Last Sunday Coach Hannah and Tessa hosted an awesome girls only session at Jubera Jiu-Jitsu. These awesome female sessions help prepare them for the Fight to Win tournament and Pro show this coming weekend. I am very proud of the work ethic and dedication our female athletes show and the time they put into growing the female BJJ community in Colorado. Here are some of the pics of their training.
I am back from training with No-Gi World Champion Professor James Popoulo and his crew at Salem-Keizer BJJ in Oregon. It was a tremendous experience helping each other prepared for the no-gi world championships in December. At the end of the trip I taught a seminar for his guys and some of the other Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu guys in the area and shared some of the details from our passing system. Thanks to our coaches for helping keeping things running smoothly while I was out training and testing ideas. Here are some pics of the seminar.
Over the next couple months, some of our guys will be getting ready for No-Gi events. Mondays and Wednesdays will still get dressed in the gi, but we will be going over techniques that focus on no-gi strategy. If you want to train no-gi on those days, just wear a rash guard under your gi top.
Next week we have the Fight to Win Pro event on Friday and the tournament on Saturday. My friend from Oklahoma and Lovato BJJ instructor Dallas Niles will be in town. If you guys are looking for a bigger guy to show passing or deep half guard he will be available for private lessons. Just talk to Tricia about that.
Our new mats are ordered and will get here around the end of the month. Once the mats are installed will begin our next round of Coaches mentoring for those that are interested in learning to coach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and assist classes (with a focus on the kids).
Coach Hannah and Tess hosted a tremendous Girls and Gi seminar this last Sunday. It was a great event for sharing Jiu-Jitsu with girls of all skill and ability levels. It was amazing to see this displayed while drilling and training together. Coach Hannah warmed the girl's up with Ribeiro floor drills and then Tessa showed a sequence of a butterfly guard sweep to guard pass to finish. It was great interacting with so many females in the Colorado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community in the Denver area.
Last Saturday we started getting ready for the May 13th Fight to Win tournament with some hill sprints. It was a great workout and will help give our guys that extra gas tank they need at the tournament.
We have a lot of students and coaches traveling in the coming weeks. Tessa and Prof Todd are competing this weekend in the IBJJF Dallas Open. Coach Will is making a trip down to train at the University of Jiu-Jitsu with Saulo and Xande on Friday night (but his Friday class is normal schedule). The following weekend I will in Oregon helping Black Belt silver medalist, James Puopolo get ready for worlds and teaching a seminar there.
In Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu news the Abu Dhabi World Championship was this weekend with Xande taking 3rd in his division after losing a very close match with Felipe Pena. Xande had an incredible year in competition and was celebrated as one of the top athletes.
We are also doing stripes and belts for our Little Samurais and Samurai program this week. With Little Samurai's starting on Monday and Samurai's starting on Tuesday. They have been working very hard on their technique and deserve every stripe awarded.
In the adult classes we will be covering the guard passing in the fundamentals, The all levels we will be working on passing into our arm triangle. The advanced we will be working on starting from the feet and sweeps. The white belt drills class will be working on escapes.
Last weekend were the ADCC West Coast trials where Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu had a great showing. Lovato Jr had a great super fight and showed a ton of grit and heart out there. Nick Shrock took second in his division and Casey won the heavyweight division. Right now the Ribeiro team for ADCC is Xande, Lovato, Justin Rader, and Casey.
We have our own Tessa and Professor Todd competing in the Dallas Open at the end of the month. Then Fight to Win is May 13th. If you guys are planning on competing, join me for some hill sprints on Saturday. Directions are on the FB group.
Also the University of Jiu-Jitsu put up a nice video of the 10 year anniversary celebration which we were very happy to be apart of.
The month of May will be bring a buddy month. So if you guys bring five friends to check out class we will get you guys a free gi. They don't have to sign up. Just come and check it out.
We are still settling on the date for our get together, belt promotion and feast. Probably and the end of May or early June. Keep your eyes out for that.
Classes have been rocking and everyone has been enjoying the new floating floor. The little samurai will be working on crazy horse. The fundamentals and samurai class have been working on opening the closed guard a lot the past couple weeks, now we will be focusing on the cross knee pass. White belt drills will be covering side control escapes. Self defense we will be going over our shoulder throw vs attacks from the rear. The advanced class will be covering half guard and starts from the feet. All levels will be covering more passing.
We are back from California and competing at the Pan Ams, one of the biggest tournaments in BJJ. A huge congrats to Sean W for taking third place, Eric H for taking second and Vince for winning his division! All of our competitors fought their butts off, showed a ton of heart and came back with lessons learned and a renewed focus. Other highlights include Professor Todd dominating his first match, Sean S putting his first opponent to sleep, Dale also winning his first match. Tessa and Eric having nail biter matches. Also from Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu congrats to Gustavo Elias from the University for taking second in the adult ultra black belt heavyweight division.
Also competing this weekend Xande Ribeiro checked off another Abu Dhabi pro win finishing his division from the back including up and coming BJJ superstar Jackson Souza.
