Date: July 27 & 28 2013 Location:5440 Vineland Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91601 Description: A no-gi submission only tournament like no other. Our tournament format is unique. In each division there will be a maximum of 8 competitors. These 8 competitors will be split into 2 groups, Group A and Group B. The competitors in these groups will fight everyone in the group round robin style. Each match will be scored as follows, 3 points for a submission, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. The winner will be the competitor with the most points once the round robin is complete. The winners of group A and B will advance to the division final! Each match is 8 minutes long (3 minutes for kids).
Sofia Amarante wrote on her donations page, “I have a great chance to become the First American Female to win the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship as a black belt.” It is 2013 and there has never been an American to win gold in the Female black belt division?
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship came to the US from Rio de Janeiro Brazil in 2007. This move helped make the sport much more accessible to American athletes male and female. In 2007, Emily Kwok won the middle weight black belt division. Emily, “Japan, to be more specific I was born in Aomori, Japan.” She is the first Canadian to win the worlds and one of the first non-Brazilians. “I was 19 when I moved to the US. We immigrated to Canada when I was one and a half years old and I was raised speaking Japanese only until I went to elementary. My father is Chinese from Hong Kong and tri-lingual.” She continues, “Try Penny Thomas or Laurence Cousins.”
BJJ Legends: Tell us a bit about yourself Guillaume Huni: Hi guys, My name is Guillaume "Gile" Huni, I'm 33 years old. I'm actually not originally from Eastern Europe, I'm 1/2 French, 1/2 Filipino and live in Belgrade, Serbia with my Serbian wife. I really consider myself a citizen of the world, as I've grown up, lived and worked in 8 different countries. I work as a marketing director at Belgrade Metropolitan University, and also run a BJJ news website called BJJ Eastern Europe. I'm a BJJ black belt under Jovan Zerjal, training at Zerjal Team Serbia (Fernando Pinduka/ Carlson Gracie lineage).
BJJL: What got you started in BJJ? GH: I had first heard of BJJ around 1995 when I watched Royce at UFC 1, but it wasn't until 2001 when I started training BJJ in Paris, France at Alliance Paris. I spent a few months in Rio de Janeiro the year after, training and soaking up the local culture. I was competing and training all over the world, and made a lot of contacts and friends in the process.I now have been living in Serbia for the past 7 years.
Former UFC fighter and BJJ World champion says, "When I went into MMA I lost my BJJ." This prompted a lively exchange about training and the philosophies around training and cross training. As an example Marcio states, "In MMA when someone has you in side control you push away, in BJJ you don't, you have more options." He has the perspective of a seasoned Brazilian black belt and knows the power of Jiu-Jitsu. He continued, "I believe you're not going to be good without the gi."
Márcio is a third degree black belt. He received his black belt in four years from Carlos Gracie Jr. When I countered with, "Carlinhos? Carlinhos doesn't do that!" Pe de Pano said, "That's what Carlos said when he gave me the belt."
He began training in 1996 when he was 18. In 1999 he ran the ladder going from blue to brown in one year.
He competed in the 1999 Pans in January as a blue belt and won his division and absolute. He competed in the 1999 Worlds in July as a purple and won his division. He competed in the 1999 Nationals in October as a brown belt and placed second.
He went on to win the 2000 Worlds in his division and & absolute as a brown belt. Later in 2000 he won Nationals in his division and absolute as a black belt. In 2002 he won gold at the Worlds in his division and absolute.
Conca “Our goal is to provide the best quality gi possible at the lowest cost. We strongly believe that everyone should be able to acquire the best quality gi to represent themselves and their schools while on the mat.”
The Joker Lightweight Gi by Conca
Style The Conca Joker is a white gi with colorful, what I like to think of as Mardi Gras colors. My teammate referred to the gi as my Miami Dolphins gi. Truth be told the color scheme was inspired by DC Comic’s Joker.
When I called to talk with Gary, he couldn't believe that the Jiu-Jitsu folks had organized a fundraiser seminar for him telling me, "I'm a two-strip blue belt, a nobody in the Jiu-Jitsu world." This is despite the fact that we trained together at Rigan Machado's academy back in the late '90s. He says, "I've been doing jiu-jitsu here and there with a lot of people." He's trained with Rigan Machado, Rey Diogo, Perry Hauck, Jordan Collins, Marc Laimon, Mike Rose, Gary Endo, Michael Jen, Roy Harris, Ethan Milius, Richard Bresler, Mike Ancheta, Andreh Anderson. Lonnie Phillips, Cindy Omatsu, Felicia Oh, Jimmy Tang and Dale Frank.
He trained in JKD and the Filipino Martial arts under Guro Dan Inosanto for 6 years. And has trained in the backyard Lameco Eskrima group under the late Pungong Guro Edgar Sulite.
Because Gary's Lung cancer is stage 4 and metastasized to his bones, the doctors have ruled out surgery. They have put him on a regimen of a cancer drug called Tarceva. Doctors are hopeful this will slow the cancer's growth.
Here are the details for the BJJ Mega Seminar for Gary Quan
Roli has sent us this video of his setup for the Belly Down Ankle Lock. He is promoting his Legal Leg Locks DVD and will be giving us one IBJJF legal leg lock a week. If you want more go to http://www.legalleglocks.com/ and register your email. Watch here for next weeks legal leglock. Our thanks to Roli Delgado.
Roli has sent us this video of his setup for the One Legged X-Guard Straight Ankle Lock. He is promoting his Legal Leg Locks DVD and will be giving us one IBJJF legal leg lock a week. If you want more go to http://www.legalleglocks.com/ and register your email. Watch here for next weeks legal leglock. Our thanks to Roli Delgado.
Bea Mesquita vs Gabi Garcia in the Absolute Semi-Finals
Gabi Garcia is larger than many women and has an incredible base of strength which makes her a force in the absolute division. It can lead to fights of strength vs technique. And in most instances Gabi comes out on the winning side. Bea Mesquita, 2012 Pan Champion in the the lightweight division is fighting out of her weight class against Gabi Garcia in the 2013 Pan absolute finals tomorrow. They have fought several times and Bea keeps changing her game to adapt to the strength and size of her opponents in the open division. Tomorrow she needs to get through Gabi, to win the Absolute Division title. Kris, from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Legends Magazine, talks with Bea about Gabi and her strategy tomorrow.
Kris: Many women will not fight in the absolute division if they think they are going to meet Gabi in the brackets. What is going through your mind when you put your name on the paper to fight in the Absolute Division?
Bea: I'm not afraid of her, I think she is fine. Black belt girls fight like it's their job. These girls are always training for the fight. If they are not rolling hard they are training for position. My fight against her is as difficult as it is against anyone else. I put my name in there, and I have to fight her, just as anyone else will. Everybody has a chance to win.