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World Champion Penny Thomas!

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

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

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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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!

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!

I am Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

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

Acai!!

Posted in BJJ, Life, Training with tags , , on September 13, 2013 by bjj4life

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Train Jiu Jitsu!

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Life, Training with tags , , , on August 31, 2013 by bjj4life

Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu 2013!

Posted in Adventures, Grappling/MMA, Life, Training with tags , , , , on April 25, 2013 by bjj4life

Rickson 2013

Distance Management

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Training with tags , , on March 5, 2013 by bjj4life

 

‘Whoever manages the distance, manages the damage” – Helio Gracie

544066_571858946158311_256508483_nLately I’ve been rolling with strikes at least twice a week to improve my self defense/vale tudo game.  Early in this training I found that my normal defensive postures were fine in a sportive setting but needed some refinement during “vale tudo” training…especially if I didn’t want to take unnecessary strikes.  It is imperative to always manage the distance which in turn will control the damage that can be done.  I believe routinely training with strikes is a valuable tool during your personal development.  The goal is not to hit your partner but rather help them identify holes in their game.  I find this type of training to be extremely fun when done in a cooperative training environment.  The below video is a great defensive posture I have been experimenting with when side mounted.  Bjj4lif4!

 

Royler Gracie Seminar 2012

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Training with tags , , , on February 11, 2012 by bjj4life

Grappling Game Plan 2012

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Training on January 1, 2012 by bjj4life

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

While I didn’t plan on being deployed for half of 2011 I still could have used my time more efficiently.  Nevertheless I have found that actually writing out my training goals help keep me focused.  Below is my “Grappling Game Plan” for 2012. 

My Guiding Principles

I will always have a training objective when I spar.  I will continually work my weak areas and look at them as opportunities to expand my strengths. The goal of training is not to win but expand my skill-sets…training is not a competition.  I will always be humble…ego has no place in a learning environment and will hamper my progress.  I will train at least 3 times a week and improve my grappling fitness outside the gym at least 3 times a week.  I will continually develop a conservative game with the goal of applying the fundamentals at a high level.

Styles to Emulate: Kron Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, Roger Gracie.

Long Term Goals: (1 to 5 years)
* Acheive Black Belt in BJJ within next 3 years.
* Be competent in both sport and self-defense aspects.
* Next milestone: Train in Brazil.

Intermediate Term Goals: (6 months to 1 year)
* Improve escapes from side control and rear mount.
* Expand arm bar from multiple positions.
* Improve guard recovery/retention against heavier opponents.
* 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 systems & weak areas. 
* Develop my vale tudo guard.

Weak Areas:
* Finishing arm bar from top position
* Heavier opponents 
* Escapes

Strong Areas:
* Guard Passing
* Open Guard
* Sweeps


Passing and Dragging!

Posted in Grappling/MMA, Training on December 12, 2011 by bjj4life

I had the pleasure of doing a private with Bruno Frazatto while visiting Guam.  We mainly worked on guard passing and the concepts we covered where totally foreign to me.  Due to work commitments I was not really able to play with the passes until I returned to the States 3 months later.  I was amazed at how effective the passing methods worked even though I had not really drilled them.  The below video is a good example of some of Bruno’s guard passing concepts and how effective they are.  My guard passing philosophy now is all about redirecting the legs and leg draggingbjj4life!    

Marcelo Garcia!

Posted in Adventures, Grappling/MMA, Training on November 20, 2011 by bjj4life

Tightening up my chokes with the best in the game!

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