Sunday, 23 February 2020

A busy week at Auckland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Monday at Sandringham:

Junior Squads (kids class) at  from 4.30 pm to 6 pm
We are still taking new kids for the term.

Adult class from 6 pm to 8 pm

Tuesday at Epsom

Adult class from 6 pm to 8 pm

Epsom has now a waiting list as we currently full.
Please email us to go on the waiting list or try our other location at Sandringham

Wednesday at Sandringham

Junior Squads (kids class) at  from 4.30 pm to 6 pm
Adult class from 6 pm to 8 pm
I think we had 10 new students on the adult class so Sandringham is filling up.
Come and join us before we have to close membersip in the Sandringham location.

Thursday at Epsom

Adult class from 6 pm to 8 pm


Adam won the nogi gold medal in his master division at the inaugural Oceania BJJ competition.
He scored 2 submissions so he win our $100 price for the most subs.


Tank won the nogi gold medal in his master division at the inaugural Oceania BJJ competition.

The club will refund half the entry fees for our competitors.

We only had 2 competitors which is our lowest entry.
Many students for put off by the hike in entry and also the additional $25 compulsary federation membership fees.
Basically, adult competitors are now paying over $100 to compete.

The next competition will be Mana submissions only

14 March

NZ grappler will have another 2 competitions this semester

09 May NOGI

27 June GI

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Training report: Knee on the belly and Sandringham is still taking kids and adults new members

This week, we covered the topic of knee on the belly for fundamental topic.

For advanced students, Serge taught a berimbolo on Monday, Stu taught Kimura on Tuesday and James taught heelhooks on Thursday.

On Thursday, we stayed open for the public holidays and we had around twenty people on the mats.

The Junior program at Sandringham is on its second week and we are still taking new members.

If you wants your kids to join our new program, please come down for a free trial or email us if you need more information.
We have special discount for families.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Training report and Updates

We have already completed our first month of training for the year 2020 and most of the new students have settled in.

Some of them still have to buy BJJ gis and Nogi training gear (rash guard and grappling shorts). Please talk to Serge & Laurance for merchandise.

Epsom Dojo is full but we still have some space for Sandringham.

The reason is that Sandringham is a lot bigger and therefore can absorb more numbers.

Please email us for a free trial at our Sandringham location.

You might need to be quick as we will start a waiting list once we have reach maximum capacity (like Epsom).

Also, Jay and Richie have started their Junior Squad Classes.

This week was more of rehearsal and the official opening date is tomorrow (Monday 03/02/2020).

We are looking at kids from 10-17 years old. 

If you want to sign up your kids, please send us an email or just turn up on the days for training.

Beginners welcome.

Otherwise, we taught side control as the fundamental topic and Stu taught some Kimura Trap for the advanced.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Training on Monday 27 January

Laurance will be teaching on Monday at Sandringham which is a public holiday.

Training is still on.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Should we drop the word Brazilian from BJJ?

Most of the time, we prefer to refer to the country of its origin when describing the martial art that we practice: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
We use the acronym BJJ when typing it on social platform but I prefer using the word Jiu Jitsu when I having a conversation.

Some of my friends actually use the acronym when having a conversation which seems to be a bit odd but not that important.

I actually rather listening to people referring to BJJ than using the other shortcut word such "Jits".

Now, we all know that Jiu Jitsu originated from Japan but it was developed and drastically changed in Brazil.

Now we can also note that we cannot quantify or qualify what was passed on over 100 hundred years ago in terms of technical knowledge.

The Gracies have created a pretty vague and somehow over shadowed other lineages that could or claimed direct lineage to Maeda.

There are still historians debating if BJJ was actually Kosen Judo but also debating what does Kosen Judo consist off.

The reality is that BJJ is just called Jiu Jitsu in Brazil.

When the Brazilians went overseas to teach Jiu Jitsu, they had to add their country of origin in front in order to differentiate it from another martial art that we could describe and call as Japanese Ju-Jutsu.

Recently, there are 2 American BJJ black belts started to describe their martial arts by adding the country name in front instead: American Jiu Jitsu.

The first person was Jake Shield and the most recent was Keen Cornelius.

Jake Shield is known more for his MMA career but still competes in Nogi supermatch.

Keenan is known for his BJJ gi techniques (such as the worm guard) but actually had more success in nogi competition.

Recently, Keenan has open his own school call Legion American Jiu Jitsu and also use the bald head eagle as part of their logo (same as Jake Shield).

So the question rises, why the need to put your country in front:
To differentiate from other martial arts.

Is it time to just call it Jiu Jitsu only?

Let have a look at Judo.

Judokas often refers to a country to refer to a specific genre of Judo: French Judo or Mongolian Judo comes to mind.

But you would not read that someone add his country name in front of his Judo club to my knowledge.

In fact, usually in Judo no one really put their name or country in front of Judo, they usually just refer to their geographical location instead.

Is it because they still look at Japan as the country of birth of Judo?
Is it because they do not have this complicated lineage and loyalty system that we have in BJJ.?

Should we change for the future of naming Jiu Jitsu?

Add the country
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
American Jiu Jitsu
New Zealand Jiu Jitsu

Or should we do without the country and make the sport and art as international as possible?

It is a delicate issue as we all know that branding of BJJ is already established that I doubt it is worth changing or adapting.

Well apart for nationalism aspirations.

Is it the issue of globalisation versus nationalism?

To conclude: 

How do you call Chinese food in China?