A WOMEN'S GRAPPLING CAMP WITH LETICIA RIBEIRO (and Special Guests)
Train like a champion with the champions!!!!
Attention all female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters/grapplers: here is your chance to train with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion LETICIA RIBEIRO, 3rd degree black belt under Royler Gracie (who appeared in BJJ Legends, jiu-jitsu magazine) and leader of the Gracie Humaitá women's team, one of the best female fight teams of all time. Join us in Los Angeles for a three-day Gi and No-Gi grappling camp exclusively for women, led by Leticia and her talented team members, including Penny Thomas, Bia Mesquita, Mackenzie Dern among others.
This is a very exciting opportunity to sharpen your Jiu-Jitsu skills with one of the world’s best female fighters. This camp is OPEN TO ALL TEAMS, SCHOOLS, and LEVELS. Come learn the techniques, strategies, and approaches to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that have made Leticia one of the most dominate forces in the sport today!
Registration is $25(<-Wha!?!!) and we guarantee 3 matches for everyone. All competitors will also be in a raffle to win sponsorships and the winners will get to choose which BJJ tournament they want their fees paid for! The more money we can raise, the more girls we’ll sponsor.
Zé Radiola of Graice Barra PE (Recife Pernambuco) was in Huntington Beach California Tuesday night giving a seminar at Ricardo Testai's school, Gracie Barra Huntington Beach. I went to the seminar because Zé is the famous coach of Braulio Estima, who we interviewed for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Magazine, Victor Estima, Otavio Sousa an Lucas Rocha. I stayed for the second seminar because he is so infectious. View Pictures AND VIDEO TECHNIQUE!->
February 20, 2012 Cal State Dominguez Hills Carson California
Guam is a very small island in the South Seas with a population of 170,000. Mind you, Los Angeles has a population of 9 almost 10 million and the City of Orange CA (home of BJJ Legends) 136,000. So why were there so many competitors at the 2012 Pan Kids from Guam?
I spoke with Guam’s self-appointed representative Ramon Dela Cruz. He emphasized how the BJJ life style took hold of Guam in the mid-nineties with the dawn of the UFC. He describes how the fit culture fit the Guam lifestyle. Where there once was intermittent surfing there now was year round training with nice surfing on the side. In Guam, a vacation paradise, the businesses have embraced Jiu-Jitsu and come together to support their competitors with sponsorships and publicity Read More>>
February 20, 2012 Cal State Dominguez Hills, Carson California
Congratulations to Cesar Hernandez and his gold medal finish at the USBJJF 2012 Pan Kids (Teen 2 Yellow Belt Middle.) Cesar has been training for about a year under Nova Uniao Las Vegas Coach Rod Wilson. Why I stopped to watch Cesar’s fight is because he fought both tenaciously and with ease. Then I overheard his coach tell the ref to make sure his opponent knew to tap on Cesar because Cesar can hear, he was born deaf. The family told me Cesar found Jiu-Jitsu though his dad who also use to train.
Javier Vazquez Wrestling Nationals Sunday, January 29th, 2012 starts at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Wrestling tournament for the kids / Fit Expo for the parents / BJJ Tournament (Gracie Nationals).
This is part of the Dominator Series and competitors earn points towards the CAGWA Dominator Championship Belt. This is the same day the Gracie Nationals Jiu-Jitsu Tournament is being held at the LA Fitness Expo - check out both.
Now Javier "Showtime" Vazquez gets paid to fight and grapple for the UFC but he got his start by start wresting in high school. He's competed, coached, mentored and volentered so when the oppertunity arrose to bring a wresting tournament to the LA Fit Expo the Vazquez was the perfect embasador.
CEO of CAGWA Eddie Ruiz comments, "This joint venture is ideal for both parents and wrestlers. Parents and wrestlers will enjoy their wrestling experience and enjoy the rest of the day attending the Fitness Expo."
"You know that when a guy is a champion in our event he has SUBMITTED EVERYONE!" -- Rose Gracie
Rose, graciously, in her spare time, answered a few questions from our readers about the upcoming, Submission Only, Gracie Nationals Jiu-Jitsu Tournament.
1) How is early registration going? Because its a sub only tournament are more people signing up or are they timid?
Registration is doing well as usual... I think people are more excited about it and there is definitely big buzz. I think it will be a very amazing tournament in the end.
2) Gracie Nationals is the same weekend as the Euros, will this affect who you draw to the tournament?
Not at all… Seems to me that most people here actually don't want to spend the extra $3000 to go to Europe. Just kidding though. Someone can host an event the same day and time as us because our competitors leave our event with so much more then just another Jiu-Jitsu competition. We have been very fortunate because of it.
3) Random Drug Testing? Like peeing in a cup? Are you looking for Marijuana?
No, we're not looking for Marijuana at all, we are more interested in things that would give a person an unfair advantage over other competitors, like steroids for instance.
4) What do you do if after 15 minutes there hasn't been a submission? Are both players DQ'd? What happens to the bracket?
Both Players go home at this point. Eventually we would like to implement a second bracket for those guys but dont want to rush into this new system too much. We'll play by ear. There is a possibility there will be no winners on a certain bracket. HOWEVER you know that when a guy is a champion in our event he has SUBMITTED EVERYONE!! and THAT my friends is a true Jiu-Jitsu champion.
Its 2012 – Have you started training for this year’s tournament season? Fabiana Borges has.
Fabiana started Jiu-Jitsu when she was eleven. She attended a Jiu-Jitsu school for underprivileged youth in Rio de Janeiro led by Professor Fabiano Gaudio. She fought in her first Worlds at fourteen. She’s won two world titles since, as a blue belt in 2004 and as a purple belt in 2005.
In 2010 she won her first Pan Ams against Michelle Nicolline. Pan Am gold followed again in 2010. But Gold at the worlds would elude her when she lost to Bianca Ribeiro. Last year Fabiana got a gold at the American Nationals, silver at the Pan Ams and bronze at the Worlds losing by points to Kyra Gracie.
Fabiana has moved to Austin Texas and is teaching at Gracie Barra North Austin. She is working towards developing a strong women’s program.