Saturday, 22 September 2018

Auckland Kids Bjj Graduation 22/09/2018

We had a great turn out to our graduation ceremony this morning.  I want to thank all the parents for your support.  We wouldn't have such a great team without you.  A huge round of thanks goes to Stuart and Serge for taking the time to come out for our graduation.  Their guidance has been instrumental in the success of our dojo.

Now for the fun part.  We had our junior 9:00am class as usual.  We finished up at 9:45 and welcomed our senior team onto the mats.  After a brief warm up we lined up and got straight into giving stripes.  Once we finished with the stripes I revealed the secret that I was teasing the class with all morning.  Since we had 3 instructors we had a small competition session for all who wanted to roll.  We had a lot of rounds and everyone put their skill on display for all to see.  It's very rewarding for me to see the class using what they have learnt with great effect.  I'm looking forward to many more action pack classes. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Saturday fun at the dojo

Don't mess with this guy!
The weather was so nice in the dojo this morning.  It felt so good to break a sweat during the warm up. 

Our junior students worked on grip breaking techniques today.  We covered 3 ways to break the the lapel grip.  Once everyone had a good grasp of the techniques we went situational to make it more real.  Everyone had a great time moving and breaking with their training partner.  Way to go junior team.

Our senior team class learned 2 take downs from the knees to begin their rolling.  We had done a lot of work previously on our chain of movements.  Today the reward for everyone working so hard on the chain drills was an intense rolling session.  It was rewarding to me to see the team use what they have learnt whilst rolling.  Miller was on fire today.  He has progressed quickly and was moving extremely well in his matches.  Great work you guys and girls.

What a pair!
I want to give a special shout out to Eric and Olivia.  Olivia has been training with me and Aidan since she was four years old.

Her younger brother Eric has joined our junior class and is enjoying every minute.  It's great to have a family that all train BJJ!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Upcoming graduation

It's that time again!

We will be having our graduation on Saturday the 22nd of September at 10:00am.  We will have our 9:00am class as normal and then do our graduation in the beginning of our 10:00am class.

It will be great to see everyone turn up for this graduation.  We will be taking photos of the group and individuals  as they receive their promotion.

Students will need to have a black tab on their belt. This is where the stripes will go.  The tab is 11.5 to 12cm. A tailor or anyone with a sewing machine can add the tab. See the photo below for a reference.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

New students on the mats

Our first class was a lot of fun this morning.  We had 4 new students come for a trial and it was great to see them join right in and work with the team.  The class consisted of working the first mount escape.  We had Aidan and Olivia helping everyone with the escape.  They both did an excellent job working with everyone.  Well done to you both. 

Our second class was equally as fun.  We worked our 3 side control chain to north south position,  then we progressed to going from north south to the opposite side to side control.  We will be working this more in the coming weeks.  Making intelligent movements to maintain top position is our goal.

Our rolling session was spectacular.  Everyone was actively using what they have learnt over the previous weeks.  Olivia was on fire.  She was submitting everyone she rolled with.  Olivia is a great example of a smaller person using Jiu Jitsu to dominate a larger stronger opponent.  Great work and awesome attitude and sportsmanship Olivia.  Nothing makes me happier than the girls giving the boys a hard time when rolling.

Overall it was great to see all the kids back that have been sick.  The viruses have been getting everyone so please wash your hands often to minimize spreading the bug.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Looking sharp

We had a great class Saturday.  Everyone's Jiu Jitsu was look sharp whilst working our chain.  It went so well that we were able to add the north south position.  that was too easy for most so we threw in the north south choke as well.

We had a great rolling session.  Well done to those who had there first go at rolling.  It's really great to see everyone using techniques they have learned over the previous weeks.  It's been a great beginning for you boys and girls.  Keep up the hard work and never give up.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

Today we polished up our chain drill we've been working on.  The deliberate and methodical approach to learning the positions has paid off for everyone.

We new have 2 submissions, one from mount and the other from back attack position, and will progress into 2 other of side control positions on Saturday.   

The situational rolling was a lot of fun.  The students all realised that they needed to keep their hip low in side control to stop the person on the bottom from moving to the guard position.  Over all today was a great training session and a lot of ground was covered.  Well done team!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Tuesday's chain drill session

What a great class.  everyone was thrilled to work on the back attack positions and extremely happy to work on their first lapel choke submission.

Ok so here is how the chain drill works.  The student starting on top in side control progresses to knee on the belly.  After a mental 3 count they slide into mount.  The mounted student starts to roll and the top student changes to technical mount then secures seat belt control.  Now the student on top rolls their opponent and sets their hooks.  Once control is established it's time for the lapel submission.

Watching everyone's ability and confidence in working through this positions is very rewarding for me.  The hard work of drill each position over the last several weeks has paid off and demonstrates everyone's ability to adapt to new concepts in Jiu Jitsu.   It won't be long before we start learning the second chain drill.  It will definitely be a hit with the team.

Thanks again to all the parents that help out and thanks for the support we get from all the parents.  We couldn't do it without you.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Super awesome training day

Today was our first juniors class and as expected we had a great turn out and a super focused group. Well done junior team!

Our goal was to work on taking the back using our seat belt grip and strong hooks.  We played the crazy horse game to test our students on how well they can keep the position. As expected the crazy horse test was a hit with the students. We went over the safety rules when taking the back.  I can't emphasize enough the importance of not pulling your opponent straight back once you have taken their back.

Our next technique was to learn a submission.  We started a good introduction of the lapel choke from the back.  More work to be done however every student learned a lot today and with the new class format things will be progressing quicker.

Our senior class was super awesome as well.  We worked on the same techniques and all the boys and girls nailed it. We've been working a chain of positions and the back take is the last one for this group.  Our chain consists of side control to knee on the belly then slide to mount.  If the person that is mounted rolls then the back take is executed.  This chain will give the newer students tools in their tool box to start rolling.  The goal is to have technical sparring which will start very soon for our newer students.

I'm very proud of everyone for their focus and can do attitude today.  Splitting the class by age group has had the desired effect we needed.  I'm looking forward to many more fantastic classes.


Friday, 17 August 2018

New class added on Saturday

Good day everyone

I'm very excited about our new Juniors class that is starting tomorrow. I'm looking forward to being able to have more focus on each student. 

Class times on Saturday are as follows.

9:00am Juniors class

10:00am Seniors class

If the timing works out we may add another juniors class on Tuesday.  More information to come.

Monday, 13 August 2018

We're growing

Good day everyone

With the increase in student numbers we've decided to add another class on Saturday morning
starting at 9:00am.

This class will be for the younger students which will achieve 2 goals.  The first being a smaller class size so I can have more one on one contact to help the children.  The second is having a focus on the basic movements and techniques to improve coordination and balance.

Our 10:00am class will be for the older students.  again with a smaller class size closer attention to each student will be able to be achieved.

Our Tuesday class will remain the same format.  All ages can attend at this point.  As more younger children join up we will start a 3:30 class.

I'm open to feedback about the new class time for Tuesday's so please let me know your thoughts.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Saturday morning on the mats

Good day everyone

What a great class today.  We did our normal warm up however towards the end I challenged the kids to try the chicken walk drill.  It was great fun watching everyone have a go.  The next challenge was dragging their training partner across the mat by holding the lapels.  Hard work however we all need to improve our leg and grip strength.

Positions we worked on today were side control and knee on the belly. We had a great introduction into these positions.  We will carry on with working through the variations of side control and other positions in future classes.

We have more parking available off of Nixon street.  There is a new red gate by the dojo entrance that has a punch down lock.  The code is on the white board at the dojo.  You can text me and I can give it to you as well.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Back in action

Hello everyone

With the help of the doctors and nurses at the Auckland ED department, I'm back home and back to work.  Class will resume Tuesday at 4:30pm.  I look forward to getting back on the mat with all of you.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Class cancellation

Hi everyone

I'm in hospital with a kidney stone.  I'm being well looked after and hope to be released late tomorrow afternoon.  Unfortunately our Saturday morning class at 10:00am is cancelled.  I'll keep everyone updated on my progress.  I hope to resume class this Tuesday.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

BJJ self defense review

This morning we did a review of the techniques that were taught over the past weeks.

