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.
Join us for a double seminar with champions Alberto Crane and Mauricio "Tinguinha" Mariano to celebrate the Grand Opening of Optimus Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!! The seminar will be held July 9th at 11:00 in Lanuna Niguel,CA. All Jiu Jitsu practitioners are welcome to learn from two of the most influential Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If your new to Jiu JItsu still come to enjoy the academy and free food. Hosted by owner Grant Collins Training begins at 11am, Bring your Gi and a hunger to learn.
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.