Review of the Jake Johnston Seminar


On Feb. 24th I cashed in some of my hard earned nickels and dimes and attended the seminar Jake Johnston was teaching at West Side Jiu-Jitsu.  Now I can’t say I have been to a lot of seminars.  My last one was with Sylivo Behring in 2010.  But I have attended enough of them, I think to say I know what I like and what I don’t in one.  I think my number one pet peeve is paying to work out.  I expect to be taught by a master when I go to one.  I don’t want to waste precious time doing things I can do any day of the week.  We had 4 hours with Jake and I was very please that none of it was doing jumping jacks or other exercises.  Jake got right to it.  It was noted after, by Mark, that this was Jake’s first official seminar.  I for one thought it was excellent.  Jake stayed true to the principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and shared good solid fundamentals.  The 4 hours flew by.


Jake taught us a lot in that 4 hours and its of course hard to remember it all.  I have posted all the pictures I got on Facebook.

Jake started out with working on  mount escapes.  He then worked into defending the cross choke while mounted.  He taught us an exercise for working that defense into a sweep.  We went over an excellent guard pass that was the most effective one I’ve used to date.  It combined leverage with gravity to do something in physics similar to Bruce Lee’s 1 Inch Power Punch.  When you add many forces into a technique you only need a little from each to make the power add up.  As you can see from the pictures we worked on taking the back and on breaking a grip to finish an arm bar.  I am sure I am forgetting something else.  Feel free to comment and remind me.

Most of all I enjoyed seeing my Jiu-Jitsu family and renewing old bonds.  It really made me feel what I had missed in the last 9 or so months.  I will make a special effort to get back at it guys.

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Jake Johnston Seminar at West Side BJJ Feb 25th


Jake Johnston will be at West Side Jiu-Jitsu Academy, (2238 Washington Blvd, Ogden UT, (801) 920-6500) Saturday February 25th from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  The seminar fee is $55, payable at the door.

“Jake Johnston is the only certified Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the Southern Utah area.  He started his training in Provo, Utah in the summer of 1993 under world-renowned Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor Pedro Sauer.  He was promoted to blue belt in 8 months, and began helping teach Pedro’s kids and adult classes.

His dedication to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu continued as his desire to learn turned into a deep passion.  In 1996 Jake began commuting to Southern Utah and started teaching private lessons and group classes, becoming the first person to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in St. George.  He received his purple belt in 1999, his brown belt in 2004, and was awarded the prestigious black belt in August of 2006.  Jake has been learning and teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for 18 years.  He is one of the few people to be a direct student of Professor Sauer, earning all of the belts beginning with white all the way to black under his instruction.  This makes Jake officially certified in the exclusive teachings of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  Jake has dedicated the majority of his life to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.” – Seminar Promotion e-mail.

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