Friday, 31 October 2014

1 reason to not support Keiko Raca Brand

Mariste got one of her drawing stolen by Keiko Raca Brand.

As per her FB status.

I would like to thank all the persons who are taking time to write me a message to tell me anytime they see my artworks been used by others without respecting the copyright... or by taking the credit of my work. 

Concerning what happened with KeiKo Raça, it’s too late already [song “it’s too laaaate to apologiiiize ~TOO LAAAAAAAATE !!! ], coz the illustration with their logo on it get so popular on the internet that when I realizd what happened, thousands of people already liked it and shared it known as a “Keiko Raça’s product …”. I just don’t get it how a company that its selling itself has being so reliable can just stole the work of someone like that and consider itself as above copyright rules. 

I mean, I am currently
working with the communication team of an international company and I know that anything that will be posted on their social networks will always be double checked so the source of the information or assets used are correct and not illegal. 

So how come a big company like Keiko Raça could had done such mistake ? Please everybody, be conscious that any pics, illustration, music or video present on the internet DO BELONG TO SOMEONE, and you cannot used it and pretend it is yours, especially when the person you are stealing from had invested so much time and energy to produce his/her work. I know that nowadays, especially with Instagram it’s easy and super common to share a pics you like by posting it on your account, but as much as you can, please give the credit and share the source where you found it. 

Sometimes you won’t be able to find the legit author or source, but at least try, or else many other people might get abused just like it happened to me.
Thanks for your attention on that, sorry if I sound like a party pooper here, I’ll do much funnier CS next week.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Training report: side control

We introduced our new drills for the next 2 weeks.

bull fighter guard pass

leg drag guard pass

guard recomposition from side control

framing against side control

Topic of the day was side control

The intermediate program was single x guard into straight ankle lock and some berimbolo drills.

Thursday topic is Knee on the belly. Nogi attire.

See you on the mats

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Jiu-Jitsu Over 40 (5 Rules to Roll Till 95)

Rule #1: Know Your Boyd Belts
Rule #2: Pass the guard
Rule #3: Acknowledge the Ego
Rule #4: Respect the Rollercoaster
Rule #5: Follow the Leader

Monday, 27 October 2014

Nogi National Weight Categories

You can now sign up for the next nogi national competition.

for more details

The divisions are

Rooster (up to 55.5 kg)
Light Feather (up to 61.5 KG)
Feather (up to 67.5 kg)
Light (up to 73.5 kg)
Middle (up to 79.5 kg)
Medium Heavy (up to 85.5 kg)
Heavy (up to 91.5 KG)
Super Heavy (up to 97.5 kg)
Ultra Heavy (no Max.)

We discouraged any students to try to cut weight for this nogi competition.

Just compete at your natural weight or start dieting from now on.

Do not cut to lose 2 kg within last 24 hours for example.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Food: Kapai Kupu

Kiwi entrepreneur and health fanatic, Graeme Johnstone created a brand of health food based on Maori seeds in Australia.

Graeme is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

I will just have to see if I buy some of his products in Auckland.

You can check out his Facebook page and his website


KAPAI PUKU® is one of the

highest fibre breakfast cereals available today. KAPAI PUKU® can help exfoliate and clean your intestinal tract, increase your metabolic rate, and suppress your appetite.


The more we think of others the richer we are, the more we think of our selves the poorer we are.

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The best motivation is in helping people help themselves. Becoming happier and healthier not through using pills and fad diets, but by s...imply eating unprocessed foods is easy. Seeds and grains are what our ancestors lived on for generations when obesity and diabetes almost didn't exist.

Combined with a balanced diet – particularly seasonal fresh fruits and veggies – KAPAI PUKU® will help ensure vitamins and minerals are available to revitalize our bodies.

Natural food is Mother Nature's perfect medicine.

That's why KAPAI PUKU® is prescribed by an increasing number of Chinese Doctors, Naturopaths, Nutritionists, Dieticians, Pharmacists, and Personal Trainers.

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All the best,

Friday, 24 October 2014

Labour weekend Special Sales

Just kidding, we wish a good long weekend.

We do not offer any special discount to entice you into signing for training.

We do not have any contracts.

For $20 per week, you get 2 BJJ classes, 1 open mats BJJ and 4 Judo classes per week.

You just pay on automatic payment and can stop training anythime.

Come down for a free class and meet our team.

We are located in Central Auckland, Epsom.

See you on the mats.

Training Report: Mount and Back

Busy week so I am only doing one training report of the week:

Warm up drills (last week and we are having new ones next week):

hip bump sweep, arm bar, fake hip bump sweep to triangle, head snap down to back control, arm drag, single leg takedown shoulder roll, Osoto Gari.

Tuesday was Mount for beginners and x-guard for intermediate


Thursday was Back for beginner. Intermediate was rolling anaconda, reverse anaconda, darce choke and peruvian necktie.

Situational rolling, takedown sparring (aka Tachiwaza), rolling (newaza).

Also, I will have to make sure that our new cycle of fundamentals start Mount on the Thursday etc..

Do not forget to read our dates to remember link

Next week Topics

Tuesday 28: side control / single X guard
  • Thursday 30: Knee on the belly / single x guard / Pukekohe Drags


    Thursday, 23 October 2014

    What is this tab on your Jiu Jitsu belt?

    As we are getting closer to graduation, students that are not getting promoted to the next belt will likely to receive stripes instead.

    If you do not have a black tab on your belt, we cannot give you stripes.

    Why do we have stripes?

    The Gracies decided to have a stripes system in order to be different from Judo.

    As it takes 1-3 years between belts, it is nice to receive stripes once in a while.

    How often do we give stripes?

    It is usually done during graduation which is usually held twice a year (August and December).

    What if you miss the graduation event?

    No worries, we will give them during the following classes.

     How many stripes can I get?

    You can get up to 4 stripes.

    Is there a minimum number of stripes in order to get the next belt?

     No, in fact some schools do not bother with stripes. You can move to the next belt even if you do not have any stripes.

    What is the red tab for?

    It is for the instructors. A blue belt can have a red tab on the belt if he is an instructor. However, IBJJF have made it compulsory to have a tab on your black belt


    What is the white tab on the black belt for?

    It is for fighters. The black belt is not an instructor. It is not commonly used.


    If I trained at different school, should I take my stripes off when moving to another school?



    What does the white bar on each end of the red tab on the black belt means?

    I never got a clear answer.
    Some people think it is reserved for gym owners, some just thinks it looks cool.
    Anyway, IBJJF has made it standard in their rules. So you need to have them on regardless.

    Where can I buy a belt with a tab?

    Auckland Martial arts supplies or on the internet if you want to spend more money.




    Wednesday, 22 October 2014

    Dates to remember

    A few dates and events to put on your calendar for the end of this year.

    Competition NOGI Nationals on Saturday 8 November.

    If you do not compete, please come down and support your team mates.


    Seminar at Douglas Santos gym.

    Saturday 29 November.
    Time: 11 am to 1 pm.
    Cost: $30. ($15 for our club members)
    We believe into learning new techniques from different instructors.
    This is a great opportunity for our club members.
    We are subsidising the seminar and will pay half of your entry fee.
    So it is only $15 per Epsom Club members.



    It will held at Douglas Santos gym
    111 Newton Road, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Saturday 06 December
    Time: 10 am until it finish.
    Dress Code: White and Blue Gi only

    Joao and Diego are doing the blue belt exam.

    Stu is due to receive his first degree on his black belt.

    Be punctual.

    X-mas Party

    Sunday 7 December at Stu house.
    Pizza Party made in a wood fire oven.
    Bring your own topping if you are a meat eater.

    We will provide some beers and soft drink.
    I will give you the address and time at the Dojo.

    Monday, 20 October 2014

    Know the rules: Guard Pass (3 points)

    When the athlete in top position manages to surmount the legs of the opponent in bottom position (pass
    guard or half-guard) and maintain side-control or north-south position over him/her for 3 (three) seconds.

    Note 1: Guard is defined by the use of one or more legs to block the opponent from reaching side-control or north-south

    position over the athlete on bottom.

    Note 2: Half-guard is the guard where the athlete on bottom is lying on his/her back or side and has one of the

    top-positioned athlete’s legs trapped, blocking him/her from achieving side- or north-south control over the

    bottom-positioned athlete for 3 (three) seconds.

    Note 3: The position of the top athlete’s legs determines whether it is half-guard or reverse half-guard, according to the
    following examples

    EXAMPLE 1: In half-guard with his right leg trapped, his

    left leg is positioned alongside the right leg of the opponent

    playing guard.

    EXAMPLE 2: In reverse half-guard with his right leg trapped,

    his left leg is positioned alongside the left leg of the athlete

    playing guard.

     For more posts about rules

    Saturday, 18 October 2014

    Know the rules: Knee on the belly (2 points)

     When the athlete on top maintaining side-control places a knee on the belly, chest or
    ribs of his/her opponent – who is on bottom with their back or side on the ground –, maintaining his/her other leg extended diagonally away from the opponent and his/her foot (not knee) on the ground, body facing the opponent’s head (not legs), and thus remains for 3 (three) seconds.
    For more about the rules

    Training report: Questions and Answers

    This is the last topic for our 6 weeks cycle of our teaching program.

    We like to conclude with a questions and and answers.

    We kept the same drills as Tuesday class.

    Questions of the day:

    Side control and stopping guard recovery

    How to counter the kimura.

    How to finish the Anaconda? the homer simpson.

