Thursday, 21 November 2019

Grappling Competition Dates for NZ 2020

Grappling Competition Dates for NZ 2020

OCEANIA OPEN - February 21 & 22 (Gi / No Gi)
Auckland Eventfinda Stadium
4 Star

Kapiti Wellington
1 Star

DUNEDIN REGIONAL - April 4 (Gi / No Gi)
Mosgiel Dunedin
1 Star

NZ OPEN - May 9 (No Gi)
Auckland Barfoot & Thompson Stadium
3 Star

Auckland Barfoot & Thompson Stadium
2 Star

Kapiti Wellington
1 Star

2 Star

SOUTH ISLAND CHAMPS - September 26 (Gi / No Gi)
Mosgiel Dunedin
2 Star
-end of 2019/20 season-

-start of 2020/2021 season-
NZ OPEN - October 24 (Gi)
Auckland Barfoot & Thompson Stadium
3 Star

Lunch, Venue TBA

Saturday, 16 November 2019

SSJFNZ Oceania Open 2020 in Auckland

17 Silverfield
Wairau Valley
Auckland 0627
New Zealand

Friday 21 February 2020
Saturday 22 February 2020

Gi & No Gi

Rules and organisation is SSJFNZ.

Go to below link to sign up

Facebook event link

All Athletes need to be registered before the Oceania Open in February 2020Academy registration is not mandatory until the 2020/2021 season* 

It is NZD 25 per year.

Link to this Federation

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Taking Junior Squad program for 2020 (term 1)

We are planning to start a Junior Squad next year (2020).

We are looking at offering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at our Sandringham location.

681 Sandringham Road

The classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 pm-6 pm (before the senior class).

The instructor will be Jay.
Jay works as teacher at a local high school.

Auckland BJJ has been primarily offering classes to adults and we are very pleased to be able to open our doors to younger members of our community.

We are looking at a running a ten weeks program for term 1:

Monday  03 February 2020
Wednesday 08 April 2020.

The fees are $150 per term for one kid.

If you have an additional sibling, we offer a 50% discount for the additional child or children.

Age range:
We are looking at 10-6 years old at the moment.

If you have a kid under 10 year old, we recommend our other club Auckland Kids BJJ as they teach the younger kids.


Week 1
Mount position

Week 2
Back position

Week 3
Side control

Week 4
knee on the belly

Week 5
guard subs

Week 6
Guard passes

Week 7
Guard sweep

Week 8
half guard

Week 9

Week 10

If the term 1 is a success, then you are likely to continue our junior program for term 2.

Of course, we will give priority to the kids that was already enrolled for term 1.

At moment, we are looking at limiting our number of students to ensure a good ratio for students/teacher.

We are looking at taking the first applications.

How do you apply?

Please email us and write down as much information as possible.

We will reply to confirm your reservation.


Saturday, 9 November 2019

Graduation is on Monday 02 December 2019 at Sandringham


Just a reminder that graduation for semester 2 will be held at Sandringham Dojo on Monday 02 December 2019

We will have pizzas and soft drink to conclude the event.

What to expect?

Starts at 6 pm as usual

Warm up
Students receiving belts will get the opportunity to demonstrate couple of techniques.
They are not being tested.
It is their time to shine and show us a couple of moves.
Then we give the belts and stripes.
Open mats until 7.30 pm
Eat pizzas

Finish at 8 pm.

We do charge $50 per graduation (for belt only).
It comes with a certificate and a belt
We charge the same fee irrespective of the belt color.
It means we charge $50 for a blue, purple, brown or black belt

We use the money to buy pizzas and soft drink.

We had 44 people attending the last graduation.

let see if we can break over the number 50.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Pre order - Hammerhead Rash Guard & Shorts

We are doing a pre order for rash guard and shorts.

Please put your order with Serge or Laurance.

We will stop taking order by Saturday 9 November.

Rash Guard: $50
Shorts: $50

Saturday, 19 October 2019

The year of the hybrid: Judo & BJJ competitor Stu

Over this week-end. Stu had finished his last competition for the year 2019.

He won Gold and Silver at the Judo New Zealand 2019 National Championship that was held at Rotorua.

Over this year, he received medals in Gi, Nogi and Judo National event.

Stu cross trained and compete under different rules and format which makes him a hybrid in martial arts of grappling.

On the 27 September 2019, Stu won a silver medal at the NZ grappler Gi Nationals.

On the 07 September 2019, Stu won his division at under 90 kilo (master) and won another silver medal in the open. It was for the North Island Judo Championship.

