Posts Tagged ‘ufc’

“Dont add Fuel to the Fire!”

July 8, 2012

So today’s post is about the great Anderson Silva defeating Chael Sonnen by TKO in the second round at UFC 148. I will start by saying I like and respect both fighters a lot but I’m glad that Anderson Silva, the Martial Artist prevailed. Again I like Chael, he’s tough as nails and never takes a backward step. I find him entertaining, funny, witty and great at hyping up a fight but he crossed the line with this one. He insulted Anderson Silva personally, his family, his friends, his coaches and even his country… And that was a mistake!

The Anderson Silva that we saw today showed tremendous focus, determination, killer instinct  and a fierce will to win that allowed him to decimate the UFC’s number 1 contender in Chael Sonnen. Chael simply could not match Anderson’s intensity and spirit on this night and learnt a tough but important lesson. “Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire”!

The question you have to ask is, how would this fight have gone had Chael been more humble and respectful after their previous encounter? I believe all the trash talking by Chael woke a sleeping dragon and added a tremendous amount of motivational fuel to the fire! Even if Anderson was hurt in their first encounter (which I truly believe he was, just watch “Like Water”), Chael still fought a hell of a fight and pushed the champion into deep waters like no one else before him. Chael Sonnen fights great but Anderson Silva is a Great fighter and the last thing you want to do is piss off and motivate a great fighter to take your head off in the octagon! I believe Chael’s trash talking backfired and not only did he not get into Anderson’s head the way he wanted to, Anderson got into his head especially during the Weigh In… Chael was shocked and you could see the hint of doubt and dare I say it “fear” in his eyes!

The lesson to take away is “Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire” and it applies to a Martial Artist’s life in many ways. From the simplest of things such as going hard against your training partners after saying you will go light and getting injured or injuring your partner when you both turn it up and roll too hard. Both outcomes suck and just shouldn’t happen. The Gym is a place of learning and you are supposed to help each other sharpen the sword and get better not hack each other apart with them!

You can apply this principle in a potentially volatile situation when someone is getting angry and becoming aggressive. You need to remain calm and deflect their aggressive energy with a relaxed and confident demeanor. Talk to the aggressor, don’t interrupt them, be polite but firm and most importantly take your ego out of the equation. Every fight that you can walk away from is a fight won! Learn the art of “Verbal Jiu Jitsu” and go around the aggressor’s energy. Defuse the situation rather than add fuel to the fire with ego even if you are in the right morally. No one really wins a fight especially if it is a serious one. If you walk away the victor after a physical encounter, consider yourself lucky but realise you just missed an opportunity to strengthen your spirit and you quite probably hurt another human being which is never a good thing. It takes a lot more courage and confidence in yourself to walk away from a fight than to go all “Axe Murderer” on the aggressor! Martial Arts training is about character building and strengthening the spirit so take every opportunity to do so, set the standard and be a positive example for everyone around you!

 

Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

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“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

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

UFC Rio: Toquinho – “Inspirational”

August 19, 2011

I have been a fan of Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares’s as a BJJ/MMA fighter for quite some time and after watching this video, I am even more of a fan of Toquinho as a man. Truly inspirational!

I look forward to seeing Toquinho put on another clinical display of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at UFC Rio! One of the best submission artists in MMA today!

Good Luck With Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

“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

“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

“Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy holiday!”

December 27, 2010

A belated Merry Christmas to you and I hope you had a fantastic day and wish you a safe, happy holiday season! I’m sure some of you are indulging in a little less training and a little more eating sot please try to keep in mind that a little exercise goes a long way in helping you prevent putting on weight over the holiday season! So dont forget to keep up some strength and conditioning work, some drills or even some rolling when you can and your body will thank you for it when you step back on the mat! Thanks to Amaury Bitteti for the image below as I borrowed that from his facebook page!

Merry Christmas!

