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Competition preparation is in full swing, although it is not really different to normal training, I’m trying to get my fitness up to a decent level and basically get my mind on the competition.

I have been out of the gi for what seems like a LONG time and it has really made a difference to my no-gi game, in terms of being more comfortable out of the gi, nothing beats time out of it.

For this competition we have 3 kids from the kids class entering, I’m pretty excited about this as I have been lucky enough to watch these kids grow into formidable little grapplers, 8020 is going to have a nice number of competitors at this competition covering a lot of divisions, it is going to be a great day!


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it has been a while since I have updated this site, I have been on a bit of a hiatus.
But I am going to make goals for 2015, to improve my Jiu Jitsu and myself.

Last year I made some resolutions, nothing to crazy, one was to not drink any alcohol and I did that was easily another was to compete as much as possible and while I did not compete at EVERY competition I did get to at least 2(maybe 3 ?) and while that is a small number really it almost covers all of the ones run locally.

So for 2015, I’m going to do more of the same.

  • Compete as much as possible
  • Further improve my diet and stick to the no alcohol policy
  • Become a technique collector
    • at this stage in my Jiu Jitsu development I am going to focus on as many techniques as possible to expand my game.
  • Teach some Jiu Jitsu
    • Teaching one class was a really interesting exercise which really made me aware of how hard teaching is and the benefits it has for the person teaching, I’d like to give it at least another shot, hopefully maybe a few times.
  • perform 5 perfect pullups
    • I am realizing how hard it is to do them perfectly and while this may seem like a small number, I feel it is more important to do them correctly than just numerously

And that is my 2015 resolutions, I know a lot of people don’t like the idea of new year resolutions and I also think that a lot of the times they can be troublesome, but it is a nice way to line your goals up to a calendar, even though mine do not really need to line up to a calendar.

well apart from one, but that is not Jiu Jitsu related, but I am going to do a 52 week photography project, which is going to be hard.


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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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