Thursday, 31 December 2015

Questions and Answers

Common questions that people ask us.

Q: what do i need to wear?
A: a t shirt (not black preferably as it could stain the mats) and shorts (no zipper and buttons). Later on, you will need to buy a uniform call a gi. You can purchase good quality gi from Auckland Martial Arts Supplies in Queen street.

Q: what color gi can i wear?
A: you can wear any color gi. But if you want to also attend the Judo classes (which are free to our members), you need to wear a white gi. We might want to invest into a judo gi later on.

Q: do you teach nogi?
A: yes. We teach nogi on thursday during spring and summer. Then we go back gi training after the NZ Grappler Nogi Nationals in March.

Q: do you have a beginners class?
A: no. However, we do split the class into 2 group: beginner and advanced. As we have 2 black belt instructors on the mats, one instructor will teach the beginner program.

Q: do you have a teaching program?
A: yes. We teach a program based on positions and actions of 12 weeks. We also have an advanced guard program for the blue belts. Sometimes, we also let them drill their own techniques during classes.

Q: what does a class consist of?
A: a light warm up.
3 drills that you use for about 1 month. Then topic of the week.
Situational sparring from the position of the week.
Takedown drills
Takedown sparring.
Sparring from the knees also known as rolling.

Q: do you have open mats?
A: no. But we attend the open mats at city bjj. They also known as city kickboxing. The open mats consist of drilling and sparring. It usually starts from 10 am on saturday and goes on for 90 minutes depending on how many people attend the open mats.

Q: do i have to compete?
A: no. We have a competition team but many of the members do not compete. They train for fitness, self defense, martial art, hobby. They also get promoted accordingly to their skills improvement.

Q: how long does it take to reach blue belt?
A: there is no time criteria and it depends on each individual.

Q: how much are your fees?
A: $20 per week. No contract.

Q: do i have to attend seminars in order to get promoted?
A: no. We promote our students. We prefer to promote them during graduation which is traditionally held in June and December.

Q: can i compete overseas under Auckland BJJ?
A: yes, our club is IBJJF registered and our intructor Serge is IBJJF certified black belt.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Last week of training

Tuesday 15 December: GI

Thursday 17 December: NOGI

Then, we will be closed for 2 weeks.

We are back on

Tuesday 5 January 2016.

If you to try out our classes, come down for a free class.

Just wear a t shirt (light color) / rash guard and shorts.

First class is Free.

Our weekly fees is $20.

No Contract.

All levels (including beginners) welcome.

For more details

Friday, 11 December 2015

Training report: Mount

This week, we covered mount escapes and arm bars from mount.

Tuesday was gi and Thursday was nogi.

We will have attend the open mats at city kickboxing on Saturday from 10 am.

X-mas party at Stu house on Sunday from 1 pm: pizzas and UFC.

Next week topic will be the back position.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Feedback required

We would like to thank you for the support through the year.

Without you, we would not have a club,

As we conclude another exciting year and we need to plan the next year training program, we need feedback from our members.

We listened to the last year feedback and tuned up our training program accordingly.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions.

Training Plan

Topic for the week

Topic for the week is mount. Mount retention. Mount escapes. Mount submissions. S mount. Situational rolling from mount.
See you on the mats.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Pk teaching wrestling at auckland bjj

Pavel PK visited us on Thursday and did a wrestling class to help prepare for the NZ grappler Nationals Nogi in March 2016.

X mas Break

The club will close for 2 weeks.

Last official class is Thursday 17 December 2015.

First Official class is Tuesday 5 January 2016.

Thank you for the support.

Plans for this week end.

10 am on Saturday: Open mats at City Kickboxing.

1 PM on Saturday: Sensei Rick Birthday and Judo Comp at the Dojo.

Friday, 27 November 2015

University/Epsom Judo Club Competition 2015

Stu is making a team for this event.

If you want to enter, please tell Stu as there is only limited entries available.

Everyone welcome (including other BJJ club)

University/Epsom Judo Club Competition 2015.
Date: December 5th, 1pm start
University/Epsom Judo Club Competition 2015
Date: December 5th, 1pm start
Under 19yrs Open
20-29yrs -81kg, +81kg
30-39yrs -81kg, +81kg
40-49yrs -81kg, +81kg
50-59yrs Open
60yrs + Open
Kodokan rules
Wazari up
Each category winner will receive a case of craft beer.
Cost: $25 includes BBQ (the club will pay for our Auckland BJJ club members)
Team fight:
Teams of five – any age, weight, sex. Get in fast and register your team now.

Training report: Turtle position

Last turtle position topic for the year.

Igor has been taking the warm up and drills for the week.

Visitors from around the world made it an multi cultural week: UK, Philipines and Tahiti.

Next week topic is Questions and Answers where the students ask questions. We also will host our graduation on Tuesday.

See you on the mats.

Thursday nogi training

Mr Chen last training for the year. He is off on holidays for 2 months to China. Clint from Tahiti visited us. Patrick from the Philipines has his second training. The toppic for next week is questions and answers.
Also open mats at city bjj as usual on Saturday from 10 am.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Training report: Half guard sweeps.

This is the last time we covered the topic of the half guard sweep topic for the year 2015.

We did 4 weeks of top half guard and 4 weeks of bottom half guard through the year.

It is 16 classes of half guard related topic and situational rolling.

We decided to go out with a bang and teach what is sometimes considered as intermediate level techniques.

Tuesday was deep half guard and Thursday was the lockdown.

Then Saturday, we went to City BJJ open mats.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Auckland BJJ X mas

We will start a facebook event.

Sunday 13 December.

UFC fight will be on as well: Jose Also vs Connor McGregor

Firewood pizzas.

Bring partners and kids.

Thank you for the support.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Open mats at City Kick Boxing

Every Saturdays, we will be attending open mats at City BJJ.

They are also known at city kick boxing.

The address is 
14 West St, 
Eden Terrace
Auckland 1010

You will be able to find free car parks on Dacre Street which is on the other side of the building.

Open mats starts from 10 am.

They do lot of drills at the beginning of the open mats.

It is a good opportunity to practice the moves you learn each week and test some new ones.

They prefer Gi training unless a NOGI comp is coming up.

See you on the mats.

Blenhein BJJ competition

 Prof Marcelo Lopes is promoting BJJ in South Island.

A few pictures (from facebook) of the event he organised.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Training report: Half guard pass

Last week, we covered the half guard topic.

Tuesday was in Gi and Thursday was Nogi.

Our usual warm up with the monthly drills.

Situational rolling from half guard

Takedown sparring and normal rolling.

Sunday, 15 November 2015


When: Tuesday 1 December  2015

Where: our club

Promoted to the next belt:

  • Dom (NZ Grappler Gi Nationals bronze medalist, NZ Grappler Nogi Regionals silver medalist)

  • Laurence (NZ Grappler Gi Nationals gold medalist)

  • John ( masters competition silver medalist)

  • Ben (NZ Grappler GI Nationals silver medalist)

  • Igor (NZ Grappler gi Nationals gold medalist)

We will start with a normal class format and will held the graduation at the end.

Everyone is welcome.

Especially the guys that are away due to injuries, this is your chance to come down. 

If you want wear your gi, you even get to do the gaunlet.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

New T shirt design

We decided to have a new logo for our 4th anniversary of our club which we started in November

Fijian artist Tony Qumi designed this hammerhead shark with a tapa background.

I have to find a t shirt printer for a quotation and then we will do pre orders.

Great idea for xmas gift or just treat yourself.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Training report: Sweeps

We did 4 sweeps for this topic

Hip bump sweep

scissor sweep

Pendulum sweep

flower sweep

Sunday, 8 November 2015


NZ grappler Nogi Regional results:

Dom wins silver and Marc wins gold.

2 participants and 2 medals.

The club refunded half of the fees for the competitors.

Well done.

Stu will be back from Japan this week and we will release the list for the graduation and the date for the event.

While we would like to unwind down from a busy and successful year, it seems that there will be some changes coming up soon. It is very exciting and I believe it will benefit our club greatly.

Now that the NZ grappler's competitions are over, we can still look forward to the Judo comp at Sensei Rick birthday party.

We will take a roll call for the Judo competition and see if we need to concentrate on more stand up grappling (Tachiwaza).

I will buy some boxing gloves and start a self defense program in Thursday night which is Nogi.

This week topic is top half guard and half guard pass.

See you on the mats.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Topic for the week: sweeps

Tuesday is gi and we roll until 8 pm.  
Thursday is nogi. 
Warm up drills are triangle and arm bar. 
Last week for competition game plan. 
See you on the mats. 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Ben Uy is now a Judo Black belt

Big congratulations to Ben. 
He went to Japan and competed to earn his Judo black belt. 
He trains at our sister club Auckland University Judo Club under Sensei Rick Littlewood. 
They have a sponsorship program where they send their students to train and compete in Japan. 
Check out their website: 

Friday, 30 October 2015

Training report: Guard pass

New drill for warm up: triangle and arm bar (nogi style inspired by Jose techniques from last week.

I think we will keep that those drills for 1 month.

Igor demonstrated a Ko Soto Gari which will be the throw of the month.

Then we did guard pass concept.

As usual, Serge explained his preference to breaking the guard standing.

Lot of students seems to prefer to use knee slice to complete the guard pass

Training concluded with lot of rolling. We usually finish at 8 pm on Tuesday after 1 hour of rolling. Thursday was similar (we roll for 45 minutes)
Not bad from a small class of 10 people.
We have a new member from Canada (Paul)
Tuesday is Gi and Thursday is NOGI
Next week topic is my favorite: Guard Sweep
I will you with a rant from Wilson

See you on the mats.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 Tour!

Please check out this new website.
You can register for a free trial.
The way Dan split the techniques is unique and amazing.
I am so impressed that the club will get a registration later on.
Meanwhile, enjoy.
You ca

Monday, 26 October 2015

Dean Lister seminar in Hamilton

MMA core is hosting the seminar. 
Get in quick due to limited tickets. 
Nov 30 & 1 Dec. 

Training topic for the week: Guard Pass

I hope everyone had a relaxing labour weekend.

I think we will have new drills.

We have been doing snap down, arm drag and single leg for warm up for over a month.

I want to start drilling the topic of last week which was triangle and arm bar instead for warm up.

The topic of the week is guard pass.

It will be a very interesting Thursday because we will cover nogi guard pass.

I will also ask Igor to add to the class, he has some nice transitions and principles when he passes the guard compare to my slow pace.

It will be great to have him add to the class.

Otherwise, just the usual gi training on Tuesday when we finish at 8 pm.

My finger is still broken so I am not sure rolling I can do this week.

Also, I need the name of the competitors for Sat 7 Nov so I can plan my weekends.

It seems that there is not much interest in this nogi comp.

I am not too sure why.

Is it because it is too close from the last comp which was the National Gis?

Or are people not too keen in Nogi competition?

No big deal, it is the end of the year and people just want to relax.

Please note that the club will refund half your entry.

NZ grapler will have double elimination and a master division as well.

It will be held at the North shore.

Sign up now to get a discount.

Stu will be back on the 11 Nov.

See you on the mats.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Tahitian wins the ultra heavy category at the pan pacific

Congratulations to Henri Burns.
Representing Tahiti. 

Nogi regional 7 November 2015

Double elimination which guarantees you 2 matches at least. 
Also a master division.
Last competition for the year available in Auckland by nz grappler. 

