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  • Alternate Gear You Need for BJJ

    Many people think that all the gear you need for BJJ is a gi or a rashguard and shorts and you’re good to go. This is not entirely true. While those are the basics of our sport, there are other items that would be helpful in your jiu-jitsu journey.

     

    Mouthguard

    BJJ is a contact sport, and anyone that has been training long enough knows what it means. Often we come out with some small cuts or bruises. While most of the time these are minor injuries, there will always be that occasional collision with a spazzy partner that will inadvertently elbow, knee, or head-butt you in the face. Sometimes these hits will be strong enough to not only cut you, but damage your teeth as well. 

    A mouth guard is an easy answer to this problem. Consider it as a type of insurance. To some, it may constrict their breathing as they get used to it. This will also be another thing you have to remember to bring to the gym and wash from time to time. But unlike cuts that heal, a broken or knocked out tooth doesn’t heal on its own. Do not to push your luck! Just wear a mouthguard and roll with some peace of mind.

     

    Tape

    Tape can be nicknamed the “injury protector”. It does a great job of supporting many smaller joints (such as fingers and toes) or minor existing injuries so you can train with less pain, or no pain at all. The application varies depending on the severity of the injury, but one thing that has been seen over and over again in academies is that tape is an essential part of anyone’s training kit. Of course, if the injury is severe, you should stop training until it has time to fully heal. For many, tape really helps find a balance between taking time off to heal an injury and continuing to train.

     

    Sweat Towel

    This is getting into more of the “it’s not necessary” territory, but this is still something that is nice to have with you. We sweat a ton in BJJ, especially in warmer weather. Sweat towels are not the massive shower towels. They won’t take much space in your bag and when you wash it, it can dry quite quickly because it’s thin and small.

     

    Protein shaker

    Supplements are very important to the BJJ athlete. Jiu-jitsu takes a heavy toll on the body and if you’re nutrition is not up to par, you can suffer. Having a protein shaker in your bag, along with that scoop of protein or whatever supplement you like to take, will let you get the nutrients into your system as soon as possible so you can recover and be ready again to train the next day.

     

    Water bottle:

    This is another extremely important item. Rather than buying bottles at your gym, or if there is no water fountain, bringing a large water bottle with you is key. It is generally a good idea to always have a large water bottle with you, because as athletes we require a large intake of fluids, far more than the average person. If you ever had a chance to glimpse at some of the professionals of our sport, you will notice that many of them carry around large jugs of water everywhere they go. It’s absolutely critical to stay hydrated at all times.

     

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  • How Many Gis Is Enough?

    In jiu-jitsu, the kimono is the thing we use most. It’s our uniform, our tool and our image. But there has always been the question of how many gis one should own. This is, of course, a question with a very subjective answer. One can obviously have as many gis as they’d like, assuming they have the space and money to accommodate them. However, is there an ideal number of gis someone can own? A number that represents having not too many and not too few kimonos? Let’s explore that question a little and think about it. 

    You first have to take into account what the gi means to you. This basically breaks down into a combination of three different parts: rolling, collecting, and styling. ‘Rolling’ refers to someone who doesn’t care about the aesthetics of a gi, he just wants something that is fitted and gets the job done. Every gi owned will be used and washed on a regular basis. So then it really depends on how often you train. If you train on average three times a week, a rotation of two gis is enough, assuming you don’t train three days in a row, in which case you may want more gis since you possibly won’t have enough time to wash them. So it’s good to have those two gis, plus one more for emergency. If you’re a professional and you train everyday, or even multiple times per day, you could be looking at needing a rotation of several gis to be comfortable. 

    The next category is “styling”. This is for the gi lover who is not quite a collector, but he looks at gis beyond just practical use. They pay attention to design detail and are picky about the colors they wear to class. The style aspect of the kimono is important to them. This also includes attention to the weave, the lining color and even something like that type of drawstring. This type of practitioner has a higher chance of owning more gis than most because they buy gis according to their mood as well. They could easily get bored of a gi and find the need to buy a new one to replace it. This is obviously a path for someone who is a little more financially stable but it adds a different level enjoyment to their jiu-jitsu experience. 

    The last category is that of the gi collector. For this individual, there is no limit to what gis they can own. Collections can range anywhere from ten to a hundred gis. Collectors usually choose a certain style or brand that they like most and buy every possible model. Most brands eventually change the styles of their kimonos, or release limited edition models, so this creates the collectability factor for practitioners. This is a really expensive endeavor, but that is usually the case with anything related to collecting. Relative to things like collecting cars or watches, collecting gis is a far cheaper option. It’s also a very small and unique community for gi collectors, so there is some pride in that exclusivity.  

     

    Start your collection with the newly redesigned 2015 Gameness Elite!

     

     

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  • Gameness Jiu-Jitsu - Train for Life

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  • KristensPhoto

    First, I’d like to thank Gameness for the opportunity to be featured on their blog. Gameness is a quality company and to be a part of Gameness is truly an honor.

    I’ve struggled to turn my thoughts into words for this article and I’d like to thank my wonderful fans for giving me inspiration, feedback, and questions to get this little project off the ground.

    The most popular question asked by my fans was, what made me turn to BJJ? It’s actually pretty comical how I ended up shooting BJJ. I was totally and completely against it in the beginning. My husband began training and suggested I stop by and take some photos at his academy. I insisted that this was the most absurd idea ever and that no one was ever going to want these photos. After several more requests I finally gave in and visited the school. I began falling in love with the sport and the community and the rest is all history. Things started to happen quickly for me on the local BJJ scene and I began chasing after the IBJJF tournaments to gain more exposure and experience.

    I’ve always had a love for Martial Arts and photography. I practiced Tae Kwon Do as a child, picked up Hopkido as an adult, and now it’s on to BJJ. The connection between Martial Arts and photography just feels natural for me because I truly love both. BJJ is now fully integrated into our daily lives; it’s everywhere and we love it. If you’d like to read more about my early days and the journey to Kristensphoto.com, please check out my blogpost.

    Another popular question was, if I could train and take photos anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? That’s really difficult to answer. The world is such an enormous canvas and to select only one place seems impossible. I can quickly think of a scenario, not so much a place, but a scenario. A dream come true would be to photograph top-level competitors at an outdoor or open-air facility somewhere tropical. I envision 70-degree weather, birds chirping, and amazing BJJ athletes handing out private lessons. Haha! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this day?

    A few fans asked about the lifestyle of a photographer and the struggles I’ve faced to get where I am. I could have written the entire article about this but I will do my best to condense my thoughts. I am still employed full time as an Unexploded Ordnance Technician. My occupation consists of 10 hour days where I am physically digging holes while using a hand held metal detector to search for bombs. Trying to manage Kristensphoto and my full time job became overwhelming recently, especially when all the sponsorship applications started coming in.

    For instance, flying to CA to shoot an IBJJF event. I wake up at 4:30 AM to spend 10 hours in the WA rain looking for bombs, leave work, quickly shower and catch a flight to CA. We find ourselves in CA around 11 PM and finally in bed around 12:30 AM. The next morning starts early (as the IBJJF waits on no one!). I spend the next three days (at least 10 hours a day) bending, laying, leaning, squatting and running to the restroom. And none of that includes the three minutes I spend eating. After the tournament comes and goes, the real fun begins. I return home with 8,000 images to sort, edit and upload. I don’t think the average person really grasps just how many images that is and how time consuming it is to process this many images. After the tournament, I return immediately to work. The e-mails and fan messages never stop but I love the excitement from my fans and customers. I feel as though I have a deadline to make because everyone is so anxious and excited to see the images. During Worlds 2013 I literally fell asleep editing at my computer. Sometimes I push myself too hard and it takes a toll on me. At times, chasing my dreams is a struggle but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am very blessed and I have the never-ending support of my amazing husband. One day I will have only one job and it won’t be digging up bombs! Read more about my work here!

    Last, but not least, I was asked to write about my most memorable moments as a photographer. Two moments immediately came to mind. First, there is a local boy whom I photograph often and he has absolutely stolen my heart. This young boy and his family are truly an inspiration to both my husband and I. The photo below is my favorite photo of this little warrior. This little guy dominates his local matches. He has done so since his very first in-house tournament. There is so much heart wrapped up in this tiny little package. I have had to fight back tears while photographing his matches. There is just something special about this little guy and I’m so excited that I get to be a part of his Jiu Jitsu journey.

    The second moment that really sticks out for me is when I captured Gui Mendes at Worlds 2013. I am a huge fan of The Mendes Brothers for many reasons. I like what they stand for, what they’re doing in the community, and how they’re changing so many people’s lives through Jiu Jitsu. They also take a special interest in the lives of the children at their academy. I had the privilege of visiting their school and watched the Mendes Brothers helping the young students with their schoolwork on the mats before they trained. I believe they are truly making a difference while fulfilling their own dreams and it’s admirable. I have captured many happy moments after the Mendes Brother’s victories in the past; however, the moment I am writing about now is unfortunately not the happiest memory for Gui Mendes. Watching Gui lose his match in the finals was tough for me. Through the lens I feel connected to the fighters. I can feel their emotions and see their blood, sweat and tears as I photograph them. This loss was hard for Gui and I could see the pain in his face. I find it commendable how the Mendes Brothers conduct themselves, even when faced with tremendous adversity. Despite Gui’s disappointment he conducted himself like a champion, treated his opponent with respect, and a few moments later was on the sidelines coaching his brother to victory. I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for these guys!

    In closing, I’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to all of my friends, family, fans, competitors and sponsored athletes. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my journey as Kristensphoto. I hope you’re excited to check out and 'like' my Facebook Fan Page if you haven’t already done so. Thank you for the support and please don’t forget to tell your friends about Kristensphoto!

  • Gameness Pearl Wins 2013 Quality Award!

    Gameness is proud to announce that the 2013 Pearl Gi won the 2013 Quality Award from Jits Magazine! It's a great honor to be recognized for this award, but another surprise was that the Pearl was also the highest rated gi in the review special earning a rating of 9/10! The biggest point of pride for the Gameness team was that there were no negative comments to be made for the gi. We strive to make all of our gis well rounded, competition quality uniforms, without sacrificing a price that can fit into any budget.

    Our highly anticipated Gameness 2013 Pearl Gi has been released. The Gameness Pearl has been the go-to Gi for training centers and world champions around the globe for more than 10 years. The 2013 model keeps the traditional cut and includes the following features:

    • The Gameness 550 gram pearl weave jacket
    • Rip Stop Pants with Gameness Dog embroidery on back of the left leg
    • Sturdy collar that is tournament legal
    • 6 belt loop system
    • Contrast accents
    • Gameness Soft Touch™ trim
    • Too many reinforcements to list
    • The jacket has a seamless back for maximum comfort

    The 2013 Pearl is offered in White, Blue, and Black, and is available in sizes are A1 to A6. The belt is sold separately, but we carry those as well!

    For the complete review, check out the Jits Magazine Gear Review Special at http://jitsmagazine.com/magazine/special for the complete list of gis reviewed and what qualities earned the 2013 Pearl gi the top prize.

    If you need more specific information on the production of the gi or if you just need help with gi sizing, feel free to contact us at (888) 405-6056. Or, if you're interested in purchasing any of our other competition quality uniforms, feel free to explore our website! We have gis of all weight and style, so you're sure to find something that suits your needs.

  • Gameness Proudly Sponsors the IBJJF 2013 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships

    The team here at Gameness Sports is proud to announce that Gameness will be an official sponsor of the 2013 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships! Worlds is one of the largest, most prestigious BJJ competitions of the year, and we’re extremely happy that Gameness can be a part of it.

    The IBJJF is expecting hundreds of the best grapplers in the world to compete in this tournament, and thousands more are expected to watch the competition either in person or through online streaming. We hope that all of you will have the opportunity to be a part of that number and witness the best of the best display years of training and hard work on the mats.

    Many athletes on the Gameness Fight Team will be represented at this year’s Jiu-Jitsu World Championships including Caio Terra in the Rooster Weight division, Osvaldo Augusto Queixinho in the Featherweight division, and Kayron Gracie who’s coming off a short break in competition. They’ll all be competing in their favorite Gameness gis, and many other athletes will no doubt be wearing Gameness during their matches as well.

    If you’re newer to the sport and want a breakdown of who to keep an eye on this year, take a look at our earlier blog posts. We’ve got a breakdown of which grapplers we picked as the top contender in each weight category. You can check out the article linked below, but keep in mind that at this level of talent, there’s no such thing as an easy match, and anyone has a chance to upset the favorite and take home the gold.

    If during the matches you see a Gameness gi or product you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 888-405-6056 or email us at info@gameness.com so we can find the product and get one shipped out to you!

  • Roll with Gameness

    At Gameness, we are thrilled to have great athletes all over the world. In 2013 we want to celebrate and share all our athletes’ accomplishments. You can connect with Gameness in many ways:

    • Join our team by connecting with us on Facebook or following us on twitter. These are great places to learn about new products, training tips, and all things related to jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts.
    • Let us know about your accomplishments. Send your pictures and stories to info@gameness.com so we can share your wins with the Gameness community. You might even find yourself featured in an upcoming Gameness ad.

    Stay tuned for training tips from world-champion athletes who are members of team Gameness:

    Caio Terra is the only six time IBJJF world champion at the black belt level. Caio spends most of his time traveling to teach seminars, competing or working in training camps for top MMA athletes such as UFC Pro Fighter Carlos Condit.

    Kayron Gracie is a two time Pan American IBJJF champion and an IBJJF No-Gi world champion. Kayron is a member of the Gracie Barra Academy, which his father founded, and spends most days teaching or training for his next competition.

    Mario Sperry is the current head coach of the Blackzillians, a mixed martial arts training center home to many top UFC athletes including Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem and Vitor Belfort to name a few. Mario was a Black Belt World Mundial Champion in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Mario still trains and competes at a world class level. In 2011 Mario defeated Renzo Gracie in the ADCC super fight and will be competing in the ADCC again in 2013.

    Thank you for visiting the Gameness blog! Be sure to check in regularly for new product announcements, articles about jiu-jitsu, mixed-martial arts and fitness, and lots more.

  • What makes a jiu-jitsu gi different from other martial arts gis?

    At first glance a jiu-jitsu gi (bjj gi) looks much like a gi used in other martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do. But upon closer inspection, you will notice that the bjj gi is very different. A quality gi will be much more durable and have features such as triple stitching, a heavier collar, and reinforcements in key areas such as the knees. Bjj Gis also have patches that add style and color to the gi. A traditional TKD gi wouldn't last any time in a jiu-jitsu program. Spending a little more money on the right gi can save an embarrassing episode in your next Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training session.

    What's the difference between Bjj Gi weaves? Jiu-jitsu gis come in many weaves. A weave describes the process by which the cotton fabric is constructed. Some weaves are designed to be ultra-light weight, such as the Gameness Air Gi (a comb weave) and others are heavier double weaves such as the Gameness Platinum Gi (a gold weave).

    A lighter bjj gi will help you hit your target weight before competition and provide for a more comfortable training session. A heavier jiu-jitsu gi can be almost indestructible and will last for a very long time. Some like the feel of a heavier gi while others like the freedom that a lighter weave gives them. You can also find weaves that are in-between, such as the pearl weave used in the Gameness Pearl Gi and Gameness Feather Gi.

    In choosing a particular weave, it is important to consider variables like breathability, temperatures in which training takes place, and personal preference on fit and weight. A heavier weave is more traditional in BJJ. Some people prefer one weave for training and a different weave for competition.

    What Color Bjj Gi should I get?

    Most bjj gis are offered in white, blue and black. While most jiu-jitsu practitioners wear a white gi, a colored jiu jitsu gi can add a little flair and also hide dirt and stains more effectively. When selecting a color, you should consider what your training facility allows or simply select a white one to be safe. In certain schools, only advanced belts are allowed to wear a black gi, as an example. Tournament rules are also different but typically all three colors noted above are allowed for competition. Many people start with a white gi, and then purchase additional colors as their training progresses.

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