Archive | November, 2012

Rolles Gracie – Single Leg Takedown Counters – BJJ Weekly #041

29 Nov

The kimura back take is something new that I have added to my arsenal, and I must say it has worked out very well for me. It’s a very misleading move in that it allows your opponent to believe they are coming up into a advantages position, but falling victim to the inevitable back take. This particular video has done the same with a very interesting twist. From a single leg takedown position! Since this move is working so well for me anyways, it’s about time I start drilling this position, and you should too! Catch your opponents off guard ending the fight with a crushing RNC.

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 10

28 Nov

FINALLY! The day you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Of course I saved the best for last, why wouldn’t I? If you haven’t noticed by now, this final and prestigious tip thus far, does not have a bold title like the rest of them. That’s because I want to ensure that you read this through and through, not just seeing the title and saying “I already know that.” Of course you already know that! That’s why you’re the best in the world right? All jokes aside, if you incorporate every other tip along these last 10 days with this final step, you’re destined for greatness!

What separates a white belt and a black belt, is simply mat time. But the most important thing to be doing through all of that mat time is “Drilling For Success.” Let me guess, you already knew that right? Everyone knows that but most aren’t willing to dedicate that much time into just one thing. It seems very tedious, and boring, and to a certain extent i’d have to agree. But it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to change the way you do a rep. For example, a guillotine, you can drill various ways and the same goes for other moves as well. Lets break it down…

1. Guillotine from full guard                        6. Darce to guillotine
2. Guillotine from standing                         7. No arm guillotine
3. Guillotine from butterfly guard              8. Arm in guillotine
4. Guillotine from top half guard               9. Guillotine from hip bump sweep
5. Guillotine from mount                           10. Flying guillotine

Imagine doing this with every technique! The amount of reps you could put in are ridiculously unbelievable! If you do each of these 100 times, you just did 1000 guillotines, and not even realizing it because they’re all from different positions. Using your mat time wisely in this sense aside from sparring, because sparring is also important, will shorten the amount of mat time it takes to get to the next level. All the top champions drill like crazy and incorporate the steps I’ve listed over the past 10 days in their games, so why wouldn’t you? Some of these are things I’ve learned being a heavy competitor, but most were passed to me from other grappling gurus. I’m very happy to say that 10th Planet Van Nuys now has an official drilling class! Can’t wait to see all the leaps and bounds these guys make. I hope that these tips have helped you in some way or another. Thanks for reading :]

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 9

27 Nov


2 days left of the top 10 list! What could these last 2 be?! How are they so important to my jiu jitsu development!? I’m going to tell you. Like in mixed martial arts, a lot of fighters have a base in their game, whether it be wrestling, striking, or jiu jitsu base, it’s something that they specialize in. Basically it’s an area you can rely on if all else fails. Now that doesn’t mean that it should always be your last resort, but it’s something you can now use to build the rest of your game off of. This concept can be broken down smaller for jiu jitsu. Me, for example, hadn’t really an athletic background so as you can imagine my base wasn’t very good. I spent my first year and a half or so playing full or half guard. Those are now positions that I “specialize” in, and it’s helped me build the rest of my game to what it is. It may take some time to find something if you haven’t been training that long, but there will be something that clicks with you that may fit your game well. Take advantage and practice it, put yourself in those positions every time you spar. This will give you countless reps in that area making you a monster! You’ll notice how much easier it will become to expand your game off of this. At 10th Planet Van Nuys we each specialize at something different, so when one of us wants to work on something new, we go to the specialist! Try this out for yourself or come down and check out all of our specialists. Train on!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 8

26 Nov


We’re coming down to the wire on the top 10 list and these last few tips are the most important to further complete your jiu jitsu game! Now this one may seem like the most obvious but surprisingly not many people will attribute to this unless asked to share their tricks. As we all know, when guys first start out in jiu jitsu, most of them are shy and timid because its a new environment and new sport to be surrounded by. So they’re a little nervous about asking a higher belt to show them their techniques. Even if you’re a higher belt! It’s still nerve racking to ask a black belt who isn’t your instructor to show you their “go to” moves. If not, then ask as many questions as you want! DON’T WAIT to be asked about one of your moves, especially if you just hit that move on a person in sparring, show them immediately! If you know the counter to it, show them the counter. This will do 3 things for you…….  1. This will make your “go to” move an even stronger part of your game. With your team mates all doing the right thing to defend, you’re increasing the intensity of your reps, which makes each successful live rep worth 10 stationary reps! 2. Just as it helps you, it will help your team put in reps on the defense side of things against someone who is really good at the offense. 3. Lastly, you will begin to develop counters to the counters, so now you’ll have an option A and option B. This makes for a very dangerous jiu jitsu player. Overall this is a huge thing to add to your game that will make it jump to another level. At first it may be frustrating, not being able to hit the moves you’re best at as easily anymore, but it will definitely be for the best. Try it for yourself!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 7

25 Nov


“The Jiu Jitsu Mindset”

Jiu  Jitsu really is a game of chess! The knowledge, the tactics, the counters, everything! We see what our bodies do on the mat, either in sparring or watching others train. All the while, the mind is rapidly thinking and analyzing every situation, trying to figure out the next piece of the puzzle. Your mental training is just as important, if not more than your physical training. It’s a huge aspect of your jiu jitsu game that will need reps just like BJJ game. Being able to see yourself doing the moves in your mind along with putting in your daily reps, is a recipe for success! After our team practices at Van Nuys, everyone is completely dead tired, layer out on the floor making sweat angels. This is when we like to do our visualizations as a team. This has been a huge part of our competition teams success! Just take a few minutes a day if your at the gym or at home, and try it! If it’s something that’s weird for you or doesn’t work for you, you’ve only lost a few minutes. Use that visualization to help you go to sleep if you’re an insomniac like many of us are. If you’ve kept with these tips thus far, the last 3 days to seal out this 10 are the most important of them all! Once you start to add this information to your training, I promise you will see improvements in your grappling. Just be patient and stay consistent!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 6

24 Nov


For an instructor often times it is hard to give personal attention to every student in the class, especially if there is a large number of people. With such limited amounts of time per class, often times details are left out, some of which may be the key to a student getting the move versus not. Private lessons with your coach is a great way to overcome this obstacle and will help your jiu jitsu game make leaps and bounds. Sure they can seem pricey, but if you’re serious about your jiu jitsu game and are anxiously aiming to get better, they are more than worth it. This will give you the opportunity to obtain the details that set off a light bulb in your head, and ask as many questions are you possibly can!! Remember these lessons are for you so use the time as you please. Private lessons aren’t the only way to get personal help… You can also ask to spar with your coach or have them watch you roll to give you feedback on areas that may need some improvement. Quite possibly they can see something that you’re really strong at that you may not know yourself. If you are a competitor, compete often! When put under the stress of competition, the true nature of your skills come to fruition. It also helps let you know where you are in the bigger scheme of things against other jiu jitsu players at the same belt level. Every instructor at every school offers these services so take advantage!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 5

23 Nov


You would think that the only way to train your jiu jitsu would be to physically be on the mat sparring or drilling. But that is FALSE!! Whether you’ve just finished training and are sitting off to the side, or injured and physically be on the mat, you can use that time to watch your team mates spar or drill. We get so caught up in our physical training that we forget to step back and get an outside perspective on things. Not only will you be able see new moves but also learn your training partners “go to” moves! With this newly gained secret information, you’ll be able to develop counters to these moves, catching your training partners off guard! Most especially if you’re injured, don’t stay home and be lazy, stay in the gym and study, study, study!! You’ll be very surprised to see how much you’ve learned when you get back on the mat. Now, that doesn’t mean you’re going to back a stud, but it will definitely keep your jiu jitsu skills up. The 10th Planet Van Nuys crew got a chance to study some new games while visiting 10th Planet West L.A.! Next time you’re at the gym after training, take a break from sparring, kick back and watch everyone else spar and see what you come up with! Guaranteed you won’t be sorry!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 4

22 Nov


To learn and perfect a move takes a numerous amount of reps! We all know that already, the more we rep a move, the more it becomes muscle memory. But what a lot of people don’t know is that the same thing goes for pulling that move off in live scenarios, it takes repetition. Students will rep a move hundreds or even thousands of times, then try to pull the move off on a higher belt expecting it to work and when it doesn’t they wonder why they just sat there practicing this move over and over. Tapering your moves is huge in this regard! What that means is start off with a white belt and aim only to get this one move, you will get your reps in and also see where the holes are when going in live sparring. You’ll slowly start to see it come together more fluidly, and at that point move up to someone a bit better. Don’t think because you got it so well on a white belt that you’ve figured out the holes enough to pull it off on a brown belt. Take your time with it, and slowly move up the ranks till it gets to that level. Guaranteed if you do this you will develop moves that are “black belt” level and your jiu jitsu game will jump up immensely. At 10th Planet Van Nuys we had a challenge between our students on a race to 10,000 reps of their favorite move. But like I said that’s just one aspect and can be divided up anyway. 1,000 reps drilling, and 100 reps going live. All of these are reps and will get you to that 10,000. So come down to van nuys and take the challenge with us!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 3

21 Nov


Instructors/teachers are exactly that because they have put it in the time to learn and master a particular aspect. So in this it’s safe to say that all of your instructors have a lot of knowledge about mixed martial arts or jiu jitsu. Take advantage of that and ask questions like crazy! How many times in every jiu jitsu class, after your instructor shows a technique, he asks the class “does anybody have any questions?” And how many times is the class completely silent? Unless you’re some sort of prodigy and can hit moves perfectly on black belts, there should always be a position that you’re not 100% confident in. The old saying is “the only stupid questions are the ones that go unasked,” it’s cliche and people become self conscience when they think about what other students may think of their questions, but the saying really reigns true. There’s a lot to learn in this sport, and asking questions is one of the best ways to speed up the learning progress immensely. Even if you believe that the question you may have is “stupid”, someone else is in the class is thinking and wanting to ask the same question. If you are a higher belt rank in the class, ask a question that you already know the answer too. This will help out the lower belts without them feeling embarrassed in front of everyone. Check us out at 10th Planet Van Nuys if you need any of your jiu jitsu questions answered.

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 2

20 Nov


In every sport, and especially in jiu jitsu, progression has always been and always will be about “mat time.” The hours spent practicing or adapting, will determine how well you do in jiu jitsu or any sport. Because of the endless number of techniques in jiu jitsu, it is crucial to stay in the gym either drilling, rolling, or studying. The best way to achieve this is to have a set training routine. If you ask any high caliber athlete they’ll tell you first hand that they have scheduled training sessions, this way it keeps you accountable. At 10th Planet Van Nuys, we are always in the gym because we are accustomed to it and you should be too. Include training into your weekly schedule, even if it’s 1 day a week, you will become used to so much so that if you miss that day it should feel weird and people should notice because you’re always there that particular day. If you’re just starting out in jiu jitsu, take it slow, start with 1-2 days a week and slowly start adding days if your schedule allows for it. The last thing you want to do is get so caught up in the art and train so frequently that the rest of your life catches up to you and you’re forced to stop training. Everything needs to be in moderation, and even though it may not seem like a lot of training in the beginning, you will benefit and get better. Visit us at 10th Planet Van Nuys to see all of our students daily routines!

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