Posts Tagged: ‘TPTM’

John Frankl Seminar @ SBG Toronto (Feb 2013)

February 6, 2013 Posted by School of Thought

After being exposed to Coach John Frankl’s seminar last year for a mere three hours and having him have a significant effect on the way I view jiujitsu (everything is a position), I was really excited to see how much of an effect ten hours with the man would have. During a short conversation, with him over a beer on Friday, he said “Let’s do it right.” Wow. We did it right that’s for sure!

Over the following weekend Coach Frankl broke down what is usually taught in a basic jiujitsu class on self defense. How to escape a headlock. However, he did not teach us how to escape, he gave us the tools and thought processes to start identifying what makes each jiujitsu move work..dropping more than a few knowledge bombs that resonated with all of the students regardless of their experience level …. from a student who had been with the gym for only one week, to multiple coaches from the SBG tribe who have been with the gym for over ten years. Everyone left with new tools in their belt.

The theme of the weekend’s seminar was “ space management”. Space Management is vital for achieving success in jiujitsu. John is a crossfit beast, however he is also smarter than your average bear and knows not to use muscles when a perfectly good bone structure (FRAMES) will use less energy and will work on a wide variety of opponents not just smaller white belts. ” You can’t rely on moving your opponent but you can always move yourself”. Leading directly to sweeps, “you must make a hole for them to fall into.” These were a few of the simple concepts that John drilled into us throughout the seminar.

Put simply, the man has a special skill with words. With nineteen years of experience he was able simplify jiujitsu concepts like no one I’ve ever seen. Most jiujitsu websites or dvds rarely touch base on the fundamentals of why moves work; they normally just show how the individual does the move. (left hand right sleeve, feed the other hand for a cross grip at the lapel, right foot on the hip… blah blah blah.) His uncomplicated style of teaching allowed all of us to really understand the basics of jiujitsu.

Coach Frankl left us with many knowledgeable lessons that we will be digesting until the next time he drops by the SBG Toronto gym…here are just a few of them:

1. The concept of repeatability. Much like science, the sweep, submission or tactic should work multiple times, on a variety of different opponents. If you can only do a sweep twice without burning out, it is not repeatable.

2. Believe in the technique, its going to take some time.

3. The art of being a good training partner, checking your opponent’s base and correcting his mistakes.

4. Slow and steady is vital for process. Don’t train too hard for six months, get injured and not training for six months. ([+6] + [-6] = 0)

Thank you John Frankl for answering all our questions and rolling with us and exposing us to your years of experience. Thanks to Coach Jason Lancucki for bringing down another legend of the game to help influence and inspire us to be better. The experience was definitely a game changer in the way I view jiujitsu.

Viva la SBGi!


Ontario Provincial Championship 2012

November 25, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

2 members of SBG Toronto’s ADD squad went to represent @ the Provincial BJJ Championships today.

Derek Noonan, keep training…your time will come. You get better every time you step on the mat.

Noah Barlow, silver medal! Hard work is paying off.

Congrats to all members…they can’t do it with out you.

Humbled and honoured to be a part of the process.


Matt Thornton @ SBG Toronto (Sept 2012)

September 11, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

This past weekend President of SBGi, Matt Thornton, was at TPTM/SBG Toronto for a two day seminar. On day one the focus was on no gi and dealing with someone who is striking in our closed guards. Always a game changing experience, Mr. Thornton focused on the fundamentals at the core of each technique. The fundamentals, according to Matt, are what makes these techniques, not just sport specific, but are the same techniques that you would use in a real life self defense situation.

Day two was a continuation of the previous day, but added some stand up clinch into the mix. At the end of the day we did rounds of some competitive drilling. Matt Thornton at this time for the second time in his career, stopped a seminar for a belt promotion. Our very own Pirashanth Kesavan (Pk) after a stellar performance on the mat, is now a blue belt. After asking Coach Lancucki if there were “any more white belts like that”, Sherman Patterson and Mark Garcia tested successfully for their blue belts.

With three more blue belts and everyone having an amazing weekend of growth it is needless to say that this was an amazing weekend at TPTM-SBG Toronto. Special Thanks to Coach Lancucki for coordinating and hosting another amazing Thornton seminar.


2012 Ontario Open Wrap Up

May 30, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

Just a quick THANK YOU! to the members of TPTM-SBG Toronto’s ADD Squad that put it on the line this past weekend at the Ontario Open BJJ Tournament.
David Wu,Derek Noonan, Pirashanth Pk Kesavan, and Sherman Thomas Patterson…. You make me proud to be your Coach!

Sherman brought home the bronze.(1st time competing)
PK placed 4th out of +40.
Derek won his 1st and 2nd matches.
David Wu took home the arms of his 1st and 2nd opponents.(1st time competing).

