What’s New at the Denver Academy this Month?
You may have noticed a clear jar of shiny new pins at the front desk with a sign that says “ask how to get your free pin.” The buttons, designed by our very own Vanni Tran, are a part of the academy’s promotion to boost online engagements.
Members who write a new review about the academy (dated June 3rd or more recent) on either Yelp, Google, or Facebook (or all three) can show the new review to the front desk staff to redeem for a pin. We have some specific goals to reach but we cannot do it without the help from our members. One review: one pin. There are 3 designs, so write a review on all 3 platforms and you can have them all!
Save the Date!
Easton Training Center is having a 20th anniversary celebration on August 10th at Westminster City Park. This is a All-Easton party, so everyone from all locations are welcome and encouraged to join us for food, games, and more.
All proceeds will go to one of our favorite charity partners: Children’s Hospital Colorado. If you or your business are interested in sponsorship packages contact Van or Carlos right away!
Professor Junior Fidelis
Ht.: 5’7 Wt.: 150
Age: 43 Years training: 23
Black Belt: 11/14/2009
When can you find Professor on the schedule?
For adults: Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 for Intermediate , Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 and Saturday at 10 for Fundamentals.
For teens: Mon – Thurs at 5 p.m.
Also open for privates and group privates.
What do you love about teaching Jiu Jitsu?
I love helping students improve, especially new students. It’s gratifying to introduce them to the community. It’s really satisfying to see everyone sweating and smiling after class, That’s when I know I’ve done a good job.
What are your personal Jiu Jitsu goals?
I want to keep improving my jiu jitsu, maintain my physical and mental health and keep having fun. I want to pass on my knowledge to current and future students. I believe jiu jitsu is for everyone and should be an essential part of your life just like food and water.
Fun Times Off the Mat
Speaking of Professor Junior…
On June 5th Professor Junior, along with Professors Vellore and Phil from Centennial as well as coaches from various academies, took a group of teen Tigers to the incline at Manitou Springs. All were successful at making the climb!
Said Professor Junior about the trip, “Our teens conquered the incline with no problem.” He went on to state, “Everyone had fun and stayed safe. We plan to have more teen field trips in the future.”
So, be on the lookout for more fun outings with coaches and professors this summer and coming fall!
June’s Nutrition Tip of the Month
Training in jiu jitsu is taxing, gang. We all go through periods when all we want to do is train…and train. Overtraining is part of the deal, it seems. Are there ways to decrease recovery time? To mitigate the inflammation that comes along with a relentless schedule of high physical out put?
Of course there are!
No food goes into the body and does nothing. It reacts positively or negatively. What are some anti-inflammatory dietary practices that will help mitigate inflammation in the body and then allow for a smoother recovery process?
- Cut out inflammatory fats. Remember when eggs and butter were bad for us? That turned out not to be true at all. Fats are great, gang. But what is dangerous are highly-unsaturated seed and “vegetable” oils (they aren’t actually made out of vegetables). These industrial oils are oxidized (a more pleasant word for rancid) right out of the packaging facility and can cause inflammation in a number of ways throughout the body.
Replace these fats in cooking with coconut oil for high heat, grass-fed butter or ghee for medium heat, and olive or avocado oils for low-heat and dressing salads and veggies.
Always check labels. These cheap fats are ubiquitous in packaged foods. Avoid canola, safflower, cottonseed, corn, soy, sunflower and all other seed oils whenever possible.
- Cut sugar! I know…you’ve heard it all before. Sugar, especially refined sugar is another highly-inflammatory “food” and should be avoided as much as possible. Eating it is bad, but drinking it is even worse! If cutting out sugar is going to be difficult, start with the obvious stuff: soda, bottled juices, baked sweets, etc. Remember that when calories go in, they should be coming in with some nutrients that will have some positive effects throughout the body.
- Hydrate! Be sure that you are replacing minerals lost through sweat both with food (high-quality sea salts, nuts and seeds, green veggies and green leafies like spinach, chard, kale, etc.) and supplements like a broad-spectrum multi-mineral.
- Mindful supplementation. A high-quality EFA supplement (most notably, fish oil) will help with recovery. Proteolytic enzymes away from food will also help your body to process inflammatory proteins called cytokines, especially in the joints (for you “Executive” Players).
Happy training (and eating)!