Just a reminder, we’ll be open during Spring Break, and there WILL be classes this Friday (Good Friday).
This tournament is a round robin format, which means that everyone had LOTS of matches, and LOTS of chances to see what was working, and what needs work.
Tournaments are an awesome opportunity to “check in”, and see where your jiu jitsu is at against some opponents that you aren’t used to, and are aggressively hunting the submission.
Everyone did a great job, and win or lose, now has a clearer picture of what needs work, and a better notion of how they operate in a high pressure situation.
Great work, everyone!
Huge congrats to everyone who competed today! Win or lose, everyone got a lot out of their day, and it was great to see everyone’s jiu jitsu do so well!
Daz, (first tournament!) bronze gi
Katie, bronze gi
Dustin, gold gi, gold no gi
Cristine, gold in gi (and a match and a half with a toe that she thought might’ve been broken!)
Brooklyn, silver gi, gold no gi
Jr, silver gi
Graeme, no hardware today but an awesome showing.
So proud of everyone! Let’s bring more to the next one!
So Natalie (prof. Andrew’s wife, and Arashi Do Whyte Blue belt) has had a wee project over the last 2 years, called the Edmonton Women’s Open Mat.
The goal was to bring together women from different schools, and different affiliations, who might only ever meet in competition or not at all, and create a community of support, to help women stick around and thrive in a largely male dominated sport/art, being ambassadors for women in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in each of their represented schools.
Many of these women had never even trained with another woman, or someone their own size!
Almost every month, Natalie would send out emails to all the local schools, explaining her goal, and bit by tiny bit (and fighting no small amount of hesitation from the owners and teachers, wary that this was some scheme to steal their students) she gathered a collection of students representing almost all of the schools in Edmonton and surrounding area.
Aaaaaaand this weekend, 23 of them gathered, from 4 different affiliations, and 8 different schools to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Women’s Open Mat! They rolled for a couple hours, and then stuck around and ate food together, and lots of new connections were made. It was such a wonderful thing to watch as an outside observer, and as someone who has watched all the incredible opposition that Natalie has come up against in her pursuit of building this community.
And of course, because I am now constantly armed with my new camera, I took about six thousand pictures! you can check them out here if you like!
Finally! Natalie gathered some INCREDIBLE sponsors to support this event with some wonderful prizes. Thank you so much to the sponsors, 8786, Women’s Balance Health, BC Kimonos, NEP Canada ULC, who provided awesome gifts and coupon codes, and to Prof. Mike and Drew for offering free registrations for their tournaments, Mind Body Soul and The Submission Ace Winter Classic. Please check them all out, to thank them for supporting women in Jiu Jitsu!
PS, go and make sure to “like” Natalie’s new fbook group for the open mat, here
Hi all, hope your holidays are going swimmingly!
So, this morning was the first open mat (these are for adult students) of the holiday break, and we’ve got a couple upcoming.
First up, we have our annual New Year’s Eve EVE year end roll out! The last rolls of 2014, happening on Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 7-10pm. This is open to all Arashi Do Students, so we’re hoping for some visitors from the other schools to come roll, to send off 2014!
Next up is Saturday, Jan 3. from 10-12, we have our morning open mat as usual.
Then, on January 4, from 1-5pm the Arashi Do Fort Saskatchewan school is hosting a Roll-a-thon, open to students from all affiliations and schools. This will be another great chance to roll with some people you’ve likely never met. First 2 hours will be gi, second 2 will be no-gi. And if you’ve never done no-gi, I’m sure there will be some people keeping the gi on, OR you could give no-gi a try! I’m sure your grips will be sore after a couple hours anyway! I’d love for the Whyte ave school to make a great showing to support Coach Steve’s event, so I’d love to see you there!
Then, on Tuesday, January 6, 20FIFTEEN!! we will be back to classes as usual. Adult classes, January will be open guard month. (woot woot!!)
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
check out this awesome video from Kit Laughlin on some ways to take care of those chokin, grippin’ hands!
Professor Andrew is in California with Professor Curt attending a bullying prevention conference.
There wll be no classes Friday, November 14th or Tuesday, November 18th.
Classes will resume on Wednesday, November 19th.
See you then!!
Ok, so this is the big weekend of our visit from Mestre Sylvio Behring, made more special by the fact that this time, he will be joined by his instructor, 9th degree red belt Grandmaster Alvaro Barreto!
He’ll be joining us the entire weekend for our symposium, grading and seminars, and furthermore, he’ll be teaching a special class tonight for Arashi Do members only, October 23 from 7-830 on chokes, at the Sherwood Park Arashi Do school, (38 Sioux Rd).
As a result all Adult classes (gi, 7-8, and no-gi 8-9) will be cancelled for tonight. Kids classes running as normal.
It would be great to have a strong turnout from the Whyte ave adult classes for this unique opportunity. I’m pretty excited. As far as I know, this is the first time a red belt has even been to Canada.
Also, because I will be in seminars all day, i’ll be on the mats for almost 12 hours between the instructors seminar and the colour belt grading in the evening, there will be no classes at all tomorrow, Friday October 24.
So thats NO ADULT CLASSES tonight, (thursday, 10/23), and
NO CLASSES AT ALL tomorrow night (friday 10/24) and,
NO OPEN MAT on saturday, 10/26
Hope to see a great turnout tonight, and I’ll see lots of you this weekend!
If you have any questions, please call or text me at 780-983-3486 I’ll do my best to get back to you in the midst of the busy-ness.
The CBJJF (Canadian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) is putting on the Rocky Mountain Classic competition this Saturday in Calgary. You still have time to register! They will have kids’ divisions and adult divisions (men and women) for both Gi and no gi. Registration closes on Friday, September 26 at 11:45 pm. Register HERE!
Hope to see you there!!
As most you know, Professor Andrew is off to the Kids World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship in California. Here’s a reminder of what’s happening for classes while he’s gone!
Friday – No Classes
Saturday – Open Mat from 10:30am-12pm with Professor Curt Malin at Donnan school (in the annex between the school and the park)
Tuesday – No noon class. Evening classes as usual taught by Professor Curt.
Wednesday – classes as usual. Professor Andrew will be back!!
There will be no classes today for Canada day, so get out there and enjoy the festivities and incredible weather!
We’ll be back at it tomorrow and starting our guard passing month in the adult classes!
(Oh and tomorrow is my birthday, but don’t worry, I shaved my beard so I actually look YOUNGER by about 15 yrs. Parents, give your kids a heads up that it isn’t a stranger teaching class, it’s still Professor Andrew, just beardless!)
See you Tomorrow!
I’ll be at the sylvan lake reffing tomorrow, so Curt will be hosting the open mat at the dojo at Donnan school on 87 st and 77 ave. (more specifically in the annex between the school and the park).
See you next week!
Almost back to regular classes, but in the meantime, it would be great to see some of the adult students at the open mats.
First up is tonight (Friday) from 7-9pm, and next is tomorrow (Saturday) from 10-12am.
Hope to see you in!
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays, and the mild weather we’ve been having (rainstorms in december??)
We’ve got a couple open mat sessions for the adult classes in the next couple days that I wanted to give you the heads up on.
tomorrow (friday) night 7-9
Saturday (28th) 10-12
and monday the 30th from 6-9. I’ve been talking to some folks from the other schools, so hopefully we’ll have a good turn out for the last roll of the year!
I’ll post times for next weeks open mat as they get closer, and regular classes will be back on January 7.
See you soon!
The usual Saturday Open Mat will not be happening tomorrow morning.
Instead, we’ll be heading over to Arashi Do West (9704 182st – La Perle Shopping Center) to take part in their Philippines Haiyan Typhoon Relief charity roll-a-thon from 1:30 – 3pm.
Please bring a donation! All monetary donations will be matched by Arashi Do West and sent to the Philippinnes through the Canadian Red Cross.
Hope to see you all there!
Just a reminder that there will be no open mat at Arashi Do Whyte this Saturday (Nov. 16th), since Professor Andrew is still away.
A few people are heading over to Arashi Do Sherwood Park to take part in their open mat. If you are an Arashi Do student, you are welcome to join them on Saturday from 10am-12noon.
All classes will resume on Tuesday, November 19th!!!
There’s no open mat on Saturday, November 2, 2013!
Professor Andrew and a bunch of the team are heading out to Spruce Grove to the IV Cia Paulista Canada Open tournament. You should go, too!
Mini Monkeys (5:30pm) and Children’s BJJ (6pm) classes are cancelled on Thursday.
Adult BJJ and No Gi classes will be happening as usual, but it may be a skeleton crew (haha) as I know many will be busy handing out candy, wrangling Halloweening children, managing sugar crashes, etc.
Enjoy your Halloween activities, everyone!!
This weekend is the Fall Symposium and grading with Mestre Sylvio Behring (7th degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red and Black Belt)!
There are no classes on Friday – As usual, Professor Andrew is required at the grading for the colour belts on Friday night which means that he isn’t able to teach classes.
Grading prep open mat on Friday 7-9pm – This is an open mat for any adults who are grading that may want to practice their required curriculum. One. Last. Time.
Location – Please note that here has been a change in location for the weekend. We are now going to be at the new school in Sherwood Park (38 Sioux Road). I can’t drive anywhere in Sherwood Park without a map, so here’s one that will help all of us.
Parking!! This is what Arashi Do Sherwook Park has to say about it:
“Park at the back of the building or behind the building. If there is no parking, use the street or the strip mall across the street. Please don’t park in front of open businesses in the building if possible.”
Schedule – Please be sure to check the Symposium website here for the complete schedule of events for both Saturday and Sunday.
Have a great time this weekend!! And, as always, if you have any questions at all please feel free to contact Professor Andrew.
It’s been two months since the Jiu Jitsu Women of Edmonton (and surrounding area) gathered together. We decided to take July off as it seemed we all were busy winding down and getting into the flow of summer.
But it’s August! And I we can’t wait any longer!
If you train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’re female, 11 years old or older, and you’re in the area – you’re invited!!
Come and roll with us :)
And you can join the facebook event here.
See you soon!!
That is the title of a new blog post by Professor Andrew. Haha.
Go on and click the image of him in his snappy blue Panda gi, and you will be magically transported to his blog, Dig Deep Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Go get a little glimpse of how his brain works.
Which means, of course, that there will be NO OPEN MAT at Arashi Do Whyte.
If you want to attend the seminar, but don’t have your ticket yet, you still have until 7pm this evening to get one!
Go here. Scroll down. Buy your ticket.
Arashi Do Whyte will be closed for holidays next week.
There will be no classes from July 9th – 14th.
Classes will resume on Tuesday, July 16th.
Enjoy the break and see you soon!!
Because Professor Andrew is in Vancouver this weekend at the Gui Mendes seminar, I’m sure many of you assumed (or were told) that there would be no open mat tomorrow.
You are wrong!! Very wrong!!
Open mat will go ahead as scheduled!
Mike Chandra will be running it from 10am-noon.
Thanks so much Mike!! Looking forward to next time!
**(Monitor means “instructor” and it’s pronunciation is not unlike the name of this lizard.)
The June Women’s Open Mat is happening on Sunday! (June 9th, 2013) We’re hosting this month at Arashi Do Whyte.
We will also be collecting bras. Yes you heard me! BRAS.
You know, those bras in the back of your underwear drawer that you bought but they never did fit quite right? Well, they are bound to fit someone, so we’re collecting them to send to Mozambique to help the organization, Free The Girls.
“Free The Girls seeks to offer employment to women who have been rescued from the sex trade. These women are set up with a free shipment of bras to sell in the second hand clothing market. Working in this industry allows women to go to school or care for their children around managing a kiosk. Bras are in high demand in the second hand clothing market and most women can earn 3 to 5 times their community’s minimum wage. They can work with other women in a safe environment with little interaction with men, as many were abused and used by men in their past…”
So come out and roll and bring your bras. Make a difference in the life of a former slave.
See you on Sunday!
For Saturday’s open mat, we will be heading over to Arashi Do West Ed.
Come and join us between noon and 4pm for a “roll-a-thon”.
Oh, and please bring a donation for the food bank!
See you then!
There will be no classes Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22.
SO, feel free to come out to a Tuesday/Thursday class to make up what you missed!
See you soon!
Professor Andrew had the opportunity to attend a seminar today with Demian Maia, a multiple time BJJ world champion, and contender in the welterweight division in the UFC.
If you’ve spent any time at all with Prof. Andrew (as many of you have), you will know that he absolutely loves learning. His daily studies consist of books, blogs, articles, videos (etc), covering an array of topics, including, but not limited to: BJJ, coffee, biomechanics, sports psychology, BJJ, the best way to peel a hard boiled egg, mobility, BJJ, pedagogy, music, must have cooking utensils, business, nutrition, BJJ, parenting, and, and, and…
Did I mention BJJ? Oh, yes I did. One of Prof. Andrew’s favourite ways to study BJJ is in the form of seminars. He really tries to take advantage of every opportunity to improve his Jiu Jitsu, and so when a chance to train with a high level competitor or instructor comes his way, he takes it.
Speaking of Guilherme Mendes, we have some interesting and exciting news to tell you… but you will have to wait until next week! (Haha! Sorry!)
Whether you are a mother or not, I’m about 99.9% sure that at some point in your life, you have either had a mother, known a mother, mothered someone or have had someone mother you in some way. And all of these scenarios are fully worth celebrating!
This month, however, the second Sunday happens to be Mother’s Day.
Now, I confess, for a moment I had seriously entertained the thought of making our open mat a “Mother’s Day Tea and Roll” (Bring your Mom! Bring your kids! Let’s roll… and have a tea party!). But… as much as I would find that fun (and hilarious), I’m not sure it’s for everyone. Haha… anyhoo…
So, the May Women’s Open Mat will now be happening on Sunday, May 19th instead. Sans tea and crumpets. But, if I hear of anyone who’s up for a BJJ tea party next year, I could be easily convinced. Seriously. Omoplata my rubber arm.