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15 Tips for New Competitors

December 2, 2015

This is an excerpt from another web page but it has some great tips for you guys looking to compete this weekend.

1. Decide whether you’re going to do takedowns or pull guard. If your standup strategy is a single technique like a “double-leg”, and you are unable to make it happen, just pull guard. If you started Jiu-Jitsu with takedown experience, make for yourself a set of parameters. For example, “If it’s halfway through the match and nothing has happened in terms of standup, I’ll pull guard to get the match going.”

2. Relax Relax Relax. What I mean by relax is to maintain a presence of mind.

3. There’s nothing wrong with being nervous. Don’t spend all your emotional energy fighting your own nervousness. Just accept it.

4. If it’s your first competition, remember that you only have to win each match once. In the training room, you can be lazy because you know there will be more rolling. You think, “Why burn up all my energy fighting this position now when I have another 30 minutes of rolling left?” This doesn’t apply to competitions. When competing you have to go full throttle each match from start to finish.


Looking forward to seeing you guys out this weekend. Mind the parking, read the post below.

Thomas Ryder BJJ

Special Note About Parking

September 18, 2015

With the popularity of The Submission Series growing each year, we have had to deal with needing to keep our business neighbours happy.

Parking is always an issue and I hope that  we Martial Artists are in good enough shape to walk an extra block to come compete.

Please respect the businesses open on Saturday by not parking in front of their business.

Windsor Plywood – They are having a customer appreciation day so please leave spots open

Flooring People

Diecast Depot

Try to park at the end of the parking lot, behind the building our in the neighbouring parking lots to the north and west.  Please see the map below.  Available parking is marked with a green arrow.

I look forward to seeing you out next weekend.

Mike Yackulic

Series PArking

Come on out this weekend

September 14, 2015

IMG_9440This weekend will be the 8th year we have run The Submission Series.  That is over 30 tournaments over the last 7 years (some years we had 5 events) and we are still excited for doing these.  This tournament is great for the beginner or NOOB in BJJ, but also the more competitive as well as we have Championship belts to award at the end of the year.




MAgnus and Ryder BJJThis year we expect to have an even greater turnout for kids than we have had in the past.  The more people we have the more we split up the divisions.  We want this to be a great experience for the kids so we try to keep divisions small but also split them up by age, weight and belt rank. We will add a division for kids to challenge themselves for a championship belt, but it wont be this year.  The more children that come out, the sooner it will happen.


WonderWoman-rectangle1We would love to have the women come out again this year.  These small tournaments can be hit and miss but if you come out there will be one more.  For those that know women that train, encourage them to come out.  The Womens grappling community is very welcoming and supportive.  If you are not sure, then just come out to watch.


If you have any questions, please check out our F.A.Q. section and we look forward to seeing you out this weekend.  It’s a lot of fun.


bjj kids and me

Submission Series Dates for 2015

August 21, 2015

We will be having the first installment of The Submission Series sept 19 at the North Arashi Do location.



The second Series will not be until Dec 5 to not conflict with CBJJF and Brock Myrol events in October and Novemeber.



There will NOT be any Series events in Calgary. Unfortunately it has not been well attended, except for children, and I am sure one of the other schools will host an event under their banner.



Competitiors form all over Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan are welcome to the Submission Series.  It is open to ALL Afilliations and experience levels.



We look forward to seeing you out at our first event and stay tuned to hear about news about a possible children’s Submission Series Champion division.

Submission Series Finals May 30 Fighters are…

May 24, 2015

Sorry to take so terribly long to get the results.

Athletes from both Calgary and Edmonton will be squaring off next weekend at the Mind Body Soul for the custom belts.

Under 140…

A lack of competitors in Edmonton leaves just 2 Calgary fighters competing for the belt.

Adam Graves vs. Noah McMillan

Guess everyone has been bulking up here in Edmonton.



Rowan Campbell vs. Chad Anheligev

Antun Kovacevic vs. Zal Snyder

Eugene Muzyron vs. Allan Clark



DJ Power vs. Isac Hasmaki

Julian Fischer vs. Noah Ali

Andrew Worthington vs. Matt Hilton

Sheldon McKinlay vs. Raiki Yago

Jett Grande vs. Josh Carroll



Marc Lanouette vs. Dean Coslevi

Mike Scarcello vs. Lee Popp

Logan Bruneau vs. Hayden Harrison

TJ Penner vs. Matt Bagshaw



Adam Pingrenon vs. Mah Movo Elfocaly

Bill Campbell vs. Jordan Piski

Jared Tardoff vs. David Phuky

Shane Miller vs. Troy Dunne


206 and up

Well Calgary had no big guys so the finals are:

Cody Krahn vs. Ryan Disher

Cam Dyck vs. Cameron Carew


For those that haven’t registered for the Submission Series finals… YOU MUST DO SO BY WEDNESDAY or you forfeit your position.  In the event your competitor does not come out you get a by to the next round.


You still have several days to Register… but sooner is better than later.


Register now!  Click here


Submission Series this Weekend

April 27, 2015

hey-you-guys copyThis weekend marks the last of The Submission Series for the season.  For the adults its the last chance to secure a spot in the finals  for the Championship Belt which gets awarded at the Mind Body soul May 30th in Edmonton.  The top 4 competitors form Edmonton and Calgary will be in the running for the belt and the spots are still available, SO COME OUT AND COMPETE!


For the rest of the people looking for a fun recreational tournament, this is it.  We have divisions for Children, Women (made day of) and for recreational No Gi as well as Gi divisions for adults split by rank.


We look forward to seeing you out this weekend.  Please check the other pages for info such as time etc.


Beginners are VERY welcome and if you didn’t make a previous Series event that is fine, come on out and have a great time.


Series Part 4 coming up soon!

April 15, 2015

We have been slow to get the results up from the last events, but here is the Edmonton results so far.

With the finals being done at the Mind Body Soul May 30, the next Submission Series is the last chance for you to climb up the ranks and qualify.  If you are just doing the tournaments for fun, no worries.  Still come out to the next Submission Series May 2.

Please check the results page for an up to date list of the standings.

Good luck in training and see you soon

Good day for Everyone

February 21, 2015

magnus matchWe had a vice nice turnout in Edmonton today.  Slightly more that 100 people came out to compete.  68 kids and 41 adults (with 8 women).  The new schedule worked pretty good, less people filling up the space and parking was more manageable.  Thank you to those that avoided parking at the Flooring People and Die Cast Depot, much appreciated.

We are going to adjust the schedule a little more CLICK HERE but nothing drastic.  Our ultimate goal is to have you here for about an hour, unless you want to stay and cheer people on, we are almost there.


Big thanks to the great refs that helped out today, Prof. Andrew Gummer, Steve Newman, Ryan Timoffee, Paul Prit-Phul, Ken Sumner and our great volunteers, Jim, Angela and Rachel.  These people really help make the tournament run smoothly.

Thanks for the support and we will see you at the Capital City Championship March 28 here in Edmonton and then at the next Series May 2.

Have a great weekend,


Mike Yackulic

Edmonton Schedule

February 18, 2015

With the growing demand of the Edmonton Series we are going to adjust the schedule slightly.

Please register and weigh in 30 minutes before your event is scheduled.

Childrens divisions will start with Gi (Starting with lightest going to heaviest) No Gi will follow

Children’s divisions will be the same:

8:30am children registration and weigh ins.

9:00 am Children’s Game – ages 4-6

9:30am Children age 7, 8-9

11am Youths age 10-11

12pm Teens ages 12/13 and 14/15

12pm Women Gi -Starting with lightest going to heaviest followed by No Gi

12pm Adult registration and weigh ins.

1pm Adult No Gi (Starting with lightest in one ring, heaviest in the other and working to the middle)

2:30pm Adult Blue belt and up (or once No Gi is finished)

3pm Adult Gi (Starting with lightest in one ring, heaviest in the other and working to the middle)


If you have any questions please check the site first then ask if you can’t find an answer so we can update the site.


Good luck this weekend,


Why do you Lose in Competition

February 4, 2015

Some times you prepare yourself for competition but it doesn’t go the way you planned.

I did a little looking around and found an article that might interest some of you:



Take a read and get ready for the next Submission Series.  Missed the last couple?  No worries, come out anyways.


How Much Does it Cost?

Children’s Game (ages 6 and under) – $15

Children 7, 8/9, 10/11, 12/13, 14-16 -$20 for 1 division and $30 for both Gi and No Gi

Adults $30 for 1 division and $40 for both Gi and No Gi

Divisions for Men, Women, Children, Beginners and Advanced in Gi and No Gi.


Where are the Events?

Edmonton events are held at Arashi Do Northside – 12730 St. Albert Trail

Calgary events are held at MMA University – 49 Aero Dr NE


See you all out in a couple weeks.