Archive for March, 2012

28 Mar 2012

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  • Olympic Greco Highlights 2008

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    28 Mar 2012

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  • 2012 European Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship Highlights

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    28 Mar 2012

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  • MMA Tips and Your Questions Answered!

    This Article comes from SLC MMA
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    Do you have questions? I know you do. I’ve checked my search engine logs and collected a list of things you were looking for.

    I’m going to attempt to succinctly answer every question – no matter how ridiculous – I’ve received over the six months or so.  Sometimes I’ve had to modify the grammar of the questions, because that’s one thing the internets doesn’t teach you.

    Also, if you have any questions to submit to me, let me know in the comments section below.

    And no, I don’t think I know it all – even though I think I do.

    How do I develop/increase knockout power?

    You can read what I’ve wrote about hitting harder, but I’ll summarize. Not everyone is genetically disposed to have that bomb-dropping explosiveness but all can get better. Do upper body plyometrics. Hit tires with sledge hammers, throw medicine balls/hay bales/shotputs/heavy bags, shovel snow/manure/dirt vigorously (throw not push). Do cable punching twists. Film yourself working the heavy bag and critique. Focus on getting the force from your hips and legs and turn over those punches. Practice ”siting down on your punches”.

    How to beat a wrestler in mma /how do I deal with MMA wrestlers?

    You have to beat him on your own terms. In general, that means being able to dictate where the fight goes and stays – something wrestlers are very good at themselves. To do so, you either have to get good wrestling or counter wrestling or develop another strategy that allows you to control the fight. On top of the that, you’ll want to practice specific wrestling counters that will keep you from getting sucked into their game.

    How old is Ori Hofmekler?  (Author of the Warrior Diet)

    He was born in 1952, making him ~60.

    How do I eat like an mma fighter?

    Here is the basic out line: Cut out all processed foods/refined sugars and flours. No soda or candy or fried food. Eat 6 times a day making sure you eat high quality protiens, carbs and veggies at nearly every meal; energy levels must be well maintained. Think of eating as fueling your body. Drink a lot of water; drink protein shakes before bedtime and post workouts. The most important meal of the day isn’t breakfast, its the post-workout meal (followed by the pre-workout meal).  Supplements should be overseen by a nutrition specialist or be kept to a minimum. Creatine, multivitamins, protein powders, pre-workout energy boosters are common.

    Get a copy of Grappler’s Guide to Sports Nutrition; I think its the best resource out there.  Also, check out some MMA diet tips here.

    How do you do the Mckenzietine choke AKA the prayer-grip guillotine?

    Good question, do a normal guillotine choke but grip your hands palm to palm and push it into the side of the neck. See more video on Mckenzietine choke here.

    How do I improve my MMA?

    In general, you’ve got a couple of strategies. One is to fix the leaks, or weaknesses in your game – areas you know you aren’t good at. Another is to polish what you’re good at – aka play to your strengths. Another still is to become “more well rounded” overall, branch out and learn techniques from a variety of disciplines.  Try videoing your training and analyzing it. You can even pay to get a coach to watch it and give his critique.

    How do throw a sidestep uppercut?

    You need to correctly anticipate your opponents strike – it typically has to a jab or straight cross to make this possible.  Also, your relative stance is important.  When you and your opponent share the same stance (left lead vs left lead)  and you are countering the jab, push off the front leg,  side stepping to the outside and lean and throw that uppercut underneath his guard; counter the cross by pushing off the back leg and finishing in similar manner.  When you are a mirror image (left lead vs right lead) the process is  basically the inverse. BTW, the uppercut will probably only be in range your opponent stepped in and planted (ie, is coming forward) other wise you’ll be on the edge of the pocket with the side step.  Also see this video with Pat Miletich doing a slip jab counter with uppercut, which is an analog of what I’ve detailed here.

    For punching power: Russian twist vs Full contact twist?

    Full contact twist – it models punching better and you can also handle more weight. If you want to learn how to do it, check out Pavel’s BulletProof Ab book or this post on the body building forums.

