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!
.Picking My Mentor’s Brain, an interview with Leka Vieira
By Marichiel Ewert
I started to train under Leka Vieira when Leka moved to the United States in 1999. I was training at Rigan Machado’s in Torrance, CA and heard that she was visiting from Brazil. I hadn’t heard of her before as I was new to the Jiu-Jitsu community. All I knew was what I was told: She was bad ass and that she got her black belt when she was 16. I was misinformed about her receiving her black belt at the age of 16, but you could imagine how intimidating she sounded, never the less.Terrified and intimidated is how I felt when I caught a glimpse of her as I entered the academy that night. She was cut, lean, and ripped. The most intimidating thing about her look was she was nearly bald.