Thanks to Eddie Avelar and the whole family at Grouddwellers BJJ, the "FREAK BROS." put on excellent display this past weekend. With almost 40 in attendance, Geo and Richie Martinez came in to Houston and laid down some knowledge on all who were there to listen and learn.
The "Freak Bros." as they are known, are well versed Jiujitsu competitors and instructors. Running their own 10th Planet school out of San Diego, at San Diego Combat Academy. Also competeing at the highest levels in Jiujitsu out there today. I was hoping for a good seminar, and it was delivered.
Being a Blackbelt in Jiujitsu myself doesn't mean you know it all and stop the growing process. You have to practice what you preach, EMPTY YOUR CUP. I am not the biggest no gi guy but, I am always willing to learn. I felt this was a great opportunity to expand my no gi game and get some pointers from a couple guys that spend their entire time life out of the gi.
The seminar started off strong with Richie aka("Boogeyman") showing some guard passing into side mount. He explained some very good control points and methods along with some nice transitions. His style of teaching and ideas were easy to follow and understand. Adding the transitions from position to submission were very well thought out and expressed in his teachings. Lots of good information and details. His concepts and details on reverse side mount(Twister side control) were awesome.
Next up was Geo aka(Freakhhazoid) which lead into some sneaky guard attacks. His smaller size seemed to lead to some interesting conclusions on attacking in the guard. His ideas and setups from butterfly and his "MOTH" guard were great concepts. Moving into the x-guard sweeps and attacks. He finished off his session with a heel hook counter and concept that is going be extremely helpful in the future.
After it was all said and done, 3 hours of teaching and a lot of rolling after, the guys put on an excellent seminar. I learned a lot and took away some very interesting ideas and techniques to try in class at Davis Martial Arts Academy. They stayed and rolled with all who wanted and asked for the opportunity, not shying away from anyone.
Very humble and knowledgeable guys. I was somewhat skeptical in the beginning because I had seen them compete and knew how flexible they were. This worried me because I didn't want to spend 3 hours trying to bend myself into a pretzel and not getting anything out of the seminar. Far from it. This was solid techniques each and everyone from beginner to experts could learn and benefit from. To say the least, I got my moneys worth.
In conclusion, never judge a book by its cover. Always be willing to listen and learn. Take every opportunity out there to improve yourself and your Jiujitsu. Only one life. Live it. Experience the world of Jiujitsu and all it has to offer. Don't be the guy that gets his Blackbelt and is done learning. You only hurt yourself and your students. Keep training...
Davis Martial Arts Academy
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas