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MegJitsu Blog Review of Ojj Gear

Earlier in the month, popular Rochester NY-based Jiu Jitsu blogger Meg Smitley, aka "MegJitsu", did us the great honor of mentioning our brand on her site.  It's great that there are like-minded individuals who appreciate the traditions and history that we're trying to pay tribute to at Ojj.  Thank you, Meg! An excerpt: "Original Jiu Jitsu brand, the secret handshake of the jiu jitsu clothing world, employs great use of fonts and subtle artistic styling to craft understated jiu jitsu clothing. I’m delighted to offer this Original Jiu Jitsu T-shirt review of two of their products: the Basic Black Tee and the Dia 25-04 Brasilia Tee....

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How The Walking Dead Reminded Me of Bad Jiu Jitsu in Film and Television

When watching Episode 4 of this season of The Walking Dead, I was surprised that the fighting stick work by the Morgan character shown in the previous episode was supposed to be Aikido weapons (Aiki-Jo) techniques. Having trained extensively in Aikido prior to my transition to Jiu Jitsu, I felt that the techniques and footwork, which looked more like moves from a Robin Hood movie than an Asian martial art, was a missed opportunity for some really amazing fight sequences. Learning this reminded me of a pet peeve of mine: it appears that a lot of the fight coordinators in the movie industry...

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How to Deal with the Smelly Guy

Every academy has this problem: the smelly guy. While we all have our moments, most who train have the self-awareness to realize it when a gi or rash guard needs to be blasted with anti-odor products, or disposed of entirely.   Those few who don’t do anything when they smell become a great annoyance in the academy. People gossip about the smelly guy, but nobody wants to have the difficult conversation with the offender. This circumstance creates a negative atmosphere in the academy, and will affect your attendance, membership, and word-of-mouth advertising. A solution for academy owners: Build a Culture of...

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Brain Hack: The Mirror Neuron Effects of Watching Jiu Jitsu Fights

In learning about the work of Jane McGonigal, PhD, a world-renowned author and expert on the positive effects of game play on real-life health challenges, I was educated on a concept that explains something I’ve noticed in my own experience in Jiu Jitsu training – a sort of subconscious-level absorption that turns out to be a brain hack that we can purposely incorporate into our training. In an interview conducted by famed author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss, McGonigal mentioned that when we watch a sport being performed by others, as long as we ourselves are physically familiar with the activity,...

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Stop Drinking the Berimbolo Worm Guard Kool-Aid

“Can I jump over two or three guys like I used to? No. Am I as fast as I used to be? No, but I still have the fundamentals and smarts. That's what enables me to still be a dominant player. As a kid growing up, I never skipped steps. I always worked on fundamentals because I know athleticism is fleeting.”                - Kobe Bryant    Whether we’re talking about “ball-and-stick” sports like baseball, basketball, or football ….or the martial arts….or military training - it should come as no surprise that a recurring theme...

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