Posts Tagged ‘competition’

“Thoughts On Competing Part 1/2”

May 6, 2012

Ok so I have two of my students competing today and I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my thoughts on Jiu Jitsu competition and its value. To begin with Jiu Jitsu Kingdom is not a competition school so to speak although we have produced several champions in the competitive arena in Gi, No Gi and MMA competition.

At Jiu Jitsu Kingdom our focus is on developing the individual into the very best person and Martial Artist he can become, using Jiu Jitsu as the vehicle of development! We practise Jiu Jitsu with the goal of using maximum efficiency and minimum effort to control and submit our opponents on the mat as originally taught by Helio Gracie.

The Jiu Jitsu we teach comes from the Gracie family and can be used to learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from violence and can even be used by women and children as an effective method of escaping and fighting off a much larger and stronger attacker. Jiu Jitsu has something to offer for everyone!

Jiu Jitsu techniques are a fundamental building block in the MMA arena. Through the use of leverage, technique, and strategy in Jiu Jitsu you can protect yourself and defeat a stronger more aggressive opponent in the cage/ring (MMA/Vale Tudo) just as easily or at the very least save you from receiving a beating and possibly being maimed/seriously injured.

Jiu Jitsu can also be used in competitive Gi and No Gi Jiu Jitsu matches as the use of leverage, technique and strategy can be applies equally even in these environments however our goal is always to submit our opponents not win by points or advantages. At Jiu Jitsu Kingdomwe teach our students to always “Hunt for the Submission” or at the very least to “Climb the Ladder” so that we are advancing our position and heading towards a position where we can create an indefensible situation and submit our opponents!

Granted this may not always be the best strategy in sports competition but our focus is always on the overall development of our Jiu Jitsu not the trophies and medal we earn if we win. Don’t get me wrong, winning is great but it is the lessons we learn from competition that is most valuable to us in the long run. What we learn about ourselves and our games is vastly more important than the end result of a win or a loss.

What were our mistakes?

How was our mindset? Were we nervous, excited, afraid etc?

Did our emotions cloud our judgement?

Could we have done something better to create a submission opportunity?

Should we have changed our strategy or tactics?

How did you deal with the pressure and could you have dealt with it better?

What would you do differently next time?

There is so much that can be learnt about yourself when you step on the mat to compete and while we all aspire to win, it is the lessons we learn and how we use them to grow as individuals and Martial Artists that matter most. Something I always remember 2004 Judo Olympian Rhadi Ferguson saying is “If you lose, don’t lose the lesson”! This is some of the best advice I can offer regarding competing.

If you gain experience, learn more about yourself and your game and what you need to work on then you could hardly say that you really lost! And if you won that’s great I am sure it will help build your confidence but still take the time to analyse what lessons you learned from the experience and how you can use this to become a better Martial Artist. Everyone who faces their fears and steps on the mat to compete or even just train Jiu Jitsu is a winner in the game of life.

In the part 2, I will talk about some of the major positives of Jiu Jitsu competition and how it can help fuel the innovation and growth of the art! Why I encourage people to compete at least once and how competition can expedite your learning curve!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom


“Exciting Upcoming Seminars!”

June 19, 2011

As the year flies by I am looking forward to a couple of seminars to brush up on my skills and add a few new details to my game and the Jiu Jitsu Kingdom Team! Firstly we have Gracie Humaita Head Coach, Master Royler Gracie coming out to teach a seminar at Gracie Sydney/Humaita Headquarters in July which should be awesome! Unfortunately I was disappointed to miss out on attending his seminar last year. Apparently Royler put a strong focus on competition and everyone was really impressed. A big thanks to Bruno Panno for bringing him out and continuing to build the Gracie Humaita team in Australia!

Then a little later in the year, November I think, we have Jiu Jitsu Phenoms Guilherme and Rafael Mendes coming out to do an Australian Seminar tour where they will be teaching at VT1 Gym (Gracie Sydney/Humaita) in Chatswood for the second time! Again, unfortunately I missed their seminars last year as well and heard they were ridiculously good. A big thanks to Liam Resnekov for continuing to support and host Jiu Jitsu’s top talent!

I am very excited about these seminars and hope that the Jiu Jitsu Kingdom Team are able to attend both seminars and benefit from these guys’ wealth of experience! I am a big fan of seminars as I feel they are a great way to mix up your training, keep things fresh and add a few details and depth to your game! They say “Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open” and I believe this completely! As a student I think the best thing you can do when attending a seminar is go in with a good attitude and an open mind. If you do this, you will learn, your game will improve and you will be better from the experience!

Good Luck With Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

“Check Out BJJHacks!”

June 5, 2011

I recently come across a relatively new Jiu Jitsu site called BJJHacks and think it is awesome! BJJHacks already has some fantastic content on there by some of the best coaches and competitors in the world! I particularly like the interview with Dave Camarillo, Murilo Buastamante and Lloyd Irvin! They have been quick to get some great interviews and I look forward to seeing what direction they take in the future!

I highly recommend that you check out their site and support another great BJJ website! The URL is . Back to work for now but I hope you have a great day!

Gook Luck With Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez


Passing the Half Guard With Mario Sperry

May 28, 2011

Here is a half guard pass taught to you by BJJ legend Mario “Zen Machine” Sperry. Ze Mario is a master guard passer and this is one of his preferred methods of passing the half guard with the Gi. Enjoy!

Good Luck With Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

“Jiu Jitsu Kingdom – Mat Experiences”

May 13, 2011

Another great week at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom comes to an end and it’s awesome to see everyone practicing and applying their techniques! This week’s focus was on taking, controlling and attacking the back and I think I saw more back takes in rolling this week than I have all month! Great effort people! 🙂

It is amazing to see how tweaking a few small details here and there can completely improve someone’s ability to use a technique  in a live situation. What we learn from this is that it is SSSOOO important to pay attention in class, listen to your instructor, focus on doing the techniques correctly and allow your body to develop a feel for how the technique works. In addition to this you must allow your mind to understand why the technique works and when to apply it! If you do this you will improve tremendously!

On friday, I even had the pleasure of training with a visiting BJJ purple belt Ash, from New Zealand. It is always great to meet like-minded and  passionate students of the art with an open mind. I really enjoyed teaching the class, had fun, learnt a few new things and made another friend. What more could a person ask for in life? 🙂 It  never cease to amaze me just how many great people there are all over the world! Jiu Jitsu training really does sort the men from the boys so to speak and attract positive and friendly people onto the mats! Anyway if you live around Sydney or are ever just passing through, please feel free to stop by and do a class. everyone is welcome as long as you are willing to leave your ego at the door and come in with a good attitude!

All in all, a great week! I look forward to getting back on the mats to teach and train next week! Oh and good luck competing in the Worlds Ash!

Good Luck In Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

“Ask a black belt Episode 4. Dave Camarillo”

April 8, 2011

Here’s a great video that I saw on one of my student’s Facebook pages and thought I wold share with everyone! I am a huge fan of Dave Camarillo’s and think he is a great role model as both a  coach and a Martial Artist! Enjoy and thanks Paolo!

Good Luck With Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Play Jiu Jitsu Vs Fight Jiu Jitsu – Robson Moura”

March 31, 2011

Here is a brilliant video on how to train and learn more effectively in the gym. Robson is a legend in the sport and obviously knows how to reach the highest levels of the art! Please listen carefully and apply this to your training and before you know it your game will soar!

Robson seems like a great instructor and ambassador for Jiu Jitsu! I regret missing the opportunity to train with him earlier this year… 😦 Please check out his youtube page, it is great and you will get a feel for his positive energy and passion for the art!

Good Luck With Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Terere: Return of a Champion!”

March 11, 2011

Terere is back training Jiu Jitsu with a vengeance and hoping to make a splash in the Mundials (World Championships) this year. I saw this video last week of him training for his return and thought it would be worth sharing with you, I hope you like it!

Let’s offer Terere our full support and welcome him back into the art that has saved his life! Volta Terere!!!!

Good Luck With Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Joe Moreira Guard Series”

March 5, 2011

Here are some video clips from a Joe Moreira seminar earlier this year that I found on YouTube. Although he covers a lot of basic concepts and techniques I still believe they are excellent and worth sharing! I hope you enjoy them.

Joe Moreira has been around for a long time in Jiu Jitsu circles and even fought in some of the early UFC’s! It is very rare that you get to see a 7th Dan(Coral Belt) demonstrating technique and sharing his knowledge in public so I hope you learn from these videos as I have!

Joe Moreira has produced some excellent black belts such as Roy Harris, Michael Jen, Ed Beneville, Gustavo Froes etc. who are phenomenal teachers with tremendous attention to detail and Joe Moreira has a reputation as a monster on the mat!

I hope you enjoyed these videos and they helped your game! Now go and put what you have learned into practise! 🙂

Good Luck with Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Getting better at Jiu Jitsu”

February 28, 2011

Today was a fantastic day at the office! Such a great day of teaching and training, I am truly living the dream! Teaching and training Jiu Jitsu is more than just a job or hobby for me, it is my life! And what a great life I lead… I was fortunate to teach a Jiu Jitsu class this morning followed by a No Gi Jiu Jitsu class and then do some private training with a training partner/coach and get my butt kicked! 🙂  But hey, I learnt heaps and my game improved and I’ll be better tomorrow for having trained today. And that is the most important thing, living, learning and always seeking to improve!

At the end of the day, the way to get better is to show up to training with a good attitude, train smart, learn, experiment and try to execute your techniques using the minimum amount of effort. Seek the best coaches and instruction you could find, keep an open mind, watch and study the best Jiu Jitsu athletes in competition. Train with the best people you can, again keep an open mind and most importantly wrestle/roll  “to learn”.  Fighting every match in the gym like it is the finals of the Mundials is not conducive to learning quickly and reaching your potential!

I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t say that competing will also help you improve faster as long as you compete to learn. Put yourself and your game under pressure, learn from your mistakes, learn to dictate the pace of the match and control your emotions and mind under duress. And yes I know competing isn’t for everyone but it can help you learn, develop your game and expand your comfort zone! As a matter of fact, I have recently decided to start competing again this year to put myself to the test!

Good Luck With Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom