Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wristlock From Guard

Although illegal in tournaments, here's a slick wristlock you can work from the guard, as shown by Megaton Dias (one of Royler Gracie's blackbelts). Dias also conducted the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu seminar I attended back in 1996.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Open Mat Tomorrow at 11:30


We'll be hosting an open mat tomorrow, May 25 at 11:30 for all registered students of SCMA. Come ready to work hard before you enjoy your Memorial Day.

See you all on the mat!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Jiu-Jitsu Has No Limit

Another example of why Jiu-Jitsu is "felt" and not "seen".

See you all on the mat -- tomorrow! 

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt Examination

Very good technique and flow displayed in this Gracie Barra Brown Belt examination.

Open Mat: Sunday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m.


Open Mat is a go for this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Open to all registered members of SCMA, come ready to train and with a game plan. For those who have or are working towards their fourth stripe, bring the blue belt curriculum and carve out some time to work it, then work it again.

Remember, Monday's Memorial Day class will be canceled, so get your jiu-jitsu fix in at open mat.

See you then.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Always Attacking...

Kron Gracie's mentality, what Professor Sauer spoke about at his last seminar. When fighting, go for the submission. Don't get caught up in a point battle. Position, then submission. Attack by combination, similar to the guard submission series we worked in class Monday night.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Eduardo Telles Open Guard Pass


Here's a nice technique from Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt and world champion Eduardo Telles, who will a guest instructor at Master Pedro Sauer's Spring Training Camp in Maryland. Master Sauer spoke highly of his skill today, and below is an open guard pass that reflects well on Telles' technical ability.

See you all on the mat! 

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Day One With Master Pedro Sauer


Master Pedro Sauer never disappoints in his seminars. Just finished Day 1 of 2 at Louisville Martial Arts Academy, where the majority of time was spent on classic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self-defense. Master Sauer covered punch block to throw combinations, rear bear hug and gun defenses, and headlock escapes against a much larger and stronger opponent.

Open guard passes and half-guard strategy were also discussed. As always, we ended with some free training. Before the seminar, Master Sauer taught a kids seminar where several of our Spider Monkeys experienced their first seminar and had an opportunity to train with a variety of students from other schools.

We want to thank Louisville Martial Arts Academy for hosting another world-class event. The whole experience was nothing short of incredible today. Here are some photos of Master Sauer and the Spider Monkeys who attended.

More will be on the way tomorrow.

See you all on the mat!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May 16-17: Master Pedro Sauer Returns to Louisville Martial Arts Academy


Don't forget that this weekend Master Pedro Sauer, a seventh-degree red/black belt under Helio and Rickson Gracie, returns to Louisville Martial Arts Academy for a two-day seminar (noon to 3 p.m. each day). The cost is $100 for one session and $150 for both days.

In addition, Master Sauer will also conduct a one-hour kids seminar from 11 a.m. to noon for $25.

This seminar is another incredible opportunity to improve your jiu-jitsu and self-defense skills, and learn from someone who is widely considered to be one of the best teachers and technicians in the world.

Click here for directions. No pre-registration is required, but it's always a good idea to arrive early to take care of the paperwork.

If you don't plan on attending the seminar, please note that we will have regularly scheduled classes at SCMA on Saturday.

See you all on the mat!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Have a Happy Mother's Day


Just a reminder that tomorrow's open mat is canceled due to Mother's Day. We know you jiu-jitsu junkies would like to bring mom in for some training, but we don't want to encourage such shenanigans. Instead, take your mom out for a nice dinner and spend some quality time with her. 

Remember, jiu-jitsu has no limit, unless it's Mother's Day. 

See you all on the mat -- on Monday! 

Week in Review: Throws, Attacks


Excellent work on the mats this week! We covered some nice techniques from the mount, no-hands guard drills and cross-side attacks, on top of the usual throws we incorporate into every class.

As for the throws covered this week, below are videos that cover the details pertaining to each technique:

O Goshi (Hip Throw)

Morote Seionage (Two Arm Shoulder Throw)

Tai Otoshi (Body Drop)

Harai Goshi (Sweeping Hip Throw) -- also good for MMA, as seen below.

Ippon Seionage (One Arm Shoulder Throw)

Koshi Guruma (Hip Wheel)

See you all on the mat -- Monday!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Watch 2009 World Cup Pro Finals

Courtesy of Gracie Magazine... (note: links may not stay live for long).

Rafael Mendes vs. Rubens Cobrinha

Marcelo Garcia vs. Michael Langhi

Tarsis Humphreys vs. Victor Estima

Rodolfo Viera vs. Antonio Peinado

Absolute Final: Braulio Estima vs. Tarsis Humphreys

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Carnival the Cure Photos


Thank you again for coming out and supporting the Carnival for the Cure last weekend. Below are a few photos from the event. Giving back to the community in which we live and train is a vital part of our school's philosophy, and we're proud of your commitment to that.

Enjoy the Derby, and we'll see you all on the mat -- this Monday!