Showing posts with label jake burroughs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jake burroughs. Show all posts

February 22, 2015

2015 Chinese New Year With Mike Martello

Miss all of you
Happy year of the Sheep / Goat!  I can think of no better way to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year then with my good friend and teacher Mike Martello.  He has been on my mind a lot lately as I was watching an Anthony Bourdain "The Layover" in Taiwan the other night, and sure enough if there wasn't Mike's old training crew under Wang Jie featured!  Then as mentioned in the previous post Feidor Laview brought back some great memories with the Miao Dao. 

Though I know I have posted these clips before, it has been seven years since this film was taken here in Seattle where we hosted Mike a couple of times.   Unfortunately this is the last film I have of Mike and us together.  He died in 2009 prior to returning stateside for another round of lessons.

There is pure gold in these clips regardless of what style you train.  Sadly the majority of us will never, ever reach even a quarter of what Mike attained prior to his premature death.  Study and learn. 

Miss you Mike...









August 19, 2014

Shout Out In Style

Wanted to send a thanks to my bud Callum Medcraft, editor at large at THE premier grappling magazine Jiu Jitsu Style.  He posted my promo pic from back in February!  Thanks brother!

 

April 12, 2014

NWJJA: The Best Training Period

Hands down the best training crew one could ask for.  From L-R: Shadow / Eric "The Dark Mountain" Montenegro / Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson (our fearless leader) / The Best Looking Wrist Locking Expert This Side of the Mississippi / Denise Holcomb (Brian's first black belt) / Justin Guyer.

If you are in the Pacific NW and are NOT training at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy, then stop by and experience the difference.  Quite simply accept no substitutes! 

March 24, 2014

Jiu Jitsu Magazine Appearance

Yours truly got a quick shot in the latest issue of Jiu Jitsu Magazine (much thanks to my homie Kyle for finding it).  A pic of my promotion to brown belt with my coach Brian Johnson and his black belt Denise Holcomb, both of which have been the biggest influences on me both on and off the mat!

I will be at the BEST Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seattle, WA. NW Jiu Jitsu Academy all week and will have limited availability for pictures and autographs. Warm your wrists and come play!

I will get a copy tomorrow.  Shout out to Mike Velez the hardest working editor in grappling.  Thanks for the recognition brother. 

December 2, 2013

The Foundational Strategy of Pekiti Tirsia Kali and Weapon Based Combat in Seattle, WA.

As you all hunker down on Cyber Monday reaping deals at the stroke of a key, take a moment and fill out my new poll to your right regarding weapon carry and use please.  As always I am scouring the net looking for quality martial arts material to share and I must admit a severe lacking of it from the FMA community as a whole.  Below is a rough draft of my teachers (Meynard Ancheta of PTK SoCal) Foundational Strategy of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

Here at Three Harmonies we train PTK twice a week; Wednesday nights at 6pm and Saturday mornings at 9am.  All are welcome to join us regardless of experience!  Kali is a great way to get in shape AND learn how to defend you and your family!  For more info email Jake: [email protected]

Enjoy,
Jake

 
It is simply this: The foundation of strategy in Pekiti Trisia Kali is to CLOSE IN ON THE THIRDS. Whereby, the practitioner may accomplish the following:
1. Attack from a superior position.
2. Increase options while reducing the opponent's options.
3. Isolate and dominate the opponent’s capacity for action. 

By virtue of your superior position you limit the opponent's and increase your own options thereby you can effectively isolate him (or his limbs) and dominate the combative event. The foundation of strategy of Pekiti Tirsia Kali is EXPLICITLY stated in the name of the art: PEKITI (to close or to close in), TIRSIA (thirds).
Combat Bladefighting tactics are executed according to this strategy.
Tactics and training must provide skills for protection, evasion against opponent’s strikes, and the ability never to be hit because our strategy leads us to seek for the Superior Position. The superior position makes everything else possible. The live blade provides instant realization of this principle. Protection from strikes and attacks are accomplished by footwork mobility and maneuver, that is obtaining the superior position.
The ability to strike the opponent first, deliver a variety offense and counter offensive attacks is another effect of Superior Position. The second element of the foundation strategy means that we have more options to strike the opponent first and counter any strike he may deliver. Opponent weapons are destroyed by direct strikes to the weapon hand or incapacitation by striking vital areas off-time of opponent’s strikes. This is the virtue of having more options than your opponent.
Superior position and the variety of our attack options allow us to Isolate and dominate the opponent or combative event. The ability to quarter, control, and neutralize the threat regardless of terrain, environment, or multiple adversaries is a direct result of the first two elements of the strategic foundation. The three elements of the strategic foundation work in unison and Pekiti Tirsia Kali has the methodology to teach this strategic approach to combat.

November 1, 2013

2013 World No Gi Championships

I am all packed and ready to take off to beautiful Southern California for my final major tournament of the year, the 2013 IBJJF World No Gi Championships at UC Long Beach.  As a purple belt I hope to repeat the success I experienced winning the blue belt championship! 

Thanks to all my training partners at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy for the help in preparing for this, as well as my never ending gratitude to my coach Brian Johnson for all his teachings and help.  Best of luck to all competitors this weekend!  Fight hard, have fun, be safe.

Cheers
Jake

September 10, 2013

Tim Cartmell Seminars in Portland, OR.

Very pleased to announce the return of my teacher Tim Cartmell to the Rose City (Portland, OR) September 20-22 2013.  Tim needs no introduction here as I have trained with him for over 10 years now and cannot credit him enough with taking my martial applicability and understanding to a whole new level.  Tim will teach a comprehensive curriculum that leads the student from self defense, to the ta
kedown, into a dominant position, and then finish with a submission.

Another seminar you surely do not want to miss!  Come join us in Portland:

Dates & Times
Friday, September 20
6:00PM - 8:00PM


Saturday, September 21
10:00AM - 1:00PM
2:00PM - 5:00PM


Sunday, September 22
BB Testing - 10:00AM - 12:00PM


Location
School of Budo Dojo

Portland, OR.
www.ecoledebudo.com

Cost
Friday Night - $40

Saturday Single Session - $60
Saturday All Day - $100

Full Seminar - $125


Please be prepared for both gi and nogi class. On Sunday, the 22nd we will be holding our next blue belt tests. Tamas and Rick will stepping up and taking their tests this time. Everyone is welcome to come and give them a bit of pressure by watching!!

August 26, 2013

"Avoid the Blade, Take Your Opponent" A Great Weekend Training Pekiti Tirsia Kali in Seattle

I wanted to thank everyone who attended Meynard's Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar over the weekend, especially my students.  Everyone worked hard and came away with a much deeper understanding of PTK.  Meynard was quite happy with everyone's progression since his last visit, and he left us with plenty to work on until we see him next.

What makes Meynard such an exceptional teacher is not the amount of "tricks" he has up his sleeve (though those are impressive as well), but the method in which he teaches and disseminates the lessons.  A system rife with confusion and rabbit trails in every direction, PTK can often be hard for a student to organize and systematize in their head.  Meynard lays out a solid pedagogy that is centered around progressive stages of uncooperative drilling and sparring.  This is key to ingraining the techniques into our muscle memory.

Using the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) as a foundational base Meynard ran us through a number of drills and patterns designed to help us progress on our path to bladed combat.  Progressively we built on each successive movement using double and single stick for the most part.

For those interested in training in a traditional Filipino martial art, there is not a single one more advanced then Pekiti Tirsia Kali!  We train at the Three Harmonies Club on Wednesday nights at 6pm (get there a little early if you can) and Saturdays at 9am.  I am also available for private lessons if need be.  For students of mine keep on the lookout for Aaron Cole to come over and train with us everyone now and then, and I also hope to have Meynard back this winter for another seminar.


July 24, 2013

2013 JJ Machado Canadian Open: Match Videos

Finally after having fits with Youtube for the last few weeks I was able to upload my videos this weekend from the Jean Jacques Machado Canadian Open in Windsor, ON.  Upon arrival Ron Dupuis informed me that there were not any purple belts my size/experience level, and he nervously asked me if I would mind fighting a brown belt my size?  "Of course I am game Ron!" was my only response.  By the time our bracket was getting warmed up another brown belt, Bryan Dobs, had joined in the fun making it a brown belt absolute division. 

Scott was my first opponent and he is one of Jean Jacques top brown belts from LA, whom just recently moved back to Michigan with his wife.  Scott is damn near identical in size (though I am much better looking) and so this made a good draw for my first brown belt match ever. 




I had pulled my psoas the week before and my body was not having anything to do with any adduction movement with my right (dominant) leg, so I decided to pull guard.... which on video looks painfully slow and awkward, though in my head it went smooth as Ex-Lax! Even with Ron yelling and trying to distract me (dirty Canadian tactics.... I was unphased, dealing with Canucks all my life ;)  As usual with my opponent standing I go right into De La Riva guard (funny side note... never meant to become a DLR player, just happened) and start to work my sweep.  Luckily I keep my balance and end up on top where I started to work my pressure. 

