Archive for June, 2010

Dojo Wars at West Side???!!!

Takedowns on Tuesday Part 1


Takedowns on Tuesday Part 2
Takedowns on Tuesday Part 3

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Congratulations to West Side New Blues


Congratulations to Tyler (white gi), Justin (blue gi), and John (black gi) on getting their blue belts.  Shawn Weaver at Unified (Pedro Sauer Team) is pictured here with them after awarding their belts to them.

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De La Riva to Tomoe-Nage Sweep on Magic Monday

De La Riva To Tomoe-Nage

Magic Monday is the advanced class at West Side Jiu-Jitsu.  We always have a good time learning something new.  It became known as "Magic Monday" for all the the sweet techniques Chris teaches.  This week we went over two sweeps from De La Riva Guard.  As you can… Continue reading | 1 Comment

Free High School BJJ Grabs the Spotlight

Many of you contributed gis when I posted "Donate a Gi and Change a Life".  The idea of free classes for High School students wanting to learn BJJ that may not have the resources to do so, is going full bore.  Thank you all.  I thought I might share with you some of the latest publicity about the program.

Our local… Continue reading

The Scoop on Monday Night Magic BJJ

The Scoop

One of the best books out there for the BJJ beginner or white belt is Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro.  I learned the Scoop from Saulo’s book at home when… Continue reading | 1 Comment Sponsors

I’m proud to announce that has decided to sponsor JiuJitsuMap!  You will notice the logo on the site, a new sponsor page and link section.  I’ll be doing reviews of different items sold by  To start it off I will be doing a review of the Vulkan Pro Light Gi.  As it is getting hotter at classes I’m especially… Continue reading | 2 Comments

The Small and Large of It in Jiu-Jitsu

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Earlier this year I did a post on The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi called "The Book of Five Rings

No Double Taps in Jiu-Jitsu

One, Two, For Both of You

You know the thing I like about BJJ is there is a clear winner.  Yes, there are matches where points decide it or judges decision.  But do you really have any double tap outs?  You sure don’t accidently get each other in a leg lock and tap… Continue reading

5 Things I Learned At BJJ Tonight

  1. A bicep cutter exerts so much pressure it leaves blood blisters.  They look a lot like your shoulder after having a shotgun kick into it.  Because the pressure was on my bicep and forearm I have a matching set.
  2. My finger tips are toughing up.  Around my finger nails it used to be sore from gripping the gi after class.  Now I’ve developed calluses that have helped them toughen.&#160

Roger Gracie vs Bruno Bastos at Mundials

I just watched the Roger Gracie vs Bruno Bastos match on Georgette’s Blog.  Here are some of the things that caught my attention and that I was impressed with.  First of all, 2/3 of the match with just jockeying for the takedown.  I know that having takedown skills are important in your game. I was more impressed with the importance of them as I watched Roger… Continue reading | 3 Comments