Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday Evening Class

I guess everyone had a great weekend because today's class was packed! So much so that the class got split up between our 2 Instructors.

The Advanced guys worked with Cobrinha, the technique was to sit out and take the back after your opponent spraws.

Homberto shoots on Adam, Adam spraws to defend.

Before Adam can cross face, Homberto traps Adam's right arm and switches his hip. As Homberto kicks his right leg through he uses the back of his head to assist the movement.

Once Homberto kicks through he turns the corner and controls Adam's back

Jacare was in charge of the beginners section, he showed a variation of the cross choke from Closed Guard

Jacare has Bart in the Closed guard with his arm trapped. Jacare has wizard Bart's arm and is holding the opposite collar

Jacare grabs the other collar with his right hand, thumb inside. He pulls Bart towards him with his legs, brings his elbows to his hips and applies pressure for the choke

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Satuday Technique

Today Jacare taught us a clock choke from a turtled opponent.

- Darren is turtled and Jacare goes to his back. Jacare's right leg is next to Darren's body. His left leg is up providing slight forward pressure.

- Jacare opens Darren's left lapel. Jacare then slides his right hand deep into Darren's left lapel across Darren's neck.

- After the far lapel grip is secure Jacare grabs Darren's left wrist. It is also acceptable to grab the other lapel.

- Jacare starts to move his hips and upper-body forward.

- To finish the choke Jacare switches his hips.

A video of Jacare demonstrating.

Saturday Class Warmups

Today Jacare led us through a series of drills for warm-ups. Most focused on ground work, emphasizing passing the guard.

Alliance Kids BBQ

On September 10th at 11:30am in East Roswell Park Alliance Kids Jiu-Jitsu is having there end of summer party/BBQ. There will be tons of food and fun. Everyone is invited so come out and support the Alliance Kids. There will be a potluck, the point of contact is; hope to see everyone there.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Lunch Class

Today Jacare showed a choke from knee on belly, a baseball bat choke variation. It also works as a neck crank.

Tracy demonstrating the choke on Jeff.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Beginner Class Recap

For today's Beginner Class Jacare focused on techniques from the Knee on Belly

Jacare starts in the Knee on Belly position. Jacare uses his right hand to open Todd's collar and slides his left hand deep into the collar. *Note: Jacare slides his first hand in palm up

Jacare slides his right hand into the collar palm down. When Jacare grabs the collar he only has his thumb inside

To apply pressure to the choke, Jacare turns his wrists out, brings his elbows to his hips, picks Todd's shoulder off the mat and drives his weight forward towards Todd's head.

Thursday Lunch Class Gi Technique

Today Jacare showed a sweep variation of the sit up guard.

-Jacare is in the open guard.

-Jacare works to break his opponent's grips, swings his leg down getting ready to swing it all the way around Eric's leg.

- Jacare has sat up and has his right leg posted in Eric's left, Jacare's left leg is wrapped all the way around Eric's right. Jacare is also controlling the bottom of Eric's sleeves.

- The same as above, from another angle.

- The same as above, from another angle.

- Jacare maintains his grips, switches his legs, and then posts up on his right hand while driving forward with his head.

- After Jacare gets to his knees he grab's Rich's ankle.

- Jacare finishes on top of Rich and ready to take side control.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday Night Class

Today's class opened up with some take down drills, followed by techniques, some passing-defending the guard circuit training and rolling.

Today's technique was a sweep from Sit-Up Guard with a follow up pass to side control.
Alec is in Diego's Guard, Diego pushes on Alec's Knee and transitions into the Sit-Up Guard

When Diego sits up, he traps Alec's right arm and left leg

Diego shifts his hips back and drives his right shoulder into the back of Alec's trapped leg. Diego stands up and uses his right foot to scoop up Alec's leg

When Alec does down Diego follows up by driving forward and keeps pressure on Alec by getting the underhook and putting his head on Alec's chest

Diego walks his hips up towards Alec's head while keeping Alec's left leg trapped between his legs.
As soon as it's in range Diego cross faces Alec with his left arm.

