Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, No Gi Pan Am Champion at 130 pounds, and a Recognized Expert Analyst in the BJJ World. Dan writes or Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, MMA Sports Mag, and more – find more of his 2013 Worlds Breakdowns at http://microbjj.com/championbreakdown
The wonderful thing about the IBJFF World Championships is that is brings out the best in the competitors, and we get to see some truly world class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu over-and-over again.
In the 2013 Worlds, in a semi-final showdown, the fans were blessed with a fantastic showdown between Andre Galvao an Braulio Estima. Truly one of the best grapplers in the world today, Andre Galvao came in proudly representing Atos Jiu Jitsu. With countless accolades to his name, he had his eyes deadest on getting past Estima, and one step closer to gold.
There is always one position that every grappler in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu universe has some difficulty with. There are no exemptions; from white belts to black belts, from novice to absolute level talents, everybody has a flaw that they would like to hone and focus on.
Many young grapplers find difficulty in working from their spider guard. Maybe it’s the angle, but it can be tough for some people to execute any offensive attack while seated on the mat as their opponent plans their next move.
Luckily for those people, I’m here to discuss a remedy to that problem! The berimbolo is a wonderful transition that acts as a sweep in which the grappler begins in a seated position, but is able to float over and take back mount. When done properly, you should be able to sink both hooks in and go for the finish rather easily!
It’s no surprise that someone as decorated as Andre Galvao has an absolutely insane work ethic. The man has taken home countless medals, world titles and has ventured into many different weight classes in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world.
On top of his talents on the mat, Galvao has also displayed his skills inside of the cage for top promotions such as the defunct Strikeforce.
However, to get to where he is now, it took more than just hard work and dedication for Andre. Anyone can have the drive to succeed, but being able to maintain that mind frame is so important for a world class, top flight athlete.
For Andre Galvao, he looks to various outside resources to help conjure up the motivation and determination to be the best.
Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, No Gi Pan Am Champion at 130 pounds, and recognized expert in the area of Sweeps & Transitions in the Lightweight BJJ Game. Dan writes or Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, MMA Sports Mag, and more - and his FREE Sweeps Training Manual can be found online at: http://MicroBJJ.com/7SweepsBook
Go ahead and ask anyone that knows me what my favorite approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is. Almost every single one of them will say that I have a fixation on leg locks and attacking the feet. By looking at my YouTube account and my work with my students at Black Diamond Mixed Martial Arts, I think that it’s a safe assumption that I’m a leg lock guy.
From a fan perspective, I find watching competition videos of some of today’s grappling stars are very helpful in my growth as a BJJ player. A personal favorite of mine—and many of you, I’d assume—is Rafael Mendes. A truth grappling genius, Rafa Mendes is truly fantastic to watch.
When it comes to live grappling, we know all too well that anything can happen if you aren't careful. While you can defend yourself most of the time, there are specific moments in which you become very vulnerable to attack.
For instance, I can defend my legs and arms with rather ease; however, it’s a different story when discussing your back. Back takes can happen in the blink of an eye and can be match-ending depending on the level of grappler in which you are facing.
Sometimes we may not be able to defend the transition, for instance, a berimbolo. However, there are ways you can go about defending yourself once your opponent has latched on to your back and is looking for the finish. Luckily, Raphael Chaves and Macrus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida have a fantastic video breaking down how to intelligently—and calmly—defend yourself from back mount.
Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida is a Multi-Time BJJ World Champion, known best for his domination of open weight divisions, his battle with Roger Gracie, and his amazing leg lock and sweep game. Grab some of Buchecha's best techniques for Free here - and learn more about his DVD.
My "combing" of the BJJ world has been tending more and more towards some of the athletes who I feel have really "Rocked the Boat" in competitive Jiu Jitsu in the past year or so. Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida came up QUICK with his amazing win against Rodolfo Viera, and his World Championship and Absolute Division victories.
So when "Buchecha" came out with a DVD set - it was mine preeeetty much as soon as I could get my hands on it - and I wanted to show some sample clips of some of the techniques that Buchecha has online - and also talk particularly about what I think are some of the major virtues of his game. I don't really have the authority to go taking his DVDs and putting them online, but I wanted to share whatever was already online (I'm not a "pirate" of this stuff) and give some cool perspective and stuff you guys can use. Check out these killer clips!
Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, No Gi Pan Am Champion at 130 pounds, and recognized expert in the area of leg locks and lightweight BJJ. Dan writes or Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, MMA Sports Mag, and more – find more of his leg lock articles and resources at www.MicroBJJ.com/Keenan
In most sports, there are specific competitors that have a unique calling card of sorts. There is always one or two players who have a unique style that you can’t quite categorize them. Always thinking outside of the box, these athletes continuously evolve their style along with the times. One of these men, from a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu perspective, is Keenan Cornelius.
A super talented brown belt, the former Lloyd Irvin protégé has shown flashes of fantastic skills. Currently training with Atos BJJ, Keenan has a defensive approach that makes him standout amongst the rest of his peers.A unique style, his guard pass defense is second to none. No matter the opinion of his style, it has proven to be effective and useful.
Athletes at the highest levels have access to the latest technology as they strive for peak performance. They and their coaches are monitoring multiple stimuli, both external and internal, to determine what training loads achieve the perfect balance between improvement and recovery. As we all know without adequate recovery you’re not going to be able to train effectively and your chances of injury increase. Recent innovations and products have opened the door so that even recreational athletes can utilize products that just a few years ago were cost prohibitive to all but well-funded athletic programs.
Heart rate variability (HRV) monitoring can be used to quantify your baseline level of fitness, track you daily recovery, develop a personal strategy for peaking, and identify trends from changes in your training regimen. HRV based program have been developed for professional athletes of all sports, including the UFC, and may represent the next step in individualized training programs.
Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, No Gi Pan Am Champion at 130 pounds, and recognized expert in the area of leg locks. Dan writes or Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, MMA Sports Mag, and more - find more of his leg lock articles and resources at www.BJJLegLocks.com
When you’re an experienced vet like Masakazu Imanari, you’ll find yourself with plenty of interesting war stories. Especially on the international circuit, you will have a blend of can’s that get tossed your way, up-and-coming prospects, and experienced fighters that will pose a tough task.
Way back in December 2005, Masakazu Iamanri met the latter of the three in Mike Thomas Brown. At the time, Brown had 15 fights in just four short years! Proven to be a tough out, Brown had taken on future stars such as Mark Hominick and Joe Lauzon prior to meeting up with Imanari.
Going into his fight at DEEP Impact 22, Brown had not faced a lethal leg lock master like Imanari.