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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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Whats Been Goin Down at 10thPVN!?!

With a couple months missed on this blog, here’s the quickest summary ever…

We have moved into our new space still in the San Fernando Valley!

We have a hell of a new schedule with growing programs everyday. As of right now, we’ve already been able to set up MMA Classes for anyone looking to get into Mixed Martial Arts and learn some new things (Taught by yours truly). We also have a Gi Program! That’s right…10th Planet Jiu Jitsu has an incredible Gi program taught by a Jean Jacque Machado Black Belt, Tim Antolin.Tim is an incredible BJJ Practitioner and his Gi Class is amazing. Aside from the MMA Class and Gi Class, we have added some weekend programs including Saturday morning Jiu Jitsu taught by Mike “Lobes” Frausto as well as Bhimers’ Sunday Wrestling/Conditioning Class. Both weekend classes are a ton of fun and with super technical guys. Aside from all of that new stuff, we have added more Fundamentals classes to the schedule as well as added more to Alders Advancded Nogi Jiu Jitsu Curriculum. If you’re at all curious about our schedule or anything liek that, give us a call or come down.

Now, aside from the amazing new facility, new programs and instructors…some things don’t change.

One thing that hasn’t changed…Coach Alder is always doing everything he can to bring in the best guys possible for us to learn from! In just the recent months, we have had both 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and incredible competitor Denny Prokopos and WEC/UFC Veteran, SES Master Javier Vasquez come down to the gym for seminars. Both seminars were absolutely incredible and a great time! Lots of notes!

Also…did we mention Eddie Bravo came down to break down “Muddy Waters” for us? That’s right! Eddie Bravo came down for a special class one night and showed us all some of the basics of the newly added to the system, Muddy Waters position. If you aren’t familiar with this yet…you should be.

Another thing that hasn’t changed much (though some new faces are in there :)) we still have an amazing competition team that is constantly growing. Folks who have been training with us for a little while want to test their skills in a competition format and we set them up to have the most positive experience possible with a  training camp style training and coaching you every step of the way.

Also, we continue to enjoy ourselves in every way possible outside of the gym as well. Just this past weekend we had our 10th Planet Van Nuys Beach Day. We all went down to the beach and barbecued, played games, and just hung out. It was great to spend some time outside and enjoy California in the summer time.

So there ya go, although I’m sure I missed some stuff, a rough quick summary of all that’s been going down at 10PVN! Happy rollin folks!

P.S. Check out the gallery to see some of the stuff I mentioned above!

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!

What’s up world?

Hey guys! First and foremost, welcome to my blog. If you didn’t check out my profile, my names Gabe Calvento. I train in Nogi Jiu Jitsu and have been for about a year and a half. I am a white belt grappler at 10th Planet Van Nuys in the heart of the San Fernando Valley in California. I love the art of jiu jitsu, MMA, and that’s why I train at, in my opinion, the best gym in the world.

I love training @ 10th Planet Van Nuys under Alder Hampel (Eddie Bravo Brown Belt) because it’s the best atmosphere imaginable. We have an amazing jiu jitsu program with the best Instructor and training partners around. My coach breaks down every detail of every technique and if you ever have a quick question, there are always super helpful students around to get your back. Everyone’s really cool with one another and we all make a fun and safe atmosphere so that we can really train hard and learn the best techniques possible while getting a good workout.