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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


“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

Gracie Jiu Jitsu

May 13, 2012

Gracie Jiu Jitsu… The name conjures up the image of a tall skinny Brazilian by the name of Royce Gracie. Royce Gracie stepped into the cage to prove the effectiveness of his family’s style in combat against various martial artists and brawlers who were much bigger and stronger than him in Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Royce single-handedly turned the martial arts world as we knew it upside down on that night and again in subsequent UFC’s by the apparent ease of which he dispatched his opponents using the devastatingly effective techniques taught to him by his father Helio Gracie.

An old photo with one of my idols Royce Gracie

With the wide-spread popularity of MMA and the UFC it is important to remember the contribution made my this man and his family. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ or Jiu Jitsu as it is now commonly referred to was once a relatively obscure art form lacking the respect that it rightfully has earned. Helio Gracie was the genius and pioneer who adapted the techniques of Japanese Jiu Jitsu through the use of leverage into the art we now refer to as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Gracie Jiu Jitsu was the name their family used to differentiate their art from the traditional Jiu Jitsu of bygone eras. And as Gracie Jiu Jitsu made its way into the USA and around the world somewhere along the lines the name sort of morphed into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after various politics amongst some of the Gracie family.

However it is important to recognise and give credit to the Gracie family for opening our eyes to the true nature of combat and given us the gift of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. And when questioned in an interview about the name I remember Rickson Gracie saying “I am Rickson Gracie, I am from Brazil and I practice Jiu Jitsu”. Simple, direct and humble. A lot of people these days are critical of the Gracie family or say that Jiu Jitsu is not as effective in MMA as it once was however nothing is further from the truth. Modern day strikers and wrestlers wouldn’t be able to fight at the higher levels without a thorough knowledge of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and how to defend against its deadly submissions. Without Gracie Jiu Jitsu and the truth it has inspired in combat modern mma as we know it wouldn’t even exist!

Master Royler Gracie and I

So on behalf of myself, my students and Jiu Jitsu practitioners all around the world I say thank you to the Gracie family. You have my deepest respect and gratitude for this wonderful art and you have inspired and touched the lives of more people than you can possibly have imagined!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

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

“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


“My First Blue Belt!”

November 17, 2010

Well its been a while… Between teaching, training, working and looking after my family I have been super busy and haven’t found the time to write! A lot has been happening with the gym and there are so many huge plans in the pipeline but for now I’d like to start by congratulating Marcus Flanagan on achieving his blue belt! He is the first student that I have promoted to blue belt and is very deserving as he has been giving people a hard time on the mats for years! 🙂 I am very proud to have awarded him his blue belt and look forward to seeing big things in the future from him as I do from everyone! Marcus has been training for several years now, and has competed in both gi and no gi tournaments, fought mma and has been training like a mad man over the last year so congratulations mate, well deserved!

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom’s first Blue Belt

Let’s do the Gracie Sydney(Humaita) Association proud and set the standard over the next year in the competition and MMA scene! Train hard and unlock your potential!

Good Luck with your training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

“Helio Gracie demonstrating his method of self defense!”

October 4, 2010

Here is an old clip of Helio Gracie demonstrating his self-defense techniques. Some very rare footage! Rest in Peace Grandmaster Helio and thank you for the gift of Jiu jitsu!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

“Revisiting Old Positions”

September 18, 2010

I know I have talked about the importance of mastering the basics in previous posts but I just can’t stress how crucial this is to your development in the art. One of the best things that you can do to develop your game is to focus on learning the basic techniques, I mean, REALLY learning them. Strive to pick up every crucial detail, observe closely, feel the subtlety of its execution, the timing, the set up and how to beat your opponent’s counters even when they know what technique is coming!

In my own training, for several years I never really felt that confident with the guillotine choke. I mean I could readily submit people who were trying to shoot in on me and take me down and lower level opponents but never really had much success with really freakishly strong opponents or brown/black belts. Well a few years ago I got the opportunity to spend a week training with Marcelo Garcia and he completely changed my outlook on the position and since then I have been submitting people left, right and centre with it… As a matter of fact it is now one of my highest percentage submissions! And earlier this year I picked up a crucial detail which has sky rocketed my ability to finish Kimura’s against anyone regardless of how strong they are! I got the chance to train with Mario Sperry and he fine tuned another “old” open guard sweep which has become another go to position for me as well as fine tuning my “Relogio choke”!

