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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 t

Jiu-Jitsu for the Zombie Apocalypse


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

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

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.

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!/KapaiPuku/timeline About 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. Mission The more we think of others the richer we are, the more we think of our selves the poorer we are. Company Overview KAPAI PUKU® was developed after a worrying medical experience. In researching possible remedies, it soon became apparent just how many people take little or no care in looking after their minds and bodie

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  

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

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.   Graduation 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 ow

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

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.

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 lear

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