Monday, 31 August 2015

Fun day at the competition held at Douglas Santos Academy

A few pictures from last Saturday competition. Affiliates from Tauranga, northshore, Epsom and silverdale met for a fun competition with our sisters clubs. Our Epsom competitors ranged from 14 years to 50 years. Well done everyone. 

Friday, 28 August 2015

Internal competition on Saturday and Learn the rules

As you know by now, we are having a friendly competition at DS Team HQ on Saturday from 11 am.

Address is 111 Newton Road, Auckland

Meanwhile have a watch of some IBJJF rules videos,

Training Report: Half guard sweeps and Lasso Guard

Drills for warm: Triangle from spider guard, Half Nelson from Top side control and Guard
recomposition by inverting.

Throw of the month is Tai Otoshi.

Topic for beginner was half guard sweeps

For blue belt it was Lasso guard

We did some competition training.

Next week will be Turtle

See you on the mats

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

We are all one

Great to meet and train with students from all around the world: South Africa, Fiji Islands, Tahiti
(French Polynesia), China, Korea, Ecuador, Chili, Brasil and New Zealand (Maori, Pakeha and Polynesian descendants) to name a few.
Also we have all different generations training on the same mats: from 14 years old to 50 years old so far.
If you want to start learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, come down for a free class and see for yourself.
All levels welcome.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Early bird registration and save $10

BJJ Gi Nationals on 19th September 2015

NZ Grappler’s BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU GI NATIONALS TOURNAMENT will be held Saturday 19th September 2015.

The event will take place at the TRUSTS STADIUM in Auckland.

Both adults and kids will compete on Saturday 19th Septmeber 2015.

Until 11:59 pm Saturday 12th September 2015
Adults: $60
Kids: $50
Until 11:59 pm Wednesday 16th September 2015
Adults: $70
Kids: $60
Adults: $10
Kids: $5
Competition is for both kids and adults of all levels and from all academies.
There will be Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions for all weight classes.
The adult weight classes in kilograms (kg) are IBJJF Gi divisions:
MEN ADULT (kg): 57.5, 64, 70, 76, 82.3, 88.3, 94.3, 100.5, 100.5+
MEN MASTERS 36+ yrs (kg): 57.5, 64, 70, 76, 82.3, 88.3, 94.3, 100.5, 100.5+ (weight classes may be merge depending on registration counts)
WOMEN (kg): 53.5, 58.5, 69, 74, 74+

Competition Week

This is competition week. 
So we will be running competition training. as well during this week. 
see you on the mats.

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Topic for the week

1/2 guard sweeps for beginners. 
Lasso guard for blue belts. 
See you on the mats. 

Free class

All level welcome.

Uncontested Medals!

Is it ok to critics other people medal they
won it uncontested? 
At the end of the day, the person turned up to compete for a specific weight and age bracket. 
If no one wanted to compete for the gold medal, is it the fault of the sole participants. 
It seems that Lloyd Irwin does not agree with people posting pictures of their uncontested medal. He goes as far calling as #bjjfraud! 
What do you think? 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Training programs

This is for next 2 months for beginners.

For blue belts, we will use the intermediate guard

Training Report: Half guard sweep and intermediate guard system for blue belts

We added a new drill for warm up: half nelson against a side control escape.

Then spider guard sweep and triangle from spider guard.

The Throw for the next 4 weeks is Tai Otoshi.

Then we split the class into 2 group.

guard pass from top 1/2 guard

for the blue belts, we are starting our intermediate guard system for the rest of the semester.
We covered De La Riva and the connection to sit up guard.

Then we did situational rolling, Tachiwaza (takedowns) drills, Tachiwaza sparring.

Training concluded with our normal 1 hour rolling on Tuesday night!

New Generation

Dominic (14 year old) started training BJJ in the adult class. Nice to see the new
generation on the mats. 

Stu winning at Judo comp

Congrats to our sister club on their latest
medals. If you want to learn Judo, check out Auckland University Judo Club. 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Topic for the week: 1/2 guard pass and advanced guard system for blue belts

1/2 guard pass for beginners. 
We are starting our intermediate guard system for the blue belts . 
We are also taking names for the competition held on Saturday 29 August. 

Thursday, 13 August 2015




Join us in a open sparring day and celebrate the opening of the New BJJ dojo - Northshore BJJ - with the DS Team BJJ DS team AND the ETK Team !

We will also be fundraising for Phoenix to raise money for his treatment. COME FIGHT FOR HIM ON SATURDAY!

Phoenix was diagnosed with severe spastic quadraplegic cerebral palsy soon after birth. His parents Arna and Jason Suttie were told he would never walk or talk however are determined to defy the odds. Stem cell therapy has shown promising results in some children and Phoenix has been approved for 25 day treatment abroad in September. The programme will include umbilical cord blood stem cell (UCBSC) injections, physical and occupational rehabilitation, aqua-therapy, acupuncture, massage, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

They need to raise $50,000 for this trip, so thank you for your generosity and support of our fundraising efforts.

His name is Phoenix, and he will rise.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Training report: Guard Sweeps

Our usual drills for warm up

Spider guard pass

Spider guard sweep

Triangle from spider guard

Then takedown drill

Topic of the week is guard sweeps

We taught hip bump sweep, Kimura sub, double ankle sweep and tripod sweep.

Then we did situational rolling from the guard, Tachiwaza and 1 hour of rolling.

Thank for the support.

I see what you did there

I keep reading on social media like Facebook that some BJJ competitors went to some international
events of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Some of them happily claimed to represent their country etc..

But you do not represent your country as you register under your BJJ team name and not you country.

Do some people insinuate that they won some qualifiers in order to represent their country at some international event?

Is it just a Jedi mind trick?

What is next?

putting on your resume that you competed in some international event!

Is it good for the sponsors and BJJ competitors to develop an image on social medial in such manners?

Also. there is NO requirement to enter any BJJ events at national events or international events.

All you have to do is pay for your entry!

So you can pay your entry fee to the Pan Pacific IBJJF competition.

And you can buy your entry fee to the IBJJF World Cup.

You do not need to qualify to enter any events, APART the black belt adult division of the IBJJF world cup.

For this specific division you need to qualify by entering their events and score points through the year.

BUT it does not apply for their masters division which is not highly contested (one to two competitors in each masters brackets is common).

Why do I even blog about it?

Am I just getting too cynical in my older days?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

SunaDojo Bullyproof

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Our SunaDojo Bullyproof programme will help kids build strength, stamina, toughness, tenacity and confidence, giving them the skills necessary to handle any situation.
This 5 week course will teach break falls, take-downs, ground control and escapes in a safe and fun environment.
Classes taught by Fernando Pissini, qualified Black Belt Instructor registered with International Confederation of Judo

Monday, 10 August 2015

Masters division (35+) at the NZ Grappler Nationals

NZ grappler has added a master division
at their national event in Sept. 
Awesome news. 

Friday, 7 August 2015


Thank Daimon from South Korea. Hope you enjoy your stay in Auckland. See you on the mats. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Modelling the silverback hoodie

We ran out of good looking model and
had the use the 40+ guy. 

Hamilton Submission Only Open Tournament

Great to see more grappling event held in Hamilton. check then out on facebook.

Submission-Only Open Tournament (Nogi / Gi-Optional)

Experience Divisions: Novice (u2 yrs), Advanced (2+)

Weight Divisions: u65, u74, u83, u92, u101, 102+
(In cases where there are not enough entries for a particular division, we will merge them together)

Event Details:
Saturday 22nd August 2015
79 Killarney Road, Frankton, Hamilton

Cost: $40
Online Event Registration Coming Soon
Open to 16yrs and older

Weighin will take place from 12:00-12:30pm and the competition will start immediately after.

We're planning on running at least 1 womens division (Novice rules)... Ladies please get in there so you have some competition :)

Entry fee payment needs to be made in advance of the competition on Saturday - if for whatever reason that isn't possible, please let us know in advance to avoid being scratched.

Hoping to put together a few spot prizes for this event, including fastest submission, longest match and best dressed fighter! :D

Join us after the event for drinks & banter - destined to be announced :)

Looking for a female competitor

Looking for a female competitor to join our Epsom team for the "In Tha House Comp" on Sat 29TH Aug. 


DS Team competition (Team members only)

Individual Matches at catch weigh (nearest weight)
white and blue/purple division.

Also we are introducing the Team division.

Each team will 4 men (under 65, under 75, under 85, under 95 and over 95) and 1 woman.

If you do not have enough people to make a team, you can fit you in a "barbarian" team in the day.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Training report: Guard Pass

Drills for warm up:

2 guard passes from spider guard

1 spider guard sweep.

Throw of the week Ko Uchi Gari

Topic of the week is how to break the closed guard.

Serge explained the concept and pros and cons of breaking the guard standing instead of on the knees.

Then we also covered the Tozi Guard Pass.

Situational rolling from the guard.

Takedown drills

Tachiwaza followed by 1 hour of rolling.

Next week we will be covering guard sweeps.

See you on the mats.

Sunday, 2 August 2015