Saturday, 23 June 2018

Saturday training report

Hello everyone

It was a cold day at the dojo this morning.  An intense warm up was essential to get everyone's pistons pumping. 

After our warm up  we had a great time doing the leap frog drill.  Once everyone had learnt to use momentum to carry their body over the top the drill went extremely well.  We then progressed to leap frogging and then shooting under the legs.  The shooting skill is important for take down work we will be doing in the weeks to come.

We moved onto reviewing the turtle escape and then adding another variation to the escape.  Everyone had to escape from me to show they had good technique.  Even the smallest student was able to execute the escape on me by using leverage instead of strength.  Well done to all!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Saturday training update

Good day everyone
Turtle Position

Today we had a new student join us.  He joined in and everybody was very welcoming.

Today was our second class on back attack.

We started with the Crazy Horse game.  Each student had to take my back and stay on whilst I moved around the mat.  This drill is to learn the importance of strong hooks, seat belt grip and proper head position.  This game is always a hit.

Back Mount

We drilled moving on top of our partner whilst they are in turtle position.  We drilled with hands behind the back and then with hands on our partners back.  We moved onto rolling the person in turtle over by using the seat belt grip and proper leg position to take the back.

Everyone is equiped with enough tools now to start some sparring.  In BJJ we call it rolling.  For children the rounds are 3 minutes long.  Great fun was hand by all that rolled today.  It was so much fun that we extended class to continue with more matches.  Great work and sportsmanship everyone.  Well done.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Graduation time

Good day everyone

We will be having a graduation on June 30th at 10:00am.  It is a great opportunity to get everyone together to celebrate your achievements and be rewarded for all the hard work.

Students will need to get 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. 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Time change for class on Saturday the 2nd of June

Hello everyone

Class will be at 9:00am this Saturday.

There is a function taking place that starts at 10:30am  This happens approximately 3 times a year.  We hope to see you all there.

Cheers Adam

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Rener Gracie on How to Tie Your Jiu Jitsu Belt Belt

Good day everyone.  This is the video I used to perfect tying my belt.  The first knot he shows should be easy enough for the younger students.  If you're feeling bold go for the Hollywood tie.  Oss!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Training report

Today was all about grip breaking.  We learned 3 ways to break a lapel grip.  2 of our students that don't have a gi yet worked on 2 grip breaks and a defense if they are grabbed by the throat.  Everyone worked hard and enjoyed learning the techniques.  We are very lucky to have such hard working students.  Well done to everyone.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

A stellar day on the mats

What a fun class today.

We had Olivia's mum Yvonne join us as my assistant today.  It's fantastic to have the extra help and to have an adult to to help with demonstrations.

We had a new student join us today and give it a go. Talia jumped right in and was a fast learner.  Hopefully she'll be able to join us more often. 

Today we reviewed our mount escapes.  Everyone is doing a great job on refining their technique.  Our next step was to introduce ways to retain the mount.  Everyone learned how to make themselves heavy in mount firstly.  Next we worked on the grapevine.  The grapevine was a hit with the team.  We moved to the technical mount and how to follow your opponent if they try to roll away.  It was a good introduction and I look forward to more drilling with these techniques.

 Talia learning mount escape
 She nailed it!
Olivia working with Talia

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Tuesday training report

Good day everyone

It was good to see a new student give it a try this Tuesday.  We hope he enjoyed our class and will continue his BJJ journey with us.

We are working hard on mount escape at the moment.  Our goal is to have 3 ways to escape the mount in our toolboxes.  We reviewed the first 2 options and then moved on to a situational sparring game. 

King of the mat is a fun way to make the training more intense.  Everyone showed that they were getting the concept.  Everyone also realized that when the game starts it's much harder to escape the mount.  This is where Olivia showed that a small person with the correct technique can escape from a much larger opponent. 

We'll continue our mount work this week.  We'll be moving on to our next phase of training next week.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

What a fantastic Graduation we had today

Stuart and Serge both visited us today for the graduation.  We honoured to welcome them into our Dojo. 

We started out with our normal warm up and moved into our mount escape work.  We worked 2 options today and will continue with a 3rd in our next class.  These mount escape techniques and drilling will be a permanent part of our Jiu Jitsu journey.

Now for the graduation highlights.

Aidan has earned his Yellow belt.  He showed a warrior spirit at the no gi competition and had 2 had matches.  He bought home a silver medal.  We are all very proud of Aidan's had work leading up to the competition. Keep up the great work!

Olivia earned her grey belt.  Olivia showed her bravery at her first competition.  She had 2 hard matches and fought hard.  Olivia has learned the intensity needed to compete and what she needs to work on for the next competition.  Olivia showed a warrior spirit in her matches and did not give up.  Well done!

Oscar earned a second stripe today.  He has discovered that what he has learnt so far is working well for him when he spars with the team.  Oscar's has become more focused in class and in enjoying drilling with his team mates.  Great job!

