Posts Tagged ‘learning’

Infinite Learning!

June 30, 2012

So I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost 13 years now and the one thing that amazes me is the infinite amount of knowledge that is out there to acquire in Jiu Jitsu. Just this week alone I have learnt so much about attacking the back and understanding transitions from there between positional changes and submission attacks and all because I have done a dozen rounds of positional rolling from there with a training partner! It truly astounds me just how deeply some people understand the basics… I can only imagine the skill level, depth of understanding and timing that someone like Rickson, Royler or Roger Gracie have in these and all positions in Jiu Jitsu. It is truly remarkable!

Another basic concept that I utilise and teach my students about is mirroring and shutting down an opponent’s offense and techniques. Well this has certainly sunk into my sub-conscience through some “Deep Cell” learning this week as well and I am surprised at just how little I now realise I understood about it previously! While training with a training partner coming back from injury, he was remarkably successful in shutting down a lot of my offense through the use of mirroring and resetting his base, grips and position. I got to truly feel and experience some high level Jiu Jitsu tactics and have them explained to me in simple terms afterwards!

Now I have always been one to say “there are No Secrets” but you know what I am starting to seriously question that! I am not saying there is a mystical technique that makes you unstoppable or submits everyone but I do believe there are levels of understanding in Jiu Jitsu that separate even good black belts from great black belts and Masters. Sadly I believe that very few people actually put in the time to learn and understand techniques on such a level and that s why they sometimes encounter problems applying what they know against athletic opponents… Although their techniques may be correct, their angles are wrong so they don’t move as efficiently or effectively as they possibly could and as such have trouble applying them against a resisting opponent. So next time you see someone roll their eyes when told they are practising Hips Escapes, Armbars from Guard or Escaping Side Control, smile, keep an open mind and reap the rewards of really learning and understanding how and why the techniques work!

 

Good Luck with your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

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“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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

“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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

Gracie Jiu Jitsu – “Women Empowered”

April 23, 2011

While working on putting together a comprehensive women’s self defense program I came across Ryron and Rener Gracie’s “Women Empowered” program. And after watching their brilliant videos I decided I just had to share them with you! Gracie Jiu Jitsu is designed to protect the smaller, weaker individual by empowering them with knowledge and techniques to defend themselves against any aggressor and quite possibly save their lives!

Ryron and Rener Gracie are extremely passionate instructors and their passion and enthusiasm for Gracie Jiu Jitsu is evident in all their material. They are great ambassadors of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and are on a mission to help as many people as they can through this great art! I urge all women to learn the techniques Ryron and Rener share in the “Women Empowered” program.

I hope  you watch these videos and share them with all the women in your life.  Who knows, the material they share may just save the life of a loved one. I believe it is our duty as a husband, parent, brother, sister, friend or colleague to help empower women and keep them safe! If you get the chance to do a “Women Empowered” course, do it and share what you learn with others. If you can’t attend one buy it and again practise and share the techniques with your loved ones!

I highly recommend Ryron and Rener Gracie’s products as they are two of the best instructors I have ever seen and are passionate in helping you stay safe through the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu! For more information about Ryron and Rener Gracie or Gracie Jiu Jitsu in general please check out their websites:

www.GracieWomenEmpowered.com

www.GracieAcademy.com

www.GracieUniversity.com

www.GracieBULLYPROOF.com

Good Luck With Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

P.S. Have a safe and Happy Easter!!!

“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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

“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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

“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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

“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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

“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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com