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March 11, 2013

On Tap This Week in Jiu-Jitsu ~ 3/10/13 – 3/16/13

Beginners Six Month and Under

~Monday through Thursday at 6pm, Monday and Friday at 10am

The Kimura shoulder lock was named after the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu champion, Masahiko Kimura after he used the technique against Helio Gracie in a 1951 challenge match. This technique can be applied from the top and bottom of the fight; this week you will learn it from guard since that is where you are most likely to end up against a larger opponent.

Intermediate Six Months to One Year

~ Monday Through Thursday 6pm

 To be master of any given submission you must learn every counter. This week you will learn the early, late, and emergency escapes to the Kimura from the guard. This knowledge will serve you whether you are attacking or defending.

Advanced One Year Plus

~ Monday and Wednesday at 7pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 10am

The gi provides a wide arsenal of attacks foremost among them are the  many cross choke opportunities. This week I will teach you how to take the basic cross chokes from the guard and combine it with the straight armlock and the triangle to create an incredibly powerful attack sequence called the triple threat. Once mastered triple threat will enable you to submit even the most skilled opponents!

See you on the mats! ~ Jeff

March 10, 2013

Why Do I Need A Gi?

There is an never-ending debate as to which training method is better, gi or no-gi? In this video we discuss in detail the pros and cons of each training method.

• Training in the gi hones your escapes and submission counters.
• Training without the gi will hone your control and submissions.
• You can’t get a black belt until you master both.
• Training gi is VERY realistic for the streets since we live in Pennsylvania! A street opponent will almost certainly grab your clothing in a real fight and you must know how to deal with it.

March 7, 2013

The Path To The Black Belt

The is a distinct difference between wearing a black belt and being a black belt. Take the time to truly master all variations of the Gracie Street Essentials techniques, earn your blue belt, and then the real journey begins!

Mind blowing stuff there! So what have we learned?

• There are four types of opponents:
– Level 1: Your size, no knowledge of jiu-jitsu.
– Level 2: Larger than you, no knowledge of jiu-jitsu.
– Level 3: Your size, trained in jiu-jitsu.
– Level 4: Larger than you, trained in jiu-jitsu.

• Your Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt prepares you for Levels 1 and 2, becoming a black belt will prepare you for the rest.

• The longer you spend mastering any given technique(s), the larger the opponent it will work on.

March 3, 2013

On Tap This Week In Jiu-Jitsu ~ 3/2/13 – 3/9/13

Beginners Six Month and Under

~Monday through Thursday at 6pm, Monday and Friday at 10am

In the Foundations class this week we will be working from crossbody. Against a larger opponent there is a very good chance that you will find yourself on the bottom of the fight. If this happens the safest thing to do is to get your opponent inside of your guard and from there you can neutralize punches and win the fight. If your opponent is able to pass your guard you will need to use the Shrimp Escape to put them back in the guard where they belong. This week you will learn three variations of the Shrimp Escape as well as how to stay safe from punches while trapped on bottom!

Intermediate Six Months to One Year

~ Monday Through Thursday 6pm

The simplest and most reliable side mount escape is the Shrimp Escape. Sometimes, however, a stronger opponent will control your hips so tightly that the technique will not work. When this happens we can put into play the High-low guard escape since it utilizes a completely different angle of escape.

Advanced One Year Plus

~ Monday and Wednesday at 7pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 10am

From the side mount, there are dozens of creative chokes that utilize the gi ~ as you know since I have choked you all with so many of them! This week I will teach you my top three. We’ll start with the simple variations of each choke then teach you what to do when your opponent neutralizes those chokes. By week’s end we will combine them in an attack sequence to create a dynamic threat that will challenge opponents of all skill levels.

See you on the mats! ~ Jeff