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NFT Projects Update & 12-Week Reset Program Check-In
Hey everyone, this is the companion post to episode ten of our podcast, which contains a brief update on a few ongoing topics we are covering.
First up, let’s talk about NFTs in the martial arts and combat sports scene. As we’ve discussed in the past, I have a couple of these and am watching some other projects in progress.
First off, let’s talk about the Tom DeBlass Genesis NFT holders group. This was the first NFT that dropped. The primary benefit, other than it being a very rare NFT, was cited as granting access to a closed, NFT-holder only Discord server with direct and regular interaction with Tom.
The Discord server went live in early January, and Tom has been active in it, answering questions and posting every day or two. For ease of use purposes, a private WhatsApp group was also set up for the NFT holders, and the conversations have been a bit more active since.
Tom has offered to answer any questions, analyze and comment on rolls and technique videos people submit, and he provides more depth and insight into his online postings.
He has also followed the NFT holders on Instagram to stay connected with us and mentioned hosting get-togethers and providing us access to the other online offerings he has planned to launch.
So far, Tom’s commitment to the group seems strong, and he’s stayed actively engaged. I’m looking forward to seeing how it continues.
The second NFT project we’ll look at is the Because Jitsu Ape Shakaz collection. The key benefits for this project were ape holders get immediate perk unlocks and will gain access to online and in-person training camps. I picked up three apes, each of which unlocked instructionals from Drew Weatherhead. Drew also has an active Discord server. However, it is publicly accessible and not just limited to NFT holders. He has mentioned on his podcast to stay tuned for the other perks, as he is busy working on the logistics and additional NFT-related efforts.
That brings us to a new NFT collection we haven’t discussed before, headed by the Kent Peters, a well-known instructor and personality in the jiu-jitsu space, owner-operator of ZombieProof BJJ, and creator of Supernatural Survival Gear. His NFT collection will be called Crypt-O Zombies, featuring art by Drew, who did the Ape Shakaz art. One nice unexpected perk of having an Ape Shakaz NFT is that we ape holders have been whitelisted for the Crypt-O collection, meaning we are guaranteed early access to pick one up.
Crypt-O Zombie NFT holders may get perks such as gear deals, video access, zoom private lessons, and a yearly in-person seminar. The details are still being worked out, but it is shaping up to be a solid list of benefits. I’ll be picking one up since I’ve already been whitelisted as an Ape Shakaz holder.
An honorable mention in the combat sports NFT space is the recently announced UFC NFT collection. The UFC is turning short video clips of popular moments from UFC fights into NFTs, which can be purchased. Unfortunately, this seems to be just a traditional NFT collection with no additional perks like we see from the BJJ community NFT projects mentioned above. So far, I’m not very interested in the UFC collection because it lacks such extras. However, for people who collect or invest in NFTs, it may be worth digging into a bit.
Another NFT project with combat sports ties is the Galactic Fight League project. While I haven’t had time to get into the depth of the project details, the website at galacticfightleague.com looks very slick and is worth checking out if you are interested. This seems to be shaping up nicely and will have gaming and prize elements. The NFTs will represent fighters who can battle each other, and there are hints about tie-ins with some famous fighters and fight leagues. This is another one that, for now, I’m not going to be jumping on, but could be interesting to some of you. I’m choosing to focus on NFT projects that have real-world training and instructor interactions as I’m more interested in that than investment, collecting, or gaming elements.
While there are probably other combat sports-related NFT projects active right now, these are the ones that seem to be betting the most visibility and engagement, at least from the communities I participate in. I’ll keep an eye out and will continue to provide updates on new projects and updates from the groups I am in.
Let’s move on to the next topic, the 12-week reset program we covered in-depth in the past. If you started the first Monday in January with us, we are now entering week four. Having a target of two to three pounds of weight loss a week, hopefully, you have dropped at least six pounds, if not more, by now. Even with my reasonably decent jump-start on weight loss the first week, I’ve settled into about three pounds per week on average, which I expected.
More importantly, I’m feeling much better about my cardio in rolling. Due to an uptick in COVID cases where I train, we’ve shifted from having six-minute rolls with multiple partners during training to having nine-minute rolls with a single partner. I was a bit worried about the time increase, as I haven’t had as much mat time the last three or four months, and I was running out of gas quickly while rolling in December. Thanks to the conditioning segment of my daily training plan, paired with the conditioning performance supplements, I’ve been feeling pretty solid. My VO2 max is also slowly creeping back up from its low point in December, which was the lowest it has been in the past year. The numbers aren’t skyrocketing up, but I feel much better about my endurance and breath control.
If you are following along with the program, it is an excellent time to start thinking about increasing the weight you are using for the exercises if they have begun to feel less challenging. You can refer back to the episodes where I covered the program for guidance on how best to do that to see continued improvement.
With that, I’ll wrap up today as my goal was to update on those two topics quickly. So until next time, stay safe, have fun on the mats. We’ll see you soon!
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