Friday, 28 April 2017

Training report: Top half guard and spider guard

This week, we entered the topic of the half guard game by introducing our beginners to the top half
guard fundamentals and 3 half guard passes.
Next week, we will cover the bottom half guard and sweeps.
The reason why we teach top half guard pass before half sweep is very simple.
Half guard pass is rewarded by 3 points while the sweep is just rewarded by 2 points.

For the advanced students, we covered the spider guard pass.
We will cover X guard next

And also do some competition training for the Regionals

Do not forget to register online as it closes on the 10/05/17

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The real Auckland BJJ please stand up

"May I have your attention please?
May I have your attention please?
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
I repeat will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
We're going to have a problem here"

Years ago when the first BJJ gyms opened up in Auckland.

There were several major trends on how to name your business.

One was to buy into the affiliation system and use someone brand as it is so convenient. 
All you had to do is fly in your black belt every 6 months. 
Make your students pay more for the seminars by making it compulsory. 
How to make it compulsory? 
if you do not attend the seminar, no promotion!
The business owner in return will eventually graduate to black belt after many years of loyal service and can choose to break ties with his affiliate program but why bother! 
Why break something that is functioning well.

The other was to cut ties from whatever instructors or team your belong to and plaster your own name on the new logo. 
It is vain and ego centric just to think about it. 
I just classify as same as a blue belt creating an athlete facebook page or a person asking for money so he can go on holidays at the IBJJF world cup to attend a competition which you do not have to qualify for.

When we moved from Onehunga to the Epsom Dojo, I was contemplating our new location and how it could impact your brand name. 
After, it is not like we were attracting lot of people from our old and non-current affiliation program.
I was distraught at the though of starting again a brand name with our new location (knowing that it could be only temporary and will move again in a few years).

And that is why Sensei Rick came up with this genious idea:"How do the kids look for BJJ nowday?"They type the world Auckland and BJJ in google and voila!
He told us to buy the website and start blogging.
This is how was created
After 2 weeks, we were on page 3 of google, a few month later we were at the top of page 1.

I guess it is a smart SEO move.

Once we became independent in 2015 and were no longer affiliated, we just registered Auckland BJJ with the IBJJF to make it official.

The ironic part is that I noticed that others gyms have caught on our little SEO exercise.

Gyms that use their affiliation name or their own name are now adding these 2 words a lot more on their website that they use to.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Training report: Tomoe Nage, guard sweep and sit up guard

The throw of the week was Tomoe nage. It is great throw to use when you can fake a guard pull and
end up throwing your opponent instead.

Guard sweep is rewarded by 2 points under IBJJF rules.

The sit up guard is the continuation of the de la riva guard which is great when your opponent is trying to control your non de la riva hook. Just like the de la riva guard, you rely on grips (such as belt, lapel or belt). But unlike the de la riva guard, your back is off the mat making this guard a lot more dynamic as it is lot easier to complete the single leg takedown if you choose too once your opponent is putting his weight back to avoid the sweep.

The club will be open for class on public holiday Anzac Day from 6 pm as usual.

Topic for the week will be Kouchi Gari, Top half guard pass, spider guard.

Please note that the BJJ regional competition is on Saturday 13 May and we will also go to the new Yakitori restaurant in Auckland to celebrate.

Graduation for semester 1 will be held on Thursday 1 June. We can wear any gi color for the event and there will be no expansive seminar.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Andre Galvao seminar in New Zealand

It will held at Atos Auckland on Saturday 17th June 2017. 14 west st, Newtown, Auckland. Please contact directly Atos Auckland to book your spot

Training report: guard pass and Lasso guard for advanced students

Guard pass is rewarded 3 points under IBJJF rules.

It is probably the most important action in our very guard centric martial art.

For the advanced students, we covered the lasso guard for the first time this semester.

The reason why Lasso guard relies on the sleeve grip and we were concentrating on nogi for the first part of the semester due to the National NOGI comp.

Friday, 7 April 2017


From her website

Black belt Jess Fraser is the creator and driving force behind Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG).  She is fiercely proud to be the leader of this groundbreaking group which is currently, & forever will be, club and affiliate neutral.
Jess recognises the need for cultivating an all inclusive culture and community to proactively effect the retention and growth of participation levels within our sport, particularly in regard to females athletes. Through AGIG, Jess has proactively worked on this goal, focusing on fostering community development and cultural change, large scale female focused events, online and hands-on member support, and technical development camps with great result since 2010.
In the past 7 years,  Jess has not only excelled as a competitor (representing Australia 3 times in Abu Dhabi, medalling twice in those appearances, as well as bringing home a silver medal from the World Championships in LA) she has also worked tirelessly in her contribution to the community. She has created and managed over 40 competitions (small to large scale), as well as running the largest female only events currently held in the world (last attendance for 3 day camp was 135+ women), all while moderating and managing the vast AGIG community.
She continues to support and inspire women throughout Australasia daily via the online AGIG community, with a membership base of over 1200 female athletes as well as in person at female centric events, seminars and training sessions.
If you have not yet met her, she’s probably most keen to meet you where she’s at her best – in a gi and on the mats."


9 AM-12 PM (GI)

2-5 PM (NOGI)

10 AM TO 1 PM (GI)

Training report: guard submissions and De La Riva Guard

The white belts learned guard submissions and the more advanced students learned De La Riva

This the first week we are back training full time in the Gi for the past 7 months.

We are 5 weeks away from the next Gi competition which is on Saturday 13/04/17.

It is the regional GI competition run by the NZ grappler.

In the past, they run a double elimination which means you have guaranteed 2 matches.

So as usual, the club will refund half of the entries fees of our competitors.

We also will have the $100 challenge for the competitor that has the most submissions.

In case of a draw, the winners will split the prize money.

We are going back to our old tradition of going out after the competition.

This time, the location has changed.

It will at the Yakitori House in Shortland Street.

Our host will be Khan (Judo black belt).

As usual, there are 3 options if you want train this week-end.

BJJ open mats at Atos from 10 am.

Judo classes at Epsom with Ben from 11 am.

Advanced Open mats on Sunday at Auckland MMA (blue belt onwards)

Otherwise have a great weekend and see you on the mats

The topic for next week is guard pass (beginner) and lasso guard (advanced). The Judo throw will be Tomoe Age

Sunday, 2 April 2017

NZ Grappler NOGI result

Image may contain: 3 people, people standingAdam Wilson won the silver medal at the NZ grappler no GI national competition in the open weight beginner category. 
Videos coming up soon.

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 Adam won our club challenge. 
$100 is given for the competitor that has the most submissions on the day: 1 arm bar, 1 rear naked choke and 1 triangle.

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The club also refunded half of the entries of our competitors.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Training report: North South Position

This position is really under rated in BJJ.

As it is viable option to establish a guard pass and submission, it is important to cover this topic at least 4 weeks per year.

This position and the north south choke has been made very popular by Marcelo Garcia and I wrote a report a while ago.

So go check out the link

I did not teach this technique because I wanted to cover more basic principles in the beginner class but will over it in the next North South position which will come up in 3 months time.

Next week, we will be covering guard subs such as arm bar and triangle in the beginner class

Training report: the end of the NOGI season

This week, we finally completed our nogi season.

This was the longest nogi season that we had.

It started every Thursday from 25/08/16 to 30/03/17.

7 months of Nogi fun.

From now on, we are back to training GI on Tuesday and Thursday.

Please purchase an additional GI if you only own one gi.

It is NOT cool to wear the same used gi on Tuesday and Thursday.

I purchase my gi from Auckland Martial Arts shop.

They are good and economical entry level GI at a price of $130 for the black or blue gi and $120 for a white gi.

At our club, we can wear any color and brand of gi.

We do not force our students to buy specific brand or specific color.

We are not a Mc Dojo.

As long as your gi is clean for every training, we are cool.

You can also purchase your gi online.

Couple of options come in mind for companies based in NZ that sponsors local talents.

Support the companies that support our athletes.

