Posts Tagged ‘jiu jitsu kingdom’

Eddie Bravo Seminar in Sydney

September 29, 2012

On Sunday 16th September, Fari Salievski  and KMA Champion Martial Arts in Liverpool hosted Eddie Bravo for a seminar while he was in Sydney, Australia.  And what a great seminar it was!!! The controversial No Gi Jiu Jitsu exponent taught a great seminar revolving around the half guard using the lockdown.

Eddie Bravo and Felipe Grez

Eddie’s teaching style was amazing! His system was taught in a very methodical and structured pattern that was easy to follow and surprisingly easy to get everyone going through the motions by the numbers! The focus of the seminar was Eddie’s Half Guard system using the infamous “Lockdown”.

 

Eddie Bravo took the time to answer all my questions! 🙂

 

The format of the seminar was interesting with Eddie teaching a  Sweep called the “Half and Half” from the “Dogfight” position after starting in a “Perfect Double Underhooks Lockdown” Half Guard position. From here he moved onto dealing with what he called “Shity Double Underhooks” which was any variation that was less than perfect and how to pummel and hand fight back into “Perfect Double Underhooks” position. From here we worked backwards to learn how to get into Half Guard against someone who knows what you are doing and doesn’t want to play in your half guard. The entry technique was called the “Black Mamba” and not only was it effective as an entry point, Eddie thoroughly dealt with the most common problems and attacks that you will encounter when using the technique. Eddie finally closed with the “Electric Chair” Submission and Sweep as a complement to the “Half and Half” sweep and when your opponent is really fighting to avoid the “Dogfight”.

Eddie Bravo Seminar 2012 (Sydney, Australia)

All in all a really great seminar, Eddie Bravo is a gifted teacher and I really liked the way the whole seminar was kind of taught in a reverse engineered pattern! Eddie Bravo definitely made a believer out of me with his Half Guard system, I cant wait to add them into my repertoire and our curriculum I look forward to his return!

 

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

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Awesome Seminar with Michelle Nicolini!

September 9, 2012

Last Sunday we had the great pleasure of attending a 3 hour Jiu Jitsu seminar with Checkmat Superstar Michelle Nicolini and despite the fact that it was Father’s day we still got a decent turn out! For those of you that missed out…. Well you really have no idea how good the seminar was or on how lucky we were to have Michelle Nicolini out here teaching! Michelle Nicolini dazzled and inspired us all with her technical skill!

Michelle Nicolini took us through a brief but fun sport specific warm up and then wasted no time in getting straight into the techniques. This was a content rich seminar starting with Checkmat style guard passing drills, before moving onto her trademark guard game of sweeps, submissions and back attacks and finished up with some slick leg locks and attacks!

Michelle Nicolini Jiu Jitsu Seminar (Sydney 2012)

Michelle Nicolini’s ability to seamlessly transition between attacks and positions impressed everyone. We are very grateful to have learned some of the techniques that she has used to win 6 World Championships and has made her known as the greatest female Jiu Jitsu competitor of all time!

Thank you Michelle Nicolini, we have a lot to work on for the next several months and we look forward to your return! Again a special thanks from the Jiu Jitsu Kingdom team for sharing your knowledge with us over the last couple of weeks as well. We have all benefited tremendously from the experience and our games will only continue to improve as we begin to drill and implement what you have taught us!

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

Technique Overcomes Strength

September 1, 2012

It has been a great privilege to have 6 time World Champion, Michelle Nicolini teaching some classes and private classes at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom for the past two weeks. Both myself and my students have benefited tremendously from the experience and we are very grateful for this opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business!

Michelle Nicolini after teaching a class at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom in Sydney, Australia

A common maxim preached in Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts in general is that of “Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort” and no where is this better demonstrated by the technical skills by Michelle Nicolini! Although slight in stature, Michelle has a commanding presence on the mat with unrivalled technical skill and the ability to apply her techniques against people of all shapes and sizes, Gi or No Gi and against every belt level! A true master of technique and leverage with an uncanny ability to an avoid dangerous positions. Michelle is able to draw opponents into her game and lead them to their demise with devastating effectiveness and has inspired us all at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom!

