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Post-IBJFF Worlds thoughts

Posted: August 27, 2019 by Jonathan Fader in Krav Maga in General
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Last week I wrote about my thoughts before going off to Worlds in Las Vegas, You can read about it here! This is a follow-up.

If you did not look up the IBJJF World Masters tournament after the last post let me tell you it is probably the largest grappling gathering in the world perhaps outside of the Olympics. It’s not just one tournament it’s actually 4. Every year during the world masters which caps out at about 5000 athletes, they also host the Las Vegas Open (Adults 18+ Gi and no-gi), The International Novice championships (White belts), and the kid’s international championships.

It really is an event for the whole family. This being my first year down I wasn’t sure what to expect but man was I impressed and plan to go back as many years in the future as I can. On top of non-stop grappling competitions, they also had numerous free seminars with some of the worlds best and they also hosted a No-Gi Grandprix invite-only with the worlds best no-gi heavyweights. On top of that add great deals from various vendors (I bought two new gis and other gear) and basically the whos who of the BJJ community just casually walking around or even competing. So if this hasn’t convinced you to go next year then I don’t know what will but if you can only afford one trip a year and are a grappler even as a spectator I highly recommend this event.

Jonathan Securing the Round 1 win at World Masters 2019

So how did I do? In my competition, I won my first match but lost my second. Despite this loss which was my own fault for mistiming a sweep attempt which allowed my opponent to base and gain the points advantage, I felt great. For the first time at purple belt, I am really starting to feel that my game is coming together nicely. Not only this but my reaction times seem to be getting quicker and I am thinking a little less before executing my movements. As always win, lose or draw I also think about how I can get better. What I learned from my performance.

  1. Keep the cardio up – I may have slipped up on my cardio prior to my tournament which I could feel slipping a little bit which slowed me down a little. Next time I will have to time things a little better.
  2. Be patient – One of the issues I have when fighting an opponent who is fairly similar in skill is that I lose patience. This is something I have been working on. However, in my second match, my frustration with not being able to sweep with a single X led me to pre-maturely switched to an X guard which allowed my opponent to pass. So the lesson is to be patient and wait. My opponents were all clearly struggling with my guard and only ever passed or almost passed when I attempted to change what I was doing.
  3. Maintain grips – One thing I have always struggle is getting and maintaining grips. Failing to do this regularly often means I need to rely on strength or speed rather than combining everything together for efficiency.
  4. The mind is important – If you read my tournament pre-thoughts you would have read I was concerned that my mental state has always been a problem during tournaments. This time I can say that this aspect of my game is getting better and better. Mentally I felt great and never quit or self-sabotaged. Even when I was tired I kept fighting and being stubborn. To me, this improvement was my greatest win.

I also achieved my goal of making it past my first match. At the worlds, the level of competition is some of the best. And my opponent did not make it easy. Mike Hansen the black belt coach/professor at Budo Mixed Martial arts Burnaby quoted someone, I can’t recall who but it went something like this.

“In a tournament of 5000 people, 50% of people do not make it through their first match. Thats 2500 people who you made it farther than.”

To me this really is quite the achievement and my attempt to take this tournament one match at a time is something I am going to keep doing moving forward. Unless you are the type that wins often I think this is probably one of the best approaches.

Now that I know that my game is coming along and my tournament mindset is starting to be where I want it to be now I know my goal is to tighten my game and make it so solid that little mistakes happen less and less. Either way, I am happy I competed and am so happy with how I performed.