Scott was a great test for me as he is my exact size and keeping that in mind I really tried to spread myself out and isolate my pressure.  I even started to attack his wrist a bit when I trapped his arm with the gi, but Scott did really well defending everything I threw his way and I ended up winning on points 7-0!

My second match was against Bryan Dobs who was just promoted the day before to brown belt at the Jean Jacques seminar.  Bryan in a word.... squirrely!  Homeboy can connect his elbow and knee building a frame like no other!  I made a few fundamental mistakes such as not cross facing and controlling his head better and I paid dearly for it.  Scrambling back and forth I end up in Bryan's guard and he has broken my posture down.  Unbeknownst to me he was working a tiny, but lethal, fist slowly into my neck for a nutcracker choke.  Little bugger nailed it!



50/50 Winner with a badass shirt!
I look forward to rolling with him again as I was truly impressed with his ability to keep me off balance working from the bottom, as well as his beautifully timed escapes.   

Again I can't thank my opponents and Ron Dupuis enough for a great time and experience.  Made lots of new friends and I look forward to seeing you all at the Machado camp and future events!

Also wanted to thank my sponsor 1914 BJJ, best gi's on the market!  My partners and everyone who helped me prep for this tournament, and of course my coach and mentor Brian Johnson.... never has steered me wrong.  

May 31, 2013

Here We Go.... 2013 Mundials

In less then 3 hours Scott Stillwell will be tearing up the purple belt lightweights, and in just over 5 hours I will be hunting gold in the heavyweight purple division.  The fight has already been won or lost.  It is a matter of showing up and imposing my will!

My home today! 
Had some great training with NWJJA before I left on Wednesday, and then Ace JJ yesterday morning had another tough but awesome session.  Well rested and going to get some grub here shortly, I wish to thank all that have helped  me on this path; my coach Brian; my training partners; RCJ Machado and the family; my students; 1914 Gi's!  Thank you all for the support and encouragement!

I hope to report good news by days end, but regardless of outcome this is an awesome day to fight!  So stoked!

Cheers
Jake

April 3, 2013

2013 San Fran Open: Fight Analysis & Review

Talk about taking ones sweet ass time... I have finally, successfully, downloaded the video of my match at the 2013 San Fran Open back on February 23rd.  Seemingly ceaseless problems with YouTube has delayed the upload. Glitches aside it was a great event and a solid fight for me overall, and I welcome your constructive criticism.

This was the second IBBJF event to be centered in San Fran in as many years, and with over 600 competitors one would have to count it a success.  Held at the Kezar Auditorium which had a cool old vibe, yet was clean and accessible right in the heart of the city of San Fransisco, the IBJJF ensured a great tournament.  And for me personally it would mark my first competition since summer of last year. 

I love San Fran. I have my cousin who lives there with her awesome husband, cat, and two dogs.  The people are always cool.  Great food.  Great training.  What more can one ask for?  Sprinkle in a top tier tournament and you got yourself a killer weekend!

Tournament:
The IBJJF is running timely and tightly anymore, and the six rings at the San Fran Open were no exception.  My division ran right on time and overall I saw pretty solid refereeing throughout the tournament.  I got to the Kezar a couple hours earlier then my division was due to go, in part to warm up, but mostly to watch one of my hero's Nino Schembri fight.

He won, and as I warmed up I met Caio Terra in the bullpen and got to watch the Miao brothers boringly close out their division.he fighters are usually not in the mood to hob-nob in the bullpen, so I did not get extended opportunities to talk to anyone.  Most fights I saw were won via points, with lots of guard pulling peppered with a few decent take downs.  Great competition at the purple and brown belt levels throughout the spectrum of weight classes, as the level of grappling seems to be improving at an breakneck pace. All the guys in my division were solid purple belts and came ready to scrap! 

Overall I must be honest... I had very few expectations of this tournament for myself.  My life has been turned upside down in the past year which has been a blessing in disguise training wise, where I have had more time and less distractions in regards to getting on the mat.  Which is a good thing. I have a solid feeling of "my game" at this level, and looked forward to fighting a new opponent to pressure test "my game" and uncover any flaws. So I decided to fight down a division and enter the masters heavyweight.

Still working my stand up, my opponent Byron (sorry... didn't get his last name) got grips on my 1914 Kimono, turned an angle, and shot in on me getting the take down. Well... I'll let you view the vid and offer my notations thereafter.



Though I lost I felt I played my game for the most part.  I need to be less accepting and fight the smaller fights harder.  For whatever reason when I locked on the Omoplata I got fixated on it!  Typically in the dojo I have half a dozen things I flow into when they protect that arm, but on this day and time I got it locked into my thick skull that I need to finish the shoulder lock.  Thankfully I swept him, but he grabbed ahold of my leg and quickly re-swept me.

Overall I feel I need to be more assertive and less accepting.  For whatever reason I got locked onto finishing that Omoplata and temporarily abandoned my game, which ultimately led to my demise.  In the end I felt solid with my game considering the lemons life has dealt me as of late.  By no means 100% but I hope my next tournament (whichever that may be) I put on a more solid showing of what I am capable of, as my BJJ has really made some strides as of late.

I cannot thank my training partners for the hard rolls and preparation.  Much love to my cousin and her man for the couch, the video, and the awesome support (hell's yeah that is her yelling "Burroughs" in the video!).  1914 Kimono's has been there for me over the past couple years with support of all kinds, can't thank you enough.  RCJ Machado and the Machado family for their teaching and support. Lastly I want to send my heartfelt gratitude to my coach, mentor, and friend Brian J. Johnson.  You have taught me what I know, and made me who I am on the mat....I hope to carry it on with honor for decades to come!

Train Hard.  Train Smart.
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 ([email protected]).  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 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!  

December 23, 2012

Holiday Open Mat at NWJJA

I can't speak for the rest of you, but I cannot go 4-5 days without being choked, or attempting to choke / kimura someone!  Even though classes are cancelled at NWJJA this Monday and Tuesday come out and join your brethren for a holiday stress relief hour of training at (I just spoke with Eric, we will be on the mat by 9ish.  Come roll with a brown belt for X Mas!!) 10am. 

Competition season is right around the corner, time to start training!

Be safe and well,
wristlocks for all!
Jake

December 20, 2012

1914 Gi's For the New Year

Last minute stocking stuffer idea for that cauliflower eared loved one that is tough to shop for on your list?  Hands down the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kimono on the market comes with the moniker "1914!"
I chose 1914 as my sponsor because of the quality of their gi, but more so for the passion they share for the art of BJJ I do!  It doesn't hurt that their "Classic" gi is the sturdiest, most comfortable gi on the market and the apparel they produce is awesome!  Show some support for an American start-up company based out of Oklahoma.Much gratitude to Blake Kerr and 1914 for their support.   Look forward to fighting for them more in 2013!

Check out 1914BJJ.com for their full line of apparel and gi's!   

 

Happy Holidays,
Jake

December 7, 2012

Origin Gi's, BJJ Weekly & The Ground Never Misses

Avid followers of The Ground Never Misses are familiar with my reviews of Origin BJJ gear and kimonos, and my love of BJJ Weekly (THE source for all that is awesome in the BJJ world) .  Pete Roberts and his crew are finishing up building there new facility in the deep woods of Maine, and have lots of new and innovative projects planned for the upcoming new year.  I'm happy to announce that after speaking with Pete this morning it looks like you can expect to see more collaborations and projects working with Origin, BJJ Weekly, and The Ground Never Misses!

Can't release any of the details yet, but Pete has some AWESOME news to share early in 2013!  Bookmark TGNM and check back daily as I am trying to keep a post every other day.  In the meantime check out the past reviews I have offered of Origin's gi's and gear, as Pete is mailing stuff out quickly so it gets to you before the holidays for gifts:

Origin Genesis 550 Gi Review

Origin Competition 550 Gi Review

Origin Orangahang's Review

Origin Mundial Backpack Review











November 17, 2012

Know Your Roots: Alberto Crane & NWJJA

Those in attendance at NWJJA this past week noticed a certain theme with coach Brian, the "S" mount.  Anyone whom has studied with Brian knows that he always offers props and gives credit where it is due, and he credits his instructor Alberto Crane for his success in tournaments attacking with the "S" mount.

This is the only footage I could find of the full fight between Alberto and Joe Camacho at the Professional Sub League back a few years. Ghetto style from Russia!

So I thought it was  perfect time to introduce Alberto to some of our students whom might not be knowledgeable of his influence both to the NWJJA and Brian, but also in a larger part to the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  Alberto is the same age as me and was born and raised in New Mexico where he started to travel south to Brazil training in BJJ in 1996.  In 2001 Al would become the first American to earn the coveted black belt, under Gracie Barra Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes, and would go on to be the second American ever (behind BJ Penn) to win the worlds in 2002!