…and special mention goes out to Kier McManus and Candice McDonald for coming out to support the Squad!

Honoured and humbled to be a part of the process.

Viva SBGi!

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Comp Team Montreal Road Trip

March 28, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

The SBG Toronto Competition Team participated in the 1st Montreal Grappling Experience last weekend, hosted by grappling phenom David Aguzzi. The crew left before sunrise Friday morning, in order to complete the long drive early and have a relaxing evening to prepare for the grueling, double event round robin the following day.

A beautiful, warm, sunny day welcomed the team as they enjoyed a late afternoon bistro lunch, caught some fly dub-step at the McGill campus, and took in the sites from Mt. Royal.

The team made great use of the hotel fitness area, stretching out in the gym, having a quick swim in the pool, and a very relaxing steam room. All were in peak physical & mental form and ready for battle – Pro Deal indeed!

Arriving at the event around 9am, our host guided us through the registration process where we all made weight (thanks steam room!). It was held in a small fencing gym, with a nice setup of 4 pro style rings. The tourney was very well run, and the reffing was outstanding. However, the standard game of waiting for your division to be called began that is the norm for all events like this, so we hunkered down to watch many great matches. By 4pm our 1st divisions began to be called.

PK lit up the tourney donning his now famous pink gi, making friends with everyone he came into contact with in his trademark style. With great posture, he had several close battles in Gi, but saved his aggression for the NoGi, denying one opponent anything from standup before a beautiful sprawl, back take to rear naked choke for the tap!

Derek, donning the Gi for the 1st time in competition, blasted through his opponents with relentless, dominating pressure, utilizing his newly sharpened ‘shoulder of justice’ to great success. During the last of his Gi matches, Derek tweaked his back and could not continue into the NoGi event.

Kier showed fighting tiger spirit in his first Gi match, bringing heavy pressure to a spider guard player. Down on points and short on time, he finally blasted through to land in half guard and immediately sunk in the sleeve choke, but ran out of time before getting the tap. Somewhere during the match he got his arm/shoulder wrenched and could not continue for the remainder of both events.

Candice, with energetic patience, stood by her crew with cheers, always on the ready to support our players during the grueling (increasingly smelly) 12hr event. Barely taking her eyes off the matches, it was obvious a new die-hard BJJ fan and future competitor was born.

After giving our thanks and goodbyes to our host (who didn’t take a break from reffing all day) we made our way back to the hotel to begin our recovery/debrief and celebrate a well fought day. After a return to the spa, a nice meal and a few drinks we turned in for the night to prepare for the ride home.

Such a great experience was had by all! Many things were learned and confirmed about how to properly prepare and manage a long day event such as this. All were happy with their performances, and were on track with aspects that each are currently working on with their individual games, yet all took away many new things to work on. The most important aspect of the trip was the team spirit that was leveraged which made us more than the sum of our parts. All have vowed to bring this newly kindled fire back home to infect the rest of the gym to take us all to the next level of competition performance.


John Frankl @ TPTM

March 17, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

We had the pleasure of having BJJ Blackbelt, John Frankl drop by TPTM all the way from Korea to teach this morning’s class.  We were pretty lucky to be exposed to some high-level BJJ and everyone went home with some quality, game-changing information.

Here’s some feedback from after the clinic:



Just a few of the adjectives that I overheard during John Frankl’s BJJ clinic this morning @ SBG Toronto….just saying.

Humbled and honoured to be part of process.


Spent the morning with bjj black belt John frankl. That was a game changing morning. Feeling pretty lucky.


Awesome seminar today at TPTM with John Frankl thanks Jay!


Thank you John.


SBG Toronto @ the BJJ Provincials

December 1, 2011 Posted by School of Thought

We had a few members of SBG Toronto’s ADD Squad competing last weekend at the Ontario Provincial BJJ Championship.Noah,PK, Kier and Derek all represented extremely well…along with some great support from Sherman ,Mark and Kevan who came out to cheer them on.

Kier won the Gold in the Masters Blue Belt division and the Bronze in the Adult no gi division.

Derek popped his tourney cherry and brought home the Silver in the Beginners No Gi division.

4 competitors,3 medals,2 days with 0 injuries made for 1 happy and hungover coach!

Huge THANK YOU to all the Coaches that have helped us over the years.

Honoured and humbled to be a part of the process.

Viva SBGi!!!

Comp Team Thursdays

October 26, 2011 Posted by School of Thought

The SBG Toronto Competition Team weekly training sessions will be held on Thurs evenings @ 8pm. Club members are encouraged to participate to help push our squad for the upcoming Provincial Championships and MMA Expo in both Gi and No-Gi.

Photos from Matt Thornton’s Seminar

September 27, 2011 Posted by School of Thought

Photos from Travis Davison’s Seminar

February 28, 2011 Posted by School of Thought