Posts Tagged ‘bay area bjj’

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

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?

K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid)

May 13, 2015

Been a blue belt for about a year know. So please whatever I write on this blog do not hold it against me. I know nothing. I am always trying to learn, improve, think and reflect on how I can get better in the most efficient way possible. Often most of my learning, like most of you probably comes after class on the mats. By just talking, going over techniques, reflecting on rolls and situations that just happened in class I have been able to improve my jiu jitsu with the help of others. Whether it is me asking a higher belt or my instruction a question or somebody asking me for my opinion, taking the time out to reflect, question and journal my experiences is one method I have found useful in improving my jiu jitsu. One of the biggest takeaways I have received is to keep things simple. Thus the acronym K.I.S.S.

Keep it simple stupid. Often times it is ourselves who get in the way of our own progression. I know myself starting as a beginner and catching the jiu jitsu bug we cannot stop for wanting to check out everything jiu jitsu. Whether it is the latest magazine, online forums, YouTube clips, the list is enormous we often do ourselves a disservice by not trusting those who have come before us like our instructors and senior classmates. This apparently has not been as clear to me as it is now, but my game did not start to immensely improve until I simplified my game. Not ask to many questions when drilling a techniques just learned in class. For example as an uke and letting a partner drill how to recover guard, ask the instructor, how can I attack from here or stop him from getting guard. Trying to move way to fast before I understand how to execute a technique smoothly. We should all use our precious time wisely, focusing our energies at the task at hand. There usually is a method to the madness and the reason why the instructor is teaching you and asking you to drill how to get your guard back from half guard instead of  focusing on top half guard attack. Personally I find it a lot easier in my daily life when I have less choices and when my game or objective is more defined. Have you ever been to a restaurant and have so many delicious options to choose from that you just freeze up, space out, oat all the options available. The same thing happens in jiu jitsu all the time. Information overload. You are thinking and your opponent is reacting, attacking, always one step ahead, two steps ahead, or maybe even three or four! Best way to speed up your decision making speed is to just limit your options to A or B choices and keep it simple. Just like going to a burger joint where the only option you have is a hamburger or cheese burger. Anyways this rant is long and im getting tired its late. Just remember to keep it simple stupid! Peace love and chicken grease.

Strength and Conditioning for Jiu Jitsu

April 28, 2015

OK….So lately I have been trying to make a commitment to myself and for my jiu jitsu that I will begin some kind of strength and conditioning for jiu jitsu. Just go ahead and type in strength and conditioning on a search engine and the information that you can get is limitless.  Everything from advertisements, articles, workouts, etc etc. Try finding something more specific for jiu jitsu  and boom you will find two camps of thinking. Camp numero uno says will say that strength and conditioning is a must if you want to push your jiu jitsu to the next level and depending on who you ask will have varying workouts. Camp numero dos will say that jiu jitsu is such a  specific sport that you are better served working on your jiu jitsu. You should develop you strength and conditioning by just doing jiu jitsu and pushing your self while training!

Personally  I would say that I fall somewhere in between. I remember whenever I began a strength program I would always be to tired to preform my best during  my jiu jitsu training sessions.  So if I do workout it to lift weights or do some extra conditioning it is only because I cannot make it to jiu jitsu. I never want to miss a  jiu jitsu session for a S&C session.

Here is one of the greatest to ever do it on the mat Marcelo Garcia opinion on S&C.

Peace, Love, and Chicken Grease!

I’m back! Again

April 22, 2015

So  I it has been since December 13th of 2013 since my last blog post so I guess now is just a good of time as any to write up a new blog. So what have I been doing this whole time? Well I am no longer a white belt. I received my blue belt a year ago April 09. Competition wise I have not been that active. A tournament here and there. Something I hope to change this year and hopefully get a chance to compete a little more this year.

Coming into this year I told myself that I would compete more. I always noticed win or lose whenever I signed up for a tournament that I find my game improve immensely. I think is due to the fact of having a goal and holding myself accountable to make it to practice, eat right and rest, and make weight because I paid money the reason for my progress. Funny thing is that its just hard! More than anything I find myself having to psych myself out mentally just to push myself in practice and to make sure that I am feeling uncomfortable in training as well.  Making sure that I make sure that I am rolling with people who can push me, tap me, make me work like hell and force me to get better instead of choosing an easy roll with a newbie. I am not sure if everybody struggles with these same mental battles as I do. Anyways my theme for this year, be comfortable in uncomfortable situations and to train hard fight easy! Until next time! Peace, Love, and Chicken Grease!!bow and arrow

Movement

September 14, 2013

Jiu jitsu is awesome,  nuff said, but why do you suck so bad? Looking back at my career, I am a white belt still and ave been introduced to jiu jitsu years ago but have only got under two years in of training., I have noticed a certain progression an individual new to jiu jitsu goes through. Unless you are super athletic or have been wrestling since you were five years old, you will go through these stages to.

First stage:

you are going to be fresh meet for all the other seasoned white belts and higher belts. At this stage you will be focused on survival. Even though in class you will be learning basics such as armbars and cross collar chokes. Chances are you will be spending your time rolling trying to breath.

Second Stage:

You will be learning how to move. No longer will you feel like a fish out of water but it will still be hard for you to control your opponent in certain positions. Finishing submissions might often be difficult. This is where I am at right now in my training. I just feel like i am slowly coming into my own and understanding some fundamental movements. Recently  I have been focusing on my guard passing. One aspect of guard passing and movement in bjj which has me fascinated is the intricate leg work. Especially of those high level competitors watching them move in and out of half guards, Spinning to the back of their opponents, windshield wiping  etc. Its just an awesome site to see.

here is a little inspiration, sit back relax and watch.

Guard Passing 2

July 15, 2013

Guard Passing 2

Continuing on with my last guard passing post I just want to reiterate again that there are so many different guard passes how does one keep from being overwhelmed? Whenever I personally feel like something is too much for me I like to go back to the age old wise acronym I learned in 8th grade while playing basketball. K.I.S.S. keep it simple stupid! To me there really is no good or bad passes. Every pass can be used at a specific time and place and there is a reason for everything good and bad. For example when I do my toreando pass should I grab at the knees or closer near the ankles. When approaching an open pass should I step inside the middle using an A frame to cut through or begin by
reaching for the pant legs or I can initiate a toreanda? Whether you like pressure or speed, passing on your knees or standing up, you should get familiar with a couple of basic passes, mix them up , and find which ones work for you best. Passes I believe everybody should be familiar and I consider fundamental would be:
torreando, knee slide pass, double under pass. Majority of the other passes will be variations of these three main passes often used and combined together, mixed and
matched with all kinds of grip variotions etc.

For myself I am light and lanky and like to use my personal attributes when passing such as the ability to maintain distance due to my long limbs, and my speed. Therefore I use a lot of toreando passing often moving from one side to the other trying to tire my opponent or keep him flat on his back. I often try to use Leandro Lo’s variation of the pass, I feel it is quick and an aggressive style thigh fits my body type. I am still learning the nuances of the pass and my options; being a white belt I still have a lot to learn and more rolling to do. So enough banter lets see the man himself in action!