Sunday, 31 August 2014

Shodan Quest - Trip to Ashikaga

Obviously, I didn't want to show them up with my six pack.
Before Henry, Chris and I left Tokyo for Kyoto we visited our sister club in Ashikaga. We where hosted by Kristy and Tomohiro Naito, who our club members had met competing in the All Japan Masters 2 years ago.

They had hosted the Auckland University Masters team last year and had invited us to train with them this year too. After some delays caused by Chris coming down with a day long case of the Roppongi flu we took an hour long train to Ashikaga station were we were met by Kristy Tomohiro and their two sons (Tomo and Hiro :-)

The weather was better and we actually saw some blue skies in Ashikaga during Henry's first car ride in Japan (we have been using the train system all through Tokyo). We visited Tomohiro's parent's Buddhist temple then hung out at their house before Judo started at 8:30 pm for the senior class. Henry had a good workout but I was still recovering from the same aliment as Chris and was a little slow.

In Japan you must be this young to be taught throwing techniques,
all senior trainings seem to be randori only


Henry and I then had dinner and drinks with the club members, and watched the Judo world cup (on free to air tv in Japan) and tried to learn the rules of the card game the Senior members of the club were playing.

On Sunday we did some sightseeing with the Naitos and left for Kyoto. Looking forward to our training with the police judo team on Monday 10pm.



BJJ technique: Lapel Guard

The lapel guard which is not to be confused with worm guard is another "new" guard.

I would say that both guards goes hand to hand and are just a continuation of the other.

Like sit up guard is the continuation of the de la riva guard.

In a way, one could think that worm guard is the continuation of the lapel guard.



BJJ Techniques: Worm guard

It seems that berimbolo is so last year.

The current trendy guards are the worm guard and lapel guard.

I think Keenan started the trend and named the worm guard.

Definitely guards of the future!


Friday, 29 August 2014

Shodan Quest - August Tsukinami Shiai


This was our first grading competition in Tokyo. The aim was to win 3 fights in a row to directly grade to Judo Black Belt.
So we were put on the list and Henry was at 11,
Chris was at 12 and I was 15 out of 15 (which meant I could only win one fight :-( )

Henry beat two Japanese and then lost to Chris with a Harai Makakomi.

Chris then fought a Frenchman living in Thailand to a draw.

I then fought the Frenchman, tried a flying armbar and then pinned him for the win.





Shodan Quest - First Day in Japan

Post training warm down
Henry, Chris and I (Stu) from the University Judo club are visiting Japan and attending some competitions here hoping to earn our Shodan in Judo.

First up is a grading in the Kodokan (the home of Judo) in Tokyo.

To help with this we were hosted by Marunouchi
Police Judo club (despite the name it is composed of successful Japanese business men) for a Randori session. In this club they let you do your own warm up, then 6 people put on red belts and fight for as many 4 minute rounds as you can take, you then swap your red belt with someone.

How I explain that I am vegetarian in Japan

BJJ Good Read: How to Spot a Toxic Martial Arts Club Environment by Sally Arsenault

From http://breakingmuscle.com/martial-arts/how-to-spot-a-toxic-martial-arts-club-environment

The writer is

I found this article and just put some of the information on this blog for our readers in New Zealand.

Please go on the above link for the full article.

"Martial arts can attract people who feel helpless in their lives. They may have been abused mentally or physically as children and learning martial arts can help them to feel a sense of control. It can make them feel powerful. As they progress in their training, they will become proficient at the techniques and begin to submit other people. Time goes by and if these people stick around and train consistently they may become the best people at their clubs, as others leave or lose interest in training.

Over time, more students look up to this person and ask for help with technique. Teammates may think that because this person is better than them at jiu jitsu, he or she must be better than them at everything. What they don’t realize is that martial arts isn’t a magical cure-all. When a person who has not overcome his or her feeling of low self-worth becomes an instructor, he or she can create a toxic training environment for vulnerable students. These type of people make up for the lack of power they feel in their lives by controlling and/or emotionally abusing others.

 
So what are some of the warning signs that you’re in a toxic environment?

  • You are not allowed to train at other clubs or socialize with people your instructor doesn’t like.
  • You are not allowed to ask too many questions about things like technique or club rules or give feedback about club operations.
  • Club rules are not written down and therefore students never really know what they are. The instructor changes them as he or she sees fit.
  • Your instructor overreacts to perceived betrayals or disobedience, sometimes making an example of the violator in front of the whole class.
  • Your instructor frequently loses control and yells at you and others.
  • Your instructor makes inappropriate comments about your gender or sexuality, berates you, or calls you names.
  • Your instructor consistently disparages other clubs or athletes, yet is friendly with them socially.
How do you feel when you are in a toxic club environment? It’s very similar to way you would feel if you were in an abusive relationship. If you can compare your instructor’s behavior to that of a crazy ex, you may be in a negative environment.

  • You often wonder what how your instructor would react and go to him or her to ask permission regarding martial arts related subjects.
  • You feel as though you are walking on eggshells because you never really know “the rules” as they are always changing.
  • Your instructor’s volatile nature creates tension in class.
  • You are nervous about approaching your instructor for help because you are afraid he or she may have a negative reaction.
  • You lie about going to seminars or open mats and avoid having your picture taken because you don’t want to be punished or kicked out of the club.
  • You maintain secret relationships with past members.
  • You train sick or injured because you don’t want to miss class and have to face consequences.
  • When you finally get out, you can’t believe it took so long for you to leave."

BJJ Training Report: First NOGI class for the season!

The next competition is on 9th Novembers 2014: New Zealand Gappler Nationals.



We are now training nogi every thursday night to prepare the competitors.

Also, training without the gi is good as you can start relying on gi grips too often.

We conclude our warm up - series of drill to win: scissor sweep, triangle, bullfighter guard pass, leg drag guard pass.

We had to modify the techniques to adapt to nogi grips.

 


The Topic of the day was bottom 1/2 guard.
we went over what consist a good defense for bottom sweeps and 3 sweeps.

 


Also, Serge did an introduction to the leg locks game: Knee Bar and Toe Hold!

 

Training concluded with usual situational rolling: 1/2 guard

Then normal rolling.


Next week topics are:

Tuesday: Turle.

Thursday: Questions and Answers.

The drills to win for the next 2 weeks will be based on guard retention.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

BJJ Training report: Half guard passes

Warm up: Drills to win
scissor sweeps


triangle


bull fighter guard pass
 
 
Leg drag passes
 
 
 
 
 
Topic of the day is top half guard
 
 
 
 
 
Then situation rolling from half guard and normal rolling.
 
On Thursday, we will continue our half guard topic and will do bottom half guard sweeps.
 
Do not forget that we are now training no-gi every thursday.
 
See you on the mats


I still have some snap back caps for sale: $20.




Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Team Will Machado wins GI National 2014

Coaches at Will Machado affiliates have decided to consolidate their teams for team points.
Here are the Will Machado teams who have merged: GroundControl, Allegiance, Twin Cities, Zero Gravity, Core MMA, Submission, Deep Waters, Lowkey, Clinch, East Coast BJJ, Academy of Combat and GSW.


http://www.aucklandbjj.com/2014/08/2014-nz-grappler-bjj-gi-nationals-team.html













 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Will



http://www.bjj.com.au/


http://www.aucklandbjj.com/p/new-zealand-clubs.html

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sayonara Stu

Stu is leaving tomorrow for a 4 weeks trip to train Judo in Japan with the team from Auckland University Judo Club.http://www.judokong.com/

He will have some great experience training the Kodokan judo club, the Marunouchi police club, the Kyoto riot police, Ritsumei uni judo club and  DAISHIN dojo.

He will be adding some police judo moves on our next year training program.

Good luck, Stu.

I am looking foward to read Sensei blog.

P.S: Try to blog some stories when you are not busy getting thrown around or drinking sake.



