Submission Series Season 11 Starts Sep 29!

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Arashi-Do Martial Arts St. Albert has always done very well in the submission series in the short time we’ve been around, hoping to send a big team to all four events this year!

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To Pull or not to Pull?

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Guard pulling in Jiu-Jitsu is a polarizing topic and usually goes hand in hand with the debate over whether Jiu-Jitsu is headed down the path of becoming just another sport martial art with no basis in self defense. It’s clear that in a street fight, you don’t want to be fighting from your back on the concrete no matter how good you are at it. If you are put there, you use the skills of Jiu-Jitsu to return to your feet and preferably put the opponent on the ground.

I find myself stuck in the middle. I personally never pull guard and will always teach my students takedowns first, and always emphasize that in self defense you stay on your feet if at all possible. However, I do think it’s important to recognize that pulling guard may be the best strategy for certain types of fighters, especially in lower weight divisions and success in competition is important as well. If one of my students wants to pull guard, I only ask the following:

  1. Pull guard AGGRESSIVELY. Make sure when you go to the ground, the opponent is off-balance and a step behind so you can immediately attack with a sweep or submission.
  2. Train takedowns as well. Pull guard because it’s where you’re most dangerous, not because you don’t know how to do anything else.
  3. Get the RIGHT grips. Don’t be in such a rush to get the fight to the ground that you take whatever grips you get first. The grips you pull guard with should be the ones you need for the sweep or submission you’re going for immediately afterward.

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Mind Body Soul is Coming Up!

Mind Body Soul is coming up and pre-registration is open! MBS is one of Alberta’s oldest tournaments and one of the largest in Canada. Smaller tournaments are nice for a more relaxed atmosphere, but the major advantage of a larger tournament is that more participants = fairer divisions. You’re much more likely to be fighting people your experience and size at a tournament like Mind Body Soul, which is why it’s such a fan favourite. Check out the details at www.albertabjj.com !

CBJJF Alberta Provincials

Last week we brought three of our juniors to the CBJJF Alberta Provincial Championships and Ethan, Emma and Natalya all put up fantastic performances, taking home a total of four gold medals and one bronze! All three also did a great job of executing their gameplans and staying on task under pressure, the mark of all great competitors. We now set our sights on Mind Body Soul where we will hopefully be bringing a huge team!

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St. Albert Stands Tall at April 2018 Grading!

This past weekend Arashi-Do was once again fortunate enough to host the head of our affiliation and a true legend of Jiu-Jitsu, Mestre Sylvio Behring. Over the course of the weekend, many of our students were tested on their skills and participated in several seminars on a wide range of topics from self-defense to competition. Arashi-Do St. Albert was out in force and everyone did very well! Here are just some of the amazing moments from the various sessions:

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The 4-7 group listening intently as Mestre Behring explains the next drill

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Mestre Behring makes an adjustment to Mateo’s positioning

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Sarah and Antoine taking part in the Junior BJJ Seminar

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The 8-10 group (many with newly minted belts!) pose with a very proud Professor Tyson

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Professor Tyson with the second crop of juniors, including St. Albert’s first yellow belt

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Masa and Danya preparing for a race to standing in one of Mestre Behring’s drills

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New Gray/White belts Deegan and Drayson sharing the moment with Mestre Behring

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A tough test, and worth every moment! Congratulations to everyone who received stripes from the adult class

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No better way to cap off the weekend than a record attendance for the Women and Teen Girls seminar with Mestre Behring and Professor Tyson, with lots of help with monitors from a wide range of schools. Can’t wait till next time!

 

Gameplanning for BJJ Competition

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Game Planning for BJJ Competition

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There are many elements that go into success in competition when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu, or any other martial art for that matter. Many people who compete find themselves scratching their heads after a tournament trying to figure out why something happened the way it did. For example, someone may be notoriously difficult to hold down in side control within their dojo but then in a tournament match they’re easily taken down and smashed there for five minutes. It may also work out positively, where they submit two opponents in a tournament with the same technique that they haven’t hit on any of their training partners in months. Measuring up what you do in the dojo to how you perform in tournaments takes time and repetition just like learning new techniques, ie. doing plenty of tournaments but a lack of consistency or continuity can also come down to poor or non-existent game planning.

Game planning for competition rides the fine line between art and science and can be difficult, but here are some basic guidelines that can help:

  1. Begin at the beginning. “Get a rear naked choke” isn’t an effective game plan because every match starts with several feet between you. You can’t start on their back or teleport there, so don’t get ahead of yourself by thinking primarily about the submission. A gameplan should start with how you want to close the distance and engage the opponent standing.
  2. Be specific. Having a game plan doesn’t mean you can control everything that happens in the match, but you should have a clear idea of what your ideal match would look like from beginning to end. A basic template would be Initial Contact/Tie-up – Takedown – Pass to Final Position – Set-up – Submission. There’s some variability if you pull guard or if perhaps you take them down right into the position you want, but you get the idea. Your plan should include all of these pieces.
  3. Plan for the most likely variables. The intricacy and sheer amount of jiu-jitsu techniques make as many possible matches as there are grains of sand on Earth. You can’t possibly plan for everything, but you should be aware of the most likely deviations you’ll run into and still be able to keep things fairly simple. For example, if your plan begins with Collar Tie – Single Leg Takedown then you should be aware that you’ll likely end up somewhere between squared up with their open guard or knee on belly if you do get the takedown. If your eventual goal is to mount and armbar, then you should drill ways to get there from each of these major possibilities.

Overall competition is nerve-wracking for pretty much everyone, at least at first. That’s part of what makes it worthwhile, as the ultimate test for what you have learned. An effective game plan can be a great way to focus that nervous energy and make it work for you. If you don’t have a game plan, you’re more likely to be reactionary and that not only puts you a step behind but also means you’ll waste more energy on impulsive actions that don’t pan out.

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The Benefits of Competition for Kids

Competition has been an integral part of Jiu-Jitsu since the beginning, and whether you compete in Gi, No-Gi, MMA or any other form it is the foundation on which the scientific process of Jiu-Jitsu is built. When it comes to kids’ classes, I’ve always thought of it also as a way for them to prepare emotionally and psychologically for self-defense and other aspects of their lives. You can train hard in the dojo day in, day out, learn the techniques and become a better athlete, but in the place you know surrounded by your friends, teammates and family you’re always going to be somewhat comfortable. At a tournament, competing against other people you may not know in an unfamiliar environment can be overwhelming. You’re more tense and less efficient than normal because of the adrenaline, you’re nervous because of the unknown opponents and their capabilities, and you don’t want to lose. You may even be afraid, and feel as though you don’t remember anything. Despite all of that, you step on the mats and fight nonetheless. This is exactly the kind of cocktail of emotional and physical symptoms that occur in a real-world self-defense situation, and tournaments offer a safe (and fun!) way to practice your ability to perform better in that state.

Inevitably, tournaments will also provide opportunities to deal with the concept of winning and losing. All sports do this to some extent, of course, but there’s something a bit more primal, and more visceral about winning or losing in martial arts. The thing is, jiu-jitsu is so infinitely variable that it’s pretty much impossible to go undefeated for long. Not only do I not personally know any undefeated jiu-jitsu fighters, I don’t even know OF any. The first few tournaments a kid does can be an emotional struggle one way or the other, but over time they begin to be able to approach their wins and losses more objectively, extracting lessons from them about what needs to be worked on to push to the next level. This is an essential skill for long-term success not only in jiu-jitsu but life in general. In relationships, business, financial and family matters, being able to view successes and failures as potential lessons and opportunities to grow is a great lesson for a child, and jiu-jitsu makes an excellent teacher.

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