Monday, 28 October 2013

Stu's Flying Armbar 2013 Judo Nationals.

  • Stu went to compete at the 2013 New Zealand Judo Nationals which were held in Wellington. It is very nice flying arm bar for a person that is 100 kg and has a injured knee.
  • At, you can train 2 BJJ classes and 4 Judo classes per week for only 18.50 per week.
  • You can compete in Judo and BJJ as well.
  • Become a complete grappler.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Training Report: Guard Subs

We did some guard pass drills for warm up.

The topic of the day is Guard Submissions.

Stu taught the trinity of the guard subs: arm bar, triangle bar, omoplata.

It is most problably the most popular combination of subs from the guard.

Training was concluded by a shark tank where fresh training partner will jump in every 2 minutes.

It was great to see Jose back training after his injury.

Stu is off to Wellington for the Judo National.

Good Luck.

PS: No gi on Tuesday from Now On.

We also have an additional a Nogi training on Thursday 31 oct for our competitors getting ready for the competition on saturday 2 NOV.

Draculino BJJ - Is BJJ guard relevant for self defense? - Part 2 : Ball Grabbers

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  • this is the response of Draculino when a person said that the BJJ guard is not realistic for self defense because they can grab the balls!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

2013 ADCC Final Results

2013 ADCC Final Results

Semi Finals
Rafael MendesJoão MiyaoPoints: 2×0
CobrinhaJustin RaderPoints
Final & 3rd Place Fight
Bronze4th PlaceResult
Justin RaderJoão MiyaoPoints
ChampionVice ChampionResult
CobrinhaRafael MendesReferee Decision
Semi Finals
Kron GracieJT TorresArmbar
Otavio SousaLeo VieiraPoints
Final & 3rd Place Fight
Bronze4th PlaceResult
JT TorresLeo Vieiran/a (injury?)
ChampionVice ChampionResult
Kron GracieOtavio SousaGuillotine
Semi Finals
Lovato JuniorPablo PopovitchPoints
Romulo BarralKeenan CorneliusPoints
Final & 3rd Place Fight
Bronze4th PlaceResult
Keenan CorneliusPablo PopovitchInjury
ChampionVice ChampionResult
Romulo BarralLovato JuniorPoints
Semi Finals
Dean ListerCristiano LazzariniHeel Hook
João AssisLeo NogueiraHeel Hook
Final & 3rd Place Fight
Bronze4th PlaceResult
Leo NogueiraCristiano LazzariniPoints
ChampionVice ChampionResult
João AssisDean ListerPoints: 5×0
Semi Finals
Joao Gabriel RochaJared DoppPoints
Marcus BuchechaCyborg AbreuPoints
Final & 3rd Place Fight
Bronze4th PlaceResult
Cyborg AbreuJared DoppPoints
ChampionVice ChampionResult
Marcus BuchechaJoao Gabriel RochaHeel Hook
Semi Finals
Cyborg AbreuKeenan CorneliusPoints
Marcus BuchechaDean ListerPoints: 5×0
Final & 3rd Place Fight
Bronze4th PlaceResult
Keenan CorneliusDean ListerPoints
ChampionVice ChampionResult
Cyborg AbreuMarcus BuchechaPoints: 10×0
Andre Galvão x Braulio Estima (Mata Leão Choke)
Zé Mario Sperry x Fábio Gurgel (points)
Semi Finals
Gabi GarciaTammy GriegoPoints
Maria MalyjasiakFernanda MazelliLeg Lock
Final & 3rd Place Fight
Bronze4th PlaceResult
Tammy GriegoMaria MalyjasiakPoints
ChampionVice ChampionResult
Gabi GarciaFernanda MazelliChoke
Semi Finals
Michelle NicoliniSeiko YamamotoPoints
Luana AlzuguirAna Michele TavaresSubmission
Final & 3rd Place Fight
Bronze4th PlaceResult
Seiko YamamotoAna Michele TavaresInjury
ChampionVice ChampionResult
Michelle NicoliniLuana AlzuguirHeel Hook Origins part One

Actually, we  started our club in Nov 2011 in Onehunga.
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David Tua and Gus Lam are running a gym called kamp Tuaman across the dressmart shopping mall.