In class this week we have our little samauri covering mount escapes, opening the guard and the bullfighter pass. Samurai and adult fundamentals are covering attacks from the closed guard. The all levels will be focusing on attacking the back while the white belt drills will be going over back escapes and attacks. The self defense class will be going over techniques from the clinch and the punch block from the guard. The advanced class will be covering pass the butterfly guard. Remember that our self defense class right now is a limited time thing for the next 7 weeks and fundamentals starts at the usual 6 PM time on Tuesdays. We are also moving our 6 AM wednesday class to 7 AM wednesday.
So we have a busy week here at Jubera Jiu-Jitsu. First off we have a new schedule. Based on our growing student base and answers to our student survey we have added a Sunday no-gi class at 11:00 AM and a Self Defense class Tuesday at 5:30 PM where there will be a little bit of overlap with the fundamentals. I am really excited about both new added classes and the new schedule starts this week.
In academy news we are heading out to Irvine, California this week for the Pan Ams. This is one of the biggest tournaments of the year. We have an amazing crew competing and I can't wait to coach them through their battles. Thanks again to the coaches and staff who will be help run things while I am gone.
Also our academy is now two years old! Time flies and it wasn't that long ago Aaron was putting the finishing touches on the wall mats. We will organize a social event to celebrate it after the guys and gals make weight this weekend. I appreciate you guys.
Our next training trip will be going to Lovato's School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to train some No-Gi with Lovato as he prepares for his superfight. I am looking at leaving Wednesday, March 29th and getting back Monday afternoon. If you guys want to join it is usually a less expensive trip than San Diego with some great training.
In Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu news, congrats to Nick Schrock on doing great at the Five Grappling invitational. He took second at the 8 man tournament that included world champions like Leandro Lo, Tarsis Humprheys and others.
Great job last week in classes guys! This week in classes Fundamental and Samurai classes we will be going over mount escapes to the dog fight position. The little Samurai will be going mount escapes to opening the guard. The white belt drills will be covering the back position. The all levels will be going over other back attacks. No Gi classes will be attacking a lot of submissions. Our youth athletes will be talking about perseverance.
Congrats to Xande on winning the Abu Dhabi Pro in Florida this past weekend. Takedown, pass, mount and choke!
As mentioned before we are planning a pre pan am training camp in San Deigo. After talking with Xande we decided on the week of Feb 27th. Saulo will be back from his seminar tour and the prep for Pans in March will be in full swing. This is going to be open to people not competing in Pans as well, but be sure to come in good shape! If you are interested let me or Tricia know. We will be putting together some Air B n B rooms. We had a great time last august in prep for Masters worlds and this will be a nice way to get some nice weather in Feb.
We are only a couple weeks away from the Fight to Win Tournament and Pro card. We have Ashley and Tessa in their respective matches.
Also we are starting on one of my favorite mat chats with the Little Samurai's and Samurai's: goal setting! They will learn how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. After two months of talking about growth mindset this really is the perfect subject to launch next. In technique the little samurai's will be going over their scissor sweep and america. The Samurai's will be going over their scissor sweep and collar drag.
The fundamentals will be warming up with their single leg takedown and passing followed by escapes from side control. The advanced will be working on their reviewing their gameplans from the feet to the submission. The all levels will work on passing to the back.
Last weekend Coach Hannah ran a great girls open mat on Sunday with fifteen female grapplers getting together to train. The skill level ranged from multiple Fight to Win pro competitors to brand new people. It is great to see the Colorado female grappling community come together.
We have the Fight to Win Pro with Ashely and Tessa Friday, Feb 10th (ask them for tickets) and then the tournament the following day.
Last week was rocking with classes. Make sure you are learning the new names and faces that are at the academy and keep the family vibe going.
We are going to be doing promotions this week for our Little Samurai's starting on Monday and Samurai's starting on Tuesday.
In the Fundamentals and Samurai classes we will go over the single leg from standing and passing the guard. The all level will go over the cross knee pass attacks. The advanced will be covering attacks from the feet.
Just a heads up that we will be have normal schedule though the MLK Jr holiday. Our schedule has changed a little bit with our 6 AM class with Coach Gavin moving to Wednesday. Here is our current schedule.
In competition news my instructor Xande Ribeiro started off the year great with a win in the Abu Dhabi grand slam this weekend. He showed off some great weave passing and hand in the collar guard. Also congrats to Nick Hall of Catalyst BJJ for winning his mma fight with a triangle choke on Friday. Nick is a frequent addition to our Tuesday pro training. Here is a video of Xande finishing his kimura vs the deep half guard.
In future competition news we are showing off our female competition crew at this Fight to Win Pro event with Ashley facing off against Brittney Elkins and Tessa facing off Jennifer Perez. If you want to support and view the event you can ask them about getting tickets.The tournament will be the following day on Saturday, Feb 11th. With the tournament now just under 4 weeks away we will start getting ready for it.
Also we are also planning on sending a team to compete at the Pans in california in March along with a prep trip out after the Fight to Win tournament.
In the youth classes the little samurai's will continue to go over the kimura submission while the samurai's will go over their tripod sweeps.
The fundamental class will be going covering their osoto gari takedown and open guard. The all levels class will be going over their cross knee passes and attacks. The advanced class will be going over their x guard to the leg drag.
For some fun, here is a video showing how to avoid tapping out to my friend Tom Feister.