Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Some holidays require a little more work than others to recall exactly what we are remembering and why. Martin Luther King Jr. Day should not.

Basic human decency and compassion for others should be neither unique or novel ideas. It is very disappointing to me to see how slowly racism retreats and in some cases, how strong it clings on.

I think that today is a perfect time to take a few minutes and watch one of our country's great leaders deliver the speech that most people recognize him for.

Don't have a full 17 minutes to watch one of the most important speeches in American history, (which of course means you won't be on social media today, etc., because you're so busy), then you can read it here.

Too busy for either? Here are some popular quotes from MLK:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

The time is always right to do what is right.

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

The schedule? Yes, we will be open today, but I want everyone attending to have at least some exposure to the reason behind the day first.

2017 year end schedule

We will be closed for ALL classes from 12/23 - 12/26

There will be no kids classes from 12/23 until 1/2/18

Kids classes will resume with the normal schedule on 1/3/18

The adult schedule will be unaltered from 12/27 until 12/30

We will be closed for the New Year 12/31 and 1/1/18

The normal adult schedule will resume 1/2/18


Happy holidays to all!

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.