March 30, 2013

Getting Your 'Chucks On...

Rollin'!  Whomever filmed this with commentary needs to take over Joe Rogans job for UFC!
Thanks Bao!


March 29, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training at Three Harmonies Martial Arts

SOG's "Bluto" is legal size to carry on planes.

The TSA is loosening its restrictions on carry on knives, and with bladed attacks on the rise in the PAC NW, perhaps it is time to reconsider personal protection for you and your family.  Here at Three Harmonies Martial Arts in Seattle, we train Pekiti Tirsia Kali, a blade based Filipino martial art founded on principles of bio mechanics, and a fundamental understanding of combatives. 

Students of all levels and experiences are welcome to come down and check out a class on Wednesday nights at 7:15, or Saturday mornings at 9am.  PTK is perfect for women's self defense and can be applied with a blade, stick, pen, empty hands, or a rolled up newspaper.  We deal with all ranges and situations of personal protection.

For current students, a reminder to get some hand protection (lacrosse gloves) and start working towards getting a fencing helmet as well.

Here is video of tuhon Leo Gaje who is my teachers (Meynard Ancheta), teacher:



Train Hard.  Train Smart.
Jake

March 28, 2013

Attn: Three Harmonies Students

No class for Three Haromonies students today Thursday March 28th 2013.  Apologies for any inconvenience.  Get some solo training in. 

See you Saturday morning,
Jake

March 27, 2013

I Still Have a Soul.,..

Fortunately, and unfortunately I can relate to most aspects of this video as of late.  A lot said without a word spoken:


Brett's 15 minutes

Flipping through Jiu Jitsu Magazine the other day, the hawk like eye of our friend Jordan Z. caught a glimpse of the ever so common Brett "Dutchess" Smith armbar!  That's right kids, not to be outdone but our very own Taho "Big Walker" Kakutani, Dutchess' awesome arm bar made the pic's section from the coverage of the UGF Arizona.  Sorry for the low res pic, but you can see Brett in the white gi nailing the submission:




March 24, 2013

2013 BJJ Pan Am's: Buchecha Reigns With Double Gold

The 2013 edition of the Pan Am's for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wound down with a setting sun this evening in Irvine, California.  NWJJA's very own Scotty, Spider, and Scrappy all fought tough matches but got out pointed in the first round.  Congrats guys on the honor of fighting in the largest tournament in the world, lets get back on the mat and work out the kinks.  Lots of tournaments this year yet!

The black belt divisions were very well represented this year and the action was fast and furious throughout.  Unfortunately I did not get an opportunity to see most of the fights, but Ace Jiu Jitsu's Marcus Buchecha took double gold on his way to the WPJJ tournament and the Mundials coming up.  Below is a quick recap from what I gathered online (mostly thanks to Graciemag.com):

Rooster Weight:
          - Caio Terra over Bruno Malfacine 2-0

Light Feather:
          - Gui Mendes defeats Laercio Fernandes 4-2

Feather:
           - Rafa Mendes squeaks out the ref''s decision over Cobrinha after a 2-2 tie

Light:
           - Michael Langhi close's out with Lucas Lepri (BOOOOOOO closing out!  Something needs to   change so the fans can see the fights they pay for.)

Middle:
           - Clark Gracie tore through the middle weight division, choking Marcelo Mafra to win the gold!

Medium-Heavy:
           - Andre Galvao close's out with team mate Guto Campos (BORING!)

Heavy:
           - Tussa beat Nivaldo Lima 2-1 (which saw the heavyweight debut of Lucas Leite!)

Super-Heavy:
            - Leo Nogueira shuts out Gabriel Vella 8-0

Ultra-Heavy:
             - Buchecha also shuts out Alex Trans 7-0

Absolute:
             - Buchecha bags double gold beating Galvao 4-2






March 23, 2013

NCAA Wrestling Championship: Penn St. 3rd Consecutive Team Title

An exciting, and record making, weekend of Division I wrestling was capped off today as Penn St. locked in their third consecutive championship under coach Chael Sanderson.  Just keeping ahead of Minnesota, PSU are well on the way to what one could argue is "dynasty" status.  Keep in mind on top of the ruthless onslaught, they lose only ONE starter for next year!  Can Penn State make it four in a row?   Kyle Dake did.

Cornell's rise into the elite levels of collegiate wrestling has to certain degree been founded by perennial grappler Kyle Dake who did not break any records in the 2013 NCAA Wrestling tournament... he made the record!  Dake has won four consecutive championships at for different weight classes (141/149/157/165) becoming the only NCAA wrestler to do so. 

Congrats to Penn State and all the champions for a great season of NCAA Wrestling! 

Team Results:

  1. Penn St.
  2. Oklahoma St.
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Cornell
  6. Ohio St.

March 21, 2013

B-12 Basic BJJ Curriculum Making Waves

It's never too late to get some recognition, and Brian Johnson's "B12 Basic BJJ Curriculum" three volume set is getting some rave reviews.  Our friend the Red Menace herself over at Georgette's Jiu Jitsu World FINALLY (JK G;) threw down the review of the whole B12 set:


"Overall, it's a well-made, nice basic curriculum.  I don't think there are many instructionals like it on the market; maybe the White to Blue material from Roy Dean.  I'd say this series is designed for students without an academy (military members overseas, people in rural areas, people in between academies etc), people looking to practice at home who need visual reminders, AND beginning teachers looking for some guidance or role modeling on teaching."
Georgette's review actually is quite fortuitous for us as it comes JUST as our friends over at  Budo Videos have just started carrying the B12 Curriculum and are featuring it in their DVD new releases! 
Take advantage of their special running now through Sunday in honor of the Pan Am's and take an additional 15% of using the code "pan2013" and grab the entire set at a steal!  

For any of you whom have purchased the curriculum do us a favor and and please leave a review on Budo Videos and/or Amazon by following the links above and leaving a comment.  Also make sure you stay tuned to the Ground Never Misses for the latest news regarding Brian's forthcoming DVD on the "Entangled Arm" which is a unique position to work from closed guard that he has become rather well known for, as seen here with his hooks guard:

 

March 19, 2013

Pan Am's 2013 Edition.... Kick Ass and Take Names!

Wanted to throw out a massive "GOOD LUCK" to all the competitors from NWJJA (Spider / Brett / Scotty / Scrappy), Ace JJ, RCJ Machado, and all fighters from across the world at the 2013 Pan Am's.  Once again the Pan Am's have topped the attendance from the previous year with well over 3000 competitors infiltrating So Cal this week to fight!  Considered one of the three top tournaments throughout the year (Pan Ams / Euro Open / Worlds) the Pan Am's draw in the best of the best in BJJ.  Unfortunately yours truly will have to sit this one out due to a nasty fiscal choke that has been applied, but fear not I will be back on the mats fighting in no time.

Kick ass, take some names, learn something about yourself and your art, but most of all.... have fun guys!

Cheers

Jake

March 18, 2013

"There is No Tapping. Only Learning." David Meyer Seminar Review

As one of the 31 different participants whom attended David Meyers seminars here in Seattle, I can honestly say I am mentally and physically exhausted this morning.  Two stellar seminars were presented along with opportunities to roll with one of three different black belts, a grappler could not ask for much more!  After all, how many of you all have rolled with a 4th degree member of BJJ's "Dirty Dozen?"  I stretch a bit as I sit here writing this in preparation for another morning session with David before he heads back down to California to compete in the 2013 Pan Ams.

As per usual David gets the students thinking differently about whatever subject matter he is addressing.  For instance we started out Saturdays "Aggressive Open Guard" workshop from a sitting guard where David reminded us of our self defense roots and drilled us on simply getting back to our feet.

"You do not need to assume a defensive mindset just because you are sitting on your butt." - Meyer

These subtle nuisances and details are often overlooked by even the greatest of world champions.  Ensuring students drill the "basics" of getting our legs out of the way and shooting the single on a standing opponent, is the direct result of over four decades spent sweating, bleeding, and crying on the mat (some a bit more then others;).  This was reinforced by a story David shared about training BJJ under the Machado brothers back in the early days where the focus was on attacking and getting the submission to end the fight.  Points were not a factor until a bit later when tournaments starting getting more popular and widespread. 

Using the same mindset David led the students through a series of triangle attacks from various open guard positions, interjecting nuggets of knowledge throughout the seminar on arm drags, dead angles, the importance of connection with your opponent, utilizing levers with the grips you have, as well as stories and bloopers from his fabled competition career.

One great aspect about David is that he still competes and trains hard daily so he did not want to miss out on an opportunity to roll with the peeps in Seattle, so he rolled with easily a bakers dozen of students and also helped coach folks during rolls with others.  This is INVALUABLE and if David was kind enough to offer a few minutes of advice while you are live, cherish it.  That type of instance feedback and instruction while help you leap light years ahead of the curve!
 
Sports psychology is rarely addressed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, yet so many of us could truly benefit from some sound fundamentals to apply to our competition game.  Subtly David went about teaching us how to build our confidence and develop a personal game plan in regards to grappling competition.  David is not formally educated in psychology, but he comes armed with an old school pedigree of wisdom developed not in a classroom, but on the mats of competition since the early 90's before many of you were even alive! 

Naturally I am not going to share my notes from the entire workshop, but in a nutshell a grappler needs to find his handful of go to moves and slowly work a number of ways to get into those positions, and then slowly develop a plan as to where to transition if said attack/position fails or they defend.  To borrow the concept of an hour glass from John Will.  The pinch in the middle is your go to technique(s).  You find ways to get into the pinch, and the bottom represents your transitions from the pinch.  Reverse engineering if you will. 


By developing, mapping, and implementing your game plan you are also doing wrote repetition each and every night burning these moves into your muscle memory, as well as seeing what others do to shut down your game which in turn makes your bottom half of the hour glass richer! 

Three Bad Ass Black Belts, and one fine looking Purple!
Overall an amazing weekend with one of the greats!  David is available for private training in the Bay Area, as well as doing seminars worldwide.  If you would like to be put in touch with him please drop me an email and I would be happy to help you out (three_harmonies@hotmail.com).  I want to thank all the students from NWJJA, Yuens Martial Arts, GB Seattle, and North Sound who supported the seminar.  Thanks also to my sponsor 1914 Gi's for two of the best kimono's on the market (gold weave review coming soon!).  And of course eternal thanks to my coach, my friend, my mentor, Brian J Johnson.  He has done more for the BJJ community at large, locally, for his students, and for me then any of us will ever realize.  Give thanks! 

Train Hard.  Train Smart.
Jake

March 16, 2013

Attn: Three Harmonies Students

No class on Saturday March 15th due to David Meyer seminars.  Train hard on your off day!  Tim Waid of PTKGO sure is:











March 14, 2013

David Meyer Seminars This Weekend!



NW Jiu Jitsu Academy Proudly Presents:
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training
With David Meyer
NW Jiu Jitsu Academy
  Seattle, WA.
“Mastering Competition Strategy”
   Friday March 15th 6-8pm    $40
Join David Meyer, (one of the most decorated American competitors in BJJ & author of “Training for Competition”) as he shares a blue print to take your competition game to the next level.  Learn to create, establish, and implement a game plan based on your strengths.  David will also be addressing the
psychological aspects of competition such as fear, nervousness, anxiety etc.  Come with a notebook and questions.  This is a rare opportunity to speak with the guy who literally wrote the book on competition!  We will also be rolling with David after the seminar so bring a gi and stay after to get your roll on!! 
“Aggressive Open Guard Dynamics”
Saturday March 16th 12-3pm $50 
(Pre-Register for Both Seminars- $80!!)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is based upon a foundational understanding and use of your guard, and in this seminar David will share some of the sweeps, submissions, reversals, and fundamentals of developing an aggressive open guard.  Open to any and all levels!  
David Meyer is a 4th degree black belt under the Machado brothers, and a member of BJJ’s “Dirty Dozen” – one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to earn black belt!
For more information or to register stop by NW Jiu Jitsu Academy (942 95th St) or contact Jake Burroughs 206-941-3232 / three_harmonies@hotmail.com

March 11, 2013

Big Ten Wrestling Championship 2013

A weekend o' wrasslin' with a big congrats going out to the NWJJA team members who fought at the Revolution: Perry / Scotty / Omar / Randy.  From the sounds of it you had some killer matches and everyone fought well.  While you all were nursing soreness I was relaxing and enjoying the privilege of watching the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships held this year at the University of Illinois. 

A superb day of grappling that is a great primer for the national title coming up in two weeks (held at Iowa St. University this year), we saw some history unfold right in front of our eyes.  Here is the breakdown of the championship matches:

125#'s: Delgado, a sophomore All American, from Illinois pushed the pace and completely dominated Iowa's McDonough who looked shell shocked after the match. 