Flash forward to 2012 and he is a 4th degree black belt teaching out of several schools in the Los Angeles area of California.  Alberto has had an up and down career in MMA amassing a lightweight record of 15-5 (14 coming as no surprise to anyone, via submission!) with several fights in the UFC, and his most notable accomplishment being at  KOTC 21 in March of 2003, where he won a split decision over Javier Vasquez to claim the lightweight title!
Here is Al versus tournament legend Cleber Luciano:



His connection with NWJJA is via Brian's frequent visits to New Mexico to visit family from approximately 1999-2003, where Brian would visit Alberto's Santa Fe academy to train and roll eventually earning Brian the promotion to brown belt via Alberto.  When I get access to it I will share a few clips from Alberto's two visits to Seattle over the past 5 years or so.  To this day much of Alberto's game can be seen as a major influence in our teacher and our style of rolling including the "S" mount, torture chamber, and switch base positions.  Oh... and did I mention Al LOVES wrist locks???



The first time I rolled with him as a puny white belt I swear he wrist locked me 20 times in a 5 minute round!  Amazing top pressure and a solid guard game.  Study these video's and learn from one of BJJ's foremost masters!



And if this does not look familiar then you have not rolled with Brian at all:



Train Hard.  Party Hard.
Jake

October 24, 2012

"Asian Martial Arts: Constructive Thoughts and Practical Applications

It is with a sad heart that I write this post as the Journal of Asian Martial Arts has been officially retired, and its final opus comes in the form of the book "Asian Martial Arts: Constructive Thoughts & Practical Applications."  "Asian Martial Arts: Constructive Thoughts & Practical Applications."
Edited by Michael DeMarco this text is chock full of co-authors including my friend Joy Chaudhuri, martial uncle Ilya Profatilov writing on Mantis, my past teacher Yang "Tony" Shu Ton offering his insight into Bajiquan a wonderful martial art I studied for many years.  I am grateful to be featured in the same book as my mentors and friends.  To present an article worthy of publication in this last representation of JAMA is a humbling honor!

 So when you get the chance check out my contribution to this great collaboration where I write a short piece on clinch fighting from the Chinese martial arts perspective (pg. 52-57).  As always I welcome feedback. 

Click here to order your copy of "Asian Martial Arts" today!

I want to thank Shadow for being a great partner and helping with the shoot.  Also you will notice I am sporting my 1914 Gi pants in the photo's.  Big shout out to the best gi's on the market!   

Big thanks to Mike DeMarco who has put his blood, sweat and tears into the JAMA throughout the years.  This is a sad day as the Journal was the premier martial publication.

Never goodbye.... see you again!
Jake


October 6, 2012

"Like Steel Wrapped In Cotton" - Kung Fu Taichi Magazine Nov/Dec 2012

Check out the latest issue of "Kung Fu TaiChi" magazine that just hit the stands.  The Nov/Dec issue features an article on Six Harmonies Mantis fighting theory by yours truly, along with an article by an old friend from New Mexico, Frank Rivera!  Frank is the most experienced CMA practitioner in the Southwest, and if you are ever in Albuquerque make sure to look him up. 

Make sure to take a close look at the photo layout... why yes those are the one and only 1914 BJJ gi bottoms!  

As always I welcome feedback!

Much thanks to my student and friend Shadow for his help.  As well as thank to Brian at NWJJA for letting me use the dojo to shoot in.

Train Hard.  Train Smart 
Jake


September 19, 2012

Tighten Up Your Game With Private Lessons

Just wanted to let you all know that I also offer private lessons for those interested in improving certain aspects of their game, gaining strength and conditioning, as well as troubleshooting.  Several of my group students have taken private lessons with me and seen their game jump astronomically.  

Call or email today to schedule a lesson!  
206-941-3232 / [email protected]

Some things I can help you with when training one on one, or with a small group:
  • Weight Loss
  • Striking improvement
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Clinch Work
  • Pekiti Tirsia Kali
  • Strength & Conditioning Specifically Geared Towards Martial Arts
  • Chinese Martial Arts
I have over 20 years of training behind me and I still train and learn to this day as a purple belt in BJJ under my coach Brian Johnson.  I also meet with my teacher Tim Cartmell out of So Cal as often as I can, often when I am visiting Los Angeles to compete in grappling tournaments.  
I look forward to helping you meet your goals via the path of a martial artist.

Train Hard.  Play Hard.
Jake Burroughs