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Training Log 10/20/15

Haven’t done one of these in a while but here goes. 

Tonight was a good solid night of training at 10th Planet Van Nuys. 

On Tuesdays I teach a fundamentals bjj class before training in Advanced class. This month in Fundamentals we’re doing the mount position and in Advanced we’re focusing on some closed or basic open guard sweeps. Old school Jiu jitsu and I love it. 

Personally, today I wanted to focus on some of my X Guard Sweeps and maybe some basic Kimura attacks from side control or North South. Some tough rolls in the room but all in all it was a good training day. I definitely know I want to work on some guard retention stuff. I was getting passed fairly often by some of the higher belts and that roll can get rough once they’ve passed. 

That being said, a huge piece of advice given to me a while back recently resurfaced in the form of a Marcelo Garcia video where he talks about defense. 

“Staying offensive keeps your opponent reacting to you and therefore you aren’t reacting to them. Keep them on the defensive”

We finished with some Padwork and drilling. I’ll be cornering a few of my fighters on November 22nd at an amateur MMA promotion. Anyway, I’ll be back at it tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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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.

Wrasslin’ @ 10PVN!

Hey guys, some schedule changes and new things goin on!

There is now Sunday Wrestling Class at 11am! This class used to be run by Coach Bhimer at 11:30 but now Coach Lobes will be running it about 30 minutes earlier. This class is great because it consists of a bunch of solid wrestling drills to get us able to execute them in a live scenario.

Wrestling is a huge part of the grappling game. Without a takedown of some kind, all the jiu jitsu in the world might not be able to really help.

Initiating Takedowns and Avoiding Takedowns is absolutely crucial. Definitely catch me in that class trying to up the standing part of my grappling game and you all should be too.

Not to mention, it’s a hell of a workout…

Anyway, come down to 10PVN on Sundays if you want to see some great wrestling techniques to add to your BJJ game!

 

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!

 

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!