By: Keeling Taylor, BJJ & Judo Black Belt
Every person who has ever stepped onto a jiu jitsu mat has tasted the bitter flavor of defeat. There isn’t a single person who has escaped the need to tap. It’s just part of the game. For some people it’s no big deal…tap and keep rolling, but for others tapping is a huge blow to their ego. Why? Let’s examine what the tap means and figure out how getting tapped actually makes your jiu jitsu better.
What does the tap mean? For most martial arts, speaking more specifically to the striking based arts, there is only one signifier that you have beat your opponent. That is that they are lying on the mat, having been knocked unconscious. This leaves little room for speculation about who is the victor. But jiu jitsu is different because we get the opportunity to demonstrate that our opponent has compromised our position and threatened us gravely enough to warrant an act of capitulation — the tap. But what does the tap really mean?
Some players view the tap as a definitive expression that your opponent is better than you. We all know the guy that will let himself be hurt avoiding the tap or will hurt his training partner in pursuit of a tap. He is 100% convinced that tapping to a training partner is saying that the training partner is better than him — that’s why he works so hard to tap everyone he rolls with. His ego depends on it. His perception of his place in the hierarchy of the school depends on it. But what if he taps? Is he not as good as his training partner? Will his coach think less of him? Will he become the butt of a joke among the people he trains with? The answers to those questions are resoundingly no, no, and NO!
Tapping is a great way to learn. If we avoid rolling with people who are able to catch us then we are also avoiding the chance that we can be put in a compromising position. That’s a good thing right? Sure, if you want to pretend that you’re the best player to ever don a gi and grace a jiu jitsu tatame. But let me tell you a secret…everyone gets tapped. Let me repeat that again — EVERYONE GETS TAPPED. Marcelo Garcia got tapped by Robert Drysdale. Buchecha got caught by Roger Gracie. Dean Lister by Josh Barnett, Joao Miyao armbarred by Keenan Cornelius, Andre Galvão choked by Rodolfo Vieira, and the list goes ever on. If these legends avoided testing themselves against dangerous opponents then their legendary status would be questionable.
So how does losing make you better? The answer is simple — it gives you things to work on. It helps you to tighten up the holes, to address your tendencies (they become obvious, predictable, and exploitable over time), and to help you always remember that the goal is to continually develop your jiu jitsu over time. This means you expand your understanding of the theories of movement, the ability to comprehend new positions and movement patterns, to apply your previous understanding to situations that you’ve never faced before. Playing jiu jitsu is just problem solving with your body. You take the tools you have and your ability to use them and you make the best of a complex situation. Sometimes we are unable to deal with the problems that our opponent creates for us. This isn’t a grand reflection on how bad you are at jiu jitsu, but rather a superb example of how well jiu jitsu works. A stronger guy can lose to a weaker one, a larger player can be beaten by a smaller player, and a younger person can suffer a loss to an older one. Jiu jitsu works, ask any person who has ever trained.
Where does this leave us? If you understand that a tap is a sign of a new lesson to be learned, then every training session is just a bunch of little lessons. Each time we are able to catch our opponent, we are (1) showing them that the techniques we used work against a resisting player and (2) highlighting the lesson for them. When we get tapped the same applies. Tapping is a good thing when you keep these in mind. Think of it like getting your test back from your teacher with highlighter all over it, you know exactly which questions you need to work on. Losing might hurt your ego but if you tap you can always keep rolling and fix the issue that got you there.
Dealing with the ego is another matter. We all want to believe that we are good at what we do. We also need to understand that our ego often doesn’t have your best interest in mind, but rather has its best interest in mind. It’s a powerful mechanism with self-preserving tendencies. It doesn’t want to lose and when it does, it makes you feel bad and gives you a list of reasons why you did, creating justifications why you feel bad. Just remember that you aren’t your ego and that your ability to keep that present in your mind will keep you on the right track to learn and grow, not only in jiu jitsu but also in life.
Great coaches will tell you the same thing. I’ve heard it from my coaches and from some of the best players in the world. What they say will help you to stay healthy, happy, and keep you coming back to the thing that brought your here in the first place — your love of jiu jitsu:
Tap early and tap often.
Guest Post – Evolve MMA
It’s that time of the year.
For many, the holiday period is a time of indulgence; food, family, friends, and relaxation are hopefully all features of your holidays.
However, the beginning of a new year should also be a time of reflection and planning. After all, the calendar has conveniently broken down our lives into large chunks that we call years, and we should look at these years as opportunities to continuously improve ourselves, our lives, and the lives of those people around us.
Many people strive to achieve their goals by setting their New Year’s Resolutions. This strategy is fine when it works, but it fails more often than they succeed.
The reason is simple. Many people look at their desired outcomes, such as self-improvement, increased happiness, improved physical ability, and weight loss, however these ‘resolutions’ lack strategic planning and methodology.
The reason why starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu should (BJJ) be your New Year’s Resolution in 2018 is that it is a realistic pathway to achieving many of your desired outcomes in the new year.
No, this isn’t some unrealistic statement that has just been thrown out there carelessly.
Instead, starting BJJ truly is the ultimate way for you to achieve your goals in 2018.
Let’s begin by breaking down traditional New Year’s Resolutions to understand why they (often) don’t work.
As a fact, New Year’s Resolutions don’t last.
To make a permanent impact, individuals need to change their behavior and form new and improved habits that replace the old and bad from before.
This is why starting BJJ should be your New Year’s Resolution for 2018.
In a way, BJJ acts as a ‘glue’ to help you stick to all of your desired goals in 2018. You might have four or five desired outcomes in the new year, which already makes it difficult to proceed. However, the simple task of beginning BJJ class can help you achieve many of these objectives through lifestyle changes.
If your resolution is to ‘stay fit and healthy’, Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best ways to ‘stay fit and healthy’. The physical effort required in BJJ class will help develop your fitness and improve your physique. People who train BJJ notice dramatic improvements in their cardio and physical ability, but also become increasingly aware of the importance of a healthy body.
It’s for this reason that many who train BJJ naturally take on a healthier lifestyle.
If you start training BJJ and enjoy it in the same way that the many thousands of people around the world do, you will immediately start to consider lifestyle changes to improve your performance on the mat. In effect, these positive changes will flow through into your daily life, as well. It is likely you will experience renewed energy, confidence, and self-awareness just by beginning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
At the very core, it is a poor idea to begin a journey without a goal in mind.
For example, starting your car and trying to guess the best route to your destination might be fun, but it isn’t effective or efficient. Alternatively, researching and planning the best route before you turn the keys and start the engine will ensure you make it to the destination.
Knowing the destination isn’t good enough. You must also know how to get there.
To put this in perspective, the three most popular New Year’s Resolutions are:
- Stay fit and healthy
- Lose weight
- Enjoy life to the fullest
Now, while all of these resolutions are incredibly important for the majority of people, they do not last.
Well, people sometimes plan to ‘stay fit and healthy’ by going for a run or buying a new treadmill. After a month or two, the treadmill is already collecting dust, and running becomes boring unless you are one of the select few who is passionate about it.
The people who planned to ‘lose weight’ might not have had an actionable plan to achieve their goal. In most cases, they might have eaten healthier food for a week or two before going back to old habits. Losing weight is an incredibly difficult task, not because of the actual tasks involved, but rather the discipline and motivation to continue to do so.
And those who were seeking to ‘enjoy life to the fullest’ may have just proceeded to react to many of life’s changing situations rather than proactively planning and strategically setting goals for the new year.
If your resolution is to simply ‘lose weight’, you might already understand why beginning a positive physical hobby is the best way to achieve this. As stated before, the simple act of buying a treadmill isn’t enough for someone to actually achieve their goals. It requires motivation and discipline.
By attending Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class multiple times per week, attendees will begin losing weight through their experience during class. However, again, the lifestyle changes that also begin with starting BJJ will help someone take positive actions outside of class, as well.
And if you are hoping to ‘enjoy life to the fullest’, then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a fantastic way to achieve this.
BJJ opens up the door to a whole new world that was unimaginable before stepping foot onto the mats. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class is where you make lasting friendships, relieve all of your stresses, and simply forget everything that doesn’t matter.
A hard day at work? It will soon be forgotten when you enter the BJJ gym.
Bored, lonely, or suffering from lack of purpose? Stepping foot onto the mats will help you engage in a physical activity with a number of other people who are there to support you.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is magical and it should be your New Year’s Resolution for 2018.
Coffee is the original pre-workout elixir, thanks to a number of natural stimulants including caffeine, theobromine, theophylline, and chlorogenic acid. That hyperdrive feeling you get is caused by caffeine stimulating the release and activity of adrenaline, a stress hormone that triggers temporary superpowers so you can fight, run from danger, or, for our purposes, crush a session in the gym on the road or on the mats.
According to a studies published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, subjects did more squats when they drank coffee or took caffeine plus decaf coffee, compared to being given caffeine tablets, decaf coffee, or a placebo.
“Caffeine can improve exercise performance whether it is consumed before, spread throughout, or taken late in exercise when fatigue is increasing,” says Carwyn Sharp PhD, Chief Science Officer for the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
But with so many different ways to brew and savor your cup of Joe, we wondered: Which method best helps you break your personal records at the gym? According to Luke Docherty, Director of Coffee for That Cold Stuff, the answer is, hands down, the coldest, slowest method out there.
“That Cold Stuffs brewing method delivers a bold coffee concentrate that’s uber caffeinated and 62 percent less acidic.” Luke says. We use time, not heat, to extract the caffeine. All that is left for you to do is simply dilute the coffee extract with cold water or drink it straight. Then buckle up and hold on for one of the most productive workouts you have ever experienced.
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Originally published by Mac – GrapplerGourmet.com
If you do not drink coffee, get out. I dont mean for good, I mean get out and go get a cup and then come back and read all about the favor you are doing for yourself by reading this review of coffee benefits for our training. We all drink coffee, or have. It is the second most traded commodity on earth just behind oil. That’s pretty ridiculous right? It is for a reason, well, reasons, coffee is delicious, packed full of energy and shockingly has some excellent health benefits. As for us BJJ nuts who are at the gym all day or the 9-5ers who can only make the night class a couple days a week, coffee should be a staple in your training. Some top level grapplers such as Jon Satava of Marcelo Garcia’s here in NYC drinks coffee right before training. There are good reasons besides just for the energy. Lets slap hands and bump fists with a cup of coffee and get rolling.
Coffee is one of the worlds most consumed beverages, only behind water, and is the second most traded commodity on earth. Those are some serious facts and like anything that is so highly regarded and in demand we want to look at their origin. Just like Jiu Jitsu Athletes, Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world. Brazil actually produces 1/3 of the world’s coffee, that’s a pretty hefty chunk. But Coffee actually started when a Shepard noticed his goats were acting all crazy once day after they ate these little red berries off a short tree. It just so happens coffee beans don’t look like what we get in bags, they are actually the seed within a little red berry to start out.
Coffee beans start out inside a little red berry, so what the hell happens between then and when my coffee machine is dripping out liquid gold? There are a lot of steps but to summarize for you the berries are; picked, dry or wet processed based on the region to prevent any spoilage, dried, milled, graded/sorted, exported, tasted/tested, roasted, shipped, then sold ground or whole to you or your local coffee shop where your favorite barista works their magic. It is not a short process, so yet again just like Brazil’s best export, BJJ.
Fun Fact: New York consumes 7 times more coffee than the rest of the world, go figure I’ve had 2 giant cups while writing this and its before 11 am…So I should say “sad fact” rather than fun.
When should we have coffee?
Time of year: Just like everything grown these days you can get it year round. One also might think “Hey its coffee it’ll taste the same no matter what time of year I get it.” Wrong. Coffee does come from a plant. Plants have seasons and produce different quality levels of fruits during those peak seasons. So coffee beans harvested at the “heart of the crop” will be a lot of flavorful and enjoyable than a coffee bean produced later in the season or earlier in the season then rushed through the processing phase. Since coffee is grown all over the world it is best to check into what the wet season is for the specific country in which your favorite coffee is grown. Or just say fuck it and drink any coffee.
Time of ingestion: There are a few trains of thought here. I am going with the simpler of the two below breaking down the gains by drinking coffee in the morning and before training. Though there is a study saying that the best times scientifically to drink coffee is between 930am-1130am and then again from 1:30pm-5pm. This is because during the other hours of the day your body is Cortisol which is a “stress hormones” that also raises our alertness. During those hours it is important to allow your body to function on its own. By drinking coffee during peak alertness times, you are just wasting the boost. So let it ride out then supplement only during the down times when Cortisol production is reduced. Thus stimulating the drop in natural energy with caffeine.
Coffee in the morning: Drink your coffee in the morning BUT not until you drink 3-4 cups of water. Your body has been asleep and not taking in any water. You know how dry your mouth is when you wake up? Your stomach, intestines and other organs are also depleted of water. In order for them to work properly they need water. It is mandatory to drink 3-4 cups of water first thing when you wake up, before food and/or coffee to ensure that your body is ready to start processing what you put in rather than it trying to play catch up and doing so sluggishly. Picture your metabolism and digestive system, like you before training jiu jitsu. Do you want to jump on the mat dehydrated already? Do you think you will perform your best under those conditions? Or would you rather have some water in you before hand and be properly hydrated? I vote option three there for peak performance. There is water in coffee but not enough to do what we need, which is re-hydrate, revitalize and start up our metabolism, only straight up water can achieve that in the morning. Then have your coffee.
Coffee before training: Drinking 1-2 cups of black coffee 30 minutes before training is a great way to get an added boost. Shockingly there are many gains to be made here. The caffeine found in coffee affects our nervous system and our metabolism. On a nervous system level the caffeine sends positive signals to our muscles which allows for harder contractions, this means our muscles can work harder than usual while fending off submissions or during the warm up in class. On a metabolic level if the coffee is drank on a relatively empty stomach the caffeine makes our body pull energy stores from our fat stores rather than food energy sources thus forcing us to shed those extra lbs.
- As grapplers coffee is our best friend because it gives us a continual boost by giving us a calorie free source of caffeine that elevates the fat acid levels in our blood stream. Our body will pull energy from them first and reserve our carbohydrate stores for later when we are deep into round 5 or 6 of the class.
- Antioxidants. There are amazingly high levels in coffee but do not use this as your primary source, still eat your fruits and vegetables though.
- Study have shown that coffee reduces the risks of certain cancers, Parkinson, diabetes, and depression.
- Oh I almost forgot, also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Bean: There are commercially really only 2 different types of beans. Arabica and Robusta.
Arabica: 70% of the worlds coffee production. The flavors are commonly lighter, fruitier and acidic.
Robusta: 30% of the worlds coffee production. Darker, nuttier flavors. Prized more for espresso because it contains double the caffeine of Arabica.
One less rank from white to black belt. In this case though if you go all the way black its just a burnt bean.
Guide to the chalk board:
- Espresso: ~one oz of super strong coffee
- Latte: a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and foam.
- Cappucino: Same as a latte but with less steamed milk.
- Machiatto: A shot of espresso with a tiny amount of steamed milk.
- Cortado: A shot of espresso, more steamed milk than a machiatto but less than a cappucino
- Cafe au lait: Regular drip coffee with steamed milk
- Mocha: A latte with chocolate in some form.
- Regular or iced coffee: Your traditional coffee made in a drip coffee machine or french press, enjoy black, or with all of the assorted sugars and creamers on the market.
The Key(lock) to beating sluggishness.
1-2 shots of Espresso
6-7 oz hot water
Combine in a mug and drink before rolling to become the king of the mats! Or just to have a nice energy boost and to increase your water intake.
*A 50ml shot of THAT COLD STUFF has 240mg of Caffeine and is perfect 30 minutes prior to a grueling session on the mats! Click the link above to order yours!
Guest Post By: Keeling Taylor, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt & Judo Blackbelt
Anyone who has ever stepped on a mat can tell you that they get beat up. Whether it’s wrestling, Judo, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, us grapplers incur a lot of injuries in our pursuit of learning to take down, throw, and twist our opponents into submission. But when you get done training and you’re feeling all the aches and pains of grappling, what’s the first thing that people will tell you to do? “Ice it!” But what if your entire body hurts? What if you don’t have access to a bathtub and 20 kilos of ice? What options do you have?
What’s that? Cryotherapy is the application of extreme cold temperature to the entire body. We’re talking about temperatures as low as 140 below zero! You’re probably thinking that a person who will stand in a chamber at -140°F (-95°C) must be crazy… and you’re right, but not for the reasons you think. They are crazy about the incredible benefits that they experience from the 5 minutes they must endure the cold.
