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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
This week at Gracie Barra Centennial we are teaching some very important moves of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Many times a fight moves to the ground and sometimes we are in bad positions. This week we learn how to turn from those bad positions into better ones.
GB1 – In the fundamentals class we learn how to move from turtle and being in a headlock to top position. We all are very familiar with the difficulty of recovering from side mount. This week under Master Carlos Gracie Jr.’s guidance we learn some classic guard recovery.
GB2 – In the advanced classes our professors will share their favorite hip and hand throws to help you get those important first two points in competition. We will also learn some great submissions from side mount. This is a great week to up your game for competition.
GBK – In our Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids Program we follow along the same lines of our fundamentals. This is great for parents and kids growing in the program together. They can share their experiences and practice together. Our Kids will learn important headlock escapes, how to recover the guard from side mount and a great hip throw.
Week 14 Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu taining at GB Centennial is great for everyone in the South Metro Denver Area. If you live in Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, Littleton, Castle Pines, Englewood or surrounding areas you should come try a free class today. Gracie Barra has the best jiu-Jitsu training program and we would love to share it with you.
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.
Gracie Barra Centennial Free Jiu-Jitsu Anti-Bullying Seminar
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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.
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.