    Who Did Jeff Monson get his black belt from?

    He got in late 2007 while training at American Top Team from Ricardo Liborio.

    How to avoid knee injury in mma?

    Do prehab exercises (some more prehab info here), avoid overtraining, and minimize risk wherever possible. You can only diminish the probability of getting one – accidents can always happen in training and competition. I’ll write a full article on this later.

    Bench press and push ups for fighters?

    Yes please.  While these exercises don’t generally increase punching power, but they do increase strength and are great multi-joint exercises.

    Would push ups make you a better fighter? How do I do MMA push ups?

    Yes. Good push ups are exercise and can make you a better conditioned athlete. Check out pushups for fighters and if you want to do one armed push ups, buy Pavel Tsatsoline’s Naked Warrior book.

    How many mma pushups?

    A lot. Push ups are generally pretty easy (without added resistance) so you’ll need to increase the reps to get benefit. You should be able to crank off 15-20 without burning out.

    How to grip for pull ups?

    Lets assume you’re doing pull ups on a regular pullup bar.  There are three basic areas of alteration.  The orientation of your palms as you grip the bar (both palms facing towards or away from you- or one of each), how far away your hands are from each other (“wide grip”, etc) and the way the hand is actually contacting the bar (rock-climbers/finger hangers, towel pullups, tennis balls, etc).

    One area of alteration not listed above is the one arm pullup, a beast in its own right.  Due to the probability of elbow tendinitis, I’d pass on this one if you are training to fight.

    What does pulling the head down in a triangle do?

    It tightens the choke by pulling the neck down into the narrowing clamp of the triangle (tightens the noose). It also helps break down the posture of your opponent, making it harder for them to escape. See picture below.

    What are the nutrition needs for a mma athlete?

    All people (regardless of athletic endeavors) need the same nutrients. However, due to frequency, length and type of training, athletes (MMA included) will need more calories and fluids. Any quality book on sports nutrition will help you figure this out.

    However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

    Because MMA training involves a lot of strength-based exercises, its probable that one would need slightly more protein than usual (depending on the type, duration, and frequency of training – ADA says about 10-12% of calories consumed should be protein 1.6-1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight).

    I need help curing a fungal skin infection from a grass seed caught in my sock.

    Two things. That’s not really a question, and wow – thats pretty specific.  As a poor man, I go to freinds who are also nurses, the internet, and my pharmacist to see if I can self diagnosis. However, a dermatologist would be the one to really help you out. Some fungal infections are on the skin, some are inside you. In the former case, some OTC anti-fungals could work.

    Pedro Sauer a womanizer?

    He does have a handsome face, so I get how you might think that. However, from my second hand-experience from I believe him to be monogamous, honest and loyal. If his devotion to the purity of Gracie Jujitsu says anything about him, he doesn’t mess around with messing around.

    What is the best gracie school Utah?

    The one that is closest and has the best atmosphere in line with your training goals. Some schools are more focused on sport, some on self-defense.

    Triangle choke: shin or head?

    First, “seal the circle” – don’t let the head get out, and that means grabbing the shin. After you “lock the gate”, ie get your shin/ankle in the back of the opposite legs knee, then pull down on the head.  Of course, if the head/posture isn’t broken down to begin with, you’ll have a heck of a time locking the triangle up.

    Why do i have a bluish discoloration of calf below sore knee?

    That’s bruising, which is blood hanging out in the tissues (mild hematoma).  Bruising doesn’t always have to be right on top of the injury site (ectopic bruising) and gravity kind of pulls that blood down through loose tissue.  It theoretically could be bursitis from tendons that go over the knee and the bruising showing up down near the end of the tendon. But I’m no doctor and that’s only a theory.

    Anyone know Anderson Silva’s diet?

    His diet isn’t explicitly given, so only the insiders know. From interviews, we know he tries to eat legumes and salads at nearly every meal, consumes around 3000 calories a day, and doesn’t eat much sweets and junkfood (although he loves Big-Macs, when the mood hits him).  He also digs sushi.

    If you have ringworm does that mean you are dirty?

    Yes – you have a gross fungus growing on your body. Does this mean you are a dirty person? Unless you like to train for hours and then not shower for days, no. Fungus happens to even clean people.

    How to escape sprawl/ bottom sprawl escape?

    A well-timed sitout escape should serve you pretty well. Keep in mind how your opponent grips you may change the exact method of sitting out. If you can break his grip, you can try weasling your way back to standing. You could also try to secure a single-leg grip and muscle a finish. You also can try to  pull yourself to a good position – one where your head is above your hips above your knees, ideally.

    How to prevent triagle choke slaming by grabing leg?

    You underhook one of your opponents legs (and can gable grip to seal the circle) and try to pull him down and possibly cut an angle to upset their balance.


    So there you go, ask and ye shall receive!

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    27 Mar 2012

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  • The Sylvio Behring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt Nerves (What You Fail To Be)

    This Article comes from Nuclearchainsaw » Jiu Jitsu and Judo
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    Well, if you’re an avid reader of this blog, you should know that John Valentine and I are testing in front of Master Sylvio Behring for our purple belts on April 29th.  Sylvio once told me in a seminar that before a fight he was “always nervous never scared.”  I’m scared.

    That’s the weird thing – I don’t have to fight anyone.  Roll?  Yes, fight? No.  Here’s the thing, and I’m sure every blue belt ready for promotion feels this way….it’s a PURPLE BELT.  For those unfamiliar, it takes roughly a year or so for blue if you’re decent.  Purple can take anywhere from 3 to 6 years with no experience…that’s fighting for 5 hours a week for over 1,000 days.   In other words, to fail after 3 years would devestate me, and I’m not going to let that happen, no way.  Am I nervous?  Yes.  Scared?  Absolutely.  To me, it’s like training for the olympics and falling just short or winning gold.  To lose would be devestation, to pass would be elation.

    When I got my blue belt I noticed that more people wanted to roll with me just to say they beat a blue belt…understandable, I did the same when I was a white belt.  But purple is different.   I started BJJ at Hidden Valley MMA in November of 2009.  My goal was to get a stripe on my white belt.  3 months later, I got one, and it was awesome.  My friends thought “big fuckin’ whoop”.  Again, to me, it was progress.  It was passing the first round cuts of high school baseball.  It was to say that I had potential, nothing more and to wait for the second round.

    The second round involved getting my Judo green belt.  It was nice, but I loved the ground from the second I had “potential”…I wanted a blue belt.  I wanted the ten dollar blue thing to hold up my pants.  I wanted superiority and I wanted to be known.  In October of 2010 I got it under Master Sylvio, and Professor Mike Hermosillo.  Thus, the “target” was on my back.  I had the blue belt reputation to uphold, and suddenly that anxiousness turned into a feeling of whether or not I could actually live up to it…call it a reality check.  Did I get submitted by white belts?  Yes, all the time.  It’s not to say that I wasn’t worthy to hold the belt, but only that I had the “fundamentals of Behring BJJ” in my book.  I did, so losing didn’t bother me.  Mike always told me, “If you don’t tap during rolling, you’re doing something wrong.”  I tapped, as they say, “early and often”.

    But a month from now, John and I test together for purple.  Purple was so far out of my goals when I started that it has become the little gold head that Indiana Jones was trying to steal in The Temple of Doom.  If I knew how to spell “paraphamilia”, it’d be that.

    Over the years Mike has been kind enough to let me teach, and has made me a technical man, and I listen to him and do what he says.  I’ve fallen into a submissive when I roll.   I trust his words and I do it and I win.  Because of that, people in the gym look up to me and they almost expect me to win.  It’s weight to carry, especially knowing that I’m not as good as they think.  That being said, to fail a test in front of students would absolutely destroy me.  For Sylvio to be unimpressed at my progression would embarrass Mike and humiliate me.  I’m absolutely afraid of failing, even though I think that the promotion would be near impossible to fuck up at this point, I’m like Indy with the gold head…I’m blowing my fingers, estimating the weight, and I’m nervous until the moment I switch the weighted sandbag with the head….the moment I enter the “expert” ranks as some sites say.

    I will be a purple belt, and I will impress, and if not given the opportunity to speak after, I’ll tell myself that I’m a product of everyone at the gym.  Maybe I’m blowing it out of proportion but my life hasn’t been kind to me, and this is what I have, and I’m throwing myself into it – but John and I aren’t the only ones….

    Julie Winter is a 6 month trainee and amateur MMA fighter out of HVMMA.  She puts in 20 hours a week minimum at the gym.  She’s ready.  I talked to her tonight, she’s nervous.  She’s worried about quitting after her fight, and she’ll probably be pissed at me for mentioning that, but it reminds me of May of 2010… own 6-month point.  It’s a cycle.  She’ll be incredible and like everyone else, she needs support, and HVMMA does that.  Mike doesn’t let people quit…maybe that’s why being promoted there matters so much – Mike makes you what you thought you’d fail to be.

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    19 Mar 2012

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  • MMA Utah at Hidden Valley

    Transitioning from a traditional Martial Arts Dojo to an MMA gym is super easy.  Everyone’s doing it.  I’ve seen tons of places go through the transition:

    All you have to do is go out and scape “Karate” off of your window, and put up “MMA”.  Ta-da!

    Or so it would seem that people think we are stupid enough to believe.

    The real questions are: Can they train anyone that is effective?  Can they train skills that work?  Do they even turn out fighters at all?

    Well, it has been really neat over he last few years for me to watch Hidden Valley MMA, where I train, go through that transition (no, I don’t mean to one that just involves scraping the window).  Hidden Valley has started to turn out real, effective fighters.

    This could be seen most recently March 9th, and the SteelFist 6 event at the Complex.  On the card from Hidden Valley MMA were 2 pro-fighters: Ken Lowe and Rachel Kemker who put on a great show for the crowd.  Ken Lowe (180 pounds) was off to a fast start in a hard hitting match-up but the fight was stopped due to a nasty cut produced by the cage fence. Rachel who fights at heavyweight, defeated her opponent Jenna Bernick impressively via Verbal Submission due to repeated elbow strikes to the head early in round 1 (Ouch!!)

    The Hidden Valley fight team has an impressive mix of skills and experience to draw from:  great coaches such as Ju Jistu (and Judo) black belt and owner Michael A. Hermosillo, Judo instructors Bill “one hell of a bad-assed Scotsman” Closs and Joe Reagan, Muay Thai Kru John Valentine and Jiu Jitsu coach Scott Vincent.  It’s nice to see a gym with real, hard core Striking, Jitz, and Judo as well… not a very common mix.

    On April 20th, 2012 the Hidden Valley team will once again will be stepping in the cage in the Steelfist VII “Heavy Hitters” where they will prepare to do battle.  Representing the gym will hard hitting Julie “She Hulk” Winter (130) (This girl is so nice, but on the mats she scares the shit out of me!  I hope no one ends up going home in an ambulance) and Ryan Ault (185). This card is not one to be missed.

    So, am I a bit biased?  Sure.  A bit proud?  Hell ya! :)  Way to go team!

    17 Mar 2012

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  • NAGA Utah Team Machado Utah Results

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    Team Machado Utah flashing their new bling.

    Team Machado Utah had a very successful tournament at the NAGA Utah held March 3, 2012. The UCTC athletes lead by instructor Dave Johnson brought home a hoard of new awards along with some great memories. Below are the team and individual results. Congratulations go to Dave and the UCTC Team Machado Utah athletes!

    Team Results
    Total Medals:18
    Total Gold:  8
    Total Silver:7
    Total Bronze:3

    Individual Results
    2 Golds           – Tommy Wagner Gold Medal GI (White)  / Gold NO Gi Beginner
    1 Gold            – Vyginitas “Vig”   Gold Medal GI (White)
    2 Gold            – Joe Martinez  Gold GI (Blue) / Gold NO GI – Intermediate
    1 Gold 1 Silver   – Nick Lokeni (Stidham) Gold No GI /  Silver GI (white)
    1 Gold 1 Bronze   – Eric Gold No Gi Expert  / Bronze Gi
    1 Gold            – Mike Stidham No GI Expert
    2 Silver          – Carter  No Gi Beginner / GI (white)
    1 Silver          – AJ Stidham GI (white)
    1 Silver          – Loran Brumley No GI Expert
    1 Silver          – JT (Jeremiah) GI (Blue)
    1 Silver          – Dominico No Gi Intermediate
    1 Bronze          – Angel  Gi (purple)
    1 Bronze          – Ma’fu Fosita  No Gi expert (super heavy)

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    14 Mar 2012

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  • The Finer Points And Tips For The Triangle Choke (Sankaku Jime)

    This Article comes from Nuclearchainsaw » Jiu Jitsu and Judo
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    BJJ on an enormous crossword puzzle

    The triangle is one of those chokes in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that everyone loves…unless you’re caught in it and you try desperately to “answer the phone” before taking an ill-planned nap.  There are many reasons to love the triangle…putting someone to sleep…the minimal effort it takes to choke…the ability to look down and watch what you’re doing to someone as they flail like a fish out of water…all good reasons.  BUT there are certain tips that I’ve been picking up on over the last couple of years that may help out some beginning students when applying the triangle-sleepy-time-chokey-choke…all directions are from the position of the illustration (right leg over shoulders):


    See the blue guy and the pink…I guess - girl up there?  I’m using that position as a reference.  Right now she is at zero degrees to her target…note her right computer-generated leg across Mr. Blue’s shoulders – this is correct.  The thing is, most people try the triangle without that leg across the shoulders…mainly because they don’t get to 90 degrees before throwing it up there.  Here’s an example:

    Stand facing a desk about waist high…now pick up your right leg and try to lay your leg across your body flat on the desk in front of you with the outside of your knee and ankle both touching the surface…you know, it the shape of the triangle…hurts like a mother doesn’t it?

    NOW, try that same thing butleanyour upper body to the right…easier huh? 

    So its the same principal – in order to get that right leg across the shoulders, you have to move your upper body to the right.  This, in turn will keep your leg more on top of their shoulders when you bring your body back to zero degrees (the position of that robot-chick up there).


    Look at pink alien’s hips – they’re off the ground.  Once that leg is across the shoulder, your next order of business is to hump their face…so to speak.  Shoot your hips up to their face and pull down with that leg you just got across the shoulders.  Nice and tight…like your mom in college (burrrrnnn)


    In regards to the man in the blue hue…His right arm is going aross his face – you want this.  Sure, the pink thing is holding the back of his head, but equally as effective would be to hold the blue guy’s right arm across his own face and your hips.  What this does is bring his shoulder up to his neck cutting off blood flow to that crucial carotid artery.  Remember when instructed on how to escape the triangle you heard “answer the phone”?  Well, answering the phone is getting that shoulder off of your neck…ipso-facto, pulling the arm across should sink it in…plus it’s hard to answer anything if they have a hold of your arm…unless you’re trying to answer Freddy Krueger’s questions in person (get it?  you have to be asleep for that…burrrnnn).


    Your left leg now goes over your right ankle and you come back to zero degrees…this shit should be tight…but here’s how to make it tighter…when your left leg comes over your right, usually a flailing opponent will loosen the hold up a bit.  This is where you point your right toes up. What this does is bring your legs and knees closer together.  Think of your foot as a lever that brings everything together…which brings us to the most important:


    When you get the triangle and you’re ready to have someone pass out between your legs like your mom after college (burrrn), squeeze your knees together…that’s where the choke is and a lot of people miss that.  Remember the shoulder you pulled across?  Well squeezing the knees shoves that in deeper and shoves the other carotid into your right thigh…this is the point where it feels like your head is going to explode when caught in it. 

    Sure, there are variations, this is just a list of tips that helped me, and can maybe help you.  My personal favorite isn’t grabbing the head, but keeping the arm across my body using my right hand and using my left to hold their head down with my forearm and grab the outside of my right knee with my left hand and squeezing harder than a constipated John Candy.  Result – awesome, and like a constipated actor, I don’t poop.

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    12 Mar 2012

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  • Study Greatness

    This Article comes from Ruiz Combat Grappling – Blog
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    Study Greatness

    If you would be great study greatness. Too many people study the loser and why they lost.
    They study how not to lose. They try to figure out how they can avoid making the same
    mistakes as the loser. Historians tell us the falsehood of “those who do not study history
    are bound to repeat it.” I have yet to see anyone who has studied history not repeat it.
    Human nature is a repeat phenomenon. Studying the history of losing will teach you that
    there have been some major failures in the past. 

    This is fine if you want to continue to lose. You can’t study losing and
    expect to win. 

    Your mind cannot dwell on the reverse of a thing. You cannot dwell on losing
    and expect to win. 

    If you want to have more success in your endeavors study those who are
    already successful. Study how they won. Figure out how you can repeat similar
    successes as to what they have created. Borrow their ingenuity and example.
    Develop the next step from where they left off. 

    If you think that studying history will help you for heaven’s sake study the
    winning team! Study the dominant figures and systems of the past. Understand
    what they did and why they did it. 

    Spending too much time on trying to understand someone else’s mistakes is the
    surest way to avoid fixing your own. I would rather fix the holes in my own game
    first. Jesus said ‘first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt
    thou see clearly to cast out the mote of thy brother’s eye.’

     As you study successful strategies you will start to see the world
    differently. You will start to do things differently. You will find greater
    effectiveness and efficiency. You will find more and better solutions to
    problems both big and small. Your mind will expand and you will ask better
    questions. When you start asking better questions you will start getting better

    Look for the way things are being approached. Look for the setups. Look for
    transitions. Look for the finishes. Look for subtle things like timing and

    Learn from the successes of the past and you will have a successful future.

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    11 Mar 2012

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  • Gear Review: Luta MMA Performance Rash Guard

    This Article comes from Arcanum Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blog

    I love rashies. For no-gi grappling, shirtless does not appeal to me, and loose t-shirts get in the way. For gi grappling, my experience is that most gis don’t feel good on bare skin. I wear rash guards when I work out, too; they have this magical effect of making me look and feel more buff than I actually am.

    As much as I’m pro-rash guard, it’s surprising that I’ve never stepped outside of the Under Armour / generic brand arena. I own a couple of rash guards from our club (just OK) and the rash guard that came with the first-generation Origin Genesis (also just OK), but never made an effort to acquire a rashie specifically engineered for the sport.

    When I got the Luta rash guard from Aaron at, I doubted that there could really be anything all that different about it. Turns out, there is. And now that I know what else is out there, I’ll not likely be going back.

    I liked the Luta so much that it accompanied me on a journey around the Caribbean earlier this month. The stylish black and yellow added to my already considerable sexiness as I zip-lined and cave-tubed through the jungles of Belize in January.

    (Click on any photo to view the photos as a slideshow.)

    luta + hardhat = sexy

    luta front

    Notice the tapered shoulders.


    Here is what the Luta MMA Performance Rash Guard purportedly offers (from the LUTA website):

    • Super lightweight polyester and elastane knitted fabric (175g/m2) that is robust yet breathable with 4 way stretch for both compression and comfort.
    • Quick drying fabric for a cool touch effect.
    • Six panel construction and raglan sleeve for complete freedom of movement.
    • Antibacterial airtex under arm panels for additional ventilation and freshness.
    • Ultra strength, performance flatlock seams for added durability.
    • Serves well as a technical multipurpose undergarment or training top.

    I’ll spend a little time on each of these points, plus a couple of things I noticed on my own.