 
 

2014 NZ GRAPPLER BJJ GI NATIONALS - WINNERS LIST

ivision1st2nd3rd4th
Adult Gi >> White >> Rooster (up to 57.5 kg)
Jamie Zhu
Team Reign
Scott Morgan
Axis NZ
Akimitsu Hirayama
Team Reign
Diego Bombardiere
DS Team
Adult Gi >> White >> Light Feather (up to 64.0 kg)
Matthew Wong
Will Machado
matthew herdman
Will Machado
Geofrey Kong
City BJJ
Harvey Espinosa
Oliver MMA
Adult Gi >> White >> Feather (up to 70.0 kg)
Michael Parker
Horowhenua
Ngapuhi Eden Hauraki
Southern Tribes
Andrew Brown
Will Machado
james coleman
Tu Kaha
Adult Gi >> White >> Light (up to 76.0 kg)
Sam Jeffries
Brasa New Zealand
ilai manu
Oliver MMA
Louie Lim
Tu Kaha
Maia Jones
Orphans
Adult Gi >> White >> Middle (up to 82.3 kg)
pavel kondakov
DS Team
Dawson Gray
Will Machado
Jay Simeona
Will Machado
Timur Rakhimbetov
DS Team
Adult Gi >> White >> Medium Heavy (up to 88.3 kg)
George Prescott
Oliver MMA
stacy waikato
Will Machado
Angus Bolton
Gracie Gym NZ
Lorenzo Rowe
Will Machado
Adult Gi >> White >> Heavy (up to 94.3 kg)
michael engelander
Will Machado
Sam Boesch
Gracie Gym NZ
Rob Le Comte
Tu Kaha
Philip Van Den Berg
DS Team
Adult Gi >> White >> Super Heavy (up to 100.5 kg)
Rangi Charles Nuku
Tu Kaha
Sigi-Fili Pesaleli
Oliver MMA
Lone Toailoa
Oliver MMA
Skyline Manumua
DS Team
Adult Gi >> White >> Ultra Heavy (over 100.5 kg)
Carl Williams
Oliver MMA
Michael Waikai
IMA
Thomas Edwards
Will Machado
Mark Thompson
Tu Kaha
Adult Gi >> White >> WOMEN Light Feather (up to 53.5 kg)
Rachel Alderwick
Will Machado
Christine Letford
Southern Tribes
Joanne Burke
Gracie Gym NZ
fiona nesbitt
Oliver MMA
Adult Gi >> White >> WOMEN Feather (up to 58.5 kg)
Jessica Chan
DS Team
Emma Rouse
DS Team
Heerai Degage-Tau
Tu Kaha
DESTINY MOMOISEA
Oliver MMA
Adult Gi >> White >> WOMEN Light (up to 64.0 kg)
Tairi Ford
Tu Kaha
Gloria Suddens
Oliver MMA
Natalie Harper
Tu Kaha
Nicole stoupe
City BJJ
Adult Gi >> White >> WOMEN Middle (up to 69.0 kg)
Tarn Jones
Orphans
Pat Thomson
Oliver MMA
Alisha Te Rangiita
East Ocean Jiu Jitsu
Jasmine Nathan
Will Machado
Adult Gi >> White >> WOMEN Heavy (over 74 kg)
Genevieve Pini
Tu Kaha
Debra Frederick
Southern Tribes
  
