12/28/2012

Supplement review: Q5 Warrior Purple



Scramble has recently become an European distributor of Q5 supplements. Q5 is a supplement company founded by Bill Thomas that sponsors many jiu jitsu athletes including Comprido and Kurt Osiander. The company focuses on producing quality supplements locally, and without artificial ingredients such as colors and flavours. Q5's product range includes whey proteins, vegetable/berry based nutritional supplements, fish oil and energy supplements for athletes.  

With my recent order, I decided to try me some of their Warrior Purple which is a dietary supplement consisting of vegetables and nutritious berries. Warrior Purple's key purpose according to Q5 is to be a great source of anti-oxidants. I am no nutritionist, but according to general "understanding" anti-oxidants protect our bodies from oxidation damages (damages caused by the transfer of electrons away from the substance or damages by free radicals) caused by stress or strain. This particular supplement also contains a decent amount of fiber as you can see from the fact sheet below.

What is it made of?


As you can see it is a serious berry and vegetable mush. What does the more exotic stuff in the mix look like in nature?

Açai berries from the Amazon:

Camu camu with a ridiculous amount of vitamin-C also from the Amazon:


Mangosteen from Indonesia and certain parts of South-America. Only the white part is edible:


Goji berries from China:
The strongest flavor I get from the Warrior Purple is the açai flavor. When you look at the picture below and see what the powder looks like, it is no surprise. The strong berry-concentration also requires you to add this to your protein drink in moderation. Q5 recommends vanilla-protein with Warrior Purple but I found out that strawberry works really nicely with it as well. I absolutely love the flavor but my girlfriend for example dislikes it quite a bit. To each his/her own, I guess.


Although eating vegetables and berries to get our necessary nutrients is very important, if you've never taken any supplements I'd suggest you would start with protein. Although some protein powders can most likely be found from your local supermarket, in most cases I would order it online due to cost and quality issues. Q5 also has whey protein which is produced with grass fed cattle in New Zealand if you have the extra buck.

12/27/2012

Christmas cardio on boxing day

Although I tried to control my eating this Christmas and cut down on candy, I still felt horrible while training on boxing day. We did some judo drills that involved doing a standing kata guruma or fireman's wheel with lunges and my legs got really tired really fast. One reason could be focusing too much on lifting weights at the gym and not enough on actually training with intensity.

All and all a pretty decent Christmas in terms of nutrition:
+ Stuffed Turkey, should be fairly ok for you
+ Reindeer meat
+ Some casseroles, pretty basic stuff
+ Salmon and other raw fist

- Pecan pie
- A cheese basket from work
- The occasional candy since they seem to be lying around everywhere



Mendesbros online training review (MB Online)


As a Christmas gift this year, I got a subscription to Mendesbros.com online training program. I had been contemplating buying a subscription myself, since I've started to play around a little with reverse DLR and leg drags. The simple inspiration to try these techniques out was born because I've noticed how succesful they are against me.

For me there are not many complete techniques I haven't seen before but a lot of details and concepts that are new to me. A good example would be how in a basic armbar from guard Rafa pushes the opponent's elbow to his chest with his palm before pulling the arm with both hand to the center line. This small detail helps to off-balance the opponent and get the arm to the center.

A glimpse inside:


Although the brothers came into the spotlight with their fancy sporty techniques such as the berimbolo and the 50/50 guard, they also have a strong foundation in basics which they are teaching on the site. The brothers are firm believers of certain basic concepts such as "posture is everything" and "toes on the mat while passing" in order to stay agile and give more pressure.

It seems that every other technique on the site is fairly basic and every other is advanced. Also, the fact that they cover basics and concepts means that even if you're "game" is nothing like the Mendes', you would most likely get some benefit from watching the videos

If you compare the Mendes site with the pioneer of online BJJ which is  Marcelo Garcia's MGInaction, you see the two sites have a lot of similarities and some differences:
  • They both mostly teach the specific game of the athlete(s) in question. I would say that the Mendes brothers' game has more variation to it than Marcelo's though. And of course there are 2 brothers, whose games (believe it or not) is not identical.
  • Mendes brothers teach more classic fundamentals on the site such as closed guard techniques and cross chokes from mount. Marcelo often has an assistant instructor showing the more basic stuff or to be more precise, the stuff not in the heart of his own game.
  • Marcelo has slightly more footage coming in every week, especially sparring footage. However, the Mendes brothers spend more time explaining details which make their videos slightly longer.
  • Marcelo's sparring vids have tags on what techniques will be performed in that roll so you can search sparring videos that have the technique you are trying to learn.
  • It takes a relatively long time to download a video on both sites. This is probably a very common issues with these heavy sites.
  • Both sites cost 25 USD a month with discounts if you pay for a longer period
Overall, both sites are very good with instructionals on techniques that are hard to find from anywhere else.

If you want to check what videos are currently uploaded you can just go to mendesbros.com and click on "view inside". There are also some sample videos from the site on the Mendes bros Youtube channel.

A few samples:

Berimbolo:


Knee cut against knee shield:

12/19/2012

Freestyle wrestling like GSP

Although I have been training jiu jitsu again consistently after returning, I have strong urge to train more mma and wrestling in particular. The reason for this is that I would like to improve my scrambling and takedown skills a bit more. I am still in thinking whether I should "cross-train" in mma or freestyle wrestling.

I while ago in Denmark we were training a knee-tap to direction change (to double leg or something else) stakedown series which has been used by GSP multiple times fighting in the UFC. The general idea of these direction change combos is that your opponent will have a much harder time keeping his hips heavy when the angle of the takedown pressure is changing constantly.

I was also told the knee tap is much harder to do when your already clinching with your opponent. Instead in mma it should be the entry takedown when your opponent goes for a jab or a cross.

Here is a quick video on MMA trainer Carsten revising the combos to me through a foggy lens

video

Here is a compilation video of GSP doing it in his fights.