We started with grip breaking.  We added a back fist strike once the grip was broken.  I think everyone enjoyed giving me a good crack to the jaw. 

We progressed into the 2 headlock escapes.  I was impressed with everyone's effort in this very important escape. 

Lastly we did the bear hug escapes. 
Everyone enjoyed taking Aidan down whilst they demonstrated their technique.  Great work being the crash test dummy Aidan. 

What a great attitude and focus everyone had today.  I find it very rewarding to see you all progress in your Jiu Jitsu skill.

I can't wait to see you all back on the mats!


Thursday, 19 July 2018

Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for your child?

It's one of the most effective and tested fighting arts in the world!

95% of fights end up on the ground.  Jiu Jitsu will give your child an advantage if they were to end up in a fight with a bully.

Anyone can learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu isn't just for the elite fighter.  It's an excellent martial art for self defense.  Young, old, big or small can learn the techniques and have a great time in the process.

It's great for physical fitness

Ground fighting is one of the best workouts a person can have.  It's fantastic at building core strength, flexibility and cardio fitness.

It builds character

Your child will learn how to lose and learn how to win with honor and respect. They will discover how to be a good training partner and in the process gain new friends.

It promotes continuous self improvement

Learning BJJ will put your child on a path to discovering new techniques and strategies.  You'll find them looking forward to every class so they can absorb more knowledge.

What students' learn on the mat can be applied in their daily life

Jiu Jitsu will help your child calm their mind in difficult situations.  They will learn to be the rock in the storm.

Jiu Jitsu teaches good sportsmanship

The close contact nature of Jiu Jitsu requires us to have respect for our training partners.  Our dojo etiquette is an essential part of learning sportsmanship and how to be a good training partner.

It is a great opportunity to socialize

Jiu Jitsu is a great place to meet new life long friends and families.  The etiquette of the school fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Saturday morning at the dojo

We had 2 new students come out for a try.  I hope they both enjoyed their first class with us.  The first to arrive was Hendrick.  He is new to BJJ and really enjoyed getting going with the class.  The second to arrive was Rossi.  She has just moved from the US and is a yellow belt from a Gracie Barra gym in Georgia.  Her father is a purple belt so I naturally recommended that he come out to Auckland BJJ Epsom for a roll.  Rossi had some really technical rolls with Aidan and the other students.  We look forward to training again with Hendrick and Rossi.

We worked on how to take down a person that bear hugs us today.  It was a good introduction for our newer students and a chance for the older students to revisit the technique.  We will be working the bear hug defense a lot the next few weeks.  This is one of the common tactics I've seen bullies using on the school grounds along with the headlock.

We will be continuing to train during the school break.  Our class times will remain the same.  I look forward to seeing you all on the mats.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

School break

School break is coming up.  We will continue classes through the break.

We are focusing on self defense techniques for the next few weeks.  If you are able to attend you will be rewarded with the ability to protect yourself by applying the techniques you have learnt.  Repetitive and consistent practice are the key to honing your skills.  Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

See you on the mats!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tuesday training report

Hello again everyone

We started by reviewing the 2 headlock escapes we worked on in our Saturday class.  We then moved onto an escape with a take down and cross face maneuver to break free of the headlock.  Everyone enjoyed working this technique.  It's always a lot of fun when we work on take downs.

We ended class by giving stripes to the students that were unable to attend our Saturday class.  I'm very proud of everyone's effort and focus in our Tuesday class.  What a great team we have in all our classes. A big well done to all of you.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Graduation 30/06/2018

Good day everyone

Thanks to everyone who attended the graduation this morning.  We went straight into our warm up to get our blood pumping.  We worked on grip breaking and headlock escapes.  Everyone did a fantastic job learning the techniques.  It was great to see the parents that participated having a blast with the children.

Everyone has been working very hard on their Jiu Jitsu.  Today's graduation is a time where we get to recognize everyone's hard work.  I'm very fortunate to have so many students that have parents that train Jiu Jitsu.  Jiu Jitsu is a great skill to pass on to your child and I firmly believe it will make them a better and stronger person in life.  I can't thank all the parents enough for all the support you have given our school.