Thursday, February 16, 2012

Renzo Gracie Academy

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.

05 April 2008 @ 05:05 pm

Training at the source. I train under a Renzo BB, named Shawn Williams back in LA. This is the home base of all the Renzo affiliates. It is the home of Renzo Gracie and the IFL Pitbulls. There are so many good guys walking around, let alone actual Gracies and other black belts. The person I was looking forward to training with the most was John Danaher. I got to take some classes with some of the other black belts and those were wonderful. John's classes were good as well. the difference in John's class is, it's more laid back. Never started on time while i was there. No warm ups. The first set of techniques start from standing, the later ones on the ground. And he shows it about twice, and has us drill it a million times haha. Or at least I did. I love to just drill moves until I get worn out. But its become ingrained in my nervous system. With proper sleep , it should be in there forever. Or at least a long time.

I like to call John Danaher's style of teaching and techniques, economy of movement. He's very soft spoken, doesn't over explain things, doesn't show the move a whole bunch, and the move itself isn't riddled with useless sub-movements. It's very lean with just the essential meat of what you need. He doesn't need to show the move a whole lot because the move doesn't seem overcomplicated and it relates to the move you just did previously. He won't show you a move that is low percentage, and watching him move is like a machine, exactly the same every time. He doesn't seem to make any mistakes. Amazing.

I enjoyed all the classes I took at Renzos. It's like a 4 Seasons there with lockers, showers, reception, vending machine, weight room, etc.

I loved all the stand up training I did there. The main mat is gigantic but fills up with a lot of guys. All the rolls usually start from standing, even if there is room or not haha.

All the guys I met there were friendly and they get the luxury of training with a lot of the best Renzo guys.
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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