Wednesday, 30 April 2014

BJJ and the impact of belt ranking on competition format

Welcome to BJJ and congratulation on choosing to train in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

If you decided to train as a hobby and competition is not your goal, this post will not concern you.

I would still advised to read it because it is good information.

If you are keen to compete in BJJ, then this post is for you.

BJJ competition is based on the belt system.

White belts compete in white belt division etc..

A white belt cannot compete in a blue belt division unless he get promoted by his instructor.

It is normal to expect the instructor to be a black belt to promote you to your next belt.

So what happens if you do not have an instructor that can promote you, well you still compete at the rank that you are at.

Now the irony is the IBJJF created a rule to prevent other experienced competitors from different arts to compete in the white belts divisions;

"5.5: The athlete who has proven to be a black belt in judo, has proven experience* in wrestling, wrestling
Olympic or Greco-Roman, or has fought MMA professionally, can not participate in any league as a white
* In the U.S., having competed at the college level or higher. In other countries, have competed in events nationwide."

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So what happens to those guys, do they compete at blue belts instead?

Well, not really because they have not been promoted by a BJJ BB as yet.

So off they go and join a BJJ academy. club, gym etc..

Usually, it is a minimum contract of 6 months and it takes years to get promoted to blue belt.

BJJ is famous for taking such a long time to be a black belt (average 10 years).

By the time they get their black belt, how many are still competing?

I think it is a great system if you made a living of teaching BJJ.

Another argument of dividing by belts mentioned oftern is the danger of submissions.

Under IBJJF, the brown and BB compete with toe hold, knee bar, slicers submissions that are not allowed at the lower belts.

But if you look at the Naga competitions in the USA, you can do all those subs from novice level and even more:

NAGA competition is open to athletes from all forms of grappling, and discriminates against none. All submission holds are legal in Adult (18 years and up) competition. Neck cranks and all leg locks including inside heel hooks, outside heel hooks, and knee slicers are permitted. Bicep slicers and wrist locks are also permitted. "

Not sure if they have hundreds of injured novices at every events!

How does Naga treats experienced wrestler?
21. Who fights in the Adult Novice division?The Novice division is for adults (men, women, masters, etc.) who have up to six months of grappling experience. Exceptions to this are; those who have wrestled, those who hold any belt color other than white (in any discipline), those who have competed in Novice and won (in some cases those who placed 2nd or 3rd are moved up).
Novice is reserved for the newest of the new competitors. If you are a white belt who has been training for 5 months and are close to getting your blue belt, do Beginner and test yourself. NAGA has disqualified numerous competitors after finding out they have more experience then they divulged during the interview process.

How does Naga deal with sandbagging?
4. What is Sandbagging?We work diligently to prevent "sandbagging", or the practice of fighting down skill levels to ensure one takes home an award. The NAGA has been working with RANKED to track all fighters and ranked grappling events to produce true "national standings." A by-product of these standings is our knowledge of who has competed, and at which level. At all NAGA tournaments, front door personnel will use RANKED data to determine whether or not individuals who have fought in past events belong in a higher skill level (i.e. placed 1st at a prior NAGA event for that skill level).

How does Naga treat competitors?
1. Do I need to be a member of NAGA to compete?

You do not have to be a member of NAGA to compete. Joining NAGA will get you on the NAGA email list which will inform you of the latest NAGA news (and is only sent out once a month), and the NAGA mailing list where you will receive registration info for tournaments coming to your area.

Of course, it is not fair to compare Naga with BJJ competition, Naga is competition format for grapplers from all styles and BJJ competition is to only cater for their sports.

So time to stop complaining, IBJJF or BJJ competitions are not here to serve as platform to compete to every grapplers in the world. You can go to NAGA or ADCC to do that.


Training Report: Double Leg takedown and 1/2 guard sweep

We did the double leg take down for the throw of the day.

We split the class into 2 groups (over 70 kg and under 70 kg) and did a shark tank for take down training.

Topic of the day was 1/2 sweeps.

We did 3 variations and roll for 30 minutes to conclude training.

Because we are getting near the competition on the 17 May, we will be only following the foundation program and will pause on our intermediate guard system.

The competitors are to start drilling techniques to prepare their game plan.

To sign up for the comp

Sign up under ds team to avoid getting matchup with your team mates in the first round.

Thursday class topic will be turtle


Gracie Self Defense and MMA application

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Training Report: Arm Drag from closed guard and overhook lapel guard.

