Happy New Year and Look for More Jiu-Jitsu from BJJ Legends in 2009
This past year marked the beginning of our magazine and BJJLegends.com. We're excited about 2009 with all the Legends of Jiu-Jitsu we'll be interviewing and the techniques we bring to the martial arts community, we have never been prouder of the state of Jiu-Jitsu and the future for BJJ Legends.
We wish you all the best New Year and successful championships in 2009.
Martial Arts is an activity that often reflects the real challenges
individuals face in real life, and allows them to forge traits of
character awfully needed to succeed in any area. The self-discipline,
the commitment to grow despite setbacks, the overcoming of challenges
on the physical and mental arena, the lessons learned on a daily basis,
that always tell us we still have room for growth, more space to
improve the warrior and the man.
Uncle Helio Gracie was definitely
someone who challenged himself at every aspect, despite many obstacles
which would severely limit any other human being, like his fragile body
and precarious health at the time he was a teen, just starting to get
into the art of Jiu-Jitsu, more as a way to grow healthier than
As it often happens, the ones people expect the
least end up surpassing everyone's wildest expectations. Nobody could
foresee that that young and fragile teenager would become the legendary
The following article was contributed by FightLikeAChampion.com / Jaime Lapena Jr - dedicated to undertstanding the competitive forces behind mind, body and spirit that drive some people to win and others to be great. We encourage you to check out more at their website, we enjoy their interviews.
Interview With Willie Cahill and Mike Pechina,
Training Judo Champions Pt2 of 2
Willie Cahill is a legend in the sport of Judo having
coached over 10,000 athletes (1,000 of them being national champions) and two
Olympic teams over the course of an amazing 60 year career.
Willy Cahill has coached nearly 1000 National and International medal winners.
Mike Pechina is a product of Cahill’s JudoAcademy
having started there at the age of seven. A former All-American wrestler, he
served eight years in the Marine Corp.
His accolades include US champion, Pan American Silver Medalist, World
Team, Pan American Team, All Military Team, and now coach. He is the creator of the up coming series
The depth of their experience and storytelling was almost
For more info about Cahill’s JudoAcademy in San Bruno, CA
BJJ Legends Magazine gets time with Jeff Glover. Check out this interview at the 2008 No GI tournament in California.
always more video, techniques and articles at BJJLegends.com. Check out
more from Marcelo, Kyra Gracie, Marcio Feitosa, Rigan Machado, Royce
Gracie and more with their skills as part of 25 techniques available in
the BJJ LEGENDS Magazine and DVD - Order Here
BJJ Legends had a photo shoot with Leo Vieira’s acclaimed
Leo Vieira talks about Brasa and the new ChackMatbrown
brown belt Ary Farias. But that’s a story for another time (BJJ Legends Issue 2). After everything was said and done I pulled Leo aside and asked, so what’s the story? Give me the “official version” and the “off-the-record-version” of the break-up. Leo says, “There’s only one version.” And what I thought would be a two minute explanation turned into a half an hour story. Here’s a recap.
Hi All, we're developing a network of BJJ enthusiasts from around the world. Spain, Poland, all parts of the US and now the UK.
Perspective is everything in life, having your own and understanding other's will help us all gain insight. BJJ Legends Magazine is about spreading the BJJ enthusiasm and bringing content, video and techniques you might not get in other parts of the world.
First of all hello to all you BJJ and grappling guys and gals from around the world. BJJ and grappling arts have really
Sensei D.R.Whike - Lancashire, UK BJJ Legends Contributor
taken off over here in the UK and I hope to bring you regular news about the events and groups over the next few months.
Due to the usual deadlines I am going to do a short article about our small group, who have all decided to have a go at the Jiu Jitsu competition.
The group has been around the Lancashire area for about the last 15 to 20 years, and has focused mainly on self defence arts such as Jiu Jitsu, teaching in schools and colleges, and offering lessons to a broad selection of the community, it was decided by a few members that we should be looking at some form of competition. All that was available a few years ago was Jiu Jitsu Kumite; although this was popular for a while it didn’t seem to take off and never really came to the fore ground as a popular sport.
With the advent of the U.F.C and the Gracie family, for want of a better expression dominating the arena, Jiu Jitsu in this country has gone from strength to strength and the popularity keeps growing, we have certainly noticed the rapid growth in popularity as our member base has nearly doubled in the past few months.
We have started to contact various groups and we are just about to join the Grappling Arts Association this body is officially recognised by The International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, ADCC Submission Fighting, The Martial Arts Standards Agency of Great Britain and The European Fight Network.
We are at this moment concentrating on building our junior groups and we are working along side local agencies, schools and the police to try to reduce the amount of young people hanging around on the streets, this will hopefully reduce youth crime in the local area by offering those people in certain areas who maybe cannot access certain activities something to do. I have always thought any martial art or sport coaching is a great way to bring down certain barriers and also help with government policies on inclusion, hopefully our ideas will work and BJJ and traditional Jiu Jitsu will continue to grow in our area.
We have a few sessions running at the moment and the adult students are always ready to come down and help the kids, we have recently had a few young ones with learning difficulties who have joined and they really enjoy rolling with the other guys and we think it is great that they can access and participate in what we do.
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