Sunday, February 28, 2010

Rener Gracie vs. 21

Very cool videos -- while in Florida, Rener Gracie had the chance to spar with 33 members of the Jacksonville SWAT team and Police Department. About half of them were experienced grapplers and the other half were new to jiu-jitsu, but all of them were in determined to win. The batteries in the camera died during the 21st match so you don’t get see the last 12 submissions. Check it out...
“Fighting 33 opponents is like fighting a giant, you don’t decide when you win, they decide when they lose. “

-Rener Gracie



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcelo Garcia

This is a good display of Marcelo Garcia's technical ability against a much larger and stronger opponent. Andrei Arlovski, who weighs in at around 240 and is a former UFC champ, is no push-over on the ground. Marcelo uses some excellent transitions and proper weight distribution to neutralize Andrei's size and strength advantage.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Turn Your Open Mat into a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Laboratory

Here's a great article Scott Sale found, courtesy of Matt Kirtley from Aesopian BJJ:

Turn Your Open Mat into a BJJ Laboratory

I’m going to make a bold assumption: You want to get better at BJJ. (I
must be a mind reader.) Open mat can be a secret weapon in your
training if you use it right. These tips will help make sure you do.

Go in with a purpose

What makes open mat good is also what makes it bad: you can do
whatever you want. Without someone running class, it’s all too easy to
waste time, goof off or simply not know what to do. Go in prepared
giving yourself a goal.

– Improve move X.
– Improve my escapes.
– Improve my conditioning.
– Try out this new guard.
– Review my basics.

Try picking a topic—a certain position, submission, guard or even
concept—and set your mind on exploring and learning it in depth. It’s
easier to stay focused when you know what you’re focusing on.

It’s time to experiment

Now is your chance to put that encyclopedic knowledge of every BJJ
instructional to use. Is there a move that’s been making waves in
competition that you want to learn? You could bring a laptop or iPhone
to watch instructionals then drill them.

Forget this piece of advice if it doesn’t line up with your goals.
Sometimes drilling those same basics you’ve known forever is the right
thing to do (at least it’s never wrong.)

Don’t get technique overload

Just because you’re free to do whatever you want doesn’t mean you
should pull out every technique you’ve ever Youtubed. Get two
experienced guys on the mat and it can quickly turn into technique
show and tell (“Hey, check this out!” “That reminds me of this…” “You
gotta see how I do it…”) Keep your goals in mind and don’t get too far
off track (unless it’s really something worth checking out.)

Put in the reps

Once you’ve figured out what you want to work on, start drilling. Then
keep drilling. Discipline yourself to put in a healthy number of
repetitions. No skimping on your reps because you don’t have an
instructor keeping his hawk eyes on you. I’m sorry if this is boring
but it’s good for you.

Find the right training partner

Who you train with can make or break an open mat. If they aren’t as
motivated as you, it’s a pain to force them to drill when all they
want to do is talk and spar a bit. You’re better off with a white belt
that has a good worth ethic and is eager to learn than a lazy purple
belt that doesn’t really feel like breaking a sweat. Finding the right
person to team up with can give you a serious boost and make grappling
R&D really fun and rewarding.

Do live drills

Take whatever you working on and make up live drills AKA isolation
sparring for it. This is an fantastic training method that a lot of
people overlook. Your drills can be as simple as starting from a
specific position over and over again to running a series of
situational exercises that increase in complexity as they go. (Message
me on Facebook if you want some example drills.)

Take sparring seriously

Nothing bugs me more than two guys rolling for 1 minute before someone
taps then spending 2 minutes talking about it. Save the discussion for
later. Quick bits of advice or showing someone how to stop a move
they’ve got caught in a couple times is OK. But you’re there to spar.
Now is a good chance to push your endurance and forget time limits and
go until you are absolutely dead.

Film your sparring

If you’ve got a camera and a tripod (or a willing third person), try
getting your sparring sessions on video and watching them afterward.
You’ll often be surprised by the things you do (and don’t do) that you
never realized.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Renzo dropped 14kg to fight with Hughes

From www.graciemag.com: 

Renzo dropped 14kg to fight with Hughes

Renzo Gracie was in Rio de Janeiro this week. But not to train Jiu-Jitsu, work on his boxing with his friend and coach Claudinho Coelho or do physical prep work in Rio’s nature. Renzo was invited to a wedding.
He was not just any guest. Indeed, he was the best man of his uncle George, brother of Renzo’s mother.Saturday night in family for the UFC fighter.
Among his relatives most clued in to the MMA world, the chatter was about how seriously the Jiu-Jitsu professor living in New Jersey was taking his fight against Matt Hughes.
“He lost 14kg for the fight; he’s lean” they said, impressed. In the group were black belts like Daniel Gracie, Carlos Russo, Flavio Canto, Leo Leite and Kyra Gracie. Naturally happy, Renzo drank only water.
And, of course, father to the fighter Grandmaster Carlos Robson Gracie drew everyone’s attention with his storytelling.
The attention of the guests was also drawn to the dialogue between the great master, famous for his catch phrases while presenting the TV show “HerĂ³is do Ringue” in the late 1990s, and Olympic medalist Canto