Are you Gi-Obsessed?

According to WebMD, you might have OBSESSIVE GI DISORDER, or OGD, if you have four or more of the following symptoms. (This is just for fun, okay?? (Wink-wink.)

Diagnostic Criteria for OGD:

  1. Recurrent and persistent thoughts about gis, at times causing fear of negative evaluation from others. 
  2. Often hides behavior associated with buying and selling gis from others. 
  3. Repetitive website checking for available gis. Also may include repetitive checking for new release email announcements.
  4. Has surpassed threshold amount of 14 total gis, calculated at 14 gis (i.e., 2/day x 7 days).
  5. Obsessed with acquiring gis with certain features such as size, limited edition collaboration, or color way. 
  6. Compulsively tracks down others who own gis of interest to negotiate sale, either in person or online. 
  7. May resell gi without gi bag due to particular attachment to gi. 
  8. Living environment may no longer accommodate hoarded collection. 
  9. Gi washing, folding, and storage is prioritized over daily wear clothing. 
  10. Gi collection consists of gradual shifts in sizing, most notably from larger to smaller. Significant distress or inability to get rid of poorly fitting gis is present.
  11. Gi collection broken down into two or more of the following categories: training rotation, competition, special occasion, and NWT. 
  12. Can readily identify subtle differences such as a 350 GSM pearl weave versus gold weave 550 GSM gi top blind-folded. 
  13. Hoarding behavior tends to increase sharply after belt promotion.

To be fair, I’m calling myself out as I’m a little gi-obsessed these days. I’m selling two gis that fit too big, I have a collab gi on the way and just purchased another one from a friend. I decided that my goal is to have a collection of awesome gis that fit great. 

My gi collection lives in the lower left corner of my closet.

Actual Collection: 16 Gis

Moya Brand | Albino & Preto | Fenom Kimonos | Ctrl Industries | Habrok | War Tribe | Fuji Sports

No shame in my game – I’m a proud gi collector! Just gotta let a few go. . . or NOT. Bwahahaha!

Until next post, train smart and eat well.- Dr. Yasi

Sustainable Lifestyle

Update: #NoWasteNovember Challenge

I decided to challenge myself this month to reduce my waste, particularly of plastics. While No-Waste-At-All is the goal, it’s definitely idealistic and far-reaching. Also, #nowastenovember has a certain ring to it unlike #lesswastenovember. This challenge is the latest in my longer-term goal to manage the amount of stuff I own. I was inspired* to have a minimalist approach to acquiring any new stuff and consider how I dispose of used, unwanted, or old stuff. 

Beginning November 1, 2018, I began toting around reusable cotton bags, glassware, thermos mug, and a metal spoon and fork. By day 2, I realized I needed to establish some guidelines. So I came up with the following list of do’s and don’ts. 

YasiFit Goes Green

  1. Don’t buy plastics or collect free plastics.
  2. If I end up getting plastics, it must be recyclable. 
  3. Reuse any existing plastic items. 
  4. Recycle all possible plastic, paper, metal, and glass.
  5. Compost food scraps.
  6. Biodegradable waste goes into the garbage in a paper bag. 

It’s been two weeks so far and I’ve learned a few things about my consumer behavior. Plastic is everywhere in my life! My favorite pens are mostly plastic. I have bought and eaten food sold in plastic wrappers. Finally, I kept forgetting to ask servers to hold the straw. 

Practice Makes Perfect Progress 

These are the different ways I’ve been sorting my trash. Where I live, we do not have recycling pick up service. I’ve lugged my recycling items to my sister’s house where she has a green waste bin from the city. 

I’ve learned that recycling centers do not accept soiled plastic containers so I hand wash each item. It gets really complicated for toiletries like hand lotion (i.e., cutting the tube open and wiping it clean). There are some weird items like paper boxes that have a plastic coating on the outside. I throw those into this bag too and hope for the best!

Recyclables Bag
Contains paper packaging, plastic containers, aluminum cans and foil.

The next category is really interesting. I hadn’t thought about what I might do with biodegradable stuff like soiled napkins, paper towels, and . . . hair balls. If you’ve got long hair, I’m sure you know all about Hair Art in the shower. I have forced myself to establish the habit of balling that hair up and throwing it into the trash, not down the drain. After paying for a plumber to auger a shower drain clogged with hair clumps, I learned my lesson. Hair goes into the trash and not down the pipe. 

I use a separate paper bag for the biodegradables. I expect to toss it directly into the trash bin as is. 

Biodegradable Bag
Contains dryer lint, soiled napkins and towels, wooden chopsticks, hair strands, and nail clippings.

The last portion of my waste collection is the undesirable plastic and plastic coated trash. After two weeks of this challenge, I realize that going completely no waste is completely impossible. So I used a plastic bag that I couldn’t recycle to hold all the remaining trash. There are some themes here, mostly of plastic wrappers for food and products and those dang drink cups. 

Except for days 12 through 15, this is about 75% – 80% of the trash I’ve created since I began the challenge. All in all, I am pretty sure this trash would have been three times as much. I’ll chalk it up to a Big Green Win!

Legitimate Waste
Contains food wrappers, cups lined with plastic, toiletries wrappers, and mail plastics. 

After several days of travel with my cousin, I am back on track for the rest of the month. I’m enjoying the challenge of grocery shopping for items that aren’t wrapped in plastic or styrofoam and getting creative when eating out. Looking forward to changing my consumer habits in the long term to encourage a more consistent low-waste lifestyle. 

