Josh Barnett of the UFC, Erik Paulson of CSW and Feargus McTeggart, head coach of Brea High School wrestling and the Brea Wrestling Club. They have worked together and created the California Catch Wrestling Association, CCWA.
Catch Wrestling is a turn of the century wrestling hybrid that combines wresting with submission holds. It was popularized by wrestlers traveling with fairs and carnivals. The rules are very similar to BJJ with the big difference that a match can be ended win a grappler is pinned. (Both shoulders/center spine on the mat)
Matches were 5 minutes long. Out of 30 some odd matches not one ended in a draw and all but one ended in submissions or pins. Neither wrestlers or BJJ guys clearly had an advantage. Wrestlers were susceptible to leg attacks and BJJ guys to the cradle and pin.
“Our goal is to bring the sport of Catch Wrestling back to the public eyes and back people back on to the mats as another addition to the existing styles of amateur wrestling (Folkstyle/Freestyle/Greco-Roman).”
A simple breakdown of the rules are:
-Win by pin, submission, or points -A pin is when a wrestler's shoulder are pinned to the mat for a silent 3 count. A pin cannot be score while in a wrestler's scissor (guard) or if caught in a submission (catch) -A submission is when a legal hold makes a wrestler give up either verbally or by tapping the mat or opponent 3 times -Points are scored as follows: 2pts takedown, 1pt escape, 3pts high amplitude throw or takedown. -Matches are 5 minutes in length -Shoes are allowed -Headgear is allowed -Illegal hold and techniques: Heel hooks Spiking an opponent on their head or neck Scissor takedowns Throwing submissions -No guard pulling or stalling
BJJ Legends: If you would talk about how this rule set prevents stalling or maybe makes it less of an occurrence.
Erik Paulson: First of all, the time limit is shorter, so it makes it more of a spectator sport. The pin, people don't jump to their guard or flop on their back because of the pin. If your shoulder is hit, you lose. So guys are fighting from the top trying to get the other guy on their back. And the submissions are faster, a little more diverse.
Like right there, that's a pin, that's a pin right there.
McTeggart: Yes, and that was part of the equation, was really to try to amp up the risk-taking because of the short time. The idea was to promote not only the submission aspect, but the wrestling, and really try to ingrain wrestling into the submission process. To immerse it in it, if you will; embed it, if you will. We want wrestling to be the primary transitionary part of grappling. Because in wrestling, true wrestling, freestyle, Greco, folk style, you don't go to your back. So if you go to your back, you have a three-count to get off your back. Other than that, you can do pins.
So what we're hoping is that wrestling will then smoothly transition then into MMA, into grappling. It's the next exhibition sport in the Olympics. We know wrestlers are specifically trained to stay off their back. On the other hand, when you're going for submission, you might give up a take-down. But if you're going for a submission, you can be rewarded with a two-point and/or get the submission. But at the same time, as long as you're on your back, you're fighting to stay off your back. So it stays really close to its origin of wrestling, and that's what we're trying to do.
BJJL: Are the parents upset that you're allowing submissions?
McTeggart: No, it's only for kids of a certain age. So we don't teach it to little kids, they have to be anywhere from 18 and above. We've gone down as low as 14 years, which is the high school level. So if anything is taught correctly, be it karate or judo or wrestling, provided that kids are taught to respect their opponents and do the right things.
BJJL: How was your turnout today?
McTeggart: Pretty good, for the first time around.
BJJL: Do you know how many competitors you had?
McTeggart: In the submission was 20 competitors, ranging three different weight classes. We also had four girls compete, as well.
BJJL: I saw a lot more submissions, nothing went to a draw, and I saw some crazy submissions.
Josh Barnett: Some of the exotic stuff comes from the 10th Planet guys. They're used to using an open, somewhat- It's not like it's unrefined, it is refined, but it's very, I don't know. It's inventive. And plus, our environment doesn't place a lot of restriction on submission. So we want people to go out there and come up with stuff off the top of their head, or create a killer unusual move and use it.
BJJL: The cradle was messing up the BJJ guys.
Josh Barnett: As far as cradles are concerned, well, I mean that's just a- Let's just say you're in a fight, you get cradled up, and you get your head kneed into oblivion. So part of the reason for the pin is to help teach and refine techniques that will be useful for fighting. But if you're getting cradled, you should be kicking out, working.
BJJL: Oh, I'm going to work on it when I go back to the academy.
Josh Barnett: There's options to go off their legs, there's all kinds of stuff. But the thing is you just cannot hang out, you can't try to work, just sit around and wait to maybe get a reverse hold. You can't wait to do anything, you got to be active.
BJJL: Very nice. Now are you happy with the turnout? Because this is the first event.
Josh Barnett: Yeah, I'm happy with the turnout. It wasn't a massive amount of people, but we had enough to get some good pools going. And we did just that, we pooled everybody. So we round robin everyone, wrestled everyone, some people go three matches today even with only four opponents.
BJJL: And the next catch wrestling tournament will be?
Josh Barnett: We don't have a set date yet, I'm sure it will be piggybacked on another wrestling tournament. But part of the reason why we want to be at these wrestling tournaments is to try inspire and show these amateur wrestlers a style that is also, it's not entire foreign to them, that’s complementary.
So I want to get wrestlers involved in getting on the mat and using submission again. And that's the main thing about this. That and I can't stand stalling, I mean there's so much stalling in the grappling world.
BJJL: The IBJJF is trying to change the rules, we've got two new leagues trying to change the rules, Rickson is changing the rules, Rigan is changing the rules, everybody is trying to get rid of stalling. And, today, I saw no stalling.
Josh Barnett: The easiest way to get rid of stalling is put the power on the refs and then make them use it. And there you go, pull the trigger on people. If you're stalling, you pull the trigger. "Hey, warning, warning." Three stalling calls and you're DQ'ed out of this tournament. You have no business being on our mats if you don't want to go out there and engage, take down, throw, submit, pin these people.
BJJL: Right on. Well, thank you very much, sir, and much success in your future endeavors.
Quick Q&A with Mathew Tinley of the Jiu-Jitsu World League. Rigan Machado and Mathew Tinley are the cofounders of the JJWL.
BJJ Legends: What is the Jiu-Jitsu World League? Mathew Tinley: The Jiu-Jitsu World League improves Jiu-Jitsu for all belt levels and ages, men and women, and kids too. We will "professionalize" Jiu-Jitsu because top athletes are professionals. Equally important, we will make the Jiu-Jitsu experience better for everyone. We must build the foundation of Jiu-Jitsu so it's important to develop our sport for white, blue and purple belts.
The Jiu-Jitsu World League returns Jiu-Jitsu to its essence as a combat martial art. Our Aggressive Rules encourage moves one uses in combat and prohibit artificial tactics that don't happen in combat. There’s no advantages or stalling in combat, and usually combat ends in submission, as our Aggressive Rules encourage.
BJJL: Any plans for the east coast? -Kenneth Brown MT: We will be bringing both GI and No GI events to the East Coast including NY/NJ, New England, Mid Atlantic, Toronto and Florida. We also will visit Northern California, Southern California, Las Vegas, Texas and Chicago and several others.
BJJL: Is Buchecha competing? MT: Buchecha will compete in several events and if he does well, he will qualify for year-end World Championships (every competitor must qualify with points for the World Championships, just like other global sports).
BJJL: $5000 for absolute, how much do 2nd and 3rd get? -- RA MT: The biggest prize money comes from winning the year end World Championships. World Champions at all belt levels will earn cash and other prizes. Of course everyone knows the two black belt open class winners (heavy and light) win $5000 each per tournament.
BJJL: How will the prize money be divided? 12 cities and a quarter of a million dollars MT: We deliver amazing rewards to all winners. Winners of every bracket in every regular tournament win over $1240 in prizes each, that's unheard of. People say we're crazy but we are committed to rewarding our community.
We also are committed to giving back to academies and instructors because they give so much of their energy and exceptional talent to our beloved Jiu-Jitsu. Go to http://www.jjworldleague.com/gyms/ to learn how you can benefit without any cost.