What benefits could you possibly get from freezing your ass off for the length of a good song? The answer to that is simple. Cold therapy has been used by humans for reducing inflammation and pain since the first caveman fell into an icy river. Your body, when exposed to extremely cold temperatures, reacts by activating the ancient survival mechanisms programmed into it.
The first thing that happens is that all your blood is drawn towards the core to protect the vital organs and keep them warm. When this happens, the tissues constrict and therefore any inflammation and fluid built up in the tissues is also vastly reduced. An immune response is also activated. The bloodstream is enriched with oxygen and anti-inflammatory proteins, as well as other biochemicals designed to help your body fight off any risk it senses to its survival. The metabolism is revved up to create warmth in the core, burning up energy sources most available before moving to the lesser available sources. The brain also reacts by releasing neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and adrenaline into the bloodstream which not only make you feel better but also trigger your body’s fight or flight program. This program consists of an increase in blood-flow to the muscular tissues, the increase in availability of fatty tissues for use in energy production, and increased blood pressure overall which means blood is delivered more quickly to the inflamed tissues.
Lots of stuff is happening.
So what does this all mean to the grappler who just wants to roll and not feel beat up all the time? In simple terms the pain goes away, you burn fat, feel energized, supercharge your blood, and just feel better overall. I can personally attest to these benefits. As a former wrestler, a judo player, and a jiu jitsu player, I have had my fair share of injuries. Popped elbows, twisted knees, rolled ankles, sore fingers, cauliflower ear, and the list goes ever on. All of these things can be helped with the use of cryotherapy. And when you feel better you can train more and roll harder.
The next question is whether to do it before or after training. The answer to that is a little more personal. I prefer to do my cryo sessions before stepping on the mat. The reason is simple, to optimize the way I function before I need to perform. Does that mean that doing cryo after training will not be as effective? Absolutely not… What it does mean is that you will feel the inflammation and stiffness in your joints and tissues during your training. For me, I like to step on the mat feeling my best — energized, loose, and as pain free as possible. That’s what I tell all the athletes that I speak with about cryo.
If you are grappling on a fairly regular basis and haven’t considered cryotherapy it would do you go to start thinking about how you can take yourself to the next level. Without a doubt you will feel the benefits after your very first experience. Some of the best combative athletes in the world are using cryo to improve their performance, be UFC fighters or jiu jitsu world champions. Cryo might just be the thing you need to take you into the next phase of your grappling career. Give it a shot and see for yourself.
To perform your best, and get the most out of your training sessions, you have to stay focused on your purpose and plan. The best way to do that is to keep a centered and present frame of mind.
Try these 4, 2 minute mental routines throughout your day
2 minutes first thing in the morning, practicing gratitude and setting intentions
2 minutes before your workout, appreciating the opportunity, reminding yourself of your why, and setting intentions
2 minutes after your workout, reflecting on takeaways/learning lessons and positives
2 minutes before sleep, practicing gratitude and positive thinking
If you’re not an athlete, you can at least do this when you wake up and before bed. You can take notes during these routines to make them even more powerful and impactful. I suggest that we all practice gratitude, positivity, prayer or quick meditations, mindfulness, setting intentions, and centering ourselves throughout the day.
Of course you could make these routines longer or do this more often, but you get the gist. Start with these quick, 2 minute routines and you can always build on them as you get more comfortable and consistent.
Bottom Line: It’s crucial that you create a routine of regularly reminding yourself of what’s most important throughout your day.
Elite Sports is rather new to the Australian Market and are looking to make a fashionable entry, a lightweight gi advertised with pre-shrunk fabric and an anti-microbial treatment. They were kind enough to ask Open Guard to review one of their gis, and I chose the one in blue. I’ve been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for just over 4 years and have roughly half a dozen gis already in rotation, but am always happy to try a new product. Elite have been aggressive in hitting the Australian Market with a lot of guys I know having being approached for “Sponsorship” opportunities, however this review is about the product itself so moving on.
