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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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Helio Gracie Did Not Invent Brazilian Jiu JItsu! Ever Hear Of Luis Franca and Oswaldo Fadda?   2 comments

Guess What?  Contrary to what the Gracie family would have you believe, they didn’t invent Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  And, if you take the time to research it, the Gracie’s were snobs and stingy with sharing jiu jitsu. History shows that they only taught to the rich or upper class.  Some things never change.

Luis Franca was taught jiu jitsu by non other than Mitsuyo Maeda.  Mitsuyo Maeda was an expert judoka with direct lineage to the founder of judo, Kanō Jigorō. Maeda, settled in Belem in 1917 and taught a small group of students, including Luis Franca and Carlos Gracie.

Oswaldo Fadda received his black belt under Luis Franca.  Fadda taught jiu jitsu to the poor in Rio because, as usual, the Gracie tuition as too high.  He taught in unorthodox locations free of charge to share the gentle art of jiu jitsu with the less privileged. The Gracies, in typical snobbish fashion, considered him an outcast.

Oswaldo Fadda Jiu Jitsu legend!

Oswaldo Fadda Jiu Jitsu legend!

Fadda finally opened a school in 1950.  He then challenged the Helio Gracie school with some of his students.  The Gracies excepted the challenge and invited Fadda and his students to the Gracie Academy.  Fadda’s students tapped out the Gracies and even put one of them to sleep.  Much of Fadda’s students used foot locks to tap the Gracies who in sore loser spirit called the foot locks a ‘suburban technique.’  However, later Helio would say that it only takes on Fadda to prove that jiu jitsu is for everyone.  Fadda is the only one known to have beaten Helio in a tournament.

Master Julio Cesar Pereira, leader of the Ground Fight Team has direct lineage to Oswaldo Fadda.  Rodolfo Vieira is Master Pereira’s student.  I always like to cheer for the underdog, don’t you?

Please take the time to read more about Oswaldo Fadda and learn more about how the Gracies didn’t invent brazilian jiu jitsu.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswaldo_Fadda

Happy training!

Easy Kimura by Rich Zaydel – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Basics – RocknRollBJJ & Fitness   Leave a comment

I like to keep things as simple as possible.  As I have said in many of my posts, I am nothing special, just an average guy who loves jiu jitsu.  I love it so much that even though I am not as athletic as many of my training partners, I will put in the extra work to try to keep up.  Through trial and error over the years, I have found moves that work well for me and I found better ways to break down the move so its understandable to the average Joe like myself.  I hope they make your life easier and jiu jitsu more fun for you!

Here is a very jiu ijtsu 101 move, the kimura.  I also added an option of a sweep when your opponent defends the position by grabbing his belt.  If you would like to see something specific, please let me know through facebook at Rich Zaydel.

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RocknRoll BJJ & Fitness – Rich Zaydel’s Favorite Techniques!   Leave a comment

SUPER EASY SWEEP AND SNEAKY ARM LOCKS – ROCKnROLL BJJ & FITNESS

These are some of my favorite techniques and set ups.  I am an average guy, and think these would be fun and easy to learn if you are just starting out.

Come train with me if you are in the Southern California area!  I have the best rates for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Personal Training in Orange Coutny!

http://www.rocknrollbjj.com

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Happy training everyone!

To Gi or Not to Gi, That Is The Question!   Leave a comment

Every now and then I hear brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners debate whether its better to learn with a gi or without.  I figured I might as well add my two cents to the discussion.

I am an average guy, average athleticism and average jiu jitsu.  I have been training jiu jitsu on and off for about 15 years, am an average brown belt and rarely do no gi.  I had an interesting experience the other day in the gym where I train.  We had a wrestler / no gi jiu jitsu person come in to visit.  i asked if he wanted to roll and he said he didn’t have a gi.  I said no problem, I’ll try no gi for a change.  I said, I apologize in advance, I haven’t done no gi in a couple years.

We started rolling and  it didn’t take long for me to realize I had no material to grab.  He out wrestled me easy, and I ended up on the bottom and was able to pull guard.  But, once there, I didn’t feel uncomfortable, and the adjustments came easy for me.  I just kept grabbing the wrists, back of the triceps and back of his neck to break his base and set up some attacks.  I got a couple of different arm bars, a triangle and a lucky scissor sweep where I grabbed his wrist and back of the neck.  I did have a lot of trouble sweeping him.  He had really good base and through most of our roll I was on the bottom.

Like I said I am an average joe jitsu guy who has trained with a gi 98% of the time and here I was doing really well against a bigger, stronger and more athletic person than myself.  He had been wresting his whole life and doing brazilian jiu jitsu for years, but only no gi.

I definitely think that people who start bjj should start with a gi.  Think about it.  I held my own with someone who does no gi all the time and I hadn’t done it in a long time.  I could adapt to his game and do well.  He probably could do well wearing a gi as well, but because he didn’t incorporate traditional jiu jitsu, he wouldn’t know how to do a gi choke, for example.  And, because he doesn’t know how to do a gi choke, he won’t know how to defend against it either.

Like I said, I am just an average guy, but thought I would add my opinion!

Happy training!

RocknRoll BJJ & Fitness

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ANTI-BULLY PROGRAM AT GLOBAL JIU JITSU ACADEMY ORANGE COUNTY CA!   Leave a comment

I am head instructor and trainer at RocknRoll BJJ & Fitness but I am also an assistant instructor at Global Jiu Jitsu Academy under Professor Marcelo Carvalho.  Professor Carvalho is a great instructor for all ages young and old, but he was inducted into the martial arts hall of fame specifically for his teaching of martial arts to children.

If you live in the Orange County, California area and are looking for a great place for your kids to learn self defense, discipline and respect for themselves as well as others, then look no further!  Global Jiu Jitsu Academy offers flexible schedules and great family packages that are affordable even in this tough economy!

To learn more come on by or check out the Global Jiu Jitsu Academy website!

http://www.globaljiujitsuacademy.com