📰 Is this the best armbar ever seen in competition?

... and are you an 'optimiser' or a 'cowboy'?

Welcome back to Tap Nap & Snap - the newsletter that’s just like your daily greens powder 🌱  - jam packed with the all good stuff but with slightly questionable taste 🤨 

Here’s what we’ve got today:

  • Are you an ‘Optimiser?’ 🤖 

  • B-Team steals the show at UFC FPI 6 💪 

  • A meme to finally help you understand why your Gi is shrinking 🧐 

The Questions That Keep You Up At 2 AM:

One of the hallmarks of jiu-jitsu is that it brings people together from all different walks of life ✌️

Such diversity in practitioners means that you’ll often see a widely different approach to not only BJJ game styles and interests - but also many different takes on health, exercise, nutrition and lifestyle

Some of us are what I’d call full-time optimisers - trying to make sure they are running at 100% all day every day 💯

This looks like taking supplements like party pills, sleeping like it’s a competition, only ever exclusively bathing in ice and blasting our genitals with a red light at any given opportunity 😎🚨 (#dontjudge)

Others, take the more cowboy approach - which looks more like taking supplements like party pills, sleeping when the laptop dies, only ever seeing ice when it’s in whiskey and having no idea why anyone is sticking a red light down their pants?? 😕 

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But - I also guess there’s a middle ground here? 🤷‍♂️

So … where do you sit on the Optimiser > Cowboy spectrum? … 👇

This week’s big question: ⬇️

Are You An 'Optimiser?

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The last poll’s results:

Last time we asked you - “Just Like Football, If You Had To Support One & One Only...”

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 😎 B-Team all the way

🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ 🌊 New Wave for sure

🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ 🚫 Neither. And let me tell you why...

B-Team takes the win! 🏆

The irreverent blend of self-degrading comedy and world-class jiu-jitsu is impossible to ignore and has won many of us over ⬇️

But that’s not to say that Danaher and his crew with their hyper-systematic approach to BJJ (…and life? 🤔) don’t have their supporters either ⬇️

And then again - some of us just want ‘all grapple no hassle’ and aren’t about that drama life 🎭

Another One For Your Inbox 📥

We aren’t the only great newsletter on the block - there are plenty of other great reads to keep you entertained and/or successfully avoiding that work deadline 😬 

Check ‘em out 👇 - you never know, you might love them! And if you don’t, you know - unsubscribe! 🤷‍♂️

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The Weekly Fix:

How’d you go last time with the Turkish Get-Up? Did you find any time to give it a crack? 🦍 

I think it’s hands down one of the best exercises for BJJ - bringing together a stack of strength and stability work that applies beautifully to how we move on the mats 💪 

This week the lads from Bulletproof take us through how to deal with one of the most often ignored parts of the body that can contribute to some of the biggest problems - the mighty ankle 🦶👇

Unlock Your Bad Ankles

If tight or injured ankles are holding you back then this is going to help put the spring back in your step! 🔥 

Bad ankles = Crappy Squats.

This can put your knees and lower back in serious danger if we don't look after the root cause - Broken Wheels! 🛞

The problem is your ankles and feet are your tyres and suspension system all rolled up in one. Now you would drive around with a flat tyre and busted suspension - would you? 🤷‍♂️

In this video, JT explains the exact process you need to follow to help you free up your feet, achilles and calves so you can wrestle like a champion and Squat like a boss. 💪 

You will need 3 pieces of equipment which all grapplers should have in their body maintenance kit. 🧰 

  1. A La Crosse Ball (Massage ball will do)

  2. A Spikey Roller (Blue Foam rollers are ok but not ideal)

  3. A Medium Resistance Band + Bench

The important takeaway here is that by prepping the sole of your foot and calves with self-massage you will get much more of an effective stretch because of the increased blood flow 🩸 

That means you will be able to get a greater stretch in less time with the right preparation. Do this before a Squat workout to improve your depth or Before BJJ so you can better balance and hit that Blast Double!

When holding your stretches we recommend 3 sets x 60 seconds on each side.

Boom! 💥 If you liked this week’s fix and are thinking you could really benefit from a world-class BJJ-specific strength and flexibility program then you should probably …

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The Tap’s , Nap’s 🥱 & Snap’s 🫰From The Mats This Week:

A short, sharp and snazzy breakdown of who’s been winning what, the best matches coming up and a story or two worth a quick look 👀 👇

1.) Show Me The Money!💰 

Here are a few of our favourite highlights from the last couple of weeks 🎥 :

ADCC Sao Paulo Trials

This was a cracking ADCC Trials! Big names like Pedro Marinho & Ana Rodrigues both snagged their tickets (and a broken nose in Ana’s case) - but the star of this show was Fabricio ‘The Hokage’ Andrey who tore through his division with 5 submissions and an armbar for the highlight reel of all highlight reels 🤯 Click play ⬆️ to check it out 🔥

Grapplefest 18

Straight outta Liverpool, Grapplefest 18 saw Keith Krikorian keep his belt against Dominic Mejia as well as Australia’s own Adele Fornarino getting the win over Fiona Mortell to keep her belt too. 🏆

New Wave’s Luke Griffith and Helena Crevar also both scored convincing Heel Hook wins 🦶 

UFC Fight Pass Invitational 6

As we spoke about earlier, B-Team tore this one up with wins to Craig, Nicky Rod and Jay Rod putting the boys into full party mode 🎉 

Nicholas Meregali cruised to an easy win over Matteus Diniz with a bunch of other great matches and highlights also playing out on this card 💪 

Worth a watch 👇

2.) Sweet! So, What’s Next? 👀

There’s no shortage of great events on the horizon - but here’s our pick of the best of ‘em:

  1. One Fight Night 21 - Tye Ruotolo vs. Izaak Michell 💥 … I can’t think of a more exciting matchup? 🤷‍♂️ Here’s a quick reminder of Tye’s dynamic style if you need it ⬆️

  2. Sapateiro World Championship - with $100k USD 💵 on the line and an ADCC-style ruleset - this will be epic! It’s set for December this year with 12 qualifying tournaments across America and Canada scheduled throughout the year to find the best of the best for the finale. The first spot has already been booked🔥 

  3. Polaris 27 Welterweight Grand Prix - Less than a week away, this is another insane card in the making. 🤯 Names include Ffion Davies, Brianna Ste-Marie, Keith Krikorian, Owen Jones, PJ Barch, Levi Jones-Leary, Max Hanson and Jozef Chen. 

3.) Gimme The News, But Make It Quick! 🤌

Alrighty then - here are a few more links to tide you over…

Do Less. No, Wait, Do More:

The Good Option: B-Team At Their Best 💪 

With last week’s vote showing a whole lotta love for B-Team from the Tap, Nap & Snap crowd - it only seems fitting that this week we look at their storming run ⛈ at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 6 and some of the winning moves they hit along the way 😎 

There’s no specific technique to study in detail this week - it’s more of a broad look at the B-Team game and how they approach their matches.

Craig didn’t give us too much to study as he had it all wrapped up in about a minute 😬 but he found a great leg entry as per usual that is definitely worth a view.

For this one - keep an eye 👁 on both of the Rod Bros matches though - they showcase their formidable passing style and relentless pressure against some super tough opponents.

There are some real gems to pick up there that can no doubt help your game! 💎 Combat Arcade does another great breakdown below ...

Grab a cuppa ☕️ and notepad 📝 👇

The Not-So-Good Option: Don’t Fade The Energy Wave⚡️👋 

BJJ is often rife with debates over which techniques actually work and which ones are just flashy dance moves 🕺 

Many in the community will say crazy things like ‘wristlocks should be illegal’ and ‘energy waves don’t work’. Well, prepare to eat your words as Sensei Deluded takes you to school and shows you the brutality of the Energy Wave 🚌👇

Make sure to try this at your next open mat … and if you do, for god’s sake, please film it and send it in 😂 🔥 🎥  

The Meme Open Mat:

Hot water and hot dinners basically have the same effect 👇 …

Still gonna blame the washing machine though…

Nap #5, comin’ up!…

Not a blue pill in sight…

You like memes huh!? 😎 (of course you do).

Well, we have bucketloads 🪣  of premium, high-grade OG memes for you to share with your BJJ crew, or simply peruse at your scrolling leisure


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Bonus Round - A.I. Will Submit Us ALL!

Well, if you’ve scrolled this far and are still chasing that sweet sweet BJJ content - then who are we to say no!?

But just be warned - we’re deep down in the weeds now and it’s gonna get a bit weird because this is where we explore the fusion … nay, synergy that is A.I. & BJJ 🤝 

Each week, we take a reader prompt and feed it to our A.I. overlords image generator to see what kind of artistic genius it will give back 🖼

This week’s prompt was:

‘Create an image showing me what brazilian jiu jitsu will look like 500 years from now’

At least the apocalypse has jiu-jitsu! 💥 

What’s next week’s prompt? Well, you tell me. 

Submit your best entry below and we will feature the best image we get in the next edition 🔥 👇

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