BJJ

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

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BJJ

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. 🥋

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 don’t think people are accusing me of claiming black belt status based on an emoji.

2. 💛🧡💚💙💜🖤

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. I’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. I’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. 🕷🦑🦖🦂🐛🦈🦍🐼

The animal kingdom of jiujitsu. Here we use different animals to represent styles and types of guards or movements. I’ve personally used the spider for spider guard, obviously, but I like to throw in the spider’s web for extra emphasis. I really wish there was a lasso. I’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. 🥇🥈🥉

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. 🤔

Thinking emoji. If you are active on social media, it seems that every week there’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. 🤕

Injured emoji. Let’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. 🤙

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 “hang loose” 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. 🍕🍔🌮🍩🍰

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: 🍢.

9. 🔝

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

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

10. 🇧🇷🇯🇵🇺🇸

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 👂

2. Ear guards⛑

3. Brazilian Referee

4. Flip flops 👡

5. Weight scale ⚖️

6. Food baby belly 🤰

References

https://www.wired.com/story/academic-emoji-conference/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-more-emojis-you-use-the-more-sex-you-have-10025482.html

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Mental Health

Feeling Bipolar?

I’d say that bipolar is one of the most commonly misused labels I’ve come across in my practice. “Oh, well she’s bipolar – she’s always having mood swings!”

The reality is that most of us humans have mood swings and can feel “crazy” at times. For those individuals with Bipolar Disorder, mood can be like riding a big, winding, looping roller coaster of emotions ranging from intense highs and really low lows.

The previous name for bipolar disorder was Manic Depressive Disorder. As much as “bipolar” is in our common conversational dialogue nowadays, so was being a “Manic-Depressive” or feeling “manic.” Mania and depression were considered two states, or two poles within the disorder, hence the newer term Bipolar Disorder.

At one end of the spectrum is mania. Mania is a combination of the following symptoms, including feeling “up”, “high”, or elated, sometimes feeling irritated or easily agitated, needing little sleep, having lots of energy, talking fast and quickly switching from topic to topic, feeling as if one’s mind is going really fast, doing risky things like spending a lot of money, using excessive drugs or alcohol, or having reckless sex. These manic symptoms might not all be present for each person, but the period of mania is distinct, lasting a few days up to a week. This symptom cluster is not to be confused with having a good day or period of days, or being in a positive, happy mood. An individual in a manic episode has difficulty managing their lives with the erratic, impulsive behavior, which can sometimes result in legal problems.

In between manic episodes, the person experiences bouts of clinical depression. Mild depression can affect just about anyone, but clinically impairing depression goes beyond feeling blue for a day or two. A depressive episode includes symptoms of feeling depressed or down for most of the day, nearly every day for at least two weeks. During this time, appetite may be nonexistent or the opposite, feeling an urge to keep eating. Sleep may be disturbed, either by an inability to fall or stay asleep or the opposite, sleeping or desiring to sleep for hours beyond the average sleep cycle (6-8 hours). During the daytime, the depressed person may have low energy, fatigue, sluggishness or may feel fidgety or restless. Other emotions that can accompany depressed mood, include feeling hopeless, worthless, or excessively guilty and unmotivated to do usual activities. More serious symptoms include concentration problems, inability to make decisions and persistent thoughts of death or of suicide.

What outsiders see in the person with Bipolar Disorder is the swing from hyper or high, to irritable and impulsive, and ultimately crashing into a depressive state. The switch can be rapid (week to week) or over the span of months or years.

Bottom line: When thinking Bipolar Disorder, think of extremes in mood and behavior. Being moody, touchy or sensitive isn’t bipolar by itself, but could be a reaction to stressful events or a personality style. If you do know of a person suffering from Bipolar Disorder, encourage them to seek professional help if they have not. This condition is not curable, but one can learn to maneuver and manage the symptoms for a better quality of life.

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