Category Archives: Nutrition

Fuel for your body and your training

Why Should I Attend a BJJ Seminar?


At least three times per year, Team FVGC hosts a seminar with Luiz Claudio and Thiago Veiga,  the head instructors of our affiliation, the Luiz Claudio Combat Team (LCCT). The seminars are usually three to four hours long and are formatted like an extended jiu-jitsu class.

Some people hesitate to attend seminars for a number of reasons, including the one-time cost, the time commitment, or being intimidated. But, if you are serious about improving your jiu-jitsu game, seminars are a great investment. Here are a few reasons why:


  1. New Horizons: Even if the head instructor of your school is very skilled and knowledgeable, seminars are a time that guest instructors bring out special techniques or “extra details” that may not be covered in regular classes. The same way you can in private lessons with your head instructor, you can use seminar techniques to open up and expand your game and expose you to positions or philosophy you haven’t encountered before.
  2. Role Models: One of the best ways to elevate your game is to have a role model, someone that moves and performs well. Many seminars include a decent amount of demonstration time as well as explanation of theory and movement. Different jiu-jitsu players move different ways; sometimes it takes a while to find a style that you feel most comfortable imitating. The more high level people you train with, the more styles you have available to emulate.
  3. Face Time: Especially if the seminar is with the head of your school’s BJJ affiliation, attending seminars can show your dedication to the sport and the association and let the affiliation know who you are! Once they know your face, it is easy to contact them, ask questions, and visit them at their home schools if you have the time!


We hope to see you July 21st at 10am for the next LCCT seminar here at FVGC! Keep the hard train!

Treating Food as Fuel

So, we go to the BJJ academy 3-6 days per week; some of us exercise outside of the academy; some do extra strength and conditioning classes at the academy. So, we’re healthy athletes, right? Well, it depends. Whether you like it or not, it’s not just the classes and workouts that we do that make us the kind of athlete and jiu-jitsu fighter that we are. It is, in fact, proper nutrition that can make you or break you. That is, we need to think of food as fuel.

Unless you were blessed by genetics with the metabolism of a hummingbird (i.e., really high), do not put terrible fuel into your body and expect to look like an Adonis (i.e., chiseled as a marble statue). Your body is not, in fact, an engine designed to run on Doritos and Ho-Hos and other highly-processed, chemical-ridden foods, or a lot of red meat. I know, I know: That “All Bacon” diet seems like a great idea at first glance, but I would reconsider.

We have “proper nutrition” down to a science these days; it can become extremely complicated, especially when you start following special diets, such as a completely vegan diet (no animal products, ever). But getting the right fuel in your body doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. Just follow some simple rules:

1. Keep your processed food intake to a minimum. This means, lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and basic, lean meats (if you are not vegetarian). Along this vein, I would recommend not eating out frequently, even at supposedly more healthful restaurants.
2. At each meal, try to get a good carbohydrate source AND a good protein source, especially at breakfast and post-workout.
3. Eat small portions more frequently, rather than one or two huge meals. Let your metabolism keep up with you!
4. Eat lots of veggies and drink plenty of water with each meal and/or snack.

If you don’t know where to start, I recommend keeping a food journal; awareness is the first step. Sometimes you don’t realize how much your “treats” really add up, or that you are not getting enough protein to replace what you lost during your workout until you look at it on paper. Keep your journal for at least a week; you may be surprised!