Archive for March, 2010

“A nasty armbar setup from Team Quest Head Coach Robert Follis!”

March 22, 2010

I had the great pleasure of attending a seminar by Team Quest Head Coach Robert Follis on saturday afternoon and it was far and away one of the best seminars I have ever attended! Robert is a skilled martial artist and a gifted teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from him. Robert was friendly, open-minded and keen to share his vast knowledge with the group! As a coach Robert Follis someone I really look up to and admire in the MMA scene. I’ll write a review of the seminar in the next couple of days but for now, Robert was kind enough to demonstrate a nice armbar setup  that can be used for grappling or mma for the Jiu jitsu Kingdom blog. Check it out below and let me know what you think!

A huge thanks to Robert for such a great seminar and for allowing me to film a technique for the blog! I really hope to get the chance to train some more with Robert Follis and if you ever get the chance to train with him please do so!!! There’s a good reason that he is a highly sought out coach by some of he best fighters in the UFC and MMA.

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom


Great series of arm attacks by Lloyd Irvin!

March 19, 2010

Hey people, I just came across this video by Lloyd Irvin and thought it was definitely worth sharing with you! I’m generally a big fan of Lloyd Irvin and his competition team and I hope you enjoy it!

You can find out more from his website or

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Seminar with Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Allan Goes!

March 17, 2010

On Monday the 1st of March, I had the great honour and privilege of attending a seminar with Pride/UFC  vets and former Carlson Gracie team members Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Allan Goes! And what a great seminar is was… We got the chance to learn Jiu jitsu as applied to mma by two of the best in the business and it was an opportunity not to be missed!!! 

Alex Prates, Allan Goes, Felipe Grez(me), Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Bernardo Trekko

To begin with Minotauro and Allan started by teaching a couple of defenses against the double leg. First by using the whizzer and pivoting to give your opponent a single leg instead. From here we worked the head down and took the opponent down into a top sprawl/turtle position. Second Minotauro showed how to throw your opponent with a combination knee bump and Thai style neck throw (as well as how to set up strikes) if you couldn’t work the opponent’s head down.

Minotauro then taught a bunch of techniques from the top sprawl/turtle position starting with the no gi clock choke from the back. I asked Allan to demonstrate on me to see how it felt an Allan replied “My pleasure” with a big grin on his face! To say that it was one of the tightest chokes I’ve ever felt was an understatement! From here Minotauro taught a series of chokes beginning with the anaconda choke(Minotauro special), and just like all things in Jiu jitsu it was the little details that made all the difference! Minotauro then showed how to transition into a D’arce choke by switching grips and going underneath your opponent. This was followed by another D’arce variation in which you maintained the top position and turned your opponent over to their side to set up the finish. The final choke was a modified guillotine using a mata leon grip and the Minotauro and Allan did a really cool thing… They taught an awesome flow drill to combine the techniques as your opponent progressively defends each technique and you flow into the next! While practising the techniques I asked Minotauro a question regarding defense and he showed me a really cool back take variation if the technique failed! Very cool!!! 🙂

Some of the Jiu jitsu Kingdom team with Minotauro and Allan Goes!


Allan Goes then took over and taught a series of techniques from the guard for mma beginning with how to tie up your opponent in the closed guard and how to safely transition into an aggressive open guard should the opponent begin standing to strike. We worked on setting up the Up kick as well then moved on to flowing into a tripod sweep and taking the top position. Some old school techniques here but still very relevant(though often neglected) and solid for mma. Allan then finished with setting up a helicopter style armbar from the tripod position and while this was maybe a little more advanced than most people could pull off, it was still nice to see the master in action! Allan Goes’s guard is beautiful to watch and lethally effective… A point that Minotauro hammered home several times throughout the seminar and Minotauro was very proud to call Allan his Jiu jitsu coach!

Throughout the seminar Minotauro and Allan interjected their ideas on strategy, technique and aggression for mma as well as always putting yourself in a safe position to attack/defend from. I was very fortunate to do a five-minute roll with the legend, Minotauro and his technique was very impressive as he shut down my game and dominated me on the mat finishing me with a nice knee bar and a D’arce choke from inside my half guard. I was very honoured to roll with him again and learnt a lot from the experience! Allan then talked a little about the history of the art, respect for the art and your teachers, loyalty, continually learning and working with a good team. Allan obviously had a lot of respect for the martial ways and culture of Japan and like Minotauro was a true martial Artist. I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and would highly recommend that you take the opportunity to train with them if you ever get the chance! It was a fantastic learning experience, thanks to Alex Prates and Bernardo Trekko for hosting them at their TP Gym.

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Updates, congratulations and an apology!

March 16, 2010

A big hello to all and I’ll start with an apology. I am sorry that I haven’t been posting regularly for the last month or so. I have been flat out training, teaching, attending seminars, building my business and helping one of my students get ready for his first mma fight as well as helping prepare some of my students prepare for the 7th Annual Australian Submission Wrestling Championships!

Dont worry I’m back on track and will hav a ton of new material on this month, starting within the next 24 hours! The Jiu jitsu Kingdom blog is only going to get bigger and better from here on out as we introduce technique sections, more interviews, training articles and much more. I’m very excited!

Now I’d like to congratulate some of my Jiu jitsu Kingdom “Dream Team”. 🙂

-Marcus “Man Child” Flanagan made his mma debut on CFC on friday 12th March. Unfortunately the fight didn’t go our way although Marcus showed some great takedowns and ground and pound. It was a tough first match up against  more experienced opponent on the biggest show in the country although Marcus showed the heart of a warrior, the referee stopped the fight with 15 second left in the first round. As his coach and friend I am very proud of him and I feel sorry for Man Child’s next opponent when he comes back better than ever!

-At the 7th Annual Australian Submission Wrestling Championships on Saturday 13th March, I had three of the guys compete(all first timers to no gi competition). First up in the Under 73kg division was Ryan Daniels in which he won his first match by guard armbar, his second match by huge points margin (15 or 17-2 I think?), his third match by armbar from mount before being defeated 6-4 in the semi finals taking fourth place. In the 79-85kg division Karl Robertson won his first match by a huge points margin (19-4 I think?) and followed that up with a head arm choke from mount in his second match before losing a points decision to fellow Jiu jitsu Kingdom representative Richard Peard in the quarter finals. Finally in the same 79-85kg division we had Richard Peard win his first and second match by rear naked choke, his third by points against Karl Robertson, his fourth by rear naked choke after surviving a deep guillotine, then a dramatic come from behind guillotine victory in the final as he was down 5-0 on points. I am so proud and happy for all the guys, they put on a great performance today!

Jiu jitsu Kingdom team shot. From left to right is Karl, Michael, Felipe(me), Richard, Ryan.

 All in all, a great weekend and I am so happy to be living the dream and teaching Jiu jitsu! 🙂 Stay tuned for more articles shortly and have a great week!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom