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When you think of the name Gracie, likely the most famous family in martial arts, you probably don't also think of coffee, but that may be changing.

When you think of the name Gracie, likely the most famous family in martial arts, you probably don't also think of coffee, but that may be changing. Bean2Bean coffee company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recently put the finishing touches on their newest product: Gracie Grounds.

The same family name that has become synonymous with armbars, triangles, and chokes may soon similarly be equated with your morning cup of rich-flavored liquid energy used to start your day of training.

So why Gracie coffee? Who is Bean2Bean? Will this help my Jiu-Jitsu? For the answers to these questions and more, read on.

Bean2Bean is a family business that was started by Obel Hernandez Sr. in 2013. Recently, I spoke to Obel Hernandez Jr. Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, and Olivia DiToro Director of Media to find out the answers to all of the above questions.

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Let's remember from the last matcha article, that matcha has got it all for a martial artist. It creates focus, energy, concentration, curbs the appetite for weigh-ins. But, best of all, matcha improves your health and enhances performance. These are just some of the great qualities of matcha. However, many people don't like to drink matcha tea. The matcha smoothie will help solve this problem so you can get the benefits that matcha has to offer.

Matcha is excellent to add to your smoothie. So, if you can't stomach it nor drink it daily, normally or regularly with hot water, and want the benefits of matcha, then the smoothie is your best option. Mixed into the smoothie really neutralizes 95% of matcha's bitter taste.

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Martial arts require a lot of sweat, strength, speed, and power.

Therefore, you will need the easiest and best way to receive, sustain, and replenish energy. Whether it is pre, post, or possibly, during your training, you must have fuel to continue high performance.

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They are small but packed with lots of energy, nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals and have a huge impact on your health, performance, and training. Bananas are a favorite source of energy for athletes because of their composition; having carbs, protein, potassium, and magnesium; perfect to replace what you lose quickly for your body to keep on training and performing.

One medium-sized banana (120g) contains 106 calories, 27g of carbohydrates, 3.2g of fiber, 1.4g of protein, 400mg of potassium, 35mg of magnesium, and 0.4g of fat.

Here is why eating three bananas will improve your health, boost your performance and enhance your training.

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Matcha has got it all for a martial artist.

It creates focus, energy, concentration, curbs the appetite for weigh-ins. These are some great qualities matcha has. Learn more about matcha and how to get the best matcha to improve your health and performance.

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The quality of matcha should be vibrant or bright green. The vibrant green is called, ceremonial matcha, and is the best. It is used in very important Japanese ceremonies. Less fresh, lower grade or bad matcha will be a dark or dull green without the brightness and almost greenish yellow. Color is very important when choosing matcha. The consistency of matcha will be in a very fine powder form.

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