Sunday, 5 August 2018

Training report: Guard passes and JT Torres Seminar

In Sandringham Dojo, we covered the guard passes as the fundamental class.

In Epsom, James (Judo Black belt 2 degrees) taught 2 Judo throws in order to prepare to add to our repertoire of throws.

On Saturday, Luiz and Laurence went to the seminar of JT Torres hosted by Atos.
If you want more information on Atos Auckland, check out their website.

The club paid for their seminar fees as it is part of our training program for our coaches.
I suggest you pop up to Sandringham this week and pick their brain on the latest techniques they learned.

Also, if you want to do more king of the hill from stand up, I suggest you go to Sandringham Dojo as well as there is lot of more mats space.

Also, the NZ grappler Nationals in on this Saturday 11 August at the usual ASB stadium.
Most people have already signed but it is still open until the 7 Aug so you need to hurry up.

As usual, The club is refunding half of the entry of our competitors (including the judokas from Auckland Uni Club).

Also. the $100 challenge for the most submissions is on.
Basically, the club gives cash for the competitor that get the most subs.
In case of a draw, we will split the purse.

Following traditions, the club will buy a few jugs of beers and pizzas at the son of the Zoo keeper.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Rest In Peace Rick Sensei

"RIP Sensei Rick Littlwood here is a photo of you at your 74th birthday celebrations at your dojo leading from the front.
You have helped me and my club so much by teaching me your brand of Kosen judo, and by giving Auckland BJJ its name and its home.
For the past 7 years I have seen you almost 5 times a week and you will leave a huge hole in my heart. 
You also took me on my first trip to Japan where I later found my wife Karen Mitchell
Thank you for your contribution to Judo and Martial Arts in New Zealand, and thank you for being my friend and Sensei."

From Stu facebook message

From Serge
I want to thank you for opening your Dojo and home so we could transfer our club when we needed help.
Thank you for all the encouragements and advices for the past 7 years.
You came up with our club name and brilliant marketing strategy.
I will always be grateful for everything

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Training report: North South and August Calendar

This week, we covered the North South Position
for fundamentals.

Often discarded in some program, we cover this position 4 weeks per year as it is legit dominant position to establish a guard pass just like the side control position.

James (Judo second degree black belt) covered the principles of grip fighting  on Monday at Sandrigham.

We are still taking new students at the Sandringham location.

Come down for a free class.

The calendar for the month of August is packed.

Atos / City BJJ is running a seminar with JT Torres on Saturday 4 August.
Please contact City BJJ for booking.

NZ grappler is running their National GI competition on Saturday 11 August.
You can enrol on the below link.
Please note that registration closed on 07 July.
As usual, the club will refund half of the entry fees for our competitors (BJJ paying members).
We will have the $100 challenge as well for who ever get the most subs. In case of a draw, we split the $100.

Buckland BJJ is running a 6 hours charity roll on Saturday 18 August.
Come along and join them for a 6 hour sparring session to raise money for children’s charity Variety. 
You can roll for any length of time. 
Any donations on the day greatly appreciated.
For more information,

Buckland BJJ will also celebrate their one year anniversary.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Training report: Side Control and Inter Cub invitational at Auckland BJJ Sandringham Dojo

This week, we covered the topic of side control for fundamentals at both sites.

Stu also continued teaching techniques from the Clark Gracie Seminar to the advanced students at Epsom.

Also, we hosted our first inter club invitional at our new site at Sandringham.

We like to organise an inter club about 4 weeks before a NZ grappler event to get the students the chance to get a bit of competition sparring against students from a different club.

For this event, we had clubs from City BJJ / Atos and Buckland Beach BJJ that participated and helped referee.

We also used the SJJF rules accordingly as they are the new rules used by NZ grapplers.

We hope to organise another inter club (nogi) on Saturday 15 September.
The date and location is to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, all the competitors need to focus on the next event which is the NZ grappler Nationals GI which is on Saturday 11 August 2018.

If you live or work in East Auckland and would like to train BJJ, please check the below link for more information.

If you are live or work in the CBD and would like to train BJJ, please check the below link for more information.

If you live or work around Epsom or Sandringham , please check our page for more information.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Training report: 1 week at Auckland BJJ

Last Sunday

Fern, Stu, Laurance and Luiz went to the Clark Gracie seminar and learn his famous omoplata techniques.

Monday and Wednesday

Classes at Sandrigham where we taught Back position, 2escapes and submissions

Tuesday and Thursday

Classes at Epsom where we taught the omoplata techniques that we learned at the seminar.


We went to the open mats at Big Judo at the Sandringham dojo


Callum, Garth and Jono drove down to the Kapiti coast to compete at the NZ grappler GI Regionals

Richie went to the open mats at Atos.

Laurance went to train at Buckland Beach BJJ

Serge went to the graduation at Auckland Kids BJJ.


Laurance went to train at Church BJJ held at Auckland MMA and VR Jiu Jitsu.

Next Saturday (7 July) we will be organising our invitional GI inter club at our Sandringham Location with Atos and Buckland Beach BJJ.

Please note that we will follow SJJF rules to prepare for the NZ grappler National Gi compete held on 11 August.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Training report: Mount

This week was exciting as we opened our second location in Sandringham.

We are still open for new members (beginners welcome) at our new additional site (681 Sangringham Road).

We covered the topic of the mount which is one of the most devastating position which is rewarded by four points under IBJJF rules.

Next week, we will cover the topic of the back position.

Our coaching staff (Stu, Laurance and Luiz are gone to the Clark Gracie seminar).
I would expect them to come back with with some new techniques and/or new details of techniques.

The club paid for the cost of the seminar for all the coaches.
it is one way to invest back into our instructors and give them motivation and inspiration by training under Clark Gracie.

Also we are having our first inaugural Auckland BJJ Invitational GI competition on Saturday 07 July from 10-12 am.

10-11.55 AM

It is a great way to make new friends and experience one month before the National GI competition which is on 08 August.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

First training at Sandringham.
Beginners welcome. Limited numbers available. 
Please come down for a free class. 
For more information, please email us on 
First in for serve. 
Address is 681 Sandringham road. 
Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm. 
Adults only.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Training program for semester 2

Week 1  starts Monday 18 June

Spider guard

Week 2 starts Monday 25 June

De La Riva

Week 3 starts Monday 02 Jul

Side Control
Reverse de la riva

Week 4 starts Monday 09 July

Knee on the belly
Lasso gaurd

Gi Inter-club held at Sandringham on Saturday 07 July TBC

Week 5 starts Monday 16 July

North South
Kimura Trap

Week 6 starts Monday 23 July

Guard subs
Sit up guard

Week 7 starts Monday 30 July

Guard pass

Week 8 starts Monday 06 August

Guard sweep
Competition training

GI Regional on Saturday 11 August

Week 9 starts Monday 13 August

Top 1/2 guard
Kimura Trap

Week 10 starts Monday 20 August

Bottom 1/2 guard
Reverse De La Riva

Week 11 starts Monday 27 August

Butterfly guard

Week 12 starts Monday 03 September

Question and Answers for Fundamental and advanced

Week 13 starts Monday 10 September

Competition training

No -Gi Inter-club held at Sandringham on Saturday 15 SeptemberTBC

Week 14 starts Monday 17 September

X guard

Week 15 starts Monday 24 September

Side Control
Single X

Week 16 starts Monday 1 October

Knee on the belly
Deep half

Week 17 starts Monday 08 October

North South
Competition training

Auckland NOGI Regional on Saturday 13 October

Week 18 starts Monday 15 October

Guard subs

Week 19 starts Monday 22 October
(closed for public holiday Monday 22 October)

Guard pass
Spider guard

Week 20 starts Monday 29 October

Guard sweeps
Sit up guard

Week 21 starts Monday 05 November

Top half guard
Reverse de la riva

Week 22 starts Monday 12 November

Bottom half guard

Week 23 starts Monday 19 November


Week 24 starts Monday  26 November

Questions and Answer

Week 25 starts Monday 03 December


Sandringham Wednesday 05 December
Epsom Wednesday 06 December

Week 26 starts Monday 10 December

Open mats

Weeks 27 starts Monday 17 December

Open mats

Last day of class in Sandringham is Wednesday 19 December
last day of class in Epsom is Wednesday 20 December

Then holidays

Starts again on Week 1 from Monday 08 Jan 2019 In Sandringham and Tuesday 09 Jan 2019 in Epsom.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Auckland BJJ opens an additional club in Sandringham from Monday 18 June 2018

We are now taking a list of new students for our new location in Sandringham for semester 2.

The program taught at this new location will be based on the fundamental program which is more suitable to beginners.

If you are more advanced BJJ player, you might want to try out at our other club in Epsom as Sandringham will be focusing on beginners to start with.