133#'s: The 133 pound championship brought two undefeated records to the table with Ohio State's Logan Stieber fighting Iowa's Tony Ramos.  Logan owns the center of the mat and pushes the pace putting Ramos hesitantly on his heels the whole match.  Logan secures his second Big Ten title in as many years! 




141#'s: Logan's brother Hunter Stieber (of course from Ohio State) brings the same style game to the mat with a bit more muscle.  Fighting Mark Balweg from Iowa, Hunter maintains an aggressive game constantly attacking and pestering his opponent.  Winning on points the Stieber brothers become the first brothers to win Big Ten titles since the Brand brothers did with Iowa in the early 90's.  Some anticipate perhaps dual NCAA titles to the brothers.  We shall see.

149#'s: In what was one of the most exciting matches of the day Minnesota's Dylan Ness comes from behind and pins Nebraska's Jake Sueflohn with a beautiful reversal.  This is Ness' first Big 10 title!

157#'s: Another come from behind win was mounted by Jason Welch of Northwestern who nails the pin fall on Nebraska's James Green taking home his first Big 10 title as well! 

165#'s: Penn State has THE top team in the NCAA right night and David Taylor came out to put a clinic on Conrad Polz of Illinois.  Taking his third championship home, Taylor beat up on Polz 9-1! 

174#'s: Matt Brown of Penn St. looked a bit slow to get into his rhythm, but he must has smelled the coffee brewing as Brown cleaned house with a 6 point 2nd period (2= takedown / 4=near fall) on Iowa's Mike Evans.  For those of you keeping track at home Iowa was shut out in the finals! 

184#'s: If you have not heard the name Ed Ruth in college wrestling, well then you have not been paying attention!  The Penn St. standout has been nothing short of dominant throughout his career and was named Intermat Wrestler of the Year 2012!  With his 6-3 win over Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus, Ruth amassed an impressive 35-7 point differential over his opponents in the Big 10 Championship alone! 

197#'s: The big boys brought some impressive setups and strategy as Penn St.'s Quentin Wright used repeated underhook attempts to get his opponent Scott Schiller (Minnesota) to cease changing levels.  Then Wright faked the underhook attempt and shot the double!  Beautiful work on his way to securing the 197# title for PSU! 

Heavyweight: Tony Nelson from Minnesota goes on to win his second Big 10 title over Mike McMullary of Northwestern.

 Team Standings: What can be said about powerhouse Penn St. wrestling that has not already been blogged about!?  They are dominant under Chael Sanderson and will be the team to beat at the NCAA Championships in two weeks.  Though Minnesota fought a gallant fight they could not squeeze by the dominance of PSU lead by 184# stud Ed Ruth.  The Big Ten remains the most difficult conference in NCAA wrestling.  Here are the final standings:
  1. Penn St. (Three Big 10 Titles in a row)
  2. Minnesota
  3. Iowa
  4. Ohio State
Congrats to all wrestlers for a season of hard work and incredible grappling!
Cheers
Jake 

March 8, 2013

NWJJA Joins the Revolution

Good luck to any and all team mates repping NW Jiu Jitsu Academy fighting in the Revolution BJJ Tournament this weekend in Bonney Lake, WA.  To be frankly honest I do not know who is actually fighting as many of you were wishy-washy until the last minute.  None the less I wish all the adults and kids the best of luck.  Bring your A game, set the pace, and most importantly... have fun!  I hope to be regaled with war stories when I see you all next week.

Some one hit me with results please!  

Cheers
Jake

March 7, 2013

Takedown MMA Radio Interview w/ Jake Burroughs

I am honored and humbled to be featured in this weeks interview on the Takedown MMA Radio Show!  Jay, KC, and Stu offer a great weekly show from southern Ohio (don't hold that against them please) where they talk to martial artists from all aspects and backgrounds.

I totally feel out of place with the level of folks they have had on, but take a listen and let me know what you think.  I talk about my background and start up in the martial arts, as well as giving props to those who have influenced me over the past 20 years!  Hate hearing myself on tape... say "ummm" wayyyyyy too much!

Click here to listen to the latest episode!  

March 5, 2013

Attn: Three Harmonies Students

There will be no class Wednesday March 6 - 11th.  Classes will be back to schedule on Tuesday March 12th. 

Apologies for any inconvenience.
Jake

March 4, 2013

RCJ Machado Camp 2013

Just set in concrete the 2013 RCJ Machado Brothers Camp will be in Dallas, TX. this year on the weekend of October 25-27!  Open to all ranks and affiliations, come join all five Machado (Carlos / Rigan / Roger / Jean Jacques / John) brothers as they share details of the games they just spent the past year developing.

This will be my third camp and I can assure you that you do not want to miss an opportunity to share the mat with history.  Last camp we witnessed Carlos Machado getting promoted to red-black belt! 

NWJJA will have a solid crew in attendance this year as well.  Hit up Brian or myself to get your name on the VIP list! 

Train Hard.  Train Smart.
Jake 


March 3, 2013

Buchecha and The Science of Skill

Late last year I had a great opportunity to train with Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida here in the Seattle area, and piggy backing off my post my good friend  Daniel Faggella over at The Science of Skill shared his thoughts on Buchecha and his approach to leg attacks which can be viewed by clicking this hyperlink.
 
Dan and I have talked about this privately and he feels Buchecha still is NOT getting the respect he deserves from the BJJ community, which is a bold statement for sure but not unfounded.  Buchecha is literally tearing through competition and with the upcoming 2013 Pan Am's coming up, if any doubters still exist my prediction is they will be silenced. 

Keep in mind these are biased opinions coming from Dan and myself since we both are self admitted leg lock addicts as is Buchecha!  After reading Daniels post on Buchecha's leg attacks head on over to BJJ Leglocks to sneak a peak at what Daniel has to offer when it comes to training leg attacks.

Going Imanari style on the big dudes:



March 1, 2013

Training With David Meyer

Want bling like this?  Register NOW for David's seminars!
I have had the fortune to train with four of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu's famed "Dirty Dozen" (first twelve non-Brazilians to attain black belt rank), Roy Harris / Bob Bass / John Will / David Meyer, and each one of them brings a different element to the game.  The friendship I have nurtured most has been with David Meyer due in part to my not-frequent-enough visits to the Bay Area, and more so with the relationship I have with my coach Brian Johnson. 

This past Monday I had a golden opportunity to get on the mat with David at the El Nino training center in the Dog Patch of San Fran.  And though we spent just over an hour rolling and training, I feel like I walk away with a months worth of lessons.  David's teaching is succinct, riddled with dry humor, and most importantly he possesses an uncanny ability to truly decipher what you need (not necessarily what you asked for or want per se). 

The main difference I personally see in training with someone like David who has 35+ years of grappling experience, and is THE most decorated American grappler in BJJ history, is that guys from his era of training are extremely well rounded!  No offense to the crazy competitors today who specialize in one series of moves and become very, very good at tournament BJJ, but many of these high level stars have neglected certain aspects of their games. 

PSA: Don't forget to adopt your pets from a recognized shelter.  David's other passion is his non-profit Adopt a Pet.com
Without boring you to death with details David offered a perspective on setting up my gi chokes that I had never thought of before, and I can already see improvements last night on the mat in my rolling because of it.  Likewise he gave me some solid pointers on following up with my sweeps when they fail, to be less accepting.  Sounds like a good metaphor for life. 

So what is my point with this wandering diatribe you ask??  Well this was all nothing more then a teaser for David's upcoming series of seminars here in the Pac NW.  You are fool if you miss out on this opportunity to train with literally one of the best out there:



“Mastering Competition Strategy”
   Friday March 15th 6-8pm    $40
Join David Meyer, (one of the most decorated American competitors in BJJ & author of “Training for Competition”) as he shares a blue print to take your competition game to the next level.  Learn to create, establish, and implement a game plan based on your strengths.  David will also be addressing the psychological aspects of competition such as fear, nervousness, anxiety etc.  Come with a notebook and questions.  This is a rare opportunity to speak with the guy who literally wrote the book on competition!  We will also be rolling with David after the seminar so bring a gi and stay after to get your roll on!! 
“Aggressive Open Guard Dynamics”
Saturday March 16th 12-3pm $50 
(Pre-Register for Both Seminars- $80!!)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is based upon a foundational understanding and use of your guard, and in this seminar David will share some of the sweeps, submissions, reversals, and fundamentals of developing an aggressive open guard.  Open to any and all levels! 
David Meyer is a 4th degree black belt under the Machado brothers, and a member of BJJ’s “Dirty Dozen” – one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to earn black belt!
For more information or to register stop by NW Jiu Jitsu Academy (942 95th St) or contact Jake Burroughs 206-941-3232 / three_harmonies@hotmail.com