*The goal to minimize my stuff was added to my 2018 vision board. 


Top 10 Jiujitsu Emojis

Emojis have really found a permanent place in our daily electronic communication. As an active user of social media, I find myself spending what feels like an excessive amount of time selecting the right emojis to accompany my message. The latest emoji update to the apple and android keyboard was fantastic with the addition of tacos and unicorns, among other icons. When posting about Jiu-jitsu related content, there are some emojis that are obvious stand-out winners. But first, please note that research informs us that females use emojis more frequently than males (See links to articles below.). The research studies on emoji use are really interesting and secondly, I might be biased as a woman writing a blog post about emojis in the first place.

1. ๐Ÿฅ‹

The classic kimono with black belt. This emoji might represent multiple martial arts that require a gi with belt, but I really feel it was made with us BJJers and/or judokas in mind. Again, biases prevail here.

Cons: There are no belt colors here, only black. I also donโ€™t think people are accusing me of claiming black belt status based on an emoji.

2. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ–ค

Belt rank-colored heart emojis. Perhaps heart emoji usage is more prevalent among females, though a proper observational study is in order. Now, this emoji category provides a nice range of color. Iโ€™d say that a majority of my posts on social media contain a belt rank-colored heart.

Cons: We face the same issue as with the lack of variation of color as noted for the kimono-black belt emoji. It would be very helpful to have heart emojis for white belts, gray belts, and brown belts. Iโ€™m not even sure if a white heart would even be feasible. An outline of a heart with some shading? Good substitutes for brown belts are the chocolate bar, the poo emoji, and the bear depending on who you are referencing.

3. ๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿฆ‘๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ‚๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿผ

The animal kingdom of jiujitsu. Here we use different animals to represent styles and types of guards or movements. Iโ€™ve personally used the spider for spider guard, obviously, but I like to throw in the spiderโ€™s web for extra emphasis. I really wish there was a lasso. Iโ€™ve been playing more lasso guard than spider guard anyhow. Heavy weights are represented as the gorillas and the porradeiros of the mat seem like sharks to me, but less sneaky than real life sharks.

Cons: Not all guards and styles are represented, so this is not an exhaustive list. Seems like people are always inventing their own signature moves. Even Keenan Cornelius claims several of his own (e.g., Mantis Guard).

4. ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅˆ๐Ÿฅ‰

Podium Medals. Cannot not have these. Glad there is not a fourth place in ibjjf competitions, just double third. And rightly so, because it would just suck to fight for 3rd place over 4th. Not sure when this gem of double third began but I like it.

Cons: Absolutely no cons for these emojis.

5. ๐Ÿค”

Thinking emoji. If you are active on social media, it seems that every week thereโ€™s some online drama or commotion of some sort. Impassioned outbursts, rants, and criticisms run amuck. This emoji is for those who are making a low key statement of WTH or general confusion.

Cons: It would be nice to have the thinking emoji flipped on its vertical axis. Thinking in both directions implies deep thinking, extreme confusion, or indecision.

6. ๐Ÿค•

Injured emoji. Letโ€™s face the facts. Jiujitsu is a combat sport. The majority of us claim a multitude of injuries and chronic pain issues, but we keep on training. This adequately represents general injury, head trauma or concussion, and accompanies announcement that one cannot train due to said injury.

Cons: Every limb can be represented here: An elbow in a sling, a foot cast, rib cage bandage, etc. I really could go on here.

7. ๐Ÿค™

The Shaka. Internationally known as the thing to do with your free hand as you side-hug with your other arm. It indicates that you are a laid back, easy going person that loves to socialize with others in the sport. It may also indicate that you are possibly Hawaiian and possible a surfer. The hand gesture translates to โ€œhang looseโ€ and also represents friendship and solidarity.

Cons: Because of the stronger relation to surfing, this emoji may be misleading. Apart from BJJ selfies and in group photos, the Shaka is not in common use in-person.

8. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฐ

Post-weight cut foods. Each person has their own tastes and preferences, but generally one must avoid sweet and savory carbs and sugar. These emojis increase in frequency of appearance leading up to tournament dates as a list of restricted foods and reappear as a list of foods eaten.

Cons: Foodies with cravings for more unusual foods are out of luck. Still looking for a good representation of pandan waffles and red bean paste sticky buns. Also, I have no idea what this emoji is: ๐Ÿข.

9. ๐Ÿ”

Slang word for cool in Brazilian Portuguese. This emoji was most likely designed as a directional symbol to indicate north of or above as โ€œtopโ€. Coincidentally, one may use the emoji to reference a post or comment by saying, โ€œHey look, this thing right above is pretty cool.โ€

Cons: Only those individuals that know the term top will understand.

10. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Brazil, Japan, and USA Flags. The first two flags represent the birthplace and rebirth of two styles of jiujitsu: Japanese, or OG jiujitsu and Brazilian Jiujitsu. Flags are used to indicate national heritages of the sport or to indicate a passage written in English, Portuguese, or on rare occasions, Japanese. They make nice accent emojis, end-caps to a message.

Cons: Some might feel that jiujitsu Should not be considered solely Brazilian at this point. Although it is important to note that BJJ is still the formal title of the sport.

Emojis we need:

1. Cauliflower ear ๐Ÿ‘‚

2. Ear guardsโ›‘

3. Brazilian Referee

4. Flip flops ๐Ÿ‘ก

5. Weight scale โš–๏ธ

6. Food baby belly ๐Ÿคฐ