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North Shore Oahu Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Circa 2002

Posted by Sam Kressin in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Photos, Personal Journal

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Photo was taken on Oahu, Hawaii after the 2002 NAGA Hawaii State Championships. This was the first time a NAGA tournament was held in Hawaii and the first time a tournament in Hawaii would be hosted by an organization not affiliated with any of the local BJJ Schools. I am on the first row second from your left with the blue rash guard on.

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My Art Work in Novembers Jiu-Jitsu Magazine

Posted by Sam Kressin in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Comic Books

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Jiu_Jitsu_Mag_CoverJiu Jitus Magazine ran a really cool interview article with my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach Chris Haueter this past month. In it he talks about the Graphic Novel Project we’ve worked on over the years and you can check out the comic book page we collaborated on a number of years ago. You can see the most recent illustration I finished for this project here.

 

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What’s On My White Board

Posted by Sam Kressin in Billy Robinson, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Martial Arts, Opinion, Personal Journal, San Diego Martial Arts Seminars

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Not too long ago I posted here about how useless and annoying white boards are when it comes to martial arts coaching. Since I am also guilty of having a white board in my private studio I thought I might as well post a current picture of what it looks like. Below is a brief and somewhat incomplete transcription of everything on it. What you’ll notice is I made a lot of lists. This is because the brain is attracted to organization and order and people have been trying to organize techniques for training purposes since the dawn of martial arts. In reality nothing in fighting is organized and response needs to be based on real internalized skill and application not just a theoretical list.

  1. UPCOMING EVENTS that have not been updated in nearly 2 years! Yes at one time I would write upcoming events such as seminars, workshops, we use to even set up training sessions with other gyms whose owners  / coaches I’m friends with. Nowadays if something’s coming up I’ll just email everyone or tell them in person.
  2. Below UPCOMING EVENTS is BILLY’S SADDLE RIDE This is a list of techniques Billy taught me and wanted me to have down all pertaining to the Saddle Ride. I wrote them up there nearly 2 years ago as a reminder. Maybe I should practice that stuff.
  3. Next to UPCOMING EVENTS is Sparring Rounds. I have two younger kids training with me 17 / 18 yrs old who I required to do 50 rounds of sparring before I would teach them anything more in boxing. As you can see I checked off about 10 or 11 rounds before I just stopped keeping track. Today they’ve done hundreds of rounds and have learned a lot of new stuff.
  4. Next to SPARRING ROUNDS is Triangle Finishes. This is a list of about 7-8 ways to finish a triangle choke once you’ve captured your opponent in the position. Triangle chokes are one of the most difficult submissions to get really good at and also one of the easiest submissions to get caught in so I like everyone to have a real thorough knowledge base of it.
  5. Below TRIANGLE FINISHES is a list of fundamental boxing techniques I required those two young kids to learn first before doing their 50 rounds of sparring. It would be a good idea to make everyone do all that stuff again.
  6. RIGAN WORKSHOP Is a list of techniques we learned while attending a Seminar with Rigan Machado nearly two-years ago.
  7. Below RIGAN WORKSHOP is Submissions. This is a list of 6 submissions you can do from a triangle position in the event that you cannot finish the triangle. This was required knowledge and I’m pretty sure everyone who trains with me has forgotten all of it.
  8. Below SUBMISSIONS is the number 185. I have a client that trains with me privately once a week. He trains regularly at another gym chalked full of triangle masters. One of his goals is to be able to hit the triangle more often in sparring and get caught in the triangle less often. So I’m making him rep out a very specific triangle set up and finish one thousand times! So far he’s gotten to 185 yes we are still keeping track of this I’ll let you know what happens when he gets to a thousand.

2002 Hawaii State Jiu-Jitsu Championships Results

Posted by Sam Kressin in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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http://archives.starbulletin.com/2002/03/27/sports/scoreboard.html

Scroll Down to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu No GI Advanced. I am not posting this to try and make a claim that I am or was a great compeitior I have won and lost plenty of matches. I am making this post simply as additional documented proof that I have infact been doing this stuff and have been training in it all as long as I say I have.

This was a tough tournament just look who’s on these posted results Ron Shiraki who today is one the few Relson Gracie’s Black Belts won the Heavy Weight Purple Belt Division. MMA Fighter from the early days Ron Jhun won the heavy weight no gi advanced division and MMA veteran Falaniko Vitale also won his weight class.

T-Shirt From One Of My First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments

Posted by Sam Kressin in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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I started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu informally in 1995 with Trent Suzuki a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt who had trained with Rorion in Torrance during the garage days. Trent was one of my Karate / Tang Soo Do Instructors. He taught me what the guard was a basic arm bar, collar choke and to pass the guard. Training with Trent I didn’t practice a lot of transitions and escapes but focused more on striking and would plug in the Jiu-Jitsu techniques as it came about. Prior to this I already had several years of high school wrestling. A few years later in 1998 I began formally training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Joao Morias. This was a fun tournament we flew from Oahu over to Maui to compete with the other schools in Hawaii at the time.

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2nd Annual Brazilian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu Open Tournament

War Memorial Gym, Wailuku, Maui Hawaii

August 28th 1999