Gear Review: Fuji Sports Freestyle Rashguard

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You need a rashguard. I don’t care where you train, if you only train gi or no gi, you need a rashguard. Now, some of you out there might have a wrestling background, or perhaps something with looser standards and mores in regards to clothing. Someplace where the guys in the gym seem more than ready to take off their shirts to roll.

Actually, this review is ESPECIALLY for you.

As you can tell from the picture, the Fuji Freestyle rashguard is an IBJJF approved ranked rashguard, which is nice, since it’s one less thing to worry about and seems to be the route that many rashguards are starting to take.

Over the years, I’ve owned more than a few rashguards, so I have a checklist of my own when it comes to what I look for:

Stitching

Reinforced stitching, like the stitching found in the Freestyle rashguard, is a must.

Early on in my grappling journey I went for cheap, something I could get at target or Walmart or for cheap at a sporting goods store. A lot of the time it was Under Armor or some version there in. The problem is that those rashguards aren’t made for grappling, they are made just to exist and be sold, functionality is rarely a concern.

So what you get, to paraphrase The Bard is “a guaranteed piece of sh-t”. Actually, it’s not guaranteed, I just really like Chris Farley and wanted to shoe horn a reference in here somewhere.

These are the rashguards you wash a few times then pull it out and there’s a tear in the sleeve if it’s not missing outright. Don’t sacrifice quality to save a few bucks when the investment will last you for years.

Anti-microbial fabric

I sweat. A lot. Like, a lot. I sweat like I’m guilty. I don’t know why, it’s just how I roll. That being said, regardless of how much you may sweat, you are going to be rolling around with other people, other people who sweat. As such, germs get spread and they like to hang around, if for no other reason than to stink up your gear, let alone spreading other nasty stuff.

Sorry for getting all science-talk there.

Having been rolling in this rashguard for the last few weeks I can tell you, this rashguard doesn’t stink. I’ve worn other brands, brands I won’t list hear that stink the moment you put them on, but the anti-microbial fabric used in this rashguard is doing it’s job.

Especially with my glands.

Fit

This never used to matter, then I bought a couple rashguards that didn’t fit very well. I mean the neck was really tight, which is perhaps the most annoying thing to me in a rashguard. And I’m not talking about being tight to the skin, like the Freestyle is, but actually constricting, more like’s it’s a turtle neck.

The Freestyle rashguard is form fitting, but made to fit comfortable without add constriction or the unwanted desire to adjust the neck or sleeves.

Speaking of the sleeves, I prefer a short sleeved rashguard, I always have, not sure why. Regardless, the problem with a lot of short sleeved rashguards is that the sleeves are often either too short and tight, or too long and loose, fitting more like a t-shirt.

The sleeves on the Freestyle go down about to the elbow and have a snug fit so they won’t roll or bunch up into the armpit.

Combining all these facets quickly made for my favorite rashguard. The only downside is that I only have one of them. Of course, that’s something I can easily remedy at:

http://fujisports.com/product.aspx?productid=255&pvavID=2100&qty=1

RFA 19 at Mystic Lake Casino Quick Results (10/11/14)

Did you f*** up and miss a bad ass night of figbts both live AND on AXS TV? Don’t worry, I’ll save you…but just this once…

Why don’t I have any description? because I type on a phone and am drunk on vodka and Kill Cliffs.

Jesse Wannamacher defeated Aruan Campa via submission due to strikes at 1:18 of the 2nd round

Chelsi Westdrop defeated Kelsey Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Bryan Mortensen defeated Chad Brito via submission due to triangle choke at 0:42 of the third round

Karter Holthusen defeated Adam Holzgrove via submission due to triangle choke at 1:30 of the 1st round

Blake Bilder defeated Sam Hernandez via submission due to omoplata (!) at 1:45 of the 1st round

Ty Bowling defeated Michael Bullen via unanimous decision (missed the scores)

Kyle Todd defeated John Maher via armbar at 1:26 of the 2nd round

Cassie Ridish defeated Rocky Magdaleno via submission due to rear naked chokes at 4:50 of the 1st round

Jake Ouradnik dfeated Mike Zimmer via unanimous decision (30-27 on all) FIGHT OF THE NIGHT

Matt Brown defeated John Castaneda via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jocelyn Lybarger defeated Rebecca Ruth via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Dan Moret defeated Jordan Griffin via submission due to rear naked choke at 3:09 of the 1st round

Abel Cullum defeated Carl Deaton III via submission due to rear naked choke at 3:43 of the 2nd round

Jake Collier defeated Gabe Checco via submission doe to rear naked choke at 4:27 of the 1st round for the RFA championship belt

Zak Ottow defeated Nate Howe via submission due to arm triangle at :54 of the 2nd round

Now go find video of the fights you mised dummy!

