#43 Are You Packing? What to pack in your training bag for a better BJJ class
Going to training? What are you packing? When you start training no one tells you what to pack. If you don’t have a dedicated training bag, you are missing out. In order to have success at anything you need Preparation & Opportunity. JT & Joey break down exactly what you need in order to show up and make the most of every class:
Treat Yourself Like An Athlete
Bring Your Tools To Work
Top 5 Must Haves
BJJ First Aid
A Secret from the Aussie Outback
BJJ is a wild and unpredictable activity that can require some low level surgical intervention, just so you can keep rolling. Being prepared is a keep step to having better rolls and ultimately a better life.
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another Bulletproof. The BJ J podcast. I am JT. Hello guys. I’m Joey. And today guys, we are discussing how you can come prepared for packing your bag for jujitsu. You need to be ready. So this is something which is very little discussed . I remember when I first started jujitsu, it was just show up, like bring your gear and you you’re good to go, you know, but I think over time from making many mistakes and just learning to be better at this thing, you’ve gotta do some prep and you’ll have better experience at jujitsu. And, and for me, I have my own particular things about you, Joe . You’ve got some things you do yourself. I’ve got some things for sure. Um, I was thinking about the , uh, that, you know, how you said no one ever really tells you about stuff you should bring. Yes. And it’s really like a cultural thing in jujitsu where it’s like, rock up with your gear , rock up under your sleeve, or, you know, maybe you got your belt wrapped around and yeah, they got the should kind of AAMI style. Like yeah , it’s folded a certain way and strapped and yeah. And it’s like over your shoulder and you got flip flops and then, you know, you take your off and , and it’s kind of nice. This sort of beachy simplicity style. Yeah. Like I just came from surfing. That’s right. Like, yeah . I’m Ty real tall , you know, rolled it off a beach , but um, rock up on the skateboard. It’s a real Brazilian thing. Isn’t it? It is. And, and I say that because we can get into it in a second in Brazil, this is a different situation. You don’t take anything to jujitsu class, cuz it’s probably gonna get used by somebody else. Maybe man, depending where you train. Yes. But it’s like, no one tells you. And so when you are like a white belt or even a blue belt, you probably don’t feel like you have really any kind of right . Like to show up looking or prepared cuz it’s like, who are you? The guy with all the equipment and. <laugh> like , everyone just , everyone’s got like a used bottle of water that they’ve been holding onto for the last two years. That same plastic bottle. Yeah. It’s like all degraded. The sun and. <laugh> um , still with like a little bit of water in the bottom from back in like early 2000 <laugh> um , but the reality is, and this is the point we push is that you gotta treat yourself like a bit of an athlete. You do. And you can look at other sort of little subcultures of training, like say CrossFit. Yep . Where they really embrace the gear thing hard. Everyone’s got the sick duffle bag with the mobility equipment and all the bits and pieces such gun cost them thousands of dollars. So right. <laugh> that’s right. Everything. Yeah. Never used it, teched it up. But yeah, but it’s there in case I need it. But in any case, I guess we’re like, you need to do a bit of that don’t you? Because you, and even if you are a white belt , we’re giving you permission because man, you’d shown up to do this hectic thing. You need tools in order to be successful with this thing. That’s right. So this is a classic phrase. Preparation meets opportunity equals success. There may be opportunity there, but if you are not prepared, you will not experience the success. Right. And vice versa. If you are prepared and there’s no opportunity still no success, but we’ve gotta think this, every class is an opportunity to get better. The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to be successful. Yep . Let’s talk about the number one thing you need to show up with. And if you don’t, I’m up at slippers, you’re in big trouble water bottle. Y’all I got mine. It’s about a lit Joey’s got a fatter daddy. Yeah. Mine’s uh , two , two liters hall loaders . Oh my that . Yeah . What is this ? A competition. Um, but yeah, you need a water bottle. Essential . You have . And I , I would say like anything less than a lit you’re playing so huge . What are you doing? You’re 600 mills because really you’re gonna sip . You’re gonna end up sipping a bunch before you train. And you know , it’s like, you’re gonna sip a load during training. And then after like, depending if you’ve got water access, they’re fine. But you gotta have a vessel to put it in. Sure. It concerns me. When I see people running to the tap to suck water out of it between rounds. You’re like , it’s the classic. You are very unprepared young person. That’s right. You’re first role . <laugh> you ? That guy Lesco weakness. And that’s the thing. And this is something we’ve talked about before dehydration accounts for anywhere between 30 and 40% of performance. That’s huge. If you’re dehydrated, if you’ve done the warmup and you’re like Gast and just pumping sweat and you’re like, I’m so thirsty that tells you, you weren’t prepared enough. So yeah. To point sipping water before. But if you are packing your bag for jujitsu, you’ve got to have a water bottle. And this also is you gotta have a bag, gotta have a bag. Right. That’s the first step. And I’ll be honest. I didn’t actually have like a dedicated training bag. Um, until I don’t know , like until a year ago. Right. I would , I was, you know, I kind of had that old backpack that I’d use or sometimes I’d use my, my work backpack and I’d take that in. It’s got like a laptop and cable. Yeah . It’s got all of sorts of stuff. Yeah . Yeah. And so it was full and I’d rock in and it hold my water bottle, but it was only once I was like, no, no, no, like get a separate bag for training that can hold my bottle, my gear. And then all the other bits and piece , which we gonna talk and they live in there full time . Yes. It’s been super effective. Yeah. And for me, from an organization perspective, I need, I need to allocate things like I need to make sure that’s my ju stuff there, cuz I’m very much preparation the day before. And I’ve been very lucky. Like my partner ALA she’s 10 times more organized than me and she’ll be like, no, here are the things you need. And, and like instructs me, even though I know, and I will do it . Oh it’s great. But that said, I don’t like to make those decisions on the day. Yeah . Like we we’ve kind of had spoken, not directly relevant to Bulletproof, but that idea of like decision units, you don’t wanna allocate certain amounts of energy to making that decision on the day. Yeah. You just wanna have your bag packed. Ready to go. So when you get up in the morning, you do whatever you are . You are out the door and you are prepared. Yeah. Now for me. So we’ve got , we’ve got bag. We’ve got water bottle number , number , the major thing like one , okay. Bag is gotta have it. The water bottle. Number two is tape. I think tape is good tape. Not crappy tape. That cost you five bikes from random chemists . Like get good tape. That’s gonna stick because you get cuts. You get lumps and bumps. It might even just be like a , a bit of a Nick or a graze . A bandaid is not staying on. No, like you might go bandaid, but then you go tape over the top, keep it on there. Classic move. Twist your finger out of alignment. Tape that bad boy. Get the vCAN fingers going on. Yeah. Just something like knuckles of sore . Yeah . Maybe doing a lot of grip, heavy stuff in the gear . Yeah. You might knuckles of soy . Little bit tape around the knuckles. Gotta prepare and look, I’ve trained are plenty of judo guys who have a very elaborate finger taping routine. And actually what I’ve seen, which is amazing. Cuz these guys had traveled internationally and trained and Luco is a , a German brand and Luco blast . Yeah. Yeah. That’s the one, in my opinion, some of the best tape, the stickiest tape. And they had rolls like, you know how you have paper towel? Yeah. They had strapping tape in paper towel lengths like widths , like, like, you know how you might have like, not that wide. Not that girth I should say, but think of like a , uh , Pringles. Yep . It was like that. Oh , like a , like a cartridge full of rolls . Yeah . No, no, no. It was one solid roll in that holy . In that cardboard cylinder. Yeah . And they would tape , they would tear different lengths. So they had the little minute lengths for like, you know, like , oh , like super thin three, four mil for the finger tape . Yeah . And then the slightly bigger one for joint strapping. Yeah . And then the real big ones for like, oh your face is bleeding. Like get the whole thing. Yeah . Just gaffe your head up. <laugh> yeah . Continue. It was mad. That level of preparation I’m looking at judo guys like showing up half an hour early and taping up all their stuff. I was like, wow. These guys came to bang. Yeah . Serious. Yeah . To flex that’s me serious flex. You see the guy taping up? I me do some stretching though . <laugh> no . I just tape it on that. There’s all the cool brands. I think there’s like finger tape . There’s monkey tape. Yeah . There there’s cool brands out there that you , that you can get that are kind of generally quite thin. Sure. I got given one. I think finger tape or something. Anyway. It’s it’s cool. I like it. But I find that having, getting the rigid strapping tape, the brown stuff that the physios use. Yeah . Get it from your chemist. It’s pretty expensive. Cuz it’s hot quality stuff. Yeah . But you get it . Uh , yeah. It’s like Luca PLA or one of those brands. Yeah . And then like JT said, you just tear the width that you need. Yeah . And what you’ll end up with is a role that’s maybe it’s got like a line of like thin at the top and then a thicker section and you know, and that just covers all. Cuz maybe you sprain your ankle a little bit. You need the full width. Yes. And fingers. Okay. You need the thin stuff. Yeah. The other thing I’ve noticed with that is that after, for about a year or so it expires. It does. And it gets really sticky and it becomes a problem. Yeah . So don’t be afraid to give yourself a fresh roll every year. Oh I don’t be afraid to give yourself a fresh roll every two months, $7. You’ll never look back. Yeah. It’s great. And gold tape and like all your CrossFit, you know how people love to get the oh they love the kines out . The K canines tell it’s guys. Like honestly you think it’s real? Like it’s like fake tattoo art . Yeah. It’s like really however sold because the way it was sold to me was, oh no, it lifts your skin. And it helps with like Venus return and lymphatic drainage and all it’s like I see people taping up their joints that need greater structural integrity with this stuff. It doesn’t do much. Oh . With the KTA . Yeah. Yeah. It’s soft. Like it’s not yeah. It’s flexible. Just moves around. So it’s like don’t you $30 on that BS. Yes. Just saying all right . Next thing. First aid . So this song we gotta consider guys, you may get cut. You might get a graze like GE grazes on the faces. Always mm-hmm <affirmative> always a thing. Maybe your lip gets split. Yep . Tears like tear some skin on your knuckles, on your knuckles. You bend and back. Yeah . That’s rough. I mean, if someone cuts like you , how often you get cut by someone’s toenail or someone , it can , it can happen. Yeah . You don’t know . You just come off the mat . You’re like who’s bleeding. Yeah . Everyone looks around there’s blood on me . You’re like, was it me? Is it you? I can’t tell you. Definitely gotta have. And I don’t mean like a full first aid kit, but for me I always have bandaids. I have antibacteria kind of hand gel, which is basically pure alcohol. And I will also have like tack that on like baby wipes, antibacterial wipes to clean down an area before I patch it up. And also I always have like a pack of tissues, improvised, bandaid, you know, folder tissue over multiple times. Chuck it down the tape. Yeah. Chuck it on the tape and just gaffer that bad boy up. So you don’t bleed on your training partners? Yeah. That’s a good one. Actually. I even do. Yeah. When in full Des Desperado mode, <laugh> you tear off a little square of tape. Yeah . And then you , you put you , then you grab your larger piece of tape and then you just put that little square onto the tape. Yeah . So you’ve got like this one, like a long , the strip of adhesive. If you just got one section that’s not adhesive. Yeah . And then Chuck that over the thing. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. That’s a good point. Which heat of the moment, if you are in the middle of a session yes. And you are sweating a bunch, the thing is guys, you , you are like, nothing’s gonna stick to your sweaty skin. Yes. So if you can dry the area real quick, use a towel. T-shirt whatever you got and then get the tape on, but then like wrap it around. So the tape is hearing to itself. Yep . That’s gonna be your best chance. That’s way better. Yeah. It just happens all the time. You’re sweating. And even with really good tape , it’s just gonna slip off and you’ve kind of wasted your time and I like your first aid kit though. I , I do a similar thing. It’s usually just a few bandaids. I carry some really good 3m waterproof ones that I like. Okay, cool. And if I’ve got a cut or something, I’ll put them on before training when my skin’s dry. Yeah . And I find that putting them on, you know, 20 minutes before training gives it a good chance to grab to the skin is best. Yeah . And then often I’ll reinforce it with strapping tape, then some fabric bandaids. I Don should do the antibacteria thing, but I should. Uh , but the , those , yeah, those few pieces always in the , in the kit bag , um , full disclosure. The reason why I’m pretty big on the antibacterial thing is I’ve had a bunch of staff infections in my jujitsu career for various reasons. Early days. It was just not washing, like coming off the mat , having been exposed to all the bacteria in the world and just being like, yeah , I’ll be sweet. Just like for how long? Well, just like a couple hours after training. Right . But that’s , but that’s obviously go home and have a shower. But at that time , like all you need, like you , you know, you’re sweating, you know, pause are open. That’s all it takes. There’s little, little bug in the skin gets in the skin. You know , a lot of people talk a lot of about staff or it’s a dirty me , dirty gym. That’s just not true. Like staff lives on our skin. It lives in our nose. Like it’s always around. But when you get tired and you are sweating and you’re sweating continuously and you’re in contact with the mat, like you’re leaning on the mat, your face is on the mat. The chance of it getting in is there I shower two or three times a day, but here’s deal. If you are training more than once a day, your skin is almost con you’re sweating a lot and you’re constantly having your skin being more porous. You’re more susceptible to it. And I have learned the hard way guys. So I have a particular way to go about it, to , um , keep things nice and hygienic. So you are , you just quickly use the baby wipes after training real quick, just in , or almost immediately after training when I’m kind of, if I can’t have a shower immediately after training, I will wipe down with antibacterial wipes, all your major zones, face, neck, just get, get all your major regions. Allons always got it . It’s a major region freshen up. It feels good. <laugh> you know, I feel pretty good. Don’t shout feel fresh. Yeah. And then, but then also when I was in Brazil, cuz it’s, it’s more humid and you just sweat all the time. If you’re in Brazil, I took tea tree oil because if you , uh , get a staph infection in Brazil and I actually little side note, I did get a staph infection on my knee. I just wasn’t aware and tasks , Humphrey, shout out tasks , high Humphrey . Uh , he really came up hard in the jujitsu scene, like amazing athlete, but he won worlds, won Abu Dhabi, won Europeans in I