We are proud to Carry Defense Soap Products!

Grappling Mastery is proud to use and carry Defense Soap

“Offense wins Matches, Defense Keeps you on the Mat.”

At Grappling Mastery, we care about cleanliness.  That’s why we carry the Defense Soap Products and use Mueller Sports Medicine Mat Cleaner (Whizzer) on our mats.

Defense Soap is the first all-in-one soap formulated specifically for combat athletes. The natural ingredients found in Defense Soap act as a natural remedy against the kind of skin problems combat athletes face. These problems are well known. They include everything from Ringworm and Staph to Impetigo, Herpes, Jock Itch and Athlete’s Foot.

Simply using Defense Soap as your regular hygienic soap will go a long way toward the elimination of these potential skin problems.

Defense Soap is manufactured in the United State of America in a FDA approved facility.  They use only the highest quality natural essential oils in the highest concentrations possible.  The ingredients in Defense Soap are better for the skin’s healthy flora than chemicals.  Fungal and inflammatory skin conditions such as Ringworm, Staph, Herpes and Impetigo arise when pathogenic bacteria, fungi or viruses gain control over our skin’s healthy flora.

Unfortunately, antibacterial chemicals, as well as antibiotics, have been used extensively since the 1970’s. The problem is these synthetic chemicals can deplete the skin’s “good” bacteria.  In some cases, as is the case with MRSA, these infections can become resistant to antibiotics. If the healthy bacteria is destroyed along with the harmful ones it makes it that much harder to control reoccurring outbreaks.

The active ingredients in Defense Soap are helping to reverse that trend.

Malaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that has been clinically shown to be responsible for most of tea tree oil’s activity. Because tea tree oil reacts adversely to bacteria and fungus, using soap with tea tree oil can disrupt the skin-dwelling bacteria and fungus that are involved in causing skin disruptions. Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities as a topically applied ingredient. Eucalyptus Oil is used in personal hygiene products for its antimicrobial properties including dental care and soaps. Eucalyptus Oil also has antiviral properties and is recognized by The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) which is the official compendium for Homeopathic Drugs in the U.S. HPUS is recognized by the FDA.

Defense Soap is simple, affordable, safe, and easy to use.

Available Defense Soap Products:

  • Super Shield Laundry Deodorizer
  • Defense Soap Bar
  • Defense Soap Barrier Foam
  • Defense Soap Body Wipes
  • Defense Soap Shower Gel
  • Defense Soap Equipment Spray
  • Defense Soap Essential Oil
  • Defense Soap Healing Salve

Check out the Grappling Mastery Pro Shop for Defense Soap Products or the Defense Soap website for more information.

Defen se Soap Shower Gel

Benefits of Glucosamine in BJJ and MMA

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Glucosamine (GS) is a supplement used by many active individuals who want to maintain healthy joints and prevent osteoarthritis.  It is also said to relieve pain as well as increase flexibility or range of motion in the joints.  Glucosamine is most effective when it is combined with MSM and Chondroitin Sulfate (CS). Research suggests that oral intakes of Glucosamine and chondroitin, either alone or in combination, reduces joint pain and improves mobility in persons with osteoarthritis. A multivitamin and essential fats such as fish oils, omega oils and flax oil supplements are also suggested for best results.

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ONNIT Alpha Brain Review

Alpha BRAIN by OnnitWe recently did trial of the 90 count bottle of Alpha Brain by ONNIT Labs.  This was not a sponsored trial.  It was purchased and taken as prescribed.  The recommended serving was 2 capsules and it was taken as such.  There was an occasional day that the dosage was skipped.  I must state, for anyone that hasn’t known me previous to this test, that my memory definitely needed improvement.  I have developed habits that allow me to limit the things I need to memorize and ways to remind myself of tasks that need completing.

The results were remarkable!  Almost immediately I had the sense that any “brain fog” was clearing away.  I looked for opportunities to test my memory.  I talk to new people every day on the phone and found it very easy to remember their names when they came in without checking my appointment list.  I remember my daily tasks with easy, even bringing on new tasks because I’ve completed what I set out for the day.  I remembered zip codes from out of state without writing them down.  I remembered the gate code for Jorge “The Animal” Rodriguez‘s community that I never used but was told months before as I was calling him to ask it.  I can rattle off the letters and numbers for my wifi password that I had always forgotten since it’s automatic and don’t need to remember.  After continuous use I rarely felt “brain fog”, except after long nights or early mornings.  I was very happy with the results.

