lot of people use cold showers to do this part of the routine.

For my training, I have only done the breathing method (I haven’t done any cold exposure yet).  The breathing method helped me in a couple of different ways. For starters, it helped me to learn “how” to breath. Prior to doing the Wim Hof Method I breathed rather shallowly. Learning this method taught me how to fully fill my lungs with air by  “breathing into my lower back” for deeper breaths. This understanding immediately applied to my jiu jitsu. I learned to pace my breathing during rounds, and how to breath deep into my back when in bottom positions. This helps me to fight off the claustrophobic feeling one gets when being crushed by an opponent, and to slow my heart rate when in bad positions. I also feel that doing the full breathing method daily somehow increases my available oxygen, or maybe I am just processing oxygen better because of it. I’m not sure the science behind it, but I think clearer, and don’t get gassed nearly as much as I did prior to using the method.

Wim has written a book detailing his method and discussing the science behind it:

The Way of the Iceman

The Way of the Iceman: How the Wim Hof Method Creates Radiant, Longterm Health

He also has a web site with instructions for the Wim Hof Method (which he gives away totally for free on his site). You can find video courses, products and other information about Wim Hof at www.wimhofmethod.com.

Here are a few YouTube videos showcasing some of Wim’s work:

Alistair Overeem talks about his experience training with Wim

Wim Hof showing Joe Rogan how to do the breathing method

Laird Hamilton talking about the benefits of the Wim Hof Method

If you’re a jiu jitsu practitioner (or participate in any other athletic activity) you will do well to give the Wim Hof Method a try. It may improve your cardio performance, and will certainly bring a calmness of mind with it’s unique process.

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