Did I mention the free seminars? Even if you went down to support your team these seminars would make the trip worth it in its self as each one on their own might cost $100-200 easily. I ended up doing seminars with Rafael Lavato Jr., World Champion and current Bellator MMA Middleweight champion, though this was by accident as I went to Xtreme Couture for a BJJ class and instead was told it was this seminar. (This one wasn’t free but still super cheap). At the actual event, I did Seminars with, Julio Cesar, Coral Belt, world champion and founder of the modern GF Team. Heavyweight bruiser Patrick Gaudio of GF Team. 10X World Champion Bruno Malfacine who was a wizard of the sport. I watched him destroy people twice his size in some open matches at the end of the seminar and think that when I can I will try to go to his school to train a bit. Followed by a Robert Drysdale seminar of Zenith and former ADCC world champion. Both of these seminars were my favorite as each of them showed they weren’t just amazing grapplers but also knew how to properly run a seminar (Something many instructors struggle to do.) On the last day, I also managed to secure a spot in the Andre Galvao, Angelica Galvao of world-famous ATOS Gym and the Mendes Bros of AOJ (Gui and Rafael) seminar. All legends and world champions in their own divisions.

Needless to say, these seminars were amazing resources to continue to develop my game. Again, if the competitions were not enough to get you to go down next year, I hope the free seminars will. While there were many more I was unable to attend them all.

So I had an amazing experience and I say to you, why dont you have one too next year!

 

 

 

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Taiwan BJJ Academy  台灣巴西柔術學院

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Taiwan BJJ is the most well known and established BJJ school in Taiwan. It can be said that Taiwan BJJ has truly contributed to the development of BJJ here in Taiwan. Personally, I also share some great memories with this institution. In 2009 I was a member of the Taiwan BJJ team that competed in the 2009 Bangkok BJJ International Open. The team was made mostly of members of Taiwan BJJ Academy, Evolution MMA and Tough MMA. We did an excellent job at the tournament. I personally won bronze in my division. Although the team was made of mostly members of Taiwan BJJ Academy, we were a cohesive team that trained and coached each other throughout the tournament.

Facility:

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The school used to be located near Taipei city hall and just like every other gym back then, it had only the bare essentials: mats……and that’s about it. The school back then was small and potentially dangerous to train at if too many members were there at once. The new gym however can only described as sexy. It is located in a huge basement with plenty of space, lockers, a shower room, changing rooms, front counter and a small shop. It has full-time staff at the front you can talk to instead of talking to the instructor and interrupting the class.

Coach:

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Professor Makoto and I

Professor Makoto Ogaswara is truly humorous fellow but takes his BJJ craft very very seriously. Professor Makoto Sensei is a first degree black under Wendell Master Alexander and André Pederneiras Nova União. Professor Makoto compete frequently internationally and he is also a true leader within the BJJ community here in Taiwan and I had personally receive many helps and instructions from him. In addition, professor Makoto ‘s Chinese has significantly improved compare when I first meet him.   He can now communicate fluently in Chinese and also teach BJJ in Chinese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impression:

The overall impression of the member’s fighting style is that they are very tight. Their movements are precise and more cautious compared to North American fighters. It also means there is less chance for you to attack. Some of the guys also have excellent stand-up game. This is not very common in the BJJ world.   The bottom video is one of their athlete I had the pleasure to roll against.

During my short stay and rolling with their members, I did not see lots of De La Riva, or X-guards among their members but I only roll with about 2 purple belt, several white belt 4 strips, 2 blue belts……etc.  Taiwan BJJ, as its title says, is a BJJ school. Their grappling style caters more to sports BJJ competition and less to MMA application. Generally speaking, different schools have different applications – some cater to BJJ competition like Budo MMA (Scott Boudreau, 4 times world champion and Mike Hansen 2014 NAGA Champion), Clinch MMA ( Sal Ram, champion makers of some the finest MMA fighters and top OneFC fighters in Asia, like Typhoon Paul Chen ) or a more self defense approach like Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

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Overall:

I would recommend anyone who is visiting Taiwan to train at Taiwan BJJ. It is professional, friendly and in some ways this school still has a pioneer spirit as the first serious BJJ school in Taiwan. It is just a bunch of people who like to roll and train.

Contact Info:

Website : http://taiwanbjj.org/en/taipei/

Address: Jilin Rd., #12-3, B1, Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: 02-2531-7383
Email: contact@taiwanbjj.org
Nearest MRT Station: Songjiang-Nangjing, Exit 3

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan Fader -Scott Boudreau - Borhan Jiang