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One very positive part of training Jiu Jitsu is that you inevitability meet people, the people who you train with soon become your friends.

I have met a lot of people from training Jiu Jitsu, some of the coolest people I know are fellow bjj’ers
the social aspect of Jiu Jitsu is great, even though your trying to choke each other it is always a friendly environment.

No-one is excluded, if you train you become one of us. My Facebook page has pretty much become a means to keep up with my Jiu Jitsu friends.

I think it also helps with your development that you are friends with the people you train with, trust is something that is needed as you are effectively putting your safety in the hands of someone else.

I regularly read the sub-reddit /r/bjj and a familiar topic is questioning whether a particular move is a “douche” move or not, the common ones are egregious use of knuckles, cranks of necks and spines and generally going too hard.

My thoughts on this is that if you are friends with your training partners, this shouldn’t be an issue.
We look after each other so that we can improve our Jiu Jitsu, friends can talk and say “hey, can you avoid my right shoulder because of an injury”.

Jiu Jitsu makes friends, just one of the awesome things it can do.


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Last night I had the opportunity to take a class at 8020bjj, Dion offered this chance so that we could work on developing our ability to teach a concept and to also help our own understanding of the concept/technique we were showing.

I chose to show the Reverse De La Riva, it is a technique that has worked really well for me and it is something I continue to work on a lot.

I was pretty nervous teaching and it was not as easy as Dion makes it look!

I had tried to come up with a plan for showing RDLR, what I had planned was;

I wanted to break it up into 4 parts, First I wanted to just show and intro the technique, its relation to De La Riva and what sort of guard it is, this is also one thing I pretty much forgot to do, I did write down that the guard is a long range guard that can also be played in close range and works well against standing passers, I failed to mention this, I also planned to point out that it works well with the Berimbolo game but again, something I forgot.

Second, I wanted to show the guard, how I use it(as that is all I know) and when to use it, I used Matt for my Uke and I think I did show the RDLR benefits, specifically against knee-cut pass.
My estimates for time, how long I would spend with the first two parts went out the window and I lost track of time at this point.

Third part was to get everyone to try the guard. Something I have noticed when Dion shows a technique, sometimes he will get us to practice a specific aspect of the technique and leave out the other parts, this was my plan.
I wanted to let everyone try the guard in a way that would work for them as I remember when I first started playing around with DLR and RDLR it didn’t feel natural, so I expected people to have this reaction to the guard, I figured if I just get them playing with the RDLR hook it may make it a little easier.

At this point I had “planned” to go to the Fourth part, show the full move, the sweeps that you can do and the mighty Kiss the Dragon and then guard passing! timer drills! but I realized that if I just put the timer on and said to guard pass but use the RDLR, it would soon just turn into rolling.
So instead of doing that I just tried to get everyone to expand on the drill, now the hook and the hand grip, add the foot to the hip etc.

I think at that point I kind of just went in to “what would I drill” mode and asked them to do that.
The good news is that I saw some awesome RDLR and some smooth Kiss of the Dragon and a lot of people adjusting the technique for their own attributes.

It was hard, but it was fun and it helped me to really look at a technique that I use and break it down, when we rolled at the end of class I tried to use Reverse De La Riva at every chance I could.

Dion mentioned at the end of class that you learn from your partners, so it is important to be able to make them the best training partners possible because that will benefit yourself.
This was something I could see after showing RDLR, when using it in the rolls everyone was aware of the technique and had an understanding of what I was trying to do, how I was going to do it and when, this makes it harder for me and forces me to improve.(and as a by-product of that, they improve!)


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Like my previous post said, I have been doing a LOT of no-gi recently, I am really enjoying it.
No-Gi is perfect for the Perth summers, in the 2 years I have been training at 80/20 I have noticed that our Perth climate has a big influence on our training, winter is Gi weather and summer is No-Gi time.

A few things I have discovered about No-Gi.

  • It is faster and requires more athleticism
  • Movement is important, the high pace of No-Gi demands a lot of movement.
    • Because of these two points, there is an advantage to being fit and fast.
    • also because of the high pace of No-Gi and the lack of a Gi, the sweat makes you slippery.
  • Grips are completely different
  • No-Gi translates well to Gi, but Gi doesn’t translate as well to No-Gi

The frustration comes in the fact that the game I’m used to playing is now simply harder and while that is frustrating I also know it is going to help my Gi game.
I cant fathom only training one or the other, that is just not a possibility I would like to entertain.

This Saturday I will take both No-Gi and Gi so that I can swap to the Gi after training No-Gi, I want to see how much I notice the change.

anyway, just a quick post as I wanted to put my thoughts here instead of my training journal(which just for interest, as of today I have trained for 588 Hours minimum!)

I also have registered a new domain, I wanted to play around with wordpress and have a site to put my non-bjj photos and stuff fototala


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well I have not updated this site in too long!
So I was kind of preparing for a competition, this would have been my first no-gi tournament but currently the date has not been confirmed, which I’m OK with as I am now just over a cold that knocked me down a bit.

While I’m over the cold now and feeling fine, I have been gassing pretty easily while training so this is now my main focus to get back the cardio I guess I had.

Because I though I was preparing for a no-gi tournament I have been training pretty much exclusively no-gi, I wore a gi on Monday but I think this would be maybe the first time in about a month.

No-gi is my weaker area, I am definitely a better grappler in the gi than out of it, so this no-gi focus has been of great benefit to me.

Recently our instructor suggested that we take the opportunity to instruct a class, the idea being we choose a specific thing that we would like to teach and in the process of doing so it will help us with that technique but it will also help us to develop an important skill and that skill is teaching.

I have decided to take him up on the offer and I’m currently trying to figure out how to go about that, I want to make the most of the opportunity.

I will make sure I keep this site more updated, lately I have been thinking a lot about Jiu Jitsu and I should really be writing this down.


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Perth <span class="caps">BJJ</span> Blog 9th November bjj4lfe Closed guard
I have now been training for 2 years, I have just started to learn the closed guard.
normally this would be the first thing taught to a new Jiu Jitsu student, but 8020 is not an ordinary Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school.
It has been made clear that SBG is a big influence on 8020BJJ but definitely not the only influence, you get the feeling that sports science and modern training philosophy drives the methods used by Dion at 8020BJJ.

But, is that a reason not to learn the closed guard ? well, IMHO yes.
At least not as a priority, at 8020 movement is king and the closed guard was left out for a fair while(actually, only from my perspective, if it was your first time last week then you started your BJJ training with the closed guard).

We have had two classes so far on the closed guard and they have both been very interesting, I think we started on the 9th of October but I didn’t really note anything down apart from that we started our closed guard focus.
Last night we drilled the famous Arm Bar from the Closed Guard. I remember when I was a teenager(like in 1995-6) and I wanted to do BJJ, I visited a gym in Edgewater and I watched one lesson, I still remember that they were drilling the Arm Bar from the Closed Guard.

I love guard, so anything guard related, is something I am going to jump all over and as we slowly added the resistance to the drill it became good fun being Arm-barred and Arm-barring people. What I am really looking forward to now, is the addition of this technique into everyone’s game.

The first time I experienced this was when we did 3 months on leg locks after that we all went crazy with leg locks, I didn’t appreciate it back then but this would then be a pattern, we have a 3 month focus on a certain area and everyone’s games change to include that specific area, its like software getting a new module and suddenly you have this new feature you get to play with!

gem install closed-guard

Everyone suddenly has new attacks and defenses, it drives people to YouTube crazy techniques and it just ends up being damn awesome.

BJJ4life has also confirmed their no-gi tournament which will be on the 9th of November, I am going to enter this, which will be my first no-gi tournament so I have not been wearing the Gi much at all.
I am also getting the feeling that we will have a few from 8020 entering also so I’m looking forward to the 9th of November.


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