In the last several weeks I have been having tremendous success with a variation of scissor sweep that my coach Bruno Panno taught me several years ago. Why I didn’t pay more attention to it and work harder to understand and master it earlier amazes me as it has filled a hole in my game quite nicely. Another position that Bruno taught me years ago has been working fantastically for me lately even though I still feel it needs a lot of work. It too has been a missing piece to my guard game!

Why is it that we as students sometimes think we know better or what “WE NEED” to best improve our games? Why is it that even though we know our instructor has tread the path before us, we still believe we know what we need to work on? The lesson here is trust your instructor’s judgement and guidance. If they are good at what they do and care about your progress they will generally be in a better position to assess your learning and development as a student! I sent Bruno a message the other day and his reply was: “Hey Felipe, it happens all the time, give more attention to the basics and I am sure you will have a lot of success in many more positions”. I personally can’t wait for my coach Bruno Panno to return from Brazil as I have a lot of questions about some “old” positions that feel need to be revisited!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

“More on what I have in mind question wise for Rickson Gracie”

August 28, 2010

Well I thought I’d take a few minutes to clarify what I have in mind question wise for Rickson when he comes out to Sydney in November. Please bear in mind that Rickson is considered to be “The Unquestioned Authority” on Jiu jitsu law and an example of the finest technique in the world!

So for me, I am not interested in the latest new sweep used in the Mundials, the 50 50 guard or the best strength and conditioning routine for BJJ students(although I believe they all have value!). I would like to learn more about the most basic of positions like:

– THE MOUNT – How does he like to control his opponent from there? Does he like to change frequently between the various mounted positions(hooks in, ankles crossed underneath/Sky diving position, S mount, regular knees pinched sitting up mount etc)? How does he connect with his opponent and lock down his opponents hips so they feel stuck under crushing weight unable to move? How does he maintain strong and stable base while setting up the basic cross choke? How does he isolate and control the opponent’s arms to set up the armbar? Tips on getting the opponent to turn over exposing his back. Setting up and mounting your opponent from various positions. Applying crushing weight and improving my base from there. And just general all round critiquing of my technique and movement from this position. How does he like to escape the mount? Tips on connecting with his opponent, disrupting his base, stifling his offense and setting up the escape. Rickson’s technical details on basics such as upa and hips escape from underneath the mount.

– THE BACK – What is Rickson’s preferred methods of taking the back? Details on setting up the mata leon while transitioning towards the back. Use of angles to block the opponent’s escapes. What is Rickson’s preferred method of controlling(over under, double unders etc) and finishing from the back? Does his controlling position from the back change much between gi and no gi? How does he like to create confusion in the opponents from here to set up the submission? What are his preferred methods of escaping the back from various positions? Does he teach going to his knees(turtle) to prevent the guard pass or does he feel it is too risky? Escaping and reversing from the turtle position. Replacing the guard(rolling, spinning, going to half guard, escaping and turning to seated etc).

– CORE SELF DEFENSE MOVEMENTS – What does he feel are the absolute must know basic self-defense positions(bear hug, headlock, collar grab, rear choke etc) for everyone? Tips on achieving greater leverage while escaping from all of these positions. Which movements does he feel are better suited towards security and law enforcement personnel? How he likes to close the distance against opponents in self-defense and mma situations(similarities and differences between the two)? When does he employ strikes to set up submissions or takedowns? Developing a strong base and disrupting the opponents base. What does he feel are the most important throws/takedowns to develop as a Jiu jitsu practitioner(hip throws, trips, seoinage, sacrifice throws etc)? 

These are just a few of the questions that I would like to hear the master’s thoughts on. There are plenty more, as a matter of fact I could spend a lifetime asking him questions and learning from him. I would also love to learn more about developing the finest technique applying his ideas on Invisible Jiu jitsu and becoming a better teacher! Anyway that’s all from me for now as I have to get ready for work! Have a great week-end and please feel free to share your thoughts!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom