Mackenzie Arrington’s cheeky BJJ Cookbook Eat Well, Train Hard wins by submission early in the match. Read the review.
I train. I love to eat. I enjoying cooking and I collect cookbooks (mostly antique). Reviewing Eat Well, Train Hard by Mackenzie Arrington is a good fit for my skill set.
First, I am impressed. The recipes are legit. These are down to earth, protein rich, big meals. There is a section on prep. Notice the Zebra mat cutting board? Nice little Easter egg.
These are hearty meals. This cookbook is not for dieting. These meals pack lots of sustaining energy. While reading through I thought who could eat this much? A 18-35 year-old male who’s training 4x a week, that’s who. It is perfect for our target demographic. If you are more in the market to lean-out you can still use these recipes and cut down on the portion size.
While we are talking about 18-35 year-olds, maybe you aren’t comfortable around anything larger than a steak knife, maybe you haven’t boiled water, or maybe you are just tired of chicken out of your George Foreman grill, either way the cookbook will help you navigate the kitchen, use a proper knife and inspire you to make tasty meals. Best of all these will be wholesome meals without any preservatives or added sodium.
Mackenzie is a legit chef and he is sharing his passion for cooking. He has an associates in culinary arts and a bachelors in hospitality and restaurant managements. He has worked for Momofuku, Eleven Madison Park, he opened The NoMad, and The Dutch in NYC, and has worked as a consultant and personal chef once out of restaurants there. He is the only two-time Maine Lobster Chef of the Year. He has been on Good Morning New York on FOX cooking, on CBS morning shows and was an on-air guest for QVC. He lives in Buffalo NY and is a purple belt training out of Alliance at WNY Mixed Martial Arts under Matt Godden and Mike "dubs" Dauenhauer. His best ranking was 6th, super heavy blue belt. He is a writer for Jiu-Jitsu Mag.
Where Mackenzie needs to drill more is photos of the dishes. I would love to see a pic of the finished product so I can leaf through and look at all the yummy food. Also, and this is more of a wish list item, I’d like to know nutrition information per dish, just how many calories and how much protein.
Support a fellow BJJer following his passion. Buy Mackenzie’s cookbook pdf. At $12.99 it is a bargain. Here’s the link http://bit.ly/1RTf4wk. Go now buy. Your stomach will thank you.
Mackenzie would like to thank his wife-to-be Moe, because without her constant support this book and grapplergourmet.com would not exist. And to thank his sponsors Q5 sports nutrition, Inverted Gear, and Datsusara for their continual support. (->There are discount codes at the end of the book for each of the sponsors.<-)
Team Alliance North Richland Hills Texas: The Noteworthy Success of Samuel Snow as he builds Snow MMA
"Alliance was founded in 1993 by Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti, Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre Paiva and Fernando Gurgel. Alliance is recognized as one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Schools in the world; known not only for their technicality and quality, but also for their professionalism. Alliance has made hundreds of World Champions, over 25 of them at the black belt level." www.allianceofficial.com
Samuel Snow began his BJJ Journey in 2006 not sure of what to expect and like so many…he was about ready to throw in the towel shortly after he began due to frustrations in training. Then, three months in…he found his groove and never looked back. BJJ was definitely not the conventional sport of choice for Snow and even his family was skeptical that he would stick with it.Fast forward to December 2014, all of Snow’s dedication and hard work paid off.He joined an elite group at Team Alliance.He was awarded his black belt by non-other than one the founding members of Alliance, Maestre Romero Jacare Cavalcanti 7th Degree Red and Black Belt.
BJJL: Why BJJ? What does your family think?
Samuel Snow: So many reasons… When I started, my parents didn't really have a clue. Then, I kept doing it and I think it surprised them. Growing up, I had never really stuck to anything for very long… at least not more than a few years. Now, they love it because they see the value I bring to others lives- even my nephew just started training with me and he is 3 and ½ yrs old.
BJJL: Talk to me about your BJJ lineage?
