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10th Planet Van Nuys Coaching Program In Full Effect!

3 Dec


On Saturday December 1st, 2012, 10th Planet Van Nuys launched it’s 2nd term of the official coaching program! This is a very exciting new addition for the Van Nuys chapter in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. For Coach Alder Hampel, head instructor of 10th Planet Van Nuys, having the assistance of other instructors goes way beyond just teaching.

The first time around, myself along with 4 of my teammates completed the 12 week course and are now able to take the jiu jitsu training experience at Van Nuys to the next level.  Like I said before, the program goes way beyond just teaching. With extra coaches on the mats during training sessions, it helps keep a safer environment preventing sports injuries. This is the biggest thing we try to focus on at 10th Planet Van Nuys, it is our goal to make sure all of students make it to their black belts, but in order to do that we need to make sure we’re able to keep all of our students on the mats. The assistants are a major in this, helping monitor sparring sessions, to make sure no ones rolling harder than necessary.

Competitions, is another area where the new instructors shine. When teams go out and compete with an average of about 10 competitors per competition, it’s extremely hard for ONE instructor to coach every single person. It’s pretty much impossible! Having someone in your corner during your matches is a big part of our competitors success. When you have 5 extra coaches with you, now everyone gets tended too, and you have a higher success rate with your students.

I’m excited to be a part of the new breed of coaches we are bringing into the fold at 10th Planet Van Nuys. This is gonna bring our team closer and help all the students improve their jiu jitsu games much faster. If you’re looking to be a coach, learn jiu jitsu, or improve your jiu jitsu, come check us out in the San Fernando Valley and join the revolution.




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 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 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!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 1

19 Nov


When first starting in jiu jitsu or even when you get to the higher level, it’s very easy to lose focus and motivation to learn. Having goals set, whether big or small, will ensure that you’re always working on something and constantly progressing. Most of the time guys show up and just learn the moves that are placed in front of them or roll for the sake of rolling. Without a goal set in mind, you never get to really see your true progression because there’s no guide lines to measure your progress in your training. Goals can be either long term or short term goals. It’s always good to have both so that you can stay in training with the short term to eventually achieve your long term. At 10th Planet Van Nuys, keeping students on track and constantly persisting a new goal is crucial for our jiu jitsu players development. Coming off of injuries such as myself, one of my goals is to get back in the gym at least 3-4 times a week, and if I don’t one of my team mates will keep me in check. The same can go for you if you need a little extra push. So if you’re struggling to get back in the gym or maintain your training, think of a short term goal and don’t “try” to do it, make it happen! What do you have to lose? Need help with setting up goals? Come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and let’s get started!

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