Nogi BJJ in New Zealand

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The competition in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is booming in New Zealand.

Just few stats for the entries at the latest Nogi Nationals organised by NZ grappler.

196 kids

69 Adults

29 Masters

Age varies from 4 to 54 years old

Weight varies from 19 to 135 kg.

46 teams

67 females and 227 males competitors


Saturday 01/04/17


ASB Stadium
237 Kohimarama Rd, Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand 1071

What time?

S C H E D U L E 📋
8am Youth weigh in
10-11:30am Youth compete
11am Advanced Adults weigh in
11:30am - 12:30pm Advanced + Advanced Absolute compete
12pm Intermediate Adults weigh in
12:30-1:30pm Intermediate + Intermediate Absolute
1pm Beginner Adults weigh in
1:30-3:00pm Beginner + Beginner Absolute + Women Absolute

For more information on the event and their organizer.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

BJJ seminar with Fabio Durello

Fabio visits New Zealand on a regular basis to see his parents.

He will be doing a seminar held at Oliver MMA on Saturday 08 April 2017.

Fabio is the presenter of the videos on BJJ club.
They are short videos of black belts demonstrating techniques in Brasil.

Due to this special role, he has his finger on the pulse of the latest techniques from the birth place of BJJ.

To top it all, the ever smiling Brazilian instructor is also introducing psychology to this seminar and that is something new for me.

Seminars usually consist of techniques and sometimes are linked to graduation.
Psychology such as emotional intelligence and managing emotions for competition are unprecedented concepts and very avant-garde so to speak,

Jiu Jitsu is getting more competitive as a sport.
There is really only so much techniques that one can absorbs during a seminar.
Therefore, I think Fabio is on to something really clever by introducing  these notions.

New rash guard

Image may contain: 11 people, people standingTo conclude our nogi season which is ending with the NZ grappler National NOGI competition on Sartuday 01 April 2017, we got some rashies with the hammerhead shark logo on a pre order basis only.

Of course, we are not a Mc Dojo so you can wear any rash guard you want to and definitely you do not have to buy and wear our $60 rash guard to train.

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Training report: Knee on the belly

Serge taught the Knee on the belly to the beginners. It is a dominant position which is rewarded with
2 points.

Stu taught some more leg lock like knee bar to the advanced students.

Andy and his students from Evolve visited us on Thursday for some NOGI training.

If you live around East Tamaki and want to train BJJ

Check out their website

Monday, 20 March 2017

Review of the seminar with Jen "the rev" Jesen

I missed out on this seminar 2 years as I was already booked for a holiday so this time around, I definitely did not want to miss out.

2 years ago I was already intrigued by leg locks as it is something that is rarely taught in BJJ,

But the thirst was growing as the recent success and popularity of the leg locks has been promoted by the competition team trained under John Danaher at Renzo Gracie Academy.

Leg locks are frown upon in BJJ and there is a great need to learn leg submissions.
After all, they could easily represent 50% of the possible submissions if you look at the human body in such.
Why do we neglect them when we specialise in submissions?

First impression did not disappoint.
As I walk in, I get greeted by the tall rev as he is wearing his black rash guard which happened to have the clerical collar that priests usually wear.
That was it. I was in the zone and knew it was going to be an unique experience.

It just felt as walk in and met the person that will perform an exorcism on  my fear of the dreaded leg lock game.

To start, Jen came prepare and provided his reading material for the ceremony:  2 pages which contained the techniques that he will be covering and even supplied pens so we could write down our notes as well. 

That was a great idea from our host as I always forget to bring pen and paper. It gave me the impression that we were in good hands and this instructor was serious.

 He also took the time to ask on the facebook event if anyone had specific requests and managed to customise the seminar depending on the demand.
Another great touch.

The instructor allowed people to video the techniques which is also convenient instead of writing down your notes.
Lot of instructors would not allow videos however for many reasons.

Just like reading a good book, the rev completed his techniques by sharing anecdotes in order introduce the next one.
It refreshed  my mind and help me moving into the next topic. 
They covered many things: the Fadda Lineage, the distrust of leg locks and knee reaping in IBJJF, philosophy of training safe, respecting your training partners and other competitors.

I really enjoyed the stories from the seasoned veteran of BJJ that had gone through the odd 20 years of BJJ development in the US. 
Basically he started training the late 90’s which coincide the first UFC.

Otherwise, the techniques were solid and well taught. 

Jen took the time to go around the mats to help each person and provided ample time to drill the techniques. 
We did not cover the entire program which consisted of 2 pages. 
Which is a good thing because after 2 hours, I struggled to retain focus.

He covered techniques about the knee bar, reverse knee bar and heel hook and more.

He taught how to finish a heel hook by only torquing the ankle and not the knee. 
It avoids the dreaded knee injury that occurs during a submission of heel hook.
Just that last technique and concept is mind blowing and we were drilling on each other and I can testify that I could only feel the pressure on the ankle and not the knee. 

This is how the rev lets his students finish their heel hooks that way.

He also presided the BJJ Church at Auckland MMA and rolled with the guests

As I conclude my review, I will attend his next seminar and cannot wait for another 2 years.

Thank you Jen and Auckland MMA for the seminar.

Now I think about it. Jen just reminds me of watching one of my favorite TV program with Anthony Bourdain,
I am still not certain why?
Is it because just like a good chef, Jen enjoys the offals of Jiu Jitsu: the leg locks and neck crancks that everyone frowned up.
Just like food, the nasty bits are the best and it takes an expert to show you how to enjoy them.

Training report: Side Control

Last week training report.

Serge taught 2 side controls and 3 subs from side control.
Stu took the advanced students and competitors to covers IBJJF competitions rules and point system.
They also drilled some techniques.

The rash guards are with the DHL courier driver as I type this report so we will have them before the National NOGI competition organised by NZ grappler on the 01/03/17.

Bryan from Evolve has invited us to attend his nogi class on Mondays in order to prepare for the above event.
They will also attend our Nogi classes on Thursday.
It will be good to network with other clubs of similar size and that shares the same goals and interest.

Stu and myself also attended a seminar on leg locks but I will write up another review to cover that topic.

But we can expect Stu will be teaching lot of leg locks for the next month.

Also, I am getting some patches made for the new logo.

This week topic is knee on the belly for the beginners.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Leg Lock seminar

John Jensen (The Rev) is a BJJ Black belt from America who specializes in leg locks. He returns to AMMA for a special seminar on leg locks, some good, some bad, and some down right ugly. Seminar is on Saturday 18th March 1-4pm at Auckland MMA. $40 admission, and open to all team affiliations.

The Rev is accepting special requests on techniques, so feel free to message us with your requests.

Open mats at Auckland MMA and ATOS

Saturday was open mats at Atos and Sunday was open mats at Auckland MMA.

Training report: back position

Back position is highly rewarded under IBJJF point system as it is rewarded by 4 points.

We cover this position 4 times per week.

We taught back position escape and several submissions from back control on Tuesday.

We strayed a little from our program on Thursday as we taught guillotine instead.

Every time we are near a NOGI competition, we always covers the topic of guillotine.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Date for the NZ Grappler Nogi National Competition is confirmed for Saturday 01 April 2017

From their facebook page event
  • Saturday, April 1 at 8 AM - 6 PM
  • ASB Stadium
    237 Kohimarama Rd, Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand 1071

NZ Grappler’s 2017 NO GI Nationals will be held Saturday 1 April at ASB Stadium Kohimarama.

Both adults and kids will compete on the same day.

Early registration fee is $60 for kids, and $70 for adults

Adults: $15
Kids: $10


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 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+


NO GI rules will be full IBJJF rules for NO GI. To download the rule booklet, please go to

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

New BJJ coach at Evolve in East Tamaki - Auckland

We will like to congratulate on Andy on taking the role of BJJ coach at Evolve which located in
East Tamaki - Auckland.

If you need more details, check out their website

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Auckland BJJ goes surfing

It was long time overdue but finally done it.

Great occasion to go surfing at Muriwai beach, hang out and BBQ.

We shall do it more often,

Already contemplating renting a batch for the next event which will help us extending the event over 2 days.

Long term goal will be going outside Auckland for more surfing expedition and BJJ (who knows)

Serge level up to IBJJF first Degree Black Belt

After over 3 years as a IBJJF black belt, Serge has been promoted to first degree.

Taking him one step closer to second degree where he will be able to promote our students to IBJJF black belt.

The best part was that Serge did not have to do the gaunlet or pay for a seminar.

Training report: Mount

Mount position is the most devastating position in BJJ and is rewarded 4 points.

This week, Serge taught mount escapes, arm bar and americana from mount to the beginners.

Stuart took the advanced students on Tuesday and Igor taught the advanced class on Thursday.

Thursday attendance was unusual as we had over 20 people on the mats for our nogi class.

Next week topic for beginners is Back position.

Couple of dates to put on you calendar.

Inter Club Nogi with Atos on Saturday 11 March.

NZ grappler Nogi National Competition on Saturday 01 April.

Then it is the end of the NOGI season.

We will then train GI on Tuesday and Thursday.

Then Inter Club with Atos on Saturday 15 April to prepare for the NZ grappler event. (TBC)

NZ Grapper Regional BJJ GI competion on Saturday 13 May (TBC)

Sunday, 26 February 2017


Image result for not too sure what to think memeThe New Zealand Ju Jitsu Federation (which we do not belong to) decided to put our club name on their list of clubs.

Now the funny part is when I noticed that we do not have a link on our club name because we did not pay their yearly affiliation fee and we do not have their quality award next to our name because we have to paid them for their coaching course.

Bare in mind that it is not their first time that someone tried to self proclaim to be a federation that runs BJJ in NZ.

Conclusion, if you want to put our club name in your list to make "your" federation bigger.
Please do so but put a link to our website and please do not rate as we do not qualify for your quality award because we never heard of you and your awards.

What next?

Are you going to certify BJJ black belts?

Oh wait, you are already doing that.

Who gave you the authority?

Last time, I checked you were not the Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu like the IBJJF.

Training report: Questions and Answers

Image result for surf trips muriwaiStuart taught the advanced students some attacks against the turtle.

Serge took questions from the white belts. It is good opportunity for the beginners to ask about specific problems that they have.

Some of the question were kimura, hip bump sweep, half guard passes, peruvian neck tie, straight ankle locks.

Next week topic is mount for the beginners.

Next Saturday 4 March will be our inaugural surf trip to Muriwai.

It will great to catch up outside the mats and learn how to surf or just hang out on the beach.

Also, Saturday 11 March is our inter club at Atos.
It is great way to prepare for the National NZ grappler Nogi competition which is on Saturday 01 April.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dates to put on you calendar

Image result for CalendarCouple of dates to mark in your calendar

Club Surfing Event on Saturday 04/03/17 at Muriwai Beach. If it becomes popular, we might even rent a batch for our next year surfing event. See Facebook event for details or just ask me.

Inter Club at Atos BJJ on Saturday 11/03/16. I created a Facebook event already. Please add the rest of the team and put your weight if you want to compete.
Saturday 11 March is inter club nogi competition at Atos Jiu Jitsu - City Bjj vs Auckland BJJ to prepare for the NZ grappler Nogi 2017 competition. It is great way to prepare and also a friendly format for students that want to compete for the first time and/or prepare for their game plan. As usual, we will try to organise as many matches as possible. ibjjf rules. Please give your name and weight for match up. Do not stress about cutting weight as we will match you up. Entry is free. Cheers."

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Nogi National Competition organised by NZ grappler on Saturday 01 April.
This is the longest Nogi season we had. After this event, it is back to GI only training.

Saturday 15 April
Inter Club at with Atos BJJ to prepare for the NZ grappler competition (TBC)

Saturday 13 May

NZ grappler Gi Regional Competition

Tuesday 06 June


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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Training report: turtle and 50/50We

Turtle position does not offer any points under ibjff rules but still a valid position to study.

The advanced students did some 50/50 guard pass.