Have you heard of Yasuhiro Yamashita

Have you heard of Yasuhiro Yamashita? If you haven’t, you should get to know his story. One of the best judokas of all times, Yamashita —at one point in his career— had won 203 consecutive matches. I will be posting some excellent quotes that I have taken from Yamashita’s book, “The Fighting Spirit of Judo” (which I strongly recommend for martial artists, regardless of their art).


“Your opponent is not as weak as you think. Your opponent is not strong as you think”. Yasuhiro Yamashita

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Thanksgiving week hours of operation



We will be closed for classes on Wednesday and Thursday the week of Thanksgiving.  We will reopen for normal classes on Saturday AM.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Claunch Academy welcomes new students

We would like to welcome our newest  BJJ team members !  Welcome !

Max Gove

Meredith Davis

Claudia Nava

Vitaly Khuzeev

Arteim Geydonas


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – New Class times as of 8.30.17

Schedule:  AS OF  8-30-2017


TUES/WED/THURS: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Open Mat SAT: NOON – 1:00pm
SUN: 5:30pm – 7:30pm


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White belts ; by Pedro Alberto

White Belts

SamuraisBeginners in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, as in almost all martial arts, wear white belts until they receive their first rank. In the 80’s, when I was still a blue belt, I started taking lessons from Professor Sylvio Behring on “how-to-teach-jiu-jitsu”. Sylvio believed that teaching jiu-jitsu was a skill to be developed, and —during such “how-to-teach-jiu-jitsu” lessons—, he taught me that the most important students in a jiu-jitsu school are the white belts.

White belts need special attention. The ones without any martial arts background need even more attention. In the best jiu-jitsu schools in Brazil, senior students —blue belts or higher ranked ones— usually spend class time helping out their instructors teaching the white belts. Such schools believe that not only the higher ranks’ teaching help out the lower ranks, but that teaching jiu-jitsu to beginners make senior students learn while they teach. When you are drilling a certain move with your training partner, and you critique his move, you are —informally— teaching him. But when —at the request of your instructor— you “formally” teach technique to beginners, explaining to them why a certain technique is performed a certain way, you are not only helping out the school but being pushed to learn jiu-jitsu correctly. Teaching jiu-jitsu is a way of learning jiu-jitsu.

If white belts don’t receive special attention —until at least such time when they have enough knowledge and skill to start rolling—, they may get seriously injured and leave the school (jiu-jitsu is a fighting system, and the reality is that sooner or later you will injury yourself, but white belts should not get injured). Also, most white belts are unclear about their goals in jiu-jitsu and even their reasons for studing it. If the same class is taught to both beginners and more advanced students —and if the white belts are allowed to roll with such advanced students—, chances are that the white belts will not follow the class, will not understand what is being taught and what jiu-jitsu really is, and may get injured.

Every jiu-jitsu school needs white belts to grow. A jiu-jitsu school is like a pyramid, as it is built up by a large number of white belts (the instructor is at the top). And the pyramid will not grow unless the base is enlarged and the school’s foundations strengthened. A jiu-jitsu school needs a large number of white belts, because —as training increases in difficulty and complexity, and jiu-jitsu is a little rough— many beginners will leave sooner or later. As the ones staying will be advancing to higher belts, the number of white belts will decrease in number. Without a good number of people to roll with, one cannot develop his jiu-jitsu skills and advance.


  1. White belts are the basis of jiu-jitsu schools.
  2. Higher ranked students should assist their instructors in teaching lower ranked students, specially the white belts. This will benefit both the lower ranked ones and themselves.

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Bowing in Jiu Jitsu

Bowing in Jiu-Jitsu?

P30900161Etiquette in jiu-jitsu varies from school to school. Bowing, for instance, is not practiced in most Brazilians schools. Students don’t bow to their instructors, to the other school’s black-belts, to a picture of Hélio Gracie (considered the founder of jiu-jitsu), or to anyone else in the school.

Neither there is any bowing at the opening of a class or training session, nor there is one at the end. Before and after rolling, jiu-jitsu fighters don’t bow to each other, like —for instance—  judokas do before and after they practice randori.

Jiu-jitsu fighters shake hands before rolling and before and after a training session, and the handshake —and an occasional back-slapping— plays the same role of the bowing tradition in Japanese martial arts.

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CABJJ welcomes new student

Chris Tong is our newest member.  Welcome Chris, we are glad to have you as part of our team!

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BJJ anticipation


A In jiu-jitsu we must always anticipate our opponent’s move. This is one of jiu-jitsu’s guiding principles (some may think that this too simplistic and that I am stating the obvious; yet my suggestion is that it is worth to read this posting).

Why do I say that anticipation is one of jiu-jitsu’s guiding principles? Well, this is easy to explain.

First, because —if you don’t anticipate and impose your game on your opponent— he will impose his on you and dictate the fight. This means you won’t be doing your agressive jiu-jitsu game — and going for the submission, like you should—, and will be passively defending his attacks (countering and blocking techniques aren’t your jiu-jitsu game and strategy after all, right?).

Second, because —if you are both same level— if you anticipate your opponent’s moves by imposing your game on him, you have a much better chance of success (sucess, to me, means “submitting your opponent and winning the fight”).

Third, because anticipation means that you can set up a real position, or feint one, and —by anticipating how your opponent will react to such position—, you will attack him in circumstances more suitable to you once he reacts. In plain English, you will drive your opponent to the position you need him to be for your attack, or you will open up the space you need to apply it.

Last, by anticipating and dictating the fight —imposing your game on your opponent—, you may very well surprise and catch him with a submission hold. If you don’t anticipate, and he does it, then your opponent will be one step ahead of you. And the advantage will be his…

Pedro Alberto

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Congrats to Jeremy West on his 2 Silver Medals at todays NAGA championships!!

Nice job Jeremy! 2 wins by Submission!  Way to go!

Way to represent your team!

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CABJJ welcomes newest member

Claunch Academy Welcomes its newest student, Ryan Helmoski!


Welcome aboard Ryan!

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