Posts Tagged ‘gracie jiu jitsu’

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!

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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)

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.

Taking the back!

December 1, 2013

Trying to clean up my jiu jitsu game by going back to the basics. I love learning new techniques and peoples interpretations of the same move. Often for myself when I find myself doing well and finishing, as well as a white belt can do, I often find it is from a basic position and submission. Often times I am finishing using the same basic technique from different positions. Weather it be an armbar, triangle, or bow and arrow choke. So today, this month actually, will be dedicated to controlling and finishing from the back mount. Time to study my Ryan Hall Back Attacks!

 

 

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

July 8, 2013

The curious case of Samson Hayilu! How come my blog is all over the place? How come now I am  writing about so many different martial arts? Ok I admit it I am  a martial arts whore, I love it all from the traditional to the contemporary styles, even MMA. Mostly my evolution as a martial artist has lead me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, my new girl friend!  So I am just going to be using this blog to get stuff on my mind, to think, and try to understand whatever it is I am thinking I am studying. Don’t take my writing as dogma; my thoughts, my ideas are always changing from one day to another. In addition I am just a white belt so I just might be flat out just wrong…it happens but yea. So  here we go.

Lately I have been focusing on my guard passing. Watching a lot of people  at my gym, online, on instructional etc I have came to the conclusion that there is just way to many freaking guard passes. Even looking at the basic various guard passes such as toreando or cut through passes it seems that everybody has their own variation on how to do it. What I have been trying to do is understand why they are doing what they are doing. Why person x has one grip and person why has another for the same pass. The underlying principles of what is happening, what I am trying to accomplish and my opponent trying to defend.

One of the conclusions I have came to is trying to chain certain passes together and maintaining the same grip for those chained passes. I feel that in doing this it allows me to stay one step ahead of the guarder, giving me the allusion that I am actually faster than I really am by knowing his possible reactions and already having a game plane based on his reactions. Here are  a couple of videos that show this in action.

http://www.graciemag.com/2013/07/gui-mendes-breaks-down-a-grip-that-makes-a-knee-slice-long-step-leg-drag-possible/