Serge Morel and Stuart Mitchell are BJJ Black Belt Instructors (IBBJF 3rd degree certified). AucklandBJJ black belts Laurence Pene and Luiz Machado also run classes.
Beginners and women welcome.
Come check us out for a trial class and discounts.
Phone: 021441331 (Stu)
Recently, the image of the BJJ lifestyle had been promoted a lot.
It is clever marketing.
They no longer want to appeal to the young males group that want to learn how to fight.
Instructors realised that it does not pay the bills.
Instead of promoting an agressive image, it is better for the business to appeal to a wider demographic market.
Therefore promoting the BJJ lifestyle is now a current theme.
You can also see the theme: "BJJ for everyone" appearing around BJJ school".
Some schools will not follow such stance. They still believe that their jiu jitsu is only reserved for the elites that can endure their hard training.
They are pros and cons of both philosophies.
Personally I am a great believer of becoming a black version of yourself.
So why do I blog about it?
I want club members to have a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
By all mean if you want to become a sport champion, you need to train everyday and even twice a day.
But remember to spend time doing others things. Time with family and loved ones, jobs, studies, other hobbies etc..
At the end, you need balance in your life.
We do encourage our members to compete but not to the point where they have worry about losing weight to entr a lower weight category. If you are contemplating to do such drastic measure, it is already taking the fun out of competing.
Do not get stressed about loosing at a competition. Or for the matter, do not stress about tapping out at training. Tapping is learning.
We do not run a cult or a gang. We are not forcing anyone to buy expensive items or stop members from training with different gyms.
To conclude, train jiu jitsu and become a great embassador of our art and sport.
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
I will teach you a black belt magic trick in Jiu Jitsu. If you want a student to disappear: give him a blue belt. It is recurring event in the life of an instructor and a club. If you think the drop out of white belts is bad enough, the ratio of drop out of the blue belts is worst. I am not sure if I agree with statistics on this picture. But the issue is not really about arguing about the percentages of drop out but more on discussing the reasons for such drop out and what we can do to prevent it. Reasons for the drop out: It takes a long time to achieve a blue belt. It average between 1-3 years. After 1-3 years of training, people loose interest and wants to start a new sport or hobby. The goal of the student was to achieve the blue belt and not the black belt. Personal situations changes over the years. Lot of people that start training are young single males with disposable income. Lot of them are at university level or are single. Add a few more years and they
On the 17th of January we had our second Police training session at Auckland BJJ. Several of our members are police officers and they had asked if they can use the Dojo to do some training and practice off duty. We were happy to help and Stu and Jora helped out organizing the training. We covered a few techniques that we thought would help these officers, and then we did some sparing sessions where they could apply these techniques. Below is a video of one of our arrest the black belt sessions :-) Auckland BJJ is happy to help the NZ police. Here is a gratuitous shot of my daughter and a police car.