Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year from AUCKLANDBJJ.COM

Thank you for the support.

We have been teaching for the past 2 years.

We started in Onehunga and we are now located in Epsom.

We will be teaching every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 7.30 pm.

Our first class will start on Tuesday 7 January 20014.

We will be training Nogi every Tuesday and Gi on Thursday.

If you do not own a Gi (BJJ training uniform), just come in wear shorts and T-shirt.

What can we expect from a 90 minutes class?

A light warm-up. We do not turn our warm up into a conditioning class.

First technique is usually a stand up techniques which means throws as we do not teach striking.

Then the ground technique is based on the position of the day:

 So the first class topic is Mount.
You learn how retain mount, escape mount, submissions from the mount.

Then we do situational sparring based on the position of the day.

To conclude, we do normal rolling (sparring) with a difference as we do include takedown sparring which means you start from standing.

The topic are rotational and repeat every 6 weeks.

So do  not worry if you miss one class (mount for example), we will cover the particular topic in 6 weeks time. We will cover the topic of Mount position about 9 times per year.

Also, we have one class of questions and answers every 6 weeks when you can ask any questions.

If you want to compete, no problem.

This is the schedule of competitions in NZ:
22 Feb Auckland Nogi
17 May Auckland Gi
23 August Auckland Gi
4 Nov Auckland Nogi

Also, we can compete in Judo competitions as well as we are an affiliate Judo club.

We offer 2 BJJ classes per week and an additional 4 Judo classes per week as well for our members.

Our fees is $18.50 per week and 416.50 per week for students.

Casual class is $15.

Competition is not compulsory.

Come down, have fun, make new friends, get fit, learn a martial art.

If you would like to try Judo or BJJ you are always WELCOME. Simply turn up and get on the mat! We will make it easy for you to learn or return to the mat after an absence.  

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Another fake tradition creeping up in BJJ: OSS!

Another day, another rant.

People are now signing their posts with Oss.

When it was Karate, I could understand because it is something ingrained in some karate clubs.

It is part of the roots for Kyokyshin Karate for example.

Sensei said something: you replied Oss.

You greet each other at the Dojo "oss" etc...

But nowdays, I noticed such tradition has creep into the BJJ world or more like the internet.

It is ridiculous to read someone that train BJJ with Oss for its every posts.

I suspect they might even Oss each other on the mats. lol

Why are they copying someone else traditions?

Maybe they are looking at getting TUF.

Well anyway a good read on the real OSS below:


The Spirit of Osu

Osu is the one word that you'll hear the most in a Kyokushin dojo or at a Kyokushin tournament.  When you enter or leave the dojo, you bow and say "Osu".  When you greet a fellow Kyokushin Karateka 空手家, you say "Osu" instead of "hello".  When you respond to an instruction or question in class, you say "Osu" instead of "yes" or "I understand".  When performing Kihon Waza 基本技 (basic techniques) in class, each technique is often accompanied with a loud "Osu".  When practicing Jiyu Kumite 自由組手 (free fighting) in class and your opponent lands a good, hard technique, you say "Osu" to acknowledge your opponent's skill.  As a measure of respect, knockdown fighters at a tournament bow and say "Osu" to the front, to the referee and to each other, before and after the fight.  Osu is used in many situations and seems to mean a lot of things.  But what does it really mean?
Osu is a contraction of the words:
押し  Oshi  meaning "Push"
忍ぶ  Shinobu  meaning "to Endure"
It means patience, determination and perseverance.  Every time we say "Osu", we remind ourselves of this.
Kyokushin training is very demanding.  You push yourself until you think you've reached your limit.  First your body wants to stop, but your mind keeps pushing you.  Then your mind wants to stop, but your spirit keeps you going.  You endure the pain.  You persevere.  That is Osu.
Kyokushin karate is not learned overnight.  It takes years to properly learn the fundamentals.  The basic techniques are performed thousands of times (Renma 錬磨 – "always polishing") until they are done by reflex or instinct, without conscious thought (Mushin 無心 – "no mind").  It's easy to get frustrated by doing the same thing over and over again, especially when progress seems to be slow.  To overcome that frustration and continue training takes patience and determination.  That is Osu.
The absolute and unfaltering devotion needed to "scale the cliff" of Kyokushin karate is Osu.
The spirit of Osu is probably best described by Shihan Cameron Quinn of Australia in his book The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama.  He writes:
There is a saying in Japan, "Ishi no ue ni mo sannen" 石の上にも三年.  Translated, it means "Three years on a rock."  This saying symbolizes the need to persevere at all times.  It is one of the most important philosophies in Kyokushin karate.
Kyokushin is an art offering many things according to the immediate and long term aims of the trainee.  Ultimately, one realizes that transcending the kicks, the punches, and the kata, there is a special spirit in the heart of the participants.  It teaches them to face the demands of daily life with a mature and enduring attitude.  A Budoka 武道家 is not easily shaken by the blows of adversity, realizing that for a person to draw near to their true potential, a never-say-die spirit of perseverance is required.
This strength of character develops in hard training and is known as Osu no Seishin 押忍の精神 (the Spirit of Osu).  The word Osu comes from Oshi Shinobu 押し忍ぶ, which means "to persevere whilst being pushed".  It implies a willingness to push oneself to the limits of endurance, to persevere under any kind of pressure.
The single word Osu captures most accurately the ultimate in what the art of karate, particularly Kyokushin, has to offer.  One who is truly able to manifest the spirit of Osu in every word, thought, and action may be regarded as wise and brave.  Training should first and foremost be approached in the spirit of Osu.  One's daily life, and the responsibilities it holds, would be more completely lived if addressed in the spirit of Osu.
Even for the beginner, who is conscious of his lack of training and does not necessarily want to face the demand of training, it is enough merely being aware that through perseverance and the will to continue, there comes great physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional gains.  All that is needed is that special determination."

