Category Archives: BJJ

Visiting ROMA BJJ on the Big Island of Hawaii

While coming face to face with molten lava was the primary reason for visiting the Big Island of Hawaii, since I had some free time I made sure to check out one of the local Brazilian jiu-jitsu gyms.

I’m lucky that in this day and age, BJJ is so popular that you can find a gym in every major city and Hilo, Hawaii is no exception.

While Hilo only has a population of 43,000 and has a small town feel, it’s considered one of the bigger cities on the big island.… Read More

Supplementation for BJJ Marathon Sessions

Marathon BJJ

The highlight of my week is Friday evening.  Not because I go clubbing or drinking or bar hopping or whatever it is the  kids are doing these days.  It’s because of something special that happens at my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym.

Here’s what the typical Friday evening schedule looks like.

6:00-6:30: Open Mat
6:30-7:30: Fundamentals II
7:30-8:30: Marathon Roll

Marathon Roll is only for blue belts and above.  White belts can participate, but they have to be individually invited by one of the instructors.

It consists of 10 sets of 5 minute rounds with 1 minute rest in between for a total of 60 minutes of pure BJJ happiness.  This is pretty much a super-mega-ultra interval session for 60 minutes straight.  The 1 minute of rest is barely enough to retie your belt, run to the fountain to get a sip of water, and run back to find your next partner.  Catching your breath is a distant dream.… Read More

Vai Cantagalo – A BJJ Fundraiser for Kids in the Favela

Vai Cantagalo

This is a social project and fundraiser currently being organized by Kenny Savercool, one of the instructors at my BJJ gym, Fifty50 BJJ, home of Ryan Hall.

Kenny is a brownbelt and usually teaches there on Thursday evenings.  I really enjoy his instruction and coaching, so when he stopped showing up for a while I started to wonder what happened to him.

It turns out, he went to Brazil for some dedicated BJJ training in the motherland of the sport.  When he finally returned he was excited to tell us all about a social project he was involved with to provide Jiu Jitsu equipment and instruction for underprivileged kids in the Favela.… Read More

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Women’s Self Defense

BJJ and Womens Self Defense
One of the reasons I became so interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) was because of how powerful it can be.  It emphasizes technique and leverage to neutralize an opponents size and strength.  These techniques can be especially important for women.
Just last week there was a story about a woman who successfully fended off a sexual assault by utilizing standard BJJ techniques.  She held onto the choke long enough to render him unconscious so that she could free herself and seek help, all while he was between her legs.… Read More

Review of Metamoris All Access

Metamoris All Access 0

I’ve been a fan and supporter of Metamoris ever since it began back in 2013 and have paid to live stream all 5 Metamoris events.

While I know that somehow the matches are pirated and find their way onto youtube almost immediately after it’s done broadcasting, I still feel compelled to support them.  The bigger they get, the better it is for everyone in the jiu-jitsu community, so I’m more than happy to do my small part.

They released released a subscription based, on demand feature called Metamoris All Access, with hours of new and old content.… Read More

Interview with 50/50 Black Belt Seph Smith

Seph Smith Interview 1

I started this project for completely selfish reasons.  Seph Smith is one of the main instructors at my gym, 50/50 BJJ and I had all these questions for him but no real opportunity to ask them.  His schedule is absolutely packed.  The only time I could maybe squeeze in a question or two would’ve been when he’s using the toilet between classes or when he’s in the locker room changing… definitely not ideal.

When I told him about this project, he was gracious and patient enough to set out sometime to let me interview him and snap these photos.  Keep in mind that this is my first time doing an interview like this.  I’m the proverbial brand new white belt stepping onto the mats for the first time with this thing.… Read More

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