Gracie Barra Centennial Free Jiu-Jitsu Anti-Bullying Program

Gracie Barra Centennial Free Jiu-Jitsu Anti-Bullying Seminar

Bullying is a real problem. It happens on the playground, in the classroom, in social situations, and across digital platforms more every day. Almost 65% of kids who are bullied do not report the instance. Approximately 90% of kids bullied online are also bullied offline. Kids today get no respite- no break- from the threat of bullying behaviors. Please come take advantage of one of our anti-bullying seminars in September and:

Learn how to recognize bullying
Learn how to stop and walk away
Learn how to standup to bullies
Learn how to protect yourself

Thursday Afternoons in September 5:10pm – 6:00pm 

Open to everyone in the Community, but space is limited. So, sign up today. Four dates available.  Get tickets on Eventbrite

www.gbcentennial.com      855-548-5488 

 

Week 11 Gracie Barra Training Curriculum

In Week 11, we get to review some of the basics. At Gracie Barra we believe having a solid understanding of fundamentals is key to having a strong game. 

GB1 – We start every GB1 class with self-defense. This week you will learn to transition from turtle position and knee-on-the-belly to to full guard. You go from being very vulnerable to the control position.

In  The sport Jiu-Jitsu aspects of the GB1 class we review keeping a solid posture and how to break a closed guard. You will also learn to classic passes, one arm under and two arms under. 

GB2-3 – In our advanced classes the professors key in on Leg Grab takedowns and techniques from the Top Guard. 

GBK – Our Little Champs work more on distance control – How to stay at a safe distance from their opponents. We will also share a class single leg takedown. From Top Guard position we will learn how to keep good posture, break the guard and pass to mount. 

Whether it is your first time trying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or you have been practicing for years, this week is good for your game. Stop by for class today. 

Learn the Open Guard at Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu

GB Learning : Open Guard Styles

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are going to look at 5 different styles of open guard that intermediate to advanced jiu-jitsu students should be training.

Depending on your body type, your personal jiu-jitsu game and which submissions or sweeps that are your strongest attacks, you will gravitate more towards certain guard styles that work for you.
I suggest to blue belt students that they explore all of the various open guard styles to see which ones feel right for them. Then they can build their guard games around their strongest guard style.

Let’s see some different open guard styles as taught by Gracie Barra instructors.

1) Butterfly guard
A very powerful sweeping position effective in both no-gi and with the kimono. There are many different combinations available in this position. Check out the entire series of techniques as shown by Prof. Marcio Feitosa in his series on the butterfly guard.

2) Spider guard
If triangle and omoplata attacks are your favorite guard submissions, then you will probably use the Spider guard a lot. There are a great number of sweeps from this position as well which makes it one of the strongest guard styles.

3) X Guard
This is an especially effective guard that will work without the kimono. Prof. Daniel Marques teaches how smaller guard players can use the X-Guard to unbalance a heavier opponent on top and look for one of several possible sweeps.

4) Single Leg X Guard
Leg lock specialists must have a solid single leg X guard game as this is a primary entry and control position to attack various leg locks from the bottom. Prof. Dave Weber shows how the single leg X-Guard combines well with other related open guard styles like X-Guard and DLR

5) De la Riva guard
This is the first sweep that you should study from De la Riva control. Competitors in IBJJF tournaments love this guard and if you want to compete, you should be well versed in defending and passing the DLR guard. Many competitors like this guard as their favorite open guard style.

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Techniques: 5 Advanced Shoulder Locks
https://graciebarra.com/gb-association-news/gb-learning-5-advanced-shoulder-locks/

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Techniques: More tips

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam

Week 10 Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu Armbars, Mount and Knee on Belly

Come to Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu this week and learn how to defend yourself from a takedown with a classic guillotine choke. We are also teaching submissions from the mount position. Learn a quality armbar and a keylock submission. In addition we are teaching the key points of knee on belly. 

In the advance classes we are working on hand and hip throws, mount and knee on the belly submissions. 

In the GBK program we show how to do a headlock takedown as well as defense for it. We also follow similar moves in the adult curriculum, as the knee on the belly and working from the mount. 

For more about Armbars Visit HERE

Gracie Barra Week 6 Fundamentals: Headlock and Back & Turtle Bottom

The Gracie Barra Fundamentals Curriculum allows for students starting Jiu-Jitsu for the first time and even the experienced competitor to learn and refine the basics. Each week we go through a series of  new techniques all layered together by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and may of his black belts. 

This week we are learning some very important headlock escapes. A great aspect of our program is the practical use of self-defense techniques we learn. These escapes are great for jiu-jitsu competition as well as on the streets in a confrontation. In addition to the headlock escapes we learn a very important guard – Turtle. The turtle is a good way to protect yourself while transitioning back to a full guard or top dominant position. Drop in one day this week for a free class an you can begin to learn for yourself. Call us 855-548-5488 or by email at robert@gbcentennial.com

Week 5 Gracie Barra Training – Sacrifice Throws, Foot Sweeps and Guard Bottom

Sacrifice Throws, Foot Sweeps and Guard Bottom

GB1 – This week in Gracie Barra Fundamentals we learn standing a standing attack with a body lock takedown, a pull foot sweep from standing, and the hook the foot sweep from standing. In Class B we learn distance management, the tripod sweep and the outside hook sweep. All moves that will help your bottom guard game. 

GB2,3 – In the advanced class our Professors and Coaches share their favorite sacrifice throws. Come see an uchi mata setup to sumi gaeshi. On the ground come learn some solid techniques from guard with sweeps and submissions. 

GBK – In the kids program we are working distance management, using your feet and guard. Once on the ground we are practicing our scissor sweep from guard. Remember on Fridays our kids have some time for competition matches. Hope to see you this week. 

3 Tips to improve your Jiu-Jitsu Guard

Practicing the Jiu-Jitsu Guard Game.

Since 50% of your training time in jiu-jitsu you will be working from the bottom, your guard is super important. The sophistication of the jiu-jitsu guard position is the most significant difference between jiu-jitsu and the other world grappling arts.

Having a great guard game is about having an arsenal of submissions and more. There are additional factors of guard retention and replacement. That is to say your ability to move and counter your opponent’s passing attempts. This is an underappreciated aspect of having a strong guard.

Your instructor can teach you the various different styles of guard and the key techniques from each. “The right tool for the right job” means that you need to use different guard styles depending on the range of your opponent.

Example : Butterfly guard would be effective to deal with a close passing opponent while De la Riva guard would be better to deal with a standing passer.

There are a few guard position principles that Black Belts have shared with me that were helpful in tying those techniques together into an effective jiu-jitsu  guard game.

1) Attack!

One of the best pieces of advice on playing guard I got from the most dangerous guard fighter in my academy. His advice was simple “Be the first to attack! And, Don’t wait to see what your opponent is going to do.”

If you can immediately start to threaten the passer with a sweep or break the posture or control the elbow for an arm bar, the passer must immediately stop their pass attempt and defend your attack.

When the passer is constantly defending one attack after another attack, they have little opportunity to start their own offence.

2) Get a grip

The old school Helio Gracie hand in the collar guard is doubly effective because it accomplishes 2 things at the same time:

A) It breaks the posture of the opponent making it difficult to pass

B) Threatens the choke which creates submission combinations when the opponent defends the choke

When you can establish the grips that you want, you have an advantage in controlling your opponent. Ideally, those favorite grips ex. Spider guard sleeve grips lead directly to your most dangerous triangle submission attack.

On the other side of the grip battle, denying your opponent’s passing grips is a skill that we witness in high level competition by the guard player.

3) Move your hips!

How often during a roll have you heard your instructor shout “Move your hips!”?

Too many times to count!

The ability to manage the space between the guard player and the passer is every bit as important as whatever grips you may get. Watch a black belt roll and observe how often they make adjustments to position by moving the hips from one side to the other.

We are accustomed to using our arms to perform most of our tasks in daily life and we must learn how to use our legs and hips. Hence, performing various drills (like shrimps and hip escapes) are so important early in our jiu-jitsu training.

Lastly, focus some if your training time on guard retention and replacement movements. This is a hugely important yet often neglected part of having a great guard.

Want more ways to improve? See also on Gracie Barra /3-extra-things-you-can-do-to-improve-your-jiu-jitsu-in-denver/

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: @bjjmarkmullen

3 Extra Things You Can Do To Improve Your Jiu-jitsu in Denver

Come learn to improve your Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Centennial

Everyone reading this article who would like to improve their jiu-jitsu faster raise their hands (all the hands go up). Now that we have your attention, lets discuss a few ideas that can accelerate your improvement in jiu-jitsu.

The #1 important factor in your jiu-jitsu training is regular attendance in class. No amount of watching jiu-jitsu videos is going to help you if the start of class does not find you on the mat!

That said, HOW you use your time on the mat when you are in class is really important.

Here are a few tips on how to get the maximum benefit from each class.

1) Cultivate training partners
Next to having a Black belt professor who can teach you solid fundamental techniques, good training partners will make the most impact on your jiu-jitsu.

In larger, established bjj schools there will be an abundance of advanced belts to work with. In new and smaller academies you need to build those training partners.

– Be the first to say hello to new students and welcome them to the school
– Have a helpful attitude to share information with newer students to help solve their problems

With more experienced training partners, build the training relationship by agreeing to meet and partner up at specific times. Make a pact to train regularly at certain times. Discuss what aspects of your jiu-jitsu game that you are trying to improve and make a plan to help each other improve each others games using Tip #2.

2) Drill
The best jiu-jitsu students I’ve observed will team up with their favorite training partners and agree to a plan to work together on drilling a certain position that they both wish to improve.

They arrive early to class or stay a little later to drill techniques that they wish to improve on top of whatever was taught in class that day.

I recall several blue and purple belts who liked working together and would coordinate to drill together at any open mat time available. It is little surprise that they were among the most technical members of the academy and successful in competition.

This was all on their own initiative and occurred outside the regular class times at open mat and both before and after the classes. You can do it too!

3) Ask questions
This is the single thing that most jiu-jitsu students could easily do to improve their own games. Yet many seem to be too shy and unwilling to ask their instructor questions about problems they encounter in their rolling.

Think about the last time that you rolled a few rounds. What worked well? What didn’t work so well? Did you get swept repeatedly by a specific technique? Was your guard passed or you got submitted several times?

Now take those jiu-jitsu problems to your instructor and ask “Last class I tried to pass the guard using the knee cut and I got my back taken. Am I doing something wrong?”

Now you are addressing problems and building your personal game in a targeted way. Brick by brick you can build your jiu-jitsu game and find solutions for the rolling problems that you experience.

Good training to you!

Week 3 Gracie Barra Training Curriculum

Come learn the single leg takedown and double leg this week at GB Centennial

The fundamentals continue at Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu. Serving the entire South Metro Denver Area, our Black Belt Professors can help you improve your game. Gracie Barra is the prime place to learn Denver Jiu-Jitsu.

This week we are escaping the mount and side mount with our self defense. When we get to the ground game we are honing our skills on breaking the guard from the knees and standing, learning the one arm under pass and the double arm under pass. 

In the advanced program we show many options for takedowns including the single leg takedown and the double leg takedown. This is will help all our competitors get the first points in competition. Our professors then share their favorite positions from top, passing guard and submissions.

In the Gracie Barra Kids program we learn how to break fall, use the guard and the technical lift. These are some of the most basic positions in Jiu-Jitsu as well as most important. For our Gracie Barra Kids competitor we are working on the single leg takedown. 

Week 2 Gracie Barra Training Curriculum

Hello Denver, Are you ready to learn some headlock and side mount escapes?

This week at Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu we move into week 2 of our curriculum.

GB1 – Fundamentals 

We start class A learning how to do a rear corner takedown from a a standing headlock. Then we learn two of the most basic side mount guard recoveries. 

In Class B we learn to lift and side step o soto gari from a  rear headlock. On the ground game we practice getting to turtle guard from side mount and how to transition to a double leg takedown. 

GBK – Kids

In the kids program we also learn how to defend the headlock. In addition we work some hip throws from judo grips. On the ground game we are working solid side mount escapes. 

GB3 – Advanced

At Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu we love to work our stand up game. This week in our advanced program we work on hip throws. On the ground game we work on some variations of submissions from side mount. So if you are in Denver and in the South Metro Denver area drop in this week to improve your game.