Adult Gi >> Blue >> Light Feather (up to 64.0 kg)
Jason Lee
Gracie Gym NZ
Igor Goulart
DS Team
Damian Nam
Oliver MMA
Mitchell Malaesilia
Tu Kaha
Adult Gi >> Blue >> Feather (up to 70.0 kg)
jayjay wilson
Oliver MMA
Jonathan Becht
Exon Grappling
Tristan watson
Maai Hyoshi Dojos
Jae Lee
Will Machado
Adult Gi >> Blue >> Light (up to 76.0 kg)
Ratanui Beazley
DS Team
kieran ruffles
Oliver MMA
Chevron Hassett
Gracie Gym NZ
Corey Governor
Gracie Gym NZ
Adult Gi >> Blue >> Middle (up to 82.3 kg)
Nico Otero
Tu Kaha
Jesse Lowndes
Gracie Gym NZ
Dan Hunia
Southern Tribes
Felipe Patricio de Aguiar
Carlson Gracie NZ - Jose Gomes Team
Adult Gi >> Blue >> Medium Heavy (up to 88.3 kg)
Philip Allsopp
Oliver MMA
Hayden Millard
Orphans
Ross Anderson
Will Machado
Jeremiah Balenti
Will Machado
Adult Gi >> Blue >> Heavy (up to 94.3 kg)
Rodney Horomona
Will Machado
lui faaesea
Oliver MMA
Simon Northey
DS Team
David Teehan
Tu Kaha
Adult Gi >> Blue >> Super Heavy (up to 100.5 kg)
Raihau Villierme
Tu Kaha
Richard Higgs
Will Machado
justin Miller
Oliver MMA
Brent Te Kawa
Carlson Gracie NZ - Jose Gomes Team
Adult Gi >> Blue >> Ultra Heavy (over 100.5 kg)
Andrew Pragnell
Judokwai
Damen Newby
Oliver MMA
Maifea Maifea
Inglewood BJJ
Gilbert Rota
Gracie Gym NZ
Adult Gi >> Blue >> WOMEN Feather (up to 58.5 kg)
serina cole
Will Machado
Annie Lee
Oliver MMA
  
Adult Gi >> Blue >> WOMEN Middle (up to 69.0 kg)
Krissy Hunter
Oliver MMA
Cassandra Walker
Oliver MMA
yvonne Duggert
Gracie Gym NZ
 
Adult Gi >> Purple >> Light Feather (up to 64.0 kg)
Matt Gambirazzi
Orphans
Thomas Kwok
Will Machado
  
Adult Gi >> Purple >> Feather (up to 70.0 kg)
Adam Johnson
City BJJ
Raycher Shyur
DS Team
Tristan Brotherton
Tu Kaha
john donaldson
Will Machado
Adult Gi >> Purple >> Light (up to 76.0 kg)
james Sullivan
Will Machado
gregory watson
Axis NZ
Joas Alberton
DS Team
 
Adult Gi >> Purple >> Middle (up to 82.3 kg)
bevan brooking
East Ocean Jiu Jitsu
Charlie Hancy
City BJJ
Joseph Rivers
Gracie Gym NZ
matt vaile
IMA
Adult Gi >> Purple >> Medium Heavy (up to 88.3 kg)
Eruera Piwari
Roger Gracie
Ben Boyce
Carlson Gracie NZ - Jose Gomes Team
Gordon Redwood
Oliver MMA
 
Adult Gi >> Purple >> Heavy (up to 94.3 kg)
cam steer
Axis NZ
Oli Wiles
Will Machado
Seb Stowers
Tu Kaha
Nathan Sowter
Roger Gracie
Adult Gi >> Purple >> Super Heavy (up to 100.5 kg)
Anaru Grant
Tu Kaha
Vaughan Antonio
Southern Tribes
James Allison
Orphans
 
Adult Gi >> Purple >> Ultra Heavy (over 100.5 kg)
Kingi Williams
Will Machado
Nassah Steed
Will Machado
Hasan Chahoud
DS Team
 
Adult Gi >> Brown >> Medium Heavy (up to 88.3 kg)
Renan Secco
Carlson Gracie NZ - Jose Gomes Team
Fernando Amato Pissini
DS Team
Patrick Te Tau
Will Machado
Ricardo Castatgna
Tu Kaha
Adult Gi >> Brown >> Ultra Heavy (over 100.5 kg)
Simeona Peni
Tu Kaha
Harmen de Jong
Will Machado
Derrin Jesse Puata
Southern Tribes
 
