19 April 2015 Grapplepalooza

19 April 2015 Grapplepalooza

Today we had a small but determined group of students compete in a local tournament called Grapplepalooza, which is run by our friends in Kyuzo gym in Finglas. A big thanks to the competitors and all from the Academy who went down to support them and take the photos below. The four guys all gave […]

It’s never too late to start Jiu-Jitsu!

It’s never too late to start Jiu-Jitsu!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYuuhGzu1og?rel=0&w=560&h=315]   Mr James Terlecki is not your average 74 year old.  He’s an all out competitor with 30 years of martial arts experience. “I still feel very strong. I feel as strong as I was when I was 20 years old. But the thing is, my bones don’t break or nothing. I get rolled around […]

Marcelo Garcia interviewed by Matt Arroyo

Marcelo Garcia interviewed by Matt Arroyo

This is a great interview with Marcelo from 2011. This is a full 25 minutes of Marcelo opening up about his training from when he was a teenager up to the present (2011). He talks about which he thinks is better drilling or rolling, how his game has evolved over the years and what he […]

My First International Tournament

My First International Tournament

Conor Murphy is a 20 year old computer science student from Dublin. He is a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, has been training just about one year and is a self confessed Jiu Jitsu Nerd. Below he chronicles his experience and impressions of his first IBJJF international competition. “Last July, my coaches, Roger Dardis and Paul […]

Train to improve, compete to win.

Train to improve, compete to win.

Having recently read the book Jiu-Jitsu in the South Zone, 1997-2008, one of the parts of the book that stuck with me was the part with Sylvio Behring. The following is a quote from the book which is something we all need to remember about our training. “The main thing is to relax and enjoy […]

Goal Setting Part 2: The SMART Principle

Goal Setting Part 2: The SMART Principle

The SMART principle refers to a mnemonic acronym, giving guidelines in the setting of objectives or goals. Specific – target a specific area for improvement, or aim for a specific target. Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress. Aggressive – push yourself, don’t make it too easy. Realistic – state what […]

Goal Setting for Beginners

Goal Setting for Beginners

  Part 1:  Setting Short Term Goals Start taking Notes…  You don’t need to write an essay after every class but start with what the topic for the class was, maybe how many rolls you had, and detail the goal and outcome of your session.  Be constructive. For each training session set a specific goal […]