Saturday, 21 October 2017

Club policy

We do subscribe to the idea that learning BJJ is just another commodity like getting someone to mow your lawns or which grocery market you shop at. 

Yes, you pay for your training in modern schools. 

Believe me when I tell you that what you are paying for is what for the service and that both our instructors are a full time jobs outside our club,

This is just a club and not a cult. 

We do not expect you to to commit to as family.

Enjoy our training program, team and instructors.

We encourage and welcome cross training. 

We only have 150 classes per year, if you need or train at other gyms, best of luck

I think it is important to cross train.

If you cross train or have a friend that that want to visit, you are welcome...

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Meet our members

Member of the week: 

Mr Linjan Chen.

Mr Chen started our program about 4 years ago when we moved to the Epsom location. 
His attendance is remarkable and he averages 6.5 hours of training per week (Bjj and Judo included). 
Thank you for the support.

Meet our member

I forgot to post that 2 weeks ago.

Member of the week. 

This is Igor Goulart. 

He originates from Rio de Janeiro - Brasil.

He is one of the hybrids that cross train in both martial at our sister Auckland University Judo Club. 

He is a black belt in Judo and purple belt in Bjj. 

One of his favorite Judo throw is called seo nage. 

Thank you for the support.

Competition and Training report

This week topic was 1/2 guard passes.

On Saturday, 6 competitors entered the No Regional BJJ competition organised by the NZ grappler.

The club refunded 1/2 of the entry fee of our competitors which it only costed them $30-35 to compete.

Also, Marcio and Callum shared the prize money of $100 for the most submission as they has one submission each.

The club shouted a "few" jugs of beers and pizzas at the Zookepper son in Royal Oak (after competition venue). Shots of tequila were great but gave me a massive hang over the next day.

Callum suggested to add some competition before the Nogi Regionals.

In terms of result, the team did really well. 6 competitors: 3 medals.

Due the double elimination format which NZ grappler only uses for the Regional event, the team got to have at least 2 matched each and everyone got lot of valuable experience.

The most important part is no one got injured (well apart some cauliflower worsening).

Next week, we will covering 1/2 guard sweeps.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Reinventing the wheel

This the second time I heard of BJJ competitions held in NZ, that are trying to mimic ADCC rules.

Literally, they are NOT following the IBJJF rules which is the standards of BJJ competitions.

Both competitions will be held in remote places in NZ which is great to promote the sport at grass roots level but the question is why using or more like allowing lot of techniques that already banned in IBJJF rules.

Why are they trying the reinvent the wheel?

If the IBJJF has banned specific techniques (even at black belt level), one would think it was due to trial and errors or more like injuries after injuries.

And even if someone managed to win such competitions with the ADDC style of rules, what is next?

Can they enter other competitions in NZ?

Are they on purpose alienating most of the competitors by offering such rules?

Training report: Sweeps and IBJJ rules

On Tuesday night, we covered IBJJF rules for the Regional NOGI competition.

On Thursday, Serge taught some sweeps like hip bump sweep and scissor sweeps.
They go very well with Kimura and Cross chokes.

Some links about IBJJF rules

Friday, 29 September 2017

Meet our member

As we have now over 30 members, 
I thought it would a good idea to randomly introduce each one on a weekly basis. 

This is Andre Fitisemanu. 

"Dre" is the first blue belt from our program. He help us start our new club in Onehunga in 2011. 

I admire his half guard game. 

Thank you for the support. 

Especially at the start when it was maybe just 4-6 guys training in David Tua cage. 
Which only has less of 1 inches padding.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Positive Feedack

I run out of time on the weekend to write up our weekly training report.

We did guard submissions.

As I am watching people training and improving, I realise that I do not often say how much the members are improving.

I received positive feedback from students that came to visit after a lapse of training and I just wanted to pass on the compliments.

As an instructor, we tend to think that the students are improving really well because we are such great instructors and our training program is excellent.

But who am I kidding?

The fact is that we do not chose our students, it is the other way around.

Students choose their instructors.

We put our blog and write report, we tried to be active on social media like Facebook and lately on Instagram.

But I think the most important things (that keep attracting and retaining our students) are the camaderie and the positive social environment in our club. I really enjoy watching how welcoming our students are to new members.

Don’t get me wrong.

Training Jiu Jitsu is not easy.

You can lower your fees so they are more affordable, you can decide to not have contracts but it does not guarantee success.

As you still have to come train, learn and spar 3 times a week.

Also, I am very happy that I am now teaching on Saturday. I do not know of any gyms in NZ that has their black belt instructor taking class on Saturday.

Usually, it is only open mats.

Make use of it and get that one more fundamental class to compliment your Tuesday and Thursday classes.

Otherwise, just keep doing the good work.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Training report: North South Position

This week, we did nogi in a cold Tuesday night.

Thursday night was quieter as usual but we train Gi.

The topic of North South is really interesting to teach because there is no perfect escapes in my opinion. It is mostly about anticipating and trying to avoid getting stocked underneath.

We will be teaching guard subs next week.

See you on the mats.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Nogi Season starting and training report: Knee on Belly

This week, we covered the topic of knee on the belly for the fundamentals.

For advanced, we did a transition from de la riva guard to single x guard and also covered the de la riva X guard which made on the come back at the last World IBJJF Masters Competition.

Tuesday night is still our most popular night and Thursday seems to always be quieter.

I am still teaching the Saturday class.
The attendance is smaller than the week night.
The benefit is that I can concentrate on each students a lot more compare to a bigger group format.

Joelle, Mr Chen and myself also attended the Judo beginner class right after our Saturday class.

Now Regional Nogi is on Saturday 14 October so we have about 5 weeks to prepare.

Bring your nogi uniform if you have one for the Tuesday class.
If you do not have one, just wear your gi pants and a rash guard.
A T-shirt is not suitable as it would get torn.

See you on the mats.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Training report: Side Control and kiss of the dragon

This week, we covered side control for the fundamentals.

For advanced, we did reverse de la riva and the Biejao aka kiss of the dragon.

The topic of next week is Knee on the belly

The Saturday class are not really growing in numbers but we are getting a good mix of students of all levels.

I also took the opportunity to stay for the Judo class and learn Tai otoshi throws and practise my breakfall techniques by sparring with several Judokas.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Training report: back control

Back position is one the most devastating position in jiu jitsu. It equals for 4
points and create a multitude amount of submissions.

The nogi regional organised by NZ grappler has been confirmed for Saturday 14 October.

However, we are not planning to to do specific nogi classes as it too cold.

So if you want to spar, just take off your gi jacket if you want to do some nogi sparring. Well assuming that you are wearing a rash guard.

Saturday class had 8  students, 2 purples belts, 2 blue belts and 4 white belts

Next week topic is side control.

Monday, 21 August 2017

How to train smart and improve your bjj skills (part one - long read)

Due to new intake of new students, I thought it would be relevant to blog about how

to train properly in order to improve (efficiency) your skills quickly and avoid some of the normal pitfalls.

Learn the name of the positions and techniques. Most of them are English and are not to hard to understand. You can watch some relevants you tube videos and read our training report.

Go to Judo classes and learn how to throw. You have the unique opportunity to attend up to 4 classes per  week. It is free for our members.

Do not midget wrestle, once we start rolling also called newaza, we expect one person to play guard and the other to attempt to pass. We stars from our knees but it does not mean we fight for take from our knees. If you to fight for takedown, just enter tge 3 rounds of tachiwaza which is usually done at the beginning of the one hour of sparring.

In our club, we do not bother matching up sparring partners.
It has its pro and cons.
However, due to the increase of members I need people to train smart.
We have sometimes over 20 people training and can only have a maximum of 6 pairs on the mats for rolling.
Try to partner with people of similar weight and skills as often as possible.
I do want light guys wasting their rounds rolling with heavier guys if they can find someone else of similar weight instead. You need to be self fish and look after your own improvement.

Now we don't let newbies roll against each others for safety reason. So we expect the higher belts to invite them for a roll. Please remember that everyone was a beginner and be a good role model.

Once you start rolling, usually the more advanced player will play guard and your job is to pass and try to score some points. Once again, try to learn the points system and try to keep the scoring points in your head. I know it is easier than done, but it the most efficient way to improve. Do not be that headless chicken spazzing all over the mats. Roll with a purpose.

Once you score your guard pass, hold it for 20 seconds and look to either improve your position by getting to a more dominant position and score or just attempt a submission.

If your training partner is clueless and less advanced, just work on your B game and defense by putting yourself in a bad position.

Do not coach during rolling, keep it quiet and wait until the end of the roll to talk and give a few pointers if you feel like. We have limited rolling time and mats space so take to the side on the mats after your roll.

