Month: October 2010

Ripping phone books in half doesn’t help my Jiujitsu

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On Sunday I happened to bump into a video about ripping phone books in half while watching some grappling videos. And, you know what happens if you get distracted when watching videos on Youtube, I ended up watching about five more. The people in the videos made it look easy enough so I went off in search of phone books in my house.

I asked my wife where they were and she told me they were in the laundry room. Then she asked why with a note of suspicion in her voice. I told her it was no big deal, I just wanted to see if I could rip one in half.

To make a ‘long story short,’ I spent five minutes trying to rip a one-inch telephone book down the middle. My wife soon interrupted me and told me I probably should take it easy. I told her I was fine but just before she mentioned that I did notice that my back seemed to tighten up as I was tugging on the book.

Not to be deterred I tried it one more time and this time I followed the proper technique. I ripped that sucker in half. I was ready to call that Christian muscle man Group where one of the guys rips a four-inch phone book in two. I have to admit that I felt euphoric afterwards and that I didn’t think about what I did until last night’s (Tuesday) BJJ class.

We started off working on ippon seoi nage (shoulder throw). I could barely turn into the throw. I have never had an issue with this technique before so I knew something was wrong. Later when we were working on mount escapes the drill required me take shoot my legs backward and into my opponents armpits. Both my lower back and neck cramped at the same time, while I was folded in half.


I made it through class, but I will have to be careful on the sideline activities.

(That doesn’t mean I won’t use the telephone book trick to impress my nephews.)

The Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling

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A lazy mans way of coping with hard-charging grappling environments.

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With The Lazy Man’s Guide to GrapplingI decided to look at grappling from a humorous point of view. This book is  semi-autobiographical and all too real look at what goes on behind the scenes in the grappling world. I discussed the underbelly of grappling environments that exist but no one ever really talks about.

I started grappling in my 20s and in my 30s I am still going strong, but throughout my experience I have had to deal with many issues that affected my ability and desire to continue grappling. The loss of flexibility, weight gain, aging in general, injuries, humiliation on the mat, 30 minute warm-ups, over aggressive newbies, issues with claustrophobia caused by grappling and sometimes the feeling that I was a victim in a snuff film have all played a role in my level of motivation in my grappling career.

I’ve developed a number of coping strategies and have observed other people’s coping strategies and I share them in this book. It’s a light-hearted take on issues rarely discussed in the grappling community and I felt if someone had to pull up the mats and see what was under them, then it might as well be me. In the book I discussed:

Lazy Man Takedowns

The Truth about Warmups

Magic Funk Taps

Credit Vision

Superhero Taps

Blue Belt Heaven

Injured Grapplers’ Psyche Out Methods

and more.

I had fun writing it and found myself laughing at my own thoughts quite often. So if you are interested in a fun and entertaining read on the art and sport that we all enjoy, check out The Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling.

Bakari – aka Jiujitsu365

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What every new BJJ and Submission Grappler should know!