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We will be closed on Monday 27th January for Australia Day!
We hope everyone stays safe, and enjoys the long weekend!
Our schedule will be back to normal on Tuesday 28th January!
Prof. Rob was lucky enough to meet Master Carlos Gracie Jr!
Prof Rob is currently enjoying a holiday in Brazil, and while he was there, travelled to Floripa to train at a local GB School.
When he arrived, he was greeted by Master Carlos Gracie Jr himself! They trained together, took plenty of photos, and of course, had a great chat about everything Jiu-Jitsu!
We can't wait to hear all about it when he comes back!
Register now for the next major competition of 2020!
This competition has Gi and No-Gi divisions!
There are divisions available for Juveniles and Adults, so don't wait and take advantage of their early bird offer while it is still available!
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Register now for the first major competition of 2020!
There are divisions available for Kids and Adults, so don't wait and take advantage of their early bird offer while it is still available!
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Don't miss out on enrolling your kids in our Summer school holiday programs! Learn essential life skills and the best self defence program while having a ton of fun!
Our GB Summer Kids Camp will be from Monday 13th January to Friday 24th January!
Our holiday program is open to kids of all ages and levels!
• No prior martial arts experience is required!
• No Uniform required!
Our GB Summer Kids Camp includes:
• Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes
• Techniques from standing and on the ground
• Self-Defence techniques
• Anti-Bullying strategies
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Along with the rear mount, the mount is considered the most dominant position on the ground in jiu-jitsu. Yet, many students struggle with the mount, preferring to stay on top in side control.
Why is this?
The students feel that their opponents replace the guard or bridge and roll them more easily and they lose their hard fought position. Make no mistake, the mount is a powerful position and worth devoting the training time to make it a solid part of your jiu-jitsu game.
Here are 3 Tips to improve your mount
1) First priority : Maintain the position
All too often, students achieve the mount and are in too much of a hurry to grab an arm lock.
They have not yet stabilized the mount position (you need at least 3 seconds to be rewarded the 4 points in IBJJF competition) and try to attack. The opponent has room to escape and the top loses their mount.
When you achieve the mount, your first priority is to control the opponent and prevent their escape.
Once you have prevented your opponent’s escape attempts, then you can look at tip 2.
2) Attack the collar / neck
If the opponent on the bottom is not threatened by an attack, they can be free to look to escape.
However, the moment that the person in mount gets a hand deep in the collar, the choke must be defended!
This also tends to bring the arms of the bottom person up and allows the top mount to slide their knees up to a higher mount.
In a “high” mount with your knees in the opponent’s armpits, their ability to effectively bridge is greatly reduced.
3) Develop the arm lock / choke combination attack
Legendary competitor Roger Gracie is famous for this “basic” but powerful attack from the mount.
One year at the World Championships,. Roger Gracie had a mission to mount and submit all of his opponents in the black belt division.
Roger advises to train your straight arm lock / cross collar choke combination. The opponent can not defend both of your attacks with 100%. As you threaten both attacks, and change between the techniques, your opponent falls behind and you gain an advantage.
The top mount allows you to apply your bodyweight and leverage to make the opponent uncomfortable and cause them to commit a mistake.
Threaten the choke to get the arm. Threaten the arm to make your opponent forget their collars and get the choke.
Jiu-Jitsu is a good problem to have. If you share the addiction to BJJ, hopefully some of these will stick out to you!
1. You frequently try new techniques on love ones who don’t train in Jiu-Jitsu
Sometimes you see a move or think about a submission. Many people who are addicted to Jiu-Jitsu will not wait till they get to class. They will simply go over to a loved one, friend, or even a random stranger and say, “Let me try this thing real quick.”
2. You check websites like GB Online every night
You go over all the blogs, GB videos, techniques videos, and more. There's always something new to read, watch, and learn.
