World Champion Penny Thomas!

Posted in BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Training with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2015 by bjj4life

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Only the Strong!

Posted in Adventures, Life with tags , on December 3, 2015 by bjj4life

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UFC 193

Posted in Adventures, BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Life with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2015 by bjj4life

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Rener Gracie Seminar…Melbourne!

Posted in Adventures, BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Training with tags , , , on November 14, 2015 by bjj4life

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Gracie Technics with Master Pedro Sauer!

Posted in BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Training with tags , , , , , , on November 8, 2015 by bjj4life

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Pedro Sauer!

Posted in Adventures, BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Training with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by bjj4life

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The Impact of Jiu Jitsu!

Posted in BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Life, Training with tags , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by bjj4life

Jiu Jitsu is Fun!

Posted in BJJ, Guard with tags , , , , on October 20, 2015 by bjj4life

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The Fowler Effect…North Shore Jiu Jitsu!

Posted in BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Training with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2015 by bjj4life

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North Shore Jiu Jitsu Club!

Posted in Adventures, BJJ, Training with tags , , , , on October 8, 2015 by bjj4life

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It’s not who’s good…its who’s left!

Posted in BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Life, Training with tags , , , , , , on October 4, 2015 by bjj4life

Comic Con – Honolulu

Posted in Adventures, Life with tags , , , , on September 19, 2015 by bjj4life

Comic Con

Jiu Jitsu Global Federation (JJGF)

Posted in BJJ, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Grappling/MMA, Life, Training with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2014 by bjj4life

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Time and Sweat!

Posted in BJJ, Life, Training with tags , , on April 13, 2014 by bjj4life

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Jiu Jitsu is Fun!

Posted in BJJ, Life with tags , , , , on April 13, 2014 by bjj4life

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Chop Certified!

Posted in BJJ, Training on January 21, 2014 by bjj4life

photo-9I was lucky to attend a seminar with Dustin “Clean” Denes this month. Five hours…one technique…OMOPLATA.  while he showed some variations at the end we primarily drilled one technique to perfection.  Dustin’s philosophy is when he shows you a technique…you’ll have it for life!  While the seminar was scheduled for three hours Dustin made sure we got our money’s worth…five hours in he was still ready to go longer… half the attendees didn’t make it to the end.   Hands down one of the best seminars I’ve ever attended!  Chop Certified!chop

Training Goals for 2014

Posted in BJJ, Grappling/MMA, Training with tags , , on January 1, 2014 by bjj4life

“Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan.” – Winston Churchill.  

Training Guidelines:

ChecklistAlways have a training objective when sparring. The goal of training is not to win but expand skill-sets…training is not a competition.  Always be humble…ego has no place in a learning environment and will hamper progress.  Continually work on weak areas and view them as opportunities to expand strengths.  Train at least 3 times a week and improve fitness off the mats at least 3 times a week.  

Training Goals: 

Long Term Goals: (1 to 5 years)
* Continually develop a conservative game focused on applying the fundamentals at a high level.

Intermediate Term Goals: (6 months to 1 year)
* Improve escapes and submission defense.
Drop two weight classes.
* Improve vale tudo / self defense skill-sets.

Short Term Goals: (1 to 6 months)
* Develop schedule to focus my weekly sparring goals.
* Devote one day a week to drilling & weak areas. 
* Improve mount submissions.

Weak Areas:                                      Strong Areas:
* Flexibility                                            *Guard Passing
* Heavier opponents                              *Open Guard 
* Escapes                                              *Sweeps

North Shore BJJ Club!

Posted in Adventures, BJJ, Training on December 27, 2013 by bjj4life

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From Russia with Love!

Posted in BJJ, Training with tags , , on December 1, 2013 by bjj4life

Prior to finding Jiu Jitsu I studied Combat Sombo (Sambo) for two years. This mini-documentary is an excellent overview of the art…while Jiu Jitsu is my passion I will always have a special place in my heart for this effective martial art.  Bjj4life!

Principles of Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Posted in BJJ, Life, Training with tags , , on November 17, 2013 by bjj4life

Maximum Efficiency…Minimal effort!

Posted in BJJ, Grappling/MMA, Training with tags , , on November 15, 2013 by bjj4life

Congratulations!

Posted in Adventures, BJJ, Grappling/MMA, Life, Training with tags , , , on October 28, 2013 by bjj4life

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Congratulations to Purebred Jiu Jitsu Guam for their performance at the 2013 Asian Open! Osssss!

Team Victor Huber!

Posted in BJJ, Grappling/MMA with tags , , , on October 28, 2013 by bjj4life

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IBJJF Name Change…Masters & Seniors

Posted in BJJ, Grappling/MMA with tags , , , on October 27, 2013 by bjj4life

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Jiu-Jitsu – Name chenge by IBJJF | GRACIEMAG.

Faixa Preta!

Posted in BJJ, Life, Training with tags , , , on October 17, 2013 by bjj4life

Thanks to everyone who I have been blessed to share the mats with over the years!  Respect and honor to my Professor Victor Huber and all my instructors…Steve Roberto and Mike Fowler…Ossss!  

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Old Lions!

Posted in BJJ, Life, Training with tags , on October 9, 2013 by bjj4life

Manoel TavaresWhile I recently watched the IBJJ Worlds Master/Seniors tournament I wondered how many of these “Old Lions” structured their day-to-day training as they advance in age.  When I started BJJ I was already in the “Master’s” division.  I have had my fair share of injuries that have taught me how to train smarter and hopefully for life.  Below are my guiding principles when it comes to daily training.  These principles will not necessarily make me a black belt world champion but will allow me to be a life long martial artists, which is my personal goal. 

1. Have a Goal when you roll.  For me the goal of training is not to win but expand skill-sets…training is not a competition.  When I spar I always have a training objective in mind.  This allows me to make the most of the mat time and ensures I am keeping the right perspective while training.  Every match is not the Mundials!

 2.  Be Humble.  Your ego has no place in a learning environment and will hamper your progress.  You will eventually stagnate if you only play your “A game” because you’re afraid of loosing or what people may think.  This is why it is important to have training partners you trust.  Every gym has guys that treat each sparring session like the World Championships.  Don’t let these guys be your primary training partners.  Rolling with these types of guys has its place in training but not as a steady diet.  Injury prevention is the name of the game for Old Lions!

 3.  Fitness. Try to conduct cardio training outside the gym at a minimum 3 times a week.   As you get older your stamina naturally starts to decline and I have found that putting in the extra physical training in addition to regular mat time helps maintain baseline conditioning.  Stretching is also important.  There is a saying…”The fountain of youth is located in the spine”Stretch often to keep your back flexible. Stretching will help prevent injuries while keeping you loose, flexible and young!

4.  Moderation.   Jiu Jitsu is a journey…not a destination.  It is important to have a healthy balance between training and other things in life.  I usually don’t train more than four times a week.  This keeps me from feeling drained both physically or mentally and gives me more time for other things in my life.   A black belt in jiu jitsu is the hardest to obtain in martial arts…averaging 10 years. Maintaining a 5-day a week schedule for 10 years is not realistic for most people and will likely lead to burnout and quitting.   Bjj4life!

Safe Travels!

Posted in Adventures, BJJ, Life with tags , , , on October 6, 2013 by bjj4life

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I am Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

Posted in BJJ, Grappling/MMA, Life, Training with tags on October 5, 2013 by bjj4life
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