Beginners did half guard pass.

Intermediate students did arm drag from closed guard and over hook lapel guard.

We will be working a lot more on game plan and drilling, sparring as the competition day is coming up soon.

sign up before the 10 May and save $10.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Blenheim BJJ competition- South Island New Zealand

Anzac Day

 Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly Originally 25 April every year was to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, and Tonga. It is no longer observed as a national holiday in Papua New Guinea or Samoa.
commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served."

 The number of New Zealanders attending Anzac Day events in New Zealand, and at Gallipoli, is increasing. 
Dawn Marches and other memorials nationwide are typically attended by the New Zealand Defence Force, the New Zealand Cadet Forces, members of the New Zealand Police, New Zealand Fire Service, Order of St John Ambulance Service (Youth and Adult Volunteers) as well as Scouting New Zealand, GirlGuiding New Zealand and other uniformed community service groups including in most places the local Pipe Band to lead or accompany the March, and sometimes a Brass Band to accompany the hymns.
Anzac Day now promotes a sense of unity, perhaps more effectively than any other day on the
national calendar. People whose politics, beliefs and aspirations are widely different can nevertheless share a genuine sorrow at the loss of so many lives in war.
Paper poppies are widely distributed by the Returned Services Association and worn as symbols of remembrance. This tradition follows that of the wearing of poppies on Remembrance Sunday in other Commonwealth countries.[47]
The day is a public holiday in New Zealand. Shops are prohibited from opening before 1 pm as per the Anzac Day Act 1966.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Is protecting the lineage of BJJ a good thing ?

IBJJF is now starting to be like the AKC (American Kennel Association).

In order to get your BJJ black belt certified by the IBJJF, you need to get your application endorsed by a 2 degree black belt that is certified by the IBJJF.

Basically, if your instructor is not a paying member of the the IBJJF, you cannot be certified by them.

But wait, there is always another option.

You can affiliate under a master that is already IBJJF certified.

Of course, it comes at a price.

You just pay up another "team" to run your club under and in return they will give you access to making your black belt legit with the big boys (IBJJF).

BJJ was this martial arts where people trained and promoted their students without the interference of anyone else.

The IBJJF is not governing body and is a profit organisation run by Carlos Gracie Jnr based in the USA.

Now the analogy with the AKC comes to play.

They are not interested into creating the data base of legit black belts.

They just want to ensure that people give them money and creating a monopoly for their members.

How can they say that a 6 degrees black belt cannot be certified or sign your application just because he never paid any money to the IBJJF?

By refusing to acknowledge the existence of so many great lineages and team (that refused to pay them or go under new affiliation), the IBJJF is destroying the BJJ community.

BJJ is no longer about the martial art, it is about pedigree and if you do not have to correct paperwork, then just go another pedigree (lineage) that is "legit" ( IBJJF certifies as they paid their fees to the IBJJF). That 6 degree BB start training before the existence of the IBJJF.

Is protecting the lineage of BJJ a good thing for the long term of the art?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Watermelon juice

I heard about the watermelon juice from the Gracies in many articles and videos.

So I decided to give it a try after finding a massive watermelon for 5$ at my local veggies and fruits shop.

It tastes awesome and I did not add anything else.

It was very sweet and I might have to dilute it with some ice block or maybe a squeeze of lime.

Some of the benefits:

1. It soothes sore muscles.

2. It helps heart health.

3. It could be a natural Viagra.

4. It's rich in vitamins and minerals, but low in calories.

5. It could even combat cancer.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Eddie Bravo Invitational No Gi Sub 16 Men Tournament - 1 June 2014

Eddie is now promoting his own tournament:  16 man tournaments 145 & 170 same day weigh in. Sub-only.

Right after a good performance at Metamoris 3( read on, Eddie is calling out the rest of the world against 2 of his representatives.

Richie Martinez "The Boogie Man" 170 lbs

Geo Martinez "Freakzoid" 145 lbs

I can see a few logos on that poster: Cobrinha, Mario Dilgado (under the sign of Renzo Gracie), Werdum Combat Team.

It is just sad to hear that he is hosting the event of the IBJJF Gi World Cup.

It will be harder to attract top competitors and spectators.

Maybe he just does not follow the Gi competition timetable or was it organised on the same date on purpose?

Rumours are that event organisers in Auckland are thinking to organise subs only events as well.

Will keep you posted.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Junior program for

Going to spend Easter weekend breaking that system and set up a curriculum for the juniors.

