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“My Triangles Are Diamonds Now.” – BJ Penn (Roots Of Fight)
In the video below legendary talking heads come together to discuss one of the greatest Jiu Jitsu and MMA fighters of all time, BJ Penn.
“The Prodigy” earned his BJJ Black Belt in 4 years and then went on to become a UFC champion and hall of famer.
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Guy Gets Slapped In The Face During Jiu Jitsu Match. Retaliates With Slap.
Sometimes a Jiu Jitsu match can become heated. In the follower submitted video below a guy gets slapped in the face. His retaliation slap has been turned into a thug life meme, and it’s pretty darn funny.
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Royce Gracie Returning To MMA To Fight Ken Shamrock Again
Last night during the Bellator 145 broadcast it was announced that on February 19th in Houston Ken Shamrock would fight Royce Gracie for the 3rd time, and Kimbo Slice would fight Dada5000.
Below are the videos of the announcements.
On November 12, 1993 Shamrock and Gracie had their first fight in the newly formed Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 1. The event was held under a one-night tournament format. Ken Shamrock submitted Patrick Smith by heel-hook in the quarter finals.
Shamrock’s opponent in the semifinals of UFC 1 was the Brazilian Royce Gracie. During the match, Shamrock grabbed Gracie’s ankle and sat back to attempt a heel hook. According to Shamrock, however, his arm had gotten tangled in Gracie’s gi and when Shamrock sat back, it pulled Gracie on top of him. Gracie then secured a rear-naked choke and advanced to the finals. The ending was a source of controversy because the referee did not see the tap and ordered the two fighters to continue fighting after Gracie had let go of the hold. Shamrock paused for a few seconds but declined, admitting to the ref that he tapped out and that it would not be fair for him to continue fighting. After the fight, Shamrock admitted that he underestimated Gracie: “I didn’t know who Royce Gracie was…when I saw him in his gi, I thought he was some karate guy.”
On April 5, 1995, at UFC 5, Shamrock got his rematch with Gracie in a match called “The Superfight,” which would determine the UFC Champion. At the time, Gracie had a reputation as being seemingly unbeatable. Gracie had obvious concerns about his relative lack of size in comparison to Shamrock, so he came into the octagon at 190 pounds – roughly fifteen pounds above what had been his normal fighting weight; Shamrock also cut his weight down to 205 pounds for the bout. Hours before the event, the UFC suddenly instituted a 30-minute time limit, mainly due to pay per view time constraints. Both Gracie and Shamrock were upset at the sudden rule change. For Shamrock, it ruined his game plan, who had been training for months to utilize his natural advantages in size and strength to wear Gracie down over the course of two hours. Shamrock and Gracie fought for the entire allotted time of 30 minutes along with 5 minutes of overtime before the match was declared a draw due to the fight not having judges. Gracie left with a melon sized welt closing his eye, a result of a standing punch due to a sudden change of the rules in which both of the fighters were restarted on their feet. Shamrock was not satisfied with his performance against Gracie, saying “it’s certainly not a win. You gain nothing (with a draw)”. Shamrock expressed desire to fight Gracie again for a third time in 1996, saying that if it went to a draw again, he would have Gracie declared the winner and Shamrock would forfeit his UFC Superfight Championship belt to Gracie. Gracie left the UFC after his fight with Shamrock and did not return until 11 years later. [Source]
Gracie and Shamrock will face each other on February 19th, 2016 at Bellator 149 in Houston, Texas.
How To Increase Your Flexibility For Jiu Jitsu – Ryan Hall
In the video below Ryan Hall details his stretching routine and how it makes his Jiu Jitsu more effective!
