ZENYO FOUNDATION

We all want to learn the techniques and submissions of Jiu Jitsu. They are the cool part. Techniques help provide structure to your learning. Along the way, however, you will learn something much more important. You will learn about the process.

The process is the science of setting — and achieving — goals. The process is focusing on the principles and small steps that build unstoppable momentum. Everything gets broken down into smaller and smaller steps: small wins. Too small to fail is the idea behind the Jiu Jitsu principles we use at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu. 

Zenyo’s Foundation Program builds the base critical for future success. The program focuses on the process of learning and applying skills not only to Jiu Jitsu but also to life in general. The Zenyo process develops the “best use of physical and mental energy.”  

Zenyo seeks the path of ease. Achieving the elusive goal of Zenyo – efficiency with minimal effort – takes time to develop. By following the process of Zenyo, you will find that you can build any skill you choose. 

“Don’t think about winning. Think about what you need to do in this drill, on this technique, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.” 

THE ZENYO PROCESS

The Zenyo Process is divided into four main skills: mindset, teamwork, technique and performance. Everything can be broken down into process. Understanding how to use the process will give you a way to improve every aspect of your life. Process is the path of turning small goals into big dividends.

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MINDSET

Positive Thinking

The most important concept —  in Jiu Jitsu and in life — is to believe in yourself. To believe that you can do what you want to do, that you are capable and learn well, and that you can improve quickly and be successful. Staying optimistic and believing that your work will pay off is the surest path to success.

TEAMWORK

Mutual Benefit

There is more to competition than winning. In fact, the definition of competition has changed over time. It did not used to mean winning at the expense of someone else losing. In Latin, competition means “striving together.” In striving together, both participants benefit.

TECHNIQUE

Maximum Efficiency

Jiu Jitsu is all about moving your body. Understanding how to create maximum efficiency for movement is a vital skill in Jiu Jitsu. And one skill above all others is critical—learning to move while maintaining a neutral spine. Every aspect of your Jiu Jitsu improves when you learn to maintain a neutral spine. 

PERFORMANCE

Deliberate Practice

The best way to progress quickly in Jiu Jitsu is to go slowly. Going slowly sounds easy, but we are programmed to act fast and think fast. Going slowly goes against our nature, but slow-motion training pays off in rapid improvement. That’s because practicing slowly builds more than just “muscle memory.” Training slowly builds a better brain.  

Read more on the Zenyo Blog: Jiu Jitsu Principles For Unstoppable Progress

FOUNDATION TECHNIQUES: THE BIG THREE

TAKEDOWN

Double Leg

Double Leg

The double leg is done from a high position, which works best for self-defense. Clear the arms, step and place the head on the chest, near the heart. Both hands trap behind the knees as the second step drives your partner to the mat. Keep the back straight and eyes on the horizon. 

SUBMISSION

Rear Naked Choke

The rear naked choke is applied with pressure squeezing from all directions.Use your arms, chest, back and neck. Align the elbow under the chin. Lock the choking arm inside the elbow of the support arm. Palms face inward toward your own body. 

SWEEP

Tripod Sweep

The tripod sweep is used to protect yourself on bottom. With one leg posting on the hip, as you hold the ankle, the other leg hooks behind the opposite knee. Push and pull with your legs to knock your partner down. Hip heist to stand in base. 

TRANSITONS

Escape

Hip Heist

Hip Heist

The hip heist is used to get up from the bottom. Block with your legs and control the inside arm position. Place your hand on the back of the head in a collar tie. From there, make space, post your hand on the ground and heist your hips to stand up. 

PASS

Zenyo Leg Drag

Leg Drag

The leg drag is a quick way to get around the guard. Grip the ankle with a two-on-one grip. Step back and pull to make your partner slide past your knee. Drag the leg out of the way and drop to side control. 

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