July 30, 2014

Byamba's 10,000 Calorie Workout Meal

At 6'1" and 360 pounds, Byamba Ulambayar is one of the most dominant Sumo wrestlers in the world.  A former professional Sumo, Byamba is an ambassador for the sport and art of Sumo and here is a great video on Byamba's diet.  Comprised of a specific stew called chankonabe, wrestlers purposefully pack on the weight in an effort to become heavier and harder to move. 

Byamba is a world class champ with a great sense of humor.  Hope to bring him to Seattle some day for a seminar.

July 29, 2014

Machado's On Ice

Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is truly spanning the world and seeping into other sports and venues.  The latest issue of The Hockey News (THE only resource for your ice hockey needs) featured a letter and picture from one of it's loyal readers who made quite possibly the most amazing gi I have ever seen!  Support your local hockey crew, go roll in a custom made gi!  GO HAWKS! 

July 28, 2014

Peaceful Solution to the Palestinian Conflict

Imagine if the politicians of the world were tough enough, secure enough to hash out differences on the mat!?  From our friend John Machado:
"IF PEACE WAS THAT SIMPLE"... I just received this beautiful picture from my Black Belt student and friend Dr. Peter Goldman (Jewish) after He finished sparring with UFC fighter Ramsey Nijem and his brother, also a pro fighter (both Palestinian)..Peace!

July 26, 2014

Grappler Gourmet

My wanderings through the interweb wormhole usually result in a bunch of wasted time that should have been dedicated to training, but every now and then I stumble across a good find and Grappler Gourmet is one such example.  A east coast blue belt with a top rate culinary background offering recipes, interviews, reviews, and in general some very positive and healthy tips and news. Very worthy of checking out and following...

Check out this recipe from May:
Do you like breakfast sausage, eggs and hash browns? I sure as hell do. But after training I don’t always want to cook after training but want something more than just a shake. Ever have that feeling? Of course you have. Yet we need to recover what we lost from that grueling training session. What better way than with an all-in-one breakfast casserole packed with lean turkey meat, sweet potato hash and eggs? You get a fantastic amount of protein with a good ratio of carbs from this simple and easy dish. The best part is that is can be prepare in advance, portioned and refrigerated or frozen. Then a simple reheat after training and you are good to go! We put so much time and effort into training; let that enthusiasm carry over into what you are eating, crush this casserole, not your training partners.

Post “Roll Supreme” Omelet Casserole

Seemed apropos... thanks BJJ Brick!  
Makes 6-8 portions
1 Sweet potato, peeled
1 Onion, small diced
1 lb Ground lean turkey meat
1 tsp Ground sage
½ cup Fresh spinach
2 Tbsp Ketchup
¾ cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 Eggs
½ cup Milk
Freshly ground black pepper
3-4 Dashes of your favorite hot sauce
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 medium-large casserole dish

  1. First thing you need to do is preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. While the oven is heating, place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of oil.
  3. Toss in your onions, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and sweat them down for 2-3 minutes until they become translucent and aromatic.
  4. Once your onions are like you after class, sweated down and smelly, turn the heat up to high and add in ground turkey meat, sage, and season again with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using a wooden spoon break up the turkey meat as best as you can while getting a good sear on it. Cook for about 5 minutes until you have developed nice color on the turkey meat. Don’t worry about cooking it all the way through, it will finish in the oven. 
Click here to read the entire post!  

July 24, 2014

Fast Tracking Promotions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I have said it before and will say it again... mixed martial arts (MMA) has single-handily risen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) into the lime light of pop culture, and conversely MMA will also be the downfall of our beautiful art. It has become unnervingly common for MMA fighters to get fast tracked to the level of black belt in BJJ.  Now those with a discerning eye will notice that MMA is not in fact BJJ, nor vice versa.  Though techniques and movements are borrowed from BJJ for MMA, but the two are completely different at their core.  So for Throwback Thursday I say throw back the belt!

BJJEE shared a great article where Xande Ribiero apparently concurs with my opinion:

“I find this a little embarrassing. It’s a joke! You shouldn’t give a black belt just because the guy is tough. You have to respect the master and your companions. Many people get the black belt to open affiliates of an academy, and that is unacceptable. Another thing that makes me angry is seeing an MMA fighter getting a black belt. MMA is not Jiu-Jitsu. You have to know how to use the Gi, must have commitment to Jiu-Jitsu and your master. Tell him to show a spider guard, a sweep … Who does that is only thinking about fame and money. I’ve trained and tried hard to get a black belt. I’ve Been loyal to teachers and training partners. Jiu-Jitsu is one thing; MMA is another. Respect the art. “

Click here to read the entire article. 

thanks to aesopian.com for this graph

On average it takes someone training 3-5 times a week (consistently) about 10-12 years to attain black belt ranking.  See what many do not realize is that in BJJ (with a reputable decent teacher) you have been said belt for at least 6 months by the time you receive it.  The belt is indicative of your experience on the mat.  EXPERIENCE comes with time.  Period.  Originally in Judo there was white belt, and then black belt.  On a simple level we can dissect the color ranks as being markers of experience, with darker belts indicative of more time on the mat (hence why they were dirty and darker). 

It is imperative that we raise the standards of BJJ and keep them high.  Regardless of your skill or talent wouldn't you prefer to EARN a promotion then just be handed it??  I suppose if that was human nature we would live in a much different world.  Though I feel most of these words will fall on def ears if the message gets to one person it is worth it.  Keep standards high! 

July 23, 2014

Uchimata - Judo's Gem

A beautiful compilation of the most scored throw in Judo competition; Uchimata.  One of Judo's core techniques, Uchimata seems easy to execute but in actuality it is quite hard to set up.  Subtleties of balance and weight distribution make this a tough throw to nail, but when you do... fight ender!
Enjoy this awesome compilation:

July 21, 2014

Baret Yoshida Choking the Competition at Gracie Regionals

I had the pleasure to fight in the same tournament (NAGA Worlds 2010) as Baret Yoshida where I met him and had the pleasure of watching him devour the competition!  This man has been training, AND competing for decades... truly an inspiration as apparently he has not slowed down one bit at all as evident with his killer back attacks: