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.
Opening this coming week is the Ronis Gracie, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu gym in Westminster, CA. We've heard that Renato da Cunha Sobral "Babalu" and Rampage Jackson, both UFC veterans are expected to show their faces and gis.
That's not all, as Gracie Gym is opening its doors this weekend, they will be giving FREE T-Shirts and SPECIALS SIGN UPS, with up to $300 Dollars savings on your Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness training. Always check the latest BJJ Legends Jiu-Jitsu Magazine for quality bjj academies in your area.
Honor, Discipline, Respect and Unity these are the principals which have led the famous brother duo Saulo and Xande Ribeiro to touching many people’s lives around the world thus changing the face of the jiu-jitsu landscape. Hoping to continue the legacy of building great martial artists, Xande Ribeiro has opened up a new academy in the heart of Los Angeles, California. In this exclusive interview we talk with the Multi-time World Champion as he discusses his plans and vision for the new academy.
From 2007-2011 you and your brother moved here and started the University academy in San Diego, how was your overall experience teaching at the University of Jiu-jitsu?
Xande: Teaching there was a great experience. I have developed the concept with my brother and has worked really good. We trained hard, teach a lot and make a lot of champions. That gave me a taste what California is and I loved it there.
On December 22, 2011 the UFC celebrated the grand opening of its fourth UFC Gym in Torrance, CA. The day’s events included tours of the amazing facilities and great demonstrations of Judo, Muay Thai, MMA, Kids MMA, Zumba, Capoeira, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ Legends got the chance to spend a few moments with UFC Gym’s head of Jiu-Jitsu, Tinguinha. Check out the interview and pictures from the event. Stop by the gym and check it out… you won’t be disappointed! A special thanks to Christina Pitkin and Wendell Paulding for showing me around. Make sure you ask for them if you're interested in joining... They'll take good care of you!
Optimus Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a power house of health and fitness, offering acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and Jiu Jitsu classes throughout the week.
Optimus Brazilian Jiu Jitsu announces its grand opening with almost 1000 square feet of mat space, three luxurious treatment rooms, wood flooring, granite countertops, and a built in filtered water system. The opening of the Laguna Niguel location has world class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for both adults and children who are ready to develop powerful self defense skills, strength, confidence, balance and discipline. Calorie burning Jiu Jitsu classes get students lean while they learn the most effective martial art in the world.