We would like to thank everyone who came out to show support and to help raise money for all of those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey! All of the money we raised will be donated to the Red Cross Relief for Hurricane Harvey. It's times like these where our community must come and work together to better those around us. Please stay tuned for more Fundraisers this winter!
Last week I had the joy of crawling out of my apartment to make three Amazon returns, all of which had separate drop-off locations. By bicycle. In the rain. You might say it was a less-than-enjoyable string of errands. “Oops, I ordered the wrong product,” was all I had to say to my online merchant at the end of this dilemma.
It’s easy to make these kind of impulse mistakes when we are hours into an online shopping session, glued to our smart tablets and Apple products. Yet, it’s easier still to overlook some of the consequences when we choose to shop this way for Jiu Jitsu gear. Our academy has seen plenty of students and visitors alike show up to class with sub-par equipment, only to bleed dye from their clothes onto the mat (These stains can take weeks to fade out!). Perhaps it was a fluke, but I’ve even torn a training partner’s gi, almost in half, just from hanging onto his lapel playing open guard. As diligent Jiu Jitsu students, it’s our responsibility to circumvent the chances of equipment failure, especially when it can very quickly become grounds for disqualification in tournament. We just invest too much human effort and sentiment in our training to blow it all on a torn seam.
First and foremost, find yourself a product expert. Someone who knows what’s what. Maybe someone who’s had his or her own share of mishaps. Simply, someone who you know trains super hard, but always manages to have a clean gi. Look no further than your fellow upper belts and coaches. In this day and age, they are sure have gone through enough equipment to have boiled their favorite gi or rashguard brands down to a handful of choices. Brand ambassadors share similar amounts of experience, but are specific to the equipment provided by their sponsor, meaning they not only have a concentrated product knowledge of the brand, but also feedback on how their sponsor runs their business. They likely will be able to tell you if the business’s product support and warranty departments are on-point, or if they tend to give the run-around.
Visit our academy and it’s no surprise: it’s a Moya Brand x RVCA dance party. There are plenty of other high-quality brands the Culture Shop has on the horizon, but those two are great examples that we’ve had from the start. Forget vanity. It’s not that. A jiu jitsu player with clean training attire is to a chef with a sharp knife.
Lastly, take advantage of the brick-and-mortar storefront. You’ll have a product expert like me at the register to answer any questions regarding sizing, fabric quality, or ETA on special-orders. We’ll also be able to weigh in with our personal experiences with the product and vendor, and, most importantly, guarantee you won’t regret your purchases. We are the ones at work behind the scenes, making sure the shelves are stocked with the best equipment, time and time again. Just remember to do us a favor: when homie asks where you got your phresh gi, just tell ‘em, “I’ve got a guy.”
There’s a common argument of whether or not world-class jiu jitsu practitioners should add strength training on top of their Jiu Jitsu training in order to improve their game. In some ways, I can see both sides to this argument. However, it depends on the way you define “strength training.” From the personal experience of myself and my clients, I can confidently say that HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training, is one of the most beneficial ways to improve your jiu jitsu, without risking the degrading of your joints or serious injuries.
Why HIIT? Like Jiu Jitsu, HIIT training requires explosive bursts of energy with less intense recovery periods. As a Jiu Jitsu athlete, learning to have explosive energy on command is crucial in order to be able to compete at the highest levels. Being able to escape a submission or finish a pass requires an intense amount of discipline and the knowledge of how to go from a relaxed state to using a large amount of the energy you have preserved. All of these techniques are something that can be learned and developed through HIIT training.
One of the main concerns as an athlete when adding other styles of training into your regimen is the risk for injury. With HIIT training, there are ways to meet your goals without having to use intense amounts of weight that might stray some athletes away from regular strength training. HIIT training can be accomplished with even just your body weight. It’s all about how effective you makes each exercise and how hard you push yourself. Using exercise bands, cable towers, medicine balls, and even performing sprints are great ways to improve your cardiovascular endurance while using explosive energy.
Cutting weight is another huge responsibility as a Jiu Jitsu athlete. HIIT training allows you to burn more fat in a smaller time frame by keeping your heart rate up throughout your workout. For example, an athlete could set up sprint intervals, where you sprint for 40 seconds and then walk for 20 seconds, which is equal to 1 minute. Doing so for 10-20 minutes is much more effective than jogging for the same amount of time because you’re pushing your body harder and allowing your heart rate to get higher. HIIT training is a beneficial way to cut weight throughout your competition prep by allowing you to improve your cardiovascular endurance, all while losing the last couple of pounds before competition day.
Although there are not many training styles that can mimic what is required of us like in Jiu Jitsu, HIIT training is one of the most similar and beneficial training styles when it comes to strength training— without the worry or risks of injuries. There are many ways to incorporate Jiu Jitsu style movements while creating fun exercises. Next time you’re looking for a new workout regimen to help you get to the top of the podium, give HIIT training a try.
Let's give a huge congratulations to Coach Kyle Huang and Roots Athletics' new Head Instructor Coach Kristian Woodmansee for their stellar performance at this past weekend's Fight To Win Pro event in New Jersey! Both Kyle and Kristian were able to pull out the win!
