Technique of the Week from Pacific Top Team

Guard is one of the most complex positions of Jiu Jitsu. The majority of fights are spent here and there are so many different types of guards. Closed, open, spider, half, butterfly, x-guard to name a few. Check out this entry to X-guard with an awesome sweep from Professor JP!

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Pacific Top Team Corona Coach is Absolute Champion of the 2018 European Jiu Jitsu Championship.

Kimberly Pruyssers, a coach of the kids and Women Only Jiu jitsu programs and BJJ purple belt under Professor JP Garcia, received 2 Gold Medals at the 2018 IBJJF European Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Weight and Absolute). The European Championship is the most prestigious and largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament held in Europe by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and one of the biggest global events of the sport.

Kim is now ranked top ten female on Master 1 purple belts in the IBJJf ranking.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

European championship medals 2018
Female / Master 1 / Medium Heavy / Eliminatory Round

Female / Master 1 / Medium Heavy / Eliminatory Round

Coach Kim 2018 IBJJF European Weight and Absolute Champion

Coach Kim 2018 IBJJF European Weight and Absolute Champion

Meet Daniella! A fearless young woman training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

Dani when she started Jiu Jitsu at age 7

Dani when she started Jiu Jitsu at age 7

Let me tell you a story about a little girl named Daniella.  I met her a couple years ago when she was 7 and started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Pacific Top Team in Corona.  Now 2.5 years later, she’s 9 and still training. She is the smallest child in our Teens Class. She trains with everyone and isn’t afraid of their size or gender. These last few weeks I’ve been watching Daniella a lot on the mats. We have had a lot of newer kids join us these last few weeks. A lot of boys, all of them bigger than Daniella. She never hesitates with them. Never shows she is afraid or even nervous. She is focused, determined and confident in her skills she has gained over the last 2.5 years of training. She is in complete control, all while being a good training partner and humble in her success. She believes in her Jiu Jitsu. She believes in herself. Jiu Jitsu has given her the confidence that no matter your age, size or gender you are in control of yourself. So proud of this fearless young lady!




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Why you need to stop drinking Alcohol today!

It's the beginning of a new year, which leads many people to set resolutions!  To join a gym, to loose weight, to eat better, but your New Years resolution should be to stop drinking alcohol TODAY!  Not less, not just for weekends, but for rare and special occasions. Not only is Alcohol full of empty calories, 100 calories per 5 oz. of wine and 12 oz. of beer, but will slow your fat metabolism by 73%.  So if you are trying to loose weight or stay fit, alcohol is an easy way to go in the opposite direction.

Negative Effect of Alcohol in Jiu Jitsu

So many people fall in love with Jiu Jitsu for the lifestyle. What is the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle?  To become better on the mats! But to be your best on your mats you have to have a healthy lifestyle outside the mats. Unlike other sports or exercise regiments, Jiu Jitsu is full body workout that includes long intense sparring sessions. When you haven't had enough sleep or have been eating poorly, you feel the effects on the mats.  

Alcohol is a diuretic which naturally causes you to become dehydrated. When you start to exercise and sweat, it increases your dehydration exponentially. You need to be hydrated when you exercise to maintain the flow of blood through your body, which is essential for circulating oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. The way alcohol is metabolized in your body, it interferes with the way your body makes energy which will leave you moving slow and performing poorly on the mats. Alcohol also increases your heart rate for up to 2 days after it is consumed which will lead you feeling like you are working harder than you really are and exhausted much quicker. 

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If you goal is to become a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, drinking regularly will only delay that journey greatly, so ditch to alcohol and drink in the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle instead!

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Learn how you can boost your kids Confidence with Jiu Jitsu

As Parents we all want the best for our kids and raising confident kids is essential for them to find success everywhere in the life. Start your kids confidence at an early age by enrolling them in BJJ.  Here are 5 ways Jiu Jitsu helps build confidence in kids. 

BJJ Build Confidence in Kids

1. Teaching them that size or gender doesn't matter. BJJ is designed for a smaller, weaker person to be able to overpower and control someone that is bigger or stronger. Females can easily spar and win against males in this sport which will help young girls that they are capable of anything!

2. Bully Proofs your Child: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will empowers your kid so they won't ever think twice about standing up for themselves. Jiu Jitsu is a great form of self defense which will give your child confidence to know they are able to defend themselves if they ever need to. 

3. Helps them to realize that failure is part of life: Life is about making mistakes and having failures. Learning how to deal with this appropriately is an important life skill. Jiu Jitsu helps you to deal with those times and how to quickly come back from them stronger. Winning and Loosing happens everyday in Jiu Jitsu, It's part of the journey. Losses in jiu jitsu are often used as great motivated to come back even stronger instead of just giving up. Dealing with this helps kids realize that failure is part of the progress of life. 

4. Give them Mental and Physical integrity: Jiu Jitsu is a challenging sport both mentally and physically. Because it is so challenging it is also very rewarding. It forces your to be comfortable being uncomfortable. This strength will accompany them into their everyday lives enabling them to be better equipped for the challenges life will inevitably throw at them.

5. Progress is more important than perfection. Jiu Jitsu takes a lot of hours of mat time and repetitions to get good at one technique. No one comes in their first day knowing how to do anything  perfect. Jiu Jitsu teaches patience and that instant results are not going to happen, but with hard work and consistency they can accomplish anything they want!

At Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we have kids classes starting at age 3+. Contact us today to get your child started in Jiu Jitsu. (951) 662-0162. Be sure to ask about our 30 day FREE Trial





Join the Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle

Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle

Jiu Jitsu is more than just grappling or choking people out. Jiu Jitsu is about the lifestyle of discipline to constantly bettering yourself, on the mats, in your relationships and your job. To be healthy and active and share your time with people that make you constantly want to better yourself!

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Jiu Jitsu Promotions at Pacific Top Team this week!

Juniors and Teens working hard!!!

Juniors and Teens working hard!!!

TIny Ninja's starts at 3 years old!!

TIny Ninja's starts at 3 years old!!

Congrats to Allison, Kelly, Melissa, Melinna, Luis and Catalaya!!!

Congrats to Allison, Kelly, Melissa, Melinna, Luis and Catalaya!!!

Everyone is working hard at PTT Corona!! We are super proud of all of you for your hard work and share the joy of your successs!!! Congrats everyone for your promotions this week!!

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Benefits of Investing in Private Lessons in Jiu Jitsu

Typically at most Jiu Jitsu Academy's, instructors are available for private sessions.  Sometimes in a class full of students, it can be hard to get the 1 on 1 attention you may be craving. Just like in school when you want to put in extra effort and you hire a tutor, you can invest in a few private lessons to help. Here are some of the benefits of investing in private lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

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Individual attention from your instructor: During these sessions, you get to have your instructor all to yourself. This is a great time to ask any questions you may be having or advice for your specific game or upcoming competitions. 

Customizable help: Your instructor can give you specific feedback for your game. They may have some tips or tricks for you body type or be able to fix any bad habits you may have picked up. 

Flexible scheduling: Sometimes work or life gets hectic making getting to class hard, but if you schedule a private, most instructors are willing to work around your schedule.

Quicker road towards achieving your goals: Private can accelerate your goals and give you that extra edge in competition or just on the mats in general. 


Am I meant to be a competitor?

There are 3 reasons people do Jiu Jitsu. Fitness, Self Defense or Competition. I don't think anyone starts Jiu Jitsu to be a competitor.  Most people usually start from an interest in the martial art, to learn self defense or just to do something fun and active. These are all great reasons to train Jiu Jitsu and most people that you find training are there for one of these reason. Don't let the pressure of feeling like you need to be a competitor affect your enjoyment of the sport. First and Foremost you should be having fun. But for most, once you begin to train, the idea of competition will cross your mind at some point most likely, so today I am going to talk about a question that almost everyone will ask themselves at some point, "Am I meant to be a competitor?"

Let me start by talking about my first experience competing. I had been training for about 9 months.  I spent the month before stressing about the outcome.  I often think back and wonder if the outcome that day had been different if I would have continued on. I had so much anxiety and really at that time could only think about the result of finishing at the top of the podium. That day I did win Gold, I felt accomplished for myself, but quickly realized that winning one Gold Medal was not what it was about. Winning a Gold Medal as a white belt didn't mean I was the best or that I didn't have more training, work and learning to do. It just meant that that day against those opponents I had done well.

NABJJF Competition Jiu Jitsu Corona

Since that first comp 3 years ago I have had many more competitions. Not all have had the same result of Gold. Many have, but many have resulted in no podium pictures.  The first time I didn't podium was last year and in a lot of ways it was a shock to my system. I lost in the quarter finals at IBJJF World Masters absolute division and was disappointed when I realized that was it. I was done. No more fights, no medal, no podium picture. I remember walking away that day upset. I was upset that I didn't make the podium and for my own personal goals began to think about why I was upset. I was upset because I felt I didn't have the mental focus I needed to be there that day. I didn't put the time and effort into my training to have the result I wanted.

Since that day last year I have had a roller coaster result on the comp circuit. Getting tapped more than once, not making the podium again, promoting to a new belt and have even tougher competitors. Overall,  I have continued to have more success than failures, but each time you don't have an outcome you want it is hard to see that perspective. What I have realized is that Winning is easy. Loosing is when real champions are made. Loosing is when you have to work up the courage to come back and fight harder. When you have to motivate yourself, drag yourself back to the gym to train harder, even more focused and put the work in.

IBBJF Competition Jiu Jitsu Corona

Everyone has the ability to be an awesome competitor, but.....they have to be willing to put the time and work in.  Don't expect to get a result of winning if you don't put the work in. Don't quit competing if you don't win either.  You have to grow into your role as a competitor. Most successful competitors don't start off wining. They have make long terms goals and stick to them.

I know a lot of people that train Jiu Jitsu but don't like to compete. More power to them. One for training, but also for acknowledging that they don't want to complete. However do not ever think that your lack of desire to compete should translate into not wanting to train Jiu Jitsu. Training is so valuable, it makes you build good character, it humbles you daily and really its the one place in life when you cannot fake who you are. The mats don't lie and have the ability to expose you like no other. They force you to be honest with yourself everyday.  They teach you not to quit even in the worst situations. Overtime Jiu Jitsu shows you that you are capable of so many things you never thought you were able to do and this will translate into every area of your life and give you confidence to be successful.

If you have the desire to compete, than you are a competitor. How to become a successful competitor is something that takes time, effort and patience. Don't stop competing because you think you aren't good at it just because you aren't getting the result you want. Go back to your Coaches or team mates and ask them what they are doing that you aren't. Be honest with yourself, are you are doing everything you should be doing to have the best performance. All too often in life, people have a mentality of "This is too hard. I don't like it right now so I'm gonna quit"  You have to  understand that life is hard and you aren't always going to like it. But quitting everything that you don't like for just 1 day or because it gets to challenging is not the answer. It shouldn't be an option.  Especially when training Jiu Jitsu, you have people that depend on you. Not only are you sacrificing your own growth but you are also sacrificing your teams training. If you start something, you should finish it. Don't give up half way through because it got to hard. Keep your word and finish what you started. Don't focus so much on the result. focus on what you need to do to get the result. The journey there is what is most important.

If I were to Answer the question, "Am I meant to be a competitor?"  I would hands down say YES. Not because I feel I am meant to win gold medals, but because I want to work hard, I want to know that even when I want to quit I am going to train myself to persist on. Because competing helps me to set goals, to keep goals and to have the focus I need to chase after those goals. I will not let the fear of failure dominate me. I will not quit when I am in the storm of failure, because I know the rainbow will come as long as I persist on. But if I quit while in the storm, then storm won and I will be stuck there, maybe not as a competitor in Jiu Jitsu but in something else that comes along in my life. Becoming a successful competitor is about learning the discipline to set and achieve goals and being able to do this in Jiu Jitsu will help you in every aspect of your life, whether you want to get straight A's in school, lose weight. or go after that job promotion. Set the goals, put the work in and the result will come.

So are you meant to be a competitor?  If you think you are, you are. If you think you aren't, you aren't. Believe in yourself, because you are most likely your worst enemy.

If the answer is Yes-Latch onto someone that has walked in those shoes. That has the expertise to help lead you down that road. Don't be afraid to ask for help or share your fears and discouragement with those that have walked this path already.

If your answer is No-Enjoy all that Jiu Jitsu has to offer with the fun, fitness, self defense and support of the team that it has to offer. You too are going to gain much of the same benefits of the competitor.


How to Overcome your Competition Nerves

The first time I competed, I seriously freaked out for a month beforehand. Overthinking everything, worry about all that could go wrong, most of which I could not control. Don’t get me wrong, I usually still have some nerves the day of right before my first fight but nothing like it used to be. So here are the things that help me to fight the nerves and have success on the comp mats.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Corona


  1. Getting over the pressure of letting others down. For me I hate to let others down and I think most of us feel that way. But one of the things I realized is my professor knows where I am at. He knows what I’m capable of and not. It’s not like I’m going to show up at a competition and magically roll like a black belt. My skill level is the same the day of comp as it is the day before and the day after. So what happens that day doesn’t really define me.
  2. Compete for yourself, not other people. In the end, no one will be there when its time to fight but you.
  3. Envision yourself on the Podium. Want it. Believe in yourself.
  4. Think less and just enjoy the moment of the present. All the “what ifs” that are swirling in your head will not change the outcome. So every time you even have a negative thought enter, scream it out. Seriously scream until the thought leaves and then just show up and do your thing.
  5. Be mentally prepared. Competing in Jiu Jitsu, you have to be mentally prepared, present in the moment, the desire to fight, to give it your all, to work hard even when you are exhausted. I’ve seen so many people lose, not from their lack of skill but from lack of mental focus. So get there. One of the things I started doing to help me feel confident that I can “turn on” my mental focus is pick one training session the week before competition to train hard. To imagine every roll that day is like I am competing. From stepping on the mat, to shaking my partner’s hand. That is the day I am going to practice my game plan, that I’m going to keep fighting even when I just want to take a break. When I do this, I don’t tell anyone, I just go in and know that it is my day to be mentally focused. It’s a test for myself, much like competition day, and seeing the result of that I can do it in the week gives me more confidence I can do it on comp day as well.
  6. Train Hard! If you kill yourself training you will feel satisfied that you couldn’t have done anymore. Now this is going to look different for everyone. Remember that. If you are a full-time Jiu Jitsu athlete, training hard is going to be 6+ hours of day. For myself I work full time and have 4 kids to care for so I obviously don’t have 6+ hours to train. So for me training Hard is making the most of the time that I have to train. So while I’m there, I work hard and make the most out of the time I have available to train. You know what training hard looks like for you. Give it your all and don’t cheat yourself.


Competition Morning

  • Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. I like to shoot for approximately 2 hours before my fight time. That way you have plenty of time to get comfortable in the environment. You can check your weight and just get situated in the comp environment.
  • Don’t do anything “different” in terms of eating or drinking. One competition I thought it would be a great idea to drink a 5 hour energy and a double shot of espresso before. I had never drank one of those 5 hours before and my heart rate was so high, I thought I was going to die, literally.
  • Don’t talk about competition that day. Just enjoy being there. And don’t drill any of your “game” while warming up. People are watching.
  • Don’t underestimate your opponent EVER!
  • Go out, Do your Best, and Enjoy the moment.


Things to Remember

  • You learn much more losing than winning.
  • Life should be about growth and competition forces you into an experience that will make you grow.
  • Medals mean nothing and the glory of them really only last for the short moment we receive them.
  • Don’t compete for others, do it for yourself and your own personal reasons.