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Monday, 23 December 2013

The biggest Mind Trick of BJJ: "Creonte"

aucklandJust another post on Facebook, someone is calling out Creonte again:

 "Morte para os creontes"

"Matamos os creonte"

It is getting old and dumb.

What is Creonte?

If you search the word in the a Portuguese dictionary, you will not find it.


Because it is a word that was created on a character of a Brazilian TV show (also known as
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soap opera).

Creonte apparently was the TV character of a shady person that made many deals and back stabbing etc.

Needless to say it is a derogatory term used to describe someone that left a BJJ school for another: a traitor.

Carlson Gracie Sn takes the credit for the Creonte name as he used it to describe some people that left his school.

Unfortunately, the name sticked in the sport and is used all the time by anyone and for any reasons.

In a budovideo interview, Draculino mentioned that Creonte term was used for people that train for free and then left.

It is interesting to take in consideration that Carlson Gracie Sn was the first Gracie to offer group class and only charge 1/2 price for his competitors.

Could he have train fighters for free?
Could such fighters leave him for greener pastures later on in life?
Do they deserve to mocked and labelled as Creonte?

Oh well, that was the past but why is it still used in present BJJ?

If the student pays his fees?
Of course he should be free to move on to another service providers later on if he chooses to?

If he does not pay fees? well, it is the fault of the service provider to complain that he left him later on.
Do not give stuff for free and get all sad when they do not value your product.
If they did not have to save money for it, they are likely to not care about it.

So why are business owners calling their paying customers traitors?

I did not see Mc Donald down the right calling creonte on the customers that moved to Burger Kings.

So you hear all the sad stories on how the paid instructor spent so much time training the little traitor?

They add on that it is more than money,training, it is a way of life, the secrets of the team etc..

Honestly, some of them would brain wash you into staying in their own little cult.

And then this is where it gets all nasty: a martial art instructor with a menial job having some kind of moral authority over paying customers.

They would tell other paying customers to stop interacting with the traitor.
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Why is that?
Is it an ego thing where the instructor cannot face the fact that he is not a great instructor as the former student seeked knowledge from someone else?

Does he fear that the current customers start talking to the defector?

Of course, he does.

Could they start unravelling the reasons why the defector left: unhappiness, bullying, too expensive, lack of improvement, lies, injuries etc..

So there you have it: the sad little truth!
He/she talks bad about the defector in front of the group and ensure no one discuss or try to find out the real reasons why the person left.

The absents are always wrong!

Why the little rant about Creonte one could ask?

Well, the problem is if the instructor can do it in front of you about someone else or on freaking Facebook.
He will do it behind your back, meaning when it is your turn to leave.
I mean you cannot be serious about all that talk about belonging to his team lasts forever.
That feeling of belonging to his team would stop the day you pay your monthly fee to his bank account.
Even if you get the team tattoo, there is no way to predict that you will not outgrow that stage in your life.
Even if you move out and create your own club, you cannot use his team name without cash going into his pocket. I mean all these years training and being part of the team will mean nothing once you stop paying money.

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Personally, I think BJJ could do without the use of the word Creonte.

I rather see a student leaving to train some where else instead of him quitting the lifestyle, the sport.

If you are interesting to read more about cult and BJJ:

"As someone who has occupied a number of roles and stations in the martial arts community since I first became involved with it, I believe that I may be able to shed some light on why things are progressing as they are, as well as provide a cautionary tale for others who I hope will be able to avoid the pitfalls that I often plunged face-first into due to my naïvely trusting in the good (or at the very least neutral) intentions of the people over top of me.
Respectfully Submitted,
Ryan Hall
Fifty/50 Jiu-Jitsu
For my full story and take on where our community is heading, please visit"


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Friday, 20 December 2013

Graduation - Auckland BJJ - Thursday 19 December 2013

We did takedowns drills for warm up.
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Techniques of the day was Knee on the belly with an arm bar and cross choke submission.