On Sunday 2nd September, Michelle Nicolini will be teaching a 3 hour seminar at Gracie Humaita Sydney HQ in Alexandria from 2pm-5pm. The cost is only $75,  so if you are interested in learning some of the secrets that have allowed Michelle to reach the highest levels of the sport please attend her seminar. It is open to everyone regardless of gym or affiliation.

 

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

A big thank you to Master Royler Gracie!

August 26, 2012

The Royler Gracie seminar at Gracie Humaita Sydney HQ last saturday was awesome! Always a pleasure to learn from the master himself and his ability to engage and entertain the group is second to none! We were lucky to have such a great turn out from the entire Gracie Humaita Sydney team too!

Royler Gracie Seminar (Sydney, Australia 2012)

Not only did Royler teach a great seminar but he held some special coaches only training sessions in which he reviewed a lot of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu self-defense curriculum, other positions and business planning. It is amazing just how technical Royler is even with the most basic of positions. Everyone in the room learnt a lot and got to brush up on some of the finer details across various positions and techniques.

Gracie Humaita Sydney Coaches

The Gracie Humaita Sydney connection has been strengthened further after Master Royler Gracie’s visit. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Gracie Jiu Jitsu with us Royler and we look forward to your return next year. A huge thanks also to my coaches Bruno Panno and Marcos Nevel for bringing Royler out and working tirelessly to build and strengthen the team!

Marcos Nevel, Royler Gracie, Felipe Grez, Bruno Panno

 

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Masterclass with Royler Gracie

August 17, 2012

So yesterday I was lucky enough to do a special 2 hour Masterclass on Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defense Techniques with Master Royler Gracie and the Gracie Humaita/Sydney coaches. Talk about a fantastic opportunity and a great learning experience! The thing you realise when learning from Royler is just how amazing  and technical he is as a coach and he doesn’t miss a thing. Personally I have had to use some of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defense techniques during security work over the last decade and they have served me well and saved my neck more than a few times! But even knowing the techniques and using them isn’t the same as doing them under the direct supervision of the Master! Royler made plenty of incremental adjustments to our techniques which dramatically improved the leverage and efficiency of the techniques. I learnt so much and am looking forward to passing on these new details and adjustments to my students

I must say I am excited for Royler Gracie’s seminar today at Gracie Humaita/Sydney HQ and look forward to learning more from the master as it is not often you get the opportunity to train with a legend! See you on the mat!

 

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

Michelle Nicolini is coming to Sydney in just a few weeks!

August 11, 2012

6 time World Champion and one of the best Women pound for pound in the Jiu Jitsu world, Michelle Nicolini is coming to Sydney, Australia! Jiu Jitsu Kingdom is proud to bring you the very best and have Michelle Nicolini teaching some seminars (Women only and Open), classes and private classes!

Michelle Nicolini is a legend of Women’s Jiu Jitsu and it is our pleasure to bring her to Jiu Jitsu Kingdom in Sydney, Australia! Check out her Highlight Reel below and learn a little more about her phenomenal guard game and attacking style!

So if you want to learn from this amazing Jiu Jitsu star from Checkmat and add some new techniques and refinements to your game please see the posters below and get in contact with me ASAP to secure your spot! Michelle is conducting both a special 2 Day Women Only seminar:

And an Open seminar (All seminars are in the Gi). Both are priced very generously thanks to Michelle so please don’t miss this awesome opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business!

I hope to see as many of the Jiu Jitsu Kingdom team there as possible supporting and learning from Michelle as these opportunities don’t come by often!

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

P.S. We have a few special surprises in store for Jiu Jitsu Kingdom members so keep training hard and let’s continue to strengthen the team!

Higher Level Training

July 21, 2012

In our quest to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and attempt to master the techniques and positions taught to us, it is extremely important to always seek a higher level of training and instruction. “Specialised Knowledge” as it is sometimes referred to can save us tremendous amounts of time and head aches especially when we are able to tap into the minds of those who are further ahead  and more experienced in their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey than we are.

As a student, competitor and even a teacher it is important to always strive to maintain an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Learn from experienced coaches, take private lessons, attend seminars, watch dvds, study online and work with more advanced training partners whenever you can!

