UFC Fighter Max Holloway demonstrates his signature spinning back kick for Technique Tuesday. Max Holloway will be facing Akira Corassani in the Co-Main Event of UFC Fight Night 53 in Sweden on October 4th 2014. Max will be headlining the event along with Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story filling in for an injured Chan Sung Jung.
ATH Rider and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Ezra Sitt getting shacked at Desert Point, Indonesia. Kalani Chapman and Damien Robertson joined Ezra on an epic surf trip catching some of the longest tubes they have ever ridden. Ezra owns and operates Sunset Beach Jiu Jitsu on the North Shore of Oahu.
Back by popular demand, all natural coconut 31 Muscle Recovery. As always, we only use natural sweeteners Lo Han Fruit Extract and Stevia. In addition to our natural sweeteners, we also use real coconut and pineapple for the flavor. The new coconut #31MR flavor should be instock in about 6-8 weeks! Stay tuned!
Steve Maxwell was the first person to earn a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt from Relson Gracie and opened the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu gym on the East Coast called Maxercise in 1990. In addition to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Steve is also a world renowned kettlebell instructor and was named one of the top 100 trainers in the USA by Men’s Journal.
What makes Steve extraordinary unique is his approach to holistic training, combining his strength & conditioning expertise with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a form of peak human performance. Having trained with all of the original Gracie brothers and even living with the late Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Steve has a first hand insight into early Gracie Jiu Jitsu stories and history.
Last night at Gracie Technics Honolulu, I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar focused on breathing by Steve Maxwell. Anyone can teach a bunch of techniques, but Steve chose to focus the entire hour long seminar on breathing for combat sports.
He did numerous breath hold examples demonstrating how long people can hold their breath, how fast they can recover, and showed techniques for oxygenating your blood. This was something that I was familiar with, having been free diving before, but was eager to see a perspective on how it could apply to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
One interesting revelation was that even with his degree in exercise science, his formal education never spoke of breathing. Yet, breathing is so critical to any athlete. Hyperventilating, or an uncontrolled breath, will quickly lead to exhaustion and panic. Steve said you should never grunt or make any noise during training. The grunting leads to negative hormones being released similar to a valsalva maneuver that weight lifters use. While the valsalva maneuver may temporarily increase your blood pressure and power, it has an extreme negative effect on your endurance.
One of the demonstrations he had us do was to stack 5 guys on top of us in the side control position. Once fully loaded with close to a 1000 pounds on top of you, you began to attempt to shrimp. Only with proper breath control (“sipping air through your diaphragm” and short exhales) would you be able to keep your core tight and escape.
After more tests and demonstrations, our final test was rolling with a mouth full of water. By keeping your mouth full of water, you effectively could not breath through your mouth. Instead you had to remain calm and breath through your nose, controlling your breath.
It was a great seminar that touched on topics rarely covered but extremely important that reaffirmed my belief in the importance of breathing. I highly recommend checking out Steve Maxwell whenever he is in town.
ATH Fighter Yancy Medeiros was originally scheduled to face Justin Edwards at UFC 177: Dillashaw vs Barao II on August 30th, 2014 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. But a hand injury has forced his opponent, Justin Edwards, to withdraw and Legacy FC featherweight champion Damon Jackson to fill in on 9 days notice.
Damon Jackson is coming off a 1st round submission win over UFC and WEC veteran Leonard Garcia that netted him the Legacy FC featherweight title. The 26-year-old nicknamed, “The Leech,” will be entering the UFC with a professional MMA record of 9-0, finishing 7 of those wins by submission.
The Hawaiian, Yancy Medeiros, will be looking to make a statement after being defeated in his past two fights and an overturned victory over Yves Edwards. Prior to entering the UFC, Yancy was unbeaten with a 9-0 professional MMA record with 2 of those wins under the Strikeforce banner. Be sure to check out our video with Yancy demonstrating his jab kick that we filmed during this camp leading up to UFC 177.
UFC 177 Dillashaw vs Barao II: August 30th, 2014, at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacremento, California.
TJ Dillashaw vs Renan Barao
Lightweight Danny Castillo vs Tony Ferguson
Female Bantamweight Bethe Correia vs Shayna Baszler
Lightweight Ramsey Nijem vs Carlos Diego Ferreira
Lightweight Yancy Medeiros vs Damon Jackson.
Undefeated ATH fighter Kailin Curran was recently signed to the UFC Strawweight division set to face Paige VanZant on the October 4th UFC Fight Night Halifax card. The Hawaiian transplant has been training out of Reign MMA with Mark Munoz and Jake Ellenberger after moving up earlier this year to pursue fighting full-time. The 23 year old, Kailin, will enter the UFC unbeaten with a professional MMA record of 3-0. This fight will be the third strawweight fight in the history of the Ultimate Fighing Championships and be her biggest fight to date. We caught up with Kailin to sit down and talk to us about the upcoming fight:
Does it feel real yet? How does it feel to finally get signed after working hard to accomplish this goal?