think 2010 just wrecked the scene. It was amazing. I became friends with TASS. It was just before a long weekend. And I had this lump on my knee, like this kind of boil like lump. And he’s like, bro, that’s that’s that he had something similar many years ago and he said, you gotta go . We gotta go to the , uh , chemist. And I was like, but the doc , like doctors were closed and he’s like, nah , trust me. Come with me. This little lady in the chemist. And he’s like in Portuguese saying, you see this guy, he’s a gringo , you know what? He’s got no money. You know what? Look at his knee and he doesn’t treat this. He’s gonna die. It’s a long weekend. No doctors are open. You must give him a prescription for antibiotics. And she was like, I’m not allowed. He’s like, do you wanna kill this man? <laugh> I was like pointing in her face. It’s like, look, he doesn’t know it’s good for him. Just like just giving her this like nonstop tire range . And she’s like, okay, don’t tell anyone. <laugh> it’s just like, you know, gave me real basic. But it , it had saved me. You know, like if , if I’d gone another three days, that could have been some hospitalization business. So what I would do is when I was in Brazil, not only would I , I shower, but I would probably smelled like a very like hippy brother of the earth type covered in Tiro oil, the chewy kind of guy mate , <laugh> just with , uh , wearing my , uh , my hippy tie , dye pants . I, I smell people like, dang, you smell funky. What’s that smell? It’s tea oil . It burns. That’s the Australian Outback mate . Mate. That’s the smell of a yeah . Um, yeah, I wasn’t dousing myself in beer, but um, yeah, you can feel it if you’ve got a cut, it burns. Yeah . Like almost like peroxide type burn, but it works. And I found that just treating all my major exposed sites with T post-training in Brazil, no more staff issues. Nice. The next thing now we go back and forth on this cuz I’m pretty store wart about this is massage ball slash roller spiky . Roller. Yeah. Yeah. I always have a lacrosse ball. It’s it’s so simple. It’s just there. And if you’re a bit jacked up shoulder, hip back, whatever, it’s pretty easy to work in, get some blood flow in there and then do your mobility. Yep . And the thing is for me also it’s part of just get my brain ready. Like I’m doing that and the whole time, I’m just thinking about how I’m gonna strangle the hell out of Joe Worthington, rocking back and forth. Guys. I’ll give you a tip from the top. You can’t get strangled if you don’t show up class <laugh> this can a genius genius. I’m at home chilling on the couch . So Joe’s like, Joe’s like , uh , I’ll say Joe , you change tonight it Monday night . He’s like , yeah bro. Yeah. Yeah. So I show up Monday and he is like text Adam, bro . I’ll be there Tuesday. Yeah . You know me bro, Tuesday, Tuesday , Thursday, Tuesday. He’s like Joe . He’s like, no , he comes on Tuesday. So I Adam . Yeah . But um, I got a kid now got it’s different, you know , of course it’s hard to , it’s hard to be consistent with things responsibilities. Oh the dad life , blah, blah, blah . I do. I do the massage ball thing. I don’t actually carry one in my bag though. I should. Cuz I’ve , I’ve had a little bit of a glute kind of lull back thing lately. You I’ve been working on it. Uh , I do have a sow . Right ? I don’t carry it in my gym bags a bit bulky, but I , I use it at home, but my water bottle and yours were two doubles as a roller. It does. That’s the thing. If you are tough, you can eat that. That’s tough in the spine and the leg . Yes . It’s perfect. Like it’s a foam roller kind of size deal. Uh , and you can use the corners of it and different parts to just like get into really handy. Yeah . You know , and I , and I think that, and I think that having the tool , um, and making some time to use it allows you to just become a little bit more in touch with like maintaining your own body. Yes . So it’s a really good thing to do. Even if you’re like, I don’t really know what to do with it. Just get it, start rolling around on it. You’ll find some stuff. Oh yeah. And, and look, this is, this is this idea of preparation that you may not be aware of part of your body. That’s jacked up doing this, this extra little five minutes before class with your massage tool, whatever you go. Dang my , oh my hamstring’s super jacked. The fact that you’ve taken note of that when you go to do stuff in class, maybe the teacher’s like, oh, we’re gonna do spider guard and you gotta do this big stretch and you’re oh , hang on. My hamstring’s a bit jacked. So just because you’re aware of it, you’re far less likely to do something which is gonna stuff it up. Yeah . Just bringing that mindfulness to the situation. I should just give a bit of clarity regarding my comment about Brazil earlier. Okay. You remember when you’re in Brazil? Yeah, sure. Uh , depending which part of the country you’re in, but you know, generalization, but you could say that Rio and SA Paul are , are fairly dangerous cities. They can they’ve they’ve got a reputation depending on where you own a city. Yeah. So the , the culture there and everyone tells you yeah . They’re like, Hey, just don’t go out with anything. Yeah. You totally, you have like your wallet, you don’t cats wash don’t. Yeah . Yeah . And you just like, you’re wearing like shorts t-shirt thongs. Yep . And that’s it . Yeah . I mean, these days you would have a phone, but even when I traveled there, I remember it was like, no , I didn’t have a phone. Yeah. So when you go to jujitsu, it’s basically that plus you got your gay and a bottle of water. Yeah. But what I found was the academy that I went to , uh , Carlson , Gracie and Rio. Sure . I’d go to get my water halfway through the session and the bottle would be empty <laugh> and, and I was like, what’s what’s happening in this bottle of water in mine. And then I put, I like , I don’t wanna take my backpack. So I put in my backpack and I took a backpack. Cause it’s just around the corner from the hostel thing and my backpack’s open . My water’s been drunk again. <laugh> and then I caught, I caught a guy. It was a colored belt about the high belt , the meat mother, the . They were drinking my water. Yeah, of course. Because there was no water at the academy. Yeah. They did . Didn’t have a fountain and people are thirsty and it’s like, and it’s like, holy. That’s how it works here. Yeah . Obviously depends on the G I went to, yeah . I went to the gyms where I didn’t have that experience. No, no, no. But I’m gonna I’ll speak to that man, because I had a dentist fitted mouth guard and it had mine , it had J Tomlinson written on it. Right. So this is my time in SA Paula I’m training at Alliance Alliance Alliance at that time. And probably now is the most expensive gym to train at like it’s Primo. And they do have a drinking fountain there, but there’s a mega line for it. Doesn’t taste as good as the Gringo’s water. No, but no, don’t worry about the water. I between rounds went and put my mouth guard just in my little pigeon hole where all my stuff was and I went to the bathroom and I was actually just trying to catch a breather. <laugh> I was just in the bathroom. Oh , I’m dying. I’m dying. I went back to give my mouth guard wasn’t there. And I was like, that’s weird. I swear. I put my mouth out there . I was like, ah , I guess I’ll do a round without it. Whatever the guy I’m rolling is just this little purple bell guy. Now on Fridays, they would bring dudes in from another gym to come cross train . And they’re from like a much poorer area. And dude, I’m rolling. He’s just like a little other way , guy , whatever, some guard stuff. He looks at me, he’s got my mouth guard in, <laugh> in his mouth, in his mouth and it didn’t fit. Like it dude , like it didn’t fit clearly. And , and I was like, I was like , dude, that’s my mouth guard . He was like, oh , he tried to like shut his mouth over . I was dude , that’s my , it has my name on it. And you’re , and I was like, come on bro . I was like, just come , spit it out. Like for real, like just don’t keep yourself . He’s like <inaudible> . I was like, okay. And he just left. He bailed, he bailed and took my mouth card . Holy. I was like, what , what , what a song ? You know, it’s just one of those things . What a , what a power play . Wow. Yeah . My mouth guard now son . But I mean, look, he’s listening to the podcast, laughing guy . I gotcha . And look, it’s one of those things and I don’t, I don’t wanna make fun of anyone in a , a less fortunate financial situation. If he could continue, knew to wear that mouth guard . Good luck to him. But it’s for my teeth. Yeah. It it’s gonna be super uncomfortable, but Hey, he, you know, he took it and maybe it’s better than nothing. It could be way better than nothing. I don’t know. But I just, mate, I just, I have definitely learned it doesn’t matter if it’s jujitsu you’re in Brazil or even if you’re traveling overseas, you’re in a hostile food is gonna disappear. Food will disappear. You , you do not leave that food in the communal fridge. That’s right. You know, you don’t leave your stuff out. I had a, this is just side note . I had a breathing , um , restrictor, like to try and strengthen your breathing muscles. Oh yeah. And I was staying in a hostile in Melbourne and you know, it’s like a plastic mouthpiece. I’m in it early mornings just trying to get my lungs and stronger. That got stolen. That is completely unhygienic. <laugh> someone just went. No , that’s what looks like. It’s worth money. See it. That drinking straw looks great. <laugh> it’s gone. But um, the next one is preparation because I was gonna say guards like so important. Right? This is something I’d like you to speak on Joe , because we both lost teeth over time. Yep . Martial arts related was yours. Mom was indoor soccer. Oh . As a kid. Yeah. That’s rough though. Yeah. I headbutted the hardwood floor and snapped my front tooth in half. Oh God we JT. And I just realized we’ve both got the same fake. We had the same , another similarity between us. I crazy. But yeah. So I , yeah, I’ve got this fake front tooth and I guess teeth are one of those things it’s, they’re expensive to fix and it’s like, you want to protect them ? I tried doing a mouth guard for a while and uh , I think I just did a boil and bite one from the chemist and it , you know, it’s it’s. And it wasn’t until you came to Sydney, cuz most people don’t wear mouth guards in JSU . And then you came and you were putting yours in all the time. Yep . And I was like, you rate it and you’re like, yeah, always. And I was like, I think I need to do it. And so I got a proper one made fella here at the gym, did it for me, full custom job. And it’s great. The is in my gym bag, put it on before I roll. And it’s actually really good. And I do feel like , uh , or the main benefit of having the mouth guard is that you might get put in a choke or something like that. And you , your teeth go into your cheek or you bite your lip. Yeah . And then that would turn into an ulcer ulcer. And then the ulcer, usually ulcers would stick around for like eights and stick around for like five to seven. And it’s a really painful, annoying five to seven days. Definitely. You know, you eat food, it stings all that. So having the mouth guard , I still get ’em I go on from train the other day and you put me in that front headlock <laugh> preach good times. Um, but generally I don’t get ’em and I’m like, this is a benefit worth like this , the 250 bucks I pay for the mouth guard worthwhile. Definitely. And for those of you out there, mouth guards are now like , depending on if you’ve got healthcare or private health cover or whatever, they can make it a lot cheaper. Mm . Uh , just trying to get people healthy and active. But the thing I’d say is like, the way I do jujitsu is I grind my head forward passing and also coming up. So I bite into the mouth guard and I push my head in. I’m not afraid, hurt my teeth. Even if I get kicked in the face, I’m more worried about my nose. Yeah . Like I , I have no fear of I’m gonna lose teeth here. So that helps me do the Jitsu . I want to do, which is smashing my face into you at some point. And also gritting your teeth enables you to contract your muscles more strongly. You may or may not have seen power lift is deadlift with mouth else piece in so they can grit their teeth, which enables them to produce more force. Just a little side, side deal . I always say to my students, so Dave from Alliance, lovely guy, professional guy got kids, all of this. He will sometimes come to training on a scooter. He also has air max, nineties slides. Oh . Which I’m like, that’s some lad business right there. That’s some Adela, you know , he’s a well to do guy. You are one tooth away from being Bogan trash mate. <laugh> like, if you were missing a tooth, you would just be the roughest looking dude. And I’m sure I’m sure that wouldn’t play very well in your business circles. That’s right. No, one’s really got half K floating around for a new tooth. Right. So it’s just like just on, on spec for that it’s worth a hundred bucks for a mouth guard . Yeah. You don’t wanna copper mouth injury, tooth thing . It’s . Dentist. All that. Nah , it’s not worth it next. Just talking about bringing some flip flops or thongs in Australia, we call ’em thongs for our American other room . That might sound a bit weird. Yeah. But your flip flops that you take to the beach foot hygiene, you gotta run off to the bathroom. Don’t be barefoot in the bathroom and also be barefoot on the mat. Yeah. It’s an extreme no-no in my books for anyone to leave the mats barefoot, no bueno. And it still happens a lot, but it’s like do not step off the mats. Walk outside, go to the toilet without having some kind of foot covering. Yeah. Just cuz it’s gross, man. It brings bacteria back onto the mats. Sure. And yeah , it’s gonna make people sick either thongs or like some kind of sandal yeah . That you can walk to the mats with and then it’s easy enough. Yeah. Like it’s, it’s easier it’s done. Yeah . Whether that lives in your gym bag or you just know when you leave the house or work to go jujitsu, you slip into those things. Yeah . Super important. Yeah. And also some academies like depending on how it’s set up, they might have kind of communal yeah . You know, if you go to like a Japanese bar art house or something, they have just like slides for everyone. Yeah . They might be disposable or whatever you you’re cool with with your foot hygiene. But definitely just having them there to the side, making sure you got ’em is key. And I will always put shoes back on. If I’m gonna leave the map for any reason, it’s just one of those things, guys. It’s just getting in the habit of doing it once you do it, it’s easy. I actually think coaches need to enforce it harder. Sure. Uh , you know, you see a lot of gyms, it’s just lax. Yeah. And you’re like, Hey, people will be lax unless the coach is like, this is the standard. Do this. Agreed. I think it’s super important. I was gonna say too further to that. And this goes back to like, when you’re traveling around in Brazil, say , or you know, like traveling around a hot country, you know, you’re wearing thongs. Yeah . You’re like walking around the streets all day in thongs, like tramping around and then you roll up to jujitsu at the end of the day. And you’ve got these feet that are so dirty, so dirty, so dirty. It’s disgusting. It’s no good. Like you need clean feet. Yep . So either you go back to, you know, where you live and you wash your feet and you put shoes on and then you wear the shoes and you carry the thongs to the me or whatever the are you wash the image , do something. But don’t be bringing dirty feet. Even if you’ve been wearing some songs into the gym at the end of the day. But even for me, I’ll keep it real because like I’m super aware of hygiene. I sweat a lot in general. So I always make sure, you know, I have the odorant and wipes and whatever, because I don’t want my students to be like, yeah , coach DS . Yeah. Like you’re putting pressure on someone you smell like Bo some nonsense. And this comes from PT. It’s just being professional. I will, even if I’ve been wearing shoes, if I’m been wearing shoes all day, feet might stink. Right. I will wipe my feet with , uh , the wipes antibacteria wipes. Oh , okay. Just so I’m not the smelly guy. Yeah. You know, and there’s always, we all know there’s someone in the gym. There’s that stinky guy always, you know, someone’s like, oh yeah, I’m doing two days. No , GE was fresh enough. Yeah. You know, I just rotate two G I’m good. Yeah. No, you’re not get extra G like it’s one of those things that is this . Not trying to be like moral high horse guys. It’s just considerate of your training partners. Because if you’ve ever rolled somebody who’s wearing their GE for the second time and the kind of ammonia homeless sta oh . That can get on a GE sometimes when they’re a bit brown and they become a bit slippery. Oh , like all this bacteria on the GE God . Yeah. That’s a Petri dish of Fil right there. Don’t do it. So be a good training partner guys. That’s , that’s part of what we’re talking about here. And also giving something respect. I actually, I don’t know where I heard this, but it made me want to fold my clothes more. One of my partners gripes with me is that like, I don’t fold stuff. I’m like, I don’t wear clothes that need ironing. Folding is an import . And she’s like, yes it is. You just stuff, your t-shirts in a drawer. Yeah. Well, no, no, no . Shut up. Shut up. I , I hang my shirts. I hang my jumpers, whatever. I generally will fold my ju to gear and put it on a shelf. But like Lira like leggings. Oh no. Like, you know , GE stuff. Yeah. Whatever, Chuck it in a drawer under these whatever. Right . But I heard this thing, which was about just , um , respecting something like it was a , a , like, it was animate . Like it was a person mm-hmm <affirmative> that if you treat someone with respect, they kind of respect you back. And this is just an idea guys. But the way it was communicated was the more you respect something, the more you will get from it. Mm . And just looking after something and being mindful to care for something is an important act. So I really care about my G I love them. They’re very important to me. So it’s like giving them that respect to fold them and put them in the right place that shows that I care about those things. Yeah. And I was like, you know what? I do care. I need to pay that proper respect. So if we extend the , is to your training partners, you doing this preparation stuff , keeping your stuff clean, having your flip flops, all this will mean that you are respecting your training partners. Yeah. You know, and it’s not about being a neat freak. It’s just about being good training partner. Go next. Oh , nail clip is so essential. Gotta have it. I’m blown away at how fast my nails grow. Yes. <laugh> and like, it seems like every week I’m trimming them, but here’s the thing. If you’re not trimming them, you run the risk of cutting someone. You run the risk of like folding the nail back, like in a GE brutal . Oh , it’s awful. And I , I just personally hate it when my nails get too long, it feels like I feel they irritate me. Yep . I carry. And this, and everyone’s nails are a bit different, but I carry like my nail Clippers, which are just like those pinch ones. Yeah . Classic . They’re awesome. Yeah . They work. But I use the, to now ones cuz they’re bigger, right? Yeah, yeah. Yeah . The , the finger like the , you with your big fat fingers. Yeah . Big digits. <laugh> I also file my nails. Oh . And that’s level. And I find it essential. Cuz if I just clip them, they have quite a sharp edge. Cause you always classy. Right . They’re classy people. So I , I file ’em a little bit and I find that that really works well for me. I just clip ’em too short. <laugh> you ? I just clip ’til they bleed. Yeah. So there’s actually no sharp edge. There’s just not , there’s just nail bed first session back. It’s just like your fingers are bleeding pretty . Nobody’s getting cut that’s right. Important thing . Except for me. No, it’s one of those things. My partner always diss me. She’s like just, don’t cut. ’em so short. And I’m like, you don’t understand like as a jujitsu instructor as well. I would never want to be the person who cuts somebody with their nail. You know? Like that’s just, it’s kind of that other thing about being , uh , irresponsible, but , uh , it’s also a lot of bacteria lives under there. Right. So if they’re pretty short, it’s easier to keep that clean. Totally. Now I think this brings us to one other layer of preparation, which we’ve talked about before. It’s kind of the easy to do things, which is the post trains snack, the , the post trio , having something there, which is easy you’re in the car on the way home, something to give you a bit of restoration or something that you bring with you that you have on the way to training yeah . In your gym bag. Speak to me, Joseph. I do mind for training cause I’m usually going to, to jujitsu from work. And so I’ll have like a protein shake and a piece of fruit. Sometimes I might have like a , a protein bar or some kind of like nut bar, you know, something with a bit of fat protein, bit of sugar. And I will consume those on my way to jujitsu usually about, you know, an hour before. Yeah . If I were training during the day, which I never do, but if I were have done in asked, I would have those things probably after training, but it just kind of worked conveniently for me cuz after training, I like to have dinner. So on my way in, I have that snack and it’s packed in my bag the night before for me electrolytes. That’s my most important thing. I find I carry hydro light to hydro light or element or like the only reason why I really like, as a supplement, I was given a bunch for free. And then I jumped on their website expensive as what is it? It’s a dollar 50 year Sache. Wow. And it’s subscription usually. Ah right. What is it like a potassium it’s sodium potassium, magnesium. And it’s pretty salty and they’ve got flavored ones. The flavor’s good. One little Sache will do for a whole liter and it’s it’s I rate it, but I don’t want to pay a buck 50 every time I have . And that’s the thing for some of you out there you might be, we’ve talked about Powerade, you know, like doing the Powerade powder. I think Gatorade’s a real good option. Yeah. It’s I say Gatorade cuz it has more salt. Yes. And I think it’s got more of everything than Powerade does. Sure. And definitely for me post-training, I mean pre-training bananas, always a go-to for most people, but post-training I need yeah. A protein bar, some nuts like little nut bar kind of like you were saying Joe or yeah, definitely a shake post-training uh , just makes me a happier driver on the way home. Yeah. Right. Yeah. I mean I’m usually pretty BLI out from jujitsu, but if I’m hungry that changes the game and I’m , I’m less forgiving. So I think if we are thinking about getting you guys ready to do it all again, the next day, just having that little bit of thing of like , oh , just put a little snack bar in the end of my thing or pack of rice crackers. There’s just something. So on the way home, whether you’re catching by transport or you , whatever the deal, you’re actually starting the restorative process that brings your body back to homeostasis and back to feeling good. And then when you get home, you’re calmer. Yeah . And that can start you back on the path of getting good sleep and then also being ready to train again the next day. Yeah . And a good tip with that. I’ve found if you kind of with the snack thing, like buy a bunch of snacks and just put it in a pocket of your bag, like even Musicly bars or something like that. Something, anything put a bunch of ’em put like 10 in there and then you know, like, oh , I’m stocked up for a bit. Yeah. You know , I put a bunch of packets of Hily in there. It’s like, all right , cool. I got supplies of some. Yeah. So if you are on your way to training, if you’re on your way home, you’re like, oh man, I need something on impact . You’re like, oh I’ve got something hanging out. Yeah, definitely. This is stuff that is , it has never been explained to me in a jujitsu context. I know this from being in the gym. Yeah. I know this from talking to other athletes. I know this from speaking to other coaches who are trying to get performance from everyday people who aren’t doing things as hard as jujitsu. So us testing ourselves and pushing ourselves with such great strain with jujitsu need to take care of these things. Was that it for our list? I believe so. Can we just tick ’em off again in the beginning for folks at the start we’ve got number one. Well we’ve gotta have a bag. Yeah . We need the training bag. Gym bag, water bottle one. We went to tape. Yep . Number three is some kind of first aid paraphernalia , uh , which can include, you know, bandaid , any bacterial stuff, white, all the, like we also went massage ball slash roller. Yep . Something like that. Ah , side note. I carry a spare belt just in case. Ah , you do too. Yeah. Because like , if I, you know, I wash my belt pretty regularly. I don’t wanna show it to class as the black belt and not have my belt. Yeah . You know what I mean? Like it’s just kind of just being all organized and then we went mouth guard , mouth guard , get a mouth guard . If you don’t have one guys, trust me, teeth are expensive. You gotta do it. Also hygiene wipes, iron tea , tree oil, you know, you might have some other kind of antibacterial hand gel or whatever else. Flip flops, thongs as we call ’em in the Australian slang. Gotta have that foot hygiene, nail Clippers, nail Clippers, please do it. And then make sure you bring that Posto snack training snack. Yeah. That’s a comprehensive list. I would, for anyone listening to this, you have full permission to go out and buy yourself a bag, buy yourself those like kid it out , like make yourself proud of it by , you know, I’m gonna get a good water bottle. I’m sick of being the guy with the 17 year old Mount Franklin plastic bottle. <laugh> get those BPAs and use . I I’m gonna get a stainless steel water bottle that cost me, you know, way more than it should. Way too much money. But here’s the thing. If you’re moderately responsible with your , you I’ve had my water bottle for more than a decade. Wow. That’s yeah . Like I’ve had it for a long time and that’s a good one. Yeah. And like, like it’s an eco tank. I think it cost me 50 or 60 bucks. Sure. But it’s , it’s a decade. Yeah. That’s you know’s cost per use. Um, so like get yourself some good that you’re like cool. Because when you’re proud of your, it’s it makes you bring more pride to what you’re doing similar to what you’re saying about like treating your objects with respect, right. Respect them. It’s kind of like, it gives you energy back and it’s gonna make you a , a more professional jujitsu player. Definitely. And this culture builds cuz other people, when you do a good thing, you give permission to others to good thing . And it doesn’t matter if you are just new and you started jujitsu and your whole gym does none of these things. You could be the agent for change. 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