Category Archives: Jiu Jitsu Philosophy

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

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!

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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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5 Tips for Perfect Side Control

What is perfect side control?

Here at 10th Planet Van Nuys, you might occasionally hear our guys yell out during one of our rolling sessions, “Perfect side control!” Because of this, some of our newer students have asked me “What is perfect side control?” Well, perfect side control is basically the best side control position you can obtain. When you have the side control (side mount, cross body, etc.) position, there are several different ways to tighten it up by eliminating space between you and your opponent. Remember, this is always the goal when you find yourself in a top position. So, here are a few tips to do just that:

What are the 5 Tips for Perfect Side Control?

Grapplers Guide 2.0 is back!

For those of you who follow my blog religiously, you know I love posting technique videos and one of my favorite sites and YouTube channels is Jason Scullys. Jasculs, as he seems to be referred as on the boards is a Black Belt in BJJ and an awesome instructor and he has posted some great stuff all over the internet about different techniques, concepts, etc. in BJJ.

I absolutely love his stuff and just wanted to share with my readers that I’ll be subscribing to his new Grapplers Guide within the next couple days. I have no affiliation to Jason Scully OR the Grapplers Guide, I just genuinely believe he offers an amazing product and can’t wait to sign up. If you want to know more, check him out at http://www.grapplersguide.com