Sunday, December 25, 2011

Favorite Videos for the Uninitiated

Looking back over the year(s), I  have a few videos I like to refer people to when I tell them I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a little bit of MMA. Most of you have probably seen these but I thought I would put them all in one post. These are not my favorite technique, highlight, or competition videos - but rather for the folks who don't have any background in the martial arts and don't watch the UFC.

What are some of your favorite videos for the uninitiated, or just your favorites in general (technique, highlight, competition)?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Minister of Propaganda - Latest Wisdom/Sarcasm

Just kill me now....
Dignity? Yeah, I used to have some.

I'm too sexy for my hat, too sexy...

Totally Valid Reason to choke someone out #57: People who dress up their pets and carry them to the mall for a photo op with Santa Claus - AND then put it on their Christmas cards and all over their Facebook page.
~Minister of Propaganda

Santa's coming? Yes children, that is correct, and while most people get put on the NAUGHTY list for choking people out if you do Jiu Jitsu you actually get bonus points in the NICE column.

So what things will get a Jui Jitsu player on Santa's NAUGHTY LIST:
  • Not tapping
  • Spazzing out
  • Not washing your gi, smelling like cigarettes, or being smelly period
  • Not trimming your nails
  • Not wearing shoes to the restrooms
  • Showing up to class late so you miss the warmups
  • Talking or not paying attention when the Professor is detailing the technique
  • Doing 2 reps and then goofing off when it is time to drill
What else does Santa like to see for the NICE LIST:
  • Respect for your school, your Professor, and your training partners
  • Leaving your ego at the door
  • Helping your teammates
  • Getting to class whenever you can
  • Working hard
  • Working smart
  • Having fun
  • Christmas music for rolling ;-)
~Minister of Propaganda

What's next, a TapOut Snuggie?

What do you get for the man who has everything? I know it's hard to come up with something, BUT even if I DID get a little chilly rolling in this winter weather, a Snuggie-Gi would still be THE WORST IDEA I'VE EVER HEARD.
~Minister of Propaganda

Friday, November 25, 2011

Roger Speaks. Smart Jiu Jitsu Fighters Listen.

I don't post much about the awesomeness that is Roger Gracie, but the man is a ten-time world champion. When he talks, I like to listen. People often call his style super-simple but when you watch him in action you realize that his BASICS are just so solid he doesn't need to go flying through the air into some super-spinny technique to get the win. In this video Rodger talks about how the sport has changed professionally and how he is constantly learning and advancing his jiu jitsu.

And just in case you are not sure why you should listen to what Roger has to say -

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Universtiy of Jersey Shore?

Totally Valid Reason to Choke Someone Out #132: 
When people sign up for university courses on "Jersey Shore."  Seriously. #WayToSpendMomAndDad'sMoneyLoser

We laugh at you all the way to the bank  - SUCKERS

Monday, November 14, 2011

Impressing Women

...forget MACHINES try a personality
After training BJJ today I stopped by the local globo-gym to meet a friend. I was grabbing a couple of sets of squats while I waited when some noob walks over and asks me: "Which MACHINE should I use to impress the women?"

Without missing a rep I replied, "The ATM across the street." #YouJustCan'tFixStupid

~Minister of Propaganda

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Competitor Mindset

They say I say I make it look too easy, that I pass too fast, sweep too smooth, submit too much.
They say my game is disruptive.
I say you have to train harder than everyone else to make it look this easy. I'm just getting started.
You won't out work me, you can't stop me, you'll never beat me, and the only way to make it end is to take a nap.


~Minister of Propaganda (a little "poetry" for our Competition Team keepin' it real this weekend)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Playing Games

Playing Call of Duty MW3 or Batman Arkham Asylum will make you FEEL like a badass. Know what else does? Training Jiu Jitsu and ACTUALLY BEING ONE.
~Minister of Propaganda

Friday, November 4, 2011

Weekend Update

Someone is going to feel the wrath of my traingle!
Good thing it's the weekend because admit it, you're just one really bad meeting and a break room out of coffee away from choking out a bunch of coworkers.
~Minister of Propaganda

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Training Partners Part 2 (Take Control of Your Training)

In Training Partners Part 1 I said I would share some examples of how I plan my rolling strategy. There is no one size fits all plan. It depends on what I want/need to work on in any given week (so of course your plan may look completely different). Here are some examples:

Heavier/Stronger Training Partners
When I'm rolling someone 10-30lbs heavier I might try and match their technique and power. I can try to challenge their weight/strength advantage by going head to head against their strength with my grips, frames, and pressure.  I might play a guard that invites them to crush me, hopefully improving that guard and my survival and comfort under that extra weight. Alternatively, I might specifically work a strategy that tries to neutralize their size/strength advantage as much as possible - even if it takes me away from my preferred game and technique set (which is where we have a tendency to go against someone who is bigger - it's a natural reaction/survival instinct).

If someone has 40lbs or more on me, I might work on a game that keeps me outside and on top so that they never get a chance to use that weight directly or I might decide to play inside and fast to work on speed and scrambling against their strength and weight. For example, I might play an open guard where I've got a foot on their hip keeping their weight off looking for an opportunity to arm drag or scramble to the back rather than chasing a sweep.

Lighter/Smaller Training Partners
With smaller guys I want to try and match their technique and speed. Can I out-scramble them, can I move as fast or faster, can I feel when they want to move and work on my timing, can I beat them to the shot or getting grips? Alternatively, I might concentrate on what I can do to slow the game down. Can I neutralize their speed using grips and position without having to use my size/strength advantage?

Equal Size Training Partners
If I am rolling with someone my size but at a lesser skill level, I like to work on new techniques until I have it down and learn to "trust" the technique (once I think I have it down I want a variety of body types short/tall, thick/thin, strong/fast to really get the feel of the technique). At my level and above, I often swap between running my "A Game" and experimenting with new techniques (tournament time is almost all "A  Game"). Sometimes I choose not to go for subs and just see how well I can change between positions and advance positions. Other times I might hunt for only one particular submission ("It's kimura night - GET EXCITED") or combination working on how effectively I set it up and lock it in.

Sometimes I  "just roll" and there is nothing wrong with that. BUT if I want to take charge of my training I want to spend some mental energy on rolling with a plan. Remember, gym taps don't count. These are learning/training opportunities to be exploited for that purpose, not fights to the death. Experiment, tap, try again.

On the flip side, remember your training partners need to work on their plan(s) too. Be an asset to your school. Roll with everybody. Help the new guys. Be cannon fodder for the really good guys. Have fun.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Twilight Saga, Oh Really?

After the Twilight marathon on cable this weekend one of my team mates thought it'd be funny to write TEAM JACOB on my Gi in puff paint. So I thought it'd be funny to rearrange his insides from knee-on-belly. #HappyHalloweenSparkleBoy

And just so you know those fantasy Vampires are totally fake - Have you ever tried to dress that sharp and get your hair just right without being able to see yourself in a mirror? #KeepinItReal

~Minister of Propaganda