Fourth of July hours

We will be somewhat open for the Fourth. Classes will be conducted for both the morning class and an abbreviated evening schedule. Noon classes and kids classes will be cancelled. The evening schedule is different than usual, so please read it carefully.

7:30 am Intermediate/drills (with the gi)

5:30 pm combo intro/fundamentals class (nogi)

6:30 pm Training (with the gi): If you are two stripes and up and want to train, then this is the class for you. If you are not two stripes and wish to train, please let me know here.


Still looking for a place to watch the fireworks? This is a handy guide.

Wondering what time the fireworks start in your hood? You can find out here.


Lastly, it wouldn't be from me if I didn't say enjoy the fireworks but stay safe! Eyebrows take a long time to grow back, digits just don't. Happy Fourth everyone!


Suns out......... nogi schedule starts today

Reminder, The nogi schedule starts today. The classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday will be nogi moving forward. That is ALL classes on those days other than kids classes. All classes on Tuesday and Thursday will remain kimono classes.

Proper attire can be gi pants, board shorts, or spats (under board shorts), and either a tee shirt or rash guard top.

For the wardrobe conscious who will be purchasing IBJJF style solid color rash guards please remember that the solid colors designate belt rank. So just like you wouldn't purchase a purple belt for your go if you are a blue belt, please do not purchase an IBJJF style top that is not your rank. 

Double attack from mount

Combining attacks from mount


A very fundamental martial arts skill is attacking your opponent where they are not defending. In stand up striking arts this is often accomplished by feints. The objective of a feint is to encourage your opponent to open up their defense and defend one attack, leaving them open to a different attack. In Jiu Jitsu this is accomplished by using double attacks.

A classic example of a double attack is the cross collar choke and armbar from mount. In striking arts you more or less have to defend feints and real attacks similarly. You can't wait to see if a feint is actually a strike intended to do damage. In Jiu Jitsu though an experienced practitioner can easily tell the difference between a legitimate threat and a poor attack.

That is why it is essential to spend plenty of time working on the details of each individual attack. All the little details that go into the cross collar choke are what makes your partner HAVE to defend it. When you threaten with a legit choke your partner will most likely expose their elbows which opens up the armbar.

Common pitfalls in mount attacks are:

1) losing focus of position because you are too focused on the submission

2) Trying to add more moves in to the mix before developing proficiency with the basics

3) Trying to attribute, (speed, strength) your way through poor technique

Gavin does a fine job of explaining the details of the double attack from mount in the videos below. A previous example we covered in class was the Ezekiel choke setting up the armlock.