Braulio Estima X Tarcisio Jardim

Rodolfo Vieira X Luiz Panza

Leo Saggioro X Jedrzej Loska

Roberto Satoshi X Sergio Benini

Andre Galvão X Romulo Barral

Leandro Lo X Victor Estima

João Miyao X John Cho

João Miyao X Thiago Marques

João Miyao X Tiago Bravo

Andre Galvao vs Romulo Barral - World Pro 2014

Rodolfo Vieira x Luiz Panza - World Pro 2014

Braulio Estima x Tarcisio Jardim - World Pro Final

Braulio Estima x Tarcisio Jardim - World Pro Final

Victor Estima x Leandro Lo - World Pro 2014

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Ethics in BJJ

Winter is coming..blah..blah..blah

Time must be hard to recruit new students.

Interesting to see some people having to put other club down in order to promote them self.

Stay Classy!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

How to pose for BJJ pictures

The V
You have a few options available.

Let start with the traditional V for group picture. with the leader in the front. Important to reinforce leadership once more. Just in case, potential students do not know what the belt ranking stands for.

Then you have different individual poses.
The body hug where you wrap your right hand over your left elbow. This pose was used a lot by Helio Gracie and define the self defense aspect where your right hand is free to block a strike.

Next option is the hands on the belt. So you just look like a bad ass.

Also, do not smile. You do not want to come across to friendly just in case someone might want to join your club.

The worst option in my opinion is the crossed arms, just bad for self defense (just in case somebody decide to strike you during a photo session at your dojo!).

To conclude, we have the hang loose sign as well.
The shaka sign, sometimes known as "hang loose", is a gesture often associated with Hawaii and surf culture. It consists of extending the thumb and smallest finger while holding the three middle fingers curled, and gesturing in salutation while presenting the front or back of the hand; the hand may be rotated back and forth for emphasis. The shaka sign was adopted from local Hawaiian culture by visiting surfers in the 1960s, and its use has spread around the world. BJJ guys love using it because it is so cool.

Well, there you have it.

All the hand signs and poses to make you look for BJJ pictures!

Renzo doing the hang loose hand sign

The crossed arms

the body hug

The hands on the belt

Wilson Rants 3

Wilson Rants 2

Wilson Rants

Wilson junior , head coach and founder of Carlson Gracie team uk will be discussing BJJ issues. I suggest you subscribe to the channel. Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu is known for creating top competitors.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Reason why you should compete in Judo

Congratulations to Dr Paul Wood on his medals from his last Judo competition.

Wellington Judo Open:
Gold in Young Masters under 90kg,
Silver in Young Masters open weight,
Bronze in Senior Men under 90kg,
Bronze in restricted Kyu.

13 fights today.

 If you are tired of competing in BJJ tournament which only offer one match (as they are knock out tournament), I suggest you compete in Judo where you have many divisions to enter in the same day to gain more experience.

For Judo training details!/

Monday, 14 April 2014

Intermediate Guard System

This is our intermediate guard system.

You need to be a white belt 2 stripes to access that program.

Beginners will stay on our basic weekly systems.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Friday, 11 April 2014

Training Report: Knee on the belly and Sit-up guard

Guard Pass drills for warm up
Knee on the belly for beginners
Sit up guard for intermediate
Rolling for 30 minutes

Next tuesday topic is North South and advanced (beginner)

Have a good weekend.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Training Report: Side Control and Berimbolo

We did guard pass drills for warm up:
leg drag guard passes

For the beginners we covered side control (retention, escape and subs).

For the intermediate, we covered berimbolo

Rolling was from the knees due to a full attendance (over 12 students).

Thursday will be Knee on the belly.

See you the mats.



BJJ Gi Tournament on 17th May 2014 in AUCKLAND - new zealand - NZ Grappler

Sign up early and save $10.

Also last competition winners get $10 dollars discount as well

NZ Grappler’s BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU GI TOURNAMENT will be held Saturday 17th May 2014. Don’t miss your chance to challenge yourself among the best of New Zealand. The event will take place at the NORTH SHORE EVENT CENTRE in Auckland. Both adults and kids will compete on Saturday 17th May.

1st place winners from the February 2014 tournament will receive $10 discount of this tournament registration if they apply promo code “winner” on their online registration.

First 50 competitors to REGISTER AND PAY for their registration will be entered into the drawing for Official Tournament T-shirt giveaway.

Until 11:59 pm Saturday 10 May 2014
Adults: $50
Kids: $40
Until 11:59 pm Wednesday 14 May 2014
Adults: $60
Kids: $50

For more details:

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The HELIO Filter

That is now official, Ryron Gracie created a new concept named the Helio Filter.

Ryron is famous fro creating the Gracie Online.

It is a website where you can get learn Gracie Jiu Jitsu and send them videos for a technical belt exam.

Ryron also created the Gracie Garage concepts where people can meet and find each other on a database.

There is also the Keep it play full coin and movement.

The latest addition of the "Helio filter" is just a direct response to Eddie Bravo's deep half guard against his uncle Royce Grace at the Metamoris 3.

Apparently, Helio would have NOT approved as you are open for strikes ie. the "Helio Filter"

Eddie replied by mentioning that Andree Galvao mounted Ryron during their submission match.

Was Ryron getting mounted or his guard passes approved by the Helio filter?

UFC is finally in New Zealand - Vector Arena in Auckland on Saturday, June 28 2014

UFC is getting really popular in NZ.

The website One day sale sold their t shirts, you can find UFC fitness DVD at the warehouse.

UFC will be Auckland Next June!

Something to tick on your calender.


James Te Huna's debut as a middleweight will headline the UFC's long-awaited first appearance in New Zealand.
"UFC Fight Night Auckland: Te Huna v Marquardt" will take place at Vector Arena in Auckland on Saturday, June 28, and the Darfield-born Te Huna will meet former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt in a five-round main event.
No other fights have been announced yet but the card will feature 11 to 13 bouts. Kiwi heavyweight Mark Hunt won't be in action as he recovers from a badly damaged hand suffered in his epic brawl with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane last year.
Gold Coast-based New Zealander Dylan Andrews is expected to feature, but is recovering from a shoulder injury and navigating a drop from middleweight to welterweight. Kiwi-born Australian welterweight Robert Whittaker could also be involved.
Te Huna, who lost his last two fights at light heavyweight but has a career MMA record of 16-7, has dropped 9kg and is moving to middleweight for a fresh start.
"I'm serious about my diet. I'm serious about losing this weight and performing how I should be when the time comes," the 32-year-old said.
"This is a huge deal for me. When I was a kid I always dreamed about representing my country on the world stage and I never thought it would be fighting, competing in the UFC, doing what I do. It's pretty much a dream come true."
Marquardt, a 34-year-old American with a career record of 32-13-2, is moving back to middleweight for the fight after he lost his last two UFC bouts at welterweight.
"He's a dangerous guy," Te Huna said. "He likes to stand and bang so it's going to be a great fight."
The decision to have the show in June comes as a slight surprise given Hunt is expected to be cleared for action in August and would have been a huge drawcard but he may now make his comeback on an Australian show later in the year.

Monday, 7 April 2014

New BJJ Brown belt: from Whakatane to London

We will like to congratulate Bobby Mules on his latest promotion.

Well done, we will look forward to your visit to Auckland on your next holiday back home.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Metamoris 3 Sean Roberts vs Zak Maxwell 720p x264

Training Report: Judo Foot trip - Back - Lasso grip

 Judo Throw of the day was demonstrated by Judo Black belt Jordan:

Deashi Harai -- Forward Foot Sweep


 Position of the day was back:

back control, back escape and back submissions for the beginners.

Topic for intermediate: Lasso guard and study of Sean Robert vs Zak Maxwell at the Metamoris 3.

The lasso guard is very effective way to set up your omoplata or triangle.

It forces your opponent to keep their elbow glued to the knee otherwise they risk to get submitted.

It gets tiring and after a while, you will notice they move to combat base where you can set your de la riva moves/guard and the much dread berimbolo.

Did I hear berimbolo?

Then we roll: 2 minutes stand up and 3 minutes ground.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Training report: Mount and Ippon Seo Nage

Judo Throw of the day: Ippon Seo Nage.

It was demonstrated by Sayaka.

She is  a Judo Kodokan 2nd dan.

She also teach a woman only Judo class at Epsom on Wednesday 5-6 pm.!/

Then we split the class into beginners and intermediates.

Beginners went over mount retention, mount escapes (upa, elbows escape), mount submissions (American, Ezekiel).

Intermediates went over S mount and double attack submissions.

Situation rolling from mount (we kept the group separated).

Then training concluded with normal rolling from the knees.

Thursday class will be back.