пятница, 16 февраля 2018 г.

Successful year of the Ukrainian fighters!

Ukrainian Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters of the SC “Borets” / ZR Team have shown excellent results during 2017. Over the past year, sportsmen visited many international championships where they took numerous medals.
The beginning of 2017 was really successful for Ukrainian fighters! In January Yaroslav Blazhko took part and won at the prestigious “European Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017”! The team from Ukraine returned home from Portugal with gold.
Yaroslav Blazhko, European Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017

In April 2017 there was a trip to the United Arab Emirates where the Ukrainian fighters took part at the “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu 2017” and won the first place. Serhii Rusnak and Serhii Krasovskyi came back with gold medals!
Serhii Rusnak, Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017

In June 2017 the fighters of the SC “Borets” / ZR Team visited London and took part at the “British National Open 2017” Championship. Ukrainian flag three times shone on the first position of the victory podium.

Yaroslav Blazhko, British National Open 2017

 Roman Nepota, British National Open 2017

Serhii Krasovskyi, British National Open 2017

September was also very productive for the SC “Borets” / ZR Team. Jaroslav Blazhko took part and reached a semifinal at the “Fuji Europe BJJ Challenge” which took place in the Netherlands.


Yaroslav Blazhko, Fuji Europe BJJ Challenge

And without losing victory pace, Ukrainian fighters took the gold during the “German National IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017”. This championship was held in October in Berlin.

Roman Nepota and Yaroslav Blazhko, German National IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017

In November, Ukrainians competed in New-York. The fighters took part and won gold at the “New York IBJJF Pro 2017”.

 Roman Nepota, New York IBJJF Pro 2017

Yaroslav Blazhko, New York IBJJF Pro 2017

Ukrainian Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters completed their successful sporting year in Spain. In December Roman Nepota took part and won at the “Spanish National Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017” 

 Spain National Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017

According to the sportsmen and their coach, they have never stay strong in the pursuit of their goals and medals. The victories at the prestigious championships persuade them work even harder.
In January 2018, three fighters of the SC “Borets” / ZR Team have won winning places during the “European IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu 2018” which traditionally took place in Portugal. Roman Nepota – 1st place, Serhii Krasovskyi – 2nd place, and Yaroslav Blazhko - 3rd place.
SC Borets/ZR Team, European IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018    

It should be reminded, that SC “Borets” / ZR Team is sponsored by the powerful medical company. The Centre for Human Reproduction “BioTexCom” provides services to foreign patients from all over the world. The news that clinic became the sponsor of Brazilian jiu-jitsu club has surprised many people. The connection between reproductive medicine and catch-style was difficult to deduce. However, seeing how both clinic and club are in their glory, it can be said that such sponsorship and community bring benefits for both of them.


Giving Kids the Gift of Jiu-Jitsu: Devhonte Johnson & The Unