Saturday, 25 January 2020

Training on Monday 27 January

Laurance will be teaching on Monday at Sandringham which is a public holiday.

Training is still on.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Should we drop the word Brazilian from BJJ?

Most of the time, we prefer to refer to the country of its origin when describing the martial art that we practice: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
We use the acronym BJJ when typing it on social platform but I prefer using the word Jiu Jitsu when I having a conversation.

Some of my friends actually use the acronym when having a conversation which seems to be a bit odd but not that important.

I actually rather listening to people referring to BJJ than using the other shortcut word such "Jits".

Now, we all know that Jiu Jitsu originated from Japan but it was developed and drastically changed in Brazil.

Now we can also note that we cannot quantify or qualify what was passed on over 100 hundred years ago in terms of technical knowledge.

The Gracies have created a pretty vague and somehow over shadowed other lineages that could or claimed direct lineage to Maeda.

There are still historians debating if BJJ was actually Kosen Judo but also debating what does Kosen Judo consist off.

The reality is that BJJ is just called Jiu Jitsu in Brazil.

When the Brazilians went overseas to teach Jiu Jitsu, they had to add their country of origin in front in order to differentiate it from another martial art that we could describe and call as Japanese Ju-Jutsu.

Recently, there are 2 American BJJ black belts started to describe their martial arts by adding the country name in front instead: American Jiu Jitsu.

The first person was Jake Shield and the most recent was Keen Cornelius.

Jake Shield is known more for his MMA career but still competes in Nogi supermatch.

Keenan is known for his BJJ gi techniques (such as the worm guard) but actually had more success in nogi competition.

Recently, Keenan has open his own school call Legion American Jiu Jitsu and also use the bald head eagle as part of their logo (same as Jake Shield).

So the question rises, why the need to put your country in front:
To differentiate from other martial arts.

Is it time to just call it Jiu Jitsu only?

Let have a look at Judo.

Judokas often refers to a country to refer to a specific genre of Judo: French Judo or Mongolian Judo comes to mind.

But you would not read that someone add his country name in front of his Judo club to my knowledge.

In fact, usually in Judo no one really put their name or country in front of Judo, they usually just refer to their geographical location instead.

Is it because they still look at Japan as the country of birth of Judo?
Is it because they do not have this complicated lineage and loyalty system that we have in BJJ.?

Should we change for the future of naming Jiu Jitsu?

Add the country
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
American Jiu Jitsu
New Zealand Jiu Jitsu

Or should we do without the country and make the sport and art as international as possible?

It is a delicate issue as we all know that branding of BJJ is already established that I doubt it is worth changing or adapting.

Well apart for nationalism aspirations.

Is it the issue of globalisation versus nationalism?

To conclude: 

How do you call Chinese food in China?


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Enrollment update: Epson is now full but Sandringham is still taking new students

We had about ten new members trying out yesterday at our Epsom location.

Therefore, we will not be taking any new potential students until the first ten have completed their trial period.

We do not want to over crowed our mats and we want to retain a good ratio of teachers and students.

But we still have more space available at our bigger site in Sandringham location.

Please come down for a free class or email us on

Please do it quickly otherwise you might miss out on training at our larger location in Sandringham.

Thank your for your support.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Enroll your kids for classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at our Sandringham Location

We have 4 weeks left to enroll your kids to our new program.

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

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

681 Sandringham Road

Age range:
We are looking at 10-16 years old at the moment.

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.

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, 4 January 2020

Starting dates

Sandringham Dojo is starting from Monday 06/01 and Epsom Dojo will start from Tuesday 14/01. 
Come to 681 Sandringham Road and get your roll on next week. 
See you on the mats.

All level welcome.

Beginners welcome.

$20 per week on automatic payments.

No contract.

Come down for a free class or email us for more information.

Please note that we will close enrollment once we reach maximum capacity.

Fundamental (beginners) program for Semester 1 (2020)

Year 2020


Semester 1

Sandringham Dojo starts from Monday 06 Jan.

Epsom Dojo starts from Tuesday 14 Jan.

On the first week at Sandringham, topic for the week would be at the discreation of the instructors. 

Topics for advanced students are a lot more flexible and depends on the particular needs of the students. 

Week 1 (Starts Monday 13 Jan)
Fundamentals: Mount

Week 2 (Starts Monday 20 Jan)
Fundamentals: Back

Week 3 (Starts Monday 27 Jan)
Fundamentals: Side Control

Week 4 (Starts Monday 03 Feb)
Fundamentals: Knee on the belly

Week 5 (Starts Monday 10 Feb))
Fundamentals: North South

Week 6 (Starts Monday 17 Feb)
Fundamentals: Guard Submissions

Week 7 (Starts Monday 24 Feb)

Fundamentals: Guard passes

Week 8 (Starts Monday 2 March)
Fundamentals: Guard sweeps

Week 9 (Starts Monday 9 March)
Fundamentals: Top half guard

Week 10 (Starts Monday 16 March)

Fundamentals: Bottom half guard

Week 11 (Starts Monday 23 March)
Fundamentals: Turtle

Week 12 (Starts Monday 30 March)
Fundamentals: Questions and Answers

Week 13 (Starts Monday 06 April)

Fundamentals: Mount

Week 14 (Starts Monday 13 April)

Fundamentals: Back

Week 15  (Starts Monday 20 April)
Fundamentals: Side Control

Week 16 (Starts Monday 27 April)

Fundamentals: Knee on belly

Week 17 (Starts Monday 04 May)
Fundamentals: North South

Week 18 (Starts Monday 11 May)

Fundamentals: Guard submissions

Week 19 (Starts Monday 18 May)

Fundamentals: Guard Passes

Week 20 (Starts Monday 25 May)

Fundamentals: Guard sweeps

Week 21 (Starts Monday 01 June)

Fundamentals: Top Half guard

Week 22 (Starts Monday 08 June)

Fundamentals: Bottom half guard

Week 23 (Starts Monday 15 June)

Fundamentals: Turtle

Week 24  (Starts Monday 22 June)

Graduation for semester Semester two on Monday 29 June at Sandringham