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The toughest people in Jiu Jitsu

November 1, 2017

As I sit here on hiatus from my own training due to my first and hopefully last popped rib injury, I am just reflecting on my training and thinking about who the toughest people I have meet in jiu jitsu are. I don’t know about you I have had my share of roll with competitive and top level black belts and colored belts. Yes they are tough and have incredible technique, of course!  I just want to give gratitude to the every day person like 99% of us come in and train after a long day of work. The come and train giving their all. Even if they are getting there ass kicked show up day after day. Believe me the grind is real and hard…in life and on the mats! I salute everybody who comes to class and gets their daily dose of medicine and choose to come back time and time again. You are the toughest person in jiu jitsu, thank you!

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Purple Belt !

April 17, 2017

So I have been a purple belt since the end of November. That being said I am 5’10 about 150-55 lbs. Not the biggest guy. Up to this point training jiu jitsu has been one of the roughest things I have done period. Constant beatings I have received are countless. I still have PTSD when coming to train and get on the mat from all those beatings. That is why I find it funny nowadays when people come up to me. Mostly white belts , ask my opinion.  I don’t know, I guess I would never see the day when people would ever look at me as  a tough role.  This is just crazy to me!

Being a higher belt tho, I do relish the opportunity to help my fellow training partners whenever they ask, challenge my self by either handicapping myself or even rolling with certain goal in mind. Teaching this art and bringing the peace of mind jiu jitsu has given me is something I wish to do full time some day. Teaching just like learning jiu jitsu is a skill that has to be learned and sharpened. So I guess for now I just do what I been doing up to this point. Just show up keep training, it has worked for me thus far and kept me from quitting when maybe I should have. Man this art is something!

Jiu Jitsu Life choose me!

February 20, 2017

I often get asked during open mat if I have been training everyday or how many times a day I train. I often reply without blinking for the most part,” I think every day this week.” Often times I tell people I even did  a couple two a days. But how in the world could this be? I don’t know man I just don’t have a desire to do anything else for the most part. For me the mat is my church, my therapy, my exercise, my chance to learn more about myself as I try my best to understand what it we are doing. Most importantly its fun, I don’t know how many times I have felt wreck emotionally, physically, or mentally and by merely showing up on the mats my spirit seemed somewhat lifted. I believe everybody has their own journey and has a gift  or prism in which the world might somehow make sense to them. To me it has been jiu jitsu of late and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

All of the hooo hummm aside what I have been working on is just simply revisiting the basics. Trying to gain better understanding  of why the simple things work. Trying to also get a better control of my de la riva guard game. Always on improving on my defense. Secretly my goal is to learn how to become untappable and to feel comfortable rolling with anyone. Long ways to go, one hip escape at a time.  Here is a great video on escaping side control with Firas Zahabi and Karel Silver Fox Pravec, a bunch of gold nuggets in here so take your time, watch it and sink it in. Then go back and watch it again and again! Till next time. See you on the mats!

 

Changes

January 30, 2017

Definition:

Change  1.make or become different.    2.take or use another instead of.

Man at 33 years of age I cant help but feel and wonder what else in life will change. To my dismay  or even disbelief today I sit here and reflect not only on my jiu jitsu but my life in general. And wow! All I can think of is “wow,” how I have changed. I started on this journey over 5 years ago late in my 20’s. At the time a young man still full of piss and vinegar. Immature good nature party guy who often gets in his own way. I did that in my relationships,  I did it with my studies, to a certain extent I still do it but man even though I am still the same person I look back and see big difference, life like jiu jitsu is hard. We will lose loved ones, we will be hurt, have our good days and bad one. Just like in jiu jitsu if for whatever our motivation keep showing up, endure, we will learn and grow from our mistakes. We will have an opportunity to become a better version of ourselves than we were the moment before. We will get to feel connected and have an impact on the lives of the people around us more than we will ever know. Blessed I am to live another day, to train and improve myself on a daily basis mentally, physically, and spiritually. This crazy roller coaster of life and jiu jitsu continues on!

Taking your medicine

March 3, 2016

keep-calm-and-face-your-fears-1I have always referred to training with higher belts, people better than me, or just tough hard session as taking my medicine. It is something I do not look forward to. Often the thought of rolling with some people brings out emotions and thoughts of fear, discomfort, hard work (I’m lazy) . I wonder why at times I feel this way even when I have been able to dominate a person in training before? Well, just like medicine you got to suck it up buttercup and get your daily dose of humble pie. For the most part after most sessions I feel better about it, it makes me a bit tougher, a bit more comfortable at being uncomfortable. But I cannot lie sometimes I’m just inside my own head.  Any of you ever feel this way training? If so, what do you do to battle this mentality? Any tips/ tricks would be gladly appreciated.

-Fearlessbrother

Escaping the Mount

February 25, 2016

Here is a short video with Flavio Meier showing some options of escaping the mount.

These are some of my favorite moves, basic yet effective in getting you out from the mount and into a better position. Like all jiu jitsu techniques you will need to drill these escapes cooperatively at first, then with some resistance/positional sparring, then give it a go during live training and see if you can pull it off. Give it  a try and let me know what you think.

You can learn more about Flavio Meier here:

http://www.kravmagainstitute.com/inst…

Flavio now runs his own Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in Santa Clara, CA at the Krav Maga Institute headquarters. He also holds a Krav Maga Instructor Certification through Krav Maga Institute. In addition to teaching full-time, Flavio has been an very active competitor, winning every major tournament, and coaching many athletes to the top of the podium in every major BJJ tournament.

Notable Titles:

2x IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu NoGi Champion (2015, 2014)
2x Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Champion (2015, 2011)
SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Gi Champion (2014)
US Open Champion (2014 x2, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
Houston International Open IBJJF Champion (2011)
American Nationals Champion (2010)
Miami International Open IBJJF Champion (2010)
IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu NoGi (2012 Bronze, 2011 Bronze, 2010 Bronze)
Pan American Jiu-Jitsu NoGi (2011 Bronze, 2010 Silver, 2010 Bronze Open Weight)
San Francisco Open (2015 Bronze, 2014 Silver, 2014 Bronze Open Weight)
SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu NoGi (2014 Silver)
IBJJF International Master (2010 Bronze)

SAucY!

February 18, 2016

There are many styles of guard passing; tight guard passes where you are using pressure to make your opponent concede the pass. Speed passes where you use your agility to confuse or get ahead of your opponent to get the pass, or a combination of the two together.  Trying to find your own flavor of guard passing can be difficult. Many circumstances come into play such as your training environment (instructor’s philosophy, teammates (how they like to pass and influence), your physical attributes, and even temperament come into play just to name a few.  I believe that finding a style of your own takes time and experimentation. Being only a blue belt only myself I find that I am barley starting to establish a resemblance of having my own distinct flavor. So how do you find what works for you?

First I believe you need to have a basic catalog of passes in your arsenal. Bread and butter techniques consisting of fundamental passing techniques crucial to understand how different style passes work. Techniques that are universally taught wherever you learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. These techniques I believe that are important are a mixture of speed and pressure passing techniques. Pressure passes including; double under and single under. Speed passes such as torreando and the knee slice pass. It is important that you learn these techniques from your instructor and get them technically sound. They will help give you reference point to learn new passing techniques and strategies. After learning these techniques individually you can also learn to chain these movements together.

After mastering your basic passes you can start to develop an approach on how to attack passing the guard. Learning from and watching your higher belt teammates and asking questions as to why they will use so and so grip when or how they pass will also be a big influence. Other external forces that come into play might be the types of guards you come across in your training environment. Is your gym heavily influenced by the modern game with open guard players who like to invert and intertwine their legs in-between yours? Or is your academy mostly old school playing heavily closed guard games and feet on the hips and biceps with collar and sleeve grips? Try to expose yourself to as many different body types and games and experiment. Get a feel of your own body, balance, and posture so that when you can have as much familiarity as you can with all types of positions.

Last I think your style of guard passing will be dependent on your attributes and temperament (internal factors). Some people like to play the methodical game, some people are explosive and like to use speed and percistance to their advantage. You might even have a favorite BJJ athlete you follow and try to emulate. No matter what style it is that you play always remember to master the basics first. Once you have mastered the fundamentals you can easily start applying these principal movements into your own personal style and start developing a game that is uniquely your own.

Here is a favorite movements of passes I like to drill from MG in Action’s Henrique Rezende. You can find many vidoes like this one and more on their site at  www.mginaction.com

“When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.” -Bruce Lee

Mental

November 19, 2015

This is how I feel on my journey right now, mental! Fresh of a frustrating performance from a tournament has me in a place where I am doubting myself and traininglife-love-quotes-the-only-ompossible-journey more than ever. Funny how things have their ups and downs. The last tournament resulted in a win 1-0 in masters division, 2-1 in the adults division. The feelings of joy and confidence and just elation for all hard work. This last tournament 0-2, feelings of insecurities. Funny how some people can put things into perspective. Last comment from my coach and friend simple yet probably true, “Just enter the next tournament and win and you will feel better.” Can’t wait for the opportunity to get out on the mats and ride this roller coaster again!

-Fearlessbrother

BJJ Today!

July 16, 2015

The art of learningjiu how to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is just as much of an art as how to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Being that it is 2015 and with the advancement of communication via social networks and having learning tools available to us has deeply influences this present, my present generation of jiujiteros, advancing the of sharing information, speeding up the learning curve. Thus allowing current practitioners to acquire skills much more rapid pace than ever before. Why is it so many practitioners have to go else where for more additional resources? Why are most schools continuing to teach in such a similar cookie cutter fashion as their teachers had in the past and their teachers before them?

The fact that Jiu Jitsu’s popularity is greater now at this time then ever before I believe that it is critical moment. Our martial art can either grow stronger and we become more united or we can continue to grow and for the sake of growth let our martial art become watered down. It is up to those coming up the ranks now to uphold the standards and to keep it from becoming watered down. We must strive to not only for growth in numbers but in growth in learning how to teach leverage the tools available to us to create pass down something greater than giving to us now.

With all that said what are some different ways or modes, formats of teaching have you seen in BJJ? What can we  do to make it better?

What is Jiu Jitu

June 4, 2015

Man sometimes I sit back and lurk on these internet forums, being the jiu jitsu geek that I am and cannot believe some of the things I  read. People putting each other down and denouncing certain elements of jiu jitsu or other grappling styles. Gets me thinking to myself what is Jiu Jitsu to me.

First and foremost I consider Jiu Jitsu to be an art, a martial art. As an art form it will have many interpretations as what it will mean to one individual it will defer from person to person. Lets start from the most obvious and try and drill down to find a definition of what is jiu jitsu. Martial arts in general have many different emphasis. Maybe true when first created all arts where truly martial in application and the benefits derived from them whether it be physical or psychological we can see were secondary. Today martial arts are looked for health, self defense, sportive, and also have military or a more combative application to them. So depending on your goals the way you practice an art can very depending on which one of the above categories you emphasize in your practice.

We can further drill down and categories jiu jitsu not only as a martial art but as a grappling emphasized  art. Today when we talk abut Brazilian Jiu Jitsu . In general most BJJ schools focus on sport orientated IBJJF Jiu Jitsu and some will incorporate a more MMA style based jiu jitsu. Schools where self defense or even more combative emphasis are few and far between. Between those choices you will have people from so many walks of life, ages, motives for practicing the gentle art. You may be a young gun who is training twice a day training to become a world champion on the same mats with a professional in his 40’s looking to relieve some stress after work and get some exercise. Man the more I think about it the more this question of what is jiu jitsu gets convoluted.

Short long story bro! To me jiu jitsu is just a beautiful art form to express myself. It has taught me and continues to teach me many lessons about life, and myself. It has given me strength mentally and emotionally. Taught me to be patient and resilient. To stay calm and be comfortable being uncomfortable. Jiu Jitsu is my life!