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BJJ Life Lessons & Refelctions – Don’t Just Be Honest With Others, Be Honest With Yourself!   Leave a comment

You have to look at the silver lining in things. My broken ankle has been a blessing of sorts. It gave me some much needed time for reflection.

Rich Zaydel's Broken Ankle BJJ Injury

Rich Zaydel’s Broken Ankle

What a week or so I have had….crazy how life works and how so many things can hit all at the same time.  What do they say, bad things come in threes?  So, in between teaching private lessons and helping at Cota’s martial arts, I roll with one of my best friends, TC,  who has a couple years of mat time on me and 40 pounds.  I have been doing jiu jitsu since 1993 on and off and steady since 2005.  I have never had a broken bone other than a finger in my life. But, during one of our regular rolls last week with TC, I broke my ankle.  It was loud like a crack of the whip.

Our cat of 13 plus years has not been home in a week.  She is old, loyal and almost toothless.  She has been extra lovey-dovey lately and feel she walked off into the sunset or has been eaten by a coyote which happens frequently where I live.

I have or had a boss who is a bully.  I was taught to be humble through martial arts.  Some people mistake that for weakness.  I took some abuse because I wanted to learn so bad.  But when I stood up to him because I expected him to keep his word or show me an ounce of respect, he was taken back.  Bullies don’t like when they can’t intimidate you.  Since then, he has been playing passive aggressive games.  Admittedly I was doing horrible at the job.  Part of it was the bully’s lack of support.  He helped me just enough to be able to say he helped, but not enough to be effective.  But,  part of it was my fault.  Most things I pick up pretty fast. But maybe this wasn’t for me.  Maybe I found something I would never be good at and was wasting valuable time being stubborn.  I had been there a year and was not generating an income.  Sitting with my broken ankle, I had to admit I failed at this position.

At the end of the day, I put the blame on myself for my poor judgement. If you fail in life, it is nobody’s fault but your own. I think most of us are honest people, most of us, but I think sometimes its hard for us to be honest with ourselves and own our mistakes and learn from them. Good judgement is the result of experience and experience is the result of poor judgement.

Live and learn and never stop.

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Spider Guard w/Spiral Hook Details For Success! – RocknRoll BJJ   Leave a comment

Spider Guard w/Spiral Hook Details For Success! – RocknRoll BJJ

Spider Guard w/Spiral Hook Details That Are A Must For Success! I love playing open guard and use the spider guard with lasso hook all the time. I wanted to share these details that helped me a lot. Thanks for watching. Be sure to stop by the
RocknRoll BJJ Website!

Spider Guard with Spiral Hook Set Up From Closed Guard!   Leave a comment

I love playing open guard.  One of my favorite positions is spider guard with a spiral/lasso hook.  It is a lot of fun and there are a TON of attacks.

But before we get to the attacks, I just want to break down the basics of how to set it up from the closed guard.  Hope this video helps you guys out.

Be sure to stay tuned for the next one in the spider guard with spiral/lasso hook series. I will go over a few subtle details based on this video like more detailed grip, how to defend this position if you are the guy on top and a couple other tips that will have you dominating your opponents in no time!

More techniques at www.RocknRollBJJ.com so be sure to go there right now!

Happy training everyone!

The ROCKnROLL BJJ Website …Just Updated! Check It Out Now!   Leave a comment

Hey all you Brazilian Jiu Jitsu bad asses!  The RocknRoll BJJ website has just been updated!  I am pretty proud of it since I designed it and programmed it myself!

Go check it out now!  Let me know what you think!  Happy training! Ossss!

www.rocknrollbjj.com

REALTOR Self Defense by RNRBJJ & Your SoCal Loan Man   Leave a comment

As many of you know, among the many hats I wear, I am also a loan officer helping people with home loans  (If you ever need to get(if you ever need to get pre-approved for a home loan or want to refinance, contact me!).  After doing it a while, I have met some really great REALTORS!  Unfortunately, if you have watched the news, more and more REALTORS have been attacked at their open houses or showings.  Beverly Carter, RIP, was killed last year it such an instance.

This prompted me to want to start making very simple videos for REALTORS to watch and practice together.  Of course it is better if I could refine the techniques in person to make sure they understand all the little nuances, but I figure at least putting something out there is better than them having zero options to attempt in the event of an attack.

Here are just a few we put together one day.  Of course as a martial artist I know that every situation is different and some watching the videos with some self defense background may recommend other options.  These are just a start of a series I hope to continue.

SoCal Realtor Self Defense Day One:

SoCal Realtor Self Defense Day Two:

SoCal Realtor Self Defense Day Four:

SoCal Realtor Self Defense Day Five:

Again, these are very basic techniques.  I would prefer to share these in person to help with all the nuances.  For example on the first video, many people forget to tighten up their neck making the attacker’s grip hard to hold and, or, forget to cross their arms in front of them to prevent eating a knee as they bend down slightly.  I have at least a dozen self defense moves for the situation shown in the first video.  I just chose the one that had the least moving parts in hopes the little bit of knowledge may make a difference.

Hope the REALTORS who come across these will take the time to practice.  Always be aware of your surrounding.  When scheduling private showings, please do not do it alone.  If you have to make sure you let people know where you are at all times and that you set up a time to contact someone when you’re showing is done so people know you are safe.

Don’t forget to stop by my SoCal Loan Man website at http://www.socalloanman.com if you need to get pre-approved for a home loan or you would like to refinance.  I serve all of California!  The beauty of technology!

Stay safe!  Practice, practice, practice!

 

I’m a Brazilian Jiu JItsu Black Belt Now! Where does the time go? ….   Leave a comment

Hey all!  Just wanted to touch base here, its been a while and I apologize.

I got so busy with private lessons and teaching at a couple of different schools that trying to keep up with every thing like social media and blogs has been difficult.  Besides having a passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I also have a passion for real estate and marketing and have started a couple new ventures since my last blog entry.   One of those being a Loan Officer under my own brand, SoCal Loan Man.  The other is Hits the Spot Media which focuses on REALTOR marketing and lead generation.  I also had  reunion shows with my old band, Simplex, and was playing quite a few shows around the SoCal area.  That said, I am starting to get caught back up and am able to make a little more time for teaching brazilian jiu jitsu private lessons and blogging.

In 2013,  I am happy to say I finally received my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. I had a little drama at a school I was at and the instructor was hanging the black belt  over my head as well as others who were due promised promotions.  I had to make the decision to suck it up and leave  the school and instructor who I will not even dignify with naming.  Some people are black belts in jiu jitsu, but not black belts in fairness, loyalty and being decent human beings.  Best decision I ever made.  So, I had to wait an additional year to get my black belt from Master Joe Moreira who welcomed me back with open arms.  For those of you who know, Joe was my first real instructor back in the 90’s.  I started with Rickson Gracie and trained under him for a few months, but the drive to Los Angeles was too far. After only a couple months with Rickson, Master Pete Loncarevich suggested I try Master Joe Moreira and I have been with him or have trained under one of his black belts ever since.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Rich Zaydel and Master Joe Moriera!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Rich Zaydel and Master Joe Moriera!

Its been an amazing journey to this point.  The funny thing is the more I learn jiu jitsu, the more I realize I still have a lifetime of learning to go.  I am excited for the journey to continue and look forward to training and sharing what I have learned along the way with you all!

Be sure to visit the official RocknRoll BJJ website!  Lots of cool stuff there!  http://www.rocknrollbjj.com

Thank you Master Joe Moreira and all my students!  Osssss!

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RocknRoll BJJ Open Mat Saturday at Master Joe Moreira’s in Irvine August 24th!   Leave a comment

On August 24th, RocknRoll BJJ Open Mat Saturday will be held at Master Joe Moreira‘s school in Irvine, California! It will be the usual schedule. 11am-12pm will be the informal group class with lots of questions and answers and sharing of techniques. From 12pm – 2pm will be technical rolls and some great music!
Alfredo, Master Joe Moreira, Rob Lewis and Rich Zaydel

Alfredo, Master Joe Moreira, Rob Lewis and Rich Zaydel

Master Moreira’s school is inside a great gym called Custom Bodies at 4880 Irvine Blvd #102 Irvine, CA 92620

This is going to be a lot of fun. This will be a great chance to meet a Coral Belt and legend of the sport if you haven’t met Joe before. Come share techniques and have some technical rolls and listen to great music.  Bring some of your own MP3’s or CDs if you want.

In case you haven’t been to an RNR BJJ Open Mat Saturday, it is very laid back.  We are not out to roll like we are doing the Worlds though if you want to roll hard there are always one or two guys who are up for it.  The focus is to be as technical and fluid as possible and to have fun!

The easiest way to stay up to date with us is to “Like” our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/rocknrollbjj

Happy training!