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Henry Aikins Hidden Jiu-jitsu Workshop @ Core BJJ | August 13th

Henry Aikins Hidden Jiu-Jitsu Touches down in Mississauga

mississauga bjj seminar with henry aikins

Mississauga BJJ does it again.. this time with a ground breaking seminar featuring none other than Rickson Gracie black belt Henry Aikins.

Henry Akins is one of very few black belt promoted directly from  Rickson Gracie  former instructor at the main Rickson academy in California, US.  Regarded by many as one of the  best black belts produced by the legendary Gracie, Henry’s views on the “fundamentals” of BJJ and style of instruction make him one of the most sought after and highly regarded instructors in the industry.

Trusted enough by Rickson to lead his academy as head coach for years we are very excited to be welcoming him for the first ever GTA area seminar.

Take a look at some footage below

The workshop taking place Sunday august 13th from 12pm – 3pm

at the Mississauga Elite Training Centre


Full sign up registration is available here —–>>

Take a look at some clips highlighting his work below and we hope to see you there

Again here is the link to the registration for the workshop——->> Click to register

takeaways from the big match

Roger Vs Buchecha 2 | Judo vs Wrestling & There’s no escape

Gracie vs Buchecha | Takeaways from the Clash of the Titans


The long awaited match went down this past weekend in Rio with Roger Gracie coming out on top by collar choke from the back to solidify himself as the best of this generation.

Some people equated this to some form of match to see whether new school or old school Jiu-Jitsu was best and I don’t see it that way. Instead what we’ve been shown is Jiu-Jitsu works and when used right it gets the job done since good technique never goes stale.


My Observations –

In the Gi Defensive judo come in handy

A lot of BJJ players have tossed the standup element in the trash racing to play guard or sweep which is fine but at the middle weight and up divisions we’ve seen a resurgence of champions working on their wrestling to claim top position.  A good idea for sure as controlling the range of combat is super important at all levels but given the fact the action in these events is taking place in a kimono it looks like building the grip fighting and ties up often used in JUDO seem like the best bet for fighting at a distance.

Wrestling has a lot more than just leg attacks  in the tool box but it is super hand to implement many of the techniques if in gripping distance and your opponent knows how to tie you up.

Roger did a good job of shutting down double and single legs with effective gripping.

gri fighting in action


To clarify I’m not saying any style is better than another and personally think without a Gi wrestling is more easily implemented than Judo but playing to the rules and battlefield is always smart so as a high level competitor facing a Leandro lo  Felipe Pena, Eberth Santos or Xande Ribiero  effective use of the Gi standing is a must.


Points  vs Sub Only |Mentality make the match

This is an argument that can and will go on for days so I won’t open this can of worms except to give my opinion that the mentality of the athletes makes the match. My personal preference was the Metamoris rules but the recent growth of the art has created another divide in participants as to what’s best EBI vs IBJJF??

Nothing is perfect but a point scoring system that penalizes bad position in some way is my preference.  Watching some of the sub only matches deteriorate to hapless  submission attempts looking to ride things out till overtime doesn’t sit well with me .Especially given the option of taking the back or Arm-lock to start that overtime period. Its a nice game to play for some but not the jiu-jitsu i know on a fundamental level.

If two game competitors step to the mat intent o proving who was really best and not just winning however they could you get great matches under any rule set.

Sometimes there is no escape

Roger takes the crown in this unofficial GOAT matchup between the best big men in the art of all time but watching him force Buchecha to the turtle reminded me of something Saulo said over lunch once… “anything under Roger dies”.

These is a certain level of Jiu-jitsu proficiency that when reached is pretty much fatal for the opponent , making avoidance key.


When we are looking at guys like Roger & Kron Gracie, Marcelo Garcia, Rafa Mendes or prime Terere + JJ Machado” these guys   and they establish Establish the back in the GI you are likely not getting out any way outside of tapping.

No loosers in this one as we were treated to a inter-generational duel that could have easily not happend unless both warriors put it on the line as they did simply put right now you’ve Gotta love Jiu-Jitsu

A BJJ Black belts said this??

Reality hits hard part #2 | A BJJ black Belt really said that??

Reality hits  hard part #2 | You wont believe a BJJ black belt said this


Funny I was talking with a close friend who took the liberty of spell checking my recent blog post about the Mayweather vs Mcgregor super fight.

A long time friend he one of the very first people to highlight my general disregard for grammar and the basic conventions / rules of written english.. spell checking me since my very first Facebook days this time he noticed I made a mistake in  that I said boxing isn’t MMA and Mayweather would clean the floor with him in the octagon..

This was obviously the opposite of what I meant in that Conor would walk right through Mayweather in a Mixed martial arts rule set.

Brase youself for this, but much to my surprise he disagreed with me  on the grounds that

“Conor was not as deep double leg take-down guy and Mayweather would catch him on the way in.”

Remember those delusional people and their  Elvis sightings?? Well ya this is a perfect example of that LOL

elvis lives before mayweather beats mcgergot

What makes this really bad

We all know those MMA fan boys, everyone’s got a friend or two watched a few episodes of Joe Rogan podcast and the latest series of UFC fights & all of a sudden they are an expert on all things fight related .

If it was one of those i’d just say OK, discount it as more babble from the general public that make up the masses in every sport, but not this guy. BJJ black belt, and one of the original MMA pioneers I know of in Canada.. were talking about fighting before its cool or financial incentive to be stepping the cage… so this is a real dude.

If he could be this deluded I had to stop and say to myself whats really going on here??

Dangerous Misconceptions about Grappling / BJJ & how a fight really goes down

People watch UFC’s and don’t see any Jiu-jitsu or  watch a guy countering it and winning decisions via jab and jog  and counter grappling tactics, to the untrained eye its easy to get why they now could assume BJJ is ineffective in a fight..

This could be no further from the truth..

Taking it past the sport of MMA where everyone knows the basics of  a Jiu-Jitsu approach to ground fighting and also disregarding any of the pre-rehearsed concepts that often pass as self defense the real thing goes down a lot different than most people are training. Just follow the logic….

When you have a boxing match why are there are 3 men in the ring (2 fighters 1 ref) ? Simple if you didn’t it would be a non stop clinch fest. Two skilled strikers and I mean even remotely close in ability leads to both people working to find that opening often taking a step  forward and ending up clinching.. “ if you are smart” .

bjj , mma, boxing clinching happens

The alternative as displayed in the recent Justin Gathjee vs Michale Johnson UFC barn-burner, This is a slug fest with no real winners as both guys took way too much damage in that macho brawl.  Sure the crowd loved it and it earned them that 50k bonus money but high IQ fighters (Mayweather) don’t get it in like that. “Mayweather is actually a master clincher even in boxing..

Simple fix From the original BJJ perspective

Properly trained Jiu-Jitsu artist the answer is simple GRAB them in some form of a clinch and the Take-down is almost automatic.

As a matter of fact and this is going to be hard for many to believe but watch some old fights or street fights and you’ll see that when you body lock someone with any precision the odds are the non Grapplers reaction is to throw you backwards or headlock you on top of them in an attempt to roll you over.

Supporting evidence is good take a look ” imo there are no winners in these cell phone challenge matches but this is a good example of how powerful even a little BJJ is vs the untrained and pretty much exactly how Mayweather Mcgregor would go”

I know totally not what you want to do but that’s what te untrained reaction to close contact is. Takedowns are easy vs the non grappler and id bet anything thats what happens with Mayweather vs Conor if Mcgregor in any type of MMA setup.

The most overlooked part of Jiu-Jitsu

Clinch work is the root of fight based BJJ and heavily overlooked in preference of more sportive leg attacks and throws that are needed vs another educated grappler.

It starts with basic understanding of how to punch and kick offensive and defensively from there armed with just the basics you’ll find its pretty easy to close the distance vs another striker.  The alternative is charging in like this poor fellow just praying he can get the fight to the ground. OUCH

Dont use MMA as your barometer of whats working in terms of real world fight skills ,everyone is the UFC is training some form of grappling now so what you see there doesn’t equate to a real style vs style match up or action vs the untrained individual.


My advice to Jiu-Jitsu practitioners is even if you don’t plan on fighting anyone in the parking lot on your way home after practice learn how to negotiate the distance on feet so you could position yourself in a fight dominantly if things ever go off track or you ever end up having to fight Mayweather in the octagon

Connors a bright guy smart enough to talk himself into this 100 million dollar fight and also smart enough to take the educated approach if they were ever to meet in the octagon

Never say never .. most of us never saw this boxing super fight coming up either lol


Game changing Guard passing Concept | Leg Drag

Leg drag’s change the BJJ guard passing Game

If you watch BJJ / Jiu-Jitsu actively you have got to agree all the best passers have a few techniques/ ideas in commong one we can not overlook to develop a complete passing and attacking guard is the Leg Drag..

The idea of crossing a guys legs up and passing back in towards the legs im sure is nothing new BUT given the number of highly level players using its the leg drags taken on a life of its own. Applicable from just about every position you dont want to overlook this guard passing strategy.


Some background on this game changer

First time i saw it clearly demonstrated was Chekmat BJJ leader Leo Viera teaching it in Hawaii in the mid 2000’s.

Prior to that your see it in scrambles in matches as early as the  90’s and even a really primitive version some times in mma but now as i said its take on a life of its own.

Remember grips and hand position are going to vary but the overall goal of spiting the knees is what im calling the leg drag for the same of this post (some people look at it as a step in using a weave to pass as well)

Common uses

1-Passing delariva guard

Variation off the Torreando guard pass

This is a really good as it highlight my point about the movement being more powerful than any one grip

Guard passing grandmasters (mendes bros in action)

Here is a solid highlight that really shows how variable the concept is, Rafa and Gui Mendes put this passing sequence to serious work always keeping the guard player under pressure the brothers and rodolfo veira are two sets of mundial champions who make the leg drag a staple in their grappling toolkit.

here is a highlight of RAFA Mendes using it in every possible way

Mississauga BJJ students be ready we are hitting the leg drag hard this week so touching up on these videos is only going to help.



focus on the lesson at hand in mississauga bjj

Mississauga BJJ |Smart Growth in Jiu-Jitsu

Core bjj and grappling | pointing at the moon as you watch my finger

Now don’t get me wrong, i’m not claiming to be a mind reader BUT after many years teaching group BJJ & Martial Arts Classes i know what you are thinking 🙂

i know doubt the veracity of what i’m saying but that doesn’t really matter 🙂 when teaching I know exactly what the crowd is thinking..

the first couple years teaching you are trying to figure out your specific personal style and deliver of the message /techniques. I was lucky to start training in grappling under a man (sylvain moroney)  who I still believe has one of the best system for teaching everyday “normal” people interested in Jiu-Jitsu.

syl moroney bjj

I’t didn’t take long for me to pick up the same flow and over the years add my own taste to it.  all in all id say im pretty effective as an instructor and convey the idea’s to the students well BUT there is still the #1 issue facing every leader of a class..

What do you do when the crowd just don’t care about what you’re talking about???


not paying attention in class mississauga bjj coach knows

I told you know what you’re thinking.. lol

I look out at the crowd 25-40 faces some are thinking about randon tv shows,  some others just want me to shut up so they can start rolling and try that new move they saw on Youtube , and then there are about 25 percent, they are tuned in on the same frequency, and following the system.

“Breaking news= it may or not be a coincidence but these 20-25 percent of the class are also the the most effective with their jiu-jitsu” hmmmmm?

Easy way to be better than your instructor?

It really shouldnt be that hard when you think about it.. if you have a sincere instructor really most interested in developing your skills , they would teach you everything they knew “at the right time” all their best tricks tactics and moves. Baring physical attributes and mat time etc that means you would have the advantage of all thier knowledge + the new positions and techniques being innovated every day.

Unlikely 1997 BJJ student can do much vs 2017 BJJ student unless 2017 was asleep in class..

the answer to that is simple.. if you are skipping the valuable yet sometimes not all the exciting concepts your instructor is teaching you (fundamentals) that they gained through years of training then there is a good possibility that no matter how new you favourite technique is that you will walk head first into the trap and no know what is going on until its too late.

Fabio Gurgel said it best modern BJJ is by far superior to that of old “due to innovation and sheer number of people practicing now” IF you learn and pay attention to the foundational lessons being taught in class. If you try to skip head you are taking your chances  wasting valuable time trying to re-invent the wheel 

(its a great watch but if you just want the quote in context skip to 3 min mark)


speaking of fundamentals white belt class was a lot of fun this week as i stepped in to cover thar’s vacation growing quickly with lots of new faces..






A tough lesson in womens BJJ | From MMA to the Gi

Rio Open BJJ | Womens Champion learns a harsh lesson

I had to post about the recent match between members of the powerhouse Gracie Humaita womens  bjj team.

Last week you had two champions square off with  Mcenzie Dern(currently focusing on mma) stepping up to compete at the rio open vs Current GI Champion Bia Mesquita.

It goes without saying transitioning from 1 sport to another is tricky, but in high level sport BJJ that is extremely true.

Without a doubt there are some transferable skills and you always have the base of your Jiu-Jitsu skills /knowledge even if you are doing more no-gi or mma but in a tournament where being that sharp on controls and gi based positioning is so crucial it’s nearly impossible!!!

Actually let me go out on a limb say it’s IMPOSSIBLE 🙂

If you are an mma fighter putitng in all the time cross training without a gi its impossible to go and dominate at elite level of sport bjj competition, ive never seen it happen and it aint gonna happen any time soon.

Take a look at the match below

positoning, rules, timing and flow of the match is so different in IBJJF based competion that to go from mma to that is a tall task.

Ive found a huge part of being sucessfull at MMA is ditching the ego and testing yourself in a variety of skill sets that may not be your home base or forte , knowing that ultimately your plan is to put everything together.. BUT the GI is particularly harsh because there is so little cross over skill set wise. No gi / wrestling  is a bit different, but with Grips being the first thing to go in terms of positioning, its a tough situation to be in knowing what you want to do but being a step behind in the kimono..

All that aside  congrats to McKenzie for taking the step to the mats at such a high level while doing mma, it makes for some entertaining match ups no gi but  this is the reason even mma’s best grapplers don’t really delve to deeply into Elite BJJ competition.

p.s here is Alan Belcher getting ready for copa podio ( he got killed in that tourney but couldn’t find any footage online)

still respect for putting yourself outside of the box to get better if more people do the same all martial arts will only get better. That’s why we encourage cross training at our Mississauga martial arts academy


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