Adult Gi >> Black >> Medium Heavy (up to 88.3 kg)
Dan Digby
Orphans
Jose Gomes
Carlson Gracie NZ - Jose Gomes Team
Rafael Turnbull
DS Team
 
KIDS >> A
Alec Paenga
Will Machado
Ty Campbell
Oliver MMA
Isaiah Morehu
Gracie Gym NZ
Carys Carter
Gracie Gym NZ
KIDS >> B
Lucifero Spraggs
Oliver MMA
Wyatt Hunt
Brasa New Zealand
Cody Ovens
Will Machado
MJ Bennett
Oliver MMA
KIDS >> C
Toots Tapiata
Gracie Gym NZ
Aleana Kingi
Gracie Gym NZ
Kaea Hamilton
Will Machado
Keira Whitley
Will Machado
KIDS >> D
Rylan Whitley
East Coast BJJ / Gracie Gym Kawerau
Vincent Hunt
Brasa New Zealand
Jaeden Brown
Oliver MMA
Alex Suddens
Oliver MMA
KIDS >> E
Ashley Nesbitt
Oliver MMA
Jada Hynson
Oliver MMA
Leah Da Silva
Gracie Gym NZ
 
KIDS >> F
Rawinia Harrison
Will Machado
Maria Koosache
Oliver MMA
Charlotte Bennett
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> G
desire pologa
Oliver MMA
Pakauri Harrison
Will Machado
Zelene Hoffman
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> H
Kaige Brown
Oliver MMA
Tom Fowler
Will Machado
  
KIDS >> I
Devlin Sofele
Oliver MMA
Arama Campbell
Oliver MMA
Harvey O'Rourke
Will Machado
Phoenix Rowe
Will Machado
KIDS >> J
Ryder Williams
Oliver MMA
Rain Karaka
Oliver MMA
Brooklyn Hiliheutle
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> K
Anton te Dorsthorst
Oliver MMA
Nixon Suddens
Oliver MMA
Connor Glew
Will Machado
Tyler George
Will Machado
KIDS >> L
Adrian Sofele
Oliver MMA
Calvin O'Rourke
Will Machado
Lenin Simi
Oliver MMA
Endreaz Hilihetule
Oliver MMA
KIDS >> M
Brandon Meyer
Tu Kaha
Corban Glew
Will Machado
kees mckay
Oliver MMA
levi mckay
Oliver MMA
KIDS >> N
Carston Fraser
Oliver MMA
Josh Kruger
Brasa New Zealand
Crue Williams
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> O
Shae Brooking
Will Machado
Munro Elliott-Brooking
Gracie Gym NZ
Brooklyn Wharton
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> P
Raymond O'Rourke
Will Machado
Silas Pryce
Oliver MMA
Javaan Wihapi
Will Machado
Daniel Benton
Oliver MMA
KIDS >> Q
Tyler Smith
Will Machado
Robin Butter
Will Machado
Masson Collingwood
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> R
Malaea Charis Hodges
Will Machado
Shannon O'Brien
Oliver MMA
Angel Apaapa
Gracie Gym NZ
 
KIDS >> S
Emma Nesbitt
Oliver MMA
Amy Jubinville
Oliver MMA
Jessica Sealey
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> T
Millie Culshaw
Gracie Gym NZ
Megan Nesbitt
Oliver MMA
Irie Lee Craig
Will Machado
Katlyn Antonio
Southern Tribes
KIDS >> U
Jonson Phillimore
Southern Tribes
Mitchell Malaesilia
Tu Kaha
Braydan Rogers
Whangarei BJJ
Waata Tule
Will Machado
KIDS >> V
Hannah Oliver
Oliver MMA
JOELA ELLIOT
Will Machado
Tyler Apaapa
Gracie Gym NZ
 