Again I hope you are starting to think and ponder over what you have achieved this year in your training and personal life. And starting to think, plan and dream about what you hope to achieve in 2011! A new year is coming which means a new beginning, so wherever you are now, whatever your situation you can change it and make 2011 the best year yet! I know it will be one of the best ever for me and if everything goes according to plan I believe I will accompish more this year than I have in the last five! 🙂

Good Luck with your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom

www.jiujitsukingdom.com

“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

“Renzo Gracie teaches how to finish the triangle against bigger, stronger opponents”

September 22, 2010

Here is a great clip from the master, Renzo Gracie demonstrating how to finish the triangle against bigger stronger opponents who bait the triangle to smash(Gracie) pass through your guard into side control. I am sure a lot of you have had this problem, even the bigger guys! Enjoy and try it out on the biggest, strongest opponents you can find

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

“Day of Zen” – Part 2

August 14, 2010

First of all sorry for the delay in following up with a review of Mario Sperry’s No Gi/MMA seminar. Teaching, training, work, studying and my four-month old boy Hunter have kept me very busy lately! Now without any further talk from me, here is my review of Ze Mario’s seminar which took place at my good friend Liam Resnekov’s VT-1 Gym.

Ze Mario taught a great No Gi/MMA Seminar for a very lucky group of students and Ze Mario being one of the greatest BJJ/MMA coaches of all time sure didn’t disappoint! The “Zen Machine” started by emphasising the idea of controlling the fight and playing your game and best positions. Ze Mario started by teaching how to pass the closed guard and controlling your opponent explaining the differences between opening and passing the guard with the gi and without and more specifically for MMA. Ze Mario followed up with learning how to control and sweep your opponent from the open guard, which he considered vastly superior to the closed guard when fighting without the gi. Ze Mario emphasised developing an aggressive, attacking open guard and using your opponents movements and reactions against him to effect a sweep. He also explained that once you understand the basic mechanics of the techniques to start practising it against a live (resisting) opponent so that you develop functional sweeps and learn how to go around your opponent’s power.

Ze Mario sharing his knowledge!

 

Ze Mario was very open and giving with his knowledge, happily answering all questions and sharing his thoughts and experience with the group. Towards the end of the seminar the “Zen Machine” taught his ideas on how to control the turtle position, how he likes to take the back  and control the opponent by clamping down his hips instead of the usual “hooks in” position. Ze Mario explained how he felt that his method is a much better controlling position although in competition you should put your hooks in to secure your points then transition to th stronger hip clamp control from the back. From here Ze Mario also taught a variation of the rear naked choke that he prefers to use in no gi/mma and how he has found it to be vastly superior to the traditional Mata Leon(rear naked choke). The leverage he achieved using his method was tremendous and quickly had a our training partners taping vigorously!!!

Ze Mario concluded with talking about the importance of learning how to use technique and developing 3-4 positions to a really high level. He believed that if you truly master 3-4 positions that it could take you to the highest levels of competition!Ze Mario then got the guys to roll a little and I was honoured to roll(get steam rolled by:-) ) with the “Zen Machine” once again. Just prior to rolling Ze Mario humbly stated that if anyone gets his neck, arm leg or whatever that he would happily tap. Ze Mario is a man at peace with himself and got over the battle of egos a long time ago and now he just trains for fun and love of the art!

Ze Mario, myself and a couple of my students after the seminar!

Needless to say at 43 years of age, Ze Mario is still a physical specimen and flawless technician. I was completely dominated and submitted several times with what appeared to be relative ease on his part! A very humbling and huge learning opportunity for me. I feel my own Jiu jitsu game has improved tremendously already! Mario Sperry truly is a master of the art, although he would never let you call him that! Let’s hope a little “Zen” rubbed off on all those in attendance. I thank Ze Mario for sharing the gift of Jiu jitsu with us, Alex Prates for brining him to Australia and Liam Resnekov for hosting Ze Mario at his gym for the seminar. I am so lucky to call you all my good friends!

Group shot after Ze Mario seminar!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Cool Mario Sperry Highlight

July 23, 2010

I just saw this and had to share it, enjoy!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu jitsu Kingdom