Puerto Rico is a small US island (100 miles by 35 miles square) in the Caribbean island chain. It is recognized for its beautiful beaches, rivers and culture but that's not the only beauty of the land, now is getting recognized as the home of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt champions. Puerto Rican black belts include: JT Torres, Israel Reyes, Marcos Torregosa, Jean Dalua Cartagena, Vidiver Vazquez, David Selpa and Shimmy DiSoriano, They were all born on the small island and now they are making waves in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world.
Jean Dalua Cartagena, born and raised in Puerto Rico, has this to say about the beautiful island and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu there, ”Puerto Rico is not only a beautiful island and home of good boxing, surfing, basketball, baseball but we also have judo, wrestling Olympic medalist and good athletes. And now we have good BJJ practitioners too. Marcos Torregosa is a black belt world champion and Pans champ. He is ranked # 1 in the black belt master division GI and No GI by IBJJF and I am black belt Pans champ and ranked # 3 in No GI and # 9 in GI in black belt master division by IBJJF. Puerto Rico also has browns belts, purple belts, blue belts all winning Worlds and Pan championships. The sport is growing very fast over there now we have a handful of schools like Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Yemaso BJJ, Flavio Bering, and Tiburones Puerto Rico. Marcos Torregosa and I are planning on making a BJJ camp in Puerto Rico close to the beach with a lot of BJJ, beach, and trips around the island so the people who joint the seminar is not only going to enjoy the BJJ but also the beauty of our land.”
My introduction to Marcos Torregrosa was early this year at the IBJJF Chicago Open. As I was watching random matches one of his matches caught my eye. Thankfully, it was pretty early in the match because for that tournament he absolutely tore thru the other lightweights in route to a gold before collecting a silver in the Absolute. Marcos ended the year as the top-ranked Masters black belt at both lightweight and absolute. This review is going to cover his BJJ Escapes App, available for $9.99 from iTunes. The app consists of 20 chapters covering the following positions: mount, side mount, back control, 50/50 and the following submission defenses: triangle, armbar and ankle lock. Don't forget to download the PDF of the map at the bottom of the article for your reference.