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Belt Promotion: Brandon to Gray Belt

Congratulations to Brandon on earning his solid Grey Belt! Brandon sets a great example as a student, training partner and leader. In every class he participates to the fullest and gives it his best effort. His Jiu-Jitsu reflects his willingness to be the best he can be. Brandon and his sister, Jordan, are also avid hocky players and oftentimes leave BJJ straight for Hockey practice. Tremendous dedication in both sports.
Thank you to his teammates, instructors, and especially his family. It takes support from all areas to help a practitioner grow!

Belt Promotion: Keihana to Gray-white belt

🥋 Gray ~ White belt 🥋 December 2017 🛡柔🛡
Keihana has been training with her sister for a few years and has always brought an eager spirit to learn and understand jiujitsu. She is focused in class and has paved the way as a leader for girls to train in the juniors class. (Age 9-15)
One of her biggest strengths is patience. In times of adversity or difficulty she remains patient and maintains composure to tackle the challenge. In doing so she brings her teammates along for the ride, focused, patient, and determined to improve! Congrats!

Toddler and Me Jiu Jitsu in El Dorado Hills

Toddler and Me Class

Today, at El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, was our first Toddler and Me class! The Theme today was “Introduction”, as it was new to all of us. Although it was the very first class of a brand new program, the class was great. I was very happy with the immediate parent participation and how the toddlers stayed engaged the entire class.

We had three parents and toddlers on the mat, and began by playing on the mats. The kids and even one of the parents challenged themselves by climbing the ropes. The class then went on to some mat exercises that the older kids and the adults do. The toddlers did great and loved practicing Break-Falls, and trying to retain the Mount position on their parents. There were games with the exercise ball and the ropes before we concluded the class. We had so much fun that the kids wanted to keep playing on the mat, and we let them until the Adult class started 20 minutes later.

In the classes to come there will be focused themes like: balance, rolling, partnership, hustle, etc., but for today I am pleased that everyone had fun… and played with some jiu-jitsu.

Coach Aaron

BJJ Tour All Star Championships Results

EDH Jiu Jitsu had 4 competitors hit the mats this weekend in Santa Cruz, CA. The BJJ Tour is one of northern California’s longest running tournament organization, with the US Open as their foremost tournament.

Black belt Todd Jones dusted off his gi after taking 6 years off from competition. He finished with a Silver medal. In the finals of the the tournament he started with match with a takedown and after the score was tied from a sweep gave up an advantage to lose the decision. “It felt great getting out there and competing again. I’m getting ready for the Master’s Worlds in August so this was a great tune up!”

There were 3 kids competing this weekend as well. White belt Mateo finished with a gold after a decisive victory in the opening match. He had two more matches that day and won them both convincingly. Mate has been competing often and has managed to win gold in the last three tournaments. Gray belts Marshall and Slater both medaled as well. Marshall with a Silver and Slater with a Bronze. Both of their matches were impressionable fights, leaving the spectators with some excitement in their nail biter matches.

The All Star tournament was a great opportunity for everyone to get out of town and compete. Competition, win or lose, is a chance to see progress and growth in the athletes abilities and find areas to improve upon for the future.

IBJJF San Jose Open Gi & NoGi Results

Zack wins Gold

On January 28th and 29th at the San Jose Community College the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) San Jose Open took place. The tournament was a two day tournament in the Gi and NoGi. This was a great opportunity to test their skills in a local northern California competition. Probably the biggest tournament outside of the BJJ Tour Championships; US Open, American Cup, and All Star Championships. Members of EDH BJJ, competing as Yemaso BJJ,  finished with the following results:

Mark Swisher – Competitor
Jamie Gomez – Bronze
Zack Smith – Bronze
Allan Scott – Silver
Aaron Martinez – Silver
Jerel Tengan – Silver
Eliot Kelly – Gold

Jamie Gomez – Bronze
Zack Smith – Gold
Aaron Martinez – Silver
Jerel Tengan – Silver
Eliot Kelly – Gold & Silver (absolute)

Eliot win Gold

The tournament was a great opportunity to start the year with a competition. A few high lights of the tournament came with Zack Smith taking Bronze in his division but coming back the next day to win the Gold in the NoGi division. This showed great persistence and determination. Another big victory of the weekend came from coach Eliot Kelly winning gold in the Ultra Heavyweight division beating Vinicius de MagalhĂŁes of Vinny Magalhaes BJJ in the finals. Vinny is an incredibly talented prize fighter in MMA, Jiu Jitsu and Grappling. He is an ADCC champion, IBJJF World Champion, EBI and UFC competitor.

Sparring Tips

Guard-Play or Passing Guard?

It’s good to decide, before the sparring match, if you would like to Play Guard or Pass Guard. If both fighters want to pass and the match begins on the feet (opposed to the knees) then someone will have to takedown or throw their opponent to the mat, which forces the opponent to play guard. If both fighters want to play guard, the one who pulls guard first is playing guard.

Generally, the fighter passing guard will make grips on the opponent’s lower body (knees, hips, ankles) to control the legs and hips of the guard player. The fighter playing guard will make grips on the opponent’s upper body (Not always, but this is a good way to start off with until you develop a more advanced guard) to control the distance of the passer, as well as their posture, and their ability to move around you in either direction.

It’s good for the guard passer to keep a leading knee between themselves and the guard player to prevent the guard player from closing the guard around their waist. This adds another (dangerous) step between being in their guard and passing guard. The guard player will try to keep their feet, knees, or (butterfly) hooks between themselves and the passer’s body and legs to prevent them from pressuring their guard with their weight.

The basic objective of the guard passer is get passed their guard into side-control, knee on belly, or mount. The basic objective of the guard passer it to sweep (their opponent to the ground: reversing the positions), Submit, or take the back (To back-control with the hooks).

It’s good to practice both, but it’s better to know what you want to practice before your opponent decides for you.


It’s good form to bow and shake hands, before and after a match. It’s also good form not to celebrate when you win and not sulk when you lose.

Being too aggressive with strength and size (rather than technique) might also be perceived as disrespectful and unnecessary. The term “Sparring” implies training to fight by simulating the movements and technique of Jiu-Jitsu. There is force, endurance, strength and agility involved, but the idea behind sparring is that you can do it with anyone, both of you walk away without any injuries or sore feelings toward one another.

Learn by Example:

Watch the upper-belts and pay attention to how they spar when you roll with them. Most upper belts have training long enough to know what makes for a long term sparring partnership as well as avoid injuries on both sides.

Coach Aaron

The innovation of Jiu Jitsu as a Mixed Martial Art

As we head into 2017, we are going to continue to see the innovation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by competitors and practitioners all over the world. I believe we will see an innovation of a jiu jitsu as a mixed martial art as practitioners from different cultures of grappling continue to give a try in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will maintain it’s strong foundation in it’s practical self defense applications, we should begin to see the sport continue to change. Just as international Judo competitions have noticed a cross over of the regions ethnic wrestling into their national and international Judo applications, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will do the same.

Jiu Jitsu will no longer be exclusive to Jiu Jitsu, but also include those with wrestling, Judo, sambo, mongolian wrestling, and any form of grappling. This innovation of technique is possible because while technical subsets of the sport are highly specific and detailed, the common goal (to submit someone) is extremely broad. As long as you are able to submit someone or control a person on the ground you can be declared the winner.

As we look at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2017, expect to see it’s continued innovation and evolution as a mixed martial art of grappling. Grapplers who explore different possibilities from their ethnic wrestling background and incorporate trainings to included them in their technical prowess will find success on the mat.

Author: Eliot Kelly

Javen Wins IBJJF Kids International Championships

Javen Jones, freshman at Oak Ridge High School, takes Gold at the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) Kids International Championships this weekend in Long Beach, CA.

In the finals Javen showed impressive technical prowess, gaining a takedown, mount and eventually finishing with a armbar. This followed his win a few weeks ago at the Grappling X Championships held in Elk Grove, CA. When asked about jiujitsu Javen said, “I love jiujitsu. I love the way it has changed my mind, body, and spirit. One day I’m going to be a world champion!”

The tournament was held at CSULB Walter Pyramid.

Folsom Lake clean up! Tapping out litter bugs

On Labor Day, September 5th, EDH Jiu Jitsu is organizing a clean up at Folsom Lake. While the lake is at a low, it’s a great opportunity to talk about the importance of water preservation, cooperation, responsibility, and community while picking up litter left behind after recreational use of the lake.

This is a family friendly community event. Please feel free to invite your friends and family.

  • \Time: 8:00am-9:30am
  • Folsom Lake entry: Beals Point
  • Bring: gloves and trash bags and a “grabber” if you have one.More information on parking waivers will be on the facebook event page, but parking will be free!


Kids Train NoGi in the Summer

At El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu our Pee Wee (age 4-6), Kids (age 6-9), and Juniors  (age 9-13) class changes it up to train NoGi. Some people who are new to Jiu Jitsu might be wondering what NoGi means. NoGi is a simple way to talk about a uniform that is basically t-shirt and shorts. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and many grappling organizations have adopted this NoGi uniform to give professionalism to the look while considering safety of the participant. Uniform-No-GI-garment

There are a few safety measures to consider when we make the uniform switch from Gi to NoGi. First, it’s important that the uniform doesn’t have any pockets. Hands and feet can get caught in pockets and in a faster paced NoGi training this can be very dangerous. Another important part of the uniform is that there are no metallic parts to the uniform. Many shorts might have zippers or buttons that with pressure can hurt, scratch, and even cut someone. The last thing to consider is the tightness of the shirt. We strongly recommend tight fitting rashguard type shirts. When the shirt is too loose it can become a hazard much like pockets do and trap a hand or foot causing injury.

Here are a few reasons for transitioning to NoGi with our 4-13 year old jiu-jitsu classes.

1: It’s HOT!

2: Learn different skills that don’t allow grips

3: Challenge yourself to our EDH-BJJ NoGi Tournament in September

Brands we recommend:
Komainu Apparel (discount code EK)
Aromor Kimonos (discount code ek)

We will have team NoGi uniforms available for purchase in July!

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