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Athletes at the highest levels have access to the latest technology as they strive for peak performance. They and their coaches are monitoring multiple stimuli, both external and internal, to determine what training loads achieve the perfect balance between improvement and recovery. As we all know without adequate recovery you’re not going to be able to train effectively and your chances of injury increase. Recent innovations and products have opened the door so that even recreational athletes can utilize products that just a few years ago were cost prohibitive to all but well-funded athletic programs.
Heart rate variability (HRV) monitoring can be used to quantify your baseline level of fitness, track you daily recovery, develop a personal strategy for peaking, and identify trends from changes in your training regimen. HRV based program have been developed for professional athletes of all sports, including the UFC, and may represent the next step in individualized training programs.
An article was posted was posted earlier today on the future of Dan Hardy in the UFC and in combat sports. Please check out the full article if you’re interested. In a nutshell the CSAC failed Dan on a physical and discovered that he has Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW). Dan’s not getting surgery, feels fine and wants to keep fighting for another year or so. The information in this article is purely for entertainment value and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace the advice of a qualified medical professional.
When I first started playing organized sports about thirty years ago we were all told that water was all you needed after and during practice (it wasn’t called training in those dark ages). Next came Gatorade. Gatorade has been around since the late 1960’s and really took off in the 80s when the formula was purchased from the University of Florida. Everyone was drinking Gatorade to “Be Like Mike” or whatever spokesman was popular at the time. Fast forward another decade and someone figured out that adding amino acids (protein) to these drinks may be an even better option after training. As you can see, this is not a new topic by any stretch of the imagination but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to give you a basic and practical guideline on what you need after training, why you need it and how to use it in your training.
My name is Adam Glass. I am 30 years old and I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you have heard of me before, it was probably not for BJJ. I am a white belt at Greg Nelsons Academy. BJJ is one of my favorite sports but that is not what I love most. I am a grip strength athlete and strongman. Many would make the argument I have pound for pound some of the strongest hands on the planet. My grip training roughly consumes 14-18 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. I tell you all of that to drill home one point – I know a lot about hand pain and how to resolve hand pain. I am going to share with you some of the best methods for improving your hand health and a few simple movements that will be high pay off for not only your BJJ but all areas of your life.
Many people who read this currently do not have hand pain and that is a good thing. Rather than pass this article over, I would like you to consider adding these movements to your training now. It is much easier to do these things and never get serious pain rather than develop pain and try to get yourself out.
Its time. There's a fervor in the air. The first major tournament of the year, the Pans. Before you leave home take a read and see if you may have forgotten anything.
Link to IBJJF rules regarding gis Scroll down to section 8.1 or page 28.
Belt – You cannot wear a tattered worn out belt. They will not let you compete.
Pockets – Gis may not have pockets. Including the inside pocket for your mouth guard.
Patches- You can’t have any patches on your pants below 15 inches above the cuff.
Cups – Athletic cups are not allowed in IBJJF competition.
White, Blue and Black gis are permitted. Other colors are not. Black belts must bring both white and black gis.
Backup gi – Bring a backup gi. Your gi may not pass inspection or it may tear in competition.
Gym bag -> My bag is always packed. I don’t even think about these things.
Tape, Baby wipes, Tooth brush, Hair brush, Nail clippers
Stop watch or timer (this is for your corner, not you)
Birth Certificate (Under 16)
IBFFJ Federation Card (Brown & Black)
Entertainment Pans is a long day or couple of days. Be prepared to wait. Some people listen to music. Some play on their phone. Some read. Some study.
Go Here -> www.gracietournaments.com
Saturday, January 19th
10am - 12pm - Kids
1pm - 6pm - Adults
Sunday January 20th
10am - 12pm - Kids
1pm - 5pm - Adults
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The LA Convention Center parking - $12 a day (no in/out).
Food will be available from LA Convention Center vendors. We highly recommend bringing your own food and plenty of drinks.
Competitors will have free access to the LA Fitness Expo. Please check out
TheFitExpo.com for spectator tickets for friends and family and general event info.
Everyone must have an ID at the time of weigh-ins.
All competitors must have the medical release form filled out.
Have any questions?
or call 909.941.3861
For Immediate Release
The Gracie US Nationals Return to
TheFitExpo™, January 19-20
At the Los Angeles Convention Center
(Los Angeles, Calif…November 29, 2012) Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling tournaments will be front and center as The Gracie US Nationals return for their sixth year to the West Coast’s largest fitness event, TheFitExpo Los Angeles, Saturday and Sunday, January 19-20, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, West Halls A & B.
As always, Rose Gracie will work in conjunction with the TheFitExpo to create the ideal environment and venue for a top-notch competition. TheFitExpo is bringing industry leaders together for a weekend of Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, fitness challenges and much more. On Saturday, January 19 at 12 noon, Rose Gracie will present their annual Achievement Award to the recipient who best represents the standards of the sport set forth by Grandmaster Helio Gracie.
“We’re honored to once again be working with Rose Gracie from the legendary Gracie family on hosting The Gracie US Nationals at our 10th Anniversary event,” said TheFitExpo Executive Director, Erin Ferries. “She always brings a classic competition that unites participants and attendees.”
In January 2012, Gracie made significant changes to the rules of both adult and children's competitions at The Gracie US Nationals, as her desire was to bring back the original Jiu-Jitsu that her grandfather, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, envisioned from the beginning. Gracie switched the point system to a submission-only event. This prevents several issues that were previously faced in competition and it gives the competitor 100% power over the outcome of the match. Also, in an effort to keep the sport pure, random testing of competitors for performance enhancing drugs will be done again this year.
This post is a bit of an experiment to see if there is interest out there for more like it. A lot of you will remember the World JJ Expo earlier this year for the match that didn't happen but I'd like to look at one of the ones that did. The match between Kron Gracie and Victor Estima was a back and forth battle that wasn't decided until very end. I had a request to map it out and below is the result. It's a little unwieldy but still interesting.
Jiu-Jitsu Academy Results
2 - Team Lloyd Irvin - 80
3 - Gracie Elite Team - 50
2 - Gracie Barra - 38
3 - Alliance - 35
2 - Nova União - 21
3 - Carvalho Teixeira BJJ - 18
1 - Gracie Barra - 103
2 - Brazilian Top Team - 86
3 - Nova União - 76