I enjoyed the book. When it ended, I missed her dialog, her gym and her training partners. Ms Stowell can write. She beautifully wove together the two worlds, one of loss and grieving and the other of a white belt in an alien land. Her BJJ angle is solid. She's no BJJ interloper. I read, worried I would finish the book without knowing any of the mentioned black belts. (Seven Degrees?) Happily, she gives a nod to OC's Giva "The Arm Collector" Santana. Her story has commonalities with many of the people whom I've been lucky enough to know and train with. I want to hand this book out to everybody.
Congratulations Callum Bisping, son of the UFC fighter Michael Bisping, after his win at the Tinguinha In House Tournament in Anaheim Hill CA. Callum won gold with two fights one ending in an RNC and the other decision. Callum has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for about six months.
Michael Bisping was on hand to cheer and coach. Michael is a veteran of the UFC and coach on TUF. He one TUF season three.
I'm lucky to live in SoCal so I could attend the grand opening of the Mendes Brothers academy, Art of Jiu-Jitsu. Joel Tudor and kid Tosh were there. Kid Peligro and BJ Penn were there. Angelica and Andre Galvao also present. As well as thirteen other black belts that I counted. The space is beautiful. Its decorated in white and chrome with personal effects. Lots of amenities, women even have their own shower. The mats are built up with tires below for spring. Outside there was free acai and fish tacos courtesy of Sambazon and Bear Flag Co respectively.
Enough of the words on with the pictures. Gallery after the jump.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Hannette's all Women seminar in San Jose CA. The six techniques that we learned I never want to forget because I never want to have to learn them again! Her seminar is a balance of technique drill and spar. You work the positions you've learned. All the techniques chain together. It is so logical, Hannette could have a second career in computers if she wanted.
As for Andre, well I've never trained with him but if he's her coach...
Please attend tomorrow. Send me a Seminar review.
Hannette Staak & Andre Terencio
I went to this camp in LA. Knocked my socks off my bare feet! I'm a black belt and I've been training for 15 years. I've trained with a lot of wonderful people. I have never trained with 4 world champions on the same day in the same room. If you've got an problem with your technique there WILL be someone in that room who's gone through it too.
My hat is off to the Gracie Humaita Women's team. They are an aspiration.
Hannette Staack Seminar 2012 at Caio Terra's school
Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Institue of Martial Arts 855 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126 12:00pm until 3:00pm in Gi Price $60 Until June 7th or $75 at the door
Hannette Staack is an 8 time world jiu-jitsu champion, 3 time ADCC champion, and one of the most accomplished women in BJJ history. Moreover, she has developed a great style of teaching and relaying her knowledge to others. She will be coming to San Jose, CA to teach a, one of a kind, women's only seminar. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and train with one of the world's best practitioner and teacher!
Brailizna Jiu-Jitsu Magazine BJJ Legends has the answer - Attend the Brazil 21 Camp. You will be chauffeured around Rio de Janero like a rock star. You will train, you will eat and you will live the culture.
Brazil-021 Camp will be held in Rio De Janeiro on July 24th through Aug 2nd, 2012.
Train at the main Brazil-021 Academy in Tijuca where classes will be taught by the top black belts of Brazil 021. Train with ten plus BJJ black belts and brown belts in every class.
Compete at the Rio International Jiu-Jitsu Open. Camp coincides with the Rio International Open.
Go Sightseeing. See the Christ Redemption, Sugar Loaf, and the Tijuca Rain Forest, all while staying right next to the beautiful, historic Leblon Beach.
Buy a Portuguese pocket dictionary and get your big duffle out of the garage. Lets go to Brazil!