In 2011, a friend of mine in Canada mentioned she was planning to join a twenty four hour ‘Grapple-A-Thon’ at Martial Arts Planet in Kingston, Ontario. The basic premise was that at least two people spar over a twenty-four hour period, with the option of also fundraising for their chosen charity. Fortunately for those of us thousands of miles away, the organisers were going to set up a live stream from the gym, meaning I could watch the action from my laptop in England.
Liz Sussan, Da Firma Kimono Company, NHB Gear, & Ingenuitek have come together to design this woven patch to represent the BJJ community being UNITED against rape and abuse.
The large size is 11"x4" and is $12 and the small size is 6"x3" and is $10. Since February, over $1,000 in proceeds from the patches has been donated to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. We've been asked by the survivor of the NYE assault to donate proceeds to the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (www.nvrdc.org) because that organization has assisted her since January with all of her needs. So we are now directing a large portion of proceeds from the patches to NVRDC. We estimate that at least 80% from each patch purchase price will be donated to NVRDC or RAINN for their wonderful survivor support and community awareness work.
Let's show how we're UNITED against rape and abuse by wearing these patches on our Gis!
Huge shout out to Da Firma Kimono Company, NHB Gear, & Ingenuitek for the production and their donation to the cause! They continue to amaze with their kindness and generosity!
Jiu Jitsu purists love to say “A belt only covers two inches of your butt. It’s up to you to cover the rest.” While that sentiment is certainly in the spirit of Jiu Jitsu, learning the art for the sake of learning and not viewing a belt as a goal, belts can mean much more or different things than we often give them credit for. Our belts are a representation of our journey. They are a reminder of who we were, who we are becoming, and what we have endured to get there. Each stripe represents hundreds of hours of mat time and growth. Each rank represents a new responsibility and greater expectations; not to smash everyone in your path but to help others grow and follow in a similar path of growth as BJJ players and people.
For these reasons we felt that our belts should have a similar story. Just like no two players games are exactly the same, neither are two belts when they are hand dyed. Maybe you’d like to dye custom belts for your go to training partner who is about to receive his or her next grade or maybe you’re a professor that would like to dye belts for your students. Maybe you don’t want to dye your own belts at all and just want to check out how our belts get from our supplier to you with a little extra love but below is a short guide to our belt dying process (that is constantly under revision) so you can add a little FLOW to your game.
January 19th 2013 at the Gracie Nationals, Adrian Montemayor placed second in an epic 80-minute match. Adrian is a purple belt under Dartanian. Also that Saturday Stephany Pulido placed second in the women’s blue belt division after a 30-minute match. Stephany also trains under Dartanian.
And… They’re married! Adrian Montemayor and Stephany Pulido are a husband and wife Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team. Curious because Saturday, gi day, the longest men’s match, and in fact the longest match in Gracie Nationals history and the longest woman’s match of the day went to a husband and wife team.
After a little Q&A I found out that not only do the couple train Jiu-Jitsu with Dartanian but they are also avid Crossfiters. Coaching Crossfit, not so coincidentally, is Dartanian’s second job at Crossfit Waza in North Hollywood.
Adrian and Stephany I am humbled by your great accomplishment.
In Dec.2012 I invited several other black belts to start the Midwest BJJ Alliance. I started the group with 5 other Machado black belts: Jamel McCurry, Raymond Trammell, Eric Smith, Montise Peterson, and Kevin Kellems.
The organization has several purposes: 1) Students have the benefit of not only training with the same people they train with at their academy, but all of their Jiu-Jitsu "cousins": the students at all the other Machado affiliated academies in Michigan and surrounding areas.
2) Group trainings will help each other prepare for upcoming tournaments.
3) Members get to know all of the different black belts and other higher ranked instructors, who can help coach during tournaments. When one instructor is busy helping another student, others will be available to help.
4) By getting all of the Machado affiliated school's students info, we can get a lot more support for bringing in the Machado brothers or other instructors. We can also have our own events, such as a seminar we are going to run with 6-10 black belts teaching.
January 10th 2012 Matthew Maldonado, 26, and Nicholas Schultz, 21, were charged with sexually assaulting a woman New Year’s Eve in a church parking garage. The event was recorded on surveillance video. Both the men and the victim are students of Lloyd Irvin. Those involved are people first and that they are BJJ practitioners is irrelevant. That the woman was a victim of her teammates is truly sickening. As when a person taps from a choke, they trust the other person to let go, she trusted her teammates to get her home safely.
All of the talk of blood lust, retribution and punishment is disheartening. We are not vigilantes. Instead, we should talk and educate. Talk to anyone who will listen. Most importantly support the victim and support creating an environment of trust and equality. The accused will be handled by the courts of law and their instructor has, quite frankly, exploited this situation to the point were I don’t want to type his name anymore. If you’ve felt bullied or shunned, talk about you’re school. Talk to everybody especially people outside of BJJ. Silence is deadly.
This is a hobby for almost all of us. You are paying to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Treat your dojo the same you would your health club. If something doesn’t jive, move. It’s your money. The term ‘creonte’ is someone who cheats on their team. It is an out of date concept and often is taken out of concept of the original situation to which it was first applied. BJJ is a long journey and it is worth the extra time to find a good fit, a family. It is our responsibility to find out who is teaching us. As you get higher in rank you have a responsibility for those new to the school.
Jiu Jitsu, Striking, Wrestling and MMA October 10th-15th, 2012
Javier Vazquez is a veteran of the octagon, and has fought for UFC, WEC, EliteXC, Shooto and KOTC with 31 fights and 16 wins. He is hosting a 6 day training camp in Rancho Cucamonga California. Camp includes a trip to San Diego to watch the Metamoris Pro event.
Twitter: Renzo_Gracie_BJJ @RenzoGracieBJJ MMA Fighter, BJJ Master, & Entrepreneur. Renzo Gracie Academies are & have been the extended family to thousands of jiu jitsu practitioners. Visit our website! NYC · http://www.renzogracie.com
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.
Jiu-Jitsu Legend "Punished" at 2012 Worlds Video, Facebook and MORE!
From the MAT!
Andre Galvão jumps the fence today at the IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Worlds 2012 to get in the face of a referee during the final featherweight purple belt match between Denilson Bischiliari (Atos JJ) and Marcio Andre Barbosa (NU).
Jumping the fence that separates the fights from the audience is strictly forbidden and Galvão is "punished" by the IBJJF and can not fight in his category and absolute on Saturday and Sunday. Security asked Galvo and Bruno Frazatto, who managed to jump the fence as well, to leave the tournament. READ More BJJ >>
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.
...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
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.