Our original days of teaching were Monday and Wednesday.

But we changed it to Tuesday and Thursday after a poor attendance on Mondays.

Who wants to train on Monday night anyway?

You get tired from your first day back at work, the last thing you want to do is training.

Actually, we trained in a cage and you can see it in some of the older pictures.

We recycled some old mats and put some news black canvas on them.

The mats were from the Auckland University Judo Club for a case of craft beer.

There is some epic V pictures thought the years of our humble club.

You can see me wearing a purple belt with an instructor red tab in some of the older pictures.

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If you want to get fit and do some boxing, we recommend Kamp Tuaman

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

BJJ Scout Bsides: ADCC China - Braulio Estima v Andre Galvao Superfight

  • another great video from bjj scout

World Jiujitsu Expo 2013

Budovideos will be showing live online.
auckland bjj $14.99 Saturday and $14.99 Sunday or Saturday and Sunday for $24.99.

Some big names will be competing.

Super fights so far!

Caio Terra vs Nam Pham (No-gi)
Romulo Barral vs Leandro Lo (No-gi)
Rafael Lovato vs TBD
Samuel Braga vs João Miyao (gi)
Efrain Escudero VS Phillipe Nover (No-gi)

Rousimar Palhares VS Dean Lister (No-gi)
Jake Shields vs TBD (No-gi)
Paulo Miyao vs Jon Fitch (No-gi)
Lucas Leite vs Keenan Cornelius (No-gi)
Bruno Malfacine VS Jeff Glover (No-gi)

Brown Belt Grand Prix - Sixteen of the best brown belts hand picked by Renzo Gracie

Michael Liera Jr.
Marco Andre
Max Bohanan
Inacio Neto
Travis Stevens
Timothy Spriggs
Rafael Henrique
Thiago Sa Silva
Darrah OConall
Manuel Diaz
Pedro Monnerat
Bruno Cupari
Arnaldo De Oliveira
Shiloh Roberts
Bruno Iglesias
Rodrigo Barbosa

Black Belt Grand Prix - Sixteen of the best black belts hand picked by Renzo Gracie

Fighters TBD

João Miyao Crab Ride Position - Submission Grappling (No GI)

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  • Another great video detailing the latest techniques from Miayo bro. This is why Jiu Jitsu is so amazing with new moves created every year. Another good videos to watch are bjj scout.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Training report: Knee on the belly and osoto gari

This week, we covered the topic of Knee on the belly over 2 classes.

Knee on the belly gives 2 points if held properly for 3 seconds.

We covered far side arm bar, near side arm bar, couple of chokes, americana and kimura.

For warm up, we did a couple of drills for guard recomposition for the turtle, reversal from side control and turtle as well.

The throw of the week was osoto gari.

training concluded with 2 minutes stand up and 3 minutes grounds.

We now will training Nogi every Tuesday.

Have a good weekend.



auckland bjjThis is a controversial topic not only in New Zealand BJJ but all around the world

People either hate it or love it.

What is it?

Basically, you walk down the line while your teamates whip you with their belts.

In some club, you can run and some other would make you crawl on your fours.
One thing for sure, it hurts.

Does it make you a better person? Hell no.

Is it fun if you are not the recipient? Hell yes.

When I started training, I thought that was fun and different.

But now after participating in the gaunlet for over 20 times, it is getting old and blase.

Actually, I see people posting their whipping video in the facebook and it just makes think how silly it looks like from the outside.

The bad new is that Stu still wants to maintain this tradition.

Bad luck, boys!

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

My thoughts on the Results: BJJ Psychology - Motivations for training

auckland bjjWhile in New Zealand, we do have much survey on BJJ, I came across this awesome research.

Please check out their website for more info, I just posted a few information from one page only.

Hopefully, it will help you understanding your students better.

This is a topic that is not so relevant to because both instructors have a full time jobs and teach as a hobby.

We are happy running our little club and increasing our students base is not our main priority. This is not how we put food on the table after all.

But thought the years, I have seen BJJ schools growing and some others declining within the same city and country.

The question was always: why? Who can we blame?

I am not a big believer into creating a fake image or even worst trying to convince a paying customer of signing up for something that he does not want or will not motivate him.

