Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Sensei Rick Littlewood won the 7th dan grade at the Kodokan Judo competition

We will like to congratulate Sensei Rick Littlewood on his latest achievement at the annual Kodokan event.

He won and was presented with a trophy and certificate for being the best Kodokan 7 th dan at the Kodokan high grades and the 1st non Japanese ever to be presented with such an honour, 

It is great to see Sensei back at competition after last year health problem.

If you want to learn Judo under Sensei Rick Littlewood, please chek out our sister club website

Also, I believe he was allowed to compete with his back patch as well.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Training topic for this week

We are 3 weeks away from the masters comp and 4 weeks away from the NZ grappler gi comp.
Please let us know if you want to do any specific techniques and training to prepare for the comps. We are flexible and can adapt to the needs of the competitors.

Meanwhile this week, we will cover the north south position and a choke from such position.

It is an old topic which I already blogged about.

You will do some guillotine and guillotine defense for warm up.

Also, double legs take downs and sprawls.

See you on the mats.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Knight Security sponsors the Auckland Masters BJJ competition

We want to thank our generous sponsor for making this event possible and for showing their
commitment to promote Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and supporting our inaugural masters competition.

30 days from the NZ Grappling GI competition and Diet

Do not cut weight on the last week.

If you want to lose weight, start now and do it the smart way.

Remember that you weight in as you fight.

You weight in and enter the bullpen for fighters.

If you cut weight on the last week, you will not feeling well during the matches.

Start dieting now if you want to.

My suggestion is to compete at your natural weight unless you are at the bottom of your weight category and the mirror is telling you that you could lose a few kg to look good.

Please note that IF you do not make weight on the day of the competition, you will be disqualified. No refund, no complain.

Good luck.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Training report: Knee on the belly

Our usual warm:

scissor sweep

arm bar

Throw of the week

Tomoe nage

Topic of the day: Knee on the belly

Monday, 20 April 2015

The curse of the blue belt - Part 2

Is the blue belt is the new white belt?

In my previous article the curse of the blue belt, I discuss the reasons why students leave BJJ after graduating from blue belt.

I also offers some suggestions for retention of such blue belts and try to avoid the inevitable migration of your students.

In this article (or a rant), I am looking at a different phenome of BJJ.

In BJJ, graduation is usually held twice a year: June and December.

Recently, I read of gyms that created a new belt to fit in between the white and the blue belt.

They would create a green belt for adult. It is funny as green belt is the last belt for kids.

The new federation lead by Rickson Gracie as a white/blue belt to fit in the gap as well.

Why do we need such belt?

Is it that hard to retain white belts until they progress to blue belt?

I read of gyms that coincide their promotion with their long term contract.

You sign up for a year and receive your blue belt at the end of your contract.

Then you get talked into signing up for another contract of a 2 years and you will receive your purple belt at the end.

Great for business but is it worth it for the sake of the martial art!

Do we need to live in a society of instant gratification?

So what is it about this blue belt so important?

For me, the blue belt is the hardest to earn in BJJ.

The reason is simple.

You have to learn so much techniques.

The rest of the belts like purple, brown and black are easier compare to the amount of stuff you have expected to grasp to achieve blue belt.

If you train by following IBJJF rules, purple belts competition rules are same as blue belt.

The big difference comes at brown belt level where you can use new submissions such as knee bar, toe hold, bicep slicers, calf slicers.

Therefore, it is really by brown belt that you are expected to learn some new techniques in theory. The purple belt is just the same expectation of a blue belt in terms of techniques.

We are talking about so many positions and actions: mount, back, side control, knee on the belly, north south, guard subs, guard passes, guard sweeps, ½ guard game (top and bottom), turtle, takedown and the list goes on and on.

So why do we expect so much of a blue belt?

Why can’t we just expect that it is an entry level belt and what does it means?

I am guilty of looking at this issue from the point of my experience.

Back in my days as a white belt, blue belt (same as black belt) were scarce.

Blue belts were good and tough. Maybe because I was a white belt and did not know anything, I was dominated by blue belts. Well forget about the black belt!

Can a blue belt turn around and admit that he does not how to do a specific position or action because he just does not know?


The belt system (yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and brown) is not even a traditional system of rank in Japan.


It was created by a Judo instructor while he taught and lived in France.


Once thing for sure is that I consider belt promotion as a tool to learn.

If I feel a student will benefit of getting promoted, I think it is time.

On the other hand, if I feel that a student would feel the pressure of wearing the new belt. I think I will wait a little longer and reassess on the next 6 months.

You want to be that guy that wear the belt well instead of the belt fitting loose.

Overdue is usually the nicest compliment you can receive when getting promoted.

So why the pressure?

Surely, we do not promote a head hunter at our club. You can get submitted by a lower belt at training, it does not matter. It just happens as it is part of training. I would rather see someone sparring and losing to a lower belt than watching someone refusing to spar because he knows he might lose.

It is about the ego and it is something that everyone needs to learn to deal with.

Belt promotion is about heart and not just techniques.

And this is the first belt your heart will be tested on a daily basis.

“Now I don’t care if I tap you. I get tapped too. Everyone loses. But I do care about your tenacity as you roll. I want a Jiu Jitsu practitioner to fight until the end, to lose but not be defeated. If you captain your own ship then I want to know that if it sank it is because of the ocean and not your heart”.





Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Training Report: Side Control and Spider Guard

New Drills for the next 2 weeks for warm up

scissor sweep

arm bar

sumi gaeshi


Topic of the day was

Side Control for beginners

Spider Guard for intermediates

Situation rolling from position of the day

Couple of rounds of takedowns

Then normal rolling

See you on Thursday as we continue part 2 of the topics.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Keanu Reeves Learns Jiu-Jitsu and Judo for 'John Wick' (HD)

Martial Arts action packed movie with heap of techniques.

A must watch if you love Jiu Jitsu and Judo.

To many techniques to remember.

The lapel chokes, throws, triangles etc..

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Deus Fight company sponsors local talent

Deus Fight is a BJJ Gi company with a difference.

They just happened to sponsor Phil Van Den Berg who resides north of Auckland.

Apart from selling BJJ gis, they are know for their charity work as well.

Go and check out their website and products.


Friday, 10 April 2015

New Date for the NZ Grappler Gi competition: It is now on Sunday 24 May @ Auckland Trusts Arena.

New Date for the NZ Grappler Gi competition: It is now on Sunday 24 May @ Auckland Trusts

The Haka Māori War Custom Gi Pre-Order

Killer Bee Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kimono is an American Gi company that does customs design gi.

Check out this Maori inspired Gi!

Like our Mayan gi the Ah-Muzen-Cab, The Haka is also based on historical artwork of the Māori people of New Zealand. The Haka is named in tribute to the war dance performed by Māori warriors before the start of battle, instilling fear into the hearts of their enemy.
Orders will take about 45 days to complete from the end of the month you place your order.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Training report: Back and leg locks

Drill for warm up

Bullfighter guard pass

Hip bump sweep


Ippon Seo Nage

Marion taught 2 self defense moves when you are pinned against the wall

Topic of the day was Back for the beginners

and leg locks for intermediates

Situation rolling from Back

and normal rolling.

People kept sparring after completion of the class which usually ends at 7.30 pm.

See you on the mats.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Training report: Mount and arm drag

New drills for warm up

Hip bump sweep


Bullfighter guard pass

We will add the throw on Thursday

Mario taught the self defense: standing arm lock from a lapel grab

Topic of the day for beginner is Mount taught by Mario

Intermediate students went over a series of arm drag: standing, open guard, lapel drag, closed guard and half guard.

Then situational rolling, takedown sparring and normal rolling.

See you on the mats.

Please remember that we are back to GI training on Thursday.

April and May training program

This is the list for our beginner program

For more details