BJJL: Do the women get $5000 for two divisions in the Absolute class? MT: Our tournaments will have women's absolute class. We encourage all women to participate in our events. We will offer prize money for women once their registration numbers approach registrations for men. As Jiu-Jitsu is equally exciting and fulfilling for women, we are committed to improving Jiu-Jitsu for women.
BJJL: Will you offer a Referee course so people can become certified JJWL refs? MT: One of the things competitors tell us that they are disappointed by the quality of referees at Jiu-Jitsu competitions. So we decided to totally change the selection, training and evaluation of our referees to ensure quality. Our referees are carefully selected based on their background and character. Then they undergo thorough and comprehensive training by Rigan Machado and other experienced black belts. Then, each referee will be graded on their performance. The top referees will be promoted to referee higher level matches and earn more money. The referees who do not perform to our high standards will be dismissed. The quality of referees is one of the major differences of the Jiu-Jitsu World League.
We are humbled by the overwhelming support we continue to receive from our community. We've received calls of support from the legends of our sport as well as current world champions. Our first event will have 1000 competitors. We have people registered from all over the world from Japan to England, from the top black belts to white belts fighting in their first tournament. This positive energy motivates us to produce the best tournament ever and to continue to innovate to bring our beloved Jiu-Jitsu on par with other global sports.
Thanks for the opportunity to answers your questions for our community.
In San Bernardino CA, the Kids Worlds International Championships for kids and teens just wrapped up their 6th year. This year’s gi team trophies winners were: First place ATOS Jiu-Jitsu, second place United BJJ, third place Gracie Barra. In the no-gi category first place again went to ATOS Jiu-Jitsu, second place to United BJJ and third place to Ferny Jiu-Jitsu. Congratulations to these teams and all the competitors who made it onto the podium.
Kids Worlds is the work of a team led by Rommel Dunbar. Rommel is a four stripe black belt under Pedro Carvalho and a seven time world champion. He runs United Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with two locations in Moreno Valley and Riverside California.
At this year’s Kids Worlds there were over 1000 competitors with 239 gi divisions and 150 no-gi divisions. The youngest division was 2009 or kids that are 4-5 years old. The lightest weight class was 39.5 pounds. The array of weight classes / age groups was dizzying.
On Saturday, 9th degree coral belt, Francisco Mansor was at the Kids Worlds. He met and talked with kids and parents. Lucky kids got to take their picture on the podium with the famous coral belt.
All told there were 250 academies at the tournament and some six countries including Australia New Zealand, Dubai , Canada, Mexico, Brazil. The Kids Worlds tournaments follow IBJJF rules and regulations.
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.”
“Hyperfly is not a fashion brand. Our gear is made for athletes not the runway.”
Hyperfly Do or Die is a family owned business that sells Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gis and rash guards. The Pakter family found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when their 11-year-old son, Luke (now 16) started taking classes at Gracie Barra Academy in Encinitas taught by Professor Nelson. Kerstin Pakter, Luke’s mom, felt that if a sport could make this kind of a difference in her son she needed to learn more. The more she learned the more she fell in love with BJJ.
I sat down with Kerstin to talk about the company, her roots, her family and what Hyperfly is made of. It was a sunny, windy day at on this southern California beach. The ocean was an unusual shade of jade green. Kerstin ordered a coffee with a little foam and I a double latte. We talked for over an hour and a half. Here are the highlights from our conversation.
Great Gis for Everybody
BJJL: Hyperfly is a very striking looking gi. Are you marketing Hyperfly as a status gi?
Kerstin: Not really. It should be… It should be a tool to perform. It should be something which you can afford and wear. It is equipment for doing your sport not for looking just pretty.
BJJL: I assume you would be a fashion brand.
Kerstin: No. We are not a fashion brand. Our gear is not made for the runway show. Our gear is made for athletes and gives them high quality equipment plus it has to make you look like a Pro and not like a fashionista. :)
BJJL: But it's beautiful.
Kerstin: It's functional and it's beautiful like the sport of Jiu-Jitsu is beautiful. When you see some gis, they have all this embroidery and patches everywhere. It makes the gi heavy and because of that, the competitor has to cut more weight.
I see athletes standing on the scale, "A hundred grams. No! No water!" And I'm like, "Guys! Think about the athlete! They need to cut weight. So every gram counts. Come on, guys.” We've got to make gis lighter. We've got to do less patches, less embroidery.
We do have gis with embroidery like the new YCTH line, but our main focus on the classic.
A gi is a very expensive item. And we want to get our price structure for our gis even lower. In the future, we’re going to have a $99 lighter weave gi for beginners to start.
BJJL: Ooh. I like this.
Kerstin: In retail. That's the future. And our most expensive, we're going to have very, very few gis, maybe few models that are going to be over $160-$180.
BJJL: What? That's your highest? $160 is middle-of-the-road for gis.
Kerstin: Right now, we have gis that start in a range from $149-$180.
Beside our signature gis like for Xande, which goes for around $240 and special editions.
Take for instance our rash guards; make them specific for the people who request them because we can do these small limited runs. We don't force-feed them. And that's one of the things what's also very important. That we don't try to do everything and be everybody's darling. We are not a fashion and we don’t change constantly. We try to stay consistence with our products.
Like the Hyperfly™ cut has never changed. We have the Pro Comp™, which is a different cut, but otherwise once you have a Hyperfly you know the fit. It is like Nike shoe, size 12 always fits the same.
BJJL: How did Hyperfly happen?
September 2011 is when we did the first Hyperfly. Before we were making kimonos for Ribeiro BJJ. Pascal [Kerstin’s husband and co-owner of the company] came up with the name Hyperfly. So actually, Hyperfly is now just three years old. It's not very old when you think about it.
It was so funny when we made the first Hyperfly. Pascal’s first design was little crazy. It was the same Hyperfly cut like today, but the design was it had lightning bolts across the shoulders. I said to Pascal, "What are you doing? Power Ranger’s? What are you making it? This is hilarious." He said, "I want to look different than everybody else."
You Can’t Teach Heart
BJJL: How did you guys come up with You Can’t Teach Heart?
Kerstin: When we went to tournaments and we gave out Do or Die key liners and spoke to athletes. We had no sponsored athletes, nobody knew us. We went to all of the tournaments. People came up to me and said, "Oh, my god, K’. You put so much heart in there. You really mean it." And then Pascal said, "You Can’t Teach Heart. This is what it is.
We started saying, “You Can’t Teach Heart” around the house. Then I called up Pascal. I remember it like yesterday, Kris. I was at the gas station and I called up Pascal and said, "Please trademark You Can’t Teach Heart." He said, "Why?" I said, "Because this is going to be, one day, our number one company asset."
This is what everybody identifies with us. When they think about DO OR DIE, the feeling of “You Can’t Teach Heart” summarizes the whole philosophy behind our company."
BJJL: Your company grew so fast, US, Europe and Asia. What is your background?
Kerstin: I come from sales and marketing. I have doing sales and marketing my whole life. I was the general manager for Emu Australia Europe, an Australian sheepskin company for six years.
Before Hyperfly Pascal and already had Daddy’s Distribution. We were importing U.S. brands like Phat Farm and others. We worked with Russell Simmons. Before that, we imported a Damon Dash and Jay Z brand called Roc-A-Fella from Roc-A-Fella Records. We brought American hip-hop brands to Europe. We met some really funny cats during this time, parties with Nas, Jay Z and TLC in Vegas and NY - no Joke.
The 90’s were great. We sold like crazy. But then came the fall of the whole... Well, it was a global recession. 2008 is when we decided to go to America. Because we knew when the Lehman Bank and rest happened, we just had to leave Germany, things were turning ugly worldwide.
We choose to move to California, San Diego because this is still the place where your dreams can become true - The American Dream. It's not that easy anymore, but if you work hard, you can make it.
BJJL: What part of Germany?
Kerstin: Hamburg. We always lived well off importing but it was never like it is now, where you really can start a movement. Where you can excite people, where you can really see the growth. Like getting bigger and stronger and actually create something with a soul and meaning for the future. This can go on for the next 20 years, if you just keep doing what you do, especially with something like BJJ. Jiu-Jitsu has just started to become popular and one day it will be a major sport like football and soccer.
