Monthly Archives: December 2012

Back At It! Training Log for December!

Hey guys!

First things first, gotta apologizing for not posting for a while. I was hurt (pinched nerve), then finals for school and it has taken some time to get back into the swing of things.

But I promise to update all of you with everything that has happened in the past weeks.

First, I want to take some time to mention my injury. I pinched a nerve in my neck during a sparring session. I got my neck cranked in a bad transition and it just happened. It’s okay. It’s important to understand that these things happen and injuries are part of the game.

Next, I want to mention we had our 10th Planet Van Nuys Holiday Party. We hit up Hokkaido Seafood Buffet for a night of fun times with friends, family, good food, and ugly sweaters. Great times with my 10th Planet Van Nuys fam!

As mentioned in previous articles, we’ve been covering Half Guard passing all month long at 10th Planet Van Nuys. This month has really increased everyones passing percentages and it’s clear to see in class. People are passing half guards with great technique and lots of pressure!

My favorite pass that we’ve covered is the Twister Pass. The Twister Pass is a great pass to break the lockdown, establish Twister Side Control and even catch a really sneaky Kimura attack. Since adding this pass to my game, my passing percentage has not only gone up, but my whole top game! With good passing comes more attempts at top positions and therefore, a ¬†higher chance of catching a submission.

All in all, a great month of learning and fun times in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.

Remember, if you guys want to be part of a strong, family- oriented team, come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and see what we’re all about!

Take care and happy holidays folks!

 

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Jason Scully Stapling Concepts

Hey guys, just a quick post here!

Jason Scully has an extremely popular YouTube channel amongst the Jiu Jitsu community. While the majority of his videos are a quick reference guide of techniques or movements, this one is a bit longer and more detailed about one of his key concepts to passing the guard, stapling.

“Stapling,” is a great idea to implement into your passing game. It can increase your passing percentage by quite a bit to simply apply this stapling technique and control the leg on the side you are passing to.

The beautiful thing about passing the Guard in Jiu Jitsu is that the concepts apply towards all different kinds of guards and just need to be adjusted accordingly. So, everything from Open Guard, Half Guard, etc. all have similar concepts to being passed, you just need to put the concepts into play to be successful. For example, controlling the hips and knees or keeping your opponent flat are all concepts that are essential for any kind of guard you find yourself attempting to pass.

Anyway, if you guys are having some trouble passing, this is a great video that explains this concept and you should all try it out no matter where you are having trouble passing from!

Also, last month at 10th Planet Van Nuys we worked quite a bit on our Full Guard Passing. Now, we are focusing on finishing the year strong with some Half Guard passing techniques. So, if you need some help with your passing game, come down to 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys and we’ll be more than happy to help you guys out!

Happy rollin!

Training Through The Holidays

Well, it’s officially that time of the year that we start to wind down and prep for the next year. The school semester is coming to a close (for those of us dealing with finals…may the force be with you…), we tend to slack off a bit in our workouts, and eventually get to skipping them.

DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!!!

Today I’m going to share with you guys the 5 Secrets to keep training through the holiday season to ensure that you keep your training on track and continue to make leaps and bounds in your game!

  1. Set goals: Check out Ryan Bradfords Training Goals for December
  2. Make a training schedule: For example, I never miss Monday and Wednesday morning classes. No matter what! This means that even if I slack off and don’t make all the classes I’m supposed to, I will still always go twice a week!
  3. Find a fun move! Find something new you want to start playing with and drilling. For example, the Deep Half Guard. If you’ve never really spent too much time in this versatile guard position, spend some time learning it. Your enthusiasm about what you’re now toying with will keep you motivated to coming to class and working towards your goals.
  4. Presents: Ask for presents that have something to do with Jiu Jitsu! Even if those new Sprawl shorts are your own personal present to yourself under the tree this year, do it! Get yourself something great and related to your sport to keep your love for the sport up and even more so, get you excited to rock that new gear on the mats!
  5. Enjoy the holidays! Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever it is that you celebrate….celebrate it! Eat up and enjoy good food! Don’t be too strict about your diet, etc. and enjoy this festive time of the year with your loved ones.

Well, there you have it folks! 5 Tips to keep you on the mats and making gains through the holidays! Have fun and keep training! Remember, never take too much time off during the holidays! If you guys are close with your team like I am with mine at 10th Planet Van Nuys, celebrate the holiday season with them on the mats! Take care!

The Art of Sparring- Rener Gracie

Hey guys, just poppin in real quick before I head out to drop this video for you. This is a link to a video called “The Art of Sparring” with Rener Gracie. Here, Rener spars with a Brown Belt and shows the playfulness and beauty of Jiu Jitsu. I gotta run but enjoy this video and expect more articles on Jiu Jitsu sparring soon! Take Care!