Thursday, February 16, 2012

BJJ with Helio Sonneca

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.

08 April 2008 @ 02:39 pm

At Core Fitness in Kentucky. I got to meet a legend. Helio Sonneca is one of names you always hear about in BJJ. He's been around the game a long time, been a black belt forever, and has trained people all over. I don't know what he's doing in Kentucky but while they have him there, they are lucky.

He had us drill a lot of wrestling takedowns and taking the back drills. His wrestling was goo, his techniques were very detailed. Every time we didn't do it right, he would stop the class and show it again until everyone had it down perfect. All the moves were from taking the shot and coming around and taking the back, to stuffing the shot and taking the back. In no gi, the highest percentage finish usually is the rear naked choke.
I was rolling with my buddy Chewy and he hillbilly spazzed on me and popped my neck so I will be out of training for a bit. But I'm glad I got to train with Helio Sonneca because I had missed him while I was in Colorado.

The thing I got from him is foot placement. I never thought about if my feet should be up or down, or what angle they should be. He focused from the feet up. Get your footwork down, then do the rest of the move. That makes a lot of sense.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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