The starting date will be Monday 18 June 2018.

Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Cost is $20 per week on automatic payment.

We expect to reach maximum capacity really quickly as we are have a limited intake for new students. The reasons are for quality of teaching (to maintain a good ration of teacher and student) and safety on the mats during training.

Once we reach capacity, we will create a waiting list for the rest of semester if a spot opens up.

If you are interested, please send us an email and we will write down your name for your first free class on Monday 18 June or Wednesday 20 June.


The classes are held at St Martins Church Hall 

 681 Sandringham Rd,


Auckland 1025

(on the corner or Sandringham and Taumata Roads)

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Looking for one or two instructors to run a new location

I will just write down some of the information instead of repeating myself and missing some people
and information.

We prefer to recruit internally first within our current students.

This is an unique chance to start running a club, teach and getting paid but not having to spend your own cash for start up.

The role will be to teach 2 classes per week (Monday & Wednesday) at a new location in Sandringham.
Each classes will consist of 2 hours.
We understand that at the beginning, the classes might just be for 90 minutes due to low number of students sparring.

We will replicate the fundamental classes format and will create a number of new intake through the semester.
Basically, you will have to follow our 12 weeks program and our class structure.
We will expect to create similar club culture as Epsom.

We do not really want to offer the option for people to "walk-in" as it can disturb the class.

The white belts from Epsom will be allowed to train at Sandringham but the vice versa will not be possible due to the limited space.
Hence the reason why we are expanding outside Epsom.

We will pay for the rental of the site and will pay the instructor $20 per hour.
So we will pay $40 for Monday night and $40 for Wednesday night.
You would be pay as a contractor with bank transfer.
Also, we are offering a profit share.
Once we reach our "break even" target, we are willing to split some of the profit with the instructor (s).
It will encourage to retain more customers as you will be financially benefiting instead of just turning to be paid by the hour.
Also, we will receive free membership at our club and we will pay for all the BJJ competitions that you want to enter in Auckland.

Now, we will accept 2 instructors who can share the tasks.
Stu and myself have been running Auckland BJJ for the past 7 years and the format of partnership has many advantages.
We think it is more easier to have a partner that can cover on your absence but also it is great to have additional help in order to teach.

But in the case that 2 instructors decide to share the duties, they will also have to share the pay and split the potential profit share.

Please let me know if you are serious a soonest as possible as I would like book our space at the new location asap before someone else take the booking.

We are not interested into giving specific days to each instructors, they will have to sort it out by themselves.



Monday, 7 May 2018

Training report: North/South position

This position is often under utilized as it is not rewarded like other dominant positions such a knee on the belly (2 points), mount (4 points) etc..

However, it is still a dominant position that you can achieve in order to establish a guard pass (3 points) just like a side control.

Quiet often, people misunderstand the complex rules of the points system and make the mistake to think that you receive the 3 points for side control but it is actually for passing the guard.

As people are getting more skilled on how to defend the bottom side control, learning how to defend or utilize the north south position become vital.

People have develop specific techniques such as the north south choke which was made popular by Marcelo Garcia.

For more info, please the link of an old blog

Otherwise, training has been good.

The new intake of students for year 2018 have settle in.

We made some new gis and patches.

Due to the short turn over from the last month National Gi competition, I think we have less competitors entering the Regional GI. However, it is a good opportunity to test your skills as they have a double elimination format which means you get guaranteed 2 matches.

Also, we have slowly seen some progress with our "NEW" rolling policy where everyone gives way to others and try to reset accordingly.

I got tired of watching senior belts rolling around everywhere and therefore forcing the white belts to have to reset every 30 seconds because they were stoked around too many advanced students.

Of course, the rules does not apply to the black belts instructors.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Travel report: Ben goes to Brazil

Ben went to Rio to catch up with Brazilian team mate Igor who went back to his native city for 3
months holidays.

Ben got to train at the famous De La Riva school and was taught by Professor De La Riva himself.
It seems he runs several hourly classes through the evening and only one topic for all the classes. It was a mount escapes topic for that particular.

It is ironic because all the other gyms Ben visited were actually drilling the De La Riva guard. Funny that.

Back in Auckland yesterday. we discussed in more details the style and structure of each gym he visited as I am curious on how they manage their gyms in Rio.

Igor also took Ben to his current favorite gym which is affiliated a new team called Ares Jiu Jitsu.

Ben teaches the Judo beginner class on Saturdays at Auckland University Judo club.

Please check out for more information