    This rashie is indeed lightweight. Indeed, the first two things I noticed when removing it from the bag were the feather-light weight and the soft texture. Whereas my other rashies have an almost plasticky texture and sheen to them, the Luta looks and feels more natural to the touch. It’s soft and thin and breathable and hugs the skin pleasantly.

    Compression-wise, it follows the figure nicely (more on the tapered shoulders later) but is not quite as constricting as my other compression garments.


    This definitely dries out faster than my other rash guards as well. There have been a couple of times when I wanted to wear it just after a wash, and a few minutes in a dryer virtually dried it completely. It’s also great at wicking the moisture away from the body.

    Freedom of movement

    The cut on the Luta is slightly different from your standard t-shirt layout. Rather than shoulders and sleeves that taper ever so slightly down from the neck, there is a strong taper along the shoulders and down the sleeves. Because the fabric is wonderfully stretchy, the result is almost like a second skin across the shoulders and back. It doesn’t effect comfort negatively at all. In fact, I actually agree that this makes the range of motion in the shoulders and chest (the places it really counts) feel extremely natural, almost as if there were no garment there.
    Here’s another quick look at the taper on the shoulders and arms:

    luta front

    Notice the tapered shoulders.

    I have no idea what the six-panel construction is all about, other than that the rash guard is a little Frankensteined together, so to speak. Which leads to the next point.

    Under-arm antibacterial airtex

    The panels under the arms are more of a mesh weave and purportedly work to fight bacteria. This may be true, but I’m not convinced it’s really that important of a feature. The open weave added a nice degree of coolness, but realistically people don’t just sweat under the arms. There was enough of sweat soaked into the rest of the rashie during each training session to make up for the anti-bacterial armpits and necessitate a thorough washing.

    under-arm mesh

    The under-arm airtex

    In fact, I’m split on the under arm panels. Part of me really liked the added ventilation, but another part of me was annoyed that instead of one seam going up my side, there were now two seams, and I could actually feel them a little. I think I would prefer non-ventilated and a single seam. I wasn’t ever bothered by the extra seam while rolling, nor did it cause me to want to stop wearing the Luta – but still, if I had my ‘druthers I would probably eliminate it.

    Flatlock seams

    See previous section. They look pretty sweet with their yellow-on-black, but having two seams going up my sides rather than just one took a little getting used to. That said, I still prefer the Luta to any other rash guard I own.

    flatlock seams

    Flatlock seams

    Use as an undergarment or training top

    I wore beneath a gi and in no-gi situations. I loved it in both cases, but particularly for no-gi because it is so light, breathable and nimble…and because it looks so good.


    The Luta logo is printed on in plastisol, a less common choice in the age of sublimation printing. Still, I have been wearing it for over two months and have not seen any cracking or aging of the print. I’m neutral on this point – if it were a large print I’d probably knock off a few points for using plastisol but it hasn’t negatively impacted the look or feel of this product at all.


    Luta logo in plastisol

    you are the final ingredient...

    Luta ingredients


    Isn’t it great when things don’t go exactly as you plan, but turn out fantastic just the same? I originally planned to review a Scramble rash guard. The Luta was sent to me because the ever-popular Scramble was not available. But I couldn’t be happier with my acquisition. The Luta is on a completely different level than any other rash guard I own and is a pleasure to wear, even considering the extra seams for the side ventilation.

    But is it worth the price? That all depends on your tastes. At over $60, the Luta is certainly more expensive than a generic athletic rash guard. If you really don’t care what you wear as long as it covers you, then don’t spend the money. If you are really picky about quality and willing to spend the extra, definitely give the Luta a shot. My conclusion is that it is what it claims to be: a high-performance rash guard, and there is indeed a difference between it and a generic athletic rash guard. And of course, thanks to Aaron at for providing the gear for review (the link will take you to the Luta page). The folks there are a pleasure to work with and I’d recommend their site to anyone.

    more luta in the jungle...

    Just testing the under-arm airtex anti-bacterial weave…

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