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NZ Girls Grappling Winter Camp 2014

Book your calendar for this great event. to register, please contact the facebook group.   Facebook event: Facebook group: Write up on last year event: They are looking for expressions of interest from trainers who would like to run a seminar at our NZGG Camp. There is no payment, but they do try and offer a Koha (not very much) Unfortunately they can't take all trainers so please don't be offended as they only have a few seminar spots available. Look forward to hearing from you.   July 11 at 9:00pm until July 13 at 1:00pm Open to all women from all clubs! Where: Oliver MMA (Steve Oliver has once again come to the party and hooked us up with awesome accommodation) When: 11th July - 13th July. Cost: $150 Early Bird paid b

New BJJ Competition for New Zealand: New Zealand BJJ league

It is hot of the press. Some more dates for NZ BJJ competitors. The new NZBJJL rankings serve as a means to rank competitors based on placement in NZBJJL events. Description The NZBJJL held its first edition of its All Belts League series in April 19th. The purpose of the event is to take the highest ranked NZBJJL White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black belt competitors and match them against each other in 3 different Events and 5 different weight categories. The NZBJJL dates are: - April....................19th - July......................19th - October...............4th Also will count with a Referee Rules Seminar every Friday prior to the event. - April.....................18th - July.......................18th - October.................3rd First 3 places receive Medals in every NZBJJL event and at the end of the year the top ranked competitor will receive a big trophy and prizes. Rules are IBJJF Rules 2014. More info it will be available soon on https:/

Metamoris 3: 29/03/14 (30/03/14 NZ time) - Royler Gracie vs Eddie Bravo

It is finally on. We all have been discussing their first match which Eddie submitted Royler via a triangle for the past 10 years. Eddie retired from competition and went on to open his 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and preach his no gi gospel. For the new generation that train BJJ, they need to understand that back in the days preaching nogi training instead of gi training was never a popular topic (especially with the old school mentallity). Well, It is all good. Eddie Bravo just received his third degree Black Belt from his instructor Jean Jack Machado. The rumours in the internet is that Royler Gracie is in top shape and ready for action. What about Eddie Bravo? Is 3 months notice enough to get back into top physical shape? The metamoris match lenght is 20 minutes. It is a long time for the two seniors competitors Royler is 48 years old. He runs his academy (Gracie Humaita) out of San Diego. His latest MMA fight was in 2011. Eddie is 43 year old. he has not competed si

Copa Podio heavyweight (98kg/189.6 lbs.) jiu-jitsu tournament, Feb. 1, 2014

The brackets have been revealed for the upcoming Copa Podio heavyweight (98kg/189.6 lbs.) jiu-jitsu tournament, scheduled for Feb. 1, 2014 inside the Botafogo Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As expected, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Alan Belcher will throw his name into the hat, drawing a first-round match-up against Abu Dhabi standout Faisal Alkitbe. And it doesn't get any easier from there. Here is the complete Copa Podio heavyweight grand prix tournament bracket and start times (via Guilherme Cruz ): Special "City Challenge" (3 p.m. ET): Magid Hage (San Diego) vs. Franco Marini (Buenos Aires) Opening Round (4 p.m. ET): (Green) Luiz Panza vs. Tim Spriggs (Green) Rico Bastos vs. Travis Stevens (Yellow) Rodolfo Vieira vs. Alexandre Souza (Yellow) Alan Belcher vs. Faisal Alkitbe Second Round (4:40 p.m. ET): (Green) Rico Bastos vs. Luiz Panza (Green) Leo Nogueira vs. Tim Spriggs (Yellow) Rodolfo Vieira vs. Faisal

Training report: Turtle

The topic of the day was turtle. The warm up consisted of guard re composition and reversal from the turtle position. The technique of the day was back take of your opponent is on the turtle position. The training concluded with 30 minutes of sparring. Thursday will be gi training. The topic will be questions and answers.

The wolves of Jiu Jitsu

I just finished watching the wolf of Wall Street. It was a good movie. It got me thinking about Jiu Jitsu and the people involved in the sport. BJJ is becoming popular and lot of schools are opening all around the world. Last year, a scandal erupted with a famous gym owner in the USA that made the headlines due to his student’s indiscretions. While you cannot blame him for what his students did, the public suddenly gave the revelations of his shady past. What intrigued me the most was he manipulated people around him to become famous and popular.  His strategy was very similar to the person in the movie; he treats students as marks and just wants their money. He hides behind the nice image of a martial artist but really he wants their hard earned cash. Some of the strategies were to get them in the gym and use hard sales strategies to close the deal. It starts with nice website with special promotions and then offers a cheaper deal to force

Why should women train Jiu-Jitsu video?

