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How to Fix Cauliflower Ear Caused By Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the RNR BJJ way!   Leave a comment

I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on and off for almost 20 years and somehow I finally was given the gift of cauliflower ear during my last training session.  I actually didn’t even notice it until a couple days after when I went to shave my head.  I happened to bump it and it felt  puffy.  I gently squeezed it and could feel it was full of fluid.  It didn’t hurt at all.

Cauliflower Ear - Thank you to Rich Zaydel famous ear model

How to Fix Cauliflower Ear – Thank you to Rich Zaydel famous ear model

I figured I would make an attempt to get rid of it.  I didn’t want end up like one of those fighters that looks like he has used bubble gum attached to the side of his head for ears.

Before I share with you what worked for me, understand I am not a doctor, and,  if you try my process  you are doing so at your own risk!

You will need rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to sterilize your ear before and after the process and a new sealed 3cc syringe and a new sealed 23g x 1″ needle.  A roll of gauze or something similar is also needed.

The How to Get Rid of Cauliflower Ear Tool Kit as Seen on TV

The How to Get Rid of Cauliflower Ear Tool Kit as Seen on TV

One of the guys at the gym I train at is a diabetic.  I explained my situation and I was lucky enough to obtain a syringe and needle from him.  I know this might not be an option for some of you, but if you ask around, you might get lucky like I did.  Remember, always use a brand new sealed needle and syringe and never share needles. Don’t be an idiot!

It is important to insert the needle at the correct angle and depth.  Don’t just stick it in the juiciest part and start sucking away at it. You won’t be successful removing all the fluid.

Get Rid of Cauliflower Ear - Placement and Angle of Needle - RocknRoll Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Get Rid of Cauliflower Ear – Placement and Angle of Needle

The angle above is how to inserted the needle.  I actually laid the needle against my ear and then changed the angle just enough so that the tip of the needle stuck and then I pushed it in about 1/16 an 1/8 of an inch.  I held the syringe in place with one hand then began to pull the plunger back.  But I found that I couldn’t pull the plunger at all because the vacuum was too strong and I had not gone deep enough.  I pushed it in a little further and pulled the plunger and this time I hit the mother-lode.  It was just over two CCs of blood.  I kept on pulling the plunger until I couldn’t get any more fluid.  Think about the concept of sucking all the air out of a sandwich bag until it is completely flat.  Then, I slowly pulled the needle out.

Be sure  to wipe the ear with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide after the process to keep your ear infection free.

I was told to wrap my ear against my head with gauze tightly to keep it flat as much as possible.  I didn’t have any gauze, but I did have a bandana.  I folded it up to about a 3″ wide and tied it tightly around my head making sure my ear had plenty of pressure on it.  I slept on it.  When I woke up it had gathered a little bit of fluid in it again.  I repeated the whole process and walked around for a day with a bandana.

My ear looks good as new to this day and has not effected my ear modeling career a bit!

Be sure to avoid training for a couple weeks or more for the best results.  Otherwise, you will have to repeat the process each time you train.

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Happy training!

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To Gi or Not to Gi, That Is The Question!   Leave a comment

Every now and then I hear brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners debate whether its better to learn with a gi or without.  I figured I might as well add my two cents to the discussion.

I am an average guy, average athleticism and average jiu jitsu.  I have been training jiu jitsu on and off for about 15 years, am an average brown belt and rarely do no gi.  I had an interesting experience the other day in the gym where I train.  We had a wrestler / no gi jiu jitsu person come in to visit.  i asked if he wanted to roll and he said he didn’t have a gi.  I said no problem, I’ll try no gi for a change.  I said, I apologize in advance, I haven’t done no gi in a couple years.

We started rolling and  it didn’t take long for me to realize I had no material to grab.  He out wrestled me easy, and I ended up on the bottom and was able to pull guard.  But, once there, I didn’t feel uncomfortable, and the adjustments came easy for me.  I just kept grabbing the wrists, back of the triceps and back of his neck to break his base and set up some attacks.  I got a couple of different arm bars, a triangle and a lucky scissor sweep where I grabbed his wrist and back of the neck.  I did have a lot of trouble sweeping him.  He had really good base and through most of our roll I was on the bottom.

Like I said I am an average joe jitsu guy who has trained with a gi 98% of the time and here I was doing really well against a bigger, stronger and more athletic person than myself.  He had been wresting his whole life and doing brazilian jiu jitsu for years, but only no gi.

I definitely think that people who start bjj should start with a gi.  Think about it.  I held my own with someone who does no gi all the time and I hadn’t done it in a long time.  I could adapt to his game and do well.  He probably could do well wearing a gi as well, but because he didn’t incorporate traditional jiu jitsu, he wouldn’t know how to do a gi choke, for example.  And, because he doesn’t know how to do a gi choke, he won’t know how to defend against it either.

Like I said, I am just an average guy, but thought I would add my opinion!

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ROCKnROLL BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU & FITNESS ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA!   1 comment

So back when I first started jiu jitsu, there was never any music in the dojos while we trained.  But, nowadays, most places I train have music playing in the background.   Trouble is I have no control over what is being played.

As most of you know and for those reading who don’t know our sports jargon, when we spar in brazilian jiu jitsu, we call it ‘rolling’. 

Hence the name RocknRoll BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) & Fitness!  Sometimes I shorten it to RNR BJJ & Fitness.  The idea is when you come train jiu jtsu at RocknRoll BJJ you get cutting edge technique and insruction, as well as, your choice of music for your workout! 

I love training jiu jitsu.  It the best to crank the music and do a fast flow roll for as long as possible.  Rock n Roll!

Come train with me anytime!

Im also a personal trainer and have a great RocknRoll Jiu Jitsu based fitness program!  Lose weight fast!  Super fun!

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Happy Thanksgiving from RocknRoll BJJ & Fitness Orange County!   Leave a comment

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  I am very thankful for all the great people in my life, good friends, a roof over my head and food to eat!

Have a great day and happy training!

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Whats Up With The Wrestling Shoes? We’re Doing BJJ!   Leave a comment

This is a big pet peeve of mine!  Wrestling shoes when we are doing jiu jitsu!  What the hell?  We are doing BJJ.  I don’t want to feel your shoe scrape my face when you do certain techniques.  Super lame!  And whats even lamer, most of the guys who wear their gay little wrestling shoes, don’t take off the stupid things when they go to the bathroom. This selfish and thoughtless action tracks urine and fun bacteria onto the mat.

So if you can’t be considerate enough to take them off for your roll partners during training, at least take them off when you go to the bathroom for the sake of the kids class that will be on the mats after you!

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BJJ Collar Choke Technique   Leave a comment

Here is one of my favorite chokes broken down.

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