Photography by Mike Calimbas
Wow! Thank you so much @phillymag and to everyone in Philly who constantly supports us! 🙏🏼👏🏼 We made the 2017 Philly's Best Fitness Studio!! We are very appreciative of everyone who made this happen. Please stop by for a free class if you'd like to come in for yourself!
Read the Full article here ---> http://www.phillymag.com/best-of-philly-2017/
Our athletes have been avidly competing over the past couple of weeks-- from Philadelphia all the way to NY and Boston-- in some of the biggest tournaments of the year. Being able to compete and represent our school at some local IBJJF, International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, tournaments and Philadelphia's first Fight to Win Pro event has been a huge goal of ours. There is no doubt that we have already started to accomplish just that. Congratulations to all of our competitors for putting it on the line and never giving up!
Featuring Professor Levi LaLonde & Kyle Huang
Roots Athletics will be hosting it's first annual Jiu Jitsu in the Park of the season on Sunday, April 30th! We want to welcome all academies and affiliations to join us on the mats and enjoy some beautiful weather and hard training. Location, as of now, is to be announced. We will keep you all informed on times and locations as the date approaches. Mark your calendars!
Congratulations to Morgan Beverly on her Purple Belt!
We want to give a huge congratulations to Roots Athletics' first Blue belts-- Gina Mancuso and Dustin Gregory. Their hard work and consistency does not go unnoticed by our other members and staff. This is just the beginning of these two athlete's journey!
This Sunday, January 15th, Roots Athletics will be hosting the first ever Women's Instructed Submit The Stigma seminar. We believe that having four strong, world class ladies leading a group of men and women, of all belt ranks, is very empowering. We invite all of you to join us this Sunday to support a great cause, all while meeting and training with new faces from all over the Northeast.
In today's edition of PhillyMag, Roots Athletics was recognized as one of Philly's "Fitness Gems." Sierra Asplundh, a Philadelphia based fitness enthusiast and one of our frequent members here at Roots was able to share her experience with PhillyMag readers. Sierra gives her opinion of our space and programs, with her own "personal guilty pleasure" being our FIT class. We would like to extend our gratitude to Sierra and PhillyMag for showcasing our academy! To read the full article, please click the link below:
This morning, we had the pleasure of having CBS Philly News at our facility, Roots Athletics, for their 5:30am-7:00am morning segment. Pat Gallen and his camera crew joined us on the mats for an early morning training session, and we even managed to get Pat into a gi. We provided CBS News with the basic fundamentals of jiu jitsu and gave the early morning viewers an inside look on our class structure/academy. Check out the full story/broadcast at the link provided below!
The Culture Shop, located at Roots Athletics, is the only martial arts/culture shop in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. We carry a wide variety of worldwide known brands, such as RVCA, MOYA, Tatami, Atama, Onnit, ATH Organics, and much more. We carry Jiu jitsu kimonos, No gi apparel, supplements, Muay Thai gear, and other lifestyle/sportswear pieces. We just received a fresh shipment of MOYA Gis, in three color variations, so please feel free to stop in to check out our store or contact us with any questions you may have! Our shop is completely open to the public, and to everybody of any academy or affiliation.
...I had been competitive in every sport I could find throughout my young life, playing everything my high school and college had to offer. But this was different. Traditional sports felt so one-dimensional and incomplete compared to MMA. The technical martial arts knowledge of training in multiple disciplines such as Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Western Boxing, and Wrestling, are just a few components of what it takes to be proficient at MMA. The strength and conditioning training was so intense and innovative, it directly spawned such fitness crazes as P90X, Insanity, and Crossfit.
The spiritual and emotional growth and mental durability I attain from training makes me a better overall person, and transfers directly to how I live my life. The constant athletic innovation is unsurpassed by anything I've ever experienced in the sporting world. The practical application for self-defense in the street and in your home is on the cutting edge, and is trained in law enforcement, military, and self defense seminars worldwide. MMA is ever evolving, growing, adapting and will continue to do so as long as the human ingenuity and athleticism continues to grow as well. When ESPN began covering MMA — and mainly the UFC — as a legitimate sport, they called MMA the "hardest sport to mentally and physically train and prepare for on the planet." Needless to say, they weren't exaggerating in the least.
Educating the public is really the way this sport had grown into a household name so fast. People think we're barbaric or violent, but MMA is more about the competition of one athlete versus another, and the concepts, values, and spirituality that surrounds its training. My friends have always thought I was rolling around on the ground, hugging guys and doing old school Karate, or just beating the hell out of my training partners in a street brawl. Every single one of them that I've brought to the mat has fallen in love with the internal battle for control over your motor skills, the great self-motivation and willpower needed, and the amount of technical knowledge necessary to train proficiently.
And that's what makes those people different. Training different. They're special because they do something special. Stepping out of your comfort zone, trying something new is the key to living a healthy life.
...-an excerpt from "Why Would I Ever want to be a Cage Fighter" / The Sweat Life January 3rd, 2015