Today, I’m reviewing the Elite Sports Ultra-Light BJJ Jiu Jitsu Gi with Pre-Shrunk Fabric – Blue. Coming in an IBJJF-legal royal blue with an orange trim, this kimono makes a great first impression to the eye and is incredibly inexpensive at only $94.99. Because of the entry level price point and relative newness in the market, I didn’t have high expectations for the gi. After putting it through its paces, whilst I was put through mine. I was able to come to a rather unexpected conclusion.
Before we get into the review, here’s how the company describes the gi:
• Made from a light-weight 400gsm Pearl Weave preshrunk fabric. We still recommend that you wash the gi in cold water and hang dry it.
• Lightweight pants are made from 400 gsm ripstop fabric and have a rope drawstring for tightening.
• Contrasting and reinforced stitching in seams and other key areas for durability and added strength.
• Fabric has anti-odor and antimicrobial treatment so that you don’t have to worry about bacterial buildup or fungal infections; no one else is doing that at this price.
• Comes with a free white belt. (Note – The Free White belt once again is a great addition to the new practitioner.)
From when it was shipped until it arrived at my door was an average time frame of 8 days, when I opened the package that housed the gi, I found a no nonsense approach to packaging. Opening the cardboard box, the gi sat nicely therein, within its clear bag. And while it didn’t come with a gi bag, a new white belt was included (had they seen me on the mats and were hinting at something?) and, combined with the price point, is a nice touch for new practitioners. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a pair of XXL No Gi Shorts in the packaging also.
The pants are a lightweight rip-stop, as advertised. The branding is no too heavy on the on the gi overall, the Elite logo is visible on either side of the pants, stitched in nicely. With two drawstring loops on either side, I was happy with the way they were designed. As with most rip-stop pants, the knees and mid-thigh are reinforced with additional quilted stitching, using an orange contrast thread. All areas that are supposed to be triple stitched – interior seams and the gusset, were done so with care. It’s also important to note that the bottom cuff is quadruple stitched for additional strength! Well done!
The jacket is simple, coming in at 400 gsm. I was surprised when taking it out of the packaging just how light it was. The orange contrasts are a nice touch to give an the otherwise plain looking gi some much needed pop. This is seen on the inside of the cuffs as well as in all contrast stitching, and at the splits in the skirt. At the top of the jacket, inside the back panel, Elite has added an orange logo section for an additional bit of flare.
Their logo is seemingly everywhere on the jacket, however – three times on the front, stitched in with patches or embroidered along the lapel, then again on the back between the shoulder blades, embroidered in white thread. Inside, along the bottom seam of the jacket, their twin logos (with and without the phoenix design) revolves. In the way of branding, it’s a tiny bit overdone, but also confusing. Both logos are used interchangeably here but as a consumer, is there a primary logo or are both equally important? Further, on the back panel, the jacket notes that it was ‘Designed in California,’ but the front of the jacket, at the bottom of the lapel, states ‘Brazilian Design.’ Overall though, I was happy at the look of the jacket – there are no giant design flourishes and it’s simple in presentation. Tied together, the pants and jacket make a nice, clean match.
To be honest I was expecting many loose threads and poor craftsmanship from Elite right out of the box. It is not often that I am wrong, however initial glance and I couldn’t find a single loose stitch within the bunch, and the material was light, strong, and well-tailored to my needs. There is a small tag within the jacket that denotes that it was made in Pakistan – as many other gi companies are producing their products there, I was pleasantly surprised at the durability of the gi. So far so good I have had no issues. On the pants, I liked the extra cuff stitching and the pearl weave jacket is just as strong as the other gis I have.
Feel and Fit:
I’m 6`1, 95kg without the gi and asked for an A3. Elite is using a tailored fit that hugged the inside of my underarms a bit at first, and all though it was tight across my shoulders and back it was relatively easy to move in. The sleeves may have been a little short and if the Gi inspector at a big name comp was to measure correctly I may of come up short. The pants fit comfortably, just as any other pair of ripstop pants, and were the appropriate length. Overall, I was very impressed with the gi at unboxing and through the first set of test rolls. While it isn’t the softest gi on the market, that isn’t the demographic Elite is tailoring to. Mind you, it’s soft enough that you don’t need a rashguard underneath, especially in the summer, but after hanging the pearl weave can be a little strong until it’s broken in. Additionally, the lightweight 400 gsm jacket is great for the hot, summer weather and breathes well.
