Archive for April, 2010

“Stability Ball training and Jiu jitsu”

April 28, 2010

Here’s a topic that I have been meaning to write about for some time now and that is “Stability Ball training” for Jiu jitsu athletes. Stability ball training is a great supplement to Jiu jitsu training. You can work on your technique, balance, coordination as well as strength and conditioning. There are lots of cool drills that you can do to improve your athleticism and balance for Jiu jitsu and here is a great video of Abmar Barbosa working the stability ball. Abmar is one of Jiu jitsu’s brightest rising stars, Enjoy!!!

There’s so much that I’d like to say but the video really does the “Stability Ball training” more justice than words ever could. So let me just say, PLEASE BE CAREFUL when attempting Stability Ball training. Try to always practise on a padded surface like BJJ mats and don’t attempt any movements that you feel are above your current ability level until you have developed some good balance and dynamic movement skills! To find out more about Abmar Barbosa check out: http://www.abmarbarbosajiujitsu.com/ .

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

“The Journey Begins”

April 25, 2010

 

"The Journey Begins"

On the 10th April 2010, my son “Hunter Grez “was born and his journey through life began. Although he is barely over two weeks old it is amazing to see just how fast he is growing and learning…. I only wish I could learn at the speed he does! 🙂 It seems that not only has Hunter’s journey begun, but my own as well, as a parent. Hunter is my first child and I am so happy, excited, nervous, protective, elated and a little scared!

It is amazing how new experiences challenge us to learn and grow in unexpected ways and expand our comfort zone! Just like when you begin Jiu jitsu (or any other martial art), you feel uncomfortable and uncoordinated but after just a few weeks/months the movements start to feel more natural and your mind starts to unlock and explore your physical potential. Things that seemed so foreign to you now start to feel normal and you even begin to help the newer students learn and understand the movements.

Hunter Grez with a gift from some of my students(friends) at Jiu jitsu Kingdom!

 

Just like becoming a parent for the first time, I was excited and I thought I was ready but at the same time I was a little scared… How do I hold a baby correctly, would I be a good father, how do I change a nappy and could I settle him when he starts crying? Within hours I felt completely at ease (and at peace) holding my newborn son, under the supervision of a midwife I changed my son’s first nappy (it wasnt that hard 🙂 ), I felt a profound sense of love and protectiveness for my son and yes when he cries I pick him up and he settles almost immediately! I know I will be a great father because I love him with all of my heart, I would do anything for him and will do everything in my power to give him the very best in life! 

I know I have a long road ahead of me and a lot to learn. However I am excited about the journey and look forward to the miraculous road ahead of me. And yes I can’t wait until Hunter is old enough for me to start teaching him Jiu jitsu but, all in good time. For now I will just enjoy the journey, learn all that I can along the way and do my best to be a great role model and guide in his life! 

Self Explanatory I think... My son will learn Jiu jitsu before he can even walk!

 

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

P.S. Now you probably know why I have been a bit slack with the blog as of late! I will endeavour to catch up and post a whole heap of new material that I have sitting around at home! Thanks for your patience and I’ll speak to you soon!

An awesome Rickson Gracie Highlight!

April 20, 2010

Hello everyone, my apologies for not having posted recently however I have been extremely busy with the newest addition to my family, Hunter! He was born on the 10th April and my little bundle of joy has been keeping both my wife and I extremely busy! 🙂 Anyway I came across this cool highlight/tribute video of the master Rickson Gracie and thought I’d share it with you all! Enjoy!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom