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TN94z
10-16-2012, 04:29 PM
I used to train in BJJ 7 or 8 years ago and was forced out because of a divorce...blah blah blah. I have since gotten remarried and have a step son. He was around 5 at the time we got together. Over the years I have showed him a few things and he is a really fast learner. So we finally got him into a BJJ class and he is now addicted! He is 10 years old now and I would have given anything for someone to start me out that young. He is freakishly flexible and really smart so I think he will be really good in a few years. There is a kid in his class that actually won 1st place in the State of TN grappling tournament. I told my step son to work with him as much as possible.

The good thing is it gives me an excuse to get back into it myself. I'm 34 now and it has been so long that I will basically be starting over myself...but it should be fun. I think we are going to do BJJ and Muay Thai both. I figure if he sticks with it, he will be hard to handle in a few years! Needless to say, I am pretty excited!

NinjaShogunRua
10-20-2012, 11:11 AM
That's awesome. BJJ is great, and it's nice he has a chance to start early. Is he starting off in a fundamentals class?

dbader08
10-20-2012, 01:51 PM
Good to see some of these older posters around.

TN94z
10-22-2012, 05:46 PM
That's awesome. BJJ is great, and it's nice he has a chance to start early. Is he starting off in a fundamentals class?

Yeah, it's been fundamentals so far. Starting from takedowns into side control, knee on belly, wrist control from mount, etc....He has spent a lot of time talking and showing these things and explaining why. And he also teaches about the history of the art and what it's about. Then he turns the kids loose and allows them to work on it for a bit. He's really a great teacher. I talked with the main teacher (the guy I used to train with) and I was telling him how much I liked the kids' teacher and he told me that their teacher was the only one he would allow to teach his kid besides him. Pretty big words...


Good to see some of these older posters around.

I've been around the whole time. I do a lot of reading and post here and there. I "try" not to get into the bandwagon and nuthugger threads and it seems like many of the threads end up there nowadays....so I lay low for the most part. But I'm still here.

TN94z
10-26-2012, 09:30 PM
Started Muay Thai today. Wow! I didn't realize how out of shape I really was.

It all came back quickly. I haven't lost as much technique as I thought I would have. I have some flexibility issues, but that will be taken care of before long. The boxing technique was second nature as I boxed for a while, so we moved into Muay Thai pretty quick. The foot work is a lot more different than I figured it would be as compared to boxing. A lot more square than the bladed boxing stance. So that will take the most getting used to for me. We didn't get to elbows. We mainly did punching combos and then added kicks into the combos and lastly knees were thrown into the combo. VERY good stuff. I will work on this at home now since I have all of the gear. I want to progress as quickly as possible.

TN94z
11-19-2012, 06:29 PM
My step son's first BJJ tournament is in the books. It was an all day affair and the NAGA wasn't too bad. It was VERY crowded but pretty well organized. The only slow down that I saw going on was the fighters not being at their designated rings to hear their names called, the fighters' coaches not being at the ring, and the kids not having their gi's on to be ready when called.

No gi---
This was Jacob's first match in any kind of tournament and he was SUPER nervous. He went out and did his thing but he was so nervous that he couldn't remember basic sweeps and takedowns that we had worked on. He ended up getting a bronze medal though. At some point he fell on his knee wrong and that hurt him for a little while. Luckily, we had about an hour or so wait before the Gi matches started. I talked with him and went over a few things and got him calmed down before the Gi started.

Gi---
He got bumped up to a different class for his Gi match, I think because he had teammates in his other class and they were trying to keep from so many of them fighting each other. He had weighed in at 88lbs with a max of 89.9, so I think that's why he was chosen to move up. Between Gi and no Gi, I had showed him how to grab the lapel and explained about jerking his opponent down to get him off balance and increase his chances of a takedown. As you will see in the video, he really exaggerated this move, but it seemed to work. The video was the fight for 1st place and he ended up winning this one 15-0. I was really proud. Jacob has the red tag...he's the really blonde kid. At the very end, the kid got Jacob down and was going for mount, but that was the end of the match. It ended right before I dropped the camera.

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Our team ended up with 4 golds, 4 silvers, and 5 bronze...I think.

MIZjitsZOU
11-22-2012, 04:45 PM
Congrats to your son. That was fun to watch. I do Judo and he has a pretty good O soto gari (major outer reap). If he likes those foot sweeps you should look up Ko soto gari (minor outer reap) and O uchi Gari (major inner reap I like this one!). He also might like Tai otoshi (body drop) b/c you can combo that one with what he was doing, or he could combo the o uichi gari. Fun to watch. Tell your son good job.

TN94z
05-31-2013, 04:43 PM
Congrats to your son. That was fun to watch. I do Judo and he has a pretty good O soto gari (major outer reap). If he likes those foot sweeps you should look up Ko soto gari (minor outer reap) and O uchi Gari (major inner reap I like this one!). He also might like Tai otoshi (body drop) b/c you can combo that one with what he was doing, or he could combo the o uichi gari. Fun to watch. Tell your son good job.

Back from the dead...haha! Now that he has figured out what's going on, I am going to look into the foot sweeps. There is actually a black belt Judo guy at our gym now that is also a black belt in BJJ.


Well, he got his second stripe last night. It's funny....the last 2 weeks it seems like it has all clicked with him and he finally understands the reasons for each position. His transitions are getting really good. His only problem at the moment is just getting out of mount. I work with him a lot at home on sweeps and hip escape but his timing just hasn't come together on the hip escape yet. With that being said, he was doing much better last night. His go to now is taking the back. I don't know how he does it, but he will get a kids back in a split second from any position just about. That's going to be his "move" I think. He has another NAGA coming up in June. I will try to post up another video. He will be doing both gi and no gi.

TheKidInside
05-31-2013, 06:17 PM
That's so great to hear! w00t w00t what a bond!

TN94z
06-05-2013, 06:50 PM
Do you guys know of a good jiu jitsu forum? I have tried jiujitsuforums.com but I can't get the registration email and there is no way (that I can find) to get in touch with the admin.

TheKidInside
06-09-2013, 06:07 PM
gracie fighter one is decent. the UG used to have an active gi and no-gi subforum but not so much anymore...

TN94z
06-18-2013, 05:06 PM
Well, this weekend my 11 year old will be competing in his 2nd NAGA event. He has improved DRASTICALLY since the last one so I'm hoping he will continue that streak. This will be his last tournament as novice with no subs. He trains 3 days a week and usually gets in on my adult classes 2 more days per week. And we roll at home when time permits, so I really think he is going to be a beast before long. Other than the strength difference, he does well against the beginner guys in my class.

TN94z
06-24-2013, 04:24 PM
He brought home silver in no gi and gold in gi. The kids in his division this time were on average 7-8lbs heavier. We didn't worry about his weight for this one (my fault) and he weighed in at the bottom of the heavier class. He has only competed in 2 tournaments and has won both in gi.

Now we get bumped to the submission division. It should get interesting now. He has great offense but his defense needs a little tightening. We probably won't compete again until November though, so plenty of time to work on that.

MIZjitsZOU
06-25-2013, 03:11 AM
Awesome! Tell him that an angry bearded red headed man from Missouri said congrats. Good way to improve the sub defense is to get tapped a lot! What does he get caught in most?

TN94z
06-25-2013, 11:22 PM
Awesome! Tell him that an angry bearded red headed man from Missouri said congrats. Good way to improve the sub defense is to get tapped a lot! What does he get caught in most?


Probably americana or triangle more than anything. The kids always seem to go for the americana quickly. He's pretty good at protecting his neck and lapels.

MIZjitsZOU
06-26-2013, 12:51 AM
Probably americana or triangle more than anything. The kids always seem to go for the americana quickly. He's pretty good at protecting his neck and lapels.

Found this triangle escape. Pretty bad ass. I have never tried this escape.

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TheKidInside
07-01-2013, 10:40 AM
one of my favorite techniques for escaping the triangle is this one :


http://youtu.be/6_3TXm0iGfI

and for proof that it works, since Submissions101 has a ...weird rep:

ADCC 2005- Xande Ribeiro vs Roger Gracie...hehe

TN94z
07-03-2013, 06:29 PM
one of my favorite techniques for escaping the triangle is this one :


http://youtu.be/6_3TXm0iGfI

and for proof that it works, since Submissions101 has a ...weird rep:

ADCC 2005- Xande Ribeiro vs Roger Gracie...hehe

Is this still effective when someone hooks the first posted leg? The reason I ask is because when I have someone in a triangle and they post a leg up like that, I immediately hook the leg to break them down so they can't stand up and stack me in any way.

TheKidInside
07-05-2013, 04:51 AM
I, personally, would use my free leg to step over and pry anyways.

izzi1s
07-05-2013, 05:23 PM
That is wonderful that you got your son in at such an early age. I started my son at 4 1/2 and he loves it to, at 5 1/2 we entered him in the NAGA US Nationals in Atlanta, He ended up winning his division (He faced the son of NAGA president Kipp Koller in the final match). He is now 7 and unfortunately we have been away from the gym, but we hope to start back during some breaks.

You mentioned that a teammate of his won the TN state championships. What city are you in? We are in Nashville and train at Ed Clay's Nashville Mixed Martial Arts.

TN94z
07-15-2013, 06:02 PM
That is wonderful that you got your son in at such an early age. I started my son at 4 1/2 and he loves it to, at 5 1/2 we entered him in the NAGA US Nationals in Atlanta, He ended up winning his division (He faced the son of NAGA president Kipp Koller in the final match). He is now 7 and unfortunately we have been away from the gym, but we hope to start back during some breaks.

You mentioned that a teammate of his won the TN state championships. What city are you in? We are in Nashville and train at Ed Clay's Nashville Mixed Martial Arts.


We are in Jackson, Tn. About 2 hours from Nashville. I know a couple of guys at Brentwood BJJ. Our kid's coach actually moved to that gym to coach full time.

TN94z
11-25-2013, 03:41 PM
We had Jacob's first submission tournament this past Saturday.

He got silver in gi and no gi. He improved in no gi getting the silver.

No gi---It went fairly quickly. They grip fought for about 30 seconds and then Jacob went for the double leg but put his head on the outside. His opponent locked up a guillotine and finished it off. One small mistake. We had just worked on guillotine defense at home the night before, but it was his first submission match and I think he freaked a little and forgot the defense.

Gi---His first match was against a kid much larger than him and he had some really good defense. His opponent started off trying to push him around. Jacob shot for the single and the kid sprawled. He tried to take Jacob's back but got too high and didn't have hooks in and Jacob dumped him and got top control. Then the kid was just smothered because Jacob has great control with his top game. It ended on points with Jacob winning.

Final gi---A lot like the first match but this kid was A LOT better! They grip fought for a bit. Jacob went for a double leg and the kid sprawled and got Jacob's back with hooks. Jacob defended the rear naked and tried to turn into his opponent but in doing so, allowed his opponent to gain mount. He defended the americana numerous times (we went over this A LOT the night before because it's Jacob's weakness). I was proud that he used the defense techniques here. The kid tried to wrist lock Jacob which is illegal and the ref stopped him. The kid goes for the americana again and Jacob swept him and ended in the kids guard. Then the kid locked up an arm bar and Jacob went completely blank on defense I guess. He tapped. I told Jacob, "there is no way that kid should have been in your division. He was just too good."

Jacob is a grey belt and one of his teammates is a yellow belt that fights in expert. Once Jacob's match was over, his teammates dad came up to me and says "That kid that just beat Jacob has been competing at expert level the last 2 tournaments because Kyle (Jacob's teammate) has had to fight him." So we figured out that the kid was sandbagging and dropped to beginner class. I think that is ridiculous to start a kid out doing that, but whatever I guess. Jacob still did great against the kid for it to be his first submission tournament.

That was my day. Our team ended up with 5 golds and a few silvers out of 8 kids.