Before this review, a friend and fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu artist said that he tried it and also noticed he could remember numbers and facts much better.  In my personal opinion, the cost of this product is well worth the money.  I am definitely purchasing another bottle when I am done with this review.  The difference was significant.  Memory affects my personal and professional life and the added benefits of mental clarity and focus on the tasks at hand were prominent.

I recommend Alpha Brain if you are trying to enhance your mental clarity, focus, memory, or creativity.  We always hear, “feed your body”.  I say “Feed your Brain”.

Below is some information from the ONNIT Website about Alpha Brain.  They have some great products to “Total Human Optimization”.  Check out ONNIT Labs.

What makes Alpha BRAIN® unique among nootropics is the use of scientifically researched Earth grown ingredients to directly target vital areas of neurotransmission in a balanced, yet potent combination. In a recent double-blind pilot study, Alpha BRAIN® showed statistically significant improvements in both verbal memory and executive function, encouraging great interest from both the natural health and medical community. Optimal brain function is vital to peak performance and one of the reasons why Alpha BRAIN® is a universally lauded nootropic. Athletes praise Alpha BRAIN® for the ability to heighten reaction time and quickly analyze complex patterns. Performers and speakers appreciate the ability to improve the availability of words, names, and ideas in verbal flow. Students and executives comment on the increased focus, and non-stimulant-based mental energy. Doctors and neurosurgeons recommend the broad spectrum of nutrients to help keep brains healthy and agile.

Alpha BRAIN® Research

Alpha BRAIN®, the flagship cognitive enhancing supplement from Onnit Labs, contains a serving of nine natural, well-researched compounds to create an effective and balanced nootropic. Alpha BRAIN® aims to elevate focus and mental clarity to help the brain achieve improved cognitive functioning. The ingredients in Alpha BRAIN® work on three aspects of enhanced cognition: elevating levels of endogenous neurotransmitters, providing stress-management compounds, and promoting long-term neuro-protection.

Boosting Neurotransmitters

The human brain is composed of over 10 billion communicating cells, known as neurons, that make over 60 trillion synaptic connections [source]. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that embody the brain’s currency of communication. The highly coordinated processes of production and release of these neurotransmitters determine the relative strength or weakness between neighboring neurons. These connections give rise to complex neural circuits, which underlie the apparent phenomena of human cognition.

It is well known that adequate functioning of neurotransmitter synthesis and release is essential to maintain a healthy cognitive state [source]. Self-perceived states, such as attention, mood, focus, and awareness, are highly dependent on the relative levels of neurotransmitter production. Alpha BRAIN® aims to elevate the levels of neurological production of the neurotransmitters by providing an abundance of biological neurotransmitter precursors. Specifically, Huperzia Serrata and aGPC are targeted at increasing acetylcholine function, an essential component for learning and memory [source, source]. L-theanine, a compound isolated from green tea, has been shown to mimic the important inhibitory effects of GABA neurotransmission, creating a calm and focused mental state [source]. L-tyrosine is a key intermediary in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, with documented mood elevating properties [source]. Conveniently combined together in the Alpha BRAIN® formula, these unique nutrients help provide a strong foundation for the body to enhance endogenous production and maintenance of key neurotransmitters.

Mitigating Stress

Prolonged exposure to environmental stress results in a physiological response that can be harmful to overall health and neurological function. Alpha BRAIN® includes a combination of natural stress-management compounds that have been shown to help buffer the brain from stress and provide an overall calming effect. Under the license from Optigenex, Alpha BRAIN® is the only nootropic to include AC-11®, a potent extract from Uncaria tomentosa, a plant found in the Amazon rainforest that has been used for hundreds of years as an alimentary herb. AC-11® has independently been linked to promoting DNA repair following environmental stress and has documented cognitive benefits [source]. Alpha BRAIN® also includes highly concentrated oat straw (Avena sativa), a promoter of neurological wellbeing and rejuvenation, which has been shown to have a positive impact on cognitive performance in healthy subjects [source]. Lastly, Alpha BRAIN® contains phosphatidylserine, a phospholipid cell component known to possess ergogenic properties and promote stress tolerance in high performance athletes [source]. Alpha BRAIN® aims to help us manage our levels of stress while providing the tools to handle demanding situations, allowing the mind to remain clear and focused.

Targeting Neurological Antioxidants

Oxidative stress, also known as free radical damage, has been implicated in a number of age-related conditions [source]. Alpha BRAIN® includes the highest quality anti-oxidative compounds that have been shown to be beneficial to cognitive function. Pterostilbene, a recently discovered compound isolated from blueberries, has been shown to provide neuroprotection against free radicals [source]. Bacopa Monniera has been used for centuries in the traditional Ayurvedic medical system of India to improve memory and longevity, possessing both antioxidant and aptogenic properties [source]. Research on the use of Bacopa has shown significant memory improvements and protection against the deposit of harmful environmental neurotoxic molecules [source]. Finally, the inclusion of vinpocetine, a derivative of the periwinkle plant, promotes blood flow to the brain and possesses potent anti-oxidant properties [source]. These three potent antioxidants are essential to maintaining a healthy, functional nervous system.

Alpha BRAIN® Delivers

The Alpha BRAIN® formula contains highly effective ingredients that are either cutting edge or have historical use. This combination aims to potentiate the best cognitive performance while maintaining mental clarity and providing long-term neurological health benefits.

Learn more about Alpha GPC, L-Tyrosine, L-theanine, and Phosphatidylserine.

Alpha BRAIN® Ingredients

Vitamin B6

Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) is one of the body’s busiest vitamins, involved in an estimated 101 chemical reactions. One of its primary tasks is to aid in the manufacturing of amino acids and neurotransmitters. Some of these neurotransmitters are serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and GABA.

Onnit® Flow Blend

(L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine, Oatstraw [Avena sativa], Phosphatidylserine)

L-Tyrosine: L-tyrosine is the amino acid precursor utilized by the body for the production of L-dopa. With an impeccable safety profile and a simple mechanism of action, L-tyrosine has been a highly sought after amino acid for those looking to boost brain function.†

L-Theanine: L-theanine is one of the major reasons why green tea is much smoother than any other caffeinated beverage. Closely related to the GABA mechanism and easily absorbed by the body, L-theanine can help the body provide that calm sense of balance, while not interfering with the stimulating buzz of activated neurotransmitters.†

Oatstraw (Avena sativa): Oatstraw is one of nature’s stress-management nutrients and has been recommended to help maintain a healthy mental state. It has also been shown to help promote a healthy neurological response to exhaustion and is commonly given as a natural alternative to aid in maintaining attentiveness. Our formulation is extremely powerful, with a 20:1 concentration, and assists in making Alpha BRAIN® a balanced nootropic.†

Phosphatidylserine: Phosphadylserine (PS) is an essential lipid compound highly abundant within brain cell membranes. Isolated from soy beans, PS supplements can help enhance mental and physical performance by helping the body mitigate stress and boosting exercise capacity. PS is a valuable supplement for improving performance on the athletic field or on any tasks that require cognitive demand.

AC-11® (Uncaria tomentosa Extract)

AC-11®, the proprietary compound licensed under agreement from Optigenex Inc, is derived from Uncaria tomentosa, a plant indigenous to the South American rainforest. In a series of peer reviewed scientific and clinical studies conducted by third party laboratories and university medical centers, AC-11® has been shown to help the body’s natural ability to repair DNA.

Although the exact mechanisms of action are being further investigated, scientists believe that when the body is subjected to environmental stress affecting the integrity of DNA, AC-11® helps activate enzymes that are instrumental in the repair process. This goes beyond other nutritional supplements by protecting the body from environmental damage to its fundamental building blocks: The DNA itself.†

AC-11® is a Registered Trademark of Optigenex Inc. and is protected by the following U.S. Patents: 6,039,949 6,238,675B1 6,361,805B2 6,964,784B2 and 7,955,626B2 along with five other US Patents. Alpha BRAIN® is the only nootropic containing AC-11®.

Onnit® Focus Blend

(L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine [Alpha GPC], Bacopa monniera, Huperzia serrata)

L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha GPC): Derived originally from lecithin, Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline is a phospholipid metabolite found concentrated in neuronal membranes. Unlike less expensive forms of choline such as choline bitrartate, Alpha GPC has been shown to be well absorbed, easily crossing the blood-brain barrier. Once delivered, it helps support brain function and learning processes by aiding the body to increase the synthesis and secretion of acetylcholine. Heightened acetylcholine has been linked to memory, focus, mental drive, and REM sleep states.

Bacopa monniera: Bacopa monniera is an Ayurvedic herb found in the marshlands of India, believed to help the body to enhance clear thinking. Ayurvedic masters have touted its cognitive enhancing effects for centuries, as Bacopa has been served to rajas and peasants alike. Clinical investigations show that it has strong antioxidant properties and may protect mental function in certain adults, while animal models have suggested that Bacopa may improve learning skills. Bacosides, the active compounds in Bacopa, play a protective role in the synaptic functions of the nerves in the hippocampus, the seat of memory. Inside the hippocampus, nerve impulses are transmitted across the synapses and Bacopa is believed to help the body maintain optimal cognitive performance.