Product Review: Fuji Sports Kassen MMA Shorts (Black)

20141002_081129-1The last time I was in for a physical, my doctor said that he was concerned about my weight. Now, I know that the Body Mass Index is a load of s*** since your weight relative to your height doesn’t take into account muscles mass or body fat percentage, but still, when a doctor says something like that, you tend to take issue.

I’m about six feet tall and at the time just over…never mind…leave me alone, my daughter was just born and I was eating a lot of homemade cookies. Regardless, I was a little heavier than I would like to be, like say, about 20 pounds above my preferred weight class, still a long way from obese.

Anyway, my doctor said that he was concerned at the year to year fluctuations in my weight. I looked at the dates of my physicals. One, showing me twenty pounds lighter about three years earlier was literally a day before a competition, the next year, about 15 pounds heavier was about a week after a competition.

Doctors get these far away, confused look when you mention weight cutting. Not that I’m an expert by any means, but doctor’s sure as hell don’t know anything about weight cutting.

Unfortunately, neither do many clothing companies.

I’ve owned more than a few board shorts for grappling over the years and one thing that many have in common is a rigid waistband, by which I mean there is no give. So the shorts you train in between competitions probably don’t fit as well as when they do right before you compete. Or vice versa.

Then there is Fuji Sports Kassen board shorts. The beauty of these shorts is the elastic paneling at the back of the shorts. It isn’t much, but it can create I’d say as much as an inch or two of variation in waist size, which is huge for athletes who cut weight.

Or grapplers with poor impulse control and new children.

I want my shorts to feel comfortable every day, not just days when I could say no to pizza.

Additionally, the shorts have a side split seem to offer added range of motion, which is great for days when you are working triangles, or lets face it, anything else in jiu-jitsu. Even the inner thigh panels have some added give to assist in range of motion…or to help me defend against my banana split submission nemesis.

Then there is the combination of Velcro and drawstring closures. Some shorts only have a small patch of Velcro that can easily wear out over time, but Kassan shorts have longer vertical and horizontal Velcro strips to help reinforce the drawstring closure.

Because, let’s face it, no one wants to see that…

If you need a cherry on top (or three), the shorts are also sweat repellent, antimicrobial and have reinforced stitching. This is a game of years, not days. Personally, I don’t want to have to spend a ton of money replacing gear when I can make one purchase that I know will last me hour after hour after hour on the mats.

Available in sizes 28-44, if there is one thing about these shorts that makes me even a little bitter, it’s that I didn’t know about them sooner.

Check them out at http://www.fujisports.com/product.aspx?productid=32&pvavID=1346&qty=1

And, thru October 15th, get 15% off with the checkout code: ROYLER

See you on the mats.

Emily Kwok- JJAD #16- 09/14/14

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World Champion Emily Kwok calls The Basement and we talk about what it takes to be a World Champion, or more like what you need to give up. Then it gets real. A great interview from one of BJJ’s great competitors, teachers and personalities. With a little audio hiccup about halfway through thanks to skype.

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Email: jiujitsuafterdark@gmail.com

Jiu-Jitsu After Dark Podcast Episode 6- 07/26/14

jjadReal time Lawler vs. Brown fight analysis from UFC on FOX 12. If you can watch the replay, sync up the podcast with when I tell you the fight starts. It’s something special. However, I don’t have a whiny heavyweight complaining about how hard his life is and how underrated he is…

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M-Theory BJJ Anniversary/Free Seminar

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The flyer says it all. This Saturday, July 19th, M-Theory BJJ (owned by Pedro Sauer 2nd degree black belt Ishmael Bentley) will be celebrating its one year anniversary.

As such, there will be a free seminar put on by Professor Bentley and Professor Jared Feierabend of MI-Q.

FREE.

The seminar will start at 10am and go until 12pm, followed by rolling and food/refreshments.

Come one, come all to a great gym and a great opportunity!

M-Theory is located at 5700 W 36th St, St. Louis Park, MN. 55416

For questions/directions call: 952-920-8984

Or email at: ishmael@mtheorymartialarts.com

BJJ/Muay Thai Comp: Style Wars 07/12/14

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Something for everyone: BJJ/Grappling Comp, Muay Thai smoker and obstacle course race, with proceeds going to Dan Kiser and the Special Operations Warrior Project.

BJJ INFO:

Weigh in & Registration Begins 8am
Kids Gi & No-GI Divisions 10:00am-12:00am
No-GI Divisions 10:00am-2:00pm
Gi Divisions from 12:00pm-4:00pm

– Gi & No Gi  – IBJJF Rules for points, advantages & penalties

-All brackets 4 person round robin.

Weights using the madison system (all weight classes will be within 10% [or less] bodyweight of each other & created the day of the tournament)

Ages: Kids & Teens will all be with in +/-1 year of age.

