Saturday, 30 April 2016

Training Report: Guard pass and Sit up guard

Drills for warm up:
arm bar
back control retention
guard break standing

Throw of the week:
grip fighting for beginners
Ko Uchi gari (taught by Judo brown belt Garth)

Stu taught guard pass and some subs to the beginner.
I taught sit up guard which is a follow up from de la riva topic from last week.

On Friday, we received the T shirts from the
Very happy with the products and looking forward to the patches which are coming on Monday.
I know that some of the club members missed out on the first edition.
Due to finance, I only ordered 20 t shirts.
But if anyone wants one, please let know and we will get another asap.

On Saturday, Stu went to Hamilton to coach Adam and James at the National Submission Only Nogi National organised by CORE MMA.

I was too tired to train on Saturday but as usual you have 2 options:
open mats at city bjj from 10.30 am or Judo with Ben from 11 am at Epsom

Have a good weekend.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Increase in BJJ seminars in New Zealand

Recently I noticed a massive increase of seminars in NZ.

At this rate it is going, you will find 52 seminars around NZ during the year.

I was wondering why do we see such increase?

Is NZ becoming a country for foreigners to come and do seminars and why so?

Of course, it is great to have high level instructors teaching BJJ in NZ,
It is a great opportunity that we did not have 5-10 years ago.

To start with, there is an increase of gyms that are offering seminars as part of their up selling scheme to their customers.
They offer 1-3 seminars per year, fly someone in.
They charge more money in order to cover the cost of flying in a guest instructor but also financially profit of such regular events.
They are often held during graduation enticing customers to attend such seminars.
It would be similar to be told pay more for a visitor teacher in order to graduate out of his high school.

Cross selling

It is very similar to gyms that force their customers to wear specific t shirt and uniforms.
Just another way to increase their profit.
It would be like signing for a fitness gym and then told you cannot use the facility that you paid unless you wear their t shirts and shorts.


There is also a lot more clubs and practitioners in NZ so they are more customers with spare cash to pay for seminars.

So the demand has increased with the numbers of customers and they have cash to spend.

For some reasons, BJJ players are willing to part with it.

You can tell by the amount of BJJ gears available for sale and they are more expansive than any other martial arts.
The fact that a BJJ gi is way more expensive than a Judo gi (even thought they manufactured in the same factory in Pakistan) is laughable.
They are hardly any budget and cheap gi because people do not buy them.
They also want the more flash and expensive gis.
The more limited the better a la shoyroll.

Just look at the recent occasions where BJJ players were asking for money to fund raise their overseas trip to compete in BJJ via some websites.
The community rallied behind their needs.

Apparently, they do not see such willingness to part with your cash in the Judo community where you do not have that many seminars.
If they had seminars, they would be likely very cheap or free.


What about the supply?

Yes, there is more and more BJJ black belts being promoted every year.

So you see lot more young black belt but also see much older and famous black belts that would not considered or seen coming to NZ 10 years ago.

But why do they travel so far away for travel the seminars circuit in NZ?

I think the primary markets like USA and Europe are getting saturated.

They are too many seminars in certain regions.

Instructors have to travel further away in order to get offered seminars of consistent revenue and aslo still find customers.

It is very similar to the waterfall concept in marketing.
It is when you flood the primary market like the advanced countries, then the developing countries then last the less developed countries.


NZ Grappler’s BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU GI REGIONAL TOURNAMENT will be held Saturday 14th May 2016. 
The event will take place at the TRUSTS STADIUM in Auckland. 
Both adults and kids will compete on Saturday 14th May 2016. 

The Trusts Arena
65-67 Central Park Dr, Henderson, Auckland 0610

Competition is for both kids and adults of all levels and from all academies. 
There will be belt 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, 64, 69, 74, 74+

For more details go check NZ grappler website

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Training report: guard subs and de la riva

Drills for warm up:
Back Control recomposition
Arm bars
Standing guard break

We split the class into 2 groups:

Stu taught guard subs for beginners and Serge taught De La Riva on Tuesday and Sit Up guard on Thursday.

Situation rolling and normal rolling.

Next competition is the NZ grappler GI Regionals.

Thank you for the support.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Blue belt graduation

James McCombe is walking the gauntlet. As the BJJ tradition, you walk the gauntlet during promotion. James is what we call an hybrid. He is a black belt in Judo from Auckland University Judo Club and lived and trained in Japan. He also training BJJ at which is located in the same Epsom dojo.Congratulations!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Positional Sparring

Great training tonight.

With over 26 people training tonight, it is time to spar smart and make use of the mats and the number of the people.

Positional sparring or also called situational rolling will have to be implemented to make the most of the training but also spar from specific positions which you would not likely to train from otherwise.
Put yourself on those positions that you are not good at escaping.

Thank you for the support.

See you on the mats.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Maori BJJ Competition

Saturday training options

I will be training at city bjj tomorrow from 10.30 am. Trying to sign up more people for our master competition. If you cannot make it, you can always attend Judo class with Ben Uy. Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

11 days left before the auckland masters

Yes, we are still taking entries

When: April 16th 13:00 - 18:00

Where: 8 Woodhall rd Epsom

Age divisions 

30 - 35
35 - 40
40 - 50

Belt Divisions : WHITE and BLUE only

Gi competition with IBJJF rules.

Weight divisions: To be decided based on the entered competitors

Cost $30

Limited to 40 Competitors ONLY

Auckland BJJ is pleased to announce The most exclusive masters competition in NZ BJJ.
Given our success last year we have decided to allow another 10 people to compete. All Competitors will be guaranteed at least 2 fights.

To register, please email

Please email me:

Name, surname, age, weight (with gi), belt level and name of academy.

I will confirm we still have a space and email you our bank account for payment.

We will only take the first 40 payments and then we are close for this competition.

Thanks for your support

Tuesday Training

Full Dojo on Tuesday and we still were missing a few members.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Training report: Back Control

Second week of our 12 weeks program.

The back control. We earn 4 points if you control the back with your hooks in for 3 seconds.

You can do your body triangle after you get you points.

Escaping is very tricky and there is no perfect escape.

As you should know by now, there a counter to almost any moves in BJJ.

Next week is side control,

Thank you for the support and see you on the mats.