“It doesn’t quite feel real yet, I think after my first official fight experience in the UFC cage things will start to really sink in! It feels awesome to know that after all the sacrifices my family and I have made to pursue this dream of mine. It’s all paying off.”
Can you tell us a little about your martial arts background and what got you into MMA?
“I wrestled from 7-12 grade started kickboxing at the age of 16 and by the time I was 18 I figured why not try MMA.”
You are scheduled to face Paige VanZant, what do you know about your opponent and how do you match up against her?
“I know that she is tough, she has a 3-1 record and so as far as experience in pro mma we match up quite well! She’s more of a wrestler so I’m looking forward to keeping the fight standing.”
You recently moved to California to train at Reign MMA, what’s your typical day like?
“I do different work outs mon-sat usually work out 2 times a day. We have a different schedule for each day of the week. Sometimes we add on sometimes I pull back depending on how my body is feeling. “
Do you have any major goals that you are looking to accomplish?
“I just want to take my fight career one fight at a time. Continue to work hard and let my work ethic speak for me.”
Subsistence living, eating what you harvest. ATH Diver Adrian Hose dives for dinner. Tonight it will be menpachi. With a single breath hold, Adrian dives into a reef cave filled with big eyed menpachi. He uses a Hawaiian Sling, commonly called a 3-prong, to spear the fish before bringing it back to the surface. If you look closely at the picture, you can see the menpachi that he has caught attached to his weight belt. #menpachi #teamath
Cramping is something all too familiar with athletes. Whether it is during your workout or after, a common effect is feeling your muscles lock up, freezing you in your tracks. We’re going to lay out the science behind cramping and what can be done about it for the athlete.
What Causes Cramping?
Cramping is most often caused by an imbalance of electrolytes and hydration. The both are intertwined together, but for the sake of this article we will be primarily focusing on electrolytes. Potassium was once thought of as the main electrolyte that prevents cramping. A lack of potassium was blamed for athlete’s cramping. And as such, people often recommended eating a banana to prevent cramps because of its dietary source of potassium. The problem, however, is that cramping is most likely caused from an imbalance of multiple electrolytes. A multifaceted approach that takes into account all electrolytes is more effective than only potassium.
Electrolytes lost through perspiration
Sweat contains a lot more than just potassium. The 5 most common electrolytes lost through sweat that need replenishing include: (in mM) 50.8 ± 16.5 sodium (48.85%), 4.8 ± 1.6 potassium (4.62%), 1.3 ± 0.9 calcium (1.25%), 0.5 ± 0.5 magnesium (.48%), and 46.6 ± 13.1 chloride (44.81%). *Note that these percentages are an average and can depend a lot on the individual athlete. Some athletes sweat more than others and have slightly different concentrations of electrolytes. In humid or hot environments, athletes would most likely perspire more, losing more electrolytes. Other variables include the intensity of training, duration, and conditioning of the athlete.
What can be done about cramping?
To prevent cramping in subsequent training sessions consume an oral re-hydration solution (ORS) to replenish electrolytes post workout. You may find it surprising that most sport drinks only really contain sodium and potassium in any worthwhile amount. This is most likely because other electrolytes such as magnesium are expensive to source. Outside of the endurance race community, not a lot of emphasis has been placed on these forgotten electrolytes (magnesium and calcium). Studies show that forgotten electrolytes such as magnesium are especially important for longer more exhausting training sessions or in humid environments. I recommend taking 240 mg of Magnesium in your ORS shake. If you are still cramping, try consuming a ORS along with water 30-45 minutes prior to training. That will ensure your body is properly hydrated and has the needed electrolytes.
When we developed our 31 Muscle Recovery, we decided to include all 5 electrolytes + phosphorus, to provide the adventure athlete with a full spectrum of electrolytes. We didn’t care if it cut into our margins, as athletes ourselves, we wanted the create the best possible recovery shake. In sports such as ours, you train longer and harder than most. It’s not uncommon to go through a couple gis because they are drenched in sweat… or to surf all day… or to dive all day. Replenishing these lost electrolytes are crucial if you want to recover, come back stronger, and prevent cramping.
You must train with lions… ATH Fighter Yancy Medeiros will be finishing up his camp in California with Nate Diaz and Kron Gracie for his August 30th fight versus Justin Edwards at UFC 177. Yancy will be fighting on the main pay-per-view card facing the The Ultimate Fighter alum.