    Then we roll for 30 minutes.

    Friday, 17 October 2014

    10 Tips to learn BJJ


    1. Know why you're doing it

    There are many reasons why people start training BJJ: fitness, self defense, sport etc...
    It is important to have a good reason for training.
    It will help you set up your goal.
    Also, when you feel like giving up, just remember why you started training at the first place.

    2. Dive In

    Find a club that has a consistent training program and attend as many classes as possible.
    You cannot improve by attending one class per week.
    You will still learn a lot but you will not progress as fast as your training partner

    3. Find a training partner

    While it can be intimating to start training at a new club, everyone is friendly and open to help out the new students.
    You will find it easier if you find someone that you get along with to do the drills and share experience during and after the classes.
    It will help motivate and push each other when you lose motivation or you just get lazy.

    4. Keep it relevant

    While it is cool to learn everything about BJJ (lifestyle, history, collecting gis), remember what  your original goal and keep focus on that purpose.
    Stay away from politics and negative leaders (cult and big ego)
    BJJ is a small community, do not burn bridges or else you will find yourself training by yourself.
    Do not fall for the cult strategy:
    The type of gyms that asked for ultimate loyalty, called themselves family etc...
    "Teams" seems to appear and disappear all the time.
    They just re brand themselves under different images.
    Like Renzo Gracie said: "They are just selling their fishes".


    5. Have fun with it

    Come to training and smile.
    Do not get stressed about losing at training.
    Do not get stress about competing.
    Do not try to cut weight for a competition.
    Just enjoy your Jiu Jitsu.

    6. Act like a child

    Keep an open eye and open mind.
    Be willing to learn and receive new information.
    As we get older, the mind refuses to digest new stuff.
    That is why kids learn BJJ faster than adults.
    Of course, do not throw a tantum every time you get tapped.


    7. Leave your comfort zone

    Roll to learn and not roll to win.
    The term roll stands for sparring.
    Be willing to accept defeat.
    Put yourself into bad positions in order to work on your escapes.
    If you do not have a good guard, start rolling from the guard.

    8. Listen

    Listen to the instructor during the drills, the formal technical part of the class.
    But also listen to his coaching while you roll.
    Do not stop and look at your coach.
    Just keep on rolling and listen to his voice.

    9. Watch people roll

    Too many times, students are just happily talking away while catching a rest between rolls.
    Do  not talk and get distracted.
    This is the perfect time to watch others roll and study their techniques.

    10. Do your home work

    BJJ is not primary school where you are being spoon fed information.
    Make it your own responsibility of doing your own home work / research.
    Watch You Tube videos, read books, create your own blue print, attend seminars.
     If an instructor tells you to NOT watch or learn outside the classes, there is something fishy.
    The only time, I would be concerned about someone trying out too many moves is because his mind is becoming overloaded.
    A good option is to watch matches and study people games instead of just only watching boring videos of techniques that you will never grasp.
    But I would not stop or discourage anyone to stop learning.

    (Bonus tip) RELAX!

    Thursday, 16 October 2014

    Know the rules: Takedown (2 points)

    When an athlete forces his/her opponent back-down, sideways or into a seated position on the
    ground after standing on two feet at some point during the movement, and keeps the fight on the ground and himself/herself in the top position for 3 (three) seconds.

    When an athlete forces his/her opponent to the ground on all fours or belly-down, points shall only be awarded once the athlete performing the takedown has established a back clinch on his/her opponent—hooks need not be in place but at least one of the opponent’s knees must be maintained on the ground for 3 (three) seconds.

    If an athlete forces his or her opponent to the ground in the outlying safety area, the athlete performing the takedown should have both feet within the match area when the movement begins. In this case, if the athletes land in a stabilized position, he referee will only stop the match after 3 seconds of stabilization in the position. Then the referee will score the points and restart the match at the center of the match area. The athletes will be placed in the same position they were in when the match was stopped.

    When the opponent has one or two knees on the ground, the athlete performing the takedown will only be awarded points if he/she is standing at the moment the takedown is carried out. An exception may be made under circumstances addressed in item 3.4 and respecting the 3 (three) seconds of stabilization.

    When the athlete forces his/her opponent to the ground using a single or double-leg takedown and the opponent lands seated and successfully    applies a counter-takedown (another takedown), only the athlete performing the counter-takedown shall be awarded the two points when he/she can stabilize this position for 3 (three) seconds.

    For any takedown technique where the athlete, delivering his/her opponent back-down or sideways on the ground, lands in guard or half-guard and immediately suffers a successful sweep by the opponent, he/she shall be awarded an advantage relating to the takedown and his/her opponent shall be awarded the two points from the sweep.

    Athletes who initiate a takedown movement after the opponent has pulled guard shall not be awarded the two points or advantage point relating to the move.