Adult = 18- 29

Masters = 30 & up
Directors = 40 & up
Executive = 50 & up

And I’ll be there reffing, so…f*** you, show up anyway.

STYLE WARS 7 MUAY THAI SMOKER FIGHTS

Interested in competing in a Muay Thai smoker fight?

Head gear, Shin Pads, & 16oz gloves for all fights
(3X2 Minute Rounds for all fights [juniors will be 3 X :90 second rounds])

Smoker Fights 12p

Combat Fitness Challenge

Uncover your inner combat athlete!
The ultimate martial arts obstacle race. Test your will power and endurance with this outdoor fitness challenge. A 3 mile run with MMA & Muay Thai “obstacles” to overcome!

Race starts 9a

Event Registration Donation: = $50 (for 1 or all events if possible)

Spectator Donation:
$10- (Kids 5 & Under FREE)

Awards for ALL COMPETITORS! 1-4th place

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR PROJECT

A Tribute To Reid Weiland (Rest In Peace)

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Reid Weiland (1993-2014)

The mark of  man’s life can forever be seen on those they leave behind. Reid Weiland, 21, a grappler with World Jiu Jitsu and later McCune’s Martial Arts, left his mark in ways that no words can fully express. The feeling of loss and sorrow for such an honest, sincere and talented young man like Reid is only encompassed by the joy that he brought to those around him.

This tribute could have been ten pages long with the outpouring of support and stories about Reid from those who knew him best and loved him unconditionally.

This tribute could have been about the wry smile of a young man who was making a mark on the grappling scene, destined for greatness. It could have been about 45 minute long grappling matches in submission only tournaments. It could have been about submitting higher ranked opponents regularly. It could have been page after page of testament to his skill.

But skill comes and goes. What lasts, what really matters, is the person who wields that skill.

There are no better words of tribute than words from those who knew Reid the best. Here are just some of the quotes received from family, friends and even opponents on the mats.

  • When he first came to the gym I was on the brink of giving up on jiu jitsu even though I loved it. I was just getting battered by every new white belt with a chip on their shoulder, but he was very different. From the start he was gentle and kind with everyone and at the same time kicking the ass of guys twice his size. He really put perspective on what could be achieved with hard work.
  • It was an honor to compete with Reid.
  • Thank you for everything you taught me about Jits, friendship and life.
  • Whether it was his natural coming of age, the art and discipline of BJJ, or the people in his life he turned into a young man everyone loved and respected.  He was completely dedicated to the art and fiercely loyal.
  • Reid Weiland was everything I hope my boys will be someday.
  • You challenged me to better myself at every step.
  • You were like a younger brother Reid, you may be gone from this world, but you have impacted many people with your upbeat spirit and I have no doubt you will continue to live on in the hearts of your friends, teammates and family. R.I.P. brother. I know you’ll be watching down on us teaching away.
  • He was driven. He was kind. He was selfless. He IS a motivation.
  • Outside of the gym he was a positive force on everyone around him. I’ve never met anyone as optimistic. There aren’t enough Reids in the world.
  • He had a very real and very significant impact on my life – and I’m a better person for having had the opportunity to know him for as long as I did.
  • Reid was such a beautiful soul with so much love and potential.
  • He will never be forgotten and every jiu jitsu tournament I attend I’ll be thinking of him.
  • Unbelievably talented, a future ADCC champion, and at the same time one of the most humble people you could ever meet.
  • I miss you my friend. Your spirit will always roll in all of us.
  • Reid was, for lack of a better word, a brother to me. He taught me so much about the sport, about motivation, and about the ability to change one’s self for the better in a very short period of time.

The stories about Reid came in bunches, from his earning his purple belt on the spot after submitting a series of purple belts (as a blue belt) in a submission only tournament, to the simple way he carried himself and inspired those around him. These were only a scattered few quotes received about the life and impact of Reid Weiland.

He even made an impression on a BJJ ref who was asked to score the 1st place match at the Submission Hunt a few years ago (more videos have been posted by friends on YouTube)…

The video doesn’t really show the dumbfounded look on the ref’s face as he slowly realized what the young white belt had just done.

Was that a hopping/flying armbar against a 4-stripe blue belt?

That was the thing about watching Reid grapple and mature: you couldn’t blink or you would miss something amazing.

This tribute is not filled with stories about Reid because they still glow brightly in the lives of everyone he touched. As such, please reach out to each other, touch base with the other people who Reid impacted in his short but amazing life and remember him for all he was. Share his stories forever, give him the real tribute that he deserves by being everything he would want you to become.

The world is a little darker now than it used to be, but there is no question that our lives are better for having known a man like Reid Weiland.

Rest In Peace.