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

March 19th, 2012 In News | Comments Off

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 Van Nuys Set to Invade Vegas!!

February 23rd, 2012 In Tournaments | Comments Off

For the past month and a half over at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys, the competition team has been training for hours and hours on end for NAGA in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 10th. A training camp for a tournament is a huge key to success over at 10th Planet Van Nuys, whether it be no gi jiu jitsu or MMA. The team vibe has never been better, and the team is pushing each other to a whole other level when it comes to conditioning, drilling, and rolling in the gym. It is sure to sure on the mat come March 10th. Be on the look out for 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys!

 

 


North South choke w/ an awesome finishing detail 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys

January 31st, 2012 In Techniques | Comments Off


10th Planet Van Nuys Danny “D-Boy” Peña Testimonial

December 20th, 2011 In Interviews, MMA, News | Comments Off

One of Coach Alder’s Homegrown talents, Danny Peña, comes in and talks about why training at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys.


10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys Testimonials: Mike “Tipz” Venturella

December 11th, 2011 In Interviews | Comments Off

Mike Venturella went from playing World of Warcraft, eating fast food everyday, and weighing over 300lbs, to a lean mean, 170lbs. When he first started training with us, he may literally have been the worst student to have walked through my doors. Fast forward two years, and he’s made a complete turn around. He’s won gold at countless grappling tournaments, has fought in Muay Thai smokers and even fought his first full contact, MMA fight this year. It’s really possible to be just like Mike. If you have a hard time believing it, come down to the and ask to see his old drivers license. You’ll sign up on the spot!

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys


SMOKE SERPENT “Jiu Jitsu” feat. Rakaa OFFICIAL Music Video

December 10th, 2011 In 10th Planet Van Nuys, Renato Laraja | Comments Off

That’s me on the 1′s and 2′s reppin’ 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys! Not to mention a special surprise from everybody’s favorite 27 time mundial champion, Renato Laranja

Want to learn Jiu Jitsu? Need DJing lessons from yours truly? ;) Call us today and take a free class! www.10thplanetvannuys.com


10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys: Gerogie Garcia Testimonial

December 3rd, 2011 In Interviews, News | Comments Off

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys standout, Georgie Garcia, talks about why he chooses our gym as his home. For more information check us out on facebook, or www.10thplanetvannuys.com


10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys: Testimonials for November ’11

December 1st, 2011 In Interviews | Comments Off

Mike Frausto, Gabe Calvento, and Ian Quinto all give the reason’s why they call 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys, their second home. If you like what you see, come down and give us a try. The first class is ALWAYS free. We’re located in the heart of Van Nuys in Los Angeles’s, San Fernando Valley. You can “like” us on Facebook!

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys
16832 Saticoy St.
Van Nuys (Lake Balboa), CA 91505


“10th Planet Kush” w/Joey Karate episode 23 (feat. Alder Hampel & Smoke Serpent)

August 7th, 2011 In Comedy, MMA | Comments Off

The latest episode of 10th Planet Kush feature 10th Planet Van Nuys Head Instructor Coach Alder Hampel

Posted by: Mike Frausto

(Van Nuys MMA)


10th Planet Jiu Jitsu on KTLA 5′s Morning Show!

July 19th, 2011 In Interviews, News | Comments Off

We were on TV promoting the upcoming fight card, U of MMA, that Georgie Garci and Mike Frausto are fighting on. KTLA came down to Legends MMA to shoot the segment.

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10th Planet Van Nuys: Georgie Garcia interview for U of MMA

July 15th, 2011 In Interviews | Comments Off


Interview with 10th Planet Van Nuys, Michael “Lobes” Frausto, for U of MMA

July 15th, 2011 In Interviews | Comments Off


10th Planet Van Nuys Invades HQ!!!

July 15th, 2011 In News | Comments Off
10th Planet Van Nuys fighters Mike “Lobes” Frausto, Gorgeous Georgie Garcia, Thor “TNT” Skancke and myself all showed up to Legends/10THPHQ this morning. We woke our sorry asses up at the but crack of dawn, or in my case just stayed up, to come down and promote Lobes and Georgie’s up coming fight at, U of MMA. Channel 5, KTLA was there covering all the action live for their morning news show.
While plugging the show they had us sparring, rolling, and going over technique in the background. They interviewed me talking about 4 of the basic styles in MMA: Wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai and of course 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.
Take that mainstream America, Blowin’ the fuck up!!!

10th Planet Van Nuys fighters Mike “Lobes” Frausto, Gorgeous Georgie Garcia, Thor “TNT” Skancke and myself all showed up to Legends/10THPHQ this morning. We woke our sorry asses up at the but crack of dawn, or in my case just stayed up, to come down and promote Lobes and Georgie’s up coming fight at, U of MMA. Channel 5, KTLA was there covering all the action live for their morning news show.

While plugging the show they had us sparring, rolling, and going over technique in the background. They interviewed me talking about 4 of the basic styles in MMA: Wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai and of course 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.

Video to come shortly!

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S’arm-urai: Samurai to Armbar

May 29th, 2011 In Techniques | Comments Off

Here’s a fun little move to show your friends when they say Jiu Jitsu is boring. Mike Frausto and Mike Venturella show how to take the armbar off the Samurai in transition.

Legend has it, we were drilling armbars when I thought to myself. “Armbar from the Ninja? this move might just work.”
I tried to pull off the armbar from the roll to the Twister, but I couldn’t get enough momentum. I asked Mikey “Lobes,” our resident arm snatcher and all around badass, if he could do it. He bypassed the ninja roll, and went straight to the Samurai instead. Genious!. He locked it down, rolled, and BAM! The S’arm-urai was born!

Have fun!

Coach Alder

For more info on training with us at 10th Planet Van Nuys visit www.10thPlanetVanNuys.com,

Posted by: Mike Frausto
(10th Planet Van Nuys)


10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Rochester: TWIR Video Blog Episode 1: 50/50 Counters

May 16th, 2011 In Techniques | Comments Off

Hey guys! Mike Frausto bringing you a longer overdue update on 10th Planet Watch and apologize to those who follow the blog for my inconsistency. Took some time preparing for a fight but am now kicking off the return with some 50/50 guard work! Enjoy!

Posted By: Mike Frausto

(10th Planet Van Nuys)