Snow: I began BJJ in 2006 with Jose Reyes, when he was just a purple belt. My little brother and I began our journey together and I owe much of my motivation, commitment, and dedication to the art to him. After a couple of years at Reyes, we had Will Campuzano come to teach Muay Thai and MMA, along with some high school wrestlers come to train at Reyes. Even a Greco-Roman national champion from Peru came to train with us, Joe Morante. After that, I began training more no-gi, wrestling, and competing in MMA with Campuzano and Reyes for the first few years at purple belt. I won all of my first three amateur fights before taking a break due to a knee injury. After that, I moved to Ecuador to teach English and do some traveling, and began training under Fernando Soluco, an Alliance black belt under Fabio Gurgel, and Pioneer of BJJ in Latin America. I was in Ecuador back and forth for a couple of years, the whole time I had a friend teaching in my place back in Texas (in a small sub-leased space in a gymnastics facility). Soluco introduced me to the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle as I understand it and practice it today. He showed me how to lead, to teach, and how to coach athletes as well as administrate at a gym. With him, I traveled all over Ecuador and was able to establish my roots with the Alliance team. Alliance has since become my family, and I have trained under each of the three main founders at their respective Headquarters in Brazil and Atlanta (Fabio, Gurgel, Alexandre Paiva, and Romero Jacare Cavalcanti). Soluco awarded me my black belt in Dec of 2014 by the hands of master Jacare while I was attending the kids instructor certification course at the headquarters in Atlanta.
BJJL: To you, what equals a well-rounded fighter? How does one train to become the equivalent of a Keenan Cornelius?
Snow: A well-rounded fighter is one who has an open mind, and is determined to train his weaknesses. To me, Jiu-Jitsu equals open-mindedness.
BJJL: Is there anything you would like to tell a person that is starting out in MMA/BJJ/Boxing…etc? Some pearls of wisdom you wish you had known that would have prevented injury, aggravation, etc?
Snow: The best wisdom I can give is to ask those at your gym, be receptive- listen, and try to learn from their experiences before having to learn the lessons on your own- the hard way.
BJJL: The right gym, the right black belt, what advice do you have for people searching for the right environment to train in?
Snow: For me, the best environment to train in is one that is extremely positive, open-minded, and peaceful. There cannot exist a lot of insecurity, egos, or attitudes.
BJJL: If there is one thing (across the board) that you would like to be standardized when it comes to BJJ rules, what would it be?
Snow: As far as BJJ rules, I would like all submission holds to be legal at black belt. I don’t think it works in the favor of the art and its evolution to make certain holds illegal. For instance, I believe a fighter would be less relaxed and less apt to stall in the 50/50 if heel hooks were legal.
BJJL: There are so many BJJ competitions out there, a person could compete on weekly basis, how does one distinguish a good tournament from a bad one?
Snow: A good tournament is one that fits your budget, is recommended by your professor/coach, and has an event that does not conflict with your calendar.
BJJL: Do you have any women only classes?
Snow: We currently do not have women only classes, but have been planning to open up one in the near future.
BJJL: Do you have any thoughts about women only classes?
Snow: I think women only classes are great for a gym if the demand for them is there at that academy.
BJJL: Your Team or rather Team Alliance in TX as a whole finished strong in 2014 (you rcvd your blackbelt) Raul Jimenez won Master’s World’s for his division. Now you have started 2015 with a bang (won the Atlanta Open), and Jimenez won PANs for his division what do you attribute your success thus far to?
Snow: I think my success is greatly due to the amazing people that I have been blessed with- from the world-class instructors and teammates (Soluco, Fabio Gurgel, Lucas Lepri, Jon Thomas, Jacare, Gigi, Iturralde bros, etc) to my hard-working and loyal student base, to my immediate family who has done nothing but support my dreams and aid me in building the gym business.
BJJL: Do you have any regrets thus far? Training miss steps/setbacks, not following advice, etc.
Snow: I don’t have any regrets in life. Everything happens in a unique manner and everyone’s journey is different for a reason. That is what makes life beautiful.
BJJL: What has been your proudest moment since you began the practice of BJJ?
Snow: My proudest moment for sure was promotion to black belt.
BJJL: What are your plans for the future? What goals do you still have left?
Snow: My immediate goal is to expand our student base, especially our white belt group. The goals I have for this year is to compete in the no-gi pans and worlds, if finances permit. My long-term goals are mainly for my students… I would like to have several athletes win some major IBJJF titles and to have some very solid black belt instructors teaching and competing for our team. Beyond competition, I hope our gym will be a very positive and influential business and hub within our community.
BJJL: Is there anyone you would like to thank that you have never had the opportunity to thank for helping you get to where you are today?
Snow: I would like to thank my parents, for supporting my dreams. They have always been there for me and I am so grateful to them for all the years of sacrifice and for also teaching me the value of hard work. They put me to work at 14 and employed me for many years at all three of their businesses and I learned so much and gained so much experience and skill that I rely upon to this day.
BJJL: If you could go back and change anything about your journey, would you?
Snow: If I could start over, I think I might want to have lost my ego and pride a lot sooner so that I could have built a strong foundation earlier on.
At the Open Alliance took Gold for the men's adult. CheckMat and Brasa Caio Terra took silver and bronze respectively. In the female division again Alliance took gold. This time CheckMat and the Roger Gracie Academy took silver and bronze.
European Open Results
Mens's Adult 1. Alliance 2. CheckMat 3. Brasa Caio Terra
Women's Adult 1. Alliance 2. CheckMat 3. Roger Gracie Academy
"Talking about Lucas is always a pleasure for me. I have never seen an athlete with so many skills like him. He is one of the most complete athletes that I have had the opportunity to train.” Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles
Lucas Lepri has followed up with his guard passing DVD with another 2 volume set. This set is a nogi (but the techniques are easily adapted to gi BJJ) and focused mainly on the reverse De la Riva, De la Riva, Butterfly and Side Control. Lucas also covers some material on the half-guard, back control and turtle. Most of the techniques are sweeps and attacks making it a solid complement to his passing DVD.
Lucas Lepri’s DVD set consists of 2 DVDs and covers ~3 hours of instruction in total. In this article you’ll find mindmaps for both DVDs and some commonalities that I noticed as I broke down the instruction.
Roughly six months ago I decided to go to Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend for the sole purpose of meeting up with some of my jiu jitsu e-friends and to take advantage of the world class instruction that the city has to offer. This trip was about immersing myself completely jiu jitsu and training full time. Over the next four days I met and trained with dozens of amazing people including some legends of our sport. Traveling back to St Louis on Monday I was re-energized and excited about my training in a way that I hadn’t been previously.
"Lucas Lepri is one of the most dynamic and creative competitors in action today his techniques are smooth and easy to learn I strongly recommend his DVDs to anyone interested in learning the real jiu jitsu." - Master Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti
Lucas Lepri has been one of the top lightweights in the world since 2007. In that time the Alliance black belt has won numerous World & Pan Am titles while teaching at Alliance Atlanta. Lucas’ newest DVD release focuses solely on passed the guard and spends a lot of time on the De la Riva guard and other open guards. With the rise of the Berimbolo and successful open guard players this DVD set comes at an auspicious time. Lucas Lepri’s DVD set consists of 2 DVDs and covers ~3 hours of instruction in total. In this article you’ll find mindmaps for both DVDs and some commonalities that I noticed as I broke down the instruction.
A few weeks ago I was in Orlando and was fortunate enough to have a little free time to train. It didn’t take me long to realize that Bruno Malfacine had a school in the area and I immediately knew where I wanted to go. I hope that most of you have seen some of his highlights but if you haven’t do yourself a favor and check them out. Bruno has a highly energetic and aggressive style that can best be described as a whirling dervish of passes, sweeps and submission attempts.
The great thing about mindmaps is that they provide an easy-to-follow visual reminder of the techniques and positions covered. For most this is quicker to review and easier to assimilate than text notes. You’re also able to get a birds-eye view of how everything is connected and (hopefully) improve your understanding those intricacies.
The downside is that without the source material (DVD, book, magazine, etc) they’re usefulness is greatly limited. Don’t get me wrong, they’re cool to look at but how much are you really getting out of it? So what can be done about that?
2012 Pan No-Gi Grappling Championships (New York) results are in Alliance wins Adult, Women, Master and Senior. Almost a clean sweep at New York's IBJJF premiere no-gi event in the fall of 2012. Gracie Barra scatters amonsts the placing teams with Renato Tevares' Juvi's coming out on top breaking the Alliance sweep.