That video has been a hit on the net and youtube. Personally, I thought it was a little bit better than expected. Latetely, I have seen a new trend in BJJ advertising where women seems to have their pants. The below link is the great write up on the sexualisaton of women in the BJJ world. The below video is good but I do not think I would want my students going drinking alone and choking people in the bar like that to be honest. But I guess every videos has a message which is to train BJJ and they use a different angle to get a reaction from the person watching it. Some other videos on youtube for women BJJ which are pretty cool and use different angles to promote the message.

Former Miss USA trains BJJ and MMA

Whitney Miller, the 2012 Miss United States pageant winner, has taken up Brazilian jiu-jitsu and placed second in her first tournament, just three months into training. Miller attended last month’s UFC 168 in December to watch Ronda Rousey defend her women’s bantamweight title against Miesha Tate in Las Vegas. And she’s thinking about making the transition into MMA. “It’s been talked about,” Miller told FOX Sports. “It’s a definite possibility.” Miller, 24, has always competed in sports since she was a girl – from soccer to track and field to professional wake surfing. She saw BJJ as “one of the hardest things to do” and wanted the challenge.

Policeman use Judo to neutralise an attacker in Hamilton, New Zealand

The NZ police force has a NZ champion judoka in their force throwing an attacker in Hamilton. Nice Story! "They picked the wrong cop. A Hamilton police officer who was attacked outside the Hamilton East drugs shop is a judo black belt. Witnesses said members of an unruly mob taunted him, calling him Jackie Chan. They did not know who they were dealing with. Constable Sean Choi was on the beat outside synthetic cannabis dealer U njoY on Grey St during a tense and violent Tuesday. Police said one of the shop's customers approached Choi and tried to pick a fight. He gave up on the first attempt yet returned minutes later and tried again. The man was arrested but another man allegedly joined the fray and jumped on Choi's back. Choi has been a member of the Metro Judo Club since he arrived in New Zealand from South Korea as a teenager. Head coach Terry Steenson said the alleged attacker was destined to take flight: "We move in

Training Report: 1/2 guard pass and pummelling from the clinch

We are back into our second weeks of training for the year.  Tuesday is Nogi training and Thursday is GI training. If you do not own a gi, you can still attend Thursday class. Please see the new link regarding the next competition.  The topic of the day was top half guard.  The half guard game has developed dramatically through the year and it is no longer considered a transition position where people are stuck between closed guard and about getting their guard passed. Lot of people are developing their game around the half guard. It might not be the focus of some schools that believe one should not play open guard unless they have been forced to. IE closed guard is better. Stand up training was fighting for the  under hook from the clinch and a variation with a leg grab It is also know pummelling. Vital skills for grappling.


Registration is now open. Please note the weight categories are now the official IBJJF weight categories. So start dieting if you need to. DIVISIONS Competition is for both kids and adults of all levels and from all academies. There will be Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions for all weight classes. The adult weight classes in kilograms (kg) are IBJJF No Gi divisions: MEN (kg): 57.5, 64, 70, 76, 82.3, 88.3, 94.3, 100.5, 100.5+ WOMEN (kg): 53.5, 58.5, 69, 74, 74+ RULES AND SCORING This year’s NO GI rules will be full IBJJF rules for NO GI. To download the rule booklet, please go to For more information take advantages of the early bird option: REGISTRATION FEE Until 11:59 pm Saturday 15 February 2014 Adults: $50 Kids: $40 Until 11:59 pm Wednesday 19 February 2014 Adults: $60 Kids: $50 Great competition as per last year event.

Training Report: Back to Training Tuesday 7 January 2014

First class for the year 2014. Light warm up. Take down training of the day: The usage of the underhook left underhook and grabbing the opposite leg.  for example. variation to the single leg in case the opponent counters the underhook.' See below 2 videos for more details. Part 1 is the study of the 2 above takedowns. Part 2 is about the usage of the left underhook Ground topic was guard submissions:  We covered arm bar, triangle from the guard.     Training concluded with 4 rounds of 5 minutes sparring (2 minutes stand-up/takedowns, 3 minutes ground). Thank you for the support. 

Back to training

We are back to training this week.  Tuesday 7 jan from 6 pm. No gi training Thursday 9 jan. gi training.  Thanks for the support.