If having fun and being fit is the most important, but you insist on MMA and competing BJJ, you are likely to have your customers running away as soonest their contract is over.

The first thing that striked me was that having fun was the main motivation and becoming an instructor and competing in MMA was the last motivations.

It think it shows the maturity of the BJJ players that have completed that survey.

I assume that the survey was completed by members of Internet forum like sherdog grappling forum aka F12.

Can I apply or assume that such motivations for training is applicable for our New Zealand market?

The median "man" of the survey was a 30 years old blue belt 2 stripes that trained for 3.5 years and competed 1-2 times per year.

Obviously, that would not be median "man" for NZ but one can easily see that if you want a successful club with satisfied customers, you will need to meet their needs/motivations.

So instead of trying hard to give the TUF image to attract the MMA fan and even the self-defence and sport competitor, we should concentrate on having fun and fitness first.

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So do not become a fossil and stop riding the popularity of the UFC, recognise what are the main motivations of your students and you will attract the right people but most importantly you will retain them as you meet their motivations.

If you think that your students are to compete in MMA or compete BJJ, you are in for a big disappointment and your club will eventually fail.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

BJJ Auckland Competition (nogi) getting nearer

Just a quick reminder as the early bird entry fee is getting nearer.                                              Save $10 by registering before11:59 pm Wednesday 30 October 2013.                    Normal price will apply until closing date which is  Wednesday 30 October 2013

Kids are on Sunday 3 November
Adults are on Saturday 2 November

For details regarding the competition.

Book now for the biggest competition in Auckland but the whole New Zealand as well.

Inside BJJ Podcast - #101 Renzo Gracie and Alan "Gumby" Marques

auckland bjjI like listening to Inside Podcast.

I wish one day I could start one for not only Auckland BJJ but the whole New Zealand BJJ scene as well

They do talk a lot before playing the interviews.

Some people enjoy the banter talk and some find it annoying.

I don't like the banter talk, I love it.

The topic for this week is bond to be freaking awesome and I wanted to share it:
Renzo Gracie and Alan "Gumby" Marques (Ralph Gracie BB).

I also like their logo and copied the idea for the patch.


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Training Report: Uchimata and side control

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Usual warm up and some berimbolo drills.

Jordan (Judo black belt instructor) demonstrated Uchimata (European version) which is you turn uke around instead of hoping foward as the usual uchimata ken ken.

Just in case you wonder, uke is the term used for the training partner you demonstrated the technique on.

Ground topic of the day was side control and escapes.

Couple of situation rolling from side control

Training concluded with normal rolling.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Rousimar Palhares “done” with UFC after heel hook incident

You can see in that video that Palhares let go of the submission once the ref called the stoppage.

Do you think it he was guilty and deserved to get lose his UFC contract?

After his second heel hook incident during his UFC tenure, new welterweight Rousimar Palhares has been cut from the UFC.

Palhares submitted Mike Pierce with the dreaded submission in just 30 seconds at UFC Fight Night 29 on Wednesday night.

Despite scoring the only submission on the card, Palhares was denied a $50,000 submission of the night bonus by the UFC for “unsportsmanlike conduct.” Dana White promised that additional punishment would be coming for Palhares, and on Wednesday White told ESPN that Palhares was done with the UFC. He also compared Palhares to Paul Daley, who was banned from the organization after sucker-punching Josh Koscheck in 2010.
As mentioned, it’s the second such incident of Palhares’ UFC career. He was suspended 90 days for failing to release the same hold on Tomasz Drwal in 2010, but apparently did not learn his lesson.

Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Miyao at World Jiu-Jitsu Expo

BJJ is getting more and more popular.
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The World Jiu Jitsu expo is now getting MMA fighters to do super fight against BJJ competitors.

Add Jon Fitch (Guerilla Jiu Jitsu Black Belt) to the super fight schedule for the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo next month in Long Beach, Calif.

Fitch will go against BJJ world champion Paulo Miyao in a 20-minute submission only match, Renzo Gracie told Newsday on Thursday.

"He's a fighter," Gracie said. "I couldn't believe when we offered him such a tough opponent, he took it right away and not even a question."