You don’t even have to be working on new techniques/positions when you are learning from or training with a Higher level training partner… Sometimes the biggest breakthroughs in you training will come just through situational drilling/rolling  even in the most basic positions and unlocking a deeper understanding of what you are trying to achieve and how you can better apply your techniques and leverage! When you work with a higher level training partner, not only will you see what they are doing but you will feel their movement which will greatly aid you in attempting to replicate this feeling in your own techniques!

For me, the less techniques I work on and the more thoroughly I work on a technique or position the better I develop my understanding through “Deep Cell” learning. And for some strange and unexplained reason the movements just become internalized and automatic much quicker when you spend enough time working with higher level training partners. Perhaps it is due to the additional concentration and engagement of the brain as you are being pushed or tested by a more experienced partner, who knows but I do know that I really do feel like I absorb movements into my game much faster than when I just drill reps with a partner.

So the lesson for the week is to seek Higher Level Training as much as you possibly can in whatever way that suits you best. And most of all, have fun when you are training! You will learn faster and retain more if you enjoy what you are doing.

 

Good Luck With Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

Level 1 / 4-6 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

0414 472 243

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

BJJ Concepts: Becoming a Guard Passing Finisher – Jason Scully

June 9, 2012

Here is an awesome video by Jason Scully on developing your ability to complete the Guard Pass! I am a big fan of Jason Scully’s videos and even subscribe to his Grapplers Guide website! At the very least you would do well to subscribe to his youtube channel!

I hope you enjoyed the video and learnt a lot! Stay tuned for more posts on the blog within the next couple of days!

 

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

“Watch and Study Film on Jiu Jitsu Part 2″

June 2, 2012

A little while ago I wrote an article titled “Watch and Study Film on Jiu Jitsu”, that dealt with how to study matches between Elite Jiu Jitsu fighters and how to apply what you have learned in your own training. In today’s article “Watch and Study Film on Jiu Jitsu Part 2” I am going to address the idea of watching instructional dvds and videos online. Now before I start I must say that as great as studying and learning from good instructional dvds/videos is, it is absolutely no substitute for learning in person from a good coach! Your film study should be like the icing on the cake and complement your hard training in the gym and not the actual cake mix!

So now that we have that out-of-the-way I’d like to start by saying I just watched a really great webinar (Online seminar) today in which UFC fighter Alan “The Talent” Belcher taught how to defend against various leg locks and leg attacks. And I learnt a great deal from this webinar that I will be implementing directly into my game! In my experience some of the very best instructional dvds and videos are generally more concepts based than technique based. While there is obviously some techniques taught on the video it is the concepts and about the how, when and why that separate a great video from a mediocre on.

A great instructional video should provoke thought in the viewer and make you think about the way you do your techniques, why you do them that way, understand the timing (when) and also give you a mental framework of reference regarding the technique and situations that lead to the technique. As a matter of fact most of my favourite instructional videos on MGinAction are the Discussion videos from after class when students ask Marcelo questions and he takes a few minutes to help them with their problems. I have learnt so much from these. Speaking of good instructors if you are not yet a member of Marcelo Garcia’s MGinAction online instructional website you really should join as he is a great coach and pioneering online Jiu Jitsu Instruction! Use “Jiu Jitsu Kingdom” as a code to receive a free week on MGinAction and if you join please be sure to mention “Jiu Jitsu Kingdom” as the person who recommended you! 🙂 Marcelo has been delving more and more into the conceptual side of teaching explaining the timing understanding of why his movements tend to be so effective and how to be a better Jiu Jitsu fighter. I can’t recommend MGinAction highly enough!

So with regards to studying instructional film my recommendations are similar, choose one or two concepts/techniques that you want to work on and watch the corresponding videos several times taking a few key notes on the most important concepts. Take your notes to the gym with you next time you train and try to apply these concepts or new techniques in your game. Take notes of how you went and what needs work and go back and re watch the instructional videos a few more times paying particular attention to the areas that gave you problems and see if you can find out where you went wrong and how to improve next time you train. Spend at least a week (preferably a month)on these two concepts/techniques and watch your game improve!

 

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com