Roughly six months ago I decided to go to Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend for the sole purpose of meeting up with some of my jiu jitsu e-friends and to take advantage of the world class instruction that the city has to offer. This trip was about immersing myself completely jiu jitsu and training full time. Over the next four days I met and trained with dozens of amazing people including some legends of our sport. Traveling back to St Louis on Monday I was re-energized and excited about my training in a way that I hadn’t been previously.
A WOMEN'S GRAPPLING CAMP WITH LETICIA RIBEIRO (and Special Guests)
Train like a champion with the champions!!!!
Attention all female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters/grapplers: here is your chance to train with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion LETICIA RIBEIRO, 3rd degree black belt under Royler Gracie (who appeared in BJJ Legends, jiu-jitsu magazine) and leader of the Gracie Humaitá women's team, one of the best female fight teams of all time. Join us in Los Angeles for a three-day Gi and No-Gi grappling camp exclusively for women, led by Leticia and her talented team members, including Penny Thomas, Bia Mesquita, Mackenzie Dern among others.
This is a very exciting opportunity to sharpen your Jiu-Jitsu skills with one of the world’s best female fighters. This camp is OPEN TO ALL TEAMS, SCHOOLS, and LEVELS. Come learn the techniques, strategies, and approaches to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that have made Leticia one of the most dominate forces in the sport today!
...will be hosting a no-gi grappling, jiu-jitsu seminar in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at the Tapout Training Center.
Dean Lister is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Jeffrey Higgs with a background in Wrestling and experience in Sambo. An MMA veteran having competed in important organizations such as Pride and UFC, Dean Lister gained notoriety in 2003 after winning the ADCC in the open weight division. Just recently he added a new title to his already huge collection becoming the 2011 ADCC world champion (under 99kg division).
Date: February 4 2012 Price: $100 for members $ 125 non-members Time: 12 pm - 2:30 pm Where: TapouT Training Center Los Angeles 400 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015
"You know that when a guy is a champion in our event he has SUBMITTED EVERYONE!" -- Rose Gracie
Rose, graciously, in her spare time, answered a few questions from our readers about the upcoming, Submission Only, Gracie Nationals Jiu-Jitsu Tournament.
1) How is early registration going? Because its a sub only tournament are more people signing up or are they timid?
Registration is doing well as usual... I think people are more excited about it and there is definitely big buzz. I think it will be a very amazing tournament in the end.
2) Gracie Nationals is the same weekend as the Euros, will this affect who you draw to the tournament?
Not at all… Seems to me that most people here actually don't want to spend the extra $3000 to go to Europe. Just kidding though. Someone can host an event the same day and time as us because our competitors leave our event with so much more then just another Jiu-Jitsu competition. We have been very fortunate because of it.
3) Random Drug Testing? Like peeing in a cup? Are you looking for Marijuana?
No, we're not looking for Marijuana at all, we are more interested in things that would give a person an unfair advantage over other competitors, like steroids for instance.
4) What do you do if after 15 minutes there hasn't been a submission? Are both players DQ'd? What happens to the bracket?
Both Players go home at this point. Eventually we would like to implement a second bracket for those guys but dont want to rush into this new system too much. We'll play by ear. There is a possibility there will be no winners on a certain bracket. HOWEVER you know that when a guy is a champion in our event he has SUBMITTED EVERYONE!! and THAT my friends is a true Jiu-Jitsu champion.
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.
BJJ Legends would like to extend a heart felt welcome to Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles. Cobrinha opened his Los Angeles academy back in March. The grand opening was the day after the Pans. A smashing success with about 100 people in attendance. On hand and teaching techniques were numerous famous Alliance star black belts including Lucas Lepri, Bruno Malfacine, Michael & Michel Langhi brothers. Even the head of Alliance JJ, Fabio Gurgel taught. After the seminar, students sparred with the black belts again including Fabio Gurgel! Fabio keep submitting, non stop!
Also attending the party was Cobrinha's even more famous cakes -- according to my sourses very delisious.