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.
https://bucklandsbeachbjj.co.nz/
https://www.facebook.com/Bucklands-Beach-BJJ-653207931540809/?ref=gs&hc_ref=ARSeMTzFSSa3qYJgbIqpqc0RBZyHrJAPIOF4C_fLss-Uf77QZf7BRnhMbbnjneBKf7E&fref=gs









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.