Sunday, 28 February 2016

BJJ soap

Recently, there are a few companies that are offering anti bactorial soap for BJJ after training.

The arm bar soaps are pretty cool and have interesting scents.
The one I tried had coconut and acai flavor.



http://www.armbarsoap.com/products.html

Some other interesting links

http://www.killerbeegi.com/bjj-gear/bjj-body-soap/

http://grounderssoap.com/products/eucalyptus-hemp-tea-tree-oil-infused-soap

http://www.defensesoap.com/

https://www.etsy.com/listing/234875059/sandalwood-bjj-soap-ufc-mma-sports-mens

http://www.aftermat.com/scrub-soap

http://ideepure.com/product/athletebar/?v=79cba1185463

BJJ etiquette


  • When you enter the mats, shake the hands of everyone.
  • We run a pretty relax dojo, we understand if you come late to training. Just enter the mats and get changed quickly.
  • You do not need to ask permission to enter or leave the mats.
  • Please do not talk loudly during the technical lesson as the instructor needs everyone attention
  • Try to keep the chit chat to a minimum especially during rolling.
  • Give time for your training partners to tap
  • In case, you train with a beginner and he/she does not tap to a submission, just release as it could be dangerous and they do not know any better.
  • No shoes on the mats
  • your shoes should be facing the street and not the dojo.
  • no water bottles inside the dojo and the changing room.
  • Please dispose of your fingers tapes in the rubbish bin.
  • The beginners have to be on cleaning duties (empty rubbish bin, sweep, mop etc.)
  • Wash your gi all the time. Trim your nails, brush your teeth if you have bad breath.
  • Do not brag or celebrate when submitting someone at training.
  • Try to use the techniques of the day instead of your A game all the time
  • Try to use more techniques than only strength
  • Use the flip flops when using the toilets.
  • No mandatory uniform. You can wear any color BJJ gi but if you plan to train Judo as well. I understand they prefer white gi. 
  • No cursing on the mats.
  • When sparring, be aware of others training around you. If you get too close of higher belts, you need to gave them way.
  • Please always wear your gi jacket during training. After training, please try to wear a t shirt. No bare back as we have ladies training at the dojo.
  • If you are going to miss training a long period of time, please tell the instructor. You have a waiting list and we could end giving up your spot by error (thinking than you are not planning to come back).

This is all I can thing the moment. I might have to add some more later on.

another cool blog about do and dont of BJJgrrl

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Topic for this Saturday: Judo beginner class with Ben Uy

Ben will be teaching from 10.30 am:

"ne waza (ground) will be yokoshihogatame (side control) and the basics of pinning someone down.
Tachiwaza (stand up) will be osotogari"...

Auckland BJJ members are welcome to attend.

If you want more details on the Judo Club

http://www.judokong.com/







Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Superstar in Town (no not Prince)

BJJ Superstar;
7 time world champion;
IBJJF hall of fame member;
Xande Riberio is in town and teaching an open seminar tonight 24th February

Due to his new and exciting affiliation Professor Douglas Santos http://www.douglasjiujitsu.co.nz/ (Serge and Stu's instructor) has brought over one of the best Jiu Jitsu Champions of all time.

There is still time to get in this exciting opportunity so give Douglas a ring and book your space for tonight.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Health check of a BJJ club

Once is a while you have a good turn out and you decide to take a group picture for memories.

When we started our club from scratch, I never let the attendance affect my mood.

I learned BJJ from an acadamy that started from a very humble beginning and I always knew that it takes time to build up numbers.

I did not want to become an instructor that would let attendance dictate the way I feel I teach Jiu Jitsu.

If you let the number of students affect you, you are in for a roller coaster ride as number can go up and down really quickly due to many factors that sometimes you have no control over.

When you look at the health situation of a martial arts club, you have to analyse the numbers of students but also of their respective belt level.
This is what I call the pyramid of belt.




Of course, a new club would have lot of new students therefore you would expect to see lot of white belts and blue belts.

The purple belt, brown and black would be rare as it takes usually 5 years to achieve purple belts level, 8 years to brown and an average of 10 to black belt.

If you went to a club that was established for over 10 years, you would be concerned if you did not see a generous amount of higher belts like purple and brown belts.

The concern would be about retention of the higher belts.

What happened?

I can understand that martial arts is not the priority for everyone.

However you would think that by the time you get to purple belt (ie 5 years of training), they would be committed to train longer.

In a way, I regard purple belts as mini black belts.
They have gone over to the first hill which I call the curse of the blue belt and trained hard to achieve their purple belt.
As per IBJJF standards, it is a minimum 2 years from blue to purple belts.
In a way, I can tell that they would become a black level eventually.
It is just a question of time.

Well anyway, tonight was a great turn out.


We had 11 blue belts on the mats which means we have a good retention for our blue belts.
They don't quit and keep training for their purple belts.

I hope we will have the same retention success when they move to purple belts (which is likely for few people at the end of this year).

One could only dream to have 11 purple belts by 2018 in Auckland BJJ mats!

We had 8 white belts on the mats.
It is unheard off to have more blue belts than white belts on the mats by my experience.
And trust me, we have high standard for our blue belts.

Also, we have 3 girls training recently.
It makes me very happy as I feel that Jiu Jitsu is for everyone and I always wanted more girls training.

At the beginning of January, we had an influx of new students and we had to stop taking new students and created a waiting list for beginning of March.

The reason was quality and safety and therefore we did not want not to take in too many new students at the same time.

This week, we are going to contact the people on the waiting list that have being waiting patiently and open our door next week for them.

Then we will create a new waiting list for May.

Also we will create an event for our annual Auckland BJJ masters 2016.



Thank you for the support.







Topic for this week

We are continuing on the topic of half guard but this time it will half guard sweeps instead of passes.

For the more advance students, we will doing deep half guard.

Next week topic is turtle.



Monday, 22 February 2016

Auckland BJJ belt testing requirements

Auckland BJJ are an IBJJF team registered.

Our instructor Serge is IBJJF black belt certified.


We follow the strict guideline of the IBJJF graduation system.

Please see below the list of techniques that a student will demonstrate for their belt exams.



BLUE BELT REQUIREMENTS
On average, 10 to 14 months of training with a minimum of 100 to 120 classes plus passing the following test. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to blue belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it.
THROWS AND TAKEDOWNS
  1. 1 leg throw
  2. 2 hip throws
  3. 2 double legs
  4. 1 single leg
SELF-DEFENSE
  1. 1 guillotine defense (standing up)
  2. 1 headlock defense (standing up)
  3. 1 headlock defense (on the ground)
PASSING THE GUARD
  1. 3 different ways to pass the guard 
HALF-GUARD
  1. 1 sweep from the half-guard
  2. 1 half-guard pass
GUARD
  1. 2 sweeps
  2. 1 armbar
  3. 1 triangle
  4. 1 omoplata
  5. 2 chokes
ESCAPES
  1. 1 ways to escape the mount
  2. 1 way to escape the side-mount
  3. 1 way to escape the rear-mount
  4. 1 way to escape the knee-on-belly

PURPLE BELT REQUIREMENTS

On average, 3 years of training with a minimum of 360 classes plus passing the following test. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to purple belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it.
SUBMISSIONS
  1. 3 from the mount
  2. 1 double attack
  3. 3 from the side-mount
  4. 4 from side control
  5. 3 from the back
  6. 2 from knee in the belly
  7. 3 from the guard
THROWS AND TAKEDOWNS
  1. 1 leg throw
  2. 4 hip throws
  3. 2 double legs
  4. 2 single leg
SELF-DEFENSE
  1. 2 ways to defend the guillotine standing up
  2. 2 ways to defend the headlock standing
  3. 1 way to defend the headlock on the ground
  4. 1 way to defend the guillotine on the ground
SWEEPS FROM THE GUARD
  1. 3 different ways to sweep your opponent
ESCAPES
  1. 2 ways to escape the mount
  2. 2 way to escape the side-mount
  3. 2 way to escape the rear-mount
  4. 2 way to escape the knee-on-belly
PASSING THE GUARD
  1. 5 different ways to pass the guard and get side control
HALF-GUARD
  1. 2 sweeps from the half-guard
  2. 2 half-guard passes


BROWN BELT REQUIREMENTS

On average, 6 years of training with a minimum of 750 classes plus passing the following test. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to brown belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it.
SUBMISSIONS
  1. 5 from the mount
  2. 2 double attacks
  3. 3 from the side-mount
  4. 4 from the back
  5. 2 from knee in the belly
  6. 5 from the guard
THROWS AND TAKEDOWNS
  1. 4 leg throw
  2. 6 hip throws
  3. 2 double legs
  4. 2 single legs
SELF-DEFENSE
  1. 2 ways to defend the Guillotine standing up
  2. 2 ways to defend the Guillotine on the ground
  3. 2 ways to defend the Headlock standing up
  4. 2 ways to defend the Headlock on the ground
PASSING THE GUARD
  1. 6 different ways to pass Guard
HALF-GUARD
  1. 3 Sweeps from Half Guard
  2. 3 Half Guard Passes
ESCAPES
  1. 3 ways to escape the mount
  2. 3 way to escape the side-mount
  3. 3 way to escape the rear-mount
  4. 3 way to escape the knee-on-belly
SWEEPS FROM THE GUARD
  1. 4 different ways to sweep your opponent


BLACK BELT REQUIREMENTS

On average, 8-10 years of training plus a demonstration. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to black belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it.
SWEEPS FROM THE GUARD
  1. 5 Different ways to Sweep your opponent from Guard
ESCAPES
  1. 4 ways to escape the Mount
  2. 4 ways to escape the Side-Mount
  3. 4 ways to escape the Rear Mount
  4. 4 ways to escape the Knee on Belly
SUBMISSIONS
  1. 5 from the Mount
  2. 2 Double Attacks from Mount
  3. 5 from Side-Mount
  4. 5 from the Back
  5. 3 from Knee on Belly
  6. 6 from the Guard
THROWS AND TAKEDOWNS
  1. 4 leg throw
  2. 6 hip throws
  3. 2 double legs
  4. 2 single legs
SELF-DEFENSE
  1. 2 ways to defend the Guillotine standing up
  2. 2 ways to defend the Guillotine on the ground
  3. 2 ways to defend the Headlock standing up
  4. 2 ways to defend the Headlock on the ground
PASSING THE GUARD
  1. 7 different ways to pass Guard 
HALF-GUARD
  1. 4 Sweeps from Half Guard
  2. 4 Half Guard Passes

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Tikitapu Tapout 3: Rotorua - Low Key MMA

When the organisers said you could do bombs diving into the lake after the lake, I did not know it
actually takes place next to the actual lake.

Great location and massive turn out for the 3rd annual event organised by low key MMA.

Definitely want to go there next year.

a few pictures that I found on facebook from our friend Gracie Gym Wanganui





Jesse training in London

A quick update from Jesse that moved to work in London.

He choose to train at fight zone London and is enjoying it:


Training report from London:
"Never had my ass kicked so hard - the people at fightzone are some next level BJJ guys!
Everyone, and I mean everyone, has a 6 pack and look like they ready to fight in the octagon. White belts fight like blues, blues fight like purples; it's nuts!!
50 classes a week and I've signed up for unlimited monthly membership - bring on the pain!:"


from their website

Jiu Jitsu Affiliation to Checkmat BJJ Academy

Being a direct descendant of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lineage of Ricardo Vieira, the Fightzone London gym is also naturally associated with the renowned Checkmat BJJ team. 
Checkmat Jiu Jitsu is one of the most well established Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teams in the world, with affiliates in Brazil, USA, United Kingdom and even China. 
The team was founded in 2008 by two Vieira brothers, Leonardo Vieira, also known as “Leozinho” a 2 times ADCC Champion and a former Jiu Jitsu black belt world champion, and Ricardo Vieira, also a multiple time world champion. 
The work they have done in their respective country has developed many world champions, Pan American Champions and European Champions, now, utilizing the same successful methodology, this London chapter is now following that success with one of the strongest competition teams in the country.



Saturday, 20 February 2016

To compete or not to compete, that is the question

We are 1 month away from the NZ grappler nogi national competition.

If you want to compete, start looking at your weight category.

Please do not leave it to the last minute, we prefer that you compete at your natural weight but we also understand if you want compete at a lower weight category.

Do not leave it to the last minute/week to cut weight.
We had enough drama from students making too many drastic weight cut.

Remember that if you do not make weight, you will be DQ and lose your entry fee.

The club will refund half of your entry fee.

If you want compete, attend as many classes as possible and tell Serge as we need to work on your competition game plan.

