Archive for January 2012

Rigan Machado Is Coming To Global Jiu Jitsu Academy In Fountain Valley CA!   Leave a comment

Rigan Machado is coming to Global Jiu Jitsu Academy in Fountain Valley Califorina January 30th 20112!  This will be another great seminar! Rigan came last year to GJJA and his seminar was a lot of fun!

Rigan Machado and Rich Zaydel at Global Jiu Jitsu Academy Fountain Valley CA

Rigan Machado and Rich Zaydel at Global Jiu Jitsu Academy Fountain Valley CA

The seminar starts at 6:30 pm and will last about two hours.  Come learn from this legend with us!  All schools and jiu jitsu practitioners are welcome!  Only $25

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Based Personal Training – RocknRoll BJJ & Fitness   Leave a comment

Want a fun way to lose weight?  Want to get results fast?  Then try a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu based training session at RocknRoll BJJ & Fitness in Orange County California!

The program will include a bit of jiu jitsu based drills, exercises and warm ups, mixed with yoga and pilates.  The routine is easily adaptable to all ages, body types and athletic ability.  Its a great way to stay in shape and hone foundations of brazilian jiujitsu.  Plus, its a great way to lose weight at a fast, yet healthy rate!

John lost almost 50 pounds in six months at GJJA!

Rich and John after training. John has lost almost 50 pounds!

A friend, student and client, John, has lost quite a bit of weight.  He is down 50 pounds in about six months.

So if you are in the Orange County area, give a call and lets train!  You will have lots of fun!

RocknRoll Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Personal Training!


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Life! But How? Prevent Injuries For One! Duh!   Leave a comment

Some friends and I have been rolling together for a long time!  After good training sessions, we are blown away at how much fun brazilian jiu jitsu still is, and, how we want to do this for as long as we live!  Helio Gracie did it into his nineties so its definitely possible.  But, it isn’t going to be possible without some preventative maintenance.

A good warm up is very important.  The warm ups at Global Jiu Jitsu Academy and RocknRoll BJJ & Fitness for example, include a sit up/core routine, snake moves and animal drills.  Sometimes we do a basic stretch before class, but, usually have a very good one after class.  This prevents soreness and feeling tight when  you wake up the next day!

Always drink plenty of water before training, during training and after training.  If your instructor will allow it, the goal is to try to hydrate  every 20 minutes during heavy training.  I like gatorade during training.  I stay hydrated and the sugar keeps my energy levels up.  Other trainers laugh at me and say that stuff is all sugar (and they are right) and all I need is water, but it works for me.

Now, there are some things what you will more than likely have to do outside of class.  One of those is lifting weights.  I don’t mean lifting super heavy so you end up looking like Conan the Barbarian, but just moderate weights.  The goal you are shooting for is three sets of 15-20 repetitions of each exercise.  This will strengthen your ligaments which will help prevent injury and it give you muscle endurance as well.  Also, if you do the higher repetitions, you won’t bulk up.  More muscles means it will take more blood to fuel them so you will gas out quicker.  Take a look at Brock Lesnar, for example.

Also, very important, is to work out your legs and hips.  If you stay around the sport long enough, you will see many training partners have some sort of knee issues.  Having experienced this myself, I now work out my legs as much as any other part of my body.  I recommend ball squats, lateral movement with bands, leg presses, and anything along the lines of elliptical machines, tread mills,  and bicycles.  And, back to stretching, if you have loose and flexible hips, that will take a lot of pressure off your knees in some positions.

Lastly, use common sense. Listen to your body!  If it is sore, or you are exhausted, take the day off of training, or, however long your body tells you.  Unless  you are receiving a six plus figure salary for doing jiu jitsu, your body will thank you! And, after all, your goal is to do this the rest of you life.

“Don’t let what you want now get in the way of what you want more.”

Happy training!

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RocknRoll BJJ & Fitness Youtube Channel!   Leave a comment

Im always looking for new techniques to share or to find those elusive details that make the basic moves work better!  So, be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel!  I have some videos I have made myself that I think you will like and may not have seen before!  I also have collected quite a few favorites that I think you will appreciate.

So what are you waiting for?  Subscribe now!

Happy training!

Andre Tim Monteiro Half Guard Seminar at Global Jiu Jitsu Academy!   Leave a comment

Well its been a busy month, but before we get to much distance on it, I wanted to say how great a seminar we had with Andre Tim Monteiro.

Andre Tim Monteiro Seminar at Global Jiu JItsu Academy Fountain Valley, CA

Andre Tim Monteiro Seminar at Global Jiu JItsu Academy Fountain Valley, CA

Our GJJA belt ceremony was on December 10, 2011, but the very next day we had the seminar.  Andre Tim Monteiro showed a lot of great techniques, but focused mostly on attacks/sweeps from the bottom in half guard.  This was a great seminar.  Everything was broken down in a way that was easily digestible and I used some of the moves in training with a lot success!  We always have seminars at our academy and all schools and practitioners are welcome to come to any of them!