9:08 – Shoulder Stretch
12:00 – Lower Body
12:45 – Standing Hamstring
14:10 – Squatting Buddha Stretch
15:20 – Shoulder Belt
16:48 – Forearm & Wrist
18:12 – Lying Pectoral Stretch
20:26 – Sitting Inner Thigh
22:44 – Kneeling Hip Flexor
24:30 – Sitting Sprinters [1/2 butterfly]
27:05 – Sitting Shoulder & Back
28:52 – Sitting Back & Hip
30:57 – Granby Neck Stretch
35:08 – Neck Bridges
36:29 – Upward Dog
37:16 – Hamstring Belt
40:13 – Lying Knee
41:31 – Triangle Hip Stretch
44:13 – MMA Hip Stretch
48:00 – Butterfly Stretch
49:06 – Combo Stretch Routine
How I Lost 25 Pounds In One Month, For Jiu Jitsu
First off, and most importantly, let me preface this piece by stating that I am not a medical professional. I do not recommend any diet plan without seeking the advice of a trusted health practitioner. This is simply my story of how I lost weight, and why I did it. Every person is different. What may work for me, may be unhealthy for you. So again, seek a doctor’s advice before making any changes to your diet and lifestyle.
When I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 4 years ago I was 170 lbs and in really good shape. My academy has a lot of bigger guys that I would always be paired up with because I had “muscles”. It was frustrating being smashed every time I rolled as a new white belt so I decided to gain weight. I decided to do this the good old fashioned way with beer, steak, pasta and desserts.
Before I knew it I was 200 lbs. I still looked pretty good and my guard passing game did improve. My “invisible Jiu Jitsu” game was quite painful to deal with. However my new eating habits mixed with 300 calorie beers everyday caused me to get up to 225 lbs. This is the point where I said, “Oh heck no”. My health could start to be an issue and my guard game was lacking. You shouldn’t be laying flat on your back in guard but with a beer gut it was difficult to do anything but.
In order to drop weight I realized that I had to start exercising outside of Jiu Jitsu again, cut my caloric intake, and quit drinking. Every time I tried to lose weight by leaving out one of these components, it did not work.
You quickly grow accustomed to having a couple of beers every night and you eventually begin to feel off if you go a night without any. Step number 1 was to comfortably taper down the alcohol intake until I wasn’t drinking at all. This alone cut 1200 calories per day from my regular consumption. Not drinking in the evenings also makes it much easier to do an evening cardio session (which I will get to later).
Step #2 for me was to taper back what I was eating as well as find healthy things that I could enjoy eating every single day for a month. For me it was hard boiled eggs, salad mix with plain balsamic vinegar, raw broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and celery, Chipotle vegetarian bowls (that I would split into 3 portions), watermelon and strawberries. The only thing I would drink is carbonated mineral water with lemon and a splash of orange juice. To make the raw vegetables taste good I would dip them into a 0 fat cucumber dill yogurt (tzatziki). I should mention here that I went the vegetarian route for this diet because savory meats seem to make me hungrier.
Although people say it is bad to eat late at night, I would try to go as long as I could every day without eating until the evening. Eventually my stomach shrunk down so I wasn’t hungry at all until the evening anyway.
I would jog every morning before work on an empty stomach. At first I could only jog a mile or so. Every day I would increase my distance by a little until I was jogging 3 miles every morning. When I got off of work, still on an empty stomach, I would do another 30 minutes of cardio on a treadmill and do some light weightlifting. Finally after all of the hard work, I would enjoy my veggies, 1/3 of a chipotle bowl, and lastly some fruit for dessert.
Taking Jiu Jitsu classes were and are great for burning fat. I would easily lose 3 lbs per class. Some of this would return because the bulk of it was water weight, but some of it does stay off each time.
Adhering to this regiment was difficult for the first week but became a breeze soon after that. It really all boils down to willpower. It sucks running with a beer gut but I did it every day even when I didn’t want to. Soon you start to see results and it drives you even harder. After a month, the gut is gone and I’m back down to 200 lbs again. I can casually lose another 20 lbs now that the bulk of the hard work is finished.
I am sharing my story because it may inspire someone else who wants to lose weight but doesn’t really know how to. You don’t need fad diets, phone apps, fitbits, diet pills, etc. (I did take green tea extract because it has been shown in peer reviewed studies to naturally increase fat burning by almost 20%.) Losing extra weight is easy if you cut out the empty calories, workout, eat healthy and most importantly, do lots of Jiu Jitsu!
In just one month I feel so much better than I did before. I sleep better. I have tons of energy as soon as I get out of bed. I look great. At the end of Jiu Jitsu class I still have lots of energy. I have tons of extra money because of the diet and dropping the beer. All is good, and getting better!
Hope you enjoyed the read!