Posted on January 5, 2015

January 2015 Technique of the Month Video: Kimura w/ Hillary Williams

Happy New Year, everyone!

We’re excited to present World BJJ Champion Hillary Williams for our first video of 2015! In this video, Hillary shows some fantastic details on how she likes to set up the Kimura (shoulder) Lock, starting in the side control, and proceeding to North South for the finish. Hope y’all enjoy!

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Good training to you,
Eric Burdo
2nd Degree Black Belt
Richmond BJJ Academy, Richmond, Virginia

January 2014 Technique of the Month Video: Modified Scissor Sweep

Happy New Year, everyone!

Going back to basics this month, we are excited to share a modified scissor sweep with you. Scissor sweep is one of the most fundamental sweeps from the guard, but can sometimes be difficult to pull off. These modifications will increase your success, and also open up other attacks!

This is a must-have attack for beginners, and advanced students alike.

Drill this technique a lot, and you will be surprising your training partners and opponents in no time!

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January 2013 BONUS Technique of the Month Video:

January 2nd, 2013 is our 11th Anniversary! As a part of our celebration, we have released a 2nd technique of the month video, filmed at one of our group classes. Starting with a nice closed guard sweep (when your opponent stands up to open and pass your guard), this video shows four different options from the sweep:
1) Achieve the Mount
2) Attack and Armlock
3) Attack a Triangle Choke
4) Attack an Omoplata (Shoulder Lock)
This video has a lot of great details, we hope you enjoy it!

January 2013 News

Richmond BJJ Academy 11 Year Anniversary

On Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, our Academy celebrated our 11th Anniversary! 
We had packed Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, as well as a brief speech by Head Instructor Eric Burdo, a group photo, and Academy Manager Liz Sussan even baked a wonderful cake for the students and staff! Richmond BJJ Academy student Brian Rule filmed the BJJ class, and we have just released a 2nd Technique of the Month video with the footage! Our Bonus Technique of the Month video and January Technique of the Month video are linked below in the newsletter.

Training Focus

With the New Year upon us, now is a great time to focus on our goals for 2013.  Whether it be to train more and/or be more consistent with training, get in better shape, eat a more healthy diet, be a better & to be a more supportive training partner to your teammates, work toward achieving a higher rank, and/or setting competition goals, now is the time to plan out how you can achieve those goals.  Eric, and the rest of the staff at Richmond BJJ Academy would love to hear from you and be a part in helping you.  Our Academy strives to be a positive, healthy part in our students’ lives.  Please plan out a course of action, touch base with our Instructors, and let us help you!  Every action starts with a thought.  Thoughts become actions, and actions produce results!

Congratulations to Promoted Students

Promotions are evidence that hard work and consistency pay off. Congratulations to the following students who were promoted to Blue Belt in December: Anh Vuong, “Big” Jon Antonelli, Matt Tracy, Lance Patel, & Ahmad Fanahi.

Women’s BJJ

Women’s BJJ classes are offered twice a month on Saturdays from 1-3 pm.  In January, the classes were offered on January 5th & 12th.

Richmond BJJ Academy is also hosting a women’s open mat on Saturday, January 19th from 1-3 pm.  This event is open to any woman, regardless of affiliation, and is totally free of charge.  We are expecting 20-30 women, including women from North Carolina and Maryland, to attend for the opportunity to train with a large group of women.

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