Archive for December, 2010

“Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy holiday!”

December 27, 2010

A belated Merry Christmas to you and I hope you had a fantastic day and wish you a safe, happy holiday season! I’m sure some of you are indulging in a little less training and a little more eating sot please try to keep in mind that a little exercise goes a long way in helping you prevent putting on weight over the holiday season! So dont forget to keep up some strength and conditioning work, some drills or even some rolling when you can and your body will thank you for it when you step back on the mat! Thanks to Amaury Bitteti for the image below as I borrowed that from his facebook page!

Merry Christmas!

Again I hope you are starting to think and ponder over what you have achieved this year in your training and personal life. And starting to think, plan and dream about what you hope to achieve in 2011! A new year is coming which means a new beginning, so wherever you are now, whatever your situation you can change it and make 2011 the best year yet! I know it will be one of the best ever for me and if everything goes according to plan I believe I will accompish more this year than I have in the last five! 🙂

Good Luck with your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom


“Practise, Correct, Improve and Practise some more!”

December 19, 2010

Today’s post is a video that I came across on one of Lloyd Irvin’s websites and found it so important readily applicable to us as martial artists that I just had to share it! I hope you too see the value in it and let’s make our see if we can transform our gym into one of these little hotspots in 2011! Enjoy!

Now if we can just combine these concepts with last week’s philosophy of Kaizen then there is no limit to our improvement! And you are all on notice… Jiu-jitsu Kingdom will become one of the top Jiu-jitsu gyms in the country in 2011 because we are students of the game, we are hungry for more knowledge and we will work hard to realise our dreams! have a great day!

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!


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“Applying Kaizen to Jiu-jitsu”

December 12, 2010

As the year comes to a close and we begin to reflect on what we have achieved in our training and our personal lives, an ideal came to mind that I would like to share with you. That is the philosophy of “Kaizen”. Kaizen is a Japanese word for philosophy or ideal of “Continuing and Never Ending Improvement”. The actual translation of “Kaizen”  is as follows. “Kai (“change”) Zen” (“good”) is “improvement” and it has been made famous by the book “Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success” by Masaaki Imai. Kaizen is reflected in the Japanese “Total Quality Management” approach that helped Japan and their economy become a modern superpower.


Now how “Kaizen” applies to Jiu-jitsu and our lives is simple… Just think every time you step on the mat to train, that you aim to improve your technique, strategy and timing by even just a little bit, say 1%. If you do this your progress over the course of the year will be off the charts and your game will show tremendous improvement! 🙂 Say the average Jiu-jitsu practitioner trains 2 times a week for 48 weeks of the year (allowing four weeks off for holidays, work, sickness etc), in theory that student could improve their Jiu-jitsu by 96% in effect doubling theirs skills and effectiveness on the mat! Now here’s a thought, how about spending more time like 5-6 days a week this time only taking 2 weeks off…. Theoretically you could be 250-300% more skillful in the art! Now I realise progress isn’t so uniform but think about it, how many of you wouldn’t kill to have their game 25% better or their escapes/submissions 200% better? I am sure you get the idea!

Why wouldn’t you want to put this great philosophy into practise and unlock your potential? You’d be crazy not to!!! Sadly most people will probably read this, agree with me yet still not take action! DON’T like most people, take action starting now and apply Kaizen to your training. Hmm, now what else in your life could use a little improvement! 🙂

Good luck with your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu-jitsu Kingdom

“Short video on Posture by Nic Gregoriades”

December 4, 2010

Here’s a short video on “Posture” by my friend Nic Gregoriades. Nic is a black belt under Roger Gracie and runs the Jiu-jitsu Brotherhood website. I hope you find the following video helpful and please feel free to check out Nic’s other videos and Jiu-jitsu Brotherhood Website!

Nic is a nice guy, very humble and has a lot to offer so if you get a chance to train with him please do!

Good Luck with your Training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom