10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys Gets a New Crash Pad!

May 31st, 2013 In 10th Planet Van Nuys | Comments Off

We just got ourselves a new Dollamur Swain landing pad! These things are wonderful for practicing high impact slams, throws or flying attacks on. No more knocking the wind out of ourselves when trying out that flying triangle or armbar! Students can be tentative trying out these moves sometimes because of the the fear of landing hard, and possibly injuring themselves. Not anymore! These things feel like your landing on a nice cushy cloud. Not only are they good big huge double leg slams, but we can now practice our pro-wrestling moves on each other as well. Look for more fun things to come from this essential piece of training equipment!


10th Planet Van Nuys’s New Dollamur Swain Landing Pad

RONDA ROUSEY VS SARAH KAUFMAN: Eddie Bravo Armbar Breakdown

August 22nd, 2012 In Techniques | Comments Off

As many people know, Rhonda Rousey has been training at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu with Eddie Bravo. Watch and learn the exact same armbar, Undefeated Strikeforce Champion, Rhonda Rousey used to submit Sara Kaufman in under a minute. Enjoy!

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Rochester Technique: Drop Shoulder Throw to D’arce

February 22nd, 2009 In Techniques | 1 Comment

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Rochester Technique: Drop Shoulder Throw to D’arce (No-Gi Judo)

Chris Herzog aka Coach in the mf’n house

Skill+Preparation+Right Mind Set = Success. Part 1

November 24th, 2008 In Theory | 14 Comments

Coach’s Corner w/ Coach Chris Herzog

When Alder first asked me to write a blog for 10th Planet Watch I was pumped, then immediately realized, “you can barely put thoughts to spoken words you dope, how the hell are you going to articulate them to written words.”  Apparently that wasn’t a concern for Alder, so as long you guys don’t care, I don’t care either.  So grammar and spelling be damned (thank the Anunnaki for spell check, however I think I’m the only person in the world that gives spell check a headache, because sometimes it doesn’t even know what the hell I’m trying to spell).

So, besides the deciding what initial topics were going to cover, the next step was comming up with a name for the blog. I was playing around with the idea of something witty, and then that came to a screeching halt.  So I decided upon a tribute to a close friend and mentor that’s on hard times, as a reminder to him of the lives he’s touched and effected. He used to run a open MMA forum with the same name.  So welcome to the new “Coach’s Corner”.


In this installment of Coach’s Corner we’ll begin to take a look and the equation I use to promote success for my competitors/fighters. Just to be clear we will be discussing competition in terms of attempting to win, there are merits to competing for skill development, but that’s something we can discuss at a later date. Today will start our discussion with tournament preparation and its importance to success.  “But skill is listed first”.   Hey this is my blog and I start it anyway damn way I please. Now sit down and the 3 of you pay attention!

Preparation consists of many aspects but we’ll be touching on  three pieces to the puzzle that I’ve found to be the most effective: sport specific conditioning, tournament strategies, and proper warming up the day of the event.

Sport Specific Conditioning: Over the years I’ve had many well conditioned athletes walk through my Academy doors; marathon runners; collegiate athletes wrestlers, soccer and football players, powerlifters, body builders, etc.
They all had one thing in common. They all gassed when they spared and when they competed, they where all in great shape, but they weren’t in the right shape.

To get into the right shape we have to understand the importance of sport specific conditioning. Most grappling matches consist of one round 5-8mins in length depending on the skill level of the competitor. Studies have show that most intense action during these matches happens in busts of approximate 20 seconds, with 25-30 seconds of “active rest” which allows heart rate recovery in between bursts.  It’s important to replicate these conditions during your tournament preparation. Using a round based system one can easily apply it to drill training (escapes, passes, etc.) and their conditioning program reinforcing the replication of a competitive environment.  Depending on the level of importance of the event will dictate how long you want to prepare for the tournament between 3-6 weeks, replacing your normal training routine, is a fair amount of time to prepare if you are all ready in decent shape.   

 Its no secret that Grappling relies heavily on core strength and flexibly, but what many people miss is the importance of dynamic strength (kettle bell swings, cleans, burpees, power bands, etc.) and functional flexibility(hip swings, full range lunges, etc.) vs. static strength (bench pressing, curls, etc.) and flexibility (seated stretching and holding for 15-20 secs). Some great training methods that promote functional fitness are becoming readily available include kettle bell training and other programs such as cross fit.  At our academy we have a program that addresses these needs (Fight Fitness) designed specifically for our fighters and competitors, which has made a considerable difference in our competitive outcomes. If these types of programs are not accessible in your area there are several free online resources available that will allow you to set up your own individualized program.


Pt. 2 of this article up tomorrow!


-Chris Herzog


Is a Brown Belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, under Eddie Bravo.  Chris runs 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Rochester out of Empire Academy of Comabt Sports & Fitness in Rochester, Ny. Chris also teaches Judo, Sambo and MMA. He is available for seminars and be contacted through the Academy website at: www.10thplanetjiujitsurochester.com or by e-mail: CoachHerzog@teamempire.us

Technique: The Karo Pass

July 14th, 2008 In Techniques | 1 Comment

This pass didn’t have a name, or at least not one that we knew about. So, Eddie decided to name it after the guy who does it the best, Karo Parisyan. Karo actually stopped by Legends while Eddie was teaching the technique, and Eddie had him show it to the class. Karo later calls Eddie about it. Eddie was a little scared at first, he was not sure if he maybe offended him by naming the technique, The Karo. Karo has a reputation, as seen on The Ultimate Fighter, as being a bit tempermental at times. Karo called to say he was actually stoked he named the technique after him.

This is one of me favorite passes. I use it all the time.