Reviews of Guard Passing Course

Guard Passing Simplified, Part One As many of you know, I recently started teaching classes online at www.Harris.Academy back in March of 2016. The first course has been live for a little over 2 weeks and nearly 100 students have signed up and are taking the course! Here are what a few students have said about the course: • “This was a great instructional that, while giving some technique, imparts upon the student perhaps more valuable information on how to train the techniques. The delivery platform is novel, and works well on both a laptop/desktop and a mobile device. I can’t wait for Part Two!” Marcelo C.   • “As a lover of details, I definitely love it!” Isis T.   • “Easy to follow! Very articulate explanations on techniques! A very unique and effective approach to training! Great course format!” Marcus M.   “I’m still new enough to BJJ that getting caught in someone’s guard feels like wandering through a minefield. This fundamentally sound approach to posture and passing gives me a safer path to follow. I’m in a better position now to mitigate dangers proactively instead of stumbling into my next tap.” Markus L.   • “I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Mr. Harris’ new on-line training website, and his first instructional did not disappoint! Mr. Harris takes arguably one of the most difficult skill sets in BJJ and demonstrates not only technique, but training methods. The site is very easy to navigate, and the video production quality is excellent. I’m looking forward to all the future Harris Academy releases. Who knows, I may even...
New Harris Academy Online Courses…

New Harris Academy Online Courses…

The New Harris Academy After a grueling weekend with the flu – and a few technical glitches – I am proud to say the first course of instruction at the new Harris.Academy is ready. You can find a description of the new course here: www.Harris.Academy You can view six excerpts from the new course: Here is a brief description of the course: Guard Passing Simplified, Part One Since Brazilian Jiu Jitsu first appeared on the scenes here in the U.S. in the late 1980’s, what has separated it from the other grappling arts is a position called, “The Guard.” The guard has frustrated practitioners from all of the various other grappling arts (Judo, Wrestling, Sambo, etc…) as well as many practitioners of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The modus operandi for training within the culture of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been (a) the learning of technique followed by (b) a lengthy period of sparring. And while that was enough for the average student for many years, it seemed to lack “something.” Sensing the need for more, students and instructors began combining the concepts of drills and combinations to their training. That is as far as Jiu Jitsu has progressed in recent years. This course will be a mix of PDFs, audio and video files. There will also be a couple of discussion forums where I will answer students’ questions. And, there will be a couple of surveys to help improve this course as time progresses. This course will lay a foundation as far as theory, technique and simple training methods are concerned. And, in part two of this series, I will...
Harris International Purple Belt Exam

Harris International Purple Belt Exam

Harris International Purple Belt Exam   I. To take the Harris International Purple Belt Exam, a student must have familiarity and confidence with the Harris International Blue Belt Curriculum A. Lineage B. Rank C. How to become a great training partner (an absolute MUST) D. Fundamental movements E. Positions F. Positioning G. Grip fighting H. Basic techniques NOTE: If you come to us from another organization and want to be tested and promoted from blue to purple belt, you must take the time to become familiar with our white to blue belt curriculum.   II. Mount escapes in combination (“live” with precision, finesse and confidence) A. Bridge and roll to elbow/knee B. Elbow/knee to bridge and roll C. Bridge and roll to “other” escapes D. Elbow/knee to “other” escapes   III. Side mount escapes in combination (“live” with precision, finesse and confidence) A. Replace the guard and go to your knees B. Go to your knees and replace the guard C. Go to your knees and bridge and roll D. Bridge and roll and replace the guard   IV. Guard passes in combination (“live” with precision, finesse and confidence) A. Pass over the leg to pass under the leg B. Pass under the leg to pass over the leg C. Pass over the leg to pass around the legs D. Pass around the legs to pass over the leg   V. Throws and takedowns in combination (“live” with precision, finesse and confidence) A. Throws to takedowns B. Takedowns to throws C. Throws to reaps D. Takedowns to reaps   VI. Guard control, submissions and sweeps in combination A. Demonstrate closed,...
Harris International Blue Belt Exam

