One of the biggest issues I have experienced in the past 24 years of martial arts is the convergence of traditional martial arts training and exercise science. The advent of crossfit and other similar gyms has led many Joe Q Public to believe just because you have a certificate "earned" over a weekend seminar that you must be an expert. Many martial artists and gyms fall into this trap as well. After all in the martial arts you are taught that it is rude or disrespectful to ask your teachers qualifications. This leads to problems when science trumps tradition in terms of what is safe and healthy for one to do to ones body!
Two articles recently posted on BJJEE (a great portal of info BTW) address this very issue in modern Mixed Martial Arts / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu happening today. The first article talks about leg circles and their effect on the connective tissue in your knee:
Fitness expert Chris Shah believes:
"Doing this exercise standing is recreating the number one cited reason
for ACL injury. Internal collapse of knee( valgus) you add that with no
protecting torque and its promoting bad motor pattern. It’s your choice
to do it. It’s hard for many in combat to suspend their beliefs because
self value is tied to beliefs and certain exercises. Mastery promotes
exploring where one is wrong or limited. I would en courage to suspend
emotional investment in argument and research ACL/ knee injury
literature. Again it’s your choice."
To read the entire article plus video click here.
Martin Rooney (MS Health Science) the world class trainer of BJJ and MMA fighters around the world had some interesting opinions on circuit training:
"I get guys telling me all the time that they love circuits cause they
get so crazy sore. Great, but what’s the result? You do these circuits
enough and you’ll get better at them and won’t be as sore, but you’re
You’re now a weak fighter who’s good at circuits.
For Regular Dudes: If you want to burn fat and improve your
conditioning, use circuits sparingly. Think one, maybe two sessions a
week, with the remaining time spent on basic heavy lifting.
“You have to think of longevity,” says Rooney. “Performing five days
of circuits a week doesn’t make you tough, it just makes you injured.
You can lift weights forever, but good luck hitting those circuits in 20
To read his entire interview click here.
Interesting food for thought. Be honest with yourself and your training partners.
September 8, 2014
April 12, 2014
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If you are in the Pacific NW and are NOT training at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy, then stop by and experience the difference. Quite simply accept no substitutes!
June 3, 2011
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
9am – 2pm
OGER CrossFit invites the OGER tribe, extended community, friends, family and soon-to-be OGERs to come celebrate our first year at the OGER Open House! The celebration will be filled with WoDs, Demos, Challenges, Food and Prizes! Come any time during the day and join the fun!
We will run the OGER Intro Wod three times during the day. Everybody is encouraged to do it – OGERs who haven’t tried it, OGERs who did it a while ago, and soon-to-be OGERs who would like to see what we do. One lucky soon-to-be OGER who does the Intro Wod will be selected at random for a FREE 4-punch pass!
We will run two competitions and a demonstration. Come and test your OGER fortitude or learn something new! Winners and runners-up will win prizes!
Since this is also our monthly OGER Feast, we encourage people to bring a paleo potluck offering. We will have lots of food and drink for everybody! Gluten-free and Paleo is the standard!
9:00am: Doors Open
9:30 – 10:30am: OGERs and Villagers WoD
10:50: Group Photo
11:00 - 11:15am: Intro Wod (7min AMRAP)
11:30 – 11:45am: Rope Climb Competition
12:00 – 12:15pm: Intro Wod (7min AMRAP)
12:30 – 12:45pm: Atlas Stone Demo & Play
1:00 – 1:15pm Intro Wod (7min AMRAP)
1:30 -1:45 pm: Highest Standing Box Jump Competition
2:00pm: End of the Day