Mac Danzig MMA Seminar May 17th!!!

April 28th, 2014

UFC veteran and TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) season 6 winner, Mac Danzig will be teaching a Striking for MMA Seminar at 10th Planet Van Nuys on 5/17/14. Don’t miss this special event! Whether you want to sharpen your skills or just add another tool to your game, this is the event for you. Modern MMA has forever changed the landscape of martial arts. You can no longer be a one dimension martial artist. There’s always somebody who will expose your lack of skills. To be able to use your Jiu Jitsu effectively now, you must use your striking to set up your takedowns. The alternative is to eat lots of leather on your way in, and wake up staring up at the lights asking yourself what happened!  CALL us and book your spot today, there are limited amounts of space, so act now!

10th Planet Van Nuys
16760 Stagg St. Suite #218
Van Nuys, CA 91406
12pm – 3pm
*Bring gloves, shin guards optional


Milton Arguello Post-Fight Interview (University of MMA: Fight Night 6, 3/30/14, Los Angeles, CA)

April 9th, 2014

10th Planet Van Nuys, Milton Arguello’s post fight interview with Dawna at the U of MMA. Fresh of his triangle submission win, he looked amazing. Look for much more of this kid in the future!

Eddie Mendez making his UFC debut in Brazil June 8th versus Daniel Sarafian

May 29th, 2013

Eddie Mendez is making his UFC debut June 8th. He’s know for his powerful wrestling, heavy hands and tons of heart. He will be facing TUF Brazil veteren, Daniel Sarafian, who is coming off of his fight of the night war against C.B. Dollaway. Be on watch for this fight to steal the show!


Here’s Eddie training with the gang over at 10th Planet Van Nuys!


Eddie Mendez training for his UFC Debut at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys

Eddie Mendez Training at 10th Planet Van Nuys for June 8th UFC Brazil Card

May 7th, 2013

Eddie Mendez will be making his UFC debut down in Brazil June 8th. He will be training his Jiu Jitsu with us at 10th Planet Van Nuys. Mendez is known for his boxing, wrestling and putting exciting fights. He will be taking on Black Belt, Daniel Sarafian from The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. Sarafian is coming off a fight of the night loss vs C.B. Dolloway. This one should be candidate for fight of the night!


10th Planet Purple Belt, Kelvin Gastelum, Beats Uriah Hall to Become The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner.

April 13th, 2013

Congratulations to 10th Planet Yuma’s purple belt, Kelvin Gastelum on winning “The Ultimate Fighter” season 17! In an amazing fight, he edged out the favorite, Uriah Hall, by a split decision. At 21 years of age, many thought Kelvin had no chance against what many people called the scariest contestant TUF has ever had. Before tonight the people were relatively unfamiliar with Kelvin, I’m happy he was able to shock the world with his heart, and his wrestling. Awesome victory!

Click here for Kelvin Gastelum receiving his purple belt!


Mike “Lobes” Frausto (10th Planet Van Nuys) Fights Saturday April 6th!

April 3rd, 2013


Mike “Lobes” Frausto fights for the California Fight Syndicate this Saturday, April 6th. He will be fighting Santa Barbara’s badboy, Bren O’Neil for the CFS 155lb title. Lobes is coming off 2 very impressive first round finishes, one armbar and one tko. This fight is sure to be fireworks!  Ticket prices start at $35, so get yours today!

10th Planet Van Nuys is Moving Locations!!!

February 2nd, 2013

10th Planet Van Nuys is getting its own, new location! We’ll be moving into the new place march 1st. We will be adding new programs, more classes and focusing more on MMA. I’m looking forward to new opportunities and to creating the best team I can.


10th Planet Van Nuys


StrikeForce Finale Chalk of Submission Wins tonight!

January 12th, 2013

Josh Barnett def. Nandor Gueimino by head and arm choke. Barnett after being sick with the flu, wasted no time in taking his opponent down. After mounting his opponent and forcing him into opening up, Barnett was given a free head and arm choke. Seeing the opportunity, he forced Nandor into submission round 1

Gerard Mousassi def. Mike Kyle by RNC round 1after setting up a beautiful take down with his strikes. Gerard took his opponents back and slapped on the rear naked choke.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Ed Herman by key lock round 1. Jacare looked amazing on his feat, with his takedowns, and lets be honest, he’s pretty much always good on the ground. After landing some big strikes on the feet, he took Herman to the ground with a big double leg. From there it was pretty much over as Souza locked in the figure four and finished him with the kimura.

Tim Kennedy def Trevor Smith by way of guillotine choke.

Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith 2nd round 3:16 arm triangle choke)

Here’s the entire results of the card:

Tarec Saffiedine def Nate Marquardt (c) 5 5:00 Decision (unanimous)
Daniel Cormier def Dion Staring 2 4:02 TKO (punches)
Josh Barnett def Nandor Guelmino 1 2:11 Submission (arm triangle choke)
Gegard Mousasi def Mike Kyle 1 4:09 Submission (rear naked choke)
Ronaldo Souza def Ed Herman 1 4:38 Submission (kimura)
Ryan Couture def K.J. Noons 3 rd 5:00 Decision (split) 29-28, 27-30, 29-28
Tim Kennedy def Trevor Smith 3 rd 1:36 Submission (guillotine choke)
Pat Healy def Kurt Holobaugh Decision (unanimous)29-28, 30-27, 30-27
Roger Gracie def Anthony Smith 2 rd 3:16 Submission (arm triangle choke)
Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel 3 rd Decision (unanimous) 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
Estevan Payan def. Michael Bravo 2 rd 4:01 TKO (punches)

Want to learn submissions like the ones performed on tonight’s event? Give us a call at 10th Planet, 818 469-1568 or check out the website Feel free to come in and try a free class!

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu – UFC 155 Velasquez vs Dos Santos – FREE at Orochon Ramen Burbank!

December 28th, 2012

We’re at it again! 10th Planet Van Nuys and the gang are doing it big! UFC 155 is the event, Orochon Ramen is the spot! Prelims should start about 6, Main card at 7pm. Get there early to ensure seating. Bring all your friends and make sure they’re hungry!

We’re going to have a special unannounced surprise on the card. Hugo vs. David Hah in the light weight Spicy Orochon Special # 2 challenge-fight of the century. Who will reign supreme? Who will go home with stomach issues? This is a can’t miss match up that you won’t dare want to miss!

UFC Heavyweight Champion

Junior dos Santos
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Cain Velasquez
Yuma, Arizona
Lightweight (155lbs)

Joe Lauzon
Jim Miller
Sparta, New Jersey
Middleweight (185lbs)

Tim Boetsch
Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Costantinos Philippou
Merrick, New York
Middleweight (185lbs)

Alan Belcher
Biloxi, Mississippi
Yushin Okami
Kanagawa, Japan
Middleweight (185lbs)

Chris Leben
Portland, Oregon
Derek Brunson
Wilmington, North Carolina
Bantamweight (135lbs)

Brad Pickett
London, England
Eddie Wineland
Portage, Indiana
Bantamweight (135lbs)

Byron Bloodworth
Wilmington, North Carolina
Erik Perez
Monterrey, Mexico
Lightweight (155lbs)

Melvin Guillard
New Orleans, Lousiana
Jamie Varner
Phoenix, Arizona
Lightweight (155lbs)

Michael Johnson
Springfield, Missouri
Myles Jury
Hazel Park, Michigan
Heavyweight (265lbs)

Phil De Fries
Sunderland, England
Todd Duffee
Evansville, Indiana
Flyweight (125lbs)

Chris Cariaso
San Francisco, California
John Moraga
Phoenix, Arizona
Featherweight (145lbs)

Max Holloway
Waianae, Hawaii
Leonard Garcia
Plainview, Texas

Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick: A Nice Display of BJJ in MMA – UFC on Fox “Henderson vs. Diaz

December 8th, 2012

I’m sitting here at my office watching a beautiul display of Jiu Jitsu in MMA at UFC on FOX. Mike Swick is taking on the always durable, Matt Brown.

In the first round, Matt Brown gets a nice takedown and starts working from the top. He’s able to secure a beautiful D’arce choke. In an interesting move, Brown falls to full guard in an attempt to finish the submission. On one hand, pulling guard with this move can control the opponents hips, not allowing them to get distance away from the choke. On the down side, it can take the leverage, and the ability to put your weight down from the top, into the choke. Swick, understanding his advantage, and ends up keeping Brown flat on his back. Brown is unable to get any torque from that position. He’s not able to get his weight on top of Swick’s head. If he could do so, forcing the chin to the chest, that could cut off the air, and the blood to the brain. Swick is then able to pull out of the choke and end up on top.

Continuing from guard, Brown now starts fishing for wrist control, looking for a triangle. He is able to force Swick’s arm through his leg, achieving the arm in/arm out position. From here, Brown is able to lock in a full on triangle. This is not a new set up, this is old school BJJ at it’s best. The advantage is, in MMA, when an opponent choses to throw strikes, they take their arm off their body, giving the bottom player the ability to control it.After the choke is in, Swick does an awesome job of defending. Knowing that Brown has to pull the head down and squeeze the legs together in order to finish him, he quickly throws both legs over Brown’s body to give him leverage to break the hold. As Swick extends his hips, and Brown is forced to let go. In an attempt to counter, Swick transitions into one of trademark moves, guillotine aka the “swick-o-tine” off the scramble. He’ wasn’t able to lock the hands together and finish. The lock is broken, and the round ends

Matt Brown goes on to K.O.’s Swick standing in the following round with a devestating combination, but it was a really exciting grappling match while it was on the ground. We’ll played sirs!

Alder Hampel
Head Coach 10th Planet Van Nuys

Eddie Bravo Has Fucked Coach Alder Over!!!!

November 21st, 2012

Ok, well this title is a bit dramatic, but I wanted to let you know that the new Mastering the Twister” DVD is out. You may be asking yourself, well why does that fuck you over Alder? We’ll I’ve made a career on beating people up with the twister, and now you get to see all of the secrets in this DVD. This is the video counter part to the book that was released a few years ago. I suggest if you liked that, definitely pick up the DVD. You’ll be able to see how everything flows together, and the details that you couldn’t pick up from just looking at pictures on a page.

My students might be thinking, “HA, I’ve got you now!” but I say, you need to be putting in mad reps if you want to catch up with me. I will however have to work harder now to get the Twister, but I guess I had it pretty good for a long time. Also, I will admit, it is going to bring quite a bit of attention to a move that until now, was kind of a sleeper in bjj. It was popular for a while, but then people kind of forgot about it. Now, most people usually equate 10th Planet with rubber guard. When I think of it, I think twister, it just works into my game better.

You might be asking yourself who’s this Alder character, and why should I care what you say. Fair enough, but if you see UFC guys like the Korean Zombie, Vinny Magalheas and Alan Belcher all praising this move, then maybe that’ll add more weight to it.

Coach Alder Hampel

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys

UFC Nottingham: Hardy vs. Sadollah today! **10th Planet Van Nuys Backstory! **

September 29th, 2012

Dan Hardy is not new to myself, or 10th Planet Van Nuys. I had the pleasure of being his Jiu Jitsu Coach in his title fight versus Georges St. Pierre. It was at that point, the highlight of my MMA coaching career. Being able to have the honor of being a part of something that big, a title shot against one of the biggest draws in the sport, was indescribable. The coverage was crazy, Dan was doing interview after interview, photo shoots, appearances, and not to mention the camera’s followed up around everywhere. The UFC was doing a 24/7 type reality T.V. show leading up to the fight. The schedule was packed from sun up, to sun down, but when when could fit it in, we did like to get a bit of training in too!

The whole story itself is crazy. We trained all over the place, Matt Serra’s 2 gyms, LA Boxing in New Jersey, Ray Longo’s in Long Island, and Joe Defranco’s just to name a few. We even trained at this decrepit, old wrestling gym where many great NJ amateur champions had wrestled. The place had no heat and it was freezing cold, it was filthy, it was wet, it was falling apart and it made a great photo opportunity! I was miserable, my joints hurt, I was covered in dirt, but it was great material for the camera crew! After that training session, I was pretty confident we’d have a shot at that fight. Training in that place made me feel like we were the underdogs about to fight the Canadian Ivan Drago in GSP. I knew one thing, for better of for worse, GSP wasn’t training like we were!

Unfortunately, that fight didn’t finish how I would have liked it to. Dan ended up losing a 5 round decision to GSP. It did however show that he does not give up. Even when it looked like St. Pierre was going to finish him with a fully extended armbar, or a fully locked in kimura that was completely behind his back, he would not give up. He proved to the world it is not easy to finish him. Many critics didn’t even expect. him to last one round, much less, survive an entire fight and sustain little, to no damage! He did much better than most people expected. He went the distance and gained much respect from fans all over the world.

All personal things aside, Dan Hardy is legitimately one of my favorite fighters on the planet to watch. He exciting, he’s dynamic, and he’s always down to scrap! There’s a reason that even though he had a brief hiccup in his career, losing 4 in a row, that he’s still in the UFC. He proved he belongs in there in his last fight, when he knocked out striking legend, Duane Ludwig. I know tomorrow I’m going to have my tv set to watch Dan take on the always dangerous, Amir Sadollah in Nottingham UK. I have to guess Dan isn’t going to let his fans down when it’s in his home town. NO WAY!

Many of the fighters at 10th Planet Van Nuys look up to Dan and have modeled certain parts of their styles after him. In fact, just last week one of my top fighter, Mike “Lobes” Frausto, used devastating knees to finish his opponent in less than one minute in the first round. The last of which forced the referee to stop the fight because one of the knees that landed, looked like it broke his arm. After the blow was delivered, his opponent dropped his hand and started holding his arm in pain. The ref waived off the fight from there, declaring the fight a TKO. I know Dan would be proud!

If you’re interested in fighting, competing, or just learning martial arts give us a hollar. We cater to guys, like Dan Hardy, who are looking to become the next UFC champion. We also cater to the everyman who just loves to the sport, and wants to get a good work out. You don’t have to have aspirations of fighting or competing to train with us, we welcome all people at every level of experience. We have classes that fit all kinds of schedules. We’ll even give you a free private lesson, consultation, and tour! Stop having the internal debate in you head about it, and give us a call. You know you want to! (818) 925-JITS (5487)

Coach Alder Hampel

10th Planet Van Nuys UFC 152 meet up!

September 22nd, 2012

For all my 10th Planet people in the Greater Los Angeles area. 10th Planet Van Nuys is meeting up to watch the fights tonight at black belt, Master Shigeki Matsuda’s world famous, Orochon Ramen. He has a beautiful, brand new San Fernando Valley location. Located on San Fernando, near Orange Grove.

If you’ve never been to a team even before, come experience how we get down. We’re tons of fun!

Test you spicy skills! Finish Orochon’s signature Spicy #2 in under 30 minute, and forever be immortalized on the wall of Bravery. Many have tried and failed, but your’s truly, Coach Alder is amongst that elite who has prevailed.

Prelims start at 5pm pacific
Main card 7pm


10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Wins Big in CAMO MMA

September 22nd, 2012

Ben Sample of HQ and Mike “Lobes” Frausto of 10th Planet Van Nuys both DEMOLISH their opponents both under 1 min. Not quite the way you would have expected it. First, Lobes defeated his opponent with vicious knees to the body. It’s likely he broke his opponent’s arm in the process.

Ben crushed his adversary, David Lee a grappling stud and standout under Barrett Yoshida, with an Anderson Silva style beat down. Throwing lazer beams to every part of the body, it was something else to watch. He KO’d him in just 19 seconds.

Big shouts out!



10th planet van Nuys’ Georgie Garcia fights 8-30

August 28th, 2012

MMA stand out Georgie Garcia fights at the AFC this thursday night. For more info follow him on twitter @fight135!