Open House, Introduction to Jiu-Jitsu in Telford, PA

3rd Generation Jiu-Jitsu Academy located in Telford, PA will be hosting an open house on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.  No experience required to attend.  It’s free to all.


Jiu-Jitsu Open House

Annual After Turkey Day Roll

Our 4th annual Turkey Roll is scheduled for Friday, November 29 starting at 10:30am.  This training session is open to all members of the 3rd Generation Jiu-Jitsu Team and friends.  The mat opens at 10:30 and runs all day or at least until no more people show up.  So feel free to stuff your face on Thanksgiving, you’ll be able to work it all off on Friday.


The Open Mat will be held at:

Rosendo Diaz Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

708 Main Street

Harleysville, PA

Questions?  Call 267-476-1858

Mrkulic Jiu-Jitsu Championships

Big thanks go out to Mike Mrkulic of Mrkulic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Montclair, NJ for inviting the 3rd Generation Jiu-Jitsu out for his tournament.  A really nice, friendly event filled with lots of skilled jiu jitsu players.



Congrats go out to the 3G members that competed:

Erin Del Baggio – Lancaster BJJ

Ben Smith – Lancaster BJJ

Hashim Khan – RDBJJ Academy

Paul Blackway – RDBJJ Academy


All our members did outstanding work, each earning his/her medal for their respective divisions.  As always thanks go out to Sheri Hockman from BJJUNDERDOG for her support and photo taking skills.

RDBJJ Academy – Harleysville, PA

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Who Makes The Best Student

In my years of teaching Jiu-Jitsu to hundreds of students, I have found that each person brings his own set of skills, knowledge and ability into the academy.  Each of those qualities helps the student to improve over time, while some may see success almost immediately, the majority of students need time to understand the techniques taught and drill those moves so that over time they become reaction rather than thought.
Typically, those interested in learning Jiu-Jitsu can be broken down into 3 major categories.
The Empty Cup
These are people who have interest in learning the Jiu-Jitsu for sport, MMA or self defense who have no prior training in the martial arts or wrestling.  Having no prior experience can be a plus to learning Jiu-Jitsu in terms of being more accepting of the “fight strategy” that Jiu-Jitsu employs.  As well, those with no experience generally come into the academy with a great interest, having seen our art used in the UFC and other MMA type events.  They understand the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and tend to have a great deal of trust in the techniques of the art, having trust in the techniques can often be one of the biggest parts of becoming a good Jiu-Jitsu player.
The Black Belt
These are students that come in with some amount of experience in other arts such as; Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, Aikido and Kung Fu to name but a few.  There are many advantages to having prior experience in other martial arts such as having an established training discipline as well Martial Artist tend to have excellent coordination and can easily begin to develop their ground skills rather quickly. In many instances, many of the martial artist that come to our academy are looking to add the ground or takedown game to their existing arsenal of stand up fighting techniques.  This is one of the best parts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as it does not attempt to convert a practitioner away from their tried and true method of self defense, instead it only looks to add to it by providing the practitioner with valuable information that their current art may not fully cover.
The Wrestler
High school and collegiate wrestlers have the most success at the beginning of their training.  Wrestlers already bring in a deep understanding of takedowns as well as controlling and transitioning movements on the ground.  Wrestlers also bring in an intensity that is hard to match.  Their coordination for the ground game is already in place in most cases and in short order once they understand the “rules” of how we approach the fight on the ground can modify their wrestling to enhance the techniques they will learn in our academy.
In the end, each individual regardless of their experience or athletic ability brings his own skill set and ability to learn and accept the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu.  Some students “get it” quickly while others take some time, but in the end I can say that I’ve never had a student who was not able to use the techniques successfully.  Every person who is interested in learning the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and commits to it will in the end find success on the mats.

3rd Generation Jiu-Jitsu Team Gathering Event Promotions

The 3rd Generation Jiu Jitsu Team Gathering was held this past Saturday and featured a seminar with Ricardo De La Riva black belt, Vicente Junior and 3G Team black belt, Fadi Khouri.  After the seminar portion the 83 attendees took part in our largest promotion ceremony to date.


Congratulations go out to the following individuals;


Shane Mock – Black Belt – Berks Co. BJJ

Aaron Morris – Black Belt – World Class Martial Arts


Brian Fisher – Brown Belt – Lancaster BJJ

Colin Stewart – Brown Belt – WCMA

Ed Sheridan – Brown Belt – WCMA

Rick Roth – Purple Belt – Lancaster BJJ

Ryan Roth – Purple Belt – Lancaster BJJ

Kijafa Spiller – Purple Belt – Ground Level MA

Brent Roth – Purple Belt – Ground Level MA

Mike Omensetter – Purple Belt – RDBJJ Academy

Dan Yun – Purple Belt – RDBJJ Academy

Zach ” Bieber” Hertzog – Blue Belt – Berks Co. BJJ

Tyler Hunter – Blue Belt – RDBJJ Academy

Stephen Brutch – 2nd stripe Yellow Belt – WCMA

Melanie Brutch – 2nd stripe Yellow Belt – WCMA

Leeann Morris – 4th stripe White Belt – WCMA

Sam Geiger – 4th stripe White Belt – WCMA




Helicopter Arm Bar from the Guard, Video Instructional

In Gracie Jiu Jitsu, one the most demonstrated moves is the Helicopter Arm Bar.  Apart from being somewhat flashy it also represents the idea of technique and leverage over strength to accomplish one’s goals.  In the following video instructional, Rosendo Diaz, breaks down the basics of how to apply this arm bar.


Helicopter Armbar