Category Archives: Jiu Jitsu Philosophy

Here, we’ll cover some of the Jiu Jitsu philosophies and principles

2013 Nogi Worlds & Why You Need To Go To These

Yesterday & Today, the 2013 IBJJF Nogi Worlds Jiu Jitsu Tournament was held in Long Beach, CA at Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid. This is the biggest grappling tournament for Nogi grapplers other than Metamoris and ADCC (which was last weekend).

Now, Long Beach is about an hour or so away from the San Fernando Valley, so as a team, all 10th Planet Van Nuys members met at the gym nice and early on Saturday morning and carpooled down there to watch all the great matches and support some of our teammates and friends who were competing. Now, 9 am on Saturday morning felt damn early to me but the second we got there and I heard people talking about coming from all over the world to compete, I quickly stopped complaining. Haha.

As we stood in line to get our tickets to enter the stadium, we saw the first of many familiar faces to the fight world in line, former UFC Lightweight Champion and BJJ Black Belt, Ben Henderson. As the day went on, we saw more stars of the game, everyone from Dean Lister, Cobrinha, Romulo Barral, Rafael Lovato Jr, Andre Galvao, Eddie Bravo,  Vinny Magalhaes, and many more.

The whole atmosphere was electric, twelve mats, big stadium, superstars around, cameras, the whole nine. We claimed a space on the bleachers and were joined up with a couple friends from other 10th Planets including Vista, Riverside, HQs, and more.

If you have never been to a World Jiu Jitsu tournament, it’s truly something special. I’ve been to Metamoris, Gracie Nationals, and tons of other tournaments over my years but seeing those yellow and blue mats at Worlds was breathtaking. We watched competitors slowly fill the mats and the referees dressed in suits would have them shake hands prior to the six minute clock starting. Moments later, we saw lots of high level grappling begin and heard the cheering from fans watching.

This truly inspirational experience gave me a lot. For one, meeting all these high level practitioners of our sport was so inspiring. To see them in person and to talk to them is something that’s always fun. Also, nothing gets your creative juices flowing like the atmosphere itself and watching the matches. The day definitely gave me some ideas to see what techniques and concepts were being applied by competitors and how it played out in their matches.

What standing techniques and takedowns worked the best? What guard passes had the highest success rate? What kind of back takes kept happening over and over? Were there any submissions that were constantly getting hit?

These are always questions that raced through my mind as I watched the Blues, Purples, Browns, and Black Belts go to battle.

At the end of the day, tournaments are always good. Whether you compete or not is your choice and you don’t really have to to reap the benefits. The example is in yesterday; I didn’t compete but still learned so much about the game and it gave me the inspiration to get back in the gym and go to work. And the truth is, that’s what you really want out of your competitions anyway. To everyone who competed, congratulations. Win or lose, going out there and giving it your all on that grand stage is what counts.

Anyway, happy training folks, let’s take from the experience of Worlds this year and get to working towards the next venture in all of our Jiu Jitsu journey.

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“Tune My Game” Braulio Estima

Incredible! If you haven’t seen some the Stuart Cooper Films you are definitely missing out. Go check him out. This video is about Braulio Estima in his new Youtube Video called “Tune My Game.” As the title suggests, he works with some grapplers to help them improve on different parts of their game including the Darce, Half Guard, etc. Personally, I loved this video and hope to see much more to this series. Braulio is a world class grappler and amazing teacher, you can really feel his passion when he speaks about techniques and philosophies on the game. As previously mentioned, Stuart Cooper made this video and as usual, it is absolutely on point. I just posted an article on his video “The Spirit of Jiu Jitsu” and that is one of my favorites as well. Check it out and get your game tuned! 

Stuart Coopers- The Spirit of Jiu Jitsu

Stuart Cooper Films is a Youtube Channel with a bunch of awesome videos. If you’re an MMA/BJJ fan like myself, I’m sure you will be super excited to see that not only is he making videos with some of the best people in the business, but also, they are top quality videos! The production value put into these is absolutely incredible. Here’s the Spirit of Jiu Jitsu video he made. This is by far my favorite but like I said, go check out his channel to see the rest of them!

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!