Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

 Carlos Machado and Craig Harmer

Carlos Machado Seminar

Last night some of the team from Goulburn headed toPure Jiu-jitsu Academy to share the mats with the wonderful Carlos Machado.  It is moments like these that we as a community must remember those that came before us. The giants of the art, The Gracies, Machado families have dedicated so much of their lives to the art and we who own Academies, study the art, have so much to be grateful for. Enjoying jiu-jitsu that has been handed down through the pioneers of BJJ that has reached you and that you benefit from.  Carlos is, of course, an 8th Degree Coral Belt Professor and a wonderful instructor I have always enjoyed his seminars. This is my 3rd seminar with Carlos and probably the biggest team I have been able to take and share the mats with him. The seminar was conducted at a friend’s academy, Tony Pycroft Pure Jiujitsu. Tony has a fantastic gym and welcoming mat culture and is a RCJ Machado member (My Academy is a Will/Machado affiliate) so I enjoy catching up with the family!

The content of the seminar dealt with some fantastic concepts of pummelling, standing in base, entries to takedown, breathing, flow rolling, not getting crushed, redirecting, shoulder shrimp, Zombie, surfing using level changes and hips to pass (Entire Body) to name a few.  I want to thank Carlos and Tony for a fantastic seminar and sharing the mats and journey that is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

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Team Gmaa With Carlos Machado

Competition Training- As A Coach!

As an instructor,  we have many roles to play. Sometimes a competitor!  How do we find time to prepare for a competition and juggle all the important things that Coaches/Instructors have to deal with on a weekly basis. Time is limited and so will your preparation but here are some tips that I have found work for me.

  • Be specific- write down a gameplan and train for that game plan.
  • Be safe, as a coach you may be a little older, Injury is the enemy here is a link to some recovery time R.I.C.E Foam Rolling for Recovery and Injury Prevention.
  • Nutrition. Download a nutrition app that can help you get your macronutriants in order I like My Fitness Pal.
  •  Training Partners- Schedule one day a week for you at a minimum. If your unable to do that. Work your game plan and strategies into the normal class structure. Be careful to balance what your goals and students needs.
  • Solo training-conditioning,

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    research some conditioning methods or hire a PT sometimes it is nice to put yourself in the hands of others. Bag work, Footwork, mirrors, shodow boxing can help you if your a striker. now go get it done!

Good luck.



What do you bring to the mat?

Sharing time on the mats can be a joy in itself  (Boltezar,2018)

We all bring something to the mat. Knowledge, attitude, enthusiasm. We all share a thirst for knowledge for the arts and want to improve be it for next rank, submission, throw or nailing that high kick. What do you bring to the mat for others? Do you share your knowledge or guard is like a golem and the precious ring?

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It’s important to share your knowledge, it builds the clubs skill level and we all improve, “The rising tide raises all ships”. Are you one of the first people to greet new members and offer yourself to train and assist them? Making new members feel at home builds and strengthens the club. Do you tag and upload images on social media? Sharing your story helps builds awareness of the club and what you do, your story is important. No-one has your story but you, but people will internalize it and reflect on it. Are you a team player? Do you wear the patch? do you bring friends in to grow the club? assist in demo’s or help clean up. All these actions make the difference between a member of a team and a customer.

A team, after all, is all members working together in pursuit of a goal.