Huperzia serrata: An extract from the plant commonly known as northern firmoss (Huperzia serrata), Huperzine A is a naturally derived acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Acetylcholinesterase (AchE) is responsible for the breakdown of Acetylcholine, and so by inhibiting AchE, more acetylcholine is made available to the brain. Efficacy has been shown in a range of 200-400 mcg daily, and safety has been demonstrated in trials up to 5 weeks and 600 mcg daily.†

Onnit® Fuel Blend

(L-Leucine, Vinpocetine, Pterostilbene)

Vinpocetine: A compound derived originally from the periwinkle plant, vinpocetine helps the body deliver oxygen to the brain by increasing circulation and blood flow.†

Pterostilbene: One of the hottest extracts in the field of nootropics, pterostilbene is quickly surpassing its cousin resveratrol in popularity. A natural antioxidant abundant in blueberries, this particular antioxidant aids in the elimination of free radicals, which are believed to contribute to “mental fog.”

Products including Alpha BRAIN®, New MOOD®, Shroom TECH® Sport, and Shroom TECH® Immune have a shelf life of two years from the manufacturer date found on the bottle.

Alpha BRAIN For Gaming

Jiu Jitsu University, by Saulo Ribeiro

Nothing beats getting in the BJJ Academy and training with your friends, but when you can’t most of us are still looking for a way to get better.  Books and Videos are a great way…

Arguably one of the best books for a beginner in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).

Jiu Jitsu University is written by Saulo Ribeiro—six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion—is world-renowned for his functional jiu-jitsu knowledge and flawless technique. In Jiu-Jitsu University, Ribeiro shares with the public for the first time his revolutionary system of grappling, mapping out more than 200 techniques that carry you from white to black belt. Illuminating common jiu-jitsu errors and then illustrating practical remedies, this book is a must for all who train in jiu-jitsu. Not your run-of-the-mill technique book, Jiu-Jitsu University is a detailed training manual that will ultimately change the way jiu-jitsu is taught around the globe.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Training Mask Review

Training Mask 2.0

The training mask simulates high altitude training.  High Altitude training helps increase Red Blood Cells in the body which aids in oxygen absorption and endurance.

Benefits of The Training Mask
Benefits of The Training Mask

Rashad Evans, UFC Champion

Training Mask has taken my training to new levels! I train hard every day and when i wear my Training Mask i feel a bit humbled. Anyone looking to increase their lung or need to feel the burn get a Training Mask.

Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk – World MMA Champion

I have used many different types of oxygen masks, Altitude tents and hyperbaric chambers over the years but nothing compares to the Elevation Training Mask in performance, size, and convenience. The mask has pushed my conditioning and mental toughness to a whole new level. This is the BEST product i have every used PERIOD!!

Wanderlei Silva – World Mixed Martial Arts Champion

From the snorkel to the Training Mask how time has changed!  Training Mask to me is a much better feel then having to tape up my nose and hold a snorkel with my teeth. The Training Mask dont get in way for breathing, with somthing in mouth i feel that it may get in way of true resistance breathing, this is why now i have changed my camp over to Training Mask for the best breathing device on market period.

Excerpt from The Training Mask Website:

The secret of truly elite athletes isn’t the amount of time spent working out, the intensity of the workout, or the determination to push one’s body to the limits. No, world-class athletes are beating their competition thanks to the effects of high-altitude training.

When the air is thinner, your body works harder, increasing your ability to process oxygen. When you return to lower elevations, your performance will show substantial increases in strength, endurance and speed. It’s as if you were wearing a suit of armor while working out and then removed it for the competition.

It used to be that most athletes who wanted that edge were out of luck. Unless they lived near very high mountains, or had an enormous amount of money to travel to training facilities there, they had to settle for the benefits of a hard workout at sea level.

That was then. Now there’s a way to get the benefits of high-altitude training without heading to the mountaintop.

Introducing Training Mask, a new, patented (PAT.8.590.533 B2) “Resistance Training Device” product that helps condition the lungs by creating pulmonary resistance and strengthening the diaphragm, making your workout seem like it’s being held high in the mountains.

Training Mask will make your workout so efficient, you can actually cut the amount of time spent in training by as much as two-thirds. Simply strap it on and begin your normal work out. Within days, you’ll see the difference!

It’s really simple science. By conditioning your lungs and creating pulmonary resistance, your diaphragm is strengthened, thereby making your lungs work harder. When lungs work harder, the surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased, thus increasing your stamina and ability to go harder at your sport – or simply have increased energy for daily living.