12 May 2019, Stu won a bronze at the under 90 kg at the Auckland International Open (Judo)

In May, Stu traveled to Japan to compete in the Judo masters. He won bronze medal on his weight bracbet and won silver medal with master team competition. In the below pictures, you can see Stu carrying the late Rick Sensei. Stu traveled to Japan with Rick Sensei and trained under Rick Sensei for many years before he passed away.

Saturday 06 April 2019, Stu won  the silver medal at the NZ grappler Nogi Nationals.

Stu trains and compete for Auckland University Judo Club.

Stu also teach BJJ at Auckland BJJ

Both clubs are taking new members, come in for a free class or email us for more information.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Training report: Knee on the belly and start of the Nogi Season

Knee on the belly is a dominant position which is rewarded by 2 points under IBJJF rules.

During the week, we covered the fundamentals of the KOB, a couple of escapes and a few submissions.

Nogi season has started.

Due to the recent popularity of students watching the ADCC, we decided to start the nogi season in order to prepare of the Mana Submissions only Nogi submissions.

Please check out their website for more information about the time, location and rules.

Also, nogi is on Wednesday in Sandringham and on Thursday in Epsom.

We are still taking new members.

Please come down for a free class or email us if you need more information.

$20 per week on automatic payment, no contract.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

New BJJ Club in Howick - Auckland

Congratulation to Hasan for his opening new club.

It is located in Howick.

For more information please check out below links and contact Hasan directly.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

John Danaher You tube Videos

The last blog, I mentioned 3 channels which I subscribe to and suggest my students to give it a watch
when they have some free time.
By the way, there is a lot more channels that I could mentioned but I would end spending hours typing them.

I prefer short videos

However, if you have lot of time and patience, give the videos of John Danaher a try.

John is the head coach at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Why is BJJ so addictive?

An addictive behavior is a behavior, or a stimulus related to a behavior (e.g., sex or food), that is both rewarding and reinforcing, and is associated with the development of an addiction. Addictions involving addictive behaviors are normally referred to as behavioral addictions.

About 15 years, I remember watching wearing club t shirt with the motto "BJJ addicts".

That was quiet disturbing to see that they had the word addicts on their sleeves.

The trend of using the words BJJ addicted continues as you can see facebook page with the name of BJJ addicts.

Is BJJ really addictive?
Does BJJ attracts people that have an addictive behavior?

Let look at the common factors that I think appeal to people and make them train longer than the other casual martial arts.

One of the basic needs is to learn to protect yourselves.
BJJ provides techniques, training and sparring.

Another of the basic needs is the feel of belonging.
As human, we tend to live in group as it is safer.
In Bjj, the group aspect and belonging is reinforced all the time.
We also have a hierarchy reinforced by the belt system.
While most of the BJJ gyms are business, often they would refer to themselves and their paying customers as a family.
You don't see Mac Donald referring to their customers as a big family!

BJJ attitude towards the core group is made to appeal to your caveman's instincts.
It is in your DNA.

Also, the competitive aspect of the sport BJJ appeals to our tribal roots.
Clubs would prepare for the next competition on a regular basis.
It is the individuals that compete but they receive the support and focus for the whole tribe.
It is scenario of building and moving towards a common goal which is to defeat another team: "us" versus "them".

Recently, BJJ teams have become global.
You can now see clubs that are affiliated  to American or Brazilians BJJ businesses.

Some teams are more trendier that other.
Often affiliates would jump ships for many reasons.
Most of the time, it is due to the increasing costs and rules that are no longer worth the brand name.
Sometimes, some teams fall out of fame and smart businesses would rather switch to another brand name that are more trendy.

However, most of the smart individuals do not really care about BJJ politics and usually are able to make friends with of other BJJ practitioners from other clubs and teams.

Quick individual sport success:
if a person that can fully dedicate to the sport can and could achieve a certain level of success within a very short period of time.
Like someone training full time for a couple of years and being able to win World titles.
It is a niche sport.

there are options to win titles and medals at many national and international levels as well.
There are so many competitions available and there is so many competition formats and so many level to compete as well.
In BJJ we have 5 adults belt categories and the master divisions starts at 35 years and is on the 5 years category.
We do not an official international BJJ federation so we have a multitude of BJJ federation that are "crowing" their world champions.


BJJ is popular and you can see individual making a living teaching the gentle art.
Their customers based can range from 50 to 200 students.
It is a small numbers of students, so it is relatively easy to interaction with each students.
Lot of instructors are making a living of teaching.
In order to be successful as they compete with their local market, they need to offer better services and facilities.
Therefore they have to ensure that their paying customers are staying as long as possible.

While, we think it appeal to our need to belong to a group.
BJJ also appeal to our need of being unique.
How do they do that?
The BJJ gi for example.
You can literally can buy any colors and design.
The amount of variations, merchandise is remarkable and easily beats any other martial arts.

