Saturday, 28 January 2017

Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the rooster

We wishes all our readers a happy Chinese New year.

This year is the year of the rooster.

Basically, there are 12 animals symbols for 12 years.

If you want to know what is animal symbols and activities in Auckand to celebrate.

check out the following link.

Training report: Guard sweep and X Guards

This week we taught guard sweep for the beginners and continued on our trilogy of shin to shin,
single X and X guard for the advanced students.

I think they are great guards for nogi and after 3 weeks of drilling it, I can see that students are starting to grasp the concepts.

For the next 2 weeks, Serge will be fishing at the batch and the advanced students will get to drill their favourite moves unless Igor wants to takes the beginners class and Stu can then teach deep half guard.

Otherwise, the next 2 weeks for the beginners is top half guard and bottom half guard.

The couple of new guys that tried out on the first and second week have not been back so I guess there is still vacancies if you want to train at our club.

See you on the mats.

Auckland Anniversary Day

From Wikipedia

Auckland Anniversary Day is a public holiday observed in the northern half of the North Island of New Zealand, being the area's provincial anniversary day. It is observed throughout the historic Auckland Province, even though the provinces of New Zealand were abolished in 1876. The modern area of observation includes all of AucklandNorthland (where it is known instead as Northland Day[citation needed]), WaikatoBay of Plenty and Gisborne Regions, as well as some parts of the Manawatu-Wanganui and Hawke's Bay Regions north of the 39th parallel

The holiday usually falls on the Monday closest to 29 January, the anniversary of the arrival of William Hobson, later the first Governor of New Zealand, in the Bay of Islands in 1840.[1]


Auckland Anniversary Day was established by Governor Hobson's direction, over Willoughby Shortland's signature, in 1842. The New Zealand Government Gazette of 26 January 1842 (Volume 2, 4th edition) carried a notice stating,[2]
Saturday, the 29th instant, being the SECOND ANNIVERSARY of the establishment of the Colony, His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to direct that day to be held as a GENERAL HOLIDAY on which occasion the Public Offices will be closed.
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The choice of 29 January appeared strange, as Hobson himself pronounced that it was on the following day that he proclaimed British Sovereignty in New Zealand. 30 January 1840 was the day that the Union Jack was flown on the masthead of the Herald, the ship that brought Hobson to the Bay of islands, and that the flag was saluted by guns. By all accounts, 30 January should have been chosen for the anniversary day.[2]
In 1841, there was no capacity for arranging anniversary celebrations, as the capital was in the process of being shifted from Okiato to Auckland. In 1842, 30 January fell on a Sunday. These days holidays are sometimes being "Mondayised" and the Auckland anniversary day was "Saturdayised" when it was created in 1842.[2]
The Honourable Daniel Pollen, who was Premier in 1875–1876 and a member of the Legislative Council, was determined to have this inaccuracy rectified. Upon his request, a joint committee of the Legislative Council and the House of Representatives was tasked to prepare a report. On 11 September 1894, the committee's report recommended for the anniversary date to be shifted to 30 January, and that it apply as an anniversary of all of New Zealand, as it was the founding of the nation. The Liberal Government, however, saw no need to change any of the existing arrangements.[3][4]


The Auckland Anniversary Regatta, the largest single-day regatta in the world,[5] takes place on this long weekend holiday.
Since 2011, Auckland Anniversary Day has been the first day that state and state integrated schools outside of the former Auckland Province can open for the year (the last day being 7 February). However, as schools are not permitted to open on public holidays, schools in the former Auckland Province cannot open until the day after.[6][7]

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Training report: Week 2

This week we taught guard submissions for fundamental and shin to shin guard for blue belts.

Our intermediate guard system is focused on nogi guard due to the nogi national.
We will focus on guard that requires more sleeve grips once the nogi season is over.

Tuesday class is very popular compare to Thursday nogi class.

I am still confused if people prefers training on Tuesday because it is GI or it is just that Tuesday is just a more suitable day to train compare to Thursday.

It seems that we have 3 new students and soon we will be looking at putting a waiting list to ensure a good ratio of students/instructors but of course to ensure that the mats are not too crowded.

Also, I am very glad that Edward is back training for us after 3 years. He was one of the original students from our first location in Onehunga.

So if you have been thinking to try out for a free class, do it now and avoid the disappointment of going in the waiting list.

Please bare in mind that we always will keep our doors open for returning students and we will not turn you away if you come for a free class.

Adam is already working on his cardio and diet for the National Nogi competition in Sat 1 April.

Meanwhile, Garth is off to Japan for one month to train Judo. Felipe is going back to Brasil for a well deserved holiday. Diego is also on holiday back home in Chili.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Taking orders

Time to place another order. We are now taking order for t shirt and back patches for GI.
Hint: if you did not stop your automatic payment during our X mas break.
You get both for free free.
Thank you for the support.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Training report for week One

First week at training.
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Lot of people turned up on Tuesday and less on Thursday.

Not sure if people prefer Tuesday because it is gi training compare to Thursday that is no gi training.

Stu taught guard pass fundamentals and Serge taught reverse de la riva for intermediate program.

A few important dates to put on your calendar

Saturday 04 March

Auckland BJJ surfing event at Muriwai

Saturday 11 March

Inter-club nogi at Atos

Saturday 01 April

NZ grappler NOGI National competition

Saturday 13 May

NZ grappler Gi Regionals Competition

Tuesday 06 June 

Graduation and end of semester 1.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Weight class and nogi national competitiin

This is the weight categories that nz grappling should be using for the national nogi in April.
Start your diet now and do not wait last minute.
Basically if you over 97.50 kg, you are in the open.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Guide on how to start training for year 2017

If you want to start training at Auckland BJJ, just send us an email or just turn up for a free class on
any Tuesday or Thursday.

Please note that once we have maximum capacity for safety of the students (not too many sparring on the mats) and quality of teaching (ration of instructors and students), we will just have a waiting list until mid semester just like last year.

So first in, first served.

Do not wait for too long to avoid disappointment.

Of course we are always open for our returning students.

Our fees are simple. $20 per week. no contract but we require you to set up an automatic payment.

We will be training nogi on Thursdays until the NZ grappler National Nogi Competition in Saturday 01 April 2017.

What do you need to Nogi training?

Shorts with no pockets and metal clips
Rash guard. T shirts are an option but rash guard is way better

What do you need for Gi training?

A BJJ gi or Judo gi.
a rash guard a preferable but not compulsary.

Where can I buy a GI?

I recommend Aukland Martial Arts Supplies.
They sell good entry level gis.
They are good quality and economical.
Please note that we do not specific gi policies at our club.
You can wear any color and purchase any brand.

If you want something a bit more flashy and pricey, check out
They sponsors lot of BJJ players and they deserve the support of the BJJ community

Talking about BJJ sponsors, check this website as well. They also deserve your support

Do I have to compete?

No, we have many members that do not and still get promoted.
BJJ competitors only represent a minority of the BJJ community.
We encourage our students to compete and reimburse half of their entries fee.

So that is it for the beginners.

If you are a returning students, you need to attend as many classes as possible.
This is the first time we will implement our Judo throws program.
Also, we will be testing you for stripes as well as for belt.
It is simple as you just need to demonstrate the first 3 positions of our 12 week program for your first stripe.
and so on and so on.

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How do you grade your students?

No expensive and compulsory seminars

Our 2 black belts instructors promote our students during 2 graduations which are traditionally held on the first Tuesday of June and December.

We charge $50 for the graduation of belt.
We use the profit to throw our winter and X-mas party.

There 2 ways of promoting a student:

- time based.1 stripe for 6 months training. 4 stripes maximum and then the next belt maybe! We have a few blue belt that are on 4 stripes but missed out on promotion to purple due to a lack of attendance.

- performance based. win a National or a Regional event and your move up

Demographic of Auckland BJJ

We have members from the age of 15 to 54 years old.
We mostly have male students but would like to attract more female students and we always priorities them even during the period of the waiting list.

How often do you teach?
Twice a week but you are welcome to attend all the Judo classes which are held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. They are free for the BJJ club members and we encourage our students to improve their throws by training Judo. Currently, we have 4 Judo black belts cross training at Auckland BJJ.

What do you teach?

We create a training program for every semester and implement it.
We have been improving this program for the past 5 years and it create consistency and ensure that all facets of BJJ is covered but also with enough repetition to learn and also in case you missed out a week.

Basically for our beginner program, we have split BJJ into 11 weeks which conclude with a questions and answers week to help students ask questions that we might have not covered or they missed out.
It gives a vital feedback on how the program is doing.
25 weeks in a semester means we cover each topic twice per semester, 4 times per year.
For example, the topic of mount is taught 4 weeks per year.
For example, half guard (including top and bottom) is taught 8 weeks per guard.
BJJ is centrered around the guard and we cover 24 weeks around it such as guard subs, guard pass, guard sweeps).

Monday, 2 January 2017

List of Judo throws for Semester 1

Each throw is matched up accordingly to the topic of the week.

Week of the Mount position

Sasae tsurikomi ashi

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Week of the Back position

Tani Otoshi

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Week of the Side Control position

O Goshi

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Tai Otoshi

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Week of the North South position

Seoi Nage

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Weeks of the guard

Ouchi Gari

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Tomoe Nage

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Weeks of the 1/2 guard

Kouchi Gari

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Kosoto Gari

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