On October 18 and 19, 2014 Vancouver Island Brazilian JiuJitsu was proud to host Professor Rob Biernacki, owner and head instructor of Island Top Team, for a two day seminar. Rob is one of only two black belt instructors on the Island and is dedicated to producing high caliber BJJ athletes. The seminar was held in an effort to raise awareness and resources for BJJ Zimbabwe, a fledgling organization dedicated to improving lives in Zimbabwe through jiujitsu. The event was by donation, as professor Rob asked for anything from food, used gis, or monetary donations. We had a great turnout and raised $445 and received many gis which will be taken to Africa!
Rob started off the seminar by explaining his position on conceptual jiujitsu and the effect of his philosophy on instructing and learning. Rob believes that with a strong foundation in principals of base, structure, leverage, etc, one will always have a reasonable answer to problems one confronts in one’s jiujitsu career. He is a proponent of problem solving based skill sets rather than technique-as-a-counter based skill sets.
The first day was spent studying the De La Riva (DLR) guard and reverse DLR. Rob broke down the techniques explaining key principals such as distance control and fleeing control and explained how to best maintain both of these elements while switching between the DLR and RDLR. More importantly, he explained when to switch and how to maintain the positions. He showed his version of a Shotgun sweep from the DLR and two methods to take the back from a completed sweep. He explained how best to break grips of the opponent and use the broken grips to establish a Koala (sit-up) guard. From here he demonstrated a high percentage sweep to side control. Although Professor rob did a great job of demonstrating techniques and explaining them in an understandable way, what was most impressive was how he organized them into a system. I know that many of our students had not been formally taught these positions and techniques which can often be complicated, but Rob made the lesson easy. We rolled after the seminar, which was fun because there were new faces and different styles represented.
The second day focused on attacking the back and was done without the gi. Rob showed how to maintain and recover back control as well as high level entries to the back. He augmented our understanding of concepts that lead to successful execution of submissions. If you’d like to visit Rob, check out his website at http://www.islandtopteam.com/. You can find part one of the seminar here: https://vimeo.com/109755655.