BJJ Tourney NJ area, March 13th

I am unabashedly advertising the local tourney… 🙂  In the NJ area?  Come on over! 

Upcoming Tourney!!


Basic Takedowns

**Side note** My computer absolutely REFUSES to let me embed any videos tonight. *grumble grumble*…

This past Monday, 1/24/11, we reviewed 3 basic takedowns that can be used to get your opponent to the ground.  Since before BJJ was BRAZILIAN Jiu Jitsu, it was JAPANESE Jiu Jitsu, and its cousin, Judo, the names for these takedowns are Japanese. Although I can’t speak for Japanese Jiu Jitsu, but Judo, which focuses heavily on throws, also uses these takedowns. (please correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t really know that much about Judo OR japanese Jiu Jitsu)

The first takedown was Osoto gari, or “outer leg reap” 

The word “reap” really threw me off when I started researching the technique, until I remembered that a “reaper” is traditionally a farmer who cuts tall grass close to the root.  This makes sense, since you are basically kicking your opponent’s feet (their roots!) out from under them.

<–farmer reaping 🙂

In the Osoto gari, you step your left foot to the outside (and past) your opponent’s right foot.  You then trip their right leg with your right leg. the video!!! 🙂

The second technique was Ouchi gari, or major inner reaping.

Here, you step inbetween your opponent’s legs (instead of outside) and trip, or reap, thieir left leg with your right leg.

I had a really hard time finding a video I liked of this move…so if anyone else has one, please add it!! 🙂

The third technique was Uchi mata, or inner thigh throw.

You step inbetween, turn, and throw your opponent over your inner thigh–hence the name.

Possible Focus for the next 2 months?

On March 13th, I’m competing in the local tourney that is associated with my bjj instructor at my school.  (Anyone in the New Jersey Area? Check it out!)

Anywho, this is the first time I’ve really decided I was going to compete and had time to honestly train for said competition.  My very first competition I decided all of three days before the tourney that I was going to compete, and the second one, I was SO busy, I was lucky if I found one day a week for the month leading up to the tourney to go to class, nevermind focus on something.

So now, here I am, preparing for my 3rd tourney, and actually have the time to think about what to focus on for competing.


Yea.  That’s a problem.  One thought I had was that I need to work on being more aggressive towards implementing “my game” <–I put that in quotes cause I don’t have a “game” to speak of…but I know I am not active enough in trying to get a takedown and go to a more dominant position, a lot of times I let the other person control that part and then when I am smushed I think to myself, “gosh, Regina, that was dumb”…but it’s already too late.

BUT any good goal has to have an action plan–how are you going to achieve that goal–so if my goal is to be more aggressive (if that’s the right word for it…its the only word my brain can come up with at 11:47 pm on a Sunday when I should be asleep already) how do I work on achieving that goal?  And is that a good goal?  Opinions please! 🙂

No more wimpy pushups

Last night I knew I only had energy from one class (I normally go to bjj and then karate afterwards)  So I (reluctantly) skipped bjj and went to karate…..

I HATE pushups.  HATEHATEHATE.  I have always sucked at them, and when I started karate I was so weak I couldn’t even do them properly on my knees.  I very clearly remember this.

We were doing some cardio at the end of class…in a tobata-ish protacol..30 sec i think per exersize…and of course..pushups.  EVIL THINGS…and my Sensei comes over and says, I want you to do 10 regular pushups…so there I am, doing regular pushups while she’s counting them *OUCH*…and then she says…”good more knees for you anymore”

So, yay…I’m getting stronger…boo…no more wimpy pushups…

MEANWHILE, saw a post on facebook by Fenom KimonosTop 50 BJJ Blogs…a lot of all you all bloggie peeps got mentioned…little ol me even got mentioned! *wow*  so, CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!

2010 in review

here’s the summary of my stats for the year as per wordpress–after seeing Leslie post hers, I felt obligated to share mine as well 🙂

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 76 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 15 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 6th with 35 views. The most popular post that day was Why do I feel guilty about things I can’t control?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jewish women karate, bill kipp, karate girl, tom callos karate, and fast self defense.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Why do I feel guilty about things I can’t control? September 2010


Take Action: Stop BP’s Disaster on Ice July 2010


The insanity begins…. August 2010


Video of match! September 2010


Today I feel like a typical Jealous Female–I HATE IT! October 2010

Adjusting your roll expectations to your partner’s experience

Oops:  I forgot to mention that a comment made by Allie gave me the idea for this post 🙂

Like it or not, the best way for you to test your bjj knowledge is during the live roll. However, not every roll should be approached with the same mentality. There are three major factors that are outside your control that will affect your roll:

Your partner’s:

Height and weight
Sex (male or female)
Experience level

Since I’m not trying to write a book, I’m going to specifically talk about experience level here and save the others for another day.

The possible scenarios you may find yourself in when you face off with your partner are the following:

1. You have less experience then your partner

2. You have about the same experience as your partner

3. You have more experience then your partner

In order for you to have the most successful roll possible in each of these scenarios, it is important that you understand what your goals and expectations will be for the roll before you slap and bump hands–this will help avoid frustrations, injuries, and ego inflation or demolishing in the long run.

1. You have less experience then your partner

This is probably the paring where you wil LEARN the most information. First, you can observe the way your partner rolls–how they react to you and what you do, their breathing, and the amount of energy they expend (or don’t, whichever the case may be!)

Your partner (whether they believe it or not) is a fountain of knowledge. There’s a catch–you probably are going to have to ask. It is OK in the middle of a roll if they have some cool sweep or defense for you to say “Hey, how’d you do that? Do you mind showing me?” You learn a cool technique, and they get the benefit of teaching it to you–which helps them remember the technique as well.

Don’t let your ego get ahead of you, however–If it seems like there is magically room for you to pull guard from side control (or whatever the case may be), they are probably giving you some space so you don’t become a permanent part of the mat.

2. You have about the same experience as your partner.

About the same shouldn’t be equal.  Usually, your strong and weak points will not be the same as your partner’s.  Here is your chance to find out where those points are and correct them.

If your strong and weak points ARE the same as your partner, you may want to agree to roll at 75% or so…that way you can get out of that side mount when they have you totally squished to the mat, and you don’t get super frustrated. 

3.  You have more experience then  your partner

Your job is NOT to prove that you can submit/choke your partner in 60 seconds or less!

And no, rolling with someone who is less experienced then you is NOT a waste of your time.

Here’s why:

Usually, when a technique is taught, there’s a couple of versions–we’ll call them beginning, intermediate, and advanced, for lack of better terminology.  If you are rolling with someone who is more experienced then you, you are unlikely to try a technique that is new or advanced for you, because if you don’t do it exactly right, you are likely to end up somewhere you REALLY don’t want to be.

ON THE OTHER HAND *waves hand*  when you are rolling with a less experienced person, you can try these techniques out–if you don’t complete it correctly, it is much less likely that they are going to be able to completely defend it.  They may even think it’s totally cool and ask you to show them–TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY!  In explaining the technique to your partner, it will help ingrain the technique into your resources of cool bjj moves.

Please do not completely crush your partner.  You know that it isn’t fun when your partner just completely dominates the game and doesn’t let you do anything–remember, it’s not a tounament–give them some breathing room, and some time to be able to defend, sweep, pass the guard–so forth and so on.  I’m not saying “let them win” but do give them the opportunity to practice their bjj too.  They aren’t there JUST for you.

So, these are my thoughts on the subject–What about all of you?  We’ve all had “good” and “not so good” rolls–what qualities about your partner make a good roll for you?  What things do you dislike your partner to do when you roll?

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