BJJL: How did you avoid being taken advantage of?
Kerstin: Okay. I'm not 20’ anymore. There is an experience what comes with being. I've been around sales business since I was let's say, 14 years old. I come from a family in the garment industry. My uncle owned Checker and worked with Fiorucci, which are Italian brands. Those brands very huge in the 80’ and wild.
I grew up on these trade shows working for all those brands. I was 14 years old, doing the door, writing down the customers’ orders, showing them the collection and I watched people making deals.
I was always in this selling, marketing, fashion. I have seen people getting screwed so many times that this taught me to be more cautious. I traveled a lot, lots of travelling makes you smarter.
Pascal, studied at UCSD majoring in marketing and communications. He is a production guy. He does production for many of the big lifestyle brands. And he knows all the big players from Europe to Asia. He does 90% of the designs together with freelancers. He has the vision; he is the brains of the company.
BJJL: Hypothetical question, would you go on Shark Tank and sell equity in your company for say, $3 Million dollars?
Kerstin: No. we don't want to do that. Pascal and I, we don't want some big bucks guy who comes in and say "Okay, now just numbers count. No more spending money, on so many sponsorships and things.” We do just that because of love for the sport. And that's why we always say, our company motto, You Can’t Teach Heart, it's not a tagline. It's really what we live day-by-day. My son and my daughter, Sophia and Laurenz they both work full time in the company. (They call them the Hyperfly Twins.) When you own a company - it’s like a baby you take care of it 24/7 and that’s what we do.
BJJL: I know that you get many requests for sponsorships. What is your team looking for in a sponsored athlete?
Kerstin: Okay. So let me see. It's like this; when we get an email saying, I want this, and this, and this I love Jiu-Jitsu and I think you should sponsor me, we don't even answer. The email gets deleted. If I get an email saying, hi, my name is this and this and that, I fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu because … I have people write, I got introduced to BJJ because of ...or it changed my life my path, then we are definitely going to answer.
BJJL: Back to the motto, You Can’t Teach Heart.
Kerstin: Yeah. There has to be a story. We don't want people like, "I'm the coolest guy, you better sponsor me." I don't care if you're the only person that wins every tournament. We would not sponsor you because you don't fit with our philosophy of the company. We want to have humble people. Look at all the athletes we have, the kids competition team. They're all humble athletes. We have 18 full-sponsored kids and 15 Adults. We do get togethers or things like the beach party you saw; where we did the little video, we put mats on the beach. We rolled at the beach. We had a bonfire/ BBQ and just had a good time.
BJJL: And the surfboards. That was cute.
Kerstin: Yes, the surfboards were cool. Those kids are on the mat, competitors. They face each other very often because a lot of them are in the same bracket. Before the Hyperfly Team, they knew each other just from tournaments. Now, being in the Hyperfly Team, they became friends. When we go to the tournaments, we make sure that we get all the kids together on one picture and that they hang out. And we have an acai bowl together and they have fun after they might just faced each other on the mat, that's the beauty of having this team. They became friends.
You need people to set an example. And you need to get a strong voice so that the rest of the world pays attention to the sport. , I love the sport, and we will do everything what's in our power and what we can do with our budget to get Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu out there, to spread the importance of having kids joining the sport and specially girls.
BJJL: Phew! You're on fire. You are so passionate.
Kerstin: You know, really, I am. I feel like, to me this is not work this is my way to do something with a meaning and fun, BJJ is so much fun... I'm so thankful and grateful that I can do this with my family together -that’s the best of all.
BJJL: Let’s go back to the kids for a minute. All your all your sponsored kids, are they all from Southern California?
Kerstin: No. We have kids from Florida. We have kids from Oklahoma. We have kids from Texas and Mexico. We have kids from everywhere. I believe we are the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu company that has a kids competition team formed from different academies around the country and not just sponsored but actually a real team. We are very proud of this.
BJJL: Would you rather sponsor a black belt who's been a world champion or a promising but unknown purple belt?
Kerstin: A purple belt. Because the purple belt with a lot of heart is going to be, one day, a black belt with a lot of heart. And he's going to be the one that I can identify myself with. A black belt with no heart is like a banner hanging somewhere, dead.
