Honor, Discipline, Respect and Unity these are the principals which have led the famous brother duo Saulo and Xande Ribeiro to touching many people’s lives around the world thus changing the face of the jiu-jitsu landscape. Hoping to continue the legacy of building great martial artists, Xande Ribeiro has opened up a new academy in the heart of Los Angeles, California. In this exclusive interview we talk with the Multi-time World Champion as he discusses his plans and vision for the new academy.
From 2007-2011 you and your brother moved here and started the University academy in San Diego, how was your overall experience teaching at the University of Jiu-jitsu?
Xande: Teaching there was a great experience. I have developed the concept with my brother and has worked really good. We trained hard, teach a lot and make a lot of champions. That gave me a taste what California is and I loved it there.
TrainFightWin.com is an online website that specializes in no-gi submission grappling and mixed martial arts instructional videos. The site is a great one stop destination that offers more than 10 hours of free instructional content, as well as a message forum, networking features, MMA news, and other exciting features to the user base of 5,000 members from more than 90 countries. Unlike a lot of online training websites TrainFightWin is geared toward helping YOU the user. With its high level of personal attention you will be assisted at developing a solid formula that will produce repeatable results in your martial arts growth.
“I make it a point to try to help out any of my users that ask me to- even going so far as to work the corner of one of my users that I never met before at a competition. I don't want people to memorize a bunch of random techniques that they throw out in a desperate attack; but rather I want people to learn a logical grappling system so that they can produce repeatable results on the mat.”
Created in 2008, the site started as a mechanism tool to assist an instructor’s students with some troubleshooting issues they were having with learning techniques taught during class. Hoping to help his students excel the instructor (Richard Whirley) would record countless hours of videos to assist his students with retaining the information that was taught in class. As time progressed, this simple tool to assist his students would eventually reach thousands of practitioners on Youtube thus turning it into the popular franchise it is today.
Many have stated that it is one’ s journey through the world of martial arts that gave them the opportunity to help and influence other people they come in contact with. For American Judoka Justin Flores, his time in the sports has allowed him not only to achieve many goals through his career but also make great contributions behind the scenes.
Born in San Diego, California Justin Flores is a well established judoka (judo player) that is known worldwide. Starting his career at the age of 8 years old with the encouragement of his father, he became deeply involved in athletics while growing up, one sport being Judo. From the time he was an adolescent to his teen years, Justin went on to obtain many national and international titles in Judo. Upon entering high school, taking time off from Judo, he took up wrestling where, due to his judo background, made an easy transition. He went on to become one of the best wrestlers in the nation (ranked # 3 overall) and capturing many wrestling titles along the way. This talent eventually caught the eye of coaches in Nebraska were he got a full ride and continued his successful run ultimately departing from the world of wrestling to focus back on his Judo endeavors.
Brent Primus is a Brazilian ju-jitsu fighter who trains out of the Northwest Martial Arts Academy in Eugene, Oregon. While most fighters have been documented for their work ethic in the gym, Primus’s entire life defines what it truly means to work hard. Overcoming many obstacles put in front of him, his life story has contributed to his growth as a martial artist and desire to become the best.
Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon Brent Primus grew up in a loving single parent home with his mother and older brother. His mother worked hard raising the two boys on her own, often working two jobs to support them. As time progressed his mother would eventually meet his stepfather, who came from a religious military background. Brent felt bombarded with his stepfather’s new strict policies, which caused major conflict between the two ultimately reaching a boiling point resulting in Brent leaving home at the age of thirteen.
Caio Terra is a World Jiu Jitsu champion who competes under the Gracie Elite/Gracie Fighter Team. Known for his unique BJJ style, hard work ethic and very outspoken views on the sport, Caio Terra has risen up the grappling ranks as a figure that is well respected and love by many in the BJJ community.
Live from the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England the 2011 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships brought its legions of fans some of the most spectacular action from the best grapplers in the world, that will be remembered in years to come.
Amongst this group of competitors was the 2003 ADCC Absolute Champion Dean Lister. After a brief departure from the grappling scene the 35 year old grappling legend made his return to action to the event shocking the world becoming the 2011 ADCC -99kg World Champion defeating some of the top grappling talent of today.
G-Force Jiu-jitsu is a new academy that is located in San Jose, California that offers the best in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instruction. Starting in October of 2010, the name of the school originates from an old 80’s animated cartoon show that is about five futuristic Ninja Scientists fighting evil. When it comes to the vision for a school, it evolves around the idea of training specialist. Everyone is different each with their own different attributes, levels of skill, and techniques that fit to their body and make up their game. Similar to team that makes up G-Force. At G-Force you will learn solid fundamental jiu-jitsu with detailed instruction on how to control your opponent from the top and bottom position, while moving through a hierarchy of moves while looking for the opportunity to finish the fight. With years of experience, the instructor Dave Camarillo black belt John Berris is the dream instructor any student could ask for. The passion, dedication, and enthusiasm he brings to each class is off the charts which helps create a positive, fun, and safe learning environment for all.
Force/Balance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Yoga is a new school that is located in the Burbank area. In 2010, Michelle Muench, a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor, met Steve Cardenas, an award-winning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do instructor. After the two realized that both of their practices fit a special kind of “yin and yang” dynamic, they ventured into business together to open “Force/Balance,” a new and unique fitness studio in Burbank that offers both yoga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Launched in Summer 2011, the 3000-square foot facility located near the Bob Hope Airport features state of the art equipment, professional grade mats, top-of-the-line sound system, comfortable and relaxing modern lounge with plasma TV, reception area and free parking.
Sponsored by www.martialartsrecovery.com Crossfit Instructor Kevin Malahy of Crossfit Native and BJJ Blue Belt Lovato will be involved a great fundraiser at Fight Gone Bad 6 for a great cause.
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In BJJ, dominance is key toward establishing control and authority over your opponent, it what makes a student standout from the rest. Although this is a great attribute to have, it also leaves hinders a student’s evolution to becoming a well rounded grappler. Whether you are learning a move in class or reading your favorite book instructional, it is a common occurrence its covers offensive tactics while rarely touching on any defensive strategies…Until Now.
Renowned instructor and successful author Jean Jacques Machado is back with his new book "The Grappler Handbook Vol 2: Tactics for Defense." While the first book teaches readers transitioning between Gi and No-Gi, in this installment Machado breaks barriers and goes over the detailed components of how to improve your defense in jiu-jitsu.
The book is divided into six chapters each with their own importance on how to build a good defensive game. Jean Jacques goes over a variety of different options on how to properly defend yourself from submissions, back control, the guard, amongst other common positions you may find yourself when getting dominated by your opponent.