Once Diego has control of Alec's head he switches his hips and passes to side control

Upcoming Seminar

Guys Jacare and Cobrinha have a seminar coming up. If you are in the western part of the Carolinas you need to go check it out.

Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, 4 time black belt world champion, and Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, founder of the 4 time world champion Alliance team, are giving a joint seminar at Alliance Greenville. This is a once in a life time opportunity to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from two of the best instructors in the world.

The address is 600 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607. You can contact the event organizer Billy Fletcher at or (864)420-1646. The date and time is Nov 14th from 12 to 3pm. The prices are $80 before November 1st, and $100 after November 1st. There will be belt tests from 10:00am to 11:45am. This event will be scheduled at the new Alliance Greenville location with all new mats. Come help break in the new place!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Beginner Class Recap

For today's class Jacare focused on maintaining the Mounted Position. The Mount is a very advantageous position but a lot of guys are hesitant to use it for fear of being bumped off

As Daren begins to push up on Jacare's chest, Jacare counters by swimming his arms and posting

When Daren hip escapes and pushes on Jacare's legs, Jacare counters by lifting up Daren's elbow and sliding his knee up into Daren's armpit

When Daren turns, Jacare gets behind his shoulder and forces Daren to turn over so Jacare can take his back

New Purple Belt

Congratulations to Lance Hagan on his promotion to purple belt.

Monday, August 24, 2009

New Blue Belt

Congratz Marc Shin on getting his Blue Belt tonight!

Monday Lunch Class

Today we did a series of take-down drills. This was followed by spiting into two groups, gi and no-gi, to practice. We did situational rolling, followed by full rolling.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday Night Class

For today's technique Cobrinha showed us some of his favorite counters to the Sit-Up Sweep

To start the technique, Ian is in the guard and he sits up and traps Cobrinha's lapel, Cobrinha controls Ian by holding Ian's collar and pants just below the knee.

As a fake to set up the technique Cobrinha pushes Ian backwards

As Ian resists Cobrinha pulls him back in and traps Ian's head under his armpit. *Cobrinha still has his grips on Ian's collar and pants*

Cobrinha dives over Ian and puts his back on the floor

Cobrinha pulls down with both his arm contorting Ian's body and apples pressure on the choke

If your opponent has a strong neck (Like Ian) and doesn't tap, you can release the leg, roll on top, trap the far arm and apply more pressure to the neck

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Blue Belt

Congratz to Daniel Stough on receiving his Blue Belt tonight!

Beginner Class Recap

Its been a great week so far with Jacare back in the gym and for his first beginners class he showed the zipper choke

Jacare starts on Todd's back with the seat belt grip. Note: Jacare has his right hand in a fist and his left hand is on top protecting it. He does this because he will use his right as the choking arm.

With his left hand Jacare opens Todd's collar and slides his right hand in deep.

He then grabs Todd's opposite collar with his left hand. To finish the choke Jacare pulls down with his left hand and across Todd's throat with his right

Tuesday Lunch Class

Today Jacare and Cobrinha demonstrated a way to get a triangle from being caught in your opponent's half guard.

- Vlad has the deep half guard on Cobrinha. Cobrinha underhooks Vlad's left Arm, and drives his left knee up to Vlad's head.

- Cobrinha stretches Vlad to separate the arms.

- Upon his grip being broken Cobrinha is able to slide his foot out Vlad turns in for defense, and Cobrinha drives his right foot behind Vlad's neck.

- Cobrinha locks in the triangle.

- Cobrinha comes on top, and drives Vlad's arm across to finish the choke.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Congratz Steve "Pesadelo" Hall

Good job to Stephan Hall for representing the Alliance Team at the Rio International Master's and Senior's Open, where he placed first in the Super Pesado division and was then promoted to Black Belt!

Steve has been a good friend of ours for many years and runs the affiliate school Pesadelo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Dallas Texas