Cryptid Jiu-Jitsu seminar 2/20/16

In February I went for a visit to my Affiliate group Cryptid Jiu-Jitsu  (CJJ) in Waseca; Minnesota, it is great to see that that they are growing, offering more class times and getting together even on off times just to train. The head coach is Rob Eggers; one of my blue belts, the force behind the scenes is Jason Lynch, he make sure everything else gets done.  Without these two it would be difficult to start a club and keep it going. They deserve a lot of credit!

As the popularity of BJJ as a sport grows; it’s important to me to address an element of self defense in all my seminars with these guys, especially as there are law enforcement and corrections officers that attend. I’ve come to think of these guys as my friends, I want to make sure they know the distinctions between, sport, sport fight and real fight/ survival.  With so much that can be work on at any point, we focused on defending the big ole Haymaker, how to make frames and options for take downs. Little by little we’ll add on.

The rest of the class was working guard passing; starting with some movement drills, a lot of these guys are kinda big, most being well north of 200 pounds;  I have some friends that refer to movement as “little guy S**T” and equating movement to speed and jumping around,  however, being big is not an excuse for improving movement and timing and being find the best way for you to move to the best of your ability and body type (I’ll stop there before I end up on another tangent).

Then worked passes some standing guard passes, and half guard passes, we worked some basic passes for each position and when there is a beginning group I like to do two things; one, when I explain that they are learning basics, it not that the technique is something simple that is used only by those just starting but that is just a starting point and there is a lot of detail and complexity that can always be added as they learn and can be developed to use to a high level. That what they are learning is laying a foundation for their game to build on.

The second thing I like to do is leave “Breadcrumbs” at toward the end and show how the same technique can be used in multiple positions with a little adjustment. It is much easier to know how to use one technique really well than having to learn a new one for every position.

It is great to see that they’ve become addicted to BJJ and are so hungry to learn.

CJJ Seminar
CJJ Seminar

First BJJ Camp for the Affiliated Schools

Yes, this is a really late post from January 9th, 2016.

I am a big believer in knowing who you choose to associate with; this is something I hope to get across to my students. I am lucky enough to choose an awesome group of friends and mentors for my Jiu-Jitsu family.Professor Chris McCune, a second degree Rigan Machado Black Belt of McCune’s Martial Arts.  Professor Micheal Ellefson and Tim Maheady of Midwest Center for Movement (MCFM) in Hudson Wisconsin, Black Belt Gina Franssen fo X2 Fitness in Minneapolis.

As such, students place a whole lot of trust in their instructors,  and it’s one thing to say you are part of something, it’s another thing to see it for yourself.  So for a couple months I was pestering everyone from the schools to come and get together, and I have to say for folks to leave their warm homes when it’s minus 9 degrees out to train is pretty great.  We had 5 schools represented, McCunes, MCFM, X2, Minnesota Kali Group and my own froup Cryptid Jiu-Jitsu. over 45 people attended, they got to meet other students and roll with students from other gyms, some had different games, and experiences to share.  Everyone helped the newer people, to show them what to do, how to do and give information openly. The rolling sessions were broken up about every 40 minutes to teach some new techniques and drill and then back into rolling. This was a 4 hour camp and it was a blast!