A couple of nights ago we had a seminar at our academy with Giva Santana- owner of One Jiu Jitsu, great jiu jitsu player, and overall a nice guy.
We went over a good deal of spider guard, sweeps from del la riva, some nifty armbars and a couple of cool other tips to think about adding to one’s game. Overall the seminar was fun and informative, with plenty of laughs and information that a student could take with them. I was happy to see our guys from all skill levels- from the guys that have been at the academy for over 10 years to some students that have been there for less than 30 days. Giva took the time to help everyone, and offered different levels of difficulty for techniques, so the white belts wouldn’t get lost and the more advanced guys had something to sink their teeth into. All in all if was a good night and we were glad to have the seminar in the academy.
That’s all I’ve got for now folks- have a good day everyone!
Saulo Ribeiro- the head of our association, and winner of a bajillion medals is having a seminar at our academy tonight. Should be fun, informative (and a little smashy). I’ll be sure to write all about it tomorrow.
Have a great day everyone!
Last week our academy had two great seminars take place- one was with David Avellan to go over his “Kimura Trap” system, and the other was with de La Riva black belt Vicente Junior and Samir Chantre.
It was definitely interesting to have both seminars in the same week: both were great seminars and all the instructors were friendly and knowledgeable, but also it gave us great opportunities to learn a lot of material and compare the two seminar instruction styles.
First, Avellan seems to have the seminar routine down pat: he started the seminar right on time, informing us there was a lot to get through so let’s get the party started. And there was a lot of information- he even had an org chart printed out of all the items he intended to go through. For a three hour seminar he managed to cram a lot in, answer questions and still keep the momentum going, going over all the different positions from where you can attack with a kimura: from full guard, half guard, stand up, tying your shoes, doing your taxes- all of it.
The second seminar was a little slower paced: as you know people will inevitably show up late to a seminar, so we started a little late. It was more broken up into two smallerish seminars, Vicente or “VJ” going over some of the finer details of the de la Riva guard, and Chantre showing some sweeps from the leg lasso open guard. There was a good deal about certain fundamentals, and a focus on some finer details that people tend to forget about the de la Riva guard. The leg lasso portion had some interesting sweeps and details I hadn’t seen before, so that was pretty interesting.
Again, both seminars were fun and full of instruction, instructors were all friendly helpful, and it was a pleasure to experience both (very different) teaching styles.
I guess GracieMag is looking for alternative times for their seminars, other than the previous 3pm PDT. That or it’s the earliest time the Estima brothers could make it.
The Victor & Braulio Estima seminar will take place tomorrow morning at 11am California time, which means a lot of people are going to be secretly watching from their desks, or like myself, will wait and watch the seminar later on YouTube.
Will anyone be actually available at this time to watch it? Or will you wait until you get home? Are you even planning on checking the seminar out at all?