Monthly Archives: September 2010
After watching this amazing video. There is no excuse why you shouldn’t be in there training. This really motivated me to want to train.
This is from the Gracie Academy website
Eric Ingram has been studying Gracie Combatives for a few years under the tutelage of his brother, Troy Ingram — a certified instructor at Bill Odom’s Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center in Norfolk, VA. Eric is quadriplegic, meaning all four limbs are affected by his condition, but is obviously not paralyzed. In his modified blue belt test, Eric demonstrates a level of resourcefulness and adaptiveness that can only be be likened to that which Grand Master Helio Gracie used to modify the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu techniques. To the Grand Master, nothing was more fulfilling than to empower the weak against the strong, and there is little doubt that seeing Eric’s adaptation his art would have moved him greatl
On Saturday, October 23rd at 11:30 AM we are having our belt ceremony. Candidates were announced earlier. There has been a slight change. It is still starting at 11:30 AM. but for the First hour and half, there will be a BJJ seminar from Phil Migliarese, Owner of Balance Studios. These seminars usually cost at least $75 per head. I want to give something back to all of the students who have made Tai Kai Jiu Jitsu such a great facility(and one big family), so Tai Kai is taking care of the bill. So not only do you get to be there for the ceremony, but you get a free seminar from Relson Gracie Black Belt, Phil Migliarese. All Belt Candidates are required to attend the seminar. This is a gift to all of the students, and I just wanted to say thanks for making Tai Kai such a great place.
The guard is the salvation of the weak,” said Rilion Gracie in a GRACIEMAG interview in February 2009. Well today, after wins from stars Fabricio Werdum (in Strikeforce) and Anderson Silva (in the UFC), everyone seems to understand a little better just how important Jiu-Jitsu’s leg game is in a fight situations.
Whether you are an MMA fighter looking to avoid getting put through a family-sized wringer, a Jiu-Jitsu competitor or impassioned practitioner, you need to delve deeper into the concept of the guard to evolve in training.
Rickson Gracie always said you have the best guard of the family. What makes a guard good?
The guard has always been a way of evening the playing field in a fight between two people, bringing the fight to the ground, where a 60kg guy balances out the strength difference and even goes on to have better chances of surprising the 120kg guy.
When I got my black belt, 25 years ago, I weighed 59kgs. And I always had the winning spirit, understood my family’s Jiu-Jitsu to be an art of self-defense, but one with the objective of submitting the adversary. The same way these days we see hundreds of scrawny guys, with good guards for lack of other options, the same went for me. The guard is the salvation of the weak.
How did you go about developing your game?
Guided by Rolls, Carlinhos, Rickson, Crolin, professors who I mirrored, I realized I had to have a really good guard to face anyone, but a complete guard – I wasn’t interested in just holding out against opponents, defending myself without managing to do anything in the fight. But the first idea that clicked for me, at blue belt, was: if I can’t manage to neutralize the guy with the guard, with which I have millions of options of barriers, my legs and hands and all, if he passes I’m dead – I have to exert triple the force, and on top of that with the guy’s weight on my chest, squashing my neck, ears. So my first concern is not to lose.
And what would be the second stage?
At purple belt I was already real flexible, and with a guard famed for being unpassable, at the little championships. But it happens that I’d win because the guy on top would wear out, and ended up leaving openings for the triangle, or I’d end up on his back and such. So, I went on to the next stage, developed at brown: to reconcile defensive with attacking guard, incorporating a varied game of submissions from the guard, sweeps and taking the back. That’s when my Jiu-Jitsu started improving on all fronts, because I started landing on top of my adversary, and I had to make the most of the favorable situation. These days, I think I’m better on top than on the bottom. I prefer playing on top – my objective is to jump the fence and attack my adversary.
I specialized in leaving an opening for the guy to pass, as that is the moment he exerts force – and so he wears out and falls in a trap” Rilion
What other tricks do you have for making adversaries fall into traps in the guard?
One kind of guard is that where you grab onto the sleeves, tie up the guy’s arms, but you can’t do anything either, and it becomes an ugly fight. Another is the guard where you give the guy a little taste. He sees his chance to pass, exerts force but doesn’t pass. I specialized in that, in leaving openings for the guy to pass – and there he either exerts force and tires, or falls into some trap.
Because I don’t believe there are humans who don’t tire. The best prepared guy in the world, confronted with the right technique, executed to perfection, he will be forced to apply force, and at some point will wear out. Everyone has their limit, it’s up to you to find the method and path to pushing your adversary to it.
Which is your favorite guard?
Jiu-Jitsu to me is easy and effective. It’s that which you can teach any student who walks into your gym, otherwise they’ll pick up their things and never come back.
I look to play guard right at the guy, at least in my way of fighting. I try to keep the guy worried about getting submitted the whole time, fearing getting tapped out. Even if the guy knows how to defend, the worry will fatigue him, exhaust him. And when he makes a mistake, he gets caught. The better your adversary’s technique, the more you need to worry him.
So of course, I’ll even play half-guard, sometimes. But, if the adversary is really good, after I sweep him he will still put up a fight from the bottom. So then one gets a sweep here, the other gets one there, and then it becomes that fight we’re seeing in competition these days. Of course, you need to know your objective when playing guard. If it’s to sweep for points, perfect. But I don’t want my opponent only to be concerned with not getting swept. He has to feel threatened the whole time.
Is there any bad type of guard?
I respect all positions. If I teach a technique to ten different people, I know that, as much as I’d like it to be otherwise, each student will be more suited to one aspect and not the other. Jiu-Jitsu is an infinite art; a shorty won’t have the same game as someone with long legs. That’s why a master can’t go blindly labeling one guard bad and the other good. The secret is to make out the weaknesses and virtues of the position, never condemn, arrogantly. Now, the guy who wants to be a reference in the guard cannot just know one guard. He has to know other paths, for the day he encounters a rock in his way.
Jiu-Jitsu is sensibility” Rilion
Will Marc Stevens be the Number one pick on TUF 12. Watch this video teaser. Tune in tomorrow night on spike at 10 PM
Nice Special from Sport TV in Brazil. It’s in Portugese with English subtitles but great footage.
Remember everyone October 23 Please come and show your Support at Tai Kai Jiu Jitsu’s Belt ceremony. We need as many sparring partners as we can fit in there.
TUF 12: ELIMINATION
Marc Stevens vs. TJ O’Brien
Congrats on the fastest KO in TUF History
Phil Migliarese did an awesome seminar in Watertown at Jiu Jitsu Nation/Tai Kai North. At the end of the seminar Ken Kronenberg and Phil Migliarese promoted Marc Stevens to Brown Belt and Jordan Damon to Blackbelt. Ken Kronenberg also received his first stripe on his Black Belt. Jordan and Marc will also be coming October 23 to Tai Kai for the Belt Ceremony to fully certify their new belts and run the gauntlet of grappling.
The Belt Ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, October 23 at 11:30 AM. Adult classes are cancelled for that day. The ceremony will start at 11:30 AM and everyone that attends must be in their GI. The candidate list will be posted by the end of the week. The class is open to anyone from white belt to black belt. We want as many bodies in there as possible so these guys that are going through the ceremony have as many sparring partners as possible. If you are a Blue Belt or above you should 100 % be there to show support. So lets have as many people there as possible.