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.
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.
Grapplers Retreat is a training camp that is located in the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. Unlike other camps, Grappler’s Retreat is a unique program that strives to bring the jiu-jitsu community together thus providing a memorable training experience for those in attendance. In this interview we talk with the head director of the program Alex Aftandilians has he tell us the details on what makes this camp special.
How did the grappler’s retreat program get started?
Alex: Grappler's Retreat started as a loose idea after I first visited the Mendocino coast, and became a reality after I met a small group of grapplers who had already been training here under the tutelage of Antonio Almeida, a Brazilian Top Team instructor. Antonio had moved to Mendocino from Brazil a few years before I made the move from Los Angeles. When I met Antonio and his group, I shared some of my ideas with him, and soon after we became partners is the establishment of Grappler's Retreat. Read More >>
On Saturday June 19, Leticia Ribeiro put on an incredible 3 1/2 hour seminar in gi techniques for the ladies of Texas... thanks to Triin Seppel, the Fenom Project, and Rob Ables, who runs the Marcelo Garcia affiliate in Dallas (Tiny Killer Robot Jiu Jitsu, isn't that awesome?) And these pictures are all by Jen Sulak, unless I say otherwise.
Leila, another blue belt at my academy, joined me for the 3 hour drive to Dallas which went quickly as we gabbed the whole way up. We arrived a little early, so we snacked in the parking lot before heading inside. Shama, our purple, was in town for the seminar already, and Christy, our academy co-owner, arrived just in time.
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I’m standing outside of the newly opened Robot Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. “I don’t know,” says David Telfer, the Academy’s co-owner, “I just wasn’t born to sit in front a computer all day. I couldn’t handle it.” He pauses. “Estate planning, tax law. It was a good job. I worked hard to get it. It just, it made me feel like a robot,” he laughs. Four months out of UCLA Law School, fresh off of passing the bar exam, and saddled with 110,000 dollars in law school debt, David Telfer handed in his resignation at a prestigious law firm.