Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Jiu Jitsu Withdrawals | Annapolis MMA

Annapolis MMA – We are two days into Frankenstorm and I am already going through Jiu Jitsu withdrawals. LoL – To try and sooth my fix, I went into my basement where I have an extensive collection of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts videos. My collection ranges from MMA fights to BJJ matches to martial arts instructional videos. For those who have seen my video library, they can vouch it ranges in the thousands. I am very proud of my collection. It is close to twenty years of videos. Most of my videos are still on VHS (Yes! I still have a VHS player – ☺) although I have converted many of them to DVD.

I flip through my favorites box and come across an ADCC match I haven’t seen in awhile. It is one of my all time favorite matches and many of you have heard me reference it. It is a 2002 ADCC match between Ricardo Almeida and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

Around that time, I traveled a few weekends a month to train with Ricardo at his school in New Jersey. Not only is Ricardo a phenomenal Jiu Jitsu instructor, he is an all around good person. If you are ever in the NJ area, drop by and attend one of his classes. You won’t be disappointed. You can check out a pic of me Ricardo by going to By the way, in case you didn’t know, Ricardo is the Jiu Jitsu and MMA coach of former UFC Champ Frankie Edgar.

If you are anything like me and need to scratch your Jiu Jitsu itch, check out the following video. It isn’t the same as rolling, but it should hold you off for a few days. ☺ I found a short video of Ricardo in a 2001 ADCC grappling match versus Mike Van Arsdale. Enjoy!

I hope we are all able to return to the mats in a few days.

Jiu Jitsu Jon

Week’s End | Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu | BJJ

Last week ended with Annapolis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes putting the finishing touches on the Bullfighter’s pass. The technique began on Monday. As the week progressed, small amounts of details were added, as well as the previous days techniques reviewed. If done properly, the bullfighter is a very high percentage guard pass.

The pass resembles the methods used of a matador fighter, hence bullfighter’s pass. Standing in your opponent’s guard, your hands are placed on the opponent’s Gi pants at the ankles. The ankles are pushed to the ground. And, just like a matador side stepping to avoid the irritated bull passing through the muleta, side control is gained.

Assistant instructor, Big Steve, also showed some unique variations to the pass. Big Steve stands at 6’4” and weights in at 270 lbs. But, don’t let the big guy fool you. He can get around on the mat as if he were 160 lbs pounds. And, his level of details in a technique is a very hard quality to find in someone his size. Normally, big guys will just “lay on you” and develop their game around that sort of style and never progress. Big Steve is totally the opposite. He concentrates more on details of the technique as opposed to using his size in a match.

With Frankenstorm knocking on our front door, it will dictate the techniques and gym schedule for next week.

Pay attention to your inbox for class cancellation or deviation to the gym schedule!

Jiu Jitsu Jon

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