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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!

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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!

Monday Morning 11/26 Guard Passing!

Hey guys & gals, it’s been a few days since my last post and I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and had some good time off! I munched down this weekend with the family and wrecked shop on several plates of Turkey, yams, and more for the holiday!

But, it’s Monday and back to practice! I attended this morning practice and we had a solid group. It was good to see some new faces in there today as well as all the usual suspects!

We started off with some great stability ball drills. Now, if you’ve never worked with the stability ball to improve your jiu jitsu, check it out! There are plenty of video clips on YouTube of drills and exercises you can do on the stability ball to improve your ground transitions, balance, and overall fitness (Expect an article soon on more ways the Stability Ball can help YOUR game)! Or, you can always come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and watch my training partner, Mike “Lobes” Frausto kill it on that thing!

Anyway, after a few drills, we partnered up and worked on our Guard passing like we have been all month long. First was the Knee Slice Pass (My personal favorite. check out the link to the video I posted of it here) and we all got plenty of reps in! We even covered the sped up variation that you drive through in much faster fashion, landing you in the Kesa Gatame position.

Next was our Half stack series and our cover of the style of passing GSP uses in virtually all of his fights! For those of you UFC fans, George St. Pierre uses a style of passing that is extremely effective and he inches his way from Full Guard all the way to Side Control, bit by bit.

After all of our technique drilling, I got some rolling in and it was a great training session overall.

Another great day @ 10th Planet Van Nuys in the books and I can’t wait to get back on the mats tomorrow! Gabe out!

Importance of Guard Passing & My Favorite One!

Learning to Pass the Guard in BJJ can be a very difficult task to say the least. The frustration that ensues after several attempts at advancing to a superior position is immense! So, focus on your guard passing ability!

The option to attack off your back is what makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu such a unique martial art and therefore, attacks from the Guard tend to be a bit emphasized at many BJJ schools. However, to be a well- rounded grappler and even better your understanding of Jiu Jitsu as a whole, you must drill a few solid guard passes relentlessly so that they become muscle memory.

A few articles ago, I wrote about what exactly “perfect side control,” is and how to improve your side control once you have passed the Guard (5 Tips for Perfect Side Control). However, remember that Perfect Side Control only exists once you have passed your opponents guard!

So, to make things a bit easier, here’s a video of my favorite guard pass from David Avellan. Alder Hampel has had us drilling a variation of this particular pass, in addition to a few others, all month long at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys and I feel that everyones passing game has gotten much better! In addition, people have gotten better at their sweeps, submissions, and guard recovery skills to counter all these improvements in our passing game!

So, check out this video! I really enjoy David Avellans’ stuff and this pass is one of my favorites! If you need any help learning more about how to pass the guard in Nogi Jiu Jitsu or MMA, come on down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and we’ll start improving your passing game right away!

Zombie Drilling & Why It’s Bad For You

No…”zombie drilling” has nothing to do with the zombie apocalypse or anything of that nature (although Jiu Jitsu will definitely help you against a zombie…;) )

“Zombie Drilling” is when a training partner is more of a mannequin rather than a partner. If you or your partner practices techniques with unrealistic reactions, then dealing with those reactions is useless to your training and even worse, can cause bad training habits!

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