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Adults Grading 2019

It is that time of the year!

Our instructors have carefully looked at students performance, commitment, and attendance to class and they will be ready to announce the members who will be grading and getting their new belt SOON!

Adults belt exam will be on Saturday 4th of May, at 10am and grading on 6th of May, at 6pm.

Find out if your name is on the list at Gracie Humaita Sydney gym NEXT WEEK.

Registrations must be done at the reception at least a day before the exam. See prices bellow:

Gracie Girls

The Gracie Girls last Saturday was a great success with an unexpected big turn up at Gracie Humaita Central Coast. 

Professor Tiago Ferreira spoiled the girls with a wonderful class showing Self- Defense techniques followed by an Open Mat and finishing with a barbecue feast cooked by him!

Anne Soares, the Gracie Girls official organizer said on the Gracie Girls Instagram page @graciegirlsaustralia: ” It was great to meet all the Girls from the Central Coast and even better to see that the numbers have grown significantly from last year. Today was special having purple, blue and white belts sharing the Mat and such a ranges of  ages. The future looks bright. Still on a high and feeling so blessed to have such a awesome association Gracie Humaita Australia committed to growing our epic female team”

Thanks for all the girls who made their way up to Central Coast! Without you the Gracie Girls wouldn’t be growing solid and strong.

Thanks Gracie Central Coast for hosting the event last weekend and thanks to all the Academies in the Association that hosted,supported and collaborate with the Program.

This year has been amazing for our girls. We started the Gracie Girls 2018 schedule with Master Royler Gracie hosting the first event at Gracie Sydney in Alexandria with a group of over 60 women and girls! And we are finishing with Australian UFC Champion Robert Whittaker hosting the Gracie Girls at Gracie Smeaton Grange on November the 10th!

Session starts at 1pm with with Self -Defence, drilling and Open Mat followed by a delicious brazilian BBQ prepared by @barbicrew. All belts and ages are welcome.

The event is exclusive to the Gracie Humaita Australia Members. If you would like more information about how to become a member please contact the branch near you.

We can’t wait to train and celebrate with all our sisters next month!

 

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor by Submission via Rear-Naked Choke

As it was expected the UFC 229 was a outstanding fight where Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor Mc Gregor by Submission via Rear- Naked Choke. BJJ fans all around the world went mad with the finish.

In the main event former two division champion Conor McGregor returns after a near two year layoff, and failed bid at defeating Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match, to try and reclaim the lightweight title. Standing in his way is an undefeated smashing machine, Khabib Nurmagomedov who hasn’t lost a single round in his UFC career.

The combination should make for the most purchased PPV in UFC history on the business side of things, and make for one of the most anticipated fights in years on the sporting side of things.

Khabib Nurmagomedov bested Conor McGregor in convincing fashion in their long-awaited grudge match at UFC 229 . While McGregor had his moments, Nurmagomedov’s smothering wrestling game was just too much for him, resulting in some heavy ground-and-pound and a fight-ending choke, Things didn’t end there, however, as Khabib proceeded to hop over the cage and jump towards McGregor’s corner, sparking a massive brawl. It was an amazing night of MMA action that was ultimately tarnished by a scene that could see the victor suspended for a length of time.

Top 10 Jiu Jitsu vacation cities

Even better than training Jiu Jitsu it`s training Jiu Jitsu while you are travelling!

So here is our top 10 vacations cities for that:

1. SAN DIEGO, USA

Best For: Weather, outdoor sports enthusiasts

Budget: Moderate

BJJ Level: Elite

2. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Best For: The jiu jitsu ‘pilgrimage’, BJJ nerds / history buffs

Budget: Moderate

BJJ Level: Elite

3. NEW YORK, USA

Best For: High-energy individuals, sparring

Budget: Expensive

BJJ Level: Elite

4. LONDON, UK

Best for: Culture, onward travel

Budget: Very Expensive

BJJ Level: Very Good

5. CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Best For: Nature Lovers, extreme sports enthusiasts

Budget: Inexpensive – Moderate

BJJ Level: Average

6. TOKYO, JAPAN

Best For: Lighter sparring partners, culture-shock, food-lovers

Budget: Moderate – Expensive

BJJ Level: Very Good

7. LOS ANGELES, USA

Best For: Culture-shock, high-level, instructors, large availability of sparring partners

Budget: Moderate – Expensive

BJJ Level: Elite

8. COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Best For: Competitors

Budget: Very Expensive

BJJ Level: Elite

9. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Best For: Making new friends

Budget: Very Expensive

BJJ Level: Very Good

10. PHUKET, THAILAND

Best For: Cross-training, value for money, party/social scene

Budget: Inexpensive

BJJ Level: Good (No Gi Very Good)

And if you still don`t train Jiu Jitsu start now by clicking here to book a free trial! 

 

via www.jiujitsubrotherhood.com

Things you need to know about BJJ Belt System

The journey from white to black belt in BJJ

The belt system in BJJ is highly regarded, and for good reason. Unlike many other martial arts, where rank promotions can be acquired in relatively short periods and often with very little practical requirements, the Brazilian jiu jitsu belt system is quite strict and difficult to progress through.  You know that unless he ‘bought’ it from a scumbag instructor or awarded it to himself, the holder of a belt is usually at the expected level of competency.

It can take upwards of 10 years to achieve the dan (black belt) grade, and requires not only technical knowledge, but also verifiable ability in sparring. Competition experience is also often expected. And as there are only a few belts, you will spend a long time on each one. Also, your progress will not be linear. You might spend 1 year at one belt and 5 years at another. It’s both an extremely challenging and rewarding institution, and it’s no surprise that the community pounces on anyone who messes with it.

Belts Are Not Always Good Indicators of Ability

Belt promotions don’t always go with hand in hand with skill or even knowledge and vary according to the coach and student. Sometimes it’s just down to time in service. Or it can be closely related to the practitioner’s raw fighting ability and competition performance. In fact, sometimes competitive performance can even slow belt promotion as coaches ‘sandbag’ their best students to increase their likelihood of medalling at tournaments.

In jiu jitsu the different belt levels generally equate with the student’s ability. But keep in mind that the dynamism and complexity of the art means that there are many parts to the equation, with physicality and athleticism being two that weigh heavily. So don’t be surprised (or judgemental) when the 56 year-old businessman who just received his blue belt after 2 years of hard training is smashed by the 22 year-old linebacker who just started coming to class 3 months ago.

The Plateau is Your Friend

Within each belt level there will also be many invisible sub-levels.  You will often spend weeks or months on plateaus before being rewarded with a jump in ability. Sometimes it will actually seem as if you are getting worse instead of better. But the plateau is actually your friend and is itself an indicator of progress. It is those who have the mental strength to keep going when they find themselves on a plateau that break through to a higher level of ability.

No matter what, remember to enjoy the process.

Don’t be too focused on achieving the next belt or winning competitions and miss the ride.

 

via www.jiujitsubrotherhood.com

2018 Grappling Industries Sydney

Congratulation to the group of competitors from Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) who entered the Grappling Industries tournament this weekend.

Stacks of medals were won and good experience was gained. Everyone fought with heart and made us very proud.

KEEP THE PASSION UP Gracie Humaita Australia Comp TEAM.

There are many more comps coming up for you to enter and achieve your goals together. Come talk to our coaches about it!

BJJ Self Defense for Women and Mums at Gracie Sydney

For the last few weeks a couple of the lovely mums whose kids train BJJ at Gracie Sydney Jiu Jitsu have started to take Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense classes at the Academy with Coach Giorgio after dropping their kids at school. The idea seemed so interested that more mums joined them and they became THE BJJ MUMS!

The BJJ mums are loving the experience of not only learning such a great martial art as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how to defend themselves, but also building self confidence,  losing weight, relieving their stress and improving their sleep and work routine.