BJJL: [whistles] Wow.
Kerstin: That's how I see it, just a banner.
BJJL: Xande Ribeiro, black belt, world champion and Hyperfly sponsored athlete and spokesperson. The world loves Xande on the mat.
Kerstin: He is magic. To me, he is the Michael Jordan of BJJ. Everybody loves Xande. Xande has matured into a natural leader and world ambassador for Jiu-Jitsu. Clearly, his record speaks for itself. He was recently induction into the IBJJF Hall of Fame alongside his older brother, Saulo. His numerous accomplishments solidify his permanent status as one of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the history of the sport. Still here is so much more to Xande that cannot be defined…He is kind, shows no ego and always cares.
BJJL: Does Hyperfly have a hemp gi?
Kerstin: No not yet. But we made one for Anderson Silva. Beautiful gi.
BJJL: Did you get your hemp from Pakistan? Have you had your hemp tested?
Kerstin: I know. I heard about it. That's why we don't make a hemp gi. We need to first figure it out, because it's very expensive and difficult to maintain. Most hemp gis if tested would be found to have no hemp in it at all. You can be assured that we will release the HyperHemp only after we have thoroughly verified our material supply chain. This is one of many works in progress at our “HyperLabs”
BJJL: You have a military gi, which you sell to service members at a discount. The Semper Fi. Was it only...
Kerstin: It was only Marines. We are going to make an Army gi. Military gis are difficult. First, we have to get the license from the Pentagon for the Marine Corps insignia. Then we have to get insurance in order to use their insignia. Because if anybody was hurt in it they could sue the government.
BJJL: That's ridiculous!
Kerstin: No, its business. If you're in this business and you want to be around more than a year you do things right and don’t get sued. That's another thing, say you take the Olympic rings and just put them on a t-shirt.
Kerstin: It's infringement of a trademark. You can't do it. We brought out an Olympic gi. The World Cup of Soccer and the Summer Olympics are both taking place in Brazil this year. An Olympic gi is a natural. When you look at our Olympic gi, we have changed the rings and the colors. You've got to respect the trademark of others.
We want to be taken seriously. We are trying to be consistent with a good product, a good price range. And we listen to what people want.
Right now, we are making rash guards and fight shorts for the EA Sports team. I'm going to send you pictures of the samples as soon as they're done.
BJJL: What is Hyperfly Productions?
Kerstin: Well, Hyperfly Productions was founded by Joseph Renteria, Laurenz and myself, together. Because when we did our first highlight video, I think it was 2012, at an IBJJF tournament. I don't know if it was World's, or World's Masters. We got so many people that thanked us for not just filming our athletes but filming the sport in general.
Athletes were coming to us and saying, "Can you send me my video clip because I saw that you had a video of me.” So we did this. And they said, "It's so great that you're for the sport and not just want to promote your product."
So Laurenz said to Joseph, "How about we just create this little Hyperfly Productions, and we just go from tournament to tournament we film the whole event and this is part of our voice."
So what happened then, because everybody loved it, Anderson Silva hired us to film his opening for his Muay Thai college in Torrance. Then Rener hired us to do his Anti- bully video. Joseph actually filmed Rener Gracie wedding and Five just signed a contract with us. We're doing their highlights wherever we can. We love what FIVE is doing for the sport – great concept.
BJJL: Do you ever give gis away?
Kerstin: I want to start, probably after worlds, a program where you send us your old gi and you get 20% off purchasing a new Hyperfly gi. We pay for the shipping and everything. That means, people that want to buy a new gi would get a huge discount, maybe even 30%. We still have to do the numbers. But for this, we want your old gi. That old gi is going to back to Elena and her Give the Gift of a Gi foundation. Because I think we, as a gi company, we should start recycling.
Or you don't even have to fly to Brazil. I live in Encinitas and two blocks away is a homeless shelter. I feel like we can help people here at home.
We should start this. People are always asking for a discount. I'm going to ask them, give me their old gi; they will get a percent off, like 20/ 25 percent.
BJJL: Paying it forward.
Kerstin: Then we collect those gis and we give them to gyms that need loaner gis, or they need gis for kids who cannot buy a gi. Some kids cannot start training because the parents don't have $100, because the whole family eats for the week from that $100.
BJJL: Did you read the story that one of Elena's gis went back to one of the kids in my class? She came to me in one of my classes. Two of my little boys trained without gis, their mom can't afford them. The mom can't afford it because she just went through breast cancer. While she was in her second round of chemotherapy, her husband died of a heart attack. They lost their house. She doesn't have medical insurance and he didn't have a life insurance policy. Now she's raising three kids on her own while she goes through her chemotherapy. So her kids got some of Elena's gis, which is exactly how the program is supposed to work.
Kerstin: How does she pay for the jujitsu class?
BJJL: I'm teaching it; so it's free. We trade. She ties everyone’s belts so I don’t have to.
Kerstin: This is what I mean. We all live here and some people forget that. And we all say this is such a gentle sport and this is about sharing, this is about caring. So let's do that. Let's make that sport alive.
BJJL: I’m honored you thought of BJJ Legends. Thanks for the interview. We don't talk enough.
Kerstin: Laughs. No. Because this is the first time that I'm giving an interview.
My first interview about Jiu-Jitsu. I’ve never talked about it. Never really wanted to make a big thing about it.
BJJL: You are a big thing.
Kerstin: Just a minute, can I thank some people who make it all possible? I’d like to thank everybody that supported our company, joined the YCTH movement, and believed in what we are doing. We are a very young company in a young sport and we will grow together and spread the Love for BJJ.
But especially thanks to our athletes and our kids’ competition team - you guys make my heart jump all the time when I see you. That’s priceless!
Designed by Seattle-area artist Javier Villalpando of Revolver MMA to support Luciano Mariano and his first trip the United States to compete at the IBJJF World Championships.
JamminBJJ is a non-profit affiliate of the CarlyStowellFoundation that brings gis to athletes that need them, both in Brazil and the US (Give the Gift of a Gi). We also provide financial aid so that all athletes can experience participation in BJJ.
Luciano Mariano is a blue belt BJJ fighter from the municipality of Japeri in Rio. He lost both of his arms at the elbow after a crib fire and competes despite being a double-arm amputee. He will be competing in his first ever international tournament in the rooster-weight division at Worlds next weekend. His trip was made possible through JamminBJJ, The Challenged Athlete Foundation and donations from the ever-supportive Jiu-Jitsu community. Jiu-Jitsu can change lives, build character, give hope and help athletes fulfill their lifelong dreams.
Leo D’avila is an Atos team member, competitor, coach and IBJJF referee.
Leonardo Henrique D’avila Correa, known only as Leo D’avila. is 5’ 8” and 195 pounds. In the last two years he’s has medaled 27 times in IBJJF sanctioned tournaments in weight classes ranging from Medium Heavy, to Heavy to Super Heavy to Ultra Heavy. He in an elite group of competitors who regularly get on the podium, gi and no gi.
He was born in 1985 in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro. Leo just turned 29 today. (Happy Birthday!) He graduated from university with degrees in Physical Education and Sports Science. Leo received the black belt when he was only 20. While living in Brazil he competed and won many competitions like the State Rio de Janeiro Championship (seven times) and the Brazilian National Championship (two times.)
He is now training in San Diego at the home of Atos headquarters and Andre Galvao.
As an Atos black belt, he has taught 30 seminars in 13 different countries (Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa) including a seminar for the US Navy at Naval Base San Diego. He has traveled to Sweden many times to teach a seminars and twice the UFC fighters Gustafson Alexander and Nicholas Musoke attended.
In 2013, he was Cris Cyborg’s Jiu-Jitsu coach for her title fight at Invicta FC 6 against Marloes Coenen. Cyborg won. He also cornered Andre Galvao in the 2012 IBJJF Pro League and at the first two Metamoris (vs Ryron Gracie and Rafael Lovato.) At Metamoris 3 he cornered the athletes from Atos; Keenan Cornelius and the Mendes Brothers.
But you probably recognize him as a referee at IBJJF events. He’s at a lot of them.
As for the rest of 2014 Leo plans to keep competing and getting better until he can say he's ranked number one in the world. Then in the a few years maybe try his hand at MMA, at least once.
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In will to provide further information, and in order to explain my situation about a notification, at the USADA's panel, accomplished this Wednesday, march, 26th. 2014, regarding the presence of Clomifen, in a Urine sample provided by me, at the 2013, Worlds Championships – Long Beach / CA.
Despite all the ongoings, I coudn't be happier with the results. One more victory in my career.
For months, I've been spending astronomical $ values, in wich I don't have available, with the best attorneys in the sports business (Jorge Ibarolla e Claude Ramoni / Libra Law – Lausanne / CH), all that to make it clear my innocence. And I'm very happy to finally prove that. Together with USADA and my attorneys, for not acting negligent,for having no fault due to this contamination.
We've pulled up all data, and it was detected the presence of the substance due to contamination, during the manipulation process of a gynecological medicine.
For the uninformed, the substance, Clomifen, is not an steroid and does not even mascarate one. In the female body, it only not increase sports performance, but it only prejudices it. Womans get slower and sensible. Then, it makes it obvious of the 'why' not to be used.
During my career, I've Always had (have) all the caution possible with every single medication and supplements ingested by me. I've never utilized of illicit resource to increase my performance. I always fought and still fighting for a clean sport.
I believe that all athlete's merit is the result of hard training, dedication and seriousness. My honesty is what took me to be the athlete and person I am today, and what took me to be the champion I am are, my will to be always the best I can to the sport, my family and the few friends I have always by my side. I don't compete to collect titles, I compete to the growth of the female sport.
For my innocence and my absolution, warrior as I am, I wont be affected by any of the accusations and fingers pointing at me. I wont stop training hard, never surrendering because everything I've conquered was with my own sweat and a lot of training.
In any moment I acted with negligence or reckless.
One month and a half before the test, I've done one same test and resulted NEGATIVE, test wich was developed by USADA. This result was a isolated fact. I develop periodic control tests, gather with my physiologist. I don't ingest any kind of medication or supplement without be certified of the security of it's use. Anywhere I am, I always take all my supplements and medications my self, all manipulated and of my own trust. I don't buy anything for my use. Always consult my doctor about all everything I ingest, even my food.
I'm extremelly caution with this and absolutly sure that I've never done anything to increase my sports performance. If I had really ingested clomifen on purpose, I would be doing that to harm my own performance , and NO contious athlete would never do that.
Inspite of my idea that something odd happened, because IBJJF brought up a new weight category (Super-Heavy) just at the same day that I've been declared ' No Fault' at the test,and simply BAN the anti-dopping test (until now at the PAN'MAS) on 2014, and not have tested some world champions, I WILL COMPETE at the WPJJC (in bu-Dhabi) and also WILL COMPETE at the WORLDS 2014. I'm 100% eligible to compete in any event in Internation/National character.
About my fans,friends and Family, now worries. ' Nobody throw rocks in trees that don't grown good fruits'. To all that sent me and continue to send me affection messages, thank you so much.
Due to the respect, trust and regards I have for my fans, Family, friends and all the general Jiu-Jitsu community, I'm clarifying the situation.
Anti-Doping Results Updates for 2013 World Jiu-jitsu Championship 27/03/2014 No Comments Total Comments
While we are not a WADA Code signatory, IBJJF recognizes the importance of clean competition, and has taken an unusually proactive stance in implementing an anti-doping program on behalf of clean athletes and the integrity of our sport, which includes adherence to the WADA Prohibited List. No one ever wants to see a rules violation, but we are all committed to, and fully stand behind, the anti-doping program and what it represents for fair and honorable competition, and for clean athletes. In this case, it was determined through the full and fair legal results management process that there was a credible explanation for the presence of clomiphene in Ms. Gabrielle Lemos Garcia's sample, and that the athlete was found not to be at fault. She has accepted the findings, and the loss of results will be carried out by the IBJJF. Her eligibility for competition has not been affected. We are committed to ensuring that our athletes, our sponsors, our fans, and all of those who love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can have the confidence that we will carry out the highest level of professionalism and integrity.