Let’s do a breathing exercise together. Try to breathe from your diaphragm(your belly will expand as you inhale.)
Slowly breathe in to the count of 4 seconds. 1, 2, 3, 4.
Hold that breath for 4 seconds. 1, 2, 3, 4.
Slowly breathe out to the count of 4 seconds. 1, 2, 3, 4.
Hold empty for 4 seconds. 1, 2, 3, 4.
Repeat 2-3 more times.
This is called Tactical Breathing and its a technique that soldiers, policemen, firefighters, etc. use to handle stressful situations. Popularized by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman in his book On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace, tactical breathing stifles the adrenaline response to stressful situations by calming you down and slowing your heart rate.
Your autonomic nervous system is a control system for a lot of subconscious processes in your body. Processes like digestion, sexual arousal, perspiration, regulating body temperature, salivation, and breathing. Breathing happens whether we’re paying attention to it or not but we can exert conscious control over it. As it turns out, control over our breathing gives us control over our autonomic nervous system.
Under stress, when our heart rate gets revved up high some physiological responses start happening. Everyone’s body is a little different, but at around 115 heartbeats per minute you start to lose fine motor skills. At 145 bpm (beats per minute) you lose complex motor skills and at around 175 bpm your memory, hearing, and vision all start to go. So where does breathing come in? Normally, stress and fear trigger your breathing to be quick and shallow to grab as much oxygen as quickly as possible. Tactical breathing interrupts these processes, calming you down from Full Alert.
Before a competition, before a big test, before an interview, during a workout…any time you feel a stress response. Practice it throughout your day, its as easy as breathing and takes no time at all. Try to lengthen the count of your breathing inhale for six seconds or repeat five to six times. Find what works for you, the more you practice when you aren’t in a stressful situation the more effective it will be when you need it.
I like techniques that will work regardless of the situation. Tactical breathing works for soldiers in combat situations and first responders heading into disaster situations or in other words the worst case scenarios. So if tactical breathing allows people to handle that level of stress it can work for the stress in every day life.
After the events of Metamoris 3, there was controversy galore. But what does this controversy mean for us? For our sport?
Eddie Bravo put on an amazing show at Metamoris, showing just how effective our system is at the highest level. Not only that, but he displayed his skill and just how good he is against an amazing competitor in Royler Gracie. After the original 2003 ADCC match, many Jiu Jitsu practitioners wrote Eddie’s success off as a fluke and even 11 years later gave him little to no chance against Royler. Eddie was able to silence the masses with his performance on March 28th, but at what cost? There was an uproar in the Jiu Jitsu community over the match and a rivalry unlike any we’ve seen in our sport was rekindled. 10th Planet has been viewed by many as a black sheep of the Jiu Jitsu community, but is that necessarily a bad thing?
Competition makes us better competitors, but in some cases, competition happens outside of the sanctioned rules of a tournament or super fight. In 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was born and an undersized Brazilian cut a swathe through the ranks of Karate experts, boxers, and Martial Artists of all sorts. This caused a rift in the fight community. What had the sport evolved to? Even though this new style of fighting may have seemed cowardice to some, or ridiculous to others, it didn’t take long for the fight world to know that they must adapt or die. Are we not experiencing the same thing as a result of Metamoris 3?
We saw Eddie Bravo come into the fight with a vast knowledge of anything that Royler could throw at him, however, Royler was certainly not prepared for the evolution that Eddie has brought to the game. This evolution is viewed by many as a “gimmick” or “novelty”, but Eddie proved for 20 minutes straight that it is a new branch of the original tree planted by the Gracie family. Utilizing a system based off of tight clinches, over and underhooks, and a half guard expertise, Eddie was able to consistently set up sweeps and submission attempts from a position that many in the Jiu Jitsu community consider a losing position. Eddie was able to use his nontraditional Lockdown style to not only keep Royler from passing his guard, but to set up the same sweep three different times.
It’s important to note that to execute the same technique on a multiple time World Champion like Royler is certainly no easy task. This further validates the effectiveness of this unorthodox style of Jiu Jitsu. It appeared that Royler was not able to move unless Eddie wanted him to move. We even saw at different points in the match Royler throw his hands in the air, in what appeared to be frustration. Once Eddie swept and came on top, he was able to further execute his game plan, utilizing his 10th Planet System by applying a devastating leg lock called “the Vaporizer”. Eddie moved into this position and although Royler was a tough opponent and was able to last until the end of the match without tapping, he was never able to fully escape the submission to safety, and the effectiveness of the technique in which Eddie applied could not be questioned.
There is nothing wrong with rivalry or a competitive nature between schools or arts. But does it have to be carried out with such venom in the action of the parties involved? Does rivalry mean hatred? We at 10th Planet Santa Fe would challenge you to let your actions speak for yourself, not your words.
Coming April 2nd to UNDISPUTED FITNESS/10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Santa Fe, FUNCTIONAL FEMALE SELF DEFENSE. This 12 week program is designed to allow you to be in complete control of every situation in your life. We’ve been working diligently to bring you, the women of Santa Fe, the most effective, safe, and fun self defense program ever. Nobody deserves to feel helpless. See a coach for more information!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day all week long!
We at Undisputed Fitness love Valentine’s Day. How much do we love Valentine’s Day? We love it so much we want to celebrate it all week!
From Monday, February 10th through Saturday, February 15th Pro Shop purchases are 15% off! Sweet!
Been dying to get a pair of our Badass socks or try out some of the new Onnit products? Just can’t get enough Caveman Coffee? Want to get that special someone something you know they’ll love? Stop by and load up on all the goodies!
Hey guys! We’re running a limited schedule this week for the holidays.
Here’s what it looks like going through the new year:
Last night the boss himself, Tait, was in the house to teach class and while he was here gave out a couple promotions!
Congratulations to 10th Planet Santa Fe’s newest blue belts, James Aragon and Robert Rivera!
Both of these men are consistently in class, honing their skills and have been smashing tournaments for a while now. We’re extremely happy and excited for them and can’t wait to see them continue to grow! Great work, guys!
James and Robert with coaches Tait and Ruben
Just the beginning!
There is no right or wrong form of self defense; your safety is the only thing that truly matters. Join us this Saturday August 10th at 3 pm to learn time tested techniques that can save your life!
10th Planet Santa Fe brings home 10 medals, including 5 Gold Medals!!!
The 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Santa Fe Competiton Team traveled to Santa Clara, California last weeked on June 30th to Compete at the 2013 Gracie Worlds Submission Only Tournament. As always the Gracie World tournament brought together some of the toughest Jiu Jitsu players from all over the country. 10th Planet Santa Fe made its mark at Gracie Worlds by bringing 2 medals home. Kyle Wright shares the spotlight by taking 2nd place in the 155 pound blue belt division and coach Ruben Rivera submitted all of his opponents he faced under 5 minutes even though there was a 15 minute time limit. Nate Harris and Robert Rivera also marked their presence at Gracie Worlds by fighting through some tough matches against some very tough opponents. We look forward to any and all submission only tournaments and we at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Santa Fe believe that submission only is the future of Jiu Jitsu.
This past weekend, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Santa Fe purple belt Nate Harris traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the second ever combat jiu jitsu match on the University of MMA‘s ‘Fight Night 2′ card.
Combat Jiu Jitsu is the brain child of Eddie Bravo who’s goal with it is to “fill that hole between MMA and grappling”. Essentially, CJJ is identical in rules as amateur MMA minus the ability to kick or punch on the feet. Once there is a take down is when striking is allowed.
The first CJJ match was held on May 20th, 2012 on the University of MMA’s ‘Champions of Tomorrow’ card and saw 10th Planet brown belt Erik ‘Compella’ Cruz take the win over Kristopher Gonzalez of King’s MMA with a rear naked choke late in the first round.
In a bit of deja vue, on May 19th, 2013, our own ‘Nasty’ Nate Harris scored the win over Jorge Pineda of King’s MMA…. with a rear naked choke late in the first round.
This was a great experience and opportunity that we were ecstatic to be a part of. Combat jiu jitsu is only going to get bigger from here and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu is leading from the front!
‘Nasty’ Nate Harris reigns victorious!