Monday thru Friday at 4:30 PM Coach Bryan Del Guerrero is on the mat teaching our Beginner Jiu Jitsu Class. This former Marine Drill Sergeant’s attention to detail will help beginners learn the fundamentals and get to the next level. Come in and check it out!
What’s up, everyone. My name is Zach Tenorio. I used to work here at The Arena from 2017 to 2020. I moved back to Guam around the time COVID had happened, spent time with my family. And my brother just recently graduated from the Naval Academy, so my family and I flew out there to attend his graduation. On the way back, stopped in San Diego. It’s been cool training with Vince, training with Baret, and the rest of the team. It’s been fun. It’s a different experience. I’m a different person from before, so I’m seeing things in a different light. Being here has definitely been great if. I’m anywhere in the US, I still want to stop by here just to get the training in, see everybody again. Yeah, I’ll definitely be back.
Member Testimonial from Luis Martinez. Luis started off in Jiu Jitsu with Coach Baret, he is now supplementing his training and recovery with Coach Jason in our Fight Built classes. Increasing his strength, flexibility, range of motion, and cardio help when training for other combat sports but also for longevity and overall health. We have everything you need to achieve your goals.
My name is Luis Martinez, and I started about six, seven years ago with Barrett. Recently, I hurt my knee, so I’ve been coming here, Jason’s class. I’m working on physical therapy, strength building, a bunch of stability work. So I feel like that’s definitely helping me out with my agility, cardio, stamina, and strength, and that’s been helping me out with my Jiu Jitsu.
Yeah, the attitude is great. In Jason’s class, I feel like he makes the class super easy to follow. If you have any questions, he’s always there to work on your form to prevent injury in the long run. He makes the classes a lot easier for beginners to more advanced fighters who are going to compete. So no matter what your skill level is, he adapts to that.
Master Baret Yoshida is always innovating what is possible in Jiu Jitsu. Everyone knows he is the crucifix master but lately he has added the Assassins Choke that has the whole Jiu Jitsu community buzzing. This past weekend while winning IBJJF International Masters Worlds he pulled off the Assassins Choke with his belt! Here he explains some history of him first seeing a belt choke from BJ Penn in the 90’s and how he has recently added it as an innovation to the Assassins Choke. He also demonstrates how he off sets the belt and hides the extra length. Truly a grappling genius that we are lucky enough to have as our Jiu Jitsu Coach.
In 1998, I was working with BJ Penn in Hawaii. I think we were both purple belts. He showed me a belt choke from the back. I messed with it a little bit, but I wasn’t too into it. And then for a long time, I’ve been working on the crucifix and I just kind of put the two ideas together. I found that the belt is actually like a really good choking weapon because it’s really thin and it wraps around the neck really well. So I guess like this past Saturday, I won the Masters 4 Division for Masters International tournament they had in Long Beach.
One of my matches I won with my assassin choke, but I ended up using my belt. What I found was when I first tried to use my belt, it was too short. So I started seeing if I could offset one of the straps. I made one side quite a bit longer. But I didn’t want to hang it out there and having guys use that against me for like worm guard and stuff like that. So I folded one more rotation inwards just to keep it more hidden.
It’s like a Kimura grip here. Take the tail out. Give it to your hand here. Get the shibari grip here. Okay. Then I come out here, extract my belt, come around his head trying to choke him here. He dips this chin. Get on the other side here. I get the choke.
So when I got the choke on my opponent in the tournament, I posted on my Instagram. A lot of people were cool with it, but there were a lot of people that thought it was like a dirty technique. It’s just a part of the uniform like all the other lapels or whatnot. I don’t see what the difference is. Almost every single rule seminar, the head referee, he’ll talk about it. He’ll say like, if you are able to use the belt without the knot coming off, then it’s 100% legal. To take the knot off and to choke the guy would be a serious foul, however. But as long as the knot stays on, it stays on your uniform, it is 100% legal.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport based on ground fighting. It focuses on using leverage to control, gain a dominant position, or subdue a potential attacker or opponent. These techniques also include various joint manipulations and chokeholds that force your opponent to submit or give up.
BJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is a branch of the Jiu Jitsu lineage tree that began with The Japanese many centuries ago. Intended for use at close combat, Jiu Jitsu became the foundation of many modern martial arts and combat sports, such as Judo, Aikido, and Sambo. In the 1920s, Jiu Jitsu was introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil. They developed their own style of the art and named it Gracie Jiu Jitsu, which later became known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Jiu Jitsu teaches a smaller and weaker person to use leverage to defend themselves from bigger and stronger opponents. It provides the individual with increased physical strength and cardio as well as increased self confidence and the ability to remain level headed in stressful situations.