Exploring the competitive climate of Brazilian jiu-jitsu you will uncover that there are many athletes who are consumed with the ambition of becoming the best in the world. While most have found success from victories and medals obtained in competition some individuals have reached similar feats through their work outside the gym. Team Quest BJJ blue belt Jeff Larsen may appear to be your typical Jiu-Jitsu practitioner partaking in the sport. However outside of the Gi is a person that is documented for his noble deeds to helping those in need in his community and around the world.
Trials and tribulations always have a way of shaping a person's direction in life for better or worse. Raised in a broken home alongside his sister with his parents separated Larsen had to deal with the heavy load of having instability in the home. Growing up was not a task for Larsen. Nevertheless through the darkness would shine a glimmer of light which found Jeff channeling his pain through his participation in sports. Whether it was basketball, wrestling, or a successful run as a high school football player his involvement unquestionably instilled a positive effect in his life which miraculously also brought his family together in support of his work.
The city of Seattle, Washington has been regarded as a small tight niche community filled with a huge talent pool of unknown grapplers and mixed martial art fighters. If you look deep into the U-District sector of the Emerald City you will find an individual who has built a great academy with phenomenal athletes and the best instruction around.
With almost a decade of participation in martial arts Head Instructor of Mat Chess MMA Andrew Perkins is a true example of the long lasting effect the sport of jiu-jitsu can have on one's life. Through constant progression and expansion along his journey it has allowed him use his skills to help others in his duty as a grappling instructor and also in his daily life.
We have all heard the same BJJ rise-to-fame story. It usually consists of the same formulated components. Against the odds, rising through the grueling ranks. Competing in a multitude of tournaments and rising victorious countless times. The story usually stars a captivating human being who is Personality-rich, genuine and down-to-earth.
For Beneil Dariush, the components are the same but with heavy emphasis on the last detail. Beneil (Benny) began training three days after his 18th birthday. Training under Bruno (Mamute) Paulista at Ralph Gracie Anaheim, CA since the day it opened, Benny earned his brown belt in just three years, along the way winning multiple prestigious events which include: White Belt World Champion, Blue Belt Pan Am Champion, Blue Belt World Silver Medal, Purple Belt Pan Am Silver Medal (absolute), Purple Belt World Silver Medal, Brown Belt Pan Am Bronze, and Blue-Brown No Gi World Champion.
Martial Arts without question has the ability to shape a person's life in a positive manner. The physical and mental knowledge acquired in practice is so powerful it can even be transferred to tackle the daily challenges life presents to us outside the dojo. American judoka Lee Heitzman is a prime example of this theory’s logic as it has assisted him in his personal and professional life that was shared with us at BJJ Legends, jiu-jitsu magazine.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado with the support of his parents Heitzman would be opened to a new world that would prove to be an essential element for his entry into adulthood in the future. Starting his practice in Judo at the age of five years old, Lee began his campaign at the Northglenn Judo Club under the watchful eye of Sensei Shuichi Otaka. Although small in stature from his time as an adolescent to his teen years Otaka would supply the young hopeful with the fundamental tools necessary that serviced his development into becoming a remarkable athlete.
Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Double Gold Blue Belt Medalist Jared Dopp Interview
The Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship once again was the site for the spawning and introduction to a new breed of future stars in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Apart of this group of rising figures is Lovato BJJ blue belt Jared Dopp. A native of Oklahoma who currently resides in Wichita Falls, Texas Dopp dedication to the sport is unparalleled in all areas.
Through consistently pushing himself to the limit in intense workouts to making the long trip to Oklahoma City to train with his instructor this commitment clearly explains his recent achievements of obtaining double gold at the Pam Ams in the blue belt super heavy and open weight class division.
This discussion with BJJ Legends, jiu-jitsu magazine takes an in-depth gaze at Dopp has he reveals to readers his laborious journey to the medal podium.
Grappler Feature on Ribeiro Purple Belt Waseam Dannaoui
The Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu association has been the corner stone of the production of some of the best grappling talent in the world. Many great practitioners like Jake Mapes, Tom Oberhue, and Rafael Lovato are all a part of this very prestigious organization whom have gone on to achieve great feats in their athletic careers. Another individual hoping to solidify his own mark of greatness is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Purple belt and mixed martial art fighter Waseam Dannaoui.
Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana Waseam Dannaoui began his grappling chase competing in wrestling from junior high unto his graduation from High school. Hoping to continue his athletic endeavors, he soon became interested in pursuing a career as a mixed martial arts fighter after watching the ever popular Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In this special edition feature BJJ Legends gives recognition to three judokas that have made a significant and influential impact in the Oklahoma community.
The state of Oklahoma has been the landmark of some of the best quality production of Judo, Wrestling, and Jujitsu talent out of the United States. Many of these great figures have risen from the rubble and went on to not only attain successful careers in their field but also built a foundation where they have been able to make a positive and influential contribution in their community. Judo is known as the evolution of jujutso also known as ju jutso an art taught from the earliest of times and formalized during the Edo period, 1603-1868.