3. You subscribe to one or more Jiu-Jitsu magazines
Just in case the power ever went out, Jiu-Jitsu addicts will always have a hard copy of Jiu-Jitsu literature lying around. Jiu-Jitsu Magazine, Gracie Mag, and Jits Magazine are a few you may subscribe to.
4. Your YouTube history is cluttered with Jiu-Jitsu videos
For you, YouTube is a database of Jiu-Jitsu techniques. You probably also subscribe to channels such as BJJ Hacks TV, GracieBreakdown, and BJJ Scout.
5. You wear Jiu-Jitsu apparel 24/7
Your clothes have the words “Jiu-Jitsu” or “Gracie Barra” on them.
6. You find yourself hip escaping in your sleep
Sometimes this happens and your head hits the headboard or the wall.
7. You start looking at movies and analyzing how they’re submissions are all wrong
Action movies often don’t portray realistic fighting. People addicted to Jiu-Jitsu tend look at submission in movies and start pointing out all the things wrong with it.
8. You prefer Açai over of Ice Cream
Many people are introduced to Acai through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a tasty treat.
9. When talking to someone you don’t like, you daydream of ways to submit them
Admit it. This happens.
10. You’ve tried a submission attempt on a pillow
Sometimes no one is around to try a new technique on. Pillows don’t ever argue or fight back.
11. When you give someone a hug, you must always get under hooks
Under-hooks are important! It gives you the leverage you need to control someone if you ever needed to. Just in case!
12. You experience withdrawal when you don’t train
The mat has become a 2nd home to me. The academy has been a place I can go to relax and break free. If I don’t train, I begin to miss it and actually have trouble sleeping.
One of the more common challenges faced by Jiu-Jitsu students is the dreaded training plateau. Although we would like to think of our progress as a steady, uninterrupted upward progression, real life seldom works that way. There are periods where we seem to have stalled in our improvement.
In many cases, it can merely be your own internal perception that you aren’t performing at your best. “It feels like everyone else is improving but me!” you might feel at times. The truth is you are getting better, but the rate of progress is so slow as to be almost imperceptible. Couple that with the fact that everyone else in the class is also improving and you get the misguided idea that you aren’t improving.
Then there are those periods… where your progress truly has flat lined. You may be having fun training in class, but your game has not made any significant progress. You may be in the athlete’s dreaded comfort zone. You seem to be doing the same things that you have always done and rolling the same way with the same training partners week in and week out. But this has led to a type of stagnation.
Dare To Be Great – Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
It is going to take venturing out of your comfort zone to get your Jiu-Jitsu up to the next level.
How can we escape our Jiu-Jitsu comfort zone?
Here are a few suggestions to help you get out of that comfort zone and “level up” your game.
Set a goal to enter a tournament.
There are few things that will light a fire under you like the knowledge that you will be testing your skills under the bright lights of the competition stage! You will increase your physical conditioning and ramp up the intensity of your rounds. You may have to tighten your diet and cut a few kilos to make a certain weight division. You will examine your game with a critical eye and look to sharpen strengths and patch weaknesses. You won’t be skipping training sessions. You will seek out rolls with the other competitors on your team in order to sharpen each other. The impetus of competition will take you out of a comfort zone for sure.
Not everyone has a goal to compete in a tournament and there are other ways that you can create conditions to get out of your comfort zone. One of the best ways is to set a period of time to focus on a position that you are not that good at. For example, you have a pretty good guard and have been content for a long time to pull guard or start from bottom position in rolling. Takedowns? Well…maybe you will get to that later. Now is the time to devote a focused period of study to learning new entries and finishes for your single leg, drilling the technique every class with your favorite training partners, and resolving to start every roll from standing position and refusing to simply do the familiar and pulling guard. Those first several times if fighting for grips in a foreign position you will definitely feel some discomfort! But therein lies how you will jump to a higher level.
Train your weak side.
