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Nov 12, 2020
Books are still legit and you can keep studying Jiu-Jitsu even when you’re off the mat. There are plenty of awesome Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) books written by the Gracie family and other BJJ athletes to help you reach your potential. While BJJ can’t actually be learned from books, you can certainly learn a lot. It isn’t a substitute for going to class but...
Nov 12, 2020
Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters Are you curious about who the GOATs of Jiu-Jitsu are? Becoming one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) fighters of all time is something that only a handful of people will actually be able to achieve in their lifetime. One thing is for sure - those that do make it onto the best of all-time list are on the list for...
Nov 12, 2020
You’re ready to hit the mats? We’re so excited for you. This next venture is going to be the journey of all journeys. It’s time to surrender any negativity or ego before stepping onto the mat. There’s a lot of heart, soul, and learning that is about to go down. Read on to learn our top tips on how to get into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Where it all began...
Nov 12, 2020
What’s the difference between Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Diving into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is massively more meaningful when there is a foundation for its history and present. Jiu-Jitsu (JJ) was one of the first martial arts to be formed into a system to be taught and practiced. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu came long, long, long before Brazilian Jiu-...
Nov 12, 2020
Wearing high-quality clothing can make all the difference when you’re training in a martial art. We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite martial arts clothing brands to help you decide who to turn to for comfortable and performance-boosting gear. Diamond Diamond is a sporting equipment company that designs, manufactures, distributes and sells...
The Ultimate BJJ Beginner Guide
Nov 10, 2020
The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to BJJ You ready to hit the mats? We’re so excited for you. This next venture is going to be the journey of all journeys. It’s time to surrender any negativity or ego before stepping onto the mat. There’s a lot of heart, soul, and learning that is about to go down. Here’s the ultimate beginner’s guide to BJJ.   Where it all...
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Why You're Not Making Progress
Nov 10, 2020
PROGRESS Let’s talk a thing or two about progress - have you been working out consistently and eating better, but still not losing weight? It’s probably fair to say that we’ve all been there looking at the scale with a puzzled face and irritated attitude afterwards. The good news is that there could be a reason that will explain turn the puzzled face into...
How to Pick Your Gym Bag
Nov 10, 2020
Okay, so similarly speaking to everything else we’ve been learning through this interesting year, there has been time and opportunity to re-evaluate how we were doing things before. We’ve been learning that all the little things add up to be the big things. One of the most powerful and important things to surface from the current pandemic is a renewed...
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Why Eating is Comforting
Nov 10, 2020
Why Eating is So Comforting   We’ve all had our moments where all we want to do is… eat. Why do we crave certain foods when we’re sad? Having a tough day? Why do we crave a certain food more if it’s fun to eat? All the crunchy, all the ultra satisfying, melt-in-your-mouth delish.   Biology It comes down to our biology. Why didn't we learn this in high...
Running in Fall
Nov 10, 2020
Transitioning into Running in Fall We sure have been in it - record highs in the middle of a pandemic. Now that the weather is starting to cool off (at least in the mornings), now is the time to take advantage of training outside. San Diego is one of the most beautiful places, let alone gyms! (*wink, wink).    Running outside provides some great...
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Best Carbs for Workout Recovery
Oct 20, 2020
KNOW YOUR CARBS FOR RECOVERY Protein may be the ultimate buzz word for recovery, but remember that carbs are just as important. Replace that glycogen storage!    The journey to understanding food and how it benefits / harms our body is different for everyone. This also goes for the varying degrees of understanding carbs and how they can impact the body /...
Stretches at Work
Oct 20, 2020
Stretches at Work  Also, trending as deskercise *insert shrug emoji here*    Is your work physically demanding? Or is physically un-demanding? In either case, both types of demands or lack of demand on the body can be detrimental to your overall health and therefore, productivity. Research has shown that repetitive motion, poor posture, and staying in the...
Enhance Your Morning Lifts
Oct 20, 2020
To be an early bird or not …  In either case, does it really matter?   If you have decided that getting your lifts in the morning seems to be the most effective for your schedule, this is for you (P.S.: there is no set universal perfect time to train. It’s your call). With this decision comes a responsibility. A responsibility to your body, your lift, and...
Benefits of BJJ
Oct 15, 2020
To put it simply, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is so much more than just a sport. It is a lifestyle and it is transformation. Much of BJJ’s newer claim to fame is through UFC and other MMA venues; however, BJJ has been a continuous way of life for many people that come along with training in the “gentle art”. The benefits of BJJ spill over into all aspects of life...
What to Wear for BJJ
Oct 15, 2020
What to Wear: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Style Ohh, how exciting it is to put together your BJJ gear and begin what may seem as a never-ending pursuit of finding more. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned BJJ athlete, there’s a BJJ gear checklist that will help you put together the ultimate gear that you’ll need and want. If you are a beginner, this is for you...
Oct 15, 2020
Watching BJJ videos is a great way to learn and have fun at the same time. Where else are you able to fast forward, rewind, and pause a specific technique or move? If you know, make sure to share your knowledge. It can also make the difference in making sure motivation and discipline are aligned with each other to make sure that you keep getting better....
Christmas Gifts of BJJ
Oct 15, 2020
Top 8 Gifts For BJJ Players It’s about that time of year when giving gifts seems to be wildly apparent and sometimes difficult to get away from. Here’s the best part. Gift giving gets a whole lot easier if it is for someone who is into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Take this list shopping with you!   Gift #1: BJJ Apparel It may seem a little cheesy, but those...
BJJ Techniques
Oct 15, 2020
BJJ doesn’t mess around and it’s important to make sure that finding your way to the floor is always a priority. BJJ uses takedowns, submissions, and grappling to make that happen. There are many different types and varieties of these skills, so here are some of the fundamentals that you can always use - newbie or BJJ vet. Along with strength, mobility, and...