Our multi-level resistance system uses our patented (PAT.8.590.533 B2) “Resistance Training Device” flux valve system, forcing you to inhale fuller, deep breaths. While your body adapts, your lungs will be trained to take deeper breaths and use the available oxygen more efficiently. Increasing your alveoli’s surface area could help transport more oxygen via your red blood cells and carry it to the extremities.

And now, Training Mask is even better. Training Mask 2.0 has arrived. After extensive research and clinical testing at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, we have modified the original design into a less obtrusive, amazingly comfortable mask that fits comfortably over your nose and mouth. It truly is the ultimate respiratory training device, used by thousands of athletes all over the world to increase performance.

Join them and learn what numerous clinical trials have already proven – you can increase endurance, maximize your oxygen absorption during intensive exercise, improve lung function, lower heart rate for the same load, reduce medication and symptoms, improve quality of life and enhance your ability to recover from injuries and training.

Get Training Mask 2.0 and start kicking your workout into a higher gear.
Training Mask 2.0

Improved Body Opponent Bag (BOB) from Century Martial Arts

Improved Body Opponent Bag (BOB) from Century – $315.37
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Improved Body Opponent Bag (BOB) from Century – $315.37Century is now offering a new Sparring BOB®. It is made of a more pliable rubber than the original!Unique design takes up less space than original BOB®Able to fit on the adjustable Wavemaster™ base”Skin” is constructed of high-strength plastisolInner cavity is filled with high-density urethane foamBase can be filled with water or sand and weighs approx. 270 lbs7 height adjustments from 60″ to 78″Base includedOne year limited warrantyMade in the USA BOB® is a registered trademark of Century LLC. The BOB design is a registered trade dress of Century, LLC. BOB© 2003 Century, LLC. U.S. Patent #5,624,358

Myogenix Aftershock Post Workout Recovery

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Aftershock by Myogenix is one of the best Post Workout Supplements I’ve tried.  What I like most about it besides that it doesn’t taste bad.  It tastes great. Another reason is the fact that it contains a good amount of protein, amino acids, AND glucosamine, MSM and Chondroitin.  This is perfect for Jiu Jitsu and MMA fighters because we are breaking down our muscles AND joints when we are training for such long periods.  Check it out if you’re tired of feeling sore after your training.



The anabolic window is a 30 minute period of time, immediately post exercise, when your body is primed for muscle growth, if given the proper nutrients. AfterShock contains these vital nutrients, absolutely critical for muscle growth, glycogen replenishment, and recovery.

Each serving of AfterShock contains:

  • 34g Anabolic Whey Protein
  • (100% Lactose Free, Fast Digesting Proteins With Di & Tri Peptides)
  • 35g MassBuilding Carbohydrates
  • (Rapid Absorption, Glycogen Replenishing Carbohydrates)
  • 14g Amino Stack – Creatine &Glutamine Plus BCAAs
  • (With High Absorption, Patented Magnesium Creatine Chelate, Magnesium Glycyl Glutamine,
  • Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine, & Arginine)
  • 1500mg Joint Support Formula
  • (Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM)
  • Strong Antioxidant Blend
  • (Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C & B-Vitamins)

Take AfterShock and Surge Past Genetic Limitations!

DIRECTIONS: Mix one serving of AfterShock (80g) with 12 to 16oz of water and consume immediately after exercising. For Total Body Transformation use HyperShock® pre-workout, and MyoLean Evolution.

WARNING: Consult your healthcare professional prior to use if you have or suspect a medical condition, are taking prescription drugs, are pregnant or lactating, or have an allergy to shellfish.

Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight.



Official Grappling Mastery Rashguard and Shorts

Awesome Grappling Mastery Rashguard and Shorts!  Perfect for No GI Submission Wrestling, USA Wrestling, Muay Thai, and MMA Classes!!  Get yours today!!

New “MMA Icons” T-shirt Available Now!

Come in and get your free shirt today!
Come in and get your free shirt today!

Free for Members While Supplies Last!  They WILL run out.  So we’ll be doing a second run as we approach the opening of our new location!  Get into class and get yours now, while we still have some left.

Grappling Mastery BJJ, USA Wrestling, Muay Thai, MMA
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BJJ, USA Wrestling, Muay Thai, MMA

We are also working on an improved version of our Official Grappling Mastery Uniform Black T-shirt.  This will probably be available after we open our new location as well!

Get in Fighting Shape at Grappling Mastery

Get in Fighting Shape at Grappling Mastery

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Members receive a very special price on top of our already low prices!

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