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2015 Summer Promotions Video


Hey Check our new video. Big props to Matthew Young for directing/editing and Danny Tap for collecting the footage with his drone!

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Photos from the July 2015 Promotions


Photos from the 2015 promotion ceremony. Enjoy!

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Everyday


Mornings at Sunnyvale

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Early Morning Training With Clinton

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Ninja Training At Union City

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Vu-esdays

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Special Women Sessions

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Classes with Jake

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Elite Trainings At Sunnyvale

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Sunday Open Mat At Union City

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Kids Class With Nam And Kyle

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Regular Nights At Union City

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Regular Nights At Sunnyvale

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Phases


Phases: “Oh you fancy, huh?”

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There are a lot of different submissions in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They all pretty much stem from these body parts: the wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, hip, knees, and ankles. Hundreds of moves and variations of moves have been created to attack these parts. This is not even counting cranks and slicers. This is why Jiu-Jitsu is still an evolving sport.

With all these moves, it is natural for us to try out different ones to see which ones best fit our body type. I myself have gone through a lot of phases. To my knowledge, my submission learning process went something like this: kimura -> guillotine -> omaplata -> triangle -> armbar -> bow n arrow -> triangle armbar -> cross choke -> crucifix. Upside-down guard to triangle was somewhere in there. Each one of these phases represents at least two months of me trying to finish with one of the moves.

Learning these moves, for me, was always about trying to get fancier and fancier. It wasn’t until I discovered some small details in the basic cross choke from mount and heard some helpful pointers from high level instructors that made me remodel my Jiu-Jitsu game. In an interview on thefightworkspodcast a while back, I heard Lloyd Irvin talking about high percentage moves. He was talking about his way of teaching and how he had studied black belts in big tournaments (like the Pans and Worlds) and developed a list of the highest percentage finishes. He stated, “If you want to be successful, you got to model success.” Along with Lloyd Irvin, Dave Camarillo stated in an interview shortly after that John Danaher (A very, very, very intelligent grappler) does the same thing.

If you think about it, how often do you see omaplatas or gogoplatas being finished in black belt matches? Not much or any at all these days. Now how about armbars, triangles, and chokes from the back? A lot. Same goes for MMA. These are high percentage moves and they are what most high level players use for their A game.

In the same interview with Lloyd Irvin, he talked about how top judo players only have 2-4 moves max that they use in tournaments, but that doesn’t mean they can’t show you every single throw there is in the book. I mean just because you never see Roger Gracie do leg locks, doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to do it. Lloyd also stated his students use smaller tournaments to practice their B and C game with stuff they wouldn’t normally do in a big tournament. In the big tournaments, they bring their A game and until their A games gets shut down, will you see their B game.

What I’m trying to say is, it’s good to be exposed to and experiment with a variety of moves, but as you get better and face harder opponents, you will tend to fall back to the basics (at least for submissions), which are normally the high percentage moves. Although moves like omaplatas don’t work as good against the higher belts, they are still useful for sweeps, transitions, and against lower belts. Some moves are not for everyone due to size and flexibility, but experiencing with new moves will also help you defend against that same move. Can you imagine Roger getting cross choked from mount or Marcelo getting RNC’d? I can’t.

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Poker Face


Poker Face

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It‘s important to have a “poker face” when rolling. That being, not showing the emotional stress on your face when you are tired or struggling in bad positions. Conveying stress is like telegraphing your exhaustion. Your opponent will sense your fatigue like a shark smelling blood.

You have all seen it in boxing and UFC fights. It happened this past Saturday when Pacquiao destroyed Margartio. After a fury of punches in the 3rd round, Pacquiao forced a smile out of Margarito acknowledging that he got caught.

Everyone here has gone against Kyle. You rarely see him with a stressed look on his face. Most times he’s even smiling, which means he is laughing at you because he’s only 19yrs old (almost 20) and still smashing you. On the other hand you got the folks that when you roll with them, they either look like they are trying to dead lift 500lbs or like they just ran a marathon.

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(sry jake it was the only one I could find right now)

There has been many times where this has either saved me or made me give up on a position. Someone can be 95% close to finishing a submission, but when they see how calm (non-threatened) you seem, they may just give up on move and go onto something else.

Most of this depends on how your breathing pattern is. If you’re good at staying calm and breathing thru your nose in long, deep breathes, you will do fine. Being calm will help you with stay focused on your technique! You’ll notice if you roll with the Deadliest Catch, you know he’s worried when he starts breathing in fast, rapid, short breathes. Waka waka!

“Anger just makes people inefficient. Their breathing get shallow, they’re too muscularly tense—they gas faster. Part of what I admire in a fighter like Marcelo Garcia is his ability to control his anger and stay focused. He often gets abused physically. He’s a smaller guy in the open weight competitions, but you never see him distracted. He’s like a laser, focusing on finishing. He has one physical, cold game in mind and nothing distracts him. The abuse is irrelevant.” – John Danaher

Here’s one of my favorite parts off the documentary Tyson where Mike Tyson explains his mindset coming into the ring and how he beats his opponents before the match even starts (first minute of the video). Good stuff!

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