Zenyo’s Fundamental Program builds upon the base you’ve created. The program adds another layer of control and movement to your Jiu Jitsu. Zenyo’s fundamental program gives you a structure to know exactly what you need to learn. 

Our focus is on learning as a skill first; then how to apply learning to jiu jitsu. Learning is a process. Learning takes relaxation at times, and intense focus at other times. Learning happens not only consciously but also subconsciously. If you follow the process, and trust the process, you will succeed. 

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: the potential for greatness lives within each of us.” 



Growth Mindset

“Mindset change is not about picking up a few pointers here and there. It’s about seeing things in a new way. When people…change to a growth mindset, they change from a judge-and-be-judged framework to a learn-and-help-learn framework. Their commitment is to growth, and growth take plenty of time, effort, and mutual support.” Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Read more at the Zenyo Blog: How Your Mindset Powers Growth


Social Safety

“Group culture is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. We sense its presence inside successful businesses, championship teams, and thriving families, and we sense when it’s absent or toxic.” The Culture Code

Read more at the Zenyo Blog: Why The Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle Is Important


Back Health

“Our spines must do it all — a beautiful structure that is flexible and allows flowing movement, but requires a three-dimensional guy wire system to stiffen and stabilize it when it is required to bear loads. The muscular system … creates balanced stiffness eliminating the possibility of buckling and injury.” Ultimate Back Fitness

Read more at the Zenyo Blog: Jiu Jitsu Workout For Lifetime Training


Active Recall

“The uncomfortable reality is this,” Peter Brown writes in Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. “The most effective learning strategies do not feel productive, whereas the less effective strategies we often favor create illusions of mastery … Mastery requires understanding of the concepts behind a (subject), connecting them to what you already know and elaborating on them in your own (way). For memory to be durable, you need to periodically practice retrieving it.”

Read more at the Zenyo Blog: Four Keys For Faster Learning In Jiu Jitsu



Pulling Foot Sweep

Pulling Foot Sweep

Wth standard lapel and sleeve Judo grips, pull and sweep to the sleeve side. The foot works mainly as a block as you rotate your partner around. Focus on keeping your back straight and your hips extended. 



The kimura is applied with the figure-four grip around the elbow and wrist. Start with the far-side underhook from side control. As you bring yourself to kneeling, switch your grip and apply force behind the back. 


Butterfly Sweep


The butterfly sweep is executed with one hook underneath your partner’s knee. The other leg pushes into the ground and raise your hips. Make sure to block the arm on the sweep side. Tuck your elbow and roll over your shoulder to finish in side control.  



Torso Escape

Side Escape

The torso escape is three movements: first escape your head, then escape your hips; third, recover your guard with the outside leg first. It is important to escape your head first to avoid being trapped under the weight of your partner. 


Knee Cut

Knee Cut

The knee cut is used when your partner blocks you from passing with two legs outside the guard in the leg drag. Step into the middle with one leg outside of the guard, drive the knee over the thigh and to the ground. Control the lapel and sleeve to keep your partner flat and finish the pass. 

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