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Eddie Bravo Seminar 05/07/16 Saturday 2:00PM-5:00PM

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo will be hosting an amazing 3 hour seminar with 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Founder Eddie Bravo. Everyone is welcome regardless of affiliation. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn from the legend himself master Eddie Bravo! Limited availability will fill up fast. Click the buy now link below to reserve your spot.

Contact: 415 218 8848 [email protected]

Where: 910 South Amphlett BLVD, San Mateo CA 94402

When: 05/07/16 Saturday 2:00PM-5:00PM

Cost: $100 + $2.50 paypal fee Pre Register and $120 + 2.50 pay pal fee after 05/05/16. You can avoid Paypal fee by paying with cash or check in person.

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo partners with Sweat Angels to help those in need.

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo is happy to announce our partnership with Sweat angels. If you haven’t heard of Sweat Angels, here’s how it works… Sweat Angels makes a donation to a great cause every time our members check-in on Facebook. Thousands of gyms use Sweat Angels, and that’s why they’re able to make such a large impact each month. If you need some help checking in on Facebook, just stop by the front desk and we’ll show you how. This month we will be working with Soles4Souls and every 15 Facebook check ins at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo will allow us to donate 1 winter coat to someone in need.

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo Competition Team Performs Well At The Submission Pro Tour Sacramento

While Competing in Jiu Jitsu tournaments is a great way to improve your self defense skills, not all style of jiu jitsu tournaments are created equally for self defense. The Sacramento Pro Tour which is submission only does not focus on points/advantages. This leads to a more realistic self defense situation. The only win way to win your match is by submission instead of the traditional short time limit, point and advantage style tournaments. 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo Competition team had 7 competitors compete at the Sacramento Submission Pro Tour Out of 7 competitor, 6 competitors took home medals. Alan Sanchez takes home the gold in his weight class and the absolute (winning all 6 of his matches by submission!), Gordon took 1st place, Daniel took 2nd place, Brian took 2nd place, Aldo took 3rd place, Gavin took 2nd place. Scroll down to see our pictures and to watch our matches. I could not be more proud of all my students who decided to compete and step out of their comfort zone.

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5 Tips For Finding The Right Jiu Jitsu School

You are finally going to start training Jiu Jitsu. Now you just need to pick a school. Depending on your location you could be faced with an overwhelming amount of choices. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your Jiu Jitsu Training.

1. Safety.

Making sure your in good hands is the most important part about picking a Jiu Jitsu school. Some schools have an old school sink or swim mentality and will throw you to the wolfs on your first day. In my opinion this is a red flag. As a prospective client and beginner your instructor should look out for you. I am not saying you should find a school that holds off on sparring. Although some places do that and it does help ease people into jiu jitsu. The down side to that is it can be boring to sit on the side lanes and watch other people spar. If your Instructor encourages or allows you to spar on your first day, he should be doing a few things. Like letting your sparring partner know that your new, to take it easy on you, and to allow you to work some moves. He should also keep his attention on you as you are a new student and are more likely to get hurt or have no idea what your doing without coaching and supervision.

2. Atmosphere.

School atmosphere is very important. For most people their Jiu Jitsu school is more than just a place they go to train martial arts. Its their second family. Are people nice to you? Do you think you would enjoy socialize with these people on a daily basis? If you sign for a year contract you are going to have to socializing with these people on a daily basis or waste your money on a school your not even attending.

3. Location.

Make sure you can find a place with a reasonable commute time. A one hour commute becomes two hours round trip. That might be manageable for a few months. Some people make even longer commutes and have done so successfully for years. However you need to take into consideration your own time commitments and overall focus/motivation. The last thing you want to do is use your commute as an excuse to not train consistently.

4. Make use of the free trials.

Reading reviews online and getting peoples opinions are great. However you should really see for yourself what each available gym is like. Most gyms offer a free trial and you should take advantage of that. Having first hand experience on all the gyms you are considering making a commitment to will help you make a better and hopefully easier decision.

5. Does your instructor Compete?

Having an instructor with a good competition record helps insure your are getting legitimate BJJ training. A none black belt instructor with no competition record is a red flag. Especially if you have access to an accomplished black belt instructor vs a no named blue/purple belt instructor. With that being said, some of the best instructors out there have never competed.

5 Tips For Beginners Starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

You just signed up at your local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. You are probably feeling excited and nervous. Hopefully after reading this article you will have an easier time adapting to your new gym’s rules, culture and training environment.

1. Be humble.

As an instructor I find the people with ego issues usually don’t last very long. If your instructor asks your training partner to take it easy on you because you are new, don’t respond with “it’s okay I am very athletic.” You basically just negated your instructors attempt make sure you don’t get smashed your first time sparring. Being humble and not being afraid to admit you are new or need help will set the tone that you are friendly and eager to learn. Your teammates will be more willing to help you grow instead of trying to check your ego by submitting as many times and painfully as possible.

2. Beware of other beginners.

Once you get some experience you will have more technique and control. You will be able to spar with more control and rely less on your physical attributes. Most beginners will have trouble getting over that nervous feeling/energy that everyone gets when they first start rolling. Beginners feeling nervous and having no technique to rely on will end up relying on physical effort. The combination of using a lot of physical effort with no technique will end up causing injuries. Just remember this is not the UFC and to train relaxed and safely.

3. Hygiene is very important.

Take a shower after you train. Jiu Jitsu involves getting other peoples sweat and germs all over you. If you don’t have access to a shower within 1 hour after your training you should invest in disinfectant designed for grapplers. It’s very important to keep your wounds covered while training or they are much more likely to get infected. Keep your finger and toe nails trimmed to prevent scratching your training partner. Always wash your gear after training. Nobody likes sweaty gi or rash guard guy.

4. Lift weights for injury prevention and maintenance.

Jiu Jitsu can be tough on the body. If you plan on training long term you will probably have some minor injuries. Keep your body well conditioned to decrease risk of injury and to keep minor injuries from turning into major injuries.

5. Have fun.

Make sure you don’t take training too seriously. I don’t mean you should be goofing off all the time during you training. I am talking about not getting upset when some one submits you. It happens to everyone and is no reason to curse or stomp off the mats. Don’t worry about when you are getting your next belt or stripe, just enjoy the journey.

Advice For Beginners Competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

You have been training Jiu Jitsu for a little while now. You are probably really enthusiastic about it and you are finally ready to start competing. Competing in Jiu Jitsu is a special thing, it gave me confidence on and off that mat and probably some of my greatest moments were at Jiu Jitsu competitions. Here are a few tips that might help you.

1. Be prepared.

I don’t just mean training a lot and being ready to compete. I am talking about being on top of your weight if you plan on cutting weight, having all your traveling planned out, making sure you have work covered if you need to take time off from work.

2. Be patient.

Sometimes you show up to a competition and you compete within the hour. Other times it is an all day event and you might show up at 8 am and not compete until 7pm. Waiting around to compete can be more exhausting than actually competing. If you think its going to be awhile find a place to lay down and make sure to drink plenty of water. Try to relax and just wait until you are called. Don’t pace around and constantly ask the staff when your up, it might annoy them and its just going to make you more tired and anxious. If you are bringing friends or family make sure they know its an all day event and that you don’t know when you are going to be competing. The last thing you need when you are trying to relax and wait for your match is an annoying friend or family member constantly asking you when you are going to compete.

3. Remember its normal to be nervous.

I still get nervous when competing. The thing that really helps me is to realize that everyone else is just as nervous as me or maybe even more nervous. I have seen world champion black belts puke from nerves before competing.

4. Get plenty of sleep the night before you compete.

I have trouble sleeping the night before a competition. I just tell myself its normal and everyone else competing is probably having trouble too. Resist the urge to go on your smart phone or watch TV. Just lay down and close your eyes if you do it long enough you are bound to fall asleep. Or at least more likely then if you keep your self engaged with an activity like watching TV or playing on your phone. Even if you are unable to sleep at least you can be somewhat well rested.

5. Be a good sport.

Whether you win or lose make sure you shake the other guys hand. Remember you are not only representing yourself but your team as well. Getting upset at a bad call or something you deem “dirty” does not mean you get to curse anyone out or stomp off the mat. If you have a disagreement with the ref or decision, RESPECTFULLY request to escalate the situation to a head ref or who ever is running the tournament. Also you should do this before you walk off the mats after your match. Even if the call was made completely incorrect once you leave the mats and the next match starts it going to be very hard to change anything.

6. There is no losing, only learning.

As long as you did not get hurt while competing you don’t lose. Getting eliminated in your first match does suck, however you should be able to learn from the experience. Also remember many people never compete. As long as you tried you should be proud of yourself for going out there and pushing past your comfort limits.

How Jiu Jitsu Changed My Life

Jiu Jitsu has changed my life for the better. Here are a select few benefits that I have received through Jiu Jitsu.

Weight Management. I have struggled with my weight since I was a kid. I was able to lose the weight and get down to a healthy level numerous times through dieting and cardio / weight lifting. I always ended up gaining the weight back. Why? Because I was working out for the wrong reasons, working out purely for weight loss and looks is hard to sustain. You may be able to do it for a year or even a few years but doing something you don’t actually enjoy and doing it purely for a magic number on a scale or for looks will be hard for the average person to maintain long term. I hated going to the gym. It was not until I found Jiu Jitsu that I actually started enjoying my workouts and looking forward to my training sessions.It did not matter to me if I lost weight that day I was not concerned with the number on the scale anymore. I was at the gym because I wanted to be there and was having fun doing my activity. My activity just so happened to also be great for maintaining a healthy weight. I stopped going to the gym to look good and started going to the gym because I enjoyed being there. Going to the gym became something I no longer needed to do. Instead it became something I wanted to do. By finding a physical activity that I enjoyed doing it became a much easier habit to stay on top of.


Before Jiu Jitsu I had a hard time talking to strangers and got anxiety when going to new social events. I felt uncomfortable talking to new people in a new environment. Through Jiu Jitsu I was constantly forced to interact. It pushed me out of my comfort zone. When I started teaching Jiu Jitsu it helped me with my public speaking skills and social anxiety. Constantly having to present yourself to your peers and show techniques allowed me to become comfortable talking in front groups of people. All of these interactions that I was forced to do through Jiu Jitsu really helped take away my social anxiety on and off the mats. When I started Jiu Jitsu I was just an awkward 19 year old kid with no real accomplishments to speak of. After a year of Jiu Jitsu I became a world Champion and it allowed me to feel comfortable in my own skin. It allowed me to feel like I had finally done something amazing and I no longer constantly felt the need to prove myself to others. I came to realize that I had self worth and to be proud of myself and my accomplishments.


My gym is more than just a gym. It is my second family. its one thing to a have a friend who you might occasionally talk to, hangout with, eat with, or maybe watch a movie with. Its another thing to share blood, sweat and tears with someone year after year. I feel like I have a stronger bond with some of my training partners than I do with friends that I have known for 10+ years. My Jiu Jitsu friends are always there for me. When I lost my job doing security for taking too much time of to compete, a friend through Jiu Jitsu got me a job making twice as much as I was making before. when I had legal questions, I had 3 or more lawyers at my gym that were more than happy to give me advice. When I was having problems with my knee I had a doctor from the gym give me advice, offer me a free MRI and even got my a free consultation with one of the top knee specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I had my knee surgery it was my Jiu Jitsu family that came to see me more than my childhood friends. When I needed a place to live it was my Jiu Jitsu family that offered me a room in their house for a 1/5 of what the average price for rent is in San Francisco. When I was having trouble with money it was my Jiu Jitsu family that offered to buy me lunch or just straight up give me money.


Jiu Jitsu taught me that you can get good at anything if you just work towards it hard enough and long enough. As I write this article I am getting ready to open my own 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu school in the San Mateo area. Through the lessons I have learned I know I will be successful. I know that it won’t be an easy road but as long as I work hard and I don’t give up I know I have what it takes to be successful.

Self Defense.

Through Jiu Jitsu I became more confident in my ability to defend myself. I also learned how stupid it is to get into an avoidable fight. I learned not only how to defend myself but the physical reality of what can happen in a combat situation. When you are around the reality of a combat sport and you see people including yourself getting hurt and dealing with injuries. It has given me more compassion to never want to inflict damage to another human or risk being hurt myself unless it is a truly an unavoidable self defense situation. I believe once you get to a certain level in your training you carry an aura with you outside of the gym. An aura that shows you are not looking for trouble but confident in your ability to defend yourself if need be.

Head Instructor Adam Sachnoff Gets Promoted to Black Belt

After close to 5 years of training 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo head instructor Adam Sachnoff was promoted to black belt by his good friend and instructor Denny Prokopos. Adam Sachnoff was the first student at 10th Planet San Francisco to be promoted to black belt.

Grand Opening/Change of Address

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo officially has a new home. We are moving into our own facility. We will be adding more classes including a 6:00PM beginners program and a 4:30 to 5:15 kids program starting in August. We will celebrate with a free open mat followed by food and drinks. Feel free to invite your friends and family. More information regarding new classes and program will be coming soon.

Where: 910 South Amplett Blvd, San Mateo
When: Sunday 07/12/15 12:00PM-3:00PM

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