VIBJJ Three Year Anniversary

On March 5, 2016 Van Isle Brazilian Jiujitsu celebrated our third year anniversary. The amazing day started with a fantastic three hour seminar presented by Marc Marins of North Van BJJ. Marc Has over 20 years of Brazilian Jiujitsu experience and was part of the first wave of BJJ that swept across Canada. It was a great seminar full of timeless, beautiful jiujitsu. The event started with grip breaking exercises and moved into Marc's philosophy of how train defensively as a means of building a fortress from which to launch attacks. The seminar then moved to sequences of defenses to common and troubling situations.  Our upper ranked students as well as our new students thoroughly enjoyed the content and the delivery, as Marc has a great way of uploading information to his students. It was great to see the mats full of students taking in as much knowledge as possible from one of western Canada's best instructors.

Since we were celebrating our community that has allowed us to flourish, we decided that the seminar would be a for-charity event, and we asked only for a non-perishable food item donation for the entry fee. The academy really came together raising a small mountain of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Mustard Seed food bank. This just goes to show what amazing people we share the mats with! Thank-you guys!

After the seminar the team regrouped at Lido waterfront restaurant for the Van Isle Third Year Anniversary Party. There was food, good people and drinks. It was awesome to see the team come together and celebrate our combined hard work, discipline, dedication and passion for Jiujitsu. The party was a real affirmation of the amazing team and culture we share at Van Isle. Thank you to every one of our members for making this team what it is! We are very excited for the future, as we know it will full of good jiu jitsu and even better people! We had awards to recognize the outstanding qualities of a few of our students. 

Thank-you all for your support, we're looking forward to another great year!

2016 CBJJF BC Provincials

The CBJJF BC Provincials were held at the BCIT Student Athletic Centre in Burnaby on February 6, 2016. It was a well organised event.

The Van Isle Brazilian Jiujitsu Competition Team suffered some set backs just before this tournament, with two fighters being injured and one falling ill just days before the event. The team that attended was Matt and JM de Groot, William Hodges, Aaron Weber and Tom Scott. Despite the small team, Van Isle BJJ returned with three gold medals, a silver and a bronze. Tom Scott and Aaron Weber were the heroes, Tom winning a gold in gi and o gi and Aaron winning gold in his gi division.

Ram Ananda Workshop: Modern Jiujitsu

On August 22, 2015 Van Isle BJJ and Podium Kimonos hosted 2x IBJJF World Champion and Cobrinha black belt Ram Ananda who presented a two day workshop that focused on modern jiujitsu techniques.

Ram visited Vancouver Island as part of a tour of the Pacific Northwest in which he was sharing details on sport jiujitsu principles and strategies. Ram is well known for playing a strong spider guard game. Spider guard is an often overlooked modern open guard that is emerging as a go-to guard. Since spider guard is a dynamic open guard it is closely related to popular open guards such as the de la Riva (DLR) and reverse DLR, Lasso and X-guard. Spider guard can be used as a transition between these guards and is useful also as a basis for sweeps and submission attempts.

Ram started the workshop with basic principles specific to open guard. Spider specific shrimping and reguard tactics as well as gripping details were first on the agenda before the transition was made to more dynamic movements and concepts. Some of these concepts included a quick run down of modern passing strategy in order to show what a strong guard player is up against. This was my favorite part of the workshop as Ram augmented my knowledge of some of the details of the leg drag. I had attended the Gianni Gripo seminar in Vancouver held at Revolution BJJ a month or so earlier and was eloquently reminded of some of the tactics being used to pass modern guards. Ram ended the workshop days with rolling. Although he was relaxed and in good spirits, you'd never know it rolling him as he had answers for everything, playing his game with amazing effectiveness.    

Ram brought James Goh along for the tour. At the time James was a blue belt Abu Dhabi Pro World Champion. James complimented the workshop well as he obviously had a strong working knowledge of the concepts Ram showed. He was fun to roll with too ;)

The workshop was a great experience, and we look forward to hosting Ram again in the future.