Finding a Way to do Jiu Jitsu On the Road

I haven’t been able to post at all this week.  I’ve been on the road for work.  I had hoped that at least one night this week I’d be able to get in a practice at a school near where I was.  I even scoped out the two school I hoped to visit, Underdog Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  But as luck would have it things didn’t work out.  I was bummed and feeling Jiu Jitsu withdrawals until a co-work of mine turned me on to Gi Subs 1, a iPhone application that shows gi submissions by iFightVideo.com.  It wasn’t as good as doing it but while I sat on the plane I could go over a whole bunch of new gi submission all for $2.99.  Once again saved by the iPhone and a enterprising Jiu Jitsu teacher.  I got researching and found two No-gi applications for the iPhone by the every popular Grapple Arts.  One is on sweeps and the other on submissions.  They were a dollar more expensive then Gi Subs 1 but its cheap entertainment compared to the $14 the airline wanted to watch one of their movies in flight.  Plus it goes with me know when ever I have my iPhone with me.  After I had my fill of watching submissions on my iPhone I turned to my old stand by GRACIEMAG.  I had the July 2009 issue detailing the 2009 World Championships.  I never get tired of watching or reading about Roger Gracie, not to mention Marcelo Gracia.  All of this combined I survived the business trip hungry but not starving for BJJ.  I might also not may Mundial #5 Atama was waiting for me when I got home.  I’ll have a review on it this next week after I use it in practice.

Jiu Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu Jitsu

Flip Ultra Digital Camcorder Review – The Perfect Blogging Tool

I’ve been wanting one of these handy little digital camcorders.  They look like they would be great for posting video on my blog.  When I saw a refurbished 30 minute on Buy.com for 70% less then new, I jumped on it.   It has turned out to be a great way to quickly capture video during every day circumstances.  I can’t wait to take it to my Jiu-Jitsu class and get a few clips for my blog.  It is very easy to use and and comes with its own software built into it.  That is sweet!  Not installing software or trying to get the USB driver on before hand is a big plus in my book.  I just plugged it in and shazam!  It worked!  It even asked me if I wanted to upgrade my software on the Flip.  I let it and the upgrade was smooth and seamless.  It even has all the features you need to e-mail and share your videos.  I thought 30 minutes would be to small an amount of time but for a starter Flip it is great.  There are only two things I’m unsure about with it.  First of all it take two AA batteries.  It would be nicer if it was rechargeable and had more battery life.  Yes, I could put some rechargeable batteries in it but then I’d have to pay more wouldn’t I.  The second thing is that the 2x zoom isn’t enough.  I noticed that when I zoom the video is a little grainy.  I guess I can live with that for now.  Over all for the price it is a great pocket sized digital camcorder for the avid blogger or video amateur.