Do NOT coach from the side on the mats. You can give some words of encouragement but that is it.

Give way to higher belts when your roll. However, if you are higher belt, I would still expect to use common sense and reset accordingly if you can see some empty space on the mats.

We also give to our female training partners regardless of belt rank.

Learn a guard system. It is simple. Just find one guard that you like. It is usually linked to a sweep. I will give you an example. My first guard was closed guard and hip bump sweep. It took several months of attempt and failure until I started getting good at it. I became so good at it that my training partners became aware of it and started developing counters to it. It sharpened that particular technique but also led me to develop another sweep to surprise my training partners.

Technical warfare.
If everyone is improving, you are improving.

As a good training partner, it makes sense to let your team mate set up his favorite guard or whatever he/she currently working on.

To be continued.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Training report: mount and Jay wins a silver medal at Judo

This week, we covered topic of the mount for fundamental.
We covered single x guard for advanced.

Also, we had our second class on Saturday.

We have about 4 new members from our August.
Please note that we still are waiting a visit from the remaining people on the waiting list.

Jay won a silver medal at the Judo competition.

We will be teaching the position of back control this week and lasso guard for advanced.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Training report: Questions and Answers and new Saturday class

This week, we completed out 12 weeks program by having questions  and answers.
It is a great way for students to ask questions and also it gives us a feedback on what is missing in our program.
As you know, it is already difficult to cover everything in our curriculum so 4 times per year, we have a questions and answers to fill that gap.

This week has also been a week full of excitement as we added a new class on Saturday.

We have not taken any new students since June and decided to have a waiting list instead for August.

Since our Tuesday and Thursday classes average 15-20 students, it was a good idea to add an additional class on Saturday in order to take in more members and compensate for the new intake.

The Saturday class is only 1 hour long which is just enough to cover the topic of the fundamental which we teach in the particular week.

Therefore, it is great for the beginners to get that third class to cover the same topic or just catch up in case they missed a class or two.

Saturday class is open to all level and the advanced students can attend and help out the beginners with the fundamentals. It will be a good refresher course for them but they also do their own training on the side as long as they don't disturb the class.

Otherwise, the advanced students can always attend the open mats at Atos.

Now, you might think that one hour is not enough, but we have the great opportunity to jump into the following class which starts at 11 am and is usually taught by Ben: Judo Beginner Class.

You can attend all the Judo classes as it is already included in your club fees.

Traditionally we have 2 promotions per year: June and December.
This week, we broke protocol and promoted Marcio to Blue belt.
 Marcio won silver medal at the National Gi competition.
He usually competes at Master division but he jumped into the adult division and did very well.

We also have another 2 blue belts that did very well but we have to wait until they complete the 2 year minimum period that is an IBJJF requirement.

Buckland Beach BJJ is doing a roll marathon on Saturday 7 October from 10 am to 4 pm.
It is a great way to roll with different people and fund raise for a good cause.
The club will match your donation if you want to attend.

Check out their facebook page and website.

Monday, 7 August 2017

NZ Grappler National GI Competition 2017

Laurance got Gold in his blue belt weight category and bronze in the blue belt open.

Garth got silver medal in his blue belt weight category.

Marcio got silver medal in his white belt category.

Dom got bronze in the Juvenile Blue belt category.

TJ got silver in his juvenile white belt category.

Well done.

Laurence won our cash price for $100 for the most submission on the day (5 subs).

Friday, 4 August 2017

Training report: the turtle position and NEW Saturday classes from Saturday 12 August

This week, we covered the turtle position for the fundamentals.

Also, we covered competition rules and drills for the National Gi Competition which will on Saturday 05/08/17.

Next week topic will be questions and answers.

I will also start a BJJ class on Saturdays from 10 am to 11 am at the dojo.

It will starts on Saturday 12 August.

The reason for creating an additional class is simple.

Our Tuesday and Thursday classes are getting full.

Sometimes we are over 20 students on the mats and we have limited space to train.

At the same time, we have 7 people on the waiting list which was started around last June.

So I hope that students will take the opportunity to add an extra day of training.

Also, if they miss out on the week nights training, they can also catch up on Saturday.

I do not really want to call it a beginner class as it is open to all level.

But the topic on Saturday will be the review on the fundamentals of the week.

More advanced student can join to help the white belts or they can just choose to "quietly" drill their techniques on the side.

Of course, anyone is more than welcome to still attend open mats at Atos if they choose to.

I am excited about this new class and I think we are the only club that offer a class taught by a black belt on a Saturday. Most clubs would just have an open mats instead.

Make use of it as I will stop it if the attendance is too low.

The long term goal is increase our numbers of student without overcrowding the mats,

Otherwise, come tomorrow and support your team mate competing.

See you on the mats and thank for the support.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Training report: 1/2 guard sweeps

This week, we covered sweeps from the 1/2 guard.

It is vital position to study as it is last resort before getting your guard passed.

Next week topic will be the turtle position.

I will be teaching the beginner class at the Dojo from 11 am while Ben and the rest of the Judokas from our sister club will be competing at the Auckland Judo Open.

But you can also attend open mats at Atos.

Also this week, we received delivery of our pre ordered t shirts and hoodies.

Please do not forget to sign up for the National Gi competition which is held on Saturday 05 August.

The attendance seems to be dropping a bit so we are looking at opening our doors for potential new students in the month of August.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Bucklands Beach BJJ and MMA has new dojo location and a website

If you live in the east Auckland and want to train BJJ, check Andy's club as he opened his new club.

Please see below link for more information.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Training report: 1/2 guard passes and 50/50 with straight ankles lock variations

This week, we covered the topic of top half guard for the beginners.

Stuart taught the 50/50 position with some variation of the straight ankle locks

He started a you tube library for this specific interest.

So click on the below link for more information.

Otherwise, I got another 12 small embroidered patches for sale at $5 each.

Another 12 bigger embroidered patches for sale at $25 each.

We still have lot of the screen print back patch for $10 each.

We are still waiting for the t shirt and hoodies to be manufactured (pre ordered only).

You can register online for the National Gi competition.

Any plans for the weekend?

 3 options for training this weekend. Saturday - Beginners Judo at Epsom from 11am with Ben. Open mats at Atos (City Bjj) from 10am followed with lunch at Mercury plaza for the hungry and on Sunday AucklandMMA in Pakuranga is hosting advanced Open mats from 11am-1pm.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Registrations for NZ Grappler Gi Nationals are now open

Copied from Laurance post on our FB group:

"Registrations for NZ Grappler Gi Nationals are now open.
The event is being held at ASB Kohimarama Stadium on the 5th of August.
Early bird Pricing is $60 for adults and $50 for kids. After the 30th of July these prices increase $10. The club will refund you half the early bird entry fee if you decide to compete.
Also for any Blue or Purple Belts that compete there is an option for the absolute devision which is an extra $20 if you want an extra challenge.
Winner of the Purple, Brown and Black Belt Absolute will receive a big shiny belt oppose to the Medal
You have 3 weeks to prepare if you are competing so you should be working on you're game plan and fitness at this point.
The club does not recommend cutting weight for the day unless you are very close to the devision below you, in the case put down that pie and go for a run.
If any white belts are curious about competing have a chat to Serge, Stu or any higher belts and we will be happy to give you advice or help you out.
It is a fun day and the club usually has a good turn out on the day so there is always lots of support and coaching on the Mats."

Friday, 14 July 2017

Training report: Guard Sweeps and straight ankle lock

On Tuesday, Stu taught sweeps fundamentals while the advanced students drilled guard sweep.

On Thursday which was very cold, we merged the class and we taught the straight ankle lock.

The Nationals GI competition is on Saturday 5 August and the registration is now open online.

As usual, the club will refund half of the entry fee on the day of the event and we will have a prize money of $100 for the competitor that get the most submission. In case of the draw, we will split the prize money.

At the last competition, we had 9 competitors and the club refunded over $300 of entries fee.

Get your cardio up by running and you should be on weight for the event, do not try to cut weight on the last week as it is not worth it.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Training report: Guard pass fundamentals and Single Leg X guard pass for advanced

This week, we covered guard pass.

For the beginners, we taught the principles of breaking the closed guard (standing and on the knees), knees slices.

For the advanced students, on Tuesday we covered the long step pass against the de la riva guard. This specific guard pass is excellent against people that grip the pants with the de la riva hook.

On Thursday, Stu covered guard passes against the single leg X guard.

He also created a play list with 6 videos for your perusal.

Single X guard is a difficult hard guard to pass and therefore is very popular at the moment, especially as it easily lead into the straight ankle lock and the notorious Ashi garame position

Guard Fundamentals: