Rani Yahya submits Josh Grispi at UFC on Fuel

August 4th, 2012

Rani Yahya used a north south choke to submit Josh Grispi on UFC on Fuel, the prelims to UFC on Fox 4, August 4th. Joe Rogan was thoroughly impressed, as Grispi was forced to tap to Yahya from a variation of the choke, called the Monson Choke, named after fighter, Jeff Monson. In this variation the choke, a special grip is used to bring the opponents neck up off the mat into the lat. It doesn’t matter if the arm is in or out. Here’s an example of the grip he used, I show it without the arm in, but it makes no difference, the choke works exactly the same. Take a look!

If you are in the Los Angeles or Van Nuys area and would like to learn how to do this choke, and the other aspects of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, please check us out at www.10thplanetvannuys.com or call (818) 925-JITS (5487)

Supplements and it’s effect in MMA and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu – by David Hah

August 3rd, 2012

Staying on top of the game in MMA or even just Jiu Jitsu demands alot. It requires sacrifice, dedication and perseverance. As a result, it should be common sense that knowing what to put in your body, aka having a diet, is a must! Not just to make weight for your fights, but also to make sure you are taking care of your body so that you can train at the best that your body and mind needs. This will totally help with how one feels with recovery/rejuvenation so that you don’t feel like a bloated fat piece of crap during training, as well as your fights. Supplements on top of a good, proper diet will excel your game to the next level. First off, the body needs protein, which is an essential building block needed to repair muscles in the body that have been through a rigorous training session. When exercising with rigorous work, you are tearing your muscles down, and the protein comes in and rebuilds/reinforces the muscles. The most common protein used is a whey protein supplement for after a workout. I personally have been using a plant based protein by a company called Vega. Since it is a vegan protein, it is free of any animal products. On top of that it is soy free, so men don’t have to worry about growing man tits. Supposedly too much soy can raise estrogen levels in a man, hence men can develop breasts, aka boobs, as a result of too much soy. Since using Vega’s post workout protein, my body actually feels much better and cleaner, cause God knows what we feed our animals. As a result, using this protein has taken rejuvenation to a whole new level in terms of recovery, especially due to the fact that there are high quality Branched Chain Amin Acids (BCAA’s) that help you get the best out of the protein. The BCAA’s are what help synthesize the protein, thus enhancing, the building of stamina, endurance and recovery/rejuvenation.

Another great supplement to add in a training regimen is a preworkout supplement. Having worked as a sales representative in the nutritional supplement industry, pre workouts have been a very popular product for people, if not a must. At least half the time, customers come in asking for a pre workout supplement. One I use personally is by Vega. Other than coffee, Vega’s preworkout supplement is filled with many beneficial ingredients for the body such as yerba mate, green tea, ginseng, kombucha, etc… Coffee is a stimulant due to the high content of caffeine. The stimulants in Vega are filled with rich antioxidants and causes no crash or jitters. This preworkout, taken before training will help one’s training tremendously by helping them to train at 100% if not more. Vega’s supplements have been shown to be the best stuff for me and I truly believe it is the best stuff out there… PERIOD. Just remember, the way you train is the way you fight. If you are giving it all you have in the gym, then the fight should be just a re-creation of all that hard work that was spent day and night on the mat, in the gym. So put in your body what will help you to be at your best. If you eat like crap, then you will perform like crap. If you eat good, you will feel good… and if you feel good, you fight good.



David Hah is a blue belt at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys and a supplement consultant for more information you can email him at davidshah88 at yahoo (dot) com

A Short History of Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

July 28th, 2012

History of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu was originally the brainchild of Eddie Bravo. Eddie, was first introduced to Jiu Jitsu the way many people were, through Royce Gracie via the original UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, way back in 1994. Bravo, a former Karate practitioner and a high school wrestler, was immediately sold on the effectiveness of this new brazilian rendition of an ancient Japanese martial art.

Eddie signed up for lessons under the world renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion, Jean Jacques Machado. Machado, along with his 4 brothers are Cousins to Royce, and the Gracie family. He is the Nephew of the BJJ co-founder and great Master Carlos Gracie. Jean-Jacques is also considered one of the best BJJ world champions to ever live. It was here at this school, Bravo excelled as a student of the art, and as a vicious competitor. He competed in many tournaments all over the world, and was known for his unorthodox approach, and exciting submission attacks. He became a household name in the BJJ community, and received his black belt after submitting Royler Gracie at ADCC (Abu Dahbi Combat Club). At this, the most prestigious Nogi grappling tournament on the planet, Bravo forced Gracie to tap to a triangle choke. Until that moment, Gracie had never even had 1 point scored on him. Bravo became the first american to ever submit a Gracie.

After this moment Eddie decided to focus on his own martial arts system. He was a huge proponent of No-gi Jiu Jitsu, a form of Jiu Jitsu that doesn’t use the aid of the traditional uniform, the gi, a.k.a. the kimono. Jiu Jitsu’s effectiveness had drastically declined in MMA, and he wanted to make a style more usable in the cage and in the ring. Bravo created a style based on clinching using underhooks, overhooks, collar ties and other grips that didn’t depend on the usage of clutching clothing to gain an advantage. It was a different philosophy, and was scoffed at by many traditionalist. Eddie would take huge amounts of criticism, but he moved forward regardless of the of what people said.

In 2003, Eddie founded 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in a small Kick Boxing Gym, The Bomb Squad, in West Hollywood, California. With little promotion, It was a risk starting his own Nogi Jiu Jitsu gym, but on the first night 17 student showed up. That number has grown substantially over the years. There are now upwards of 40 schools around the world, and countless practitioners of the system from Melbourne Australia, to Van Nuys, California. 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, although being a complete system of no-gi Jiu Jitsu is most known for its signature positions such as the Lockdown, a half guard system in which the bottom player configures his legs in a way that controls the leg and hip. The twister, a submission based on a wrestler’s guillotine, where the attacking person controls the leg and hip similar to the lockdown, but comes behind the opponent and attacks the neck and spine. Also, the Rubber guard, a clinching form of the guard in which the bottom player uses their leg to break the posture of their opponent.

Bravo is also an author and has published 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu books 3 books, “Jiu Jitsu Unleashed,” “Mastering the Rubber Guard,” “Mastering the Twister.” “Advanced Rubber Guard: Jiu Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition” is set to be published in 2012. Eddie has also released 2 DVDs, “The Twister,” a compilation of his matches from the beginnings, all the way through his submission of Royler Gracie, and “Mastering the Rubber Guard,” which was a DVD version of the popular book. Eddie also has a bi monthly web series, “Mastering the System” in which he gives an intimate look inside the 10th Planet System.

If you are near the Los Angeles area, and you’re interested in trying out 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, please visit us at www.10thplanetvannuys.com or call us at 818-925-JITS (5487)

Blackbelt Psychology part 3

July 17th, 2012

UnderGround Blogger Marcos Avellan, along with his brother David, founded South Florida’s Freestyle Fighting Academy (FFA) in 2001, and has trained fighters for the UFC, WEC, Bodogfight, EliteXC, Strikeforce, and dozens of other promotions.

This is Part III of my Black Belt Psychology Live Demo. If you haven’t seen parts I and II, check them out first below:
Part I = *VIDEO* Smuggled Cuban boxing secrets!
Part II = A Beautiful Mind for MMA?
Part I was about shadow boxing… Part II was about creating fight memories… and Part III is about dealing with competition jitters!
The core of this lecture is based on the premise that if I had a crystal ball and showed you that you’re about to lose your upcoming match… what would you do? Watch the video and you’ll understand how this perspective can help remove your competition jitters!
This video is part of the philosophy I have been using for years to help prepare myself and my team for any fight or competition.
If you liked this video demo, please join my email list at www.BlackBeltPsychology.com for more videos and articles.
Marcos Avellan
P.S. Now that you are seen all three parts of my demo, what do you think? Please leave me some feedback! :)

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys Coaching Program

July 15th, 2012

Ever wanted to become a career martial artist? Ever want to teach your own MMA/Jiu Jitsu class? Ever wanted to learn how to coach and corner your own UFC or MMA fighter? 10th Planet Van Nuys has a coaching program for up and coming coaches. If you’re interested in learning to become a coach, the first requirement is that you’re a 10th Planet Van Nuys member, and the second is you have a happy healthy attitude. Still a white belt? Doesn’t matter, as long as you’ve been with us for 6 months and you’re willing to put in the time, you’re good!

