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well the dude with the sword has just rammed it through his own head. Hell of a way to go.

2 points · 1 month ago

Notable BJJ black belt Roy Dean also rolled with grapplers under roids just like sooooo many other grapplers. I would roll with anybody, and yes I did rolled with juiced up grapplers and managed to even sub some of them with no problems.

Nothing will replace skills, abilities and rolling mat time experience. It practically beats anything let alone a juicer. And unless he tells he's on, I wouldnt ask him. In the past 12 years, it's a grappling experience that brought me to pro grapplers who told me flat out they were on HGH, and even invited me to get on HGH cycles and break a leg. I didnt make a big deal about it even if they were well known pro grapplers.

Some guys would kill to get on this sh*&%t, so I'd advise you to erre on the side on wisdom if you want to adress this issue with rolling partners.

Last but not least: Strong is not equal to roids. Roids is not necessarly related to brut/power/raw strength. Look at Royce Gracie in the first UFC (s). He had Kimo, Hackney and Severn who were beating him brut/power/raw strength wise, but they had no idea what he was doing. And even if Royce (maybe) juiced back then, he was still grinding/struggling to push back those beasts.

I was also accused of juicing (years ago). But all I was doing was training/rolling 6 days a week, keeping my nutrition in check and lifting big weights in beast mode topped by 8 hour sleep/night. My body was chiseled, rip, cut, six pack muscle bound. I could worked for Playboy or Muscle & Fitness. I did tried PEDS but since they brought heart issues, I had to stop and go back to natural training.

That's it.

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damn, at first glance i read "But all I was doing was trampolining 6 days a week..."! lol.

i used to rock climb , with that and gi with BJJ you gotta be real careful your hands don't get stronger than the tendons, there are some good grip protocols for climbers that try to avoid this.

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Hope not to nitpick here, but generally it's your finger joints and pulleys that will go earlier. Snapping a tendon is v rare & hard to do. Tendon injuries are more from cuts and the like.

Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Thanks I don't dive alone I go drive with a scuba diver but I am the only guy who free dive thank you for the response

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Not to be harsh, but if you are freediving with a scuba buddy, you might as well be diving alone - they will not be able or in the right place to rescue you.

Blackouts will typically happen at or near the surface, which is where a scuba diver won’t see you, or may not be able to safely ascend to if they do happen to spot an incident happening.

Go on deeperblue search for freedive buddies, take a course if you can afford, and dive safe!

Mabrouk! Hopefully will get to drop by this winter 🤙

Community officers I hope, not actual police?

Original Poster13 points · 1 month ago

Actual police. Community officers don’t have batons. At least not where I live.

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You’re right. Wow.

I feel like it's such a stupid concept Why would you combine a clothes store next to a jiu jitsu gym

I buy all my rash guards online. This feels like a big sellout to make money off clothes

It's cool and unique. But distasteful

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Distasteful. Pfff.


Rolling with a newish blue belt today and the dude proceeded to repeatedly try and choke me with his belt from mount and side. I decided not to let him get a tap like this and just went into survival mode, but it left me wondering if belt chokes are generally considered ok or not outside of competition?

2 points · 1 month ago

You must train with Dan

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Ha! Uncanny. How did you know?

As long as the belt is still tied around your waist you can use the trailing ends as grips in chokes, for example if you are in side control and pass the end of the belt over your opponents neck and grab it with your hand under their head, then use it to complete the choke, that's legal.

Untying your belt and wrapping it around someones neck, aka The Hitman Choke, is not legal.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

It was def more of a hitman move by the end of the roll.

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He tried it once without doing any striking training or any MMA training with gloves. He wasn't used to trying to finish chokes with gloves. He had something like seven fights in the USA accepted and canceled, and couldn't get anyone else to fight him. This was all during a bad time in his life when he essentially got kicked out of NYC. When he was able to come back, he opened a school and stopped trying to do MMA as he didn't enjoy it.

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he essentially got kicked out of NYC? Woah. Hard to imagine that kind of scenario happening to someone like him.


44 points · 3 months agoGilded1 · edited 3 months ago

From Danaher's IG:

"Friends and Acquaintances: Socialization is typically a quest for FRIENDSHIP. However, many times we must first see socialization as a quest to be FRIENDLY, reserving friendship for those we consider FRIENDS. The better you are able to control your rudeness, the better you will be able to implement friendliness. As you develop these skills, you will find that OTHER PEOPLE will begin to think of you as friendly, which will cause the other person to act friendly to you. Whatever your own interests, hobbies, biases, there is always some common ground you can find with that other person, and it is this common ground that allows two people to perform the sophisticated ritual of friendship. Here, Mansher Khera, former student of the great Marcelo Garcia, and I demonstrate how the principle of self-referential humor can be used to create friendship through shared experiences."

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Implement friendliness lol

What a wonderful perspective. Thank you for sharing it!

Imanari Roll Mahogoff has a nice ring to it.

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Shrimp Mahogoff. Sounds tasty actually.


Hey, been bouldering 15+ years, but recently (since 3 yrs ago) my lower back locks up whenever I lift a foot much higher than my knee.

I can hang out in a lizard type yoga pose quite comfortably, but there’s something specific about climbing movement/tension that really messes with my lower back.

My core is fine - I can hold a plank quite happily if it wasn’t so boring, and can even do a decent front lever sometimes when the planets and stars align.

I tried doing weighted squats to strengthen the lower back but my lower back/SI just locks up as I start to lower into the squat (a few inches down) once I get to any decent weight on (60kg or so)

It’s really getting me down, as it’s limiting the movements I can do and the type of problems I want to try. Anything with a high foot is a no go now.

Has anyone had anything like this? Any suggestions?

EDIT: Thanks so much for all the replies, this sub-reddit is great! I looked into each suggestion & so far the psoas suggestions seem to be most likely - doing soft tissue work on them feels super tender. I'll keep going for a month or so & report back with any progress/lack of. Thanks again - was really cool to get so many helpful and well thought out suggestions.


I agree with this, I popped a disc a few years ago and keeping hamstrings loose really helps. I would add that be careful when the back is already aggregated as many hamstring stretches also stretch the lower back and if it's all inflamed and sore you make it worse stretching it.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion, definitely a good one but not sure if this is where problem is for me in this instance. Hamstrings are reasonably loose - i can reach the floor in a forward bend when my back isn't locked up, but then again when my back goes, i can barely reach my knees.

Can you touch your toes? Sounds like you have some serious problems that aren't climbing specific.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

when back isn't seized/locked up, i can get my palms flat to the floor with feet hip width apart. When my back locks up, then i can barely reach my knees! I agree 100% with you that something a bit serious is going on, as it is affecting me outside of climbing too.

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Hi, every time I go climbing my lower back kind of seizes up whenever I try to lift a foot up above knee height to reach a hold. My core is strong, and I can comfortably do a lizard pose with my elbows to the floor, but that same type of leg movement during climbing is almost impossible for me now.

I get the same exact pain in my back if i’m sitting down and lift a foot up to put my shoe on. It just feels like my lower back totally locks up.

I tried to do squats to help strengthen my lower back and sometimes the squat feels fine, but sometimes it sort of “catches” in the top 3-5 inches of movement as I begin to lower down, and my lower back locks up. Once the weight gets past around 60kg my back locks up about 50% of the time, always towards the top of the movement, just as I start to lower.

Years ago I had a hip x ray which the doc said showed a slight flare of the left hip “ball” joint. My left hip is definitely a bit reluctant to externally rotate, but never painful - could this be causing an imbalance?

It’s really getting me down as I can’t really climb anymore (been climbing for 15+ years) and other things like surfing are also getting less enjoyable as I get this same pain. With surfing when I come out of the water, sometimes I struggle to even reach past my knees.

I stretch regularly and do soft tissue work too. When i’m warmed up I can reach my toes/do a decent lizard pose/down dog so i’m not super inflexible, but somehow I have no range of motion in certain situations. I’ve tried yoga/physio/chiros/foundation training/egoscue/massage but nothing much works - I feel like i’m missing out on something obvious here!

Thanks and sorry for rambling!


it sounds to me like your iliopsoas is very weak and probably tight as well. it attaches to the spine, so it could definitely be the source of your pain there. squats aren't going to strengthen it much, and none of the stretches you mention stretch the iliopsoas. the reason those poses are so hard when climbing is because you don't have the active flexibility of using your own muscles--instead of gravity--to obtain that pose. look up exercises for the psoas and do those, as well as being sure to stretch it a bit.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Thank you - really clear answer. I've started doing a bit of soft tissue work daily on the psoas & they are super tender/tight as you suspected. V helpful reply, thanks!


Been looking at The site looks good, and the guy presenting the courses is obviously really mobile. All seems legit! However the courses are at quite a high price point to say the least.

I just wanted to know if anyone else had taken the plunge with these courses and what their thoughts were - good/bad/quirks - as well as what the general outline and daily time reqs were?

Otherwise, any worthwhile online courses people can recommend wholeheartedly?

Thanks in advance for any shared experiences.

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