Pat Burris: With a longevity that dates back to the 1960’s, Coach Patrick Burris is considered by many as a judo pioneer in Oklahoma. Known for his self-motivational personality and unique teaching approach, Patrick Burris influence has made a strong impact on the grappling community worldwide.
With the rapid rise of mixed martial arts advancing in recent years it reached a level of popularity that has gained the support from people worldwide inspiring many to embrace the fighting lifestyle. One major group that supports the sports movement is the United States Armed Forces faction. With many servicemen going on toestablish successful careers in the sport, mixed martial arts has served as a development tool to help warriors prepare for the ultimate clash in their military endeavors through various martial art competitions while enjoying their experience at the same time.
Located on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California is an elite group of marines and sailors combatants. Looking to take their crack at exceling their skills and making their presence felt in the fight world is the proud members of the Fight Club 29. Forming in the year 2005 the group was created from the sole desire of military’s eagerness to take part in mixed martial arts competitions. With an ever evolving roster changing over time due to military obligations, Fight Club 29 remains devoted towards their athletics aspirations finding time in their busy schedules to train 5 to 6 days a week to prepare themselves for the clashes they will encounter on the mat and in the cage.
Whether it is facing a tough opponent, learning a new move, or struggling with our progression it is a common occurrence as martial artists that we are faced with difficult challenges. However, it is how we stand in the face of adversity, which displays the content of a true person’s determination to overcome obstacle.
When looking at an individual like Anthony Sanza only one word comes to mind, FEARLESS. A disabled Iraq war vet, former MMA fighter, father and husband; from his early health problems as a youth to his challenges he has face as a martial artist and in the military, to his unfortunate current battle with stage four cancer. Sanza is an individual that laughs in the face of danger and tackles any problem head on striking it down with a heavy knockout blow.
Many have stated that it is one’ s journey through the world of martial arts that gave them the opportunity to help and influence other people they come in contact with. For American Judoka Justin Flores, his time in the sports has allowed him not only to achieve many goals through his career but also make great contributions behind the scenes.
Born in San Diego, California Justin Flores is a well established judoka (judo player) that is known worldwide. Starting his career at the age of 8 years old with the encouragement of his father, he became deeply involved in athletics while growing up, one sport being Judo. From the time he was an adolescent to his teen years, Justin went on to obtain many national and international titles in Judo. Upon entering high school, taking time off from Judo, he took up wrestling where, due to his judo background, made an easy transition. He went on to become one of the best wrestlers in the nation (ranked # 3 overall) and capturing many wrestling titles along the way. This talent eventually caught the eye of coaches in Nebraska were he got a full ride and continued his successful run ultimately departing from the world of wrestling to focus back on his Judo endeavors.
Brent Primus is a Brazilian ju-jitsu fighter who trains out of the Northwest Martial Arts Academy in Eugene, Oregon. While most fighters have been documented for their work ethic in the gym, Primus’s entire life defines what it truly means to work hard. Overcoming many obstacles put in front of him, his life story has contributed to his growth as a martial artist and desire to become the best.
Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon Brent Primus grew up in a loving single parent home with his mother and older brother. His mother worked hard raising the two boys on her own, often working two jobs to support them. As time progressed his mother would eventually meet his stepfather, who came from a religious military background. Brent felt bombarded with his stepfather’s new strict policies, which caused major conflict between the two ultimately reaching a boiling point resulting in Brent leaving home at the age of thirteen.
A tournament that comes around every two years, the ADCC Submission Grappling tournament is a event that features some of the best grapplers around, all fighting for one prize of being recognized as the best grappler in the world. With an all star roster already lined up to compete this year, the event promises to be one to remember. Amongst the group of competitors is an individual that will be making his debut in the under 65k featherweight division.
Hailing from Plymouth in the South West part of Britain is overseas sensation Tom Barlow who is a brown belt under Braulio Estima. Barlow began his BJJ journey in 2006. He was inspired to pursue the art after seeing the Legendary Royce Gracie dominate his opponents back in the early UFC days. <~Read more~>
Motivation can be describe as a driving force by which humans use to achieve their goals. Everyone in life is driven toward a particular goal. Not matter obstacles they have to encounter, it is motivation that allows an individual to meet those challenges in order to reach the goal they wish to accomplish. The same can be said when it come to practitioners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
BJJ Legends took the time to have an in-depth conversation with top BJJ and Grapplers in the world to ask them what has kept them motivated through their BJJ journey. Keep up with BJJ Legends to read the continuing series.
Being a fan of MMA it is common to have an individual that we look up to. Although these iconic figures inspire us to peruse a particular direction in life, not known to us there are heroes that have made a strong contribution to society, out side the sport of MMA.
U.S Serviceman, Soldiers have been labeled as some of the greatest heroes of our time for their commitment and sacrifice for our country. Some of these individuals you can find training on the mats in various BJJ and MMA schools. In this article BJJLegends showcases some of the soldiers that train in BJJ and MMA.
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