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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!

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The Bruce Lee Influence on Modern MMA

Bruce Lee is, in my opinion, the most influential martial artist of all time. Today, November 27th is his birthday and he would have been 72 years old today.

He has made such an incredible impact on the world of martial arts and society in general.  I have always been heavily influenced by Bruce Lee in my own personal quest of martial arts. I’ve watched movies and read a few books about some of his philosophies on martial arts and life and he was so ahead of his time.

Lee didn’t allow himself to be confined to one particular style in his quest for the most applicable martial arts for combat. He would search for more and more ways to be more effective rather than sticking with “tradition.”

Mixed Martial Arts has gone through an evolution similar to that of Bruce Lees’ personal development in the martial arts. Here’s a video from Roots of Fight featuring Paul Lazenby, Eddie Bravo, and Ralek Gracie.

Are you ready to get started on your martial arts path? What are you waiting for?

Come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and get started! We’ll see you on the mats!

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!

10th Planet Van Nuys Visits 10th Planet West LA!

10th Planet Van Nuys Visits 10th Planet West LA!

10th Planet Van Nuys Visits 10th Planet West LA!

On Wednesday, November 21st, the 10th Planet Van Nuys crew headed down to 10th Planet West LA for an evening training session! 10th Planet West LA is led by 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Scott “Einstein” Epstein. Scott had lots of great techniques to show us and we were all very excited to train with those beasts!

The West LA crew was more than hospitable to our large group that went down there for the festivities. We started out the class with some warm ups and some different pummeling and takedown techniques. I particularly enjoyed this part of the class as Scott showed some great details to the Ankle pick Takedown and even showed us some great tips to pass the guard straight from the takedown!

We then moved on to the Halfguard Lockdown position, something the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system is very much known for. Although very few people in the room were unfamiliar with some of the moves, Scott gave us some tips to keep our Lockdown tight and he refreshed some ideas about the Whip Up.

Once we found ourselves on our sides, then came the fun and Scott demonstrated how to finish the Electric Chair submission! The Electric Chair submission stretches out your opponent using the lockdown and shoulder pressure to put pressure on the hips, groin, etc.

However, some opponents may be resistant to the submission and Scott showed us how we can move to the Electric Chair sweep from that position. He also showed some counters to the Sweep and how we can move around them and work to pass the guard. He even showed an off- shoot and how to hit a Calf slicer submission from one of the sweep attempts!

After learning all these great techniques, the West LA crew was game for some fun times free rolling. Everyone had a great time training together and it was an amazing experience visiting them! I can’t wait to train with those guys again!

P.S. If you guys ever want to learn more about the Electric Chair or any of the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system and you live in the San Fernando Valley area…what are you waiting for? Come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and check us out! See you on the mats!

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!