Pietro earned his first stripe today. He has been training well and has had increased focus.  He has found that the techniques in his toolbox are working for him whilst sparring.  Pietro enjoys our sparring sessions and I'm very pleased to see him learning how to take control of his opponent.  Excellent work!

At the end of the graduation Stuart surprised everyone by pulling a brown belt out of is gi.  I was speechless.  I wasn't expecting to have a brown belt in the near future, yet there it was in front of me.  Thank you Auckland BJJ, Stuart and Serge for giving me a home to continue my Jiu Jitsu journey.  I'm overwhelmed by the support they both have given me and our kids school.   Thank you to all of the team at Auckland BJJ for being such awesome people and wicked training partners. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Graduation time is here!

Hello everyone

On Saturday the 21st we are having a graduation.  We will end class at 10:45 and use the last 15 minutes for stripes and belt promotions. 

See you all there.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter Training Update

Good day everyone.

We had 2 new students join us today.  They were quick at picking up the beginning fundamental movements.

We worked on the first mount retention and then moved into mount escape.  This was an excellent refresher for the students that will compete next Saturday and an essential first lesson for the new students.  Everyone was really focused at class today which allowed us to cover a lot of ground.

One more session before the big competition!  Everyone has worked hard and now it's time to go and test your Jiu Jitsu.  Win or lose one thing is certain, your BJJ will improve and you will learn a lot from the experience.

  Working on the mount

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Tuesday training update

Today was all about the reverse hip escape and frame.  Everyone made a great effort in learning this new movement.  We will be working on the hip escape, reverse hip escape, frame and belly down movements in the coming weeks.

Only 2 classes left until the bjj competition.  All that are not competing are welcome to come watch their team mates.  The competition is at

The kids usually start at 9:00am.  If you come along it's advised to pack a snack and a drink.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

A Saturday Surprise

What a great day for Jiu Jitsu.  We had a special visitor today.  Henry was a student at our old gym a while back. He is a great sparring partner for Aidan as well as a good friend

Today we worked on our hip escape.  We showed how our warm up hip escape movement works in our Jiu Jitsu game.  The first use of the hip escape is to escape from side control and recompose a guard position.  This will need some more work as a reverse hip escape movement/frame is required to complete the sequence.  The second option that we showed was to escape side control to a belly down position and progress to driving forward for a sweep.  Everyone got the concept of the sequence.  As always more drilling is the key to mastery.

We had a great rolling session at the end of class.  I was very impressed with everyone's performance. I really liked that everyone was looking for control before attempting an attack.

I found this cartoon which illustrates the power of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Saturday training report - 5 more classes until the competition!

Good day everyone

Today we started putting some foot work into our tool boxes. We worked on a guard pass drill that puts us in the knee on belly position.  Everyone did well on their first attempt at this drill. We will continue working this technique as it will become part of the warm up in the future for the more advanced students.

We learned how to pass the open guard of an opponent that is sitting up.  Everyone liked the shove to the forehead to put their opponent on their back so they could execute the pass to knee on the belly.

After we finished our stretching we worked on some balance exercises.  Balance is super important in any sport and in our daily lives.  We will continue to challenge our balance abilities in class.

Special thanks to Aidan for cleaning the mats today.  We all love our super tidy dojo.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

NZ Grappler No Gi National Registration is Open

Registration closes April 3rd.

$50.00 for the Kids
$60.00 for Adults Age 18 and up
$60.00 for Masters Age 36 and up
$10.00 for open class blue belts and up.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tuesday training report

It was dad and lad day at the dojo.  Everyone opted to stay home with the storm approaching.

We worked on 3 mount attacks.  the first one was the high mount armbar.  The review of this attack went smoothly and the confidence Aidan has in this attack was good to witness as he had my arm bending the wrong direction. Next we reviewed the Americana and remembering to grapevine at least one leg to shutdown a sweep attempt.  The Americana has earned a solid spot in the tool box.  We played with the s mount armbar however we decided to work that armbar and stay on top.  It took a little more work to get this one looking sharp.  We nailed it after drilling repeatedly.  

Once we accomplished our armbar work I showed Aidan a sweep from side control.  When he was rolling last Saturday he started working the sweep not knowing that he was doing the right things.  He just need the final piece of the puzzle to make it work. It will need a little time with an opponent his size to add it to his tool box.

See you all Saturday.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A surprise visitor

Saturday's class was fantastic.

We had a surprise visit from Professor Serge Morel.  I'm very happy that he came to see how our class goes and to meet the students. Serge and Stuart run the Auckland BJJ school which is were I continue my study in Jiu Jitsu.  I'm very lucky to have such great students to teach and to have high level Professors helping and teaching me.

It was great to see some of the students that have been gone on holiday return to class.  We continued to work the arm bar.  The day's arm bar position was from the mount using the s-mount.  Like the arm bar from the guard there are a lot of technical pieces that have to come together to accomplish the attack.  This attack will take time to execute efficiently so don't get discouraged if it takes a while to nail it.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tuesday's submission class

What a great bunch of students I have.  The concentration and focus that was displayed
in class was spectacular.

It's all about the arm bar this month.  We reviewed the arm bar from the guard and all the pieces are coming together nicely.  Everyone did some really nice work learning the attack.

The second arm bar attack we worked on was from the knee on the belly position.  This arm bar always looks impressive as the movement is very dynamic.  Everyone has a good grasp of the movement.  We will be working both arm bar attacks a lot this month.

Our 3rd arm bar attack will be from the mount.  This attack has one basic setup however we can finish the job in many ways.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

A cool morning at the dojo

Good day everyone

It was a pleasure having class this morning.  The cool weather was welcomed by all.

Today we started working on the arm bar in the guard.  This attack has a lot of invisible techniques and can seem overwhelming in the beginning.  With steady and focused practice it will all fall into place.  This is one of Jiu Jitsu's fundamental attacks from the guard position.  Overall everyone did a great job getting to know this attack. 

We will be working on arm bar attacks and defense this February.  Once a BJJ fighter learns how arm bars are applied in a few positions a light bulb switches on and they start to see that opportunities present themselves often for this attack.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Tuesday's training report

Wow it was hot Tuesday!  I was very happy that everyone got through training without any complaints about the heat.  That's the tough mental attitude that I love seeing in all of you. 

It was fantastic to have a new student visit us.  She enjoyed the class and we all hope we see her again.  I'm very pleased to see that everyone was a good helper with the new student.

In our class today we reviewed the first mount escape and then transitioned to the second.  the second one will need more work.  It is a bit more technical however I'm confident that everyone will have it in their tool box for the competition.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Competition Rules

Good day everyone

It's time for everyone to become familiar with the competition rules.  I've placed a link below for the IBJJF rule book.  Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification about any of the rules.  See you on the mats!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Saturday at the Dojo

Three of a perfect pair for training today.

The boys learned a new mount escape today.  It took a bit of work, but we got there in the end.  There are a few more steps in the new escape.  This technique will prove to beuseful in competition with some more practice.  We will review the technique Tuesday.

I will have the BJJ Game Plan document for everyone Tuesday.  This will allow the students to sit and think about what techniques they have learned and in what scenarios they would put them into practice.  We can do it as group in class.  I did this brain storming with Aidan last year and it was a huge eye opener of how much Jiu Jitsu he has learned. 

Here is a challenge for our students

Aidan and I have been doing a push up challenge.

We started with 10 push up before bed. The next night we did 11 and the next we did 12 and so on.  The goal is to get to 30.

The push up should be done  slowly and with proper technique.  It is better to start from the knees and use good technique and when your strength grows move to your toes.  Check out the video below for some tips on getting it right.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Training report

Tuesday afternoon training we had a good refresher in the backward break fall.  After break falls we went onto work on 2 take downs.

We practiced our Maui Thai clinch and worked on having good position and moment to create opportunities for a take down.

The first one we drilled was the knee tap.  This is a very effective and simple take down.  Everyone went well with this one.  We moved onto the Kosoto Gari.  This take down is another simple and effective take down.  We will be drilling both of these take downs often to make them a reflex reaction.  With take downs timing is key.  They must be setup by moving your opponent to create the opportunity to attack whilst they are vulnerable.

We finished up with a very active king of the mat game.  I was impressed that everyone worked their sweeps well.  Hip bump was the go to sweep of the game.

Kosoto Gari

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Saturday training update

Self defense is the focus for the next few weeks.  We worked on two break falls.  The first was the backward break fall (Ushiro Ukemi).  Everyone got the concept however we'll need to keep practicing to make it an automatic reflex. Next was the break fall to the side (Yoko Ukemi).  This one is a little trickier so we will be working on it more in the future.  The break falls are very important for our next phase of training.

We will be learning take downs in the next few weeks.  For those that want to compete, I will help students pick 3 of the take downs that work best for them and drill those consistently.

Break fall info:
Ukemi is one of the most important aspects of the martial arts and self-defense. It's also probably the most neglected.  Ukemi (breaking one’s fall) is the art of "taking it," the ability to fall, roll, or be forcefully thrown to the ground and get up unscathed.

Backward break fall
Ushiro Ukemi

 Forward break fall
Mae Ukemi

 Side break fall
Yoko Ukemi

Saturday, 6 January 2018

First training in 2018

Happy New Year to all.

Today was a lot of fun.  We are training no gi to get ready for the upcoming NZ Grappler competition and work on our self defense.

We worked through everybody's favorite animals in our warm up.

The position we worked on today was side control.   We worked through 3 side control positions.  The drilling went well and everyone learned how to have a heavy hip.

We played a game to mark getting side control a little more real.  The game was Crawlers and Chasers.  What a fun game.  The crawlers starts about 5 meters from the chaser.  We count to three and go.  The goal is for the chaser to role over the crawler and get a side control position.  Everyone did a really great job.

Crawlers and Chasers