Saturday, December 16, 2017

Brown Belt

Today I got my brown belt from Magid Hage at Gracie Barra Escondido's Christmas Party. It was a surprise because I only had 2 stripes on my purple. But in the bigger scheme of things, stripes don't mean anything. I have been a purple belt for more than 4 years.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2nd Stripe Purple

My cardio is slowly getting better.

Pictured are the first 2 gi's I have ever owned and wore:
  1. Official Gracie Barra Gi from summer 2010 when I started training at GBSD.
  2. Gameness Gi from winter 2010 that was a gift from Dinah, Nam, and Jim.
Details: Gracie Barra Escondido, Magid Hage Sr., Advanced Class 7 to 8:00pm, Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

1st Stripe Purple

Living in Escondido really changed my personal life. I don't visit my parents or my cousin every week anymore. Heck, I haven't been to either my parents' or cousins' house in more than a month. It also affected my BJJ life. I just found myself dreading the drive from work (RB) to ATOS (Convoy) after 8+ hours of work. Then I dreaded more, the drive from ATOS (Convoy) all the way back to home (Escondido). I slowly stopped training because of the drive. I hated doing it 2-3 times a week. So I made the decision to either find a school closer to home or quit BJJ. And for some reason I can't seem to quit BJJ.

After checking out 3 schools in the Escondido/San Macros area, I settled with Gracie Barra Escondido (GBE). Having a lineage from GB was nice because I was able to talk to the instructors about my previous GB instructors and they knew who they were. They even know some of the students I used to train with at Gracie Barra San Diego (GBSD). I was even able to show Magid Hage a picture of myself and his son, Magid Hage IV, when I was still at blue belt.

Long story short, I continued my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey at another school closer to home and earned my first stripe on my purple.

Details: Gracie Barra Escondido, Magid Hage, Advanced Class 7 to 8:30pm, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

UFC Gym Mission Valley, San Diego, CA

Consider this a mini review on the UFC Gym in Mission Valley. Wayne F. wanted to check out the UFC Gym Mission Valley because we just wanted some mat space to roll. This review was not paid for nor did we take any classes. We just used their mat space as an open mat.


  • Staff is very nice and friendly.
  • Gym is very clean.
  • Equipment seems brand new.
  • It's not just for people who want to train MMA but there were people there who just used their equipment to work out like a regular gym.
  • Bathroom/Showers/Looker room is clean.
  • Pricing seems to be negotiable (not 100% sure because I didn't sign up).
  • 2 floors.
Overall: UFC Gym in Mission Valley seems like a very nice and clean place to train MMA or if you just want a place to work out. The way the pricing breaks down is if you pay a high "down payment" then your monthly fee is lower. If you don't pay a high "down payment" your monthly fee are "higher".

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Anderson Silva Seminar

Today I got to train with a legend in the UFC. Anderson "The Spider" Silva taught a seminar at ATOS. He taught a sequence that started from standing to a submission in guard. Here's what I remember.
  1. Distance Management
  2. Clinching to intercepting a punch. (The key is to clinch behind their head at their ears.)
  3. "Wrapping" their arms while in a clinch to throw forward or trip backwards. (The key is to grab their wrist while it's above your arm.)
  4. Dodging their punches behind the elbow then finish with a triangle or armbar.
Guest instructor move: picking up heels then jumping to armbar. 

Vince K. was my training partner. I have known Vince since I was a white belt.

I like to close my eyes when I take pictures.

This was a screenshot taken from the video posted on ATOS Jiu Jitsu Facebook page: video link 1 & video link 2.

Friday, August 12, 2016

JT Torres' Farewell Celebration

ATOS had a farewell celebration for JT Torres. He is moving back to the east coast and opening his own school. The celebration consisted of an open mat with free street tacos. I hope I get the chance to train at his new school one day. Best of luck JT!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Got my gi ATOS Heat Patched!

I got my gi heat patched to comply with ATOS' white gi with large patch on back and small patch on front policy. I must say it looks great! Carlos tells me that it will eventually fall off though. Not bad for the price.

Large patch on back.

Small patch on front.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

ATOS HQ (Re-)Grand Opening

ATOS HQ had a Grand Opening ceremony with open mat, food, and fun for the whole family. There was a live band, jumping castle, free acai bowls and tacos.

Can you find me in this picture?
Here's pictures of the new school.

For more photos of the celebration, check out ATOS HQ's official blog.

Friday, October 30, 2015

ATOS BJJ HQ School Location Moving

ATOS BJJ HQ is moving locations. The last day to train at the old school location was Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The new location opens up November 1, 2015. Here are a couple pictures of the old school.

I think this is called "Mat #1". This mat is where the beginners (white belts) train. No-gi also happens on these mats. I have never trained on Mat #1 because when I switched over to ATOS, I was already a purple belt. I also don't do much no-gi at the moment. :/

This is "Mat #2" (not sure if I switched the numbering). I basically attend the Advanced Gi class and have only trained on these mats. When people from the restaurants near by took cigarette breaks, smoke would come in here and make the quality of air crappy. I hope we don't have that experience at the new school.

Goodbye old ATOS HQ location!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Demian Maia at ATOS

One of the perks of training at ATOS is sometimes we have someone famous drop in and teach a seminar.  Today's guest is UFC's Demain Maia.  His style of jiu jitsu is very old school compared to what's being taught at ATOS, which more of a modern jiu jitsu.  Demian Maia's style reminds me of the non-fancy GB stuff with a touch of fancy and self-defense.

I should really fix and re-tie my gi before photos, this picture makes me look fat.

Class photo taken from atosjiujitsuhq's instagram, I'm in the 2nd row.