Training report: Triangle & Arm Bar

Drills for warm up: head snap down, arm drag, single leg.

Topic was triangle and arm bar.

We taught the techniques in Gi (Tuesday) and Nogi (Thusday)

On Thursday, Jose demonstrated his way of setting up his triangle and arm bar subs.

It is part of the plan to get our seniors students to demonstrate their techniques.

It is time to add personal touch of individual members and a good opportunity for them to start teaching.

We had a few new people coming to try out our classes.

Next week will be guard pass.

See you on the mats.

Have a great long week end.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Free Class

Come down for a free class.

We are located in Epsom.

BJJ classes are Tuesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 7.30 pm.

Beginners welcome.

Our fees are $20 per week (on A/P).

It also includes free access to 4 classes of Judo and BJJ open mats on Saturday.


6 Woodhall Road, Epsom, AUCKLAND, NZ.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Training program for the rest of the year 2015

As you know by now, we like to follow a training program based on position and actions to ensure
that we cover our curriculum with effectiveness and efficiency.

This is the last cycle for the rest of 2015 year.

We would have covered each topic 4 times this year.

Hence, the mount topic was taught 4 times/4 weeks this year etc..

As usual, there is the traditional graduation held at Professor Douglas Santos Team HQ on the first weekend of December.

The graduation starts at 10 am sharp and please be on time.

You need to wear a white gi and a DS Team back patch.

Actually I need to sort out some back patches (screen prints as they are cheaper).

Then in the afternoon, we are being invited to a judo competition held by the University Auckland Judo Club.
It is also Sensei Rick Littlewood birthday: BBQ and beers from 2 pm.
While it is Judo rules, Rick said he will allow old school rules (leg grabs, more time on newaza).
I already recruited Joas Alberton as he is always keen for a Judo competition.

At the moment, I am contemplating closing the club between Xmas and New Year.

Lot of people are always keen to train through the holidays.

If we have many yes, we will stay open otherwise we all need to give our body a break.

Stu will be back at the beginning of November, we will release the names of the students to be graded to next belt.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Kit Dale to act in the new movie Iron sky - the coming race

Great news. 
Kit is getting his big break as an actor in this 17 millions Euro movie. 

16 year old wearing a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt with 2 degrees

Rener and Ryron have promoted her to blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

She is the head instructor at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Fort Collins.

They are affiliated to Rener and Ryron as they are one of their Certified Training Centers (CTC). 

In this picture, she wears a black belt with a red tab and 2 degrees.

Apparently, it is a her Karate rank. 

Not sure why she would wear it with an official GJJ gi and the Gracie logo in the background.

But it seems that they also offer their own Karate classes while running the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Fort Collins.

Maybe she forgot to change belt for the picture.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


At the last last GI Nationals, the club sponsored all our competitors (including our hybrid students that train with our sister club Auckland University Judo Club).

We refunded half the entries and we had 9 competitors.

"NZ Grappler’s 2015 NO GI REGIONALS AUCKLAND Tournament will be held Saturday 7th November 2015 at the North Shore Event Centre in North Shore Auckland. Both adults and kids will compete on the same day. Brackets will be run as double elimination, including Masters divisions! Early registration fee is $50 for kids, and $60 for adults. 1st place winners from the BJJ GI NATIONALS will receive $10 discount off this tournament registration if they apply promo code “winner” on their online registration."

We like to offer the same opportunity again.

The club will refund half the entry fee for the next NZ grappler Regional NOGI competition.

It will be a double eliminations with a master division as well.

For more details about the competition.

Training report: Kimura Trap

The advantage of having a training program is that you can change when you want to.

We cover North South position 4 weeks per year.

This week, I decided to stray from this particular topic and choose to introduce a new topic: the kimura trap.

While I choose to teach a program based on position and actions.
I think the next step is too look at specific technique and how they can apply on different position.
The kimura trap is a great way to introduce this new way of looking and teaching grappling.

We did the usual triology of the takedown sequence which I introduced about 1 month ago: head snap down, arm drag and single leg takedown.

I added a Kimura trap as a counter from a single leg takedow attempt.

Then I taught a Kimura guard pass from top half guard pass.

Situational rolling from 1/2 guard

Couple of rounds of Tachi waza which takedown sparring

The training concluded with our usual 1 hour rolling that we do every Tuesday.

We did rounds of 7 minutes due to the amount of people.

Next week topic will be guard subs.

Please note that every Thursday will be Nogi.

Also, the club will refund half of your entry fee if you want to compete at the Regional Nogi NZ grappling competition which you can already sign up for.

"NZ Grappler’s 2015 NO GI REGIONALS AUCKLAND Tournament will be held Saturday 7th November 2015 at the North Shore Event Centre in North Shore Auckland. Both adults and kids will compete on the same day. Brackets will be run as double elimination, including Masters divisions! Early registration fee is $50 for kids, and $60 for adults. 1st place winners from the BJJ GI NATIONALS will receive $10 discount off this tournament registration if they apply promo code “winner” on their online registration."

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Training Report: BJJ in Tahiti

This week, I had the pleasure of training at Prof Ruf Yu.

He teach BJJ out of a local primary school: Ecole taimoana primaire ( twice a week and also out of a Muy Thai school on 2 different nights.

I decided to attend the Wednesday BB class.

Just turned up at 5.20 pm and followed the students making their way to a classroom in one the building.

In the past trip to Tahiti, I always took my gi but never end up training.

So this time, I just took a rash guard and shorts just in case I wanted to train.

To my surprise, everyone was wearing gis.

So Ruf was kind enough to loan me a Gi jacket.

After the warm up, Ruf taught a technique to block a punch where you clinch and take you opponent to the ground.

He also added 2 variations: a hip throw and an outside leg trip.

It is great to see that they teach self defense.

I also noticed to Ruf teach a self defense class before BJJ (4.30 to 5.30).

I assume it is a curriculum based on BJJ (or more like the Gracie Jiu Jitsu).

Ruf asked me teach some techniques which I obliged.

My french was a bit rusty so I ended teaching in English.

Ruf is fluent in English and it seems that everyone understood my instructions.

I just taught some De La Riva guard.

Everyone were quick to learn and we ended going over a few variations as well.

Time to roll.

Ruf always indicates which position to roll from.

First was from the de la riva guard, closed guard, mount etc...

Couple of pictures and then I said my farewell until next time.

Ruf does not a website but you can contact him on facebook.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Training report: Side Control

On holidays in Tahiti and catching up with my training report which I did not have time to post last

In BJJ, side control is one of the most controversial position. 
You are not allowed to stall from any position apart from mount and back control.
Side control seems to be the position where lot of people wants to stall from as it is like a stop over from the guard pass to more dominant positions (mount and back).
But somehow, the quick pit stop of 20 seconds becomes the Saint Grall of many practioners as they refuse to move foward after achieving side control.
Basically, we need to progress your position within 20 seconds or you risk getting a penaly against you.
The first penalty is "free".
The second penalty is an advantage for your opponent
The third penalty is 2 points for your opponent.
The fourth penalty is disqualification.

Also another problem with side control is lot of people thinks you get awarded 3 points for the side control.
That is incorrect. You get 3 points for passing the guard.
Establishing a side control for 3 control would mean you establish a guard pass and you get 3 points in return.
BUT you could establish north south, knee on the belly or mount instead for 3 seconds and you would get your guard pass points in return as well as other additional points for positions such as knee on the belly (2 points) and mounts (4 points).

I taught the usual fundamentals of side control and a few submissions from side control.
I usually teach side control escapes as well but I felt like leaving it for Igor who was going to teach on Thursday while I will be away overseas.
I thought it would be a good opportunity for Igor to bring his own style of side control escapes.