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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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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!

 

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!

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David Hah is a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt under Alder Hampel as well as an Amateur Mixed Martial Artist. I train with him on a regular basis and he’s an absolute beast! Feel free to check out his blog and keep up with him.

Also, remember, if you ever thought about training in Jiu Jitsu in the San Fernando Valley, feel free to come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys to try out a class 😉