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 4 Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Training Curriculum

This week we up our level of Jiu-Jitsu training at Gracie Barra Centennial.

GB1 Fundamentals – Come learn how to ward off an attacker with a solid hip throw. We are working transitions from the mount and knee on the belly.

GB2-3 Advanced – In our advanced Jiu-Jitsu training we share some great foot throws and submissions from the mount and knee on belly. 

GBK – In the kids program our Jiu-Jitsu training follows the adult program. We learn a great  foot sweep and how to sweep our opponent when they are mounted. 

We look forward to seeing you this week at Gracie Barra Centennial. Remember we serve the entire South Denver Metro area including Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Parker area, and more.

For other great moves check out our blog: Submissions from Side Mount

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. 

Gracie Barra Regionals – Southwest

There is only one week left before the Gracie Barra Regionals in Phoenix.

DAY 1 – COMPNET Regional Championship – Saturday September 29th, 2018

It’s Jiu-Jitsu competition day.

The first day of the GBR will be dedicated to the Gracie Barra Competition Team. The renowned EQUIPEGB involves not only GB Athletes defending the Red Shield in tournaments all over the world but also their professors, training partners and supporters who make their dream of becoming a champion of Gracie Barra possible.

The CompNet will be hosting the first Gracie Barra Southeast Regional Championship giving you and GB students from all over the world an opportunity to compete in a safe, friendly and yet highly technical environment.

The morning of the Tournament Day will be dedicated to GB Kids ages 3-15. As a reminder, you pick the age group of the age your child will be in the year of 2018, so wether he’s turning 10 in December or turned 10 in January, he’s competing with the 10 year old Age Category, please choose accordingly.

The afternoon will be dedicated to Juvenile and adult divisions white to black belt.

Last but not least, the GB Tournament Day is launching the GB Ambassadors Program. You will have the opportunity to learn about what it takes to qualify to become an Ambassador for the season of 2019.

The Gracie Barra Regionals is a family event envisioned by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. to give an opportunity for our global community to meet at the same place to learn, train, get inspired and have fun. Make plans to join us at this epic event that is designed to be a hallmark in the history of Gracie Barra.

Register Here!

DAY 2 – The GB Legacy and GB Training Day – Sunday September 30rd, 2018

Day two is dedicated to Keeping Alive the Legacy of Gracie Barra and Master Carlos Gracie Jr.

In the morning We will have live sessions giving you the opportunity to participate in live workshops, roundtables, speeches, and practical group exercises addressing topics such as GB History, GB Philosophy, Jiu-Jitsu Entrepreneurship, GB Teaching Method, Leadership and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle. We will focus our sessions around the 3 pillars of Gracie Barra highlighting the vision of Master Carlos Gracie Jr, providing you tools and information to deliver Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone in each city in the world!

The first day afternoon of the GB Regionals will be dedicated to the complete Jiu-Jitsu of Gracie Barra.

Some of the best and most recognized athletes and professors from our team will be joining forces in a “never seen before” series of Master Classes and Seminars bringing your Jiu-Jitsu game to a whole new level.

The GB Training Day is founded on the Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone approach.

Three mat areas will be assembled allowing for simultaneous activities focused on different topics, age groups, and levels while keeping all GB team members together.

This setup will allow us to host Jiu-Jitsu Master Classes that meet specific learning needs and make sure the GB Training Day is attended by everyone from young children, teenagers, ladies, and beginners to high level students, black belt professors, and world champions.

At specific time of the Training Day, all attendees will gather in one gigantic training area of 6,000 square-feet to take part in the GB Seminars.

The Training Day will end with an epic Drilling and Training Session and the official GB Southeast Regionals Group Picture along with Belt Promotion.

Register Here!

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. 

A Good Jiu-Jitsu Attitude at Gracie Barra

One of the things that makes the GB academy such a great place to spend several hours every week is the atmosphere among the instructors and students. We believe in a positive Jiu-Jitsu attitide.

First and foremost is an attitude of safety and mutual respect among all people. Any combat art carries a certain amount of inherent risk and we all must be vigilant to protect ourselves and our training partners.

Inside the academy, all of the members should be treated with a level of respect regardless of their age, belt rank or gender. The most important thing is your respect for others and your attitude.

What makes a good attitude in the jiu-jitsu school? We know it instinctively when we are around people with a great attitude.

Positivity
Positive people enter each training session with a positive energy. They want to be there. They believe that they are working towards something valuable in their lives and feel that the work they put into that class is going to take them closer to their goal.

Another way we see a positive attitude in action is encouragement of our training partners. Especially the newer students who have not yet built their confidence in jiu-jitsu.

When you are a new student learning techniques, you are going to hear a lot of “you are doing that wrong!” A positive approach will also catch students doing something RIGHT. A well timed compliment “Hey, that arm lock is starting to look pretty good!” can give some much needed energy to someone who feels they are struggling.

One Gracie Barra instructor believes positive messages are important because on any given day, a student might feel like giving up. The quiet student in the class may be on the verge of quitting. A timely positive word could make the difference!

Respect
Respect in the martial arts is more than formalities like bowing and using titles like Sensei. It is about treating the people around you with respect, regardless of their belt color or competitive achievements.

Early in my study of jiu-jitsu I had the good fortune to meet some world class, high level black belts at jiu-jitsu seminars. I was surprised at how these fighters with many titles and accomplishments to their names conducted themselves. They treated the brand new white belt with the same importance as the colored belt competitor or the school owner. I was really impressed with that and resolved to pay attention to how I treated people.

One of the things that I love most about the culture of jiu-jitsu is that it is a meritocracy. That is to say that the price of your kimono is not important, the size of the house you live in it the car you drive is not what gains you respect on the jiu-jitsu mat.

The most important thing to the instructor and fellow students is :
A) Your sincere effort on the mat
B) The way you treat others in class

A small example of respect among serious competitors is that everyone would do well. What happens on the mat STAYS on the mat. Gossip about ‘who tapped who’ is corrosive to the respectful atmosphere inside the academy.

Cooperation
The jiu-jitsu culture is one of sharing knowledge. More experienced students help correct the technique of the new students.
Experienced competitors teach some of their tricks to the new competitors entering their first tournament.

Training partners hold each other accountable to show up at the next training session. You need a great training partner to drill with and that requires cooperation. This is one of the qualities that parents who enroll their students in jiu-jitsu classes, hope their children will cultivate. And it is no less true for adults and competitors.

Part of being a great student and training partner at Gracie Barra is bringing your best possible attitude to the class everyday and doing your part to build the positive atmosphere in the academy.

See also on Gracie Barra : 3 ways to improve your Jiu-Jitsu

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: @markmullen.bjj

Week 1 Gracie Barra Training Curriculum

Gracie Barra Fundamentals

This week at Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu  we start a new training cycle with week 1. This is a great opportunity for existing practitioners to hone their skills and for the first time student to begin. 

We begin each fundamentals class with a classic self defense move to help protect our students when involved in a confrontation. This week we learn how to avoid a straight punch and slip to a single leg or double leg takedown. 

In classic sport Jiu-Jitsu we learn the art of pulling closed guard. We also learn a solid scissor sweep. And, finally we hone our front chokes. 

Gracie Barra Advanced

In the advanced program our professors share their favorite transitions to the guard, sacrifice throws and submissions from the guard. 

Gracie Barra Kids

our kids learn how to control distance with punches and jabs, how to do a sit up sweep and learn mount control. The word of the week is brotherhood and at the end of each class we talk about the meaning of brotherhood. 

If you have been on the fence about trying Jiu-Jitsu, week one is the time to make the jump. Come on in and try a free class today. Schedule it HERE!

Submissions Videos from the Side Mount

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at Intermediate to Advanced submission strategies from the side mount.

During the GB Curriculum week of side mount top, I saw many students struggle for ideas to submit beyond the basic Americana or 180 degree arm lock. The truth is, there is an abundance of submission opportunities from side mount top.

Let’s see some different ways to get the submission from side mount as taught by Gracie Barra instructors.

 

1)  Lapel Choke

Here is a classic lapel choke from side mount taught by Kayron Gracie.

2) Paper Cutter choke
This sneaky submission doesn’t get the respect that it deserves, somehow getting less attention than the flashier arm bar of kimura. Try this in your next tournament.

3)Paper Cutter Choke To Kimura
Professor Dave Weber and Flavio Almeida demonstrate a solid 1-2 submission attack combination from your initial Paper Cutter attack.

4) Kimura To Paper Cutter Choke
Let’s go even DEEPER down the rabbit hole and see how we can move BACK from Kimura attempt to a variation of the Paper Cutter choke! Often, the submission combinations can go either way. Defending one attack leaves the opponent open for the opposite attack and vice versa.

5)Advanced – Lapel Choke #1
When your opponent establishes a strong defensive frame, you may use their own lapel to choke them. I have even seen a no-gi variation of this technique put a competitor to sleep!

6) 2 Sneaky lapel attacks
It can be difficult to find an opening against a defensive opponent. using your own (or your opponent’s lapel) is a great way to attack in this situation.

 

 

See also on Gracie Barra :http://gbcentennial.com/arm-bar-setups-by-gracie-barra-professors/

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: facebook.com/markmullenbjj

Edits by Robert Goodloe, Gracie Barra Centennial

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 

 

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