Harris International Blue Belt Exam

Harris International Blue Belt Curriculum   VERSIONS With regard to the Harris International Blue Belt Ranking Curriculum, there are two versions of it: 1. The Student’s Version 2. The Instructor’s Version The student’s version covers all of the requirements necessary to train for and pass the blue belt examination. The instructor’s version not only covers the student’s version, but it also shows instructors what to look for and focus on with students before and during the examination. This version will help instructors fully prepare their students for this examination.   STRUCTURE and PURPOSE For every structure that is built, it is important a foundation first be laid. This same principle applies to building a personal Jiu Jitsu system. From 20+ years plus observing and reading the written thoughts of thousands of students, I am of the opinion that too many students believe they can build a personal Jiu Jitsu system right from the beginning of their journey. While this is an admirable desire, it is not possible to do this at such an early stage of training. So for the blue belt examination, I want those who train under me to take their time to build and develop a firm foundation in this amazing art – one that will last them and their training partners a lifetime! Over the past couple of decades, I have taught thousands of students through my academy and at seminars. In those years, I have observed all kinds of students. For example, I remember one brown belt who had a phenomenal guard. Heck, his guard was so much better than mine! However, when his training partner’s eventually passed his guard,...

Scintillating Treachery

Scintillating Treachery… Check out this new article on: Scintillating Treachery in BJJ In this short article, I talk a little about one of the subjects I teach (when the students are ready) in my BJJ over 40 seminars for those who have been training with me for some time. I teach these students how to “make a mistake” by allowing their young-gunned under 30 training partners to pass their guard only to immediately place them on their backs (without using a sweep). I hope you enjoy it. I hope it encourages you to stop by one of my BJJ over 40 seminars!...
Harris International Family Gathering

Harris International Family Gathering

The 2015 Harris International Family Gathering has been confirmed. Below are the details: Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 4-6, 2015 Location: SoCal Martial Arts Training Center 5080 Bonita Road Bonita, CA 91902 Website: SoCal Martial Arts Training Center Cost: $100 for all three days $80 for two days $50 for one day Training times: Friday: 7-9pm (optional sparring from 9-10pm) Saturday: 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, 5-7pm Sunday: 9am-11am (optional sparring from 11am-12pm) Training topics: • Straight arm lock escapes • Bent arm lock escapes • Triangle choke escapes • Rear naked choke escapes • Heel hook escapes • How submission escapes increase confidence • How to train safely, without risk of injury • An introduction to the new BJJ over 40 • Family sparring Training Schedule FRIDAY 7-9pm: Heel hook and straight foot lock escapes 9-10pm: Family sparring time, if interested. SATURDAY 10am-12pm: BJJ over 40 secrets and How to train safely but still remain functional 12pm-2pm: Lunch and/or sparring 2-4pm: Family sparring time 5-7pm: Rear naked, guillotine and collar choke escapes SUNDAY 9am-11am: Bent and straight arm lock escapes 11am-12pm: More family sparring time, if interested. The session I am looking forward to presenting is: “The BJJ over 40 Secrets” I am looking forward to teaching this session for two reasons: Reason #1 – I have some new (and really good material) to show all of you. I have only presented this material a couple of times, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive! Reason #2 – This material will help you to understand why I do what I do – as well as why I don’t follow “Traditional BJJ”. Over the...

New BJJ over 40 Stuff

New BJJ over 40 Stuff There’s a new and informative article on one of our sister websites! Here it is: Some have asked… Enjoy! Roy Harris...

A Recent Interview…

Here is a recent interview I had with the guys from BJJ Brick: Roy Harris BJJ Interview (the interview is around 45 minutes) Here is a glimpse of some of the topics we talked about: • The early days of training BJJ in the United States • Developing skills outside of class with a partner • What you should be doing for the first 2 or 3 years of training • My first BJJ Brick was a footlock • Why some leglocks can be more dangerous • The 4 mindsets he teaches to students that are over 40 • How to train safely • How to evaluate your progress • Differences between gi and no gi • How to train if you can only train twice a week I had a great time chatting with these guys. I hope you not only enjoy the interview, but that you learn a few things! Roy...