KIDS >> W
Nathan Sinclair
Roger Gracie
Calvin Carter
Gracie Gym NZ
Hakopa Rota
Gracie Gym NZ
Cody George
Will Machado
KIDS >> X
Kauri John Te rongomau Parker
Whangarei BJJ
Tamatea Henare-Monga
Oliver MMA
Billy Lloyd
Oliver MMA
Hohaia Reihana
Gracie Gym NZ
KIDS >> Z
tk karakia
Will Machado
Liam James
Tu Kaha
Hendrick VanGulick
Gracie Gym NZ
Daniel Whooley
Oliver MMA
KIDS >> A1
Tama Belcher
Gracie Gym NZ
Keelan Vodanovich
Will Machado
Niwha Jones
Orphans
Samson Collingwood
Oliver MMA
KIDS >> B1
matthew dobbyn
Arte Suave Academia
Nikki Christian
Brasa New Zealand
Ethan Jubinville
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> C1
Dylan O'brien
DS Team
Hirini Hika
Gracie Gym NZ
Paenga Israel
Gracie Gym NZ
Rewi Rata-Anderson
Whangarei BJJ
KIDS >> D1
Enele Levita
Whangarei BJJ
Francisco Munoz
Will Machado
Te Wairama Te Aho
Will Machado
 
KIDS >> E1
Ethan Welch
Brasa New Zealand
Tom Wundheiler
DS Team
Liam McGowan
Oliver MMA
 
KIDS >> F1
Jackie Hunt
Brasa New Zealand
Zane Illingworth
Gracie Gym NZ
Dayton Nuku
Orphans
cainan goodlad
Will Machado
KIDS >> H1
Kyle Mccamish
Oliver MMA
Jimmy Roots
Oliver MMA
Christian Bennett
Will Machado
Sam Dunn
Will Machado
Open >> Purple-Brown-Black
Kate Da silva
Gracie Gym NZ
Amy Barratt-Boyes
Will Machado
 

2014 NZ GRAPPLER BJJ GI NATIONALS TEAM RESULTS

2014 NZ GRAPPLER BJJ GI NATIONALS
Points are based on 5 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place, and 1 point for 3rd place. CLICK HERE FOR INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
2014 NZ GRAPPLER BJJ GI NATIONALS - ADULT TEAM PERFORMANCE
TEAM1st2nd3rd4thTOTAL
Will Machado795567
Oliver MMA594356
Tu Kaha706541
DS Team344431
Gracie Gym NZ225221
Orphans311119
Southern Tribes042014
Axis NZ120011
Carlson Gracie NZ - Jose Gomes Team120211
City BJJ11119
East Ocean Jiu Jitsu10106
Team Reign10106
Brasa New Zealand10005
Horowhenua10005
Judokwai10005
Roger Gracie10015
Exon Grappling01003
IMA01013
Inglewood BJJ00101
Maai Hyoshi Dojos00101
2014 NZ GRAPPLER BJJ GI NATIONALS - KIDS TEAM PERFORMANCE
TEAM1st2nd3rd4thTOTAL
Oliver MMA1212137109
Will Machado788767
Gracie Gym NZ357237
Brasa New Zealand240022
Tu Kaha120011
Whangarei BJJ201111
DS Team11008
Arte Suave Academia10005
East Coast BJJ / Gracie Gym Kawerau10005
Roger Gracie10005
Southern Tribes10015
Orphans00202
2014 NZ GRAPPLER BJJ GI NATIONALS - OVERALL TEAM PERFORMANCE
TEAM1st2nd3rd4thTOTAL
Oliver MMA17211710165
Will Machado14171312134
Gracie Gym NZ5712458
Tu Kaha826552
DS Team454439
Brasa New Zealand340027
Orphans313121
Southern Tribes142119
Axis NZ120011
Carlson Gracie NZ - Jose Gomes Team120211
Whangarei BJJ201111
Roger Gracie200110
City BJJ11119
East Ocean Jiu Jitsu10106
Team Reign10106
Arte Suave Academia10005
East Coast BJJ / Gracie Gym Kawerau10005
Horowhenua10005
Judokwai10005
Exon Grappling01003
IMA01013
Inglewood BJJ00101
Maai Hyoshi Dojos00101