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Month: September, 2013

Something New

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this already, and my internet connection is just finicky enough that I can’t check in time.

I am in school.

That’s right, school.  Post secondary, Douglas College (David Lam campus).  General studies for now, taking classes for the Sports Science diploma program.

I’ve done my first week of school, and it’s been both fun and intense.  I’m only in three classes, but it’s enough to be considered full time by Douglas.  Yup, 9 credits.  I’m taking “Sport and Exercise Psychology”, “Conditioning for Sports and Physical Activity”, and “Biomechanics”.

Each class has provided a syllabus and a schedule of what we’re covering each week, homework included.  It helps to organize what I have due, and what needs to be prioritized.  It also helps in remembering when I need to bring gym clothes for Conditioning.  Nothing better to break the monotony of sitting at a desk reading or making notes by getting into the gym and exercising to pass.

I’m only at school four days a week, and have a decent break between classes on two of those days.  That helps get schoolwork or errands completed to lighten my overall load.

I suspect that exams will be a bit of a shock to me, but nothing too bad.


–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

Tournament Prep: The Snacks

A while ago, we talked about preparing for a tournament by having your competition wear up to code and having doubles.  This week I’ll go over the downtime between matches and what to do.

There are a lot of local tournaments in my area that offer a schedule of when your belt division will be up.  Take a look and base things off of that.  An example: for CBJJF tournaments, blue belts typically go first, called into the bullpen at 8:45AM and on the mats at 9AM.  With that in mind, I ingest a protein shake instead of solid food; it’s easier on the stomach and I don’t risk throwing up during my matches.

Between matches and divisions is the time to snack on some solid foods.  Depending on the size of the tournament, you could see a 90-minute wait between the regular division and the Absolute Open, and then another few hours until No-Gi starts, with yet another wait for the No-Gi Absolute.

Here are some light snack ideas that have been discovered:
-Red pepper slices.  They’re light and juicy, giving you some refreshing crunch.
-Bananas.  I prefer organic bananas since they don’t leave the horrible chemical aftertaste and cottonmouth.
-Honey.  Take this right before your match and wash down with water.
-Baby carrots.  A classic staple.

I’ve heard of some other methods, such as ingesting a single serve plain yogurt before eating anything to coat your stomach.
There are more ideas that I haven’t heard of or discovered yet, but at the end of the day, the choices are what works best for you and your body.

With these two Tournament Prep posts, I hope I’ve helped alleviate at least some concerns for your next or first tournament.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?