Posts Tagged ‘Andre Galvao’

“Latest News at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom”

July 15, 2012

Ok so a lot has been going on behind the scenes at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom as of late and I thought it was about time that we share some of the great and exciting news and things that we have planned for the very near future! Firstly if I seem like I have been a little disorganised as of late I apologise. My wife is due with our second child any time now so between family time, Jiu Jitsu Kingdom, work and a whole bunch of other stuff I may have been spreading myself a little thin as of late!

Ok so first things first. With regards to seminars Andre Galvao will be teaching a  two-day seminar (Gi and No Gi) on the 11th and 12th August at Liam Resenkov’s VT-1 Gym in Chatswood. Liam is a friend and supporter of Jiu Jitsu Kingdom so let’s do our best to support him and keep the latest Jiu Jitsu talent coming out to Australia to share their knowledge with us. If you can make either day or both I highly recommend them as Andre Galvao is one of the best Jiu Jitsu competitors on the planet at the moment!

The next upcoming seminar is the legendary Royler Gracie, son of the founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Widely considered one of the most technical people in the Gracie family and arguably the most accomplished in Gi, No Gi and MMA competition. Royler Gracie will be teaching a seminar at Gracie Sydney/Humaita headquarters in Alexandria on the 18th August. Another seminar not to be missed!

Then we have 6 time World Champion Michelle Nicolini, arguably the best female Jiu Jitsu competitor in the world coming to Sydney, Australia to teach a series of seminars and classes at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom! Michelle will be teaching a special two-day women’s only seminar as well as an open seminar while she is here. In addition to this Michelle will also kindly be helping out and teaching some classes at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom for our members and seminar attendees only! Michelle will also be available for a limited number of private lessons. Please talk to me if you are interested in booking some! Pretty exciting!

The second half of 2012 is going to be HUGE for Jiu Jitsu Kingdom so get ready… Because you aint seen nothing yet!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom


Andre Galvao and the 2012 Mundials

June 3, 2012

There is a lot of responsibility associated with being an Instructor of the Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is no different. Sadly this is sometimes missed in a lot of Jiu Jitsu schools BUT it shouldn’t be. Teaching is a great responsibility because there is so much more to being a good teacher than just showing techniques and explaining their details. Being a good teacher involves passion for the art, leading by example and really caring about your students development as martial artists and good human beings. Sometimes our passion blinds us but it is important to take responsibility for your actions, set the record straight and lead by example.

An example of this occurred at the 2012 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships this weekend in which one of the legends of the sport was ejected from the arena and disqualified from competing! Multiple time World Jiu Jitsu Champion and one of the favourites to win both his weight and the absolute division, Andre Galvao was asked to leave the arena after jumping the barrier to dispute a very poor and inconsistent referee’s decision. The controversial decision cost his student a gold medal in the World Championships in the purple belt feather weight division. Andre was contesting the referee’s horrible calls and became quite heated while arguing on behalf of his student being ripped off. Andre was understandably upset and angered by the poor decision and earlier poor decisions in which one of his purple belts lost via kneebar in a division in which kneebars are ILLEGAL! Apparently this was the last straw for Andre who got angry and argued with the referee questioning his competence and understanding of the rules! Andre is clearly a passionate guy about both Jiu Jitsu and his students. Unfortunately his passion and emotions just clouded his decision-making ability and thus the fiasco.

Now while it is admirable for a coach to care about his students and stick up for them during such injustices. The fact of the matter is that it was wrong for Andre to act the way he did and jump the barrier to argue with the referee. Was he right in his argument? Probably. Did his criticisms have merit? I’d say so. But as an ambassador for the sport and a leader of his Jiu Jitsu team Atos, Andre acted uncharacteristically bad and unsportsmanlike as a coach and he let his emotions get the better of him which caused a scene. As such the officials saw fit to have him removed from the arena and sadly disqualified from competing in both his weight and the absolute division on the weekend!

Andre has gone on record to apologise for his actions and in a truly humble manner accept full responsibility for his actions and the subsequent consequences. As a man and a leader, that is the Andre Galvao that Jiu Jitsu fans around the world have grown to love watching compete and as a team leader, he did the right thing in accepting responsibility and apologising.

Sadly the decision to disqualify him thus denying him and the fans a chance to see one-off our favourite athletes compete stands. A decision which I also feel is incorrect. Jiu Jitsu is run by the same people hosting the competition and profiting from it without paying their athletes! The lack of a formal ability to protest a poor decision and no independent governing regulatory body leaves both Andre and the fans at the mercy of the organisers/officials. And they unsurprisingly support their own without taking into account the poor performance of their referee. I believe it would have been fair to have ejected him from coaching for the day and even banned him from coaching for the duration of the competition. But disqualifying him and not allowing him to compete is incorrect and unfair as it would not apply equally to everyone, especially if someone was only coaching and not competing. This would mean that people are not punished equally for the same offense and that is unjust. Clearly the IBJJF need to step up and take some responsibility for the actions of their referees and set an example by at least reviewing the situation and looking to improve the way they are handled and also the training and consistency of calls made by referees in the future.

Andre Galvao has stepped up, now it is your turn IBJJF. If you really want to grow the sport and provide a great competition circuit for athletes to compete fairly it is important that you learn from these mistakes and take steps to prevent them in the future. If the IBJJF don’t learn from this they run the risk of having athletes boycott the event and only attend paid competition like the ADCC Pro and other paid competitions that are starting to spring up.

If you want to inspire greatness you must lead by example, earn respect rather than demand it and step up and admit when you have made a mistake. These are traits that have always been encouraged by the Gracie family and we must make sure we as Jiu Jitsu practitioners uphold the Gracie legacy!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

Upcoming Jiu Jitsu Seminars in August!

May 12, 2012

Ok so August is a hot month for Jiu Jitsu seminars firstly we have multiple time World Jiu Jitsu and ADCC Champion Andre Galvao coming to Australia for a series of seminars! Andre has been on a tear in the competition scene and just keeps getting better. His book “Drill to Win” is essential reading for all Jiu Jitsu students and instructors alike and his DVD set are great too. I am really excited about this seminar and looking forward to learning from one of the best in the business and I hope Jiu Jitsu Kingdom will be there in force with a team of supporters!

Andre’s seminars will be held at VT-1 Gym in Chatswood and are on the 11th and 12th of August. Please let me know ASAP if you want to attend as no doubt this will sell out fast especially as it is Andre’s first time out here!

Secondly w have the legendary Royler Gracie coming to Australia! Royler Gracie is the son of the founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Helio Gracie and one of the most respected people in Jiu Jitsu. Royler will be holding a seminar at Gracie Alexandria on 18th August 2012 from 2pm-5pm. To all the guys and girls at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom, I highly recommend that you attend this seminar as it is not often you get to train with and learn from one of the greatest Jiu Jitsu and No Gi competitors/teachers of all time!

Royler Gracie

Although I don’t know what Royler will be teaching you can be sure that it will be the very finest in Gracie Jiu Jitsu technique regardless of whether it is for Self defence, Sports Competition or MMA and will be suitable for all levels of experience. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in attending so I can reserve our spots as part of the Gracie Sydney team.  

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Celebrate the Submission”

April 17, 2012

The thing about training Jiu Jitsu is that you will get submitted over and over again in your quest to master the art! And a lot of people react to being submitted in various different ways from disappointment and frustration to anger. The thing is everyone taps on the mat! And if you are not tapping regularly either you are not training with good enough people or you are not experimenting and learning as much as you could.

At Jiu Jitsu Kingdom, whenever I see a student get frustrated, annoyed or upset about being submitted the first thing I tell them is that “on these mats, everyone taps”! Also that however many time they tap in training that they have tapped that time 1000! One of the interesting things I remember reading in Andre Galvao’s brilliant “Drill To Win” book was how “Terere” encouraged his students to celebrate the submission. What he meant was that when you tapped, firstly smile and acknowledge the other person’s technical proficiency and thank them for helping you learn more about Jiu Jitsu! No wonder “Terere” was such a Phenom and awesome coach with such brilliant attitude towards training and learning! Another thing they did at their academy was to exchange belts and train in various coloured belts just to help avoid the stigma of tapping to a lower belt which believe it or not actually happens a lot in all the top gyms around the world!

Again this is another area where people tend to judge too quickly when a higher belt taps to a lower belt. In Brazil for example this is common and not taken so seriously, perhaps they were working on a weaker area of their game or just got made a mistake and got caught. There may be a little laugh and joke about it but no one takes it too seriously and the higher belt is generally recognized as the more experienced player and there is no shame in it at all!

Anyway the take home lesson is next time you tap in training; smile, recognize and appreciate your opponent’s great technique, thank them for the lesson and learn from the experience. This will help increase your learning speed and longevity in the wonderful art of Jiu Jitsu!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Drill To Win – by Andre Galvao”

October 28, 2010

One of my students Derek, recently bought me Andre Galvao’s “Drill To Win-12 Months To Better Brazilian Jiu jitsu” for my birthday. And let me say what a great book it is!!! Andre Galvao has partnered up with Kevin Howell to produce another master text for Jiu jitsu students, instructors and competitors alike!

Andre Galvao - "Drill To Win

“Drill To Win” is a fantastic book on the fine art of drilling technique and developing functional movement skills for the Jiu jitsu practitioner. “Drill To Win” takes a step back from all the normal Jiu jitsu books which focus on a whole bunch of techniques be it for sport, self defense or MMA and takes the Jiu jitsu athlete along a different path. As the title says, the book focuses on drilling to develop functional movement skills for Jiu jitsu improving the jiu jitsu practitioner’s ability to learn and apply techniques, move more smoothly and develop the necessary athletic qualities such as strength, balance, coordination and agility that make great Jiu jitsu athletes!

If you are serious about Jiu jitsu, you must buy this book!!! 🙂 You can buy “Drill To Win” at . Read it, put it into practise and watch your game improve tremendously! Thanks again Derek for such a great gift and I am really looking forward to Kevin Howell’s future books particularly the rumoured book with the great “Terere!

Good Luck with your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

“Sweet footage of Andre Galvao rolling in the gym!”

October 20, 2010

Hey all, sorry for the slackness in writing as of late! That will change very shortly but for now here is some cool footage of Andre Galvao rolling in the gym! I hope you enjoy it and pay attention to his smooth fluid movement!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

“A great clip training video of Andre Galvao!”

December 29, 2009

Here’s fantastic clip of Andre Galvao (courtesy of Gracie mag), drilling some technique and doing some light rolling in the gym! Very entertaining video from one of the  greats of the sport! I hope you like it. Andre’s movement skills are awesome!!!

I can’t wait until Andre’s  book (“Drill like a Champion”) comes out!!! It looks awesome and just like everything else put out by Victorybelt publishing I cant wait to buy it! 🙂 Have a safe and great New year’s and I hope all your dreams come true in 2010!!!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom