Posts Tagged ‘felipe’

Back Again… This time I’m here for Good!!!

December 14, 2013

OK, so another year has passed and my blog has kind of fallen by the wayside while I have focused on other tasks… That changes now! My goal for the next 12 months and onwards is to post 1-2 new posts a week and get back on track helping people and building our community! 🙂

Over the last couple of months I have been extremely blessed to meet and train with a lot of really great people and I am itching to share what I have learned with you and hope that it helps and inspires you as it has done so for me! Jiu Jitsu training really has the power to help change and improve your life if you let it so sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!



Congrats to Jiu Jitsu Kingdom’s newest Blue Belt!

May 5, 2012

A huge congratulations to Tim Nieuwenhuis, who was graded to blue belt yesterday at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom! It has been a long time coming mate, and I am proud to finally promote you. Keep up the great work and I am certain that you will continue to impress both on the mats and in competition! And I am looking forward to seeing many more Kimura’s from you!

To the rest of the team, keep training hard, supporting each other and sharpening your techniques! Iron sharpens iron and we all have to work together to help each other improve and take our games to the next level. Jiu Jitsu is a team sport and no one gets good without a great team behind them!

On a side note there is another one of you that I am looking to promote in the near future so keep training and let’s make this Jiu Jitsu Kingdom’s biggest and best year ever!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Jiu Jitsu Hygiene”

April 21, 2012

Jiu Jitsu is an art requiring you and your training partners to get up close and personal with each other every training session! Now due to such close body contact there should be a few ground rules in regards hygiene before you or your training partners ever step on the mat!

  1. Please ensure that you are clean and smell pleasant. It is extremely uncomfortable and gross to train with someone who reeks of bodily odours or hasn’t appeared to have showered in days. Aside from this it is unhygienic and you could contaminate and spread skin infections etc!
  2. Please ensure that your Gi (Kimono) or training gear is washed and if necessary disinfected before each session! As previously mentioned dirty training gear is disgusting and unpleasant for your training partners and you should refuse to train with anyone who does not wash their training gear after every class! Dirty training gear is a breeding ground for disease and infection and can be potentially dangerous to you and your training partners due to the risk of MSRA or Staph infections etc. So again please wash your Gi (Kimono), Belt, T-shirts/Rashies, shorts and protective equipment. And if you have training gear such as MMA gloves that can’t be washed then at least make sure to disinfect and properly air out your equipment so it does not stink or become dirty and disgusting.
  3. Please insure that your finger and toe nails are always clipped short. This is also important to help prevent scratches and cuts during training which could also become infected.
  4. If you have long hair please tie it up so that your training partners don get it in their faces and it is not pulled/ripped out and spread all over the mat etc. One of my female students Kelly informed me that she read somewhere on a women’s BJJ blog that tying your hair into one or two braids is most effective for women and it seems to have been working for her in class! Come to think of it when watching high level females compete in BJJ, Grappling and MMA this does appear to be the norm so I thought I would pass that bit of information on!
  5. Try and insure that you don’t have bad breath! Again it can just be really uncomfortable and embarrassing for you or your training partners to have to put up with!
  6. If at all possible train in a rash vest or even better a long sleeve rash vest! Rash vests wick away sweat from the surface and help prevent the spread of infection and obviously a long sleeve rashie offers you even more protection than a short sleeve one. Once a t-shirt becomes totally soaked it looses its value for preventing the transfer of skin diseases/infections.
  7. If you have any signs of a rash or skin irritation, please get it checked out immediately and don’t train until you have Doctor’s clearance to do so. Aside from it being quite disgusting again the risk of infection is very high especially due to the close body contact. Even after getting clearance make sure it is adequately taped up/covered/protected so it still does not make any direct contact with your training partners!
  8. Finally make sure you are wearing deodorant and cologne or at the very least smell pleasant! This last point should be self-explanatory!

So there we have it a basic overview of what is expected of you as student when you turn up to class to train! If you abide by these rules, turn up with a good attitude and are eager to learn you should be welcome anywhere you go!

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Lessons From Lower Belts!”

April 15, 2012

A lot of people who have trained in Jiu Jitsu for any length of time (myself included occasionally) often get disheartened when they aren’t able to train with higher belt ranks as much as they would like to! Particularly as you advance in the art, the challenge of testing your skills against the higher belts and learning from them becomes more and more appealing. And for those of you that don’t have that opportunity or rarely get that opportunity it is easy to become frustrated and feel like you are not learning while just rolling with people of the same or lower rank…

But let me tell you this is a MISTAKE! In fact it is often the case that some of your biggest breakthroughs will come while training with less experienced training partners as you are able to relax and apply your techniques more easily! The trick is one to maximising your training and learning experience has a lot to do with your attitude. Firstly you have to be open-minded and truly believe that you can and WILL learn training with anyone! Even if it is just how to set up a certain attack, countering a particular technique/movement or improving your timing!

One of the things that you learn while training Jiu Jitsu is that it is extremely important to train with as wide a variety of training partners as possible because we all move and respond differently and we all bring different gifts and tricks to the mat!

Sometimes a raw beginner will be more difficult for you to catch or roll smoothly with than a seasoned blue or purple belt because they are so unorthodox that you can’t predict and anticipate their movements as effectively. This can pose an interesting challenge and often frustrates a lot of people. And the best way to combat this is to train and roll with as many different bodies as you can. All shapes, sizes and strengths… Now that doesn’t mean you can be reckless or not choose your training partners wisely, but it means sometimes it is great to pair up with different people even if it is just to drill technique.


Some of the greatest Jiu Jitsu practitioners of all time such as Rickson Gracie, Marcelo Garcia or Roger Gracie advocate training with their students and never really seek out advanced training partners to prepare for their fights! And if training with lower level opponents is good enough for them to sharpen their skills and learn, then you better believe that it is good enough for us!!!

On a personal level I know I have learnt a tremendous amount while rolling with my students at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom and much to their surprise they have taught me as much if not more about Jiu Jitsu than I have ever taught them! Not that they believe me when I tell them that!  I truly believe that to get good at Jiu Jitsu you need to train with people who are better than you to work your defenses just as much as you need to work with lower level opponents to sharpen your attacks and movement skills! So next time you are partnered with a lower belt make a conscious effort to learn something from the roll, strive to always improve some technique/movement and thank them for helping you develop your game!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

Self Defense… The Foundation of Gracie Jiu Jitsu

August 28, 2011

In this day and age of modern Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition, Submission Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition, it is easy for people to forget why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was created. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was created as a means of survival and self-defense for a smaller, weaker individual to overcome an attack from a stronger and more aggressive attacker! Helio Gracie spent his life developing and refining the techniques of Jiu Jitsu that we now know today as Gracie Jiu Jitsu (or more commonly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).

Helio Gracie was the pioneer who applied the theory of leverage to the techniques of Jiu Jitsu and in the process began a revolution that allows men, women and children of all ages, shapes, size and athletic ability learn techniques to defend themselves with maximum efficiency and minimal effort. Gracie Jiu Jitsu was the catalyst for modern MMA competition and the UFC. And although MMA is soaring in popularity, it is important that we do not forget Helio’s original teachings and intention for Gracie Jiu Jitsu and that is Self Defense.

One of Helio’s many famous quotes regarding Gracie Jiu Jitsu is: “Always assume that your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger and faster than you; so that you learn to rely on technique, timing and leverage rather than brute strength”. Through the techniques of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, an individual is able to develop confidence, awareness and a sound technical arsenal to protect themselves should the need ever arise. Another great Helio Gracie quote is: “Jiu Jitsu is personal efficiency to protect the weaker, which anyone can do. It is the force of leverage against brute force”.

Just last Friday I began training a new student, Kimberley who had no prior Martial Arts experience, yet was keen to develop more confidence and learn how to protect herself. Kimberley took to Gracie Jiu Jitsu training like a fish to water and within the first 10 minutes was starting to develop some serious base! I at around 95kg was not able to push her or drag her around once she understood the basic principle of dropping her weight and establishing base even though I outweighed her by around 35kg!

Once Kimberley saw the results of good technique and the correct application of leverage we moved onto Bear Hug defenses both Front and Rear. Within minutes Kimberley was able to escape and throw me with remarkable ease and confidence! Again no small feat considering this was her first exposure to Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts in general. After being beaten up and thrown to the mat over 50 times we moved onto mount Escapes, specifically the “Upa”. Again we started slowly and gradually added progressive resistance as she her technique improved and she gained confidence with her “Upa”. To say I was impressed with how fast she learnt and understood the movements would be an understatement… Shocked actually! 🙂 Kimberley soaked up the techniques like a sponge and was showing some real promise, all while smiling and having fun… As a coach I felt both proud and inspired by her progress and her new-found confidence in Gracie Jiu Jitsu!

On a side note in case you missed it, there was a little secret to success mentioned in the previous chapter and that is the idea of having fun while you are training. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing you wont put in the necessary time required to learn the techniques and develop your reflexes. A teaching principle I try to apply to every class is that of “S.S.L.”. “S.S.L.” stands for Smiling, Sweating and Laughing. If you can have your students doing all three while working hard on developing your technique you have the recipe to develop lifelong Martial Artists and Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Remember Gracie Jiu Jitsu has so much more to offer than just physical self-defense techniques, it can literally change your life as it has mine but that is a topic of another post! For now always keep in mind that Self Defense is the foundation of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and should always remain so.

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

“Starlight Foundation Fundraising Day A Huge Success!”

May 7, 2011

Hello everyone, our Jiu Jitsu Kingdom “Starlight Foundation Fundraiser” yesterday was a huge success! Thank you so much to all the team and extra volunteers for generously donating your time and money to this fantastic charity! And Rich, you were a great team leader as expected! Thanks for allowing us to share in the experience!

Here are a few photos from the day, enjoy!

At last count I believe we had raised over $1250 but I will let you know exactly how much the final amount is when I find out! Again great effort people, you all rocked!

A great day was had by all and I am sure we will make this a regular thing!

Good Luck With Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez