I’ve recently been taking private lessons from Gracie Barra Black Belt, Mark Mullen, when he briefly mentioned to me the difference between the principles and the techniques of jujitsu. We didn’t have time to discuss it in depth...read more
Category : My Rants
I’ve been doing Jujitsu off and on for about 4 years now but only started doing yoga about 9 months ago and I can honestly say it has had a profound impact on my jits practice and performance. I do yoga almost everyday now and I can’t imagine how I ever made it this far without it.
Here’s how Yoga has improved my Jiu-Jitsu practice…
1. Spinal health- Jujitsu is hard on the spine. Thrashing around, trying to rip each other’s limbs off and choking each other out can destroy the spine but yoga seems to safely and comfortably put my vertebra back in line while strengthening, massaging and smoothing out the supporting muscles and tendons. More importantly, yoga actually lubricates and replenishes the discs and can even help to rebuild damaged or deteriorated discs. I used to have the worst back problems, muscle spasms, knots and even pinched nerves that would completely decapacitate me for days. Yoga has also been helping to restore the natural curves of my spine as well as pelvic tilt which, both of these problems left untreated, can lead to chronic disabilities.
2. Core strength- Jits requires serious core strength, from sprawling to bridging to shrimping and other tactical ground movements, your core will be fired up and I have found no better way to condition the core muscles for jiu-jitsu than yoga.
3. Stabilizers- Many body builders and athletes from various disciplines are shocked to find out how physically taxing yoga is for them despite being strong, fit and well conditioned. They sometimes think just because they are good at lifting weights or football or Muay Thai they will be able to keep up with your average yogi but the problem is, they are not well rounded enough and usually their stabilizers are not prepared to handle the strain. Sometimes certain muscles can become disproportionately stronger than their surrounding counterparts like stabilizing muscles, tendons and ligaments; And this is where most sports injuries occur.
4. Balance- Good balance and a strong base will give you a superb advantage on the mats. Usually, when a struggle ensues between two fighters, the one with the better balance is going to end up exerting less energy and end up in a more dominant position.
5. Mobility- Having a good reach, flexibility and increased mobility while grappling is key. Not only can you pull off more attacks that may be hard to obtain or hard to reach from certain positions but you can also defend better and have a much higher tolerance to withstand and fight off submission attempts.
6. Breathing- The higher belts will tell you that the way you breathe during a fight can determine your fate. You must be able to regulate your breath during explosive moves but more importantly, when in a compromising position where you’re gassing out but you’re also being crushed and you can’t breathe well. If you can learn diaphragmatic breathing through challenging yoga flows, you’ll reap the benefits in your jujitsu as well.
7. Mitigate injuries- After becoming proficient in yoga, you move and exert your body differently and in more ergonomic ways. Knowing the healthy range as well as the strengths and weaknesses of shoulders, hips, knees and other joints will help you naturally prevent contorting your body in ways that could lead to injury. Having a a stronger foundation of core and stabilizing muscles along with the increased flexibility also helps to prevent injuries.
8. Rehabilitation- Yoga doesn’t make you invincible or bulletproof so you’re still bound to get injured at least once on your path from white to black belt. And when this happens you can bet that yoga will be the best way to rehabilitate and recover from your injuries. So far, I have been able to strengthen a partially torn MCL and ACL in my knee, repair rotator cuff tear in my shoulder, straighten out my crooked fingers and much more. I refused knee surgery after having 3 different doctors tell me its the only way I’ll be able to train again. I’m really starting to think Yoga can cure anything!
Thanks for reading, OSS and Namaste!
I’m very happy to announce my newest business venture, Gaano.com. After years of being frustrated with the local rental companies and paying exorbitant prices, Russell Meiselman and myself, decided to partner up to open a new rental company located inside the Clark Freeport Zone of Angeles City, Philippines!
According to the Angels City Department of Tourism, foreign tourist arrivals are up 17% in 2016 to reach 2.56 million tourist per year. That being said, there’s only a few, poorly managed car rental companies in the area and they are usually fully booked and often charge unreasonable prices for sub-par vehicles.
What Make us Different?
When starting a new company, you must always ask yourself what sets you apart from the competition. The answer is simple… Better wheels, better price and better customer service.
Better Wheels- We invested heavily in brand new cars fresh off the lot. We started with 2 new Kia Picanto compact cars, 1 new Hyundai Eon compact, 1 new Ford Ecosport and 1 slightly used E-350 Ford passenger van. We have plans to add 1 brand new car to the fleet every two months and we will choose which class of vehicle to buy based on our customer’s demand.
In addition to the cars, we also have a nice fleet of motorcycles that include a Suzuki GSXR-1000, Suzuki TL-1000, Husqvarna TR-650, KTM SRM-450, Yamaha WR-250f, two Yamaha Mio scooters and more.
Better Price- We’re about 30% to 50% cheaper than anyone in town! While the competition charges from 1,200php to 2,000php for a used beat up houptie, our rates start off at 990php for a fresh brand new ride. Big bikes can go for as much as 1,800php per day for a (Thailand built) 650cc Ninja, while we rent our 1000cc Suzuki or Husqvarna (authentic imports) for only 990php.
Better Service- We go above and beyond the competition in the customer service department. Not only do we offer free pickup and delivery anywhere in Angeles City or Clark but more importantly, we do so with a smile. When you go to one of the other car rental companies in town, they act like you are bothering them by using their services and wouldn’t dare smile or go out of their way to make sure you have a friendly experience. Here at Gaano we are always friendly and strive to make the customer feel welcome, important and well attended to and the best part is we do it with a pleasant attitude and big ol’ smile!
What’s the Next for us?
Once we have a solid base of clientele, we want to expand to offer various Gaano Adventure Tours like helicopters, sailboats, Jetskis, off-road 4x4s, limousines and maybe even an RV or two. Gaano is a tourist and travel based company so we want to cater to the industry and make sure our customers get the most out of their visit to the Philippines!
I hate to start this article with such a provocative title but it seemed like the best way to summarize my thesis in the simplest of terms while, getting your attention. Now if you’re finished being offended, please allow me to explain.
Growing up in politically correct America, I was told the reason people in 3rd world countries were so poor is because Westerners (The White Man) exploited and oppressed them while stealing what little resources they had. I’ve spent over a decade traveling to dozens of underdeveloped countries, engaging in charity, learning about their cultures and in some cases, even speaking their languages and I have found absolutely no truth to this dogma.
It took years of traveling with an open heart and an open mind to look past the cultural Marxist indoctrination that the West was responsible for all the suffering in the world and realize the truth about the situation. 3rd world countries are 3rd world not because of the West but under their own accord. They’ve been that way for hundreds (in some cases, thousands) of years before any Westerner ever showed up and as far as I can tell, it could take hundreds of years more before they catch up.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made some great friends in underdeveloped countries who are extremely kindhearted and very intelligent but they are a minority and herein lies the problem.”
In all my travels, I have noticed the same patterns regardless of race, religion or geography. In every impoverished country I’ve been to, I have found these same two main causes. Although I listed them in my title, I will lay them out once more in a more diplomatic manner…
Catalyst # 1. Culture
From my experience, the overwhelming majority of people in 3rd world countries lie, cheat, steal and treat each other so bad to the extent that it stifles everything, everywhere in every day life, all the way from public and business interactions to domestic relations between friends and family and of course the biggest perpetrator of them all, the government.
Even after spending over a decade in 3rd world countries, I still find myself appalled almost daily with the occurrences of barbarity and great disregard to fellow human beings not to mention, animals and the environment. Integrity, honesty, empathy, common courtesy, individual rights and even altruism are all very critical to build a society where the people can prosper and flourish but those characteristics are just not common in the 3rd world.
How to Fix it
The solution is cultivation of a healthy society through advocacy. This must be taught starting at home at a very young age and then reinforced throughout everyday society on all levels and it must be backed by a fair justice system. Unfortunately, the changes are gradual and can require several generations to really take hold.
Thousands of years of Western history is riddled with periods of turbulent times followed by reformations and revolutions where these lessons were learned, deteriorated, reinforced again and then finally became fully ingrained in every aspect of our culture all the way from kids fairy tales, to basic Western morals, to forms of laws and governments. Its all around us and some even say Western brains are now hardwired with it already built in from generations of selective breeding.
Catalyst # 2. Intelligence or IQ
Not to be mistaken with education, intelligence is almost entirely hereditary but many claim that it can be improved by good nutrition and early childhood development. That being said, if you have a 70 IQ score (which is below what we consider mentally disabled in the West) not even the best diet, child rearing nor even the fanciest private school in the world is going to get you anywhere near the Western average of around 107. Rancid inbreeding which is common in the 3rd world, doesn’t help this situation either.
Before the industrial age, usually only the smartest and wealthiest people out bred the poor and stupid. Even then, people used to have 10 or more children in hopes that just a few of them would survive to adult age. Now people with the lowest IQs are out breeding the smart 10 to 1 and due to modern technology, all 10 survive to adult age. To make matters even worse, many higher IQ individuals escape their impoverished countries which creates brain-drain while many of the other smart people left behind choose not to reproduce at all.
This was much easier for the West in the past because the West cultivated it’s peoples at a time before modern technology and at a time when social Darwinism was not taboo but perfectly normal. This created an environment of selective breeding and survival of the fittest in which, the fittest were the smartest, most well behaved and most productive. War and famine also played a role in thinning out the population from the bottom up leaving only the cream on the top.
How to Fix it
The IQ of a country can be gradually increased from one generation to the next through selective breeding, good nutrition and stimulating child rearing. The solution is simple; Cut support and make it socially unacceptable.
Most people agree that its inhumane to limit breeding rights as is done in China and its especially inhumane to force sterilization on people who don’t have the means to support their own offspring. That being said, it isn’t a human rights violation to NOT support them and encourage and enable their rampant breeding, nor does it make you a bad person. I actually argue the contrary, that you are indeed a bad person if you knowingly provide support enabling neglectful and delinquent child rearing. Especially, if the motives are to raise charity money, for cheap labor, votes or tax revenues as is the case with most international aid and welfare.
In addition to cutting this enabling support, the society as a whole must discourage and stigmatize people who are too lazy or stupid to support their offspring from having children in the first place. If you can’t afford kids, don’t have any, that simple and if you do, expect to fall on hard times and become an outcast in society!
Do you Agree?
Whether you agree with my statements or not, I can assure you that many people living in the 3rd world are well aware of these problems and strongly agree. That being said, they feel powerless to do anything about it and end up accepting it and even help to perpetuate it.
Will the West Follow?
The West is now in decline for similar reasons. The welfare state, ultra-liberalism and in the influx of hundreds of millions of migrants from 3rd world countries seems to be having a regressive impact on Western culture. I’ll address each separately.
First, the welfare state allows and even encourages the poorest and most unintelligent people to breed at much higher rates than the rest of the population. While in an impoverished neighborhood in America, I once overheard a young teenage girl who was griping about her mom say, “I can’t wait until I have a baby so I get my own welfare check and then she can’t tell me what to do anymore.”
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Next, ultra-liberalism prevents the truth about our situation to come out and punishes and censors people like me for talking about it openly and honestly. I know the liberals mean well but as they say, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” And as I have outlined here, their polices are often hurting more than they are helping.
Lastly, immigration. If a country takes so many immigrants from 3rd world countries at a rate so fast that the local population cannot absorb and at a rate that makes the local population a minority, then you can expect that country to decline and become more 3rd world as well.
There’s over 7 billion people in the world and an estimated 5.7 billion live in utter poverty. If we continue to allow political correctness to blind us from truth, we are doomed. We can’t change the past nor the present but if we confront the problems that got us here today, we can build a better future for tomorrow.
When I first moved to Asia, I was flabbergasted and even disgusted to learn that most people do not use toilet paper!!! Instead, they use a bidet to spray their butt or in most cases, just a bucket of water and a ladle that is almost always found next to the toilet. Furthermore, most bathrooms don’t even have a toilet seat and in some Asian countries, the toilet consist of a porcelain hole in the floor in which to squat over.
The squatting part is tough for a Westerner but as it turns out, its actually a much healthier way to make bowel movements according to many studies conducted worldwide and you don’t have to touch a dirty seat.
That being said, getting past the toilet paper part was not as easy!
One day, I was talking to some locals in the Philippines; I brought up the topic of why there’s no damn toilet paper in this country and voiced my opinion on how nasty I thought that was. Then someone proposed this analogy in opposition, “Imagine if you had to pick up some dog shit with your hands, are you just going to wipe your hand with tissue or would you rather wash it with soap and water?” Then I heard someone say something along the lines of “ewww all these nasty foreigners are walking around here with dirty butts.” It was then that I realized how closed minded I had been on this issue because washing is clearly better than wiping!
Nowadays, when I take care of my business, I wash rather than wipe. I can’t stand to not wash now and I am proud to say that after all these years of living in Asia, I finally walk around with a clean butt! And yes mom, I always wear clean underwear too, just in case hahahaha
Today Google posted on their Official Blog to let us know they care so much about your rights and privacy that they filed this new petition to protect our “civil liberties”.
Well I’m calling Google out, this is sheer propaganda! This whole thing is just a dog and pony show to deceive and distract because Eric Schmidt is a US State Department asset working as an unofficial Ambassador. He also works with Scott Malcomson former State Department advisor or how about Jared Cohen the former advisor to Condoleezza Rice and later Hillary Clinton! Basically, Eric and his team are the clean up crew for US affairs.
Please don’t take my word for it, research it! You can start by looking at the pre-publication endorsements of his book “The New Digital Age”… Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright to name a few.
Oh and did I mention that Google actually got paid to give the government our private data?
For more info about Google and the Government, watch Julian Assange interview that he just did last week! I think this petition is an attempt to minimize the impact of this interview.
I’m no quantum physicist byany stretch but I think its fair to say that now the Higgs field aka Higgs particle has finally been proven to really exist, I think it will lead to the discovery of what dark matter is actually made of. That is a an even deeper mystery because 70% of our whole universe is made up for dark matter but we don’t even know what this stuff is or what its made of. Dark matter and the Higgs make up the actual fabric of space and time itself!
Higgs Dark Matter Connection
Here’s why the Higgs and dark matter must be closely connected… basically particles that make up atoms have absolutely no mass just pure energy and they only generate their mass from the movement through a sea of Higgs particles. Its like friction created from this movement doesn’t create heat at the particulate level but instead it creates mass which then creates gravitons that hold the atoms together just like gravitons hold us on the Earth and the Earth around the Sun and the Galaxies around the super-massive black holes but dark matter much like Higgs also has energy properties and occupies all the empty space in between the cosmos. Maybe dark matter is made up of a whole series of Higgs-like particles. In the future we will be able to use this technology to manipulate space, time and energy in ways we never thought possible. Like an underlying foundation of our universe that we never even knew existed!
Now I think its official, I must be a complete nerd for posting this on my SEO blog but its exciting stuff and at least I put it in My Rants section.
There’s more than 7 billion people in the world now and somewhere around 5 or 6 billion of them would love to live in Western countries. Unfortunately, it’s just not sustainable. Furthermore, I personally would not like to become a minority in my own country and have my culture erased but I have been labeled as a racist or a xenophobe for saying so. The purpose of this post is to prove that NO ONE wants to become a minority in their own country except for us stupid ass, brainwashed Westerners. I aim to prove that rest of the world would rather retain their cultural homogeneity and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Are Koreans Racist?
I asked a few of my Korean friends if they would be ok having more foreigners in Seoul than actual Koreans and they all said, “No, that is totally not ok”. Then I asked them, what if these foreigners received government support and petitioned to have public radio, TV, documents and signs also in another language like Russian or English. They were flabbergasted that I would even ask such a ridiculous question and said that Koreans would NEVER tolerate that. Does this make Koreans bad people?
Are Filipinos Racist?
I asked some Filipino friends the same questions but this time in their native language. Ok lang ba sau kung mas maraming mga foreigner dito sa Manila kesa mga Filipno? (Would that be ok for you if there were more foreigners here in Manila than actual Filipinos?). I’ve asked this question to many Filipinos and 100% of them said, “No, that’s not ok” or “Not a chance in hell!”. Then I take it a step further and propose that these foreigners that are coming are from poorer countries and have to rely on government handouts to support them and pay for their housing, food, education and healthcare. Then they really get irate and say that the local population would probably riot and kill those foreigners to drive them out of their country! Does that mean Filipinos are bad people?
Are Africans Racist?
Even though its covered up by mass media so most people in Western countries never hear about it, white people have been institutionally targeted and driven from their homes and even killed by the tens of thousands in African countries like Zimbabwe and South Africa. Some say it could be classified as an actual genocide. The president of South Africa has even sung this song during public speeches “Kill the Boer” (Boer, meaning white people). The sad thing is that these “Boer” aren’t even foreigners, most have been there for over 300 years and only have African passports. They have nowhere else to go? Its the same as if the American government decided to start killing all African Americans and trying to drive them back to Africa.
I have traveled to many countries and have asked this same question as a social experiment. I have never found one Filipino or Korean or Chinese or Indian or Romanian or African that would like to become a minority in their own country. Yet this exact thing is happening in many Western cities and if you dare oppose it, you will be labeled as a racist or a xenophobe.
Do you Have a Rebuttal?
I’ve had a few debates about this and usually what I hear is that Western people deserve to be dissolved and their lands taken from them because of what their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. This is really twisted and sad to hear But if that is true, then so do many other peoples. Just one of many examples is Turkey. I guess they deserve the same fate because the Turkish Ottoman Empire was twice as big as the British Empire and committed far worse atrocities. Enslaving whole nations and exterminating whole tribes of peoples. Does this mean Turkey should not remain Turkish? And they should be dissolved and forced to give up their conquered lands?
Please someone comment and tell me why its ok to have hundreds of millions of foreigners pouring to our countries and making us minorities in our own lands? Its happening everywhere you look. London, Miami, Amsterdam, Oslo, Kansas City, Denver… Some studies show that by the year 2050, Westerners will be minorities in their own countries! This is a real epidemic and for some reason its taboo to even talk about it.
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