I was pleasantly surprised by this gi, its fit and craftsmanship, and the overall durability. At such a low price point, I would definitely recommend it to new practitioners, or anyone in the market for something affordable that will hold up relatively well, so long as you are aware of the sizings and the “pre shrunk” notes. For more information on Elite Sports and their offerings, please see their web site: To get directly to this gi, simply click here and tell them OG sent you!
We all know that there is no one-night miracle to lose those extra pounds in our body and immediately have the rig we can be proud of. Achieving your body goals require a lot of time, patience, motivation and dedication aside from all the exercises that you must go through. Trust me I speak from first hand experience! I was once 152kgs and now walk around at 95kgs.
What if you have exerted enough effort to lose weight, but still extra kilos just won’t leave you alone? We will all experiences this situation along the journey, but fear not, most of the time there is a simple solution. Often people put so much focus into the exercise and what needs to be done they forget about the other critical criteria when it comes to weight loss. Input. Simply eating and making better choices about what you eat can go a long way to speed up your metabolism and could also be used as a ladder to climb your success to your body goals.
To maximize your advantage in losing your weight, I have put together a list of foods that worked along the way and I could slip straight into my diet to give my weight loss a bit of a kick.
1. Rolled Oats
Rolled oats help you in losing weight as our body requires more energy in digesting this food in our system. Thus, more calories are burnt, and faster metabolism is needed when we consume rolled oats. This food also helps our body in preventing hunger to take the best of us. Making us feel full for a longer period, when introducing Rolled Oats to your diet be sure to steer clear of the toasted variety initially.
Not a fan of coffee? Well, you should start loving it now as it is proved that having three cups of black coffee could burn up to 80 calories in your body. Coffee also acts as an appetite suppressant and the caffeine levels can play a role in stimulating our body’s nervous system similar to the effect of exercise in our body without the increased heart rate effect.
It is believed that when you eat asparagus, you are burning more calories than the amount you could get from the food itself. Thus, making asparagus is one of the best choices to help you in maximizing your diet efforts. On the other hand, whether this belief bears the truth or not, relying on the nutrient contents of asparagus, it can still be a great side dish for those who wants to lose some weight as asparagus contains the least amount of calories that barely or almost never adds up to your overall weight.
4. Apples and Pears
These two fruits are just some of the most widely common fruits in the world. And as common as these fruits are, their benefits in weight loss are not. Did you know that apples and pears contain a high amount of fibre that helps the body burn fats and regulated the metabolic rate of our body? Just choose the organic ones, and your trips to the scales will never be a nightmare again.
5. Purified Water
As if there weren’t a hundred reasons why water is very useful and beneficial to our body, then this reason will give you just one more. Water is considered a metabolic booster as it regulates the function of the organs of our body while providing hydration to it. In fact, even if water is readily accessible to most of us, a lot of people that are aiming to lose weight forgets to include water in their diet. So as an add-on tip, you might want to drink cold water as an aid to your weight loss since cold water requires more energy from the body in regulating its temperature.
Have you ever wondered why soup is offered as an appetizer in most buffet meals? Well, the truth is, you are being tricked. If you think of it, soup is just a seasoned beverage. And drinking fluid before your meal could lessen the amount of food you consume and boost your metabolic rate that is similar to the effect of water. So the next time you are on a buffet and deeply worries that your weight loss efforts will be ruined, then start walking towards the soup area. It’ll solve all your worries.
7. Hot Chillis
There’s a reason why eating chillis could turn your face red. This is because they increase the blood flow throughout our body. In turn your metabolism gets faster. This could also be seen by the sweating mechanism of our body whenever we eat jalapenos or other hot and spicy foods. Moreover, the sensation produced by these foods could also reduce food cravings as your body starts to look for water.
Although almonds are not advisable to be consumed in bigger amounts as it also contains fat could adverse all your weight loss efforts, almonds could still be considered a beneficial food to help you trim those body fats away. The essential fatty acids found in almonds are known to be the one responsible for boosting the metabolism, just like what walnuts and cashew do in our body as well.
So there you have it, if you have been focusing on losing weight and have recently found yourself hitting a bit of a wall. Revisit your eating plan and make some slight changes, the results will speak for themselves .