If you are not interested in competing, that is fine as it is not a requirement in our club for promotion .

Just train as usual.

Some old blogs about BJJ competition:

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/2015/03/to-compete-or-not-to-compete-that-is.html

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/2014/08/bjj-competition-psychology-cake-with.html


The adult weight classes in kilograms (kg) are IBJJF No Gi divisions:
MEN (kg): 55.5, 61.5, 67.5, 73.5, 79.5, 85.5, 91.5, 97.5, 97.5+
WOMEN (kg): 51.5, 56.5, 61.5, 66.5, 71.5, 76.5, 76.5+

Thursday, 18 February 2016

What to do on Saturday: 2 options for training now available

Open mats from 10 am at city bjj on Saturdays. 
8 West Street, Newton,
Auckland, 1010. 

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/2016/01/open-mats-at-city-bjj_29.html

Or

Judo beginner Classes on Saturday

Our sister club Auckland University Judo Club is having beginner classes on Saturdays from 10.30 am.

It is open (and free) to our students. 
In fact all their Judo classes are open to our students

Sensei Rick Littewood will be taking the class as Ben Uy is away to a concert,

Great opportunity to learn from a 7th Dan Kodokan Judo black belt.


http://www.judokong.com/

Dojo: 6 Woodhall Rd, Epsom, AUCKLAND

Training report: half guard pass

This week, we introduced 3 new drills for warm up: technical stand up, half guard pass and half pass
sweep.

The throw for the next 4 weeks is O goshi also known as hip throw.
It is a great throw that can use for gi and nogi.
I actually like getting thrown around with this particular throw.

For the advanced students, Serge taught shin to shin guard and entries to single X and X guard.
While, I do not think there are guards that everyone must master, we think it is important for our blue belts students and above to start getting familiar with more intricate BJJ guard.

Stu also taught half guard in more details for the beginners.
If you think, it is lot of information to grasp in one week, do not worry. We will cover the same topic in 12 weeks time. We plan to cover half guard sweep 4 times this year. That means 4 week of half guard spread trough the year.

This week, we also continue on our competition sparring where we start from standing and play under competition point system for the National NZ grappler Nogi in March.

We also had 4 girls training on Thursday which is great.

Next week, we will covering half guard sweeps so it will your chance to learn what to do when someone tries to pass your half guard.











Orlando Sanchez seminar in Auckland

Auckland MMA is hosting Adcc world

champion for a seminar.

SAT, 9/04/2016 AT 1:00 PM

Orlando Sanchez BJJ Workshop - Auckland MMA

Auckland MMA, Pakuranga, New Zealand

Event Description

Grappling and BJJ workshop with Orlando Sanchez - 2015 ADCC Grappling World Champion. Hosted by Auckland MMA, powered by NuZest and supported by Holistic Performance Nutrition.

For more details

https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/orlando-sanchez-bjj-workshop-auckland-mma-tickets-21645091050

Monday, 15 February 2016

AKLBJJ.COM


We just bought a new website for Aucklandbjj.com.

It is AKLBJJ.COM

AKL is the acronym for Auckland.


Sunday, 14 February 2016

Topic for the next week: Half guard

We will covering top half guard on Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18

Bottom half guard on Tues 23 and Thu 25.

As any other topic, we cover each topic 4 times through the year.

Half guard was known as a transition position: closed guard to the inevitable side control/guard pass.

However, it has become a major guard for many players.















Happy valentine Day!



See you on the mats.




Saturday, 13 February 2016

Saturday training


Couple of pictures from judo class and city bjj open mats.

Friday, 12 February 2016

What to do on Saturday: 2 options for training now available

We now have 2 options:

From 10 am, open mats at city BJJ

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/2016/01/open-mats-at-city-bjj_29.html


From 10.30 am, Judo introduction with Ben Uy at Auckland University Judo (our dojo in Epsom).

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/2016/02/judo-beginner-classes-on-saturday.html

Have a good weekend.


Training report: Sweeps

This week we taught sweeps.

It is the third week we concentrate on the guard.

Stu taught the fundamentals of guard sweeps.

Serge taught the advanced sweeps: sit up guard on Tuesday and single X.

We also did competition sparring with taking points.

Next week, we are doing top half guard.






Thursday, 11 February 2016

Judo beginner Classes on Saturday

Our sister club Auckland University Judo Club is having beginner classes on Saturdays from 10.30 am.

http://www.judokong.com/

Dojo: 6 Woodhall Rd, Epsom, AUCKLAND

It is a good alternative to the BJJ open mats that we attend at City BJJ.

The instructor is Ben Uy.

Ben is a Kodokan Judo Black Belt.

He is also a blue belt with the Auckland BJJ.

Basically he is the hybrid: a product from the Epsom Dojo that trains Judo and BJJ at the same time.

He won the silver medal at the NZ grappler National Competition 2015 (white belt) so BJJ rules and style is no problem for him.

Our members are welcome to attend all the Judo classes but this class should be even better as he will introduce you to Judo throws (Tachi Waza) and ground work (Ne Waza)

See you on the mats.


Jesse is of to London


Tonight we farewell Jesse. He is off to work to work in London for 2 years. All the bestm thanks for the support.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

This is Matt

Matt left training and completed a certicate of welding in 2015.
In 2016, Matt is back training.
Be like Matt.

Single x guard

Single x guard on thursday no gi for advanced students.
See you on the mats.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Professional vs Amateurs

With the recent inquiries and new inflow of potential customers, we noticed that BJJ is a lot more
popular.

We do enjoy the attention and we had to put a limit on the number one new students.

Bare in mind, the limit is only on new students and we always will keep our doors open for our old students that want to make a come back.

Actually, Mathew just came back training after taking a year off to do a welding course.

Reasons for the limit: quality of teaching (ratio of teacher and students) and safety (too many students on the mats).

So the question is why do we have so many queries and new students?

We have been in Epsom for 2 years (2 years in Onehunga prior) and did not experience the same influx of students last new year.

Are we too cheap?

Is our "no contract policy" enticing all this "new" attention?

Is the blog/website getting too popular?

I already know the answers for the above.

Yes, we are offering something else and get the attention of the market.

Stu and myself teach BJJ on an amateur level as we have a day time job,

If you read my past blogs, you could think I am against professional BJJ instructors.

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/2014/01/the-wolves-of-jiu-jitsu.html

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/2013/12/the-biggest-mind-trick-of-bjj-creonte.html


It is actually not correct.

I think there is a need for professional instructors and contracts:

Rental in Auckland is expansive.

Each mats cost at least NZD 100 per square meter.

If you want a space that you do not have to lay the mats every time,

Then you cannot sub lease the space for the rest of the day.

So you are looking at 2-5 classes per week for a room that you cannot cover the cost of your lease:

Expensive.

Then you have to think about the instructors:

If he is an amateur, he will work 8 hours and then turn up to teach BJJ.

It is not ideal as they might be tired and do not pay full attention.

To counter that, in Auckland BJJ we created a full curriculum for every 6 months to ensure that we plan every classes and topics.

So give a try to a professional instructor and think of the cost of running a BJJ gym because judging their fees.


Check out our links.

If your gyms is not in there, please send us an email and we will add you.

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/p/other-auckland-clubs.html

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/p/new-zealand-clubs.html







This week topic

Guard sweeps.

See you on the mtas.


Please leave your water bottle outside the dojo

Water bottles are to be kept outside the Dojo.

Please take them home or put them in the recycle bin on your way home.

Do NOT leave your water bottle inside the dojo after the training or any articles of clothing.


The year of the monkey

Happy new year to our readers and members.

Waitangi day

Waitangi Day (named after Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed) commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand. It is a public holiday[1]held each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, on that date in 1840.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waitangi_Day

Jiu-Jitsu VS The World

BJJ Doco

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Maori BJJ Nationals in Rotorua


Auckland BJJ is IBJJF certified as a club

We proudly announced that we are IBJFF certified as club and a team.

This means our students can compete in any IBJJF competition events overseas.

If you want to check if your club is IBJJF registered, check out

http://ibjjf.org/registered/

If you want to compete overseas in IBJJF events and your club is not IBJFF registered, we are open to an option of an affiliate program.

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/p/affiliate-program.html

Our instructor Serge is IBJJF certified BJJ Black Belt

http://www.aucklandbjj.com/p/international-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-black.html

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Polaris 3 line up

Tonon vs Palhares.

2 kings of the heelhooks.
I can't wait!.