BJJ is so hipster.
Just like other traditional martial arts which are often from oriental roots, BJJ is Brasil.
It is just another exotic location with rich cultures.
You can quickly immerse yourself with this new culture (eat Acai, watch Brasilian movies, take trips to Rio).
Also, there are hundred of options for buying uniforms (BJJ gi, belts, rash guard).
Traditional martial arts are conservative with their uniforms and it is frowned upon to stand out of the group.
For example, white gi is the usual uniform in Judo and Karate School.
In BJJ, you can buy and wear almost any color and design of rash guards and Gi.
BJJ uniforms companies are aware of that niche market and the smartest company started offering limited edition to entice customers by offering something that is limited and unique.

Adaptable to the market:
You don't like wearing a BJJ uniform.
Not a problem.
The business minded BJJ professionals quickly realised that there is a massive market of people that rather train Nogi.
Traditionally inBrasil, it was unheard for the BJJ students to training nogi.
It was only reserved to MMA fighters.
It is  likely to be frown upon in many traditional BJJ gym.
The old school views are that you cannot be promoted in BJJ if you only train in NOGI.
BJJ promotions must include training in a BJJ gi.

However, the trend seems to have changed.
Schools are now offering 50% of their classes in Nogi in the US.
But they still use the BJJ belt system.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

NZ Grappler GI National 2019

Just a few pictures from the event.

Auckland Kids BJJ had a record of entries of 11 kids:
 4 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze

Check out below links for the kids and their medals.

Jay also had 4 students competing as well from his De La Salle club.

Signey won a bronze medal and also won the $100 dollars cash prize for the most submissions completed at the competition.
The cash is donated by the club.

Stu got silver.

Tank got Gold.

Vitaly got Silver.

Patolo got Gold

Diego got Gold

Valentino got Gold

MJ got silver

We also refund half of the entry to our BJJ competitors that are on automatic payment.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

BJJ videos on You tube

I was talking to a new student during the week about our training report and how I like to put some you tube videos on my weekly blog.

Now for some reasons, blogger is a bit tricky to search and attach videos from my favorite  channel.
Therefore I decided to mention some of the channels that I currently follow,

The list is not really is any particular order but they all are relevant to beginners and advanced students.

Invisible Jiu Jitsu


The pink gi can distracting but personally I dig it.
The back posters such the bat and BOPE add to the coolness of the videos
Videos are short and to the point but still manages to pack lot of details as well.
English Accent

The grappling Academy

Similar videos as above.
short to the point with details
Also has videos related to BJJ but not techniques such "feeling down in BJJ"
Australian accent

Stephan Kesting


Stephan is probably the most famous in terms of subscribers (300K)
He also invite guest instructors as well.
American Accent

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Training report: Mount and Rubber Guard

This week, we covered the topic of the mount for fundamentals and rubber guard for advanced.
Actually we have started the last cycle of our fundamentals which means we are mid way through the semester and we just have another 12 weeks of BJJ before Xmas break.

Mount is one of the best position in BJJ as it is rewarded the most points which is 4 points

The Back control position is equal in term of dominant position and which is also rewarded 4 points.
We will cover the back position next week.

We taught 1 escape from the mount position know as Upa escape or trap and roll.
We also taught 1 guard re composition from mount.
Several submissions were shown: cross choke, americana and arm bar.

Please note that we still take new students at our Sandringham Club located at 681 Sandrigham Road, Sandringham.
We are located inside the church hall.
Days are getting warmer and longer.
Time to get back to training.
All level welcome.
If you have never train, we have fundamental program built for you.
If you have stopped training and you want to get back into it, our chilled and relaxed atmosphere will ease you back into the mats.

See you on the mats

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Training report: Questions & Answers for Fundamentals and surprise graduation

This week, we covered questions and answers for fundamental.

The advanced students drilled their favorites techniques on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Stu taught rubber guard which was the most favorite guard during our facebook questionnaire.

For questions and answers, we covered the pro and cons of breaking the guard standing instead of breaking the closed guard on our knees.

We also covered arm bar from closed guard and arm bar defense.

On Thursday, we had a surprise graduation for our 2 new students (Patolo & Valentino).
They train at De la Salle College where Jay is currently working and teaching Nogi BJJ.

We are still taking new students for our Sandringham location at the moment.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

NZ Open Gi National Championship 2019

Hi Team,

Do not forget about the next event at the end of  this month.

It is the National GI competition organised by NZ Grappler and sponsorsed by Hyperfly NZ

Saturday 28 September
203 Kohimarama

for more information,

Please read the rules as per below link as they are using SJJF