Julie Starr, the woman who actually started the program by taking private classes with Coach Giorgio Rojas and who supported other mothers to join her, said:

“There is a great bond between us BJJ mums and we all support and encourage each other in class. After a few years of health challenges, I am surprised at how fast my strength has returned. There were days I struggled to walk and now I’m giving my son Athan piggy backs upstairs. I am grateful to Coach Giorgio for the movement and self deference techniques he has taught us and for his compassion. I love the encouragement from the other trainers and I’m super grateful to Gracie for Sydney for our Mum’s class. I never expected BJJ to have this big an impact on my life. Now, I count down the days to the next class!”

There are five women so far and this number just seems to keep growing. So we have decided to open for every woman who wants to learn Self Defense and Jiu Jitsu.

Gracie Self Defense for Women classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:15am. Please contact us for more information about the classes.

Phone: 80841978/ 0404708385 or info@graciesydney.com

We would love to have you as part our team!

 

 

 

Gracie Girls at Bankstown

Another great  Gracie Girls gathering!

This time at Gracie Humaita in Bankstown with lots of fun, learns and rolls.

Great turn out! Girls from different gyms are becoming a really big family with strong bonds.

Many thanks to Sami for the class, support and delicious feast!

Next meeting @ Gracie Balmain on the 14th of July.

OSS

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How a UFC Champion Can Help a Footy Player into His Football Career?

*post extract from nrl.com

Rookie NSW No.9 Damien Cook is tipped to breathe new life into the Blues ruck play after personal wrestling sessions with Rob ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker helped power him into the Origin arena.

Cook’s speed as a former champion beach sprinter has caught the collective eye of the rugby league world this season, but it’s the extra starch in his defence that got him across the line as hooker for next Wednesday’s series opener at the MCG.

Targeting an 80-minute role at the Rabbitohs in the pre-season but knowing his 88-kilo frame would have opposition forwards sizing him up as cannon fodder, Cook sought out South Sydney’s wrestling and Gracie Humaita Australia coach Alex Prates for extra work over the summer.

Also on Prates’ roll call at the Gracie Sydney Jiu Jitsu, Alexandria gym is current middleweight UFC champ Whittaker, who also doubles as a diehard Rabbitohs fan.

Which meant Cook was tussling on the mat with the real deal soon enough.

“I thought (Whittaker) wasn’t going to be there but when I turned up he was wrestling with all the young kids as well,” Cook said.

“He understands what he’s been through to get to where he is, but it was interesting to roll around and wrestle with a UFC champ.

“There were a couple of games where it was a ‘king of the middle’ sort of thing. If you won, you stayed on.

“Not that I went any good against him, I didn’t beat him. He had it over most of the boys… I thought it was going to be like wrestling sessions for footy, but it was more the jujitsu style of session.

“It’s very hard and credit to those boys who do that sport and get in to the ring.”

Whittaker squares up for his first title defence against Cuban Yoel Romero next Sunday in Chicago, while four days earlier Cook will stare down a Queensland pack featuring man mountains Dylan Napa (113 kilos), Josh Papalii (112) and Coen Hess (110).

All year Cook has been picked out by rival NRL forward packs, to the tune of 510 tackles – more than any other player in the Telstra premiership – at 42.5 a game.

That workload bodes well considering Blues predecessor Nathan Peats, as honest a toiler in the middle as they come, churned through a series high 150 tackles last year.

Cook’s point of difference in the middle is his running around the ruck, but long before claiming the NSW No.9 jumper, the 26-year-old identified his work without the ball as the key to an 80-minute performance.

One he’s happy to replicate if needed by coach Brad Fittler, given bench utility Tyrone Peachey can cover backline and back-row positions as well as the hooking duties.

“I like to keep improving all parts of my game and defence was a big one of mine,” Cook said.

“Being in the middle and getting a lot of traffic, if I did want to improve my game and play the 80 minutes I needed to make sure my defence was improved from the past.

“Those extra little wrestling sessions, I can say they’re paying off.

“Obviously it’s a different game when you hear from all the past players. I guess I won’t understand that until I actually play.

“I know it’s different at club level but I have been playing the 80 minutes all year, so if that’s what I’ve got to do, I’m more than happy to do that job.

“We haven’t really spoken about that yet.”