This might be considered a more advanced area to focus your training. When we are at lower belts, we are often trying to experiment with new positions and acquiring proficiency with those positions. However, once you are confident in those positions and are able to use them in live rolling, it is time to look at another aspect of the position: are you a left side specialist? That is to say – are ALL of your guard passes ONLY to your left hand side? Do you ONLY use Lasso Guard with your left hook? If you are like the majority of Jiu-Jitsu students, I’ll bet the answer is yes! I challenge you to take your knowledge of that strong position and train it on your weak side. It will feel awkward for sure! You will feel like a white belt at first. But that lasts only a short time until you develop the muscle memory to execute the position on your unused side. The good news is that you will quickly get over that initial difficulty and find the former weak side is now every bit as good as your strong side. The secret is that your opponents are awkward at DEFENDING on that weak side so your technique is even more difficult to defend.
All of these suggestions involve moving beyond our normal routines, what we are already comfortable doing.
We are at our best when we are challenging ourselves to get out of our comfort zones and sharpen our Jiu-Jitsu.
Congratulations to our GB Sydney team on incredible performances at the NSW Summer Cup!
Together, along with our other GB Schools, we managed to come 1st in the Kids, Gi and No-Gi divisions!
Congratulations to everyone involved, this was an amazing success for our team!
Congratulations to our new black belts!
At the GB Oceania Awards Night 2019, GB Sydney promoted 5 new black belts! Congratulations to:
- Prof. Carlos Schiezaro
- Prof. Gabriel Oliveira
- Prof. Jeremy Mateo
- Prof. Mohamed Abdi
- Prof. Murilo Pinamoura
We would also like to congratulate these black belts on getting another stripe on their belt:
- Prof. Diogo Reis
- Prof. Jo Thomson
- Prof. Marcelo Moyses
On average, it takes about 8 to 10 years to achieve a black belt. Congratulations to these student on their incredible achievement!
Check out all the photos from the GB Oceania Awards Night 2019 here!
Have a look at some of the GB Sydney team at the
opening of the Gracie Barra HQ in Florianpolis, Brazil with Master Carlos Gracie Jr!
Don't forget we have over 800 GB Schools across the world!
Whenever you are going to another city, or another country, make sure you take you uniform and get a Visitors Card for the team at reception!
Any training you do overseas will count towards your next stripe and attendance back here at GB Sydney!
Talk to the team for more information!
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Get excited for 2020 and let's represent the Red Shield!
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Congratulations to Prof. Glauco de Almeida and Coach Sean Fong on your super bonus!
In January 2019, we set a challenge for Coach Sean and Prof. Glauco. They needed to reach a certain level of growth for Gracie Barra Sydney.
They had from the 1st of January 2019 to 31st of December 2019. If they reached this target, they would receive a bonus towards either a car, or a home deposit/investment. On the 28th of August 2019, they reached their goal.
This is an incredible achievement for both of them, and shows their growth with Gracie Barra.
Prof. Glauco started training with us when he was 13 years old. He grew up on the mats, and years later, started assisting with classes. As he grew, he became a part-time Instructor, and began impacting the lives of every student who came through the doors. In 2018, at our GB Oceania Awards Night, Prof. Marcelo Rezende awarded him with his black belt. A boy, grown in to a man, and now the Chief Instructor here at Gracie Barra Sydney.
Coach Sean Fong also changed his life with us here. After a lifelong fascination with martial arts brought him to Gracie Barra Sydney, Sean left his job in a law firm after only 6 months of training. He immediately started working at Gracie Barra Sydney, and is now the Program Director here, and for many of us, the first point of contact. Sean loves his job, and loves being the person who gets to explain the power of Jiu-Jitsu to every new face that comes through the doors.
Congratulations to both of you!
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2 months ago, we brought you the story of Richie Harris. Here is the latest update!
Richie's journey started at nearly 150kgs, and he is now at an amazing 93kgs!
Richie has recently travelled to the IBJJF World Masters Championships, and last night received his purple belt from Prof. Marcelo Rezende!
We are all incredibly proud of your Richie!
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