BJJ and Yoga Training Camp in Bali
2 - 8 February, Uluwatu, Bali
Could life get any better than this?
The ROOTS BJJ team is heading off to Bail from Sunday 2 to Saturday 8 February 2020 for a totally immersive BJJ, BJJ conditioning training, and yoga camp. What more could you want than to spend six nights in Bali hanging our with your friends, training BJJ, participating in BJJ seminars with a range of guest instructors, doing a daily yoga and meditation class, and relaxing with your friends around the pool, exploring the beautiful beaches on the Bukit Peninsula, or surfing the world class waves from your own private beach at Uluwatu? Exactly, not much! This camp has it all.
Come join us on a unique BJJ experience in Uluwatu, Bali. Set in a luxury topical resort perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, we will take your BJJ training to the next level. Over the course of the immersive six day camp, you will live the BJJ lifestyle while connecting with nature. This is an opportunity to be outside of the gym, leave your daily life behind, and focus on your training with your team, and all you need to worry about is having fun with your friends. You will train both gi and no-gi jiu-jitsu. You will have access to daily yoga and mediation sessions. You will also have the opportunity to do BJJ specific conditioning program. Camp is open to all ROOTS BJJ members, their family, and friends. Non BJJ guests can do yoga and conditioning classes or they are welcome just to hang out and relax. There is loads to do in Bali!
We will be staying in luxury 1 and 2 bedroom villas. All of the villas have access to the lawn, cliff, and private beach. They all have a refrigerator, air conditioning, WIFI (complimentary), and an electronic in-room safe. Some of the villas have kitchens and private pools. We can arrange for you to have king or single beds depending on who you are sharing the room with. In regards to catering, you are in for another treat! We are happy to arrange a customised menu of organic, vegetarian, vegan, non-vegetarian, super food rich, or raw breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is too much to chose from!
Camp cost includes:
$2490 (Australian dollars)
$2090 (Australian dollars) non BJJ partners/friends/family
10% Deposit is due by 14 October
10% discount if paid in full
Payments can be paid in installments.
Please contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings and questions or visit our website www.rootsbjj.com.au for more information.
Who the hell is Jorge Pereira?
Every year, the ROOTS Team waits with baited breath for the arrival of Master Jorge Pereira. This August, Jorge is coming back again to run a series of seminars with the aim of sharing his knowledge and sharing his stories with the team. But who is Jorge? What is Rio Heroes? Why is he connected to ROOTS?
Jorge is a BJJ coral belt (7th degree). He earned his black belt training under Rickson Gracie in 1986. Pereira is known as one of the defenders of the Brazilian grappling style in Vale Tudo (no holds barred) matches spanning several decades from 1980s onwards. He was also well known for building one of the strongest BJJ teams of that time. In 2007, Jorge was the mastermind behind a series of Vale Tudo (no rules/no hold barred) fights called Rio Heroes. His aim was to bring back the old school values to fight business. The fights were screened from Brazil to the States. Jorge retired in 2008, at the age of 42 due to a knee injury and one blind eye, both were injuries sustained in his fights.
Jorge is a strong supporter of the values underpinning BJJ. While he is all about competitions and fights, he is also an advocate for the value of BJJ for everyone. He explains “My Style is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, from my master Rickson Gracie. I always try to follow his teachings. My Jiu-Jitsu is for life, for self-defence and developing health. Of course, competitions of Jiu-Jitsu and MMA are part of all that concept too. But I try to see the Jiu-Jitsu in a bigger picture. JIU-JITSU FOR LIFE!”
Jorge was born in Rio de Janeiro. When he was a boy, his family moved to the suburb Barra da Tijuca, and it was there that he crossed paths with Paulo as they were living in the same condominium complex. There is a back story here. When they were about fourteen, Jorge liked a girl, but the girl liked Paulo. Jorge came to check out this guy that had stolen the heart of his girl. Neither of them know what happened to the girl, but it was a serendipitous encounter, and they have been best friends ever since. It was while they were living in this complex that an older boy started to bully Jorge. Jorge decided that he needed to learn how to defend himself. Paulo was already doing jiu-jitsu under Flavio Behring. Flavio was a Helio Gracie black belt. Jorge came to train with him too. Marcelo, Flavio’s son, who was in his late teens, started to teach some classes for his father. Marcelo was already training under Rickson Gracie and he took Jorge to train with him at the Gracie Academy when Jorge was in his late teens, and it was at this time that he earned his blue belt.
Jorge’s Early Career
There were not many BJJ competitions at the time, but the most important was the Liga Niteroiense de Jiu-Jitsu (LINJJI). Teams were not allowed to enter more than two athletes per division, so most of the BJJ academies would have internal trial tournaments to find their team fighters.
These internal competitions were often tougher than the actual LINJJI. Jorge fought in the Gracie Academy trials. His trial fights earned him a spot on Rickson Gracie‘s competition squad, an elite training squad of the Gracie Academy that was chosen to represent Rickson himself. Jorge started attending the group classes with these elite competitors from when he was a blue belt. He kept training under Rickson Gracie for many years, and he achieved the rank of black belt in 1986.
Jorge’s Fighting Achievements
Jorge spent most of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s fighting competitively. He fought BJJ, Vale Tudo, and MMA.
His titles include: Extreme Challenge (Atlanta, USA); King of the Cage (Palm Springs, USA); IVC 5 (Sao Paulo, Brazil); and Brazilian Free Style Championship 2, 3, and Final Event (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Jorge is the No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Champion (2008 California); the Jiu-Jitsu Pan American Champion (2002/2003/2004 Florida & California); and the Champion of FFC Submission Grappling Open Miami, Florida.
Jorge also holds a number of Vale Tudo titles including: Brazilian Free Style Champion (1996, 1997, 1998, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and he was the Champion of "The Fighter” Free Style Championship (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). He also has a MMA Record of 14 fights, 10 wins, and four losses.
Jorge was awarded his coral belt in 2013 by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
Today, Jorge teaches at his BJJ academy in Miami, travels for seminars, spends time with his family, and works with the producers of the Rio Heroes TV series with Fox Studios. Jorge gave Paulo his black belt in 1998, and Paulo is the highest BJJ black belt in Australia. Every year, when Jorge comes back to Australia to do his seminars he is also coming back to his roots.
It's BJJ Competition Season
Off the back of a successful Autumn Cup in May, which saw the ROOTS team come 2nd in gi, 2nd in no gi, 4th in the kids, and 3rd overall, we are now in competition season. So we thought that we would put forward some advice for the first time competitors, and some things to think about for the higher belts.
If you have never competed before, go and watch a competition. Come and support the ROOTS team. Get your hands on a Team ROOTS yellow t-shirt and cheer on your team mates. Not only will you get to hang out with the people from your gym, you will also get to meet people from the other ROOTS gyms. So you are winning already! Most importantly, you will know what the set up for the competition is like; for example, you will see where the marshalling area is, you will see how the mats are arranged, you can see where people get their medals, you can soak up the atmosphere, and you can get a feel for competition day.
Competitions can be loud and stepping on the mat for the first time can be daunting. However, the reality is that you will be fighting against someone who is your own weight and belt, which is a bit easier than rolling with the higher belts in the gym. The best strategy here is to go and watch the people that will be fighting in your weight and belt category. Best to also look at the weight categories above too, in case you you want fight in the open division as well.
Also, come to the ROOTS monthly open mats. These are on the first Saturday of each month at a different ROOTS gym, kicking off this Saturday 1 June from 10am - 12pm at ROOTS BJJ Chinatown. These are a good way to test your skills and to train with a whole lot of different people.
Get to know what Self-EfFicacy Means
Get to know what self-efficacy is. Self-efficacy is the concept that you have confidence in your ability to perform an action or task within a given domain (i.e. your belief that you can win a BJJ fight). If you have high self-efficacy, you believe that you can achieve the task, and if you have low self-efficacy then you have the belief that you cannot achieve the set task. Self-efficacy is developed though training, through feedback from your peers and instructors, and from vicarious experiences, such as seeing your team mates win. Another aspect of self-efficacy is team self-efficacy. So if the team believes that it can win, then the team has high team-efficacy. Paulo and all of the instructors have all been fighters, and they all have high self-efficacy and high team-efficacy. They believe that ROOTS can win, and they believe that you can win, too. Our goal is to win the competitions and to make our way to the lofty halls of Valhalla at the end of the day for a night of feasting.
Have a Clear Game Plan And TRain
A game plan means that you have an actual “plan” on how to achieve your goal for your fight. It is not some idea that you will go on the mat and last for five minutes and hope for the best, or that your opponent will, meekly, submit to your bravery. They are also there to win. Submission in the first 30 seconds of a fight is not a game plan, it is a pipe dream.
What you need to plan out is your attack and counter attacks. Learn what will get you points and what will cost you points. Know what your strengths are so that you can use them, but also know what the counter moves are so that if your opponent does one of the possible counter moves you can get around them. What will you do when you get in guard, half-guard, or side-control? What will you do if you are taken down, or what if you get put into a bad position? During training, practice the moves when you are rolling at the end of the session and be cognisant of how you can use those moves in a fight. Yes, use your training to prepare for a competition. Try your attacks and see what happens, learn from these instances where you may be bested in training so that you are victorious on the day.
Have a competition Mindset
It is a fight. You are there to win. You are there to do your best. There is no shame in losing if you tried your hardest. So put in the effort when you get on the mat. Remember to breathe. This is a simple rule, but controlling your breathe means controlling your strength.
Your coach is out there trying to help you when you are competing. Many people get out on the mat and they lose perspective of everything around them. This makes it much harder for someone to coach you because when you are in this situation you probably don’t even know your coach is there anymore. So do your best to stay focused. Anytime you have the chance, try to listen to your coach, or if you have good control, you can look at him. It may help.
Keep calm when you are fighting, know where you are in the fight, know how many points you have, and look for the time on the scoreboard. Try to control the fight.
Here is some overall advice on fighting:
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