Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Wednesday Gi Class

Worked on drop seio nage ( shoulder throw ) tonight. Then drilled basic submission sequence from the guard and hip bump sweep to mount escape.
Technical training was x-pass, smash pass and smash pass to mount.
Finished with rolling.
Good work tonight everyone worked really hard.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Monday night gi class

Good turnout tonight! Great to have so many guys on the mat.
After warming up and drilling hip throws, submission sequence from the guard and basic sweep to mount escape. We then worked on opening closed guard, defending grips and sweep attempts and how to approach open guard. Finished off with rolling.
Well done to Rich on his much deserved stripe.


Yesterday members of our team competed in Nottingham.
8 out of 9 who competed meddled!
Jimmy took silver in open weight brown belt,  Mike took bronze light weight blue and Nathan took gold.
Well done guys!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Friday night gi class and stripes!

Finished off working on half guard (from the bottom) concepts and basic techniques last night.
Drilled hip throw and then hip throw to armbar.
Controlling distance and position, taking the back, rolling under sweep and grabbing the foot. Also worked on preventing the underhook and cross face.
Last night Dave, Mark, Seena and Andy all received much deserved stripes on their belts. Well done again guys!

Coming together as a team is the beginning
Staying together is progress
Working together = success.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Wednesday Gi Class

Worked on basic hip throw off basic gi grip.
Then kept working on half guard fundamentals: maintaining position, taking the back and then the rool under sweep.
Finished with rolling for 45 minutes. Good class tonight, everyone working hard.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

What are fundamentals..?

I often talk about fundamentals in class and we even have a fundamentals class on a friday here at Phoenix (6-7pm with Siroos).
Ive had a few people however ask me what exactly a fundamental is.
A fundamental must meet at least 3 basic points:

1- It's something everyone who plays BJJ needs to know how to do.
2- It's something everyone who plays BJJ will do in essentially the same way.
3- It's something everyone who plays BJJ will need to do without conscious thought while rolling in order to play the game well.
Those of you that have trained with me know that my entire coaching philosophy is based on the importance of solid fundamentals.

So as an example, not everyone who doess BJJ at a high level plays berimbolo. 
So I would not consider the berimbolo a fundamental.
This does'nt mean that some black belts will not use it as a core part of their own game (ie: Mendes brothers), and it certainly doesn’t mean Jimmy or I wouldnt teach a berimbolo class. But it does mean that you can be a perfectly good black belt, without berimbolo. The same can be said for inverted sweeps, DLR guards, rubber guard, and a whole bunch of positions and techniques.
Compare the above example with an elbow escape. Every black belt on planet Earth has a solid elbow escape (or should).
The mechanics behind the basic motion won't change much; the physics of the movement remain the same regardless of age, weight, etc. And it's one of those things all good players start to do as a natural reaction, without having to stop and think about it.
The funny thing is that the more you veer away from just core fundamentals, the more I believe you actually stifle much of your growth process.
While the more you stick to just fundamentals, the more room for creativity, play, and unique games on the mat.