Two weeks prior to the expo, Fitch is scheduled to fight Marcelo Alfaya at World Series of Fighting 6 in Miami.

Gracie also said that Rodolfo Vieira, who was supposed to fight Kron Gracie, had to pull out with an injury.

 A new opponent for Kron Gracie is still in the works.

For more info on the expo, try


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Michelle Nicolini BJJ Seminar in Auckland, Saturday 7 December 2013

  • 2:00pm until 5:00pm
  • 6x World BJJ Champion Michelle Nicolini of Checkmat comes to Central Auckland for a 3 hour seminar from 2-5pm on Saturday 7th December. Thank you to Fernando Junior of Brazilian Training Academy for graciously providing his gym to accommodate Michelle's seminar. The seminar will be at BTA's new location in December:

    Brazilian Training Academy
    65-73 Parnell Rise
    Auckland (Central)...

    Michelle is one of today's most revered female BJJ competitors, and is an icon to all aspiring female grapplers.

    The 3 hour seminar will cost $75 per person, and is open to both men and women. Ladies who have attended a NZGG open mat or camp will receive a $10 discount.

    Michelle is also available for private lessons. There is a $20 discount per hour if you attend the 3-hr seminar. Here is her pricing for private lessons, which will be held at Auckland MMA.

    **Private hour Prices WITHOUT seminar**
    $120 per person for 1 person
    $80 per person for 2 people
    $70 per person for 3 people
    $60 per person for 4 people
    $55 per person for 5 people.

    **Private hour Prices WITH seminar**
    $100 per person for 1 person
    $60 per person for 2 people
    $50 per person for 3 people
    $40 per person for 4 people
    $35 per person for 5 people

    TO REGISTER, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO VAN@STRONGVON.COM OR CALL OR TEXT Van Do at 021 295 3458. You can also send Van a Facebook message. All registration fees should be paid in cash or go into this bank account:

    Name: Van Milnes
    Bank: Westpac
    Account: 03 0227 0568629 001
  • Training Report - Berimbolo, Uchimata, Back escape and Submissions from back control

    auckland bjjAllright, we did some berimbolo drills for warm up.

    The throw of the week is Uchimata.

    Then we taugh a simple and efficient back escape.

    It was followed with 5 submissions from back control.

    Situational rolling from back control and then normal rolling.


    International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation - Hall of Fame – Female

    Who is your favorite?

    Hall of Fame – Female

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      Gabrielle Lemos Garcia
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 7

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      Hannette Quadros Staack
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 7

    • Leticia Ribeiro Neves dos Santos
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 7

    • Michelle Zonato Nicolini
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 7

    • Bianca Andrade Barreto
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 6

    • Luanna Alzuguir Marton Moraes
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 5

    • Kyra Gracie
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 4

    Black belt certificate from the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF)

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    I just received my black belt certificate from the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation(which is signed by Carlos Gracie Jnr).

    The international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the major and most prestigious governing body for Brazilian Jiu Jistu (BJJ) that hosts several of the biggest tournaments in the world, including the World Jiu Jitsu Championship, Nogi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship and European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

    The federation was created by Carlos Gracie Jr, who is the head of one of the largest Brazilian jiu-jitsu associations, Gracie Barra. The IBJJF is directly connected to Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu, sharing its rules and regulations.

    International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation - Hall of Fame – Male

    Pretty cool to see that the IBJJF has now a Hall of Fame!

    Hall of Fame – Male

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      Roger Gracie
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 10
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      Alexandre Couceiro Ribeiro
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 6

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      Bruno da Silva Malfacine
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 5

    • Marcelo Garcia Vespúcio
      Country: USAGi
    • World Titles: 5

    • Robson Moura Fonseca
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 5

    • Saulo Mendonça Ribeiro Filho
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 5

    • Fabio Gurgel
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 4

    • Marcus Vinícius Oliveira de Almeida
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 4

    • Roberto Magalhães Junior
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 4

    • Rodolfo Vieira Srour
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 4

    • Rômulo Claudio Barral
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 4

    • Royler Gracie
      Country: BRA
    • Gi World Titles: 4

    • Rubens Charles Maciel
      Country: USA
    • Gi World Titles: 4