Arkansas Jiu Jitsu Practitioners Stand Out at Pan No-Gi Championship

Arkansas Jiu Jitsu Practitioners Stand Out

at Pan No-Gi Championship

Arkansas Jiu Jitsu

Jory Malone, Abby Malone, Bobby Riley

October 1, 2011: New York, New York, Revolution Mixed Martial Arts’ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team recently traveled to the Pan American No Gi Championships, held in New York, New York on October 1, 2011. Among those traveling were: Jory Malone, Abby Malone and Bobby Riley. Jory Malone won his division, making him the 2011 Pan American No-Gi champion. He also placed bronze medal in the Open Weight class. His wife Abby Malone brought home a silver medal in the women’s black belt division, and a bronze medal in the open weight division. Their student Bobby Riley brought home a bronze medal in the featherweight blue belt division. All competitors represented Arkansas Jiu Jitsu well with their performances.

Jory and Abby both coach the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Revolution MMA, and have numerous titles from competitions all over the world. Jory heads up the adult Brazilian jiu jitsu program, while Abby assists in the adult program and heads up the children’s program. Their gyms are located in Benton and Hot Springs Arkansas. Bobby Riley is an assistant in the Benton program. He has been training for over 3 years and this was his first International competition.  The Malone’s started Revolution MMA in 2005, and their Arkansas Jiu Jitsu program continues to produce top quality competitors year after year.

Brought into the limelight recently by the UFC and the Gracie family, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or submission wrestling is a style of grappling or wrestling practiced all over the World. Submission wrestling is the oldest known sport in the World dating back to at least 2300 BC. It was a popular sport in Ancient Greece and described in many celebrated works of Greek literature. Today competitions are held Worldwide and many styles are practiced throughout the World. Practitioners use a highly evolved system of holds, positions, maneuvers and tactics to multiple the leverage of their force with the goal of subduing an opponent. No-Gi refers to submission wrestling without the use of a traditional kimono like Judo.  The Arkansas Jiu Jitsu scene is thriving, and competitors will continue to stand out in future events as well.

Pan No Gi Training Day 2 & 3

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Jory watching some training

So… Training in AL is going well. In case you missed my first blog, you can see it here. I’m exhausted though.  You may or may not know, but sometime around 2004 I got diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I do ok, but I have some trouble, esp with vitamin absorption. Of course that affects my training and recovery. Recently I was so tired I couldn’t move for about a week. I went to the doc where they put me on B vitamins for a deficiency.  I had never experienced anything like that in my life but it seems to be helping, it’s just a matter of waiting for this dose to kick in.

We trained 2, 4-hour sessions each day.  All I did pretty much all day was sleep, train, eat, sleep, train, eat sleep. Repeat. Marcelo showed some good stuff, in particular some stand up stuff that I will most definitely incorporate to my game and our training. I credit him a lot with elevating my game as a brown belt, and I will continue to train with him for competitions.  Having Marcelo and Daniel here is great for Jory also, as he has some good black belts to push him. It’s good for me also as I have different high ranks to try stuff on and practice defense.  Daniel, not sure what to say he’s freaking strong and he showed me a pretty nice sweep that I’ll use.  I’m happy that NU is growing, and we can have these camps.

We were fortunate enough to get to stay in Michael Holt’s house, which is pretty close to the gym. It also allowed me to cook my food and not have to eat out, which makes me sick.  We are right at a month out from the competition so it will be a lot of hard grappling from here on out, as well as focusing on proper nutrition, weight and recovery.  I had knee surgery June 3, and that is recovering better than expected, though I still need to be cautious.  I have not done weights since then, but have done quite a bit of body weight exercises for strength, which led me to a quick recovery.  I usually quit training 1-2 weeks out from a tournament for recovery, so there’s not much time left. I feel really good about my training thus far and this camp.

Pan No Gi Camp Black Belts

I really enjoy these camps. Obviously it’s a great way to prepare for a competition, but it’s also great to give your game a boost to the next level. I always notice huge improvements in my game after intensive training. A lot of our students that came, well all but 1, aren’t going to the Pan No Gi. I was proud they all came and are that interested in improving their BJJ.  I would recommend anyone to do a competition training camp even if you don’t want to compete. It’s like taking a caffeine pill. It speeds up everything in your training and will help you get to to the next level quick. Some people don’t like to compete because they get nervous in front of others, or have some other issue like the competition itself like the expense, etc. Others don’t like to compete b/c they don’t like to work hard. Well if you don’t like to work hard, this isn’t going to help you.  On the other hand, if you do like to work hard, and for whatever reason don’t want to compete, at least do the competition camp. You will see drastic improvements in your cardio, strength, performance and overall understanding of the game.  Simply put, when you return, you will be ahead of everyone who didn’t do the camp. They will wonder why you got rank quicker, why you are getting better quicker, etc.

There is one thing I want to stress, as became evident to some in this camp. You don’t start training for a competition 8-12 weeks out. That is when your competition camp starts. There’s a difference between training and the training camp, and don’t for a second think that a training camp is when you start building strength, cardio, etc. If you aren’t training before you start the training camp you are screwed. Prior to your training camp, you want to make sure you have worked on your general physical preparation and strength. This lays the foundation for you to build upon when you are in your camp. A few of the guys at this camp had no foundation and found out quickly when they got injured. Always go to class and train regularly so that you can take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves!

Pan No Gi Training Underway with Camp in AL

Pan No Gi Training: On the way!

Training for the Pan No Gi competition in New York has started, and now it’s time to step it up some more.  I normally train 2x a day at least. It depends on where I’m at in the periodization that depends on what I do. But it’s time to kick it off with a training camp in Alabama, so we are on the way. My friend Steve Snyder and his guys in NC are going as well. Daniel Garcia, the 2011 Brazilian National Black Belt Champion is at Steves’ gym, attempting to help Steve get to where he can grapple more than 45 seconds without gassing :). He’s really good, but I suppose you don’t need me to say that. Marcelo also just moved to the US and is at a gym in MS. He was here in Jan 2010 helping me get ready for the Europeans and then spent 6 months here in 2010 at the end of the year working between my and Steve’s gyms.  I really enjoy training with him for competitions, and credit him with a lot in helping my game.

So anyways, Steve is going to see family in AL, and taking Daniel. Marcelo’s going too, and so given it’s a holiday weekend, we are too. There’s 6 of us from Revolution.  The plan was to take 1 car but that didnt work out.  So now we are in 2, driving to AL.  The plan is to train 6 hours a day. I’ll let you know how that goes…..

 

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