Gracie Barra Week 13 – Jiu-Jitsu Guards

Want to learn the best fundamentals? Come to Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu and check out some awesome Jiu-Jitsu Guards

GB1 – This week in our fundamental class we learn how to defend  the roundhouse kick and respond with a double leg takedown. On the ground game we improve our skill of the situp sweep and transition to the kimura submission. These fundamentals are key to a solid Jiu-Jitsu game. We also begin to work on options from the spider guard. How to set it up and a few spider guard sweeps.

GB2-3 – In the advanced curriculum we are working from the guard using options of the De La Riva Guard and the X-Guard

GBK –  In our kids program we teach how to use the Push Kick to keep your distance. This is vital in confrontations. If we look back to UFC on we see Royce Gracie effectively use the push kick to set up his opponents and eventually win the competition.  On the ground game we work the Scissor Sweep and we learn more techniques to use your legs in the guard.

For more about the guard Click Here

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

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

The 4 Most Common Jiu-Jitsu White Belt Problems

This week’s Gracie Barra Technique post is for the first year white belt students. In your first year of training jiu-jitsu there are some very common technique problems that are shared by most students.

Getting caught under side control? You are not alone!

Do you struggle to open the legs and pass the closed guard? Many other new students experience the same difficulty.

Let’s take a look at four common problems and some technique videos by Gracie Barra instructors to help you solve those problems.

Escaping side control

Your guard gets passed, the opponent secures head control and places their bodyweight on your chest..and you are stuck under a heavy side control and unable to escape. Soon, you start to fatigue and your opponent gets a submission.

See also on Gracie Barra : Your Side Control Checklist : 5 Tips For You
https://graciebarra.com/2016/03/side-control/

Passing Closed Guard

It can be very difficult to pass the closed guard of a more experienced opponent. They will break your posture and attack with chokes, triangles or arm locks. They will disrupt your base and sweep you to the bottom position.

You need a solid posture and base and a guard pass to get past your opponent’s legs. Opening the locked and closed legs of your opponent can be tricky.

Triangle Lock Defense From The Guard

If you don’t have a solid plan to defend submissions, you will find yourself tapping early and often. The good news is that there ARE submission counters and measures you can take to avoid getting in difficult situations.

A very common submission is when you are passing guard and your opponent traps your arm and head together. Note which direction the instructor circles to escape the triangle.

Giving your back

The worst position that you can find yourself on the ground is when your opponent catches the rear mount with hooks in. In addition to not exposing your back to be taken in the first place, you need a method to remove the hooks and turn towards your opponent.

 

We hope you enjoyed this tips to help your game. If you would like to learn more from our blog check out 3-Tips to improve your guard

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!

Kids Summer Camp – Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-JItsu

Our martial arts kids summer camps are open to everyone.

If you are in the Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Littleton, Centennial, Parker, Englewood, Cherry Creek or any of the South Metro Denver area and looking for a Kids Summer Camp, Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu is the place for you. 

No prior martial arts experience is required! Our kids summer camp is led by a highly-qualified martial arts instructor with years of experience teaching children. There’s no one more qualified to give your child the best summer vacation of his or her life. Classes taught during our GBK Camp offer instruction in the following topics: • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu • Self-Defense • Bullying Prevention If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 14 years, then I urge you to get him or her involved in our GBK Camp this summer. Your child will gain confidence, discipline, respect for others, and learn life skills that will help shape him or her into a stronger adult.

How much does it cost? The cost to participate in our 5 day Kids Summer Camp is only $199. There is a discount available for our adult students who wish to register their kids or a family member in our camp. Current Gracie Barra students pay just $149! That’s less than $10 per hour at our Summer Camp. Family rates and referral discounts available. 3 Day Camp Also Available, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Prices Start at only $125 for Non GB Members and $99 for GB Members.

Monday June 25th Thru Friday June 19th, 9am – 12pm Daily.  and Monday July 23rd to July 27th

Our camp will:

• Increase your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem

• Improve your child’s focus and self-discipline, leading to better behavior and better grades

• Provide your child with the skills and self-confidence to stand up to bullies and to avoid peer

pressure

• Improve your child’s fitness level and athletic ability, while providing a constructive outlet for his or

her youthful energy

• Provide your child with valuable, tested, real self-defense skills

• Build life skills that will stay with your child

• Learn new skills and have a great time while making new friends

8:40 – Doors open

9:00am – Class starts

9:00-9:15am – Warm up

9:15-9:45am – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Technique & Drills

9:45-10:15am – Game

10:15-10:30am – Self Defense – Anti Bullying

10:30-11:00am – Snack Break

11:00-11:20am – Gracie Jiu-Jitsu history class

11:20-12pm – Game

12:00pm Closing • Parents should arrive by 12 Noon to pick up campers.

For tickets to June 25th week Click Here

For tickets to July 23rd week Click Here

To find out more about our GBK Camps, pick up the phone right now and call 855-548-5488! One of our associates will be happy to assist you.

Week 16 Gracie Barra Training – Clinch & Holds and Mount & Knee on Belly

Have you ever wondered whats the best escape for a bear hug from the front or the back? If so, come to Gracie Barra Centennial Jiu-Jitsu this week and we will teach you. We focus on this in our GB 1 fundamentals class. You will also learn how to sweep somebody mounted on top and learn how to defend the Knee on Belly. 

In our advanced classes our professors share their keen insight to foot throws. They also will share some great submissions from mount and Knee on Belly.

In our kids program, our students will learn how to defend a choke from the back. We also teach them a great outside hook sweep takedown. Whwn the game gets to the ground we teach them classic mount escapes. 

Every week will buid on the fundamentals so make sure you get into class today. If you are looking to try jiu-jitsu for the first time, drop in for a free class. We would love to have you.