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Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar – April 2013

Robin French with Royce Gracie - April 2013

When I first found out that Royce Gracie was giving a seminar locally in April, I knew that I had to get involved.

Hosting the UFC legend, was Gracie Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Jon Hegan, at his academy in Upminster.

The seminar began with three techniques from the Gracie self defence syllabus:

  1. Defending a walking single choke, with a straight arm lock
  2. Defending a walking double choke, with a hip throw
  3. Defending a chest push with a wrist compression

Whilst drilling these techniques, Master Royce made sure to give humorous and easy to remember teaching points.

The second half of the session focused on four follow ups to an open guard variation:

  1. Using a triangle choke if the opponent surged forward
  2. Lowering and again triangle choking an opponent that stands up with poor posture
  3. Using a tripod sweep against an opponent who stands up and keeps their weight back
  4. Taking the back of an opponent that controls the leg and starts to walk past the guard

The seminar was well attended, with people travelling from a number of clubs all across the UK, including seven from our own club in Chelmsford.

Thanks to Master Royce, for travelling to the UK to give such an inspiring session, and to Jon Hegan for hosting him.

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