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The end of the white belt guard jumper - new IBJJF rules

New IBJJF rule that bans guard jumper (only for white belts) Page 28 New point: 6.4.23 - In the white belt division, it is forbidden for an athlete to jump into closed guard while their opponent is standing.  When this movember occurs, the referee will stop the match and restart with both athlete’s standing at the center of the mat. Gi Masters 2015 - 16 MAY 2015

Here are the details Date : Saturday 16 May 2015. Time 12:00pm onwards Venue : 6 Woodhall rd , Epsom (our dojo) Age Groups : 30 - 39; 40 - 49 (at the 1st of January) Belt Divisions: White; Blue. Weight Divisions : (to be decided on the day) Cost : $20 Payment: Please email . I will email you the club bank account details. Closing date : Wednesday 29 April OR when 30 people have registered. Note: We decided to keep it for white and blue belts only for this inaugural event. We had an overwhelming response and we want to run a good event by keeping the numbers of participants to 30 only. First 30 that pay are in. Then it is close until the next event. Facebook event : As there is currently no events for older competitors to compete against each other, we have decided to host a masters competition for White and Blue belts. As we are running this event for the first time we are limiti

A sneak peek at some of's features

Features: Visual dynamic mind map showing connected positions to your current area of study. Adapts and updates as you change positions and can be explored and manipulated as much as youd like. Customized curriculum that can be centered on any move or position of BJJ. Everything can be made into a custom curriculum on the deep half guard sweep and crazy lapel, to introducing somebody new to the art. The curriculum is not static and unchanging (ie gracie university). It can be changed and molded as seen fit by the user and will accommodate it. Artificial intelligence algorithms are being run on the network of bjj to do this. Long video option for people who like more detailed instruction or a short video option for ADD BJJ guys (90 seconds and under). Mirror image video playback for seeing the technique on the "other side" A complete rethink of how BJJ should be taught. Positions have concept videos which discuss only concepts and what the "battle&q

Training report: Questions and Answers

Drills to warm up Half guard pass Half guard sweep Side control escape Triangle Triangle escape This topic complete our first cycle of the semester. I love this topic as it is an opportunity for the students to ask questions. In a way, it is a way to gauge how much the students have learned for the past 11 weeks. Also, it is a way to see if we are missing anything in our training program. The questions of the day revolved around the position Mount. It was asked by a new student. We are covering the topic of the mount next week. However, I decided to oblige and we covered this topic. Mount escape On the other side of the mats, the competitors drilled their game plan for this Saturday competition. They sparred 3 minutes stand up and 3 minutes ground. Training concluded with situational rolling from mount and normal rolling. Thursday topic will be Questions and Answers as well, but we will have our last NOGI training for the season. Se

"Street, Sport & Art." - Chris Haueter

Chris Haueter talks about each belt level in BJJ. watch the video and listen to Chris talks about what each belt means in terms of progress in the study of the art. It is worth 15 minutes of your time. Chris Haueter , is an American martial arts athlete and coach. As one of the first American Black Belts [1] in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Chris is best known for his innovative teaching style and conceptual coaching ability [2] and naming of new positions as the art rapidly developed in the mid 90's, coined the term 'Combat Base' as it related to shooting platform. He spread BJJ to the UK and across the US in the late 90's. [3] Chris is one of the BJJ Dirty Dozen [4] (first 12 Non-Brazilian recipients of the BJJ black belt). He received his black belt from Rigan Machado in 1996, is the first American black belt to compete in the Mundials De Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, [5] [6] the first American black belt to win a black belt match. Over the years Chris has

Topic for the week: Questions and Answers

This week, we are now completing one cycle of the training program. It concludes with a questions and answers. Students asked questions and we answer them. This is the last week of Nogi as well. We will only train in GI once the nogi comp is over. The competitors will be drilling their game plan for Saturday 28 March Nogi competition. If you are free on Saturday, come down in the afternoon and support the competitors. Also, all the club members are welcome to come for a drink at Tanuki Cave from 7.30 pm on Sat 28 March. We reserved a table and it is great opportunities to catch up while eating some Japanese food. It is a bit of a tradition to meet at Tanuki Cave after a competition. If you want to have a look at the topics for the rest of the semester 1.

Maori BJJ National Competition 2015

Sunday, April 26 at 8:00am - 5:00pm   Show Mp Hide Map Te Kura Awhio Fitzherbert Street, Gisborne, New Zealand 4010   The Whātōtō (Māori Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Nationals) are a celebration of Māori Wrestling to reinvigorate the traditional sport of Whātōtō and Rongomamau that existed in Aotearoa (New Zealand) pre-European history. This year in the 100th Centenary of the ANZAC's the Whātōtō (Māori BJJ Nationals) 2015 is dedicated to the memory of our tupuna Nga Tama Toa o Te Hokowhitu a Tu na, Māori Pioneer Battalion WWI and the 28 Māori Battalion WWII. "Lest we Forget"     last year event        

Training report: Self defense and Single X guard

Part 2 of our self defence week for the beginners. Our nogi competitors and more advanced students were taught the single X guard. We had Mark from HQ as a guest instructor that specialise into the single X guard. Single X guard has been made popular by Marcelo Garcia and is very practical especially for Nogi. Next week is Questions & Answers and our competitors will also be drilling their game plan for the competition on the 28 March.

BJJ competition in South Island: 4 April 2015

MARLBOROUGH BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU COMPETITION Start: 4 April 2015 Pacific/Auckland End: 4 April 2015 Pacific/Auckland Pre Registration Close: 1 April 2015 11:59 PM Pacific/Auckland Event Address: Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 Kinross Street Blenheim, NZ Contact Details: Marcelo Lopes 0212068804  04.4.2015, 09:00am to 17:00pm Stadium 2000 Blenheim ENTRY FEE adults $50 kids $ 30 All competitors from all grappling disciplines and academies are welcomed to compete. This is a great opportunity for the entire family, to compete at the same event. Venue is Stadium 2000 Blenheim, which is central, accessible and hospitable. Marlborough boasts a leisure centre which is a must for every visitor to the sunshine province. Located in the CBD of Blenheim , Stadium 2000 has become a first choice for conferences, tournaments, trade shows, concerts and dinners.

Topic for tonight

Part 2 of our self defence week with Mario.  See you on the mats. 

Training Report: Self Defence, X pass and St Patrick Day

This week, Mario is teaching self defence. He covers all the techniques that he taught from the beginning of the year. They also learn break fall on the crash pad Meanwhile the blue belts went over the x pass concept and some shin to shin guard. Situational rolling and normal rolling. Some students rolled in nogi to prepare for next Sat competition. If you want to sign up for the competition At the end of training, the club bought some Guinness and Kilkenny to celebrate St Patrick Day. Work hard, train hard and have fun.

Topic for the week: Self Defence

This week, we will covering self defence based on Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Also we will cover X pass, shin to shin guard and an arm drag sequence for the competitors. See you on the mats.

New bjj concept: free roller

Josh invited to like a Facebook page called free roller Gold Coast.  Great idea.  Hope it picks around the world and people can train outside their gyms.  When are we starting free roller auckland?

To compete or not to compete, that is the question?

Competition time is always a strange situation for a club.  It creates excitement as it is a break from the monotony of training.  Competition is great otherwise we just will be sparring each other's. Such type of training is not healthy as it tends to grind people spirit and it is boring as we already knew the pecking order after a couple of class anyway.  So where does  the non competitors stand?  They make up for the majority of BJJ.  Looks at the competition circuit in nz and you  can tell that only marketing or attracting competitors to fill up your club is a route to disaster.  Medals might great for advertising but the limited number of competitors will not make enough revenue to keep a club alive.  It is interesting to see that such trend has changed throught the years.  Back in the days we were all about putting the smack down on other martial artists.  Then it became a sport with rules.  Nowadays, it is about the lifestyle as we need to maximise numbers of students and re

Training report: Turtle and Rubber Guard

We started a new 2 weeks/drills It covers the last 2 weeks topics and follows our drills principles. It should consist of 1 sweep, 1 guard pass, 1 takedown and 1 submission. 1/2 guard sweep 1/2 guard pass Triangle. We will add the throw on Thursday. Serge taught the turtle position to the beginners while Stu taught the rubber guard to the more advanced students. That is correct: rubber guard!!! All the planets were aligned correctly and Stu decided to teach the dark art of 10th planet Jiu Jitsu. We had to covered this topic due to the nogi comp and we expect some competitors using this specific nogi guard. We might cover guillotine on Thursday as nogi comps are usually guillotine city. Technical rolling from turtle and rubber guard. Takedown matches and then normal rolling.

Affiliate program

Affiliation is open to anyone who loves the art. If you’re interested in affiliating your academy we’d love to have a conversation with you to see why you’d like to be involved and also if you are the kind of person suited to representing us. Our purpose is to facilitate the continuous improvement of affiliate schools and practitioners through a proven system of curriculums, training methods, belt systems, and to continue the traditions and teachings. This affiliation is designed to enrich the lives of instructors and students by providing them the opportunity to refine, advance, and evolve their skill sets and experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense across New Zealand and overseas. To learn more about becoming an affiliated school or academy, please send us an email

Training program for March and April

Training report: Internal NOGI competition

To prepare for the NZ Grappler NOGI event on the Saturday 28 March, we decided to have a FREE internal nogi competition. 9 students competed and we split them into 2 groups (heavy and light). Mario and Igor referees the matches. So that is great to see seniors students taking a role into referring. The turn out was not that great and it might be due that some students are not all that keen to compete. Therefore it is important as a club to caters for all our members: competitors and non-competitors. We will be splitting the class accordingly for the next couple of weeks until the competition. The best news is that no one got injured and that is the most important. PRIZES: Jose won the heavy division Igo won the light division Andree won the random prize. They all get to pick an item of their choice from our online shop.

ROLL: Jiu-Jitsu in SoCal

This is a great video that covers many topic in BJJ: the old school vs the new school, the arrival of Gracie Jiu Jitsu in the USA, Rorion Gracie, the Gracie challenge, the first non Brazilian black belts, IBJJF rules, the fact that BJJ is now only train to defeat BJJ and no longer to defeat other martial arts, the move of major tournaments to California from Brasil, the new generation of BJJ GIs like Shoyoroll and much more.  A must watch for BJJ fans.

UNIFORM POLICY: NZ Grappler NOGI competition

You will need to wear a rash guard that has at least 10% of your color belt and a black short for the next NZ Grappler nogi competition. "Shirt of elastic fabric (clings to body) at a length that covers the shorts’ waist band, of black or white color, and displaying at least 10% of the color of the rank (belt) to which the athlete belongs. Shirts that are 100% the color of the rank (belt) the athlete belongs to are also acceptable." You do not need to buy an expensive rash guard from the internet etc.. This is NOT acceptable as the body as to be white or black and NOT other color like blue Just buy a rash guard that is of the color of your belt. So if you are a white belt, just buy a cheap white rash guard. Blue belt, buy a blue rash guard etc.. Problem solved. Or you could buy the black rash guard that NZ grappler is selling for NZD 60 on the day on the c

Training report: Half guard

Warm up consisted of 4 drills: arm bar Osoto Gari Knee slice guard pass Flower Sweep Self defence move taught by Mario was defense against standing headlock Topic of the day was Half guard pass Intermediate guard system was De La Riva and Berimbolo. Situational Rolling from half guard and de la riva guard Couple of rounds of takedown sparring also known as Tachiwaza. Training was completed with normal rolling. We are doing an internal competition in nogi on Thursday 05 March to prepare for the NZ Grappler Nogi comp in 28 March. It is FREE internal comp. See you on the mats.

Fuji Mae Martial Arts Supplies Store sponsors BJJ competition in New Zealand

Great to read that a martial arts shop is sponsoring BJJ events in NZ. They sponsored the last NZ Grappler in Wellington and the first Artaxias. They will provide all the gis for the Artaxias fighters. Well done.

Brazilian Day Festival - Sunday 01 March 2015 in Auckland - Mount Albert

Great opportunity to see some BJJ demonstration, Capoeira, Brazilian Food and music. from more details Brazilian Day Festival is a free family event to showcase Brazil and what it best has to offer. With the support of Albert-Eden Local Board, our group, Brasileirinho Musicas E Brincadeiras, is aiming to show New Zealand a little bit about Brazil, its food, music and dance. We will create a fun and unique environment where visitors will be able to try authentic Brazilian food, find unique products, enjoy a colourful environment and get inspired by the variety of tastes, looks and people. It will be a fun-filled afternoon with well-known Brazilian entertainers such as Bobby Brazuca, Fingamandinga, Braza Jam, Ge Luz plus DJs, Brazilian Divas, Capoeira presentation and more. A Kids Zone with a bouncy castle and other arts and crafts activities will keep all the little ones busy and entertained