It is said that adversity introduces an individual to himself. For BJJ/MMA instructor James Clingerman the struggles he endured in his life have shaped him into the positive driven individual he is today. Born and raised in Indianapolis, "Indiana" James had a normal life growing up. As a child he showed a great interest in martial arts. “I use to watch old Kung-Fu movies, read dozens of martial arts books and even practice moves on my little sister, “he said.
Starting Jiu-Jitsu at the Begining
Although he displayed a love for martial arts, James was very bashful as a kid. Going through this phase was very troublesome for him especially in school. “Although, I managed to get good grades, school was hell for me because I couldn’t function well in a group of people. Today I would probably have been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, with a little OCD, “he said. After many years of going through this problem, in an effort to bring him out his shell, his dad would eventually enroll him into Karate thus giving James the strength and confidence he needed to face whatever life threw at him it turned out to be the best move in James’s life.
Mark Holst and his Jiu-Jitsu study are only a piece of his MMA experience.
For 25-year-old MMA fighter Mark Holst his life in the sport can be defined by one principal “Act as if it were Impossible to fail”.
Born in 1985 in Ottawa, Ontario back when the movie Rocky IV was released Holst had a good up brining growing up showcasing great signs of enthusiasm, drive, & exploration for the things life had to offer. He was constantly active from his adolescent to his teen years participating in sports such as skiing, tennis, and soccer. These character traits made his transition into martial arts very easy.
An enthusiast is a person who is ardently attached to a cause, object, or pursuit. While most Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioners' main focus is to reach world championship status. There are some that just have a genuine love for the art. Here, we take a look at how a man took his love for martial arts and turned it into a successful business that has helped take Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the mainstream.
Jake Mckee better known as “Budo Jake” has been involved in martial arts since 1987.Although he was well aware of Jiu-jitsu after watching the first UFC, it wasn’t until 2004 when Marcio Feitosa moved to the US that he started training BJJ at Gracie Barra which he automatically became hooked on the art. In addition to his training, he is also the owner of a very familiar martial arts company and is the host of a highly popular online show called “Rolled Up.” With most of his days spent at work and most of his evenings on the mat training or filming episodes it is evident that martial arts has literally became his life 24/7.
It is said that nothing great in this world is accomplished without passion. If you look back at great athletes over the years their love and passion for what they did allowed them to become remarkably great at their work. For 43 year-old Jay Zeballos, his passion for martial arts has not only lead him to many great achievements as a competitor but has also opened up the door to more financial opportunities and touch many people’s lives along the way.
While most forms of marital arts rely solely on katas, forms, and constant repetition, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu... most of the techniques we learn must be used with a training partner. Everyday on the mat we come in contact with different people each with their own unique style of doing Jiu-Jitsu, some providing a great help in our training, while others crippling our progression. Over the years there have been different opinions on what defines a good training partner. In an effort to find out the mystery to this question, I got the opportunity to interview someone that knows what being a good training partner all about...
[social][/social][einset][/einset]Team Lloyd Irvin Black Belt Jay Hayes is a BJJ practitioner that has been doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over seven years. With a several wins in many tournaments and running one of the best schools in New Jersey (NJ United MMA-www.NJUnitedMMA.com), Jay Hayes is considered by many as one of the best American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts out there today. Aside from being a great competitor and coach, Jay has also been the training partner for many notable figures that you see ripping up the tournament scene today and has been quoted by Jiu-Jitsu phenom JT “Spiderman” Torres as the guy that has helped him prepare and win at some of the toughest BJJ tournaments such as: the Pan American Games and Brazilian Nationals.
(Check out Matt's charity www.FightIIWalk.com) It said that “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. "Everyday in bjj and in our daily lives we are often forced to deal with obstacles which prevent us from living happy lives. Whether it is dealing with a stream of loses in competition, a serious injury, or even losing your job.
Whatever the case may be it is clear that sometimes life can be pretty unfair. However in a lot of cases those problems that we are forced to deal with are merely roadblocks that try to stop us from reaching the true goals that we wish to accomplish in life. Take MMA fighter Matt Betzold for example. A 26-year-old fighter from Phoenix, Arizona Matt Betzold has had many tough battles on the mat and in the cage.
In any sport, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it is required that an individual has to put in a lot of practice to become better at what they do. In addition, supplemental training is critical to enhancing an athlete’s strength, agility, speed, and other physical attributes. While there are many options to athletes, one is Yoga.
Yoga has been used over the years as a way to build core strength, flexibility, and concentration. A new form of yoga that is getting a lot of attention in the Hollywood and Burbank area is called Rebel Yoga which focuses on strengthening different areas in the body to increase an athlete's overall performance.
Alberto Crane: Gracie Barra's First American Black Belt
Born July 14, 1976 in Santa Fe, New Mexico is Gracie Barra’s first American Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Alberto Crane. As a kid Alberto traveled and lived not just in America, he spent seven years of his youth living in Germany with his parents and two sisters. His first actual grappling partner was his older sister. He attended High School in New York, but his heart has always belonged to Santa Fe, New Mexico, that is the town he calls his home and its where his family resides.
Alberto did not begin Jiu Jitsu at an early age like many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts have, he actually played soccer, he did a little boxing and wrestling when he was in elementary school. It was not until he was 18 years old and after some friends who had been bugging him for six months to go attend a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, that he finally got his first taste of Jiu Jitsu. “Once I did one class I was hooked! Then after I saw Royce Gracie, I saw the mixed martial arts, the vale tudo fighting and of course it pumped me up even more you know that I was doing something that really worked, that was really effective,” said Alberto Crane.
Age 8 School Gracie Barra Temecula Professor Ricardo Guimaraes (BBJ) Coach Sean Patrick (Muay Tai)
* 1st Place 2008 Gracie Barra SoCal Classic 42 lbs 4-6yrs div. * 1st Place 2009 Gracie Barra Season Opener 42 lbs 4-6yrs div. * 1st Place 2009 2nd World International BJJ Championships 50 lbs 7-9yrs div. BEST SUBMISSION * 2nd Place 2010 Gracie Barra Season Opener 53 lbs 7-9yrs div. * January 2010 Gracie Barra Temecula Student of the Month
Gavin will be competing in this years Gracie season opener and 3rd World International BJJ Championships 2010
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