For more info, come in and see us!


Joe Rogan Recieves his 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Black Belt From Eddie Bravo!

July 12th, 2012

If you want to learn the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system just like Joe Rogan, and you’re in the San Fernando area, check us out at www.10thplanetvannuys.com

“Krazee” Yumi Matsumoto wins Gold and Silver @ Grapplers Quest, UFC Expo ’12

July 10th, 2012

10th Planet Van Nuys’ Yumi Matsumoto fresh off her victories at Grapplers Quest, UFC Expo ’12 in Las Vegas. She won gold in her division and got silver in the women’s absolute. Also congrats to Bhimer, Mike “Lobes”, and David Hah who also competed at GQ.

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys Promotions

June 18th, 2012

First, ‘Id like to give props to the 6 new blue belts! It’s not easy to get a blue under me, so when you do, you know you’ve earned it. Every student’s journey is different, for me, the criteria for each person to get their blue belt is different. I want to see the student is proficient in all the major positions, and submissions. I want to see a strict, consistent training regiment, even if it’s twice a week. I want to see them building a game plan and constantly revamping it. I want to see them helping their team mates, and having a positive attitude in class. Loyalty is big, are you helping the team get better, or are you only concerned with your progression? Effort, do you train hard, show up on time, go one more round even if your mind says no. The list goes on and on.

Not every promotion is a belt rank. Today, I promoted Mike Frausto to competition Co-Captain. Mike has shown amazing ability in competition, training and teaching. He has show exemplary leadership abilities and at the same time, remained humble and egoless. Mike himself has all the makings of a champion and a black belt, at the same time, he also has the traits to one day be a world class coach.

Congrats gang!!!

Blue Belts
1- David Alvarez
2- Gabe Calvento
3- David Hah
4- Bhimerjeet Kahlom
5- Bill Reusch
6- Daniel Godinez

***Competition Co-Captain – Mike “Lobes” Frausto



The Last 4 Years, My Life on the 10th Planet.

March 19th, 2012

It’s been a little over 4 years since I had full time employment at a very famous post production sound facility, Danetracks Inc. Since then I made the move to opening up my own 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu affiliate in Van Nuys, California. I left Dane Davis, for Eddie Bravo, sound design for Jiu Jitsu. I went from Protools to The Twister. I won an M.P.S.E for best sound in a game., but we lost in the UFC title fight vs. Georges St. Pierre in New Jersey. I went from working inside the big blue Danetracks building, to training at the Van Nuys MMA Super Center. I walked away from the position of editor, and took up the title of coach. I traded the vibrant colors of West Hollywood, for dreary strip malls of Van Nuys. I went from an Academy Award winning sound studio, to cornering Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy in his title shot. I gave up a Kensington track ball and gained a cage panel. I swapped out sound effects for bone-breaking techniques. I left motion pictures, for pay-per-view events. I said good bye to interactive media, and said hello to “As real as it gets.” I went from competing for jobs, to competing for the challenge. I exchanged an Aeron chair for a Zebra mat. I went from networking at E3, to competing in ADCC. to went from bicycling to work, to flying around the world. I was work in a room by myself, then i was teaching seminars to full rooms of people. Punching a clock, to punching a bag.  I went from recording the sounds of guns, to teaching how to use the body as a weapon.  I went from insecure and scared, to confident and brave. I went from employee to entrepreneur. I went from being downsized, to running my own budding business. In my mind, I’m starting to feel like a success.

Along the way I’ve fallen, I’ve stumbled, and I’ve contemplated quitting. What keeps me moving forward you ask? I find my motivation in the moments. It’s the thank you and a smile from a new student. It’s the grappler’s realization of his/her progression over time. It’s the advice of a mentor, it’s being humbled by a black belt. It’s the camaraderie of a team. It’s the direct result of hard work. It’s the responsibility of those times when you have to be a leader and a role model. It’s reaching a goal. It’s visualizing the yet to come. It’s the win of a fighter, it’s a hug from a competitor. It’s the student confiding in you. It’s giving, and receiving the gift of knowledge. It’s in solving a problem. It’s making a difference in somebody’s life. That’s what makes being a coach such a rewarding job for me.

Thank you to everybody that’s played a part in my journey. Good, bad, or other, you all all added to the storyline, I’ve learn so much from all my experiences, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’m looking forward to what the future brings. I have a feeling the party is just getting started. Enter the Alpha-Black era.

Coach Alder Hampel

10th Planet Van Nuys

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Represents in Las Vegas!

March 13th, 2012

This past weekend, in Las Vegas, Nevada, 10th planet members from all over came together at NAGA (North American Grappling Association) and came out with awesome team victory! With a nibiru warrior from either Portland, HQ, Burbank, Riverside, or Van Nuys in every division from Novice to Advanced, and placing in every division! Every one of them trained hard this and earned every single victory out there. Congrats to everyone to competed and came out to support! On to the next one!

Milton Arguello is 10th Planet Van Nuys Student of the Month!

February 1st, 2012

He just turned 17 recently, and he’s already a monster. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this young man for a short time, but in that time I’ve been able to recognize his unlimited potential. Still not old enough to fight MMA, Milton is racking up Pankration and grappling tournaments until he can start fighting amateur MMA.

Milton has displayed an aptitude for BJJ. Right how he’s dedicated himself, is 100% committed on improving his game. He’s intelligent, athletic, and focused. He’s a also incredible humble. I’m extremely happy to have him a part of our team


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10PJJ Van Nuys – 2011 Student of the Year! Mike “Lobes” Frausto

January 3rd, 2012

It was a close battle, it came down to the wire. All of the students at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys voted, and after it was all said and done, Mike “Lobes” Frausto won the coveted, “2011 Student of the Year!”

Mike has spent much of the last year inside of the gym. All year, Mike worked consistently hard, cementing his strengths, while improving on his weaknesses. Through repetitions, competitions, and tons of mat time, he was awarded his much deserved blue belt at the beginning of 2011.

Last April, “Lobes” fought his heart out in his MMA debut. After training for 10+ weeks for his second fight, his opponent pulled out at 9am the day of the fight. This could have derailed many other fighters, but not Mike, he was right back in the gym. He’s currently gearing up for another big fight as we speak.

He’s not only found success as a competitor and a fighter, but also as a coach. He’s helped many students at 10th Planet Van Nuys, win loads of different medals in tournaments this year.

Frausto also found his newest passion recently when he began teaching his own fundamentals classes. He has a knack for explaining his techniques and theories in a clear and concise way. Students are able to understand and perform what he presents, with relative ease. Clients are now lining up around the block since they found out he was sharing his diet, conditioning and training secrets. Fighters, competitors and regular Joe’s alike have all hired him for private lessons.

Great job Mike, we solute you!

Honorable mentions go to Georgie Garcia, Mike “TIPZ” Venturella, Yumi, Gabe Calvento, Arman “Magic” Vanessian, and Ryan Bradford!

The Korean Zombie Wins Submission of the Year with, 10th Planet Signature Move, the Twister!!!

December 30th, 2011

It took maneuver never before seen at the highest level of mixed martial arts to snatch accolades for 2011′s top submission. Mere hours after Richard Hale locked up a flashy and rare inverted triangle in Bellator Fighting Championships on March 26, Chan Sung “Korean Zombie” Jung one-upped him in the Ultimate Fighting Championship by wrapping up fellow featherweight Leonard Garcia with a move called the twister in mixed martial arts and jiu-jitsu. The spine-wrenching hold forces the target’s neck one way with the hands and arms while using the legs to move his lower body in the other direction to sharply torque the torso.

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Congrats to Michelle @ Tri-Costa as well!

Why Girls Should Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…

December 26th, 2011

“But shouldn’t she be taking dance classes instead?”

My daughter is 9 years old and a fourth grade honor roll student. Besides being smart AND the most beautiful girl in the universe (as I am sure your daughter is, too!) she is also creative and energetic. She enjoys playing with dolls, reading horror books (like R.L. Stine) and sewing. She likes boys, too, which of course is new territory for me as her mom. Often she spends hours braiding her hair or changing her outfits six times per hour. In other words, she is a typical nine year old girl!

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