Training concluded with students demonstrating techniques for their stripes.

Luan demontrated the blue belt curriculum for his exam and was awarded his blue belt after training with us for the past 2 years.

Congratulations to everyone and thanks for your support.

We will have a break for 2 weeks and we will start teaching the BJJ classes on Tuesday 07 January 2014.

Meanwhile, they will still have Judo classes (as they do not stop training) which our members are welcome to attend during the next 2 weeks.

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Contemplations for Year 2013 - Part 1

We are having our last week of training for this year.

Tuesday 17 Dec.


We will reopen on Tuesday 7 Jan 2014.

The Judo classes still remain open on specific days.

I have been busy at work and have not updated the blog as much I would like.

Training been going on as usual with our usual program.

I always believe that a consistant program will be beneficial to any grapplers.

While we are not big on condition, we are big on covering all aspects on grappling.

Giving an adequate class for each particular positions was our goal.

No longer we wanted to teach via techniques but instead of teaching via positions.

We even took the risk to start introducing throws and let people spar from stand up.

I admit I do not like sparring from stand up but I will adapt.

So what does our program looks like?

One take down, position of the day, sparring from the position of the day, sparring from stand up and on the ground as well.

So in the picture above, we covered guard submissions in that particular class. we will notice that each topic is usually every 6 weeks (2 classes per week).

A major change in our club was our move to Epsom, we really enjoy our new location with massive space of judo mats on a spring floor.
Another great advantages of the location was the students are able to train Judo 4 times a week as well for our weekly fee of NZD 18.50. They even have a crash pad.

We did compete in the Auckland BJJ  and are looking forward to the next year.

Heaps of options for the guys that want to compete.

I should be on holidays next week and will keep writing on the contemplations of 2013, write some controversial topics that have been boiling for the past 10 years

Also, I will the t shirts if you still want to treat yourself for x mas.

Also read this blog from our club member.


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Rick Littlewood Sensei Judo Open

Couples of pictures of the competition. 
Great fun to compete in Judo and looking forward to next year event. 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

BRAZIL BJJ CAMP - FLORIANOPOLIS - SC 2014 FROM THE 22/03/2014 - 05/04/2014

This is a great opportunity to train BJJ in Brasil.

Do not miss out, limited places.

Please book with respective representatives (contact info can be found at the bottom of the poster).

2 weeks in Floripa

Black Belt instructors

10 days of training with 2 sessions per day

private seminar and training at 5 different gyms per week

14 days accommodations

2 meals per days

Transportation to and from training and hotel

Week ends at the beaches and attractions.


Florianópolis (Portuguese pronunciation: [floɾi.aˈnɔpolis] or [floɾjɐˈnɔpʊliʃ]) is the capital city and second largest city of Santa Catarina state in the Southern region of Brazil. It is composed of one main island, the Island of Santa Catarina (Ilha de Santa Catarina), a continental part and the surrounding small islands. It has a population of 427,298, according to a 2009 Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics estimate, the second most populous city in the state (after Joinville), and the 47th in Brazil. The metropolitan area has an estimated population of 1,096,476, the 21st largest in the country. The city is known for having a very high quality of life, being the Brazilian capital city with the highest Human Development Index score (0.905).
The economy of Florianópolis is heavily based on information technology, tourism and services.[1] The city has 42 beaches and is a center of surfing activity. The New York Times reported that "Florianopolis is the Party Destination of the Year in 2009." on January 11, 2009. Newsweek placed Florianópolis in the "Ten most dynamic cities of the world" list in 2006.[2] Veja magazine, a Brazilian publication, named the city as "the best place to live in Brazil." As a result of this publicity, Florianópolis is growing as a second home destination for many Paulistas, Argentines, North Americans and Europeans.
Most of the population lives on the mainland and on the island's central and northern parts. The southern half is less inhabited. Many small commercial fishermen populate the island. The fishing boats, the lacemakers, the folklore, the cuisine and the colonial architecture contribute to the growing tourism and attract resources that compensate for the lack of any large industry. Villages immersed in tradition and history, such as Santo Antônio de Lisboa and Ribeirão da Ilha still resist the advances of modernity.[3]
The Hercílio Luz International Airport serves the city. Florianópolis is home to the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Federal University of Santa Catarina). There are also the Santa Catarina Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (Instituto Federal de Santa Catarina), and two campuses of the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (State University of Santa Catarina), amongst other institutions of higher and professional education.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Douglas Santos does well in senior division of melbourne international

WELL DONE Douglas for taking home some silverware from Australia.

Melbourne International Heavy weight Champion Gi and no Gi
Third Place Absolute Gi and No Gi .