Friday, July 31, 2009

Monday, August 3rd - Free Jiu Jitsu Intro Lesson

Monday at 6 PM is our free introductory lesson to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu theory and techniques.

Ever thought about trying a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class? Here's a chance to try out a free lesson!

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, including the basic positions and overall strategy, as well as positions and submissions will be covered in this one hour class.

Please show up about 15 minutes early to sign the waiver and meet the instructor.

Our regular class schedule can be found here.

Meet the instructor here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fightworks Podcast interview; open mat training; Grapplemania NC results

The current episode of the Fightworks Podcast features Ryan Hall and me sharing our thoughts on the Submission-Only tournament concept, training as an instructor, competition techniques, and more. Check it out:

Grapplemania NC's results are posted:

U.S. Grappling ran a very efficient local tournament. Check out BJJ Revolution instructor Trey Martin's brown belt match from the event:

Finally, open mat training at the gym was really fun today. I spent the last 18 minutes doing a super long no-gi round with my purple belt, Vince. It was really productive, and made me look forward to the no-gi Pan Ams in October. Can't wait.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Submission-Only IV (Richmond) last minute info

Today is your last chance to pre-register online and save money and time. Online registration closes at 8 PM tonight:

You can weigh in Friday night for the whole weekend at:

Revolution BJJ:

2540 Gayton Centre Dr.
Richmond, VA 23238

You can also register to compete at Revolution BJJ, but you don't get the pre-registration rates. However, you can use your credit or debit card to pay in person now! We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. This goes for registration Saturday (8-10 AM at the venue) and Sunday (9-10 AM at the venue) as well as Friday night weigh ins (7-9 PM at Revolution BJJ).

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Muay Thai/BJJ - Friday

Friday night's Muay Thai class focused on boxing. Scott showed a couple relatively basic combinations, and then we did some light sparring (boxing only) at the end. Mitchell signed up (15 year old), so that's always a good thing for a new, growing program.

BJJ was a pretty small class, so we rolled for 9-minute rounds to warm up (several students are getting ready for Submission-Only 4 here in Richmond). I sincerely hope Big Mark follows through and destroys all the other over 220 pound blue belts and then murders the absolute division. If he doesn't, it's probably because he decided last minute not to compete. Bjorn will do well at 139 white belt and beginner no-gi. Maltby should do well too, at around 145 pounds. They're making good sparring partners, now that Maltby has reduced his elbows and knees to once per round.

Between the three Richmond gyms plus Charlottesville, our presence is going to be strong at this tournament. I hope the majority of folks who say they're competing end up doing it. U.S. Grappling will break out our new mats for this one! Can't wait.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Back to blogging

Whew. OK, so I'm back to semi-regular blogging. I hope to have something every day once again.

I took ten days off last month because of ringworm! This is every good instructor's worst nightmare. Ringworm is a fungal infection that's incredibly common among grapplers. The key to not spreading ringworm is first and foremost not to roll when you have it, and second to tell your instructor and classmates that you have it.

That's behind me now, finally. Suffice it to say I will never borrow a gi again (I did in L.A. last month). Take a lesson from this and educate yourself so that you avoid ringworm in the future.