G-Force Jiu-jitsu is a new academy that is located in San Jose, California that offers the best in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instruction. Starting in October of 2010, the name of the school originates from an old 80’s animated cartoon show that is about five futuristic Ninja Scientists fighting evil. When it comes to the vision for a school, it evolves around the idea of training specialist. Everyone is different each with their own different attributes, levels of skill, and techniques that fit to their body and make up their game. Similar to team that makes up G-Force. At G-Force you will learn solid fundamental jiu-jitsu with detailed instruction on how to control your opponent from the top and bottom position, while moving through a hierarchy of moves while looking for the opportunity to finish the fight. With years of experience, the instructor Dave Camarillo black belt John Berris is the dream instructor any student could ask for. The passion, dedication, and enthusiasm he brings to each class is off the charts which helps create a positive, fun, and safe learning environment for all.
Force/Balance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Yoga is a new school that is located in the Burbank area. In 2010, Michelle Muench, a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor, met Steve Cardenas, an award-winning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do instructor. After the two realized that both of their practices fit a special kind of “yin and yang” dynamic, they ventured into business together to open “Force/Balance,” a new and unique fitness studio in Burbank that offers both yoga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Launched in Summer 2011, the 3000-square foot facility located near the Bob Hope Airport features state of the art equipment, professional grade mats, top-of-the-line sound system, comfortable and relaxing modern lounge with plasma TV, reception area and free parking.
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In BJJ, dominance is key toward establishing control and authority over your opponent, it what makes a student standout from the rest. Although this is a great attribute to have, it also leaves hinders a student’s evolution to becoming a well rounded grappler. Whether you are learning a move in class or reading your favorite book instructional, it is a common occurrence its covers offensive tactics while rarely touching on any defensive strategies…Until Now.
Renowned instructor and successful author Jean Jacques Machado is back with his new book "The Grappler Handbook Vol 2: Tactics for Defense." While the first book teaches readers transitioning between Gi and No-Gi, in this installment Machado breaks barriers and goes over the detailed components of how to improve your defense in jiu-jitsu.
The book is divided into six chapters each with their own importance on how to build a good defensive game. Jean Jacques goes over a variety of different options on how to properly defend yourself from submissions, back control, the guard, amongst other common positions you may find yourself when getting dominated by your opponent.
I started BJJ when I was 16 years old, but before that I used to do a lot of sports like Soccer, Swimming, Judo and Capoeira. I did Capoeira around 5 years, it is my passion like jiu-jitsu. All the things gave me motivation, but of different forms. Since I start my goal was to one day become a black belt world champion. Always I reconciled the training with my studies, so it was hard to keep both but I had a big dream, this what me motivated on. My family always gave me support to move on, even without sponsors, my family and friends helped me when I traveled. It was another motivation to keep going and become a champion one day. Read More >>
Grapplers Retreat is a training camp that is located in the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. Unlike other camps, Grappler’s Retreat is a unique program that strives to bring the jiu-jitsu community together thus providing a memorable training experience for those in attendance. In this interview we talk with the head director of the program Alex Aftandilians has he tell us the details on what makes this camp special.
How did the grappler’s retreat program get started?
Alex: Grappler's Retreat started as a loose idea after I first visited the Mendocino coast, and became a reality after I met a small group of grapplers who had already been training here under the tutelage of Antonio Almeida, a Brazilian Top Team instructor. Antonio had moved to Mendocino from Brazil a few years before I made the move from Los Angeles. When I met Antonio and his group, I shared some of my ideas with him, and soon after we became partners is the establishment of Grappler's Retreat. 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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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.
It was just two weeks ago that Caio Terra once again added another pan am title to his already impressive resume. After his amazing performance, during an interview with Budovideos.com, Caio made a strong statement that sent shockwaves throughout the jiu-jitsu universe concerning the use of steroids. In this interview we sit down with the man behind this controversy as he discuses how the use of steroids ruin our sport.
Steroids have been an issue that has never been touched on in our sport, what was your reason for touching on the issue at the pan ams? Caio: I wanted to win and still talk about it. Cause if I have lost and said something they would call me a bad loser. The thing is that this has been going on for years and the only few people who doesn’t do it are scared of touching this subject. I had my car all scratched after the tournament and got threaded by many people.
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