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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.

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


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 DIVISIONS 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

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.

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!

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.

Medals are ready for our master competition

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.
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 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.

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.

Open mats at city BJJ from 10.30 am every Saturday