How to Improve your Game – Alliance Team Founder Romero “Jacare” gives you today’s tip:
The legendary Romero “Jacare” , one of the 6 Rolls Gracie Black Belts, founder and leader of the powerhouse (4 times World Champion) Alliance Team gives you the BJJ Tip today:
“Try to develop a balanced game. I try to watch my students when they spar and see what they prefer to do. I watch if he or she is pulling guard a lot or if they always try to start. I watch if they have difficulties in their defense or attacks etc. Then what I do is I try to correct with instruction and I encourage them to balance their games by forcing them through sparring to be in the positions they don’t like. For example, if they like to play guard I put them on top and vice-versa. That forces them to practice their weaknesses.
My students often ask me how do I manage to pair people up so well for the sparring and my answer is simple: “many years watching, always paying attention to details and learning how to get the best out of each one of them so they can be the best they can be. Of course they have to understand where and what they are having trouble iwth and put themselves into the positions that they are weakest at.”
When you’ve created a team like Alliance with so many World Champions and top stars and you talk about BJJ . . . people listen.
Thanks “Jacare” !
5th AZ International Open of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and AZ BJJ updates
GD JIU-JITSU Events in association with the Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (AZSBJJF) is proud to announce the 5th AZ International Open of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The competition will take place on March 13-14 at Westwood High School located at 945 W. 8th St. in Mesa, AZ 85201.
Gracie Mag will be covering the event. Don’t forget to check out their upcoming December issue which will feature an article on the 1st Southwest BJJ Classic.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition will offer kids, juveniles, Adult (Male and Female), Masters and Senior Divisions. There will be international competitors from Mexico, as well as Black Belt competitors representing Brazil. The Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Japan will also send their 2009 National Champion to compete in the Black Belt Division.
Kids Division competitors will now receive the improved 3.5″ medal.
The AZSBJJF Award Ceremony for the 2009 MVP Competitors of the Year and winners of the 2009 Overall School Rankings will be held during the tournament. Winners will receive trophies for their achievements and MVPs will receive a plaque and sponsorship to ALL AZSBJJF tournaments for the year of 2010. Here are the winners:
1st place – Team Megaton (217 points)
2nd place – Lion’s Den (194 points)
3rd place – MMA Lab (193 points)
MVP of the Year – Joseph Davis (Team Megaton)
1st place – Team GD Jiu-Jitsu (444 points)
2nd place – BJJ Revolution (241 points)
3rd place – Team Megaton (197 points)
MVP of the Year – Derling Gonzalez (Team GD Jiu-Jitsu)
GD Jiu-Jitsu Food Drive with the United Food Bank
2009 was the inagural year for the GD Jiu-Jitsu Food Drive with the United Food Bank. The United Food Bank is responsible for distributing your food donations to over 240 agencies such as churches, youth and senior programs, crisis centers, and soup kitchens. Held during 3 tournaments, the 1st AZ Kids Cup, 2009 AZ BJJ State Championship, and the 1st Southwest Classic, your food donations helped to feed not just the hungry, but the many people in need in our community. 523 pounds of food was raised, which equates to 409 meals put onto the tables of people who are struggling in our neighborhoods. GD Jiu-Jitsu Events hopes to continue working with the United Food Bank and donate even more food in 2010. Your next opportunity to donate food will be during the 5th Arizona International Open of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ on March 13-14, 2010.
Full info at www.azsbjjf.com
Now go train Jiu-Jitsu,