This morning we had a fun women’s class where our Team Passos ladies came out to train. These events are a great opportunity to connect with ladies from the other affiliate academies. Thank you to all who came out.
Our next women’s BJJ training will be on Saturday, June 25th at the Winchester Jiu Jitsu Academy. Class will begin at 10:00 am. This is an open invite and all are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you there!
“If you’re awful when you’re repping, then you will be awful when you’re rolling. There is no magic bullet. Take your time to work on each position and learn the technique we are going over in class correctly. We will build upon what we are repping and develop a sequence from it. Take your time during the repping so you can perceive all the variations. Go outside of your comfort zone to try something new in the repping so that you can then implement it during rolling. You’re not winning by making your opponent tap if you’re not using a quality technique. All you’re doing is creating bad habits and digging a hole for yourself. Take it seriously and challenge yourself.” – Professor Tony Passos during Monday evening class
If I give you a feather to throw, it is not going anywhere. But if I give you a rock to throw, you will be able to gain momentum and launch it far. This is the same concept in BJJ.
For example, if someone wants to attack me and I am on top, I want to pass that person’s guard and generate as much pressure as possible to make him uncomfortable. I want to be like a rock by putting as much pressure and becoming as heavy on the person as possible.
In the process of passing his guard, if my opponent places a foot on my hips to try and sweep me, whatever mistake I did, he may be able to lift me off the ground. At this point, it is no longer beneficial for me to be as heavy as possible – because a rock can be thrown. Instead, while in the air when he is attacking, I need to be as light as a feather in my hips, adjusting my weight accordingly. From there I will find room to put my foot back on the ground and then become a rock again.
– Professor Tony Passos during Tuesday evening’s class
“As a rule of thumb, the difference between a higher belt and lower belt is not that one has a huge amount more of knowledge. Rather, the differentiator is the small details that the higher belt does better. In a 7 minute roll, the lower belt, in general, will become so behind, begin to play catch up while at the same time become worn down.
It is not some awesome pass or crazy sweep that makes the difference but it is in the details. What makes you good at Jiu Jitsu are the little things. Take your time to learn the techniques correctly, don’t cut corners on the warm up, work on your mobility, and show up to class consistently, and FOCUS ON THE DETAILS.” – Professor Tony during Wednesday evening Fundamentals class
We had a great turn out this weekend at the U.S. Grappling kids competition in MD. Everyone did an amazing job preparing for this weekend, trained hard, and did a great job competing. We are super proud of each of the kids. The challenge of this weekend’s competition brought priceless lessons learned, not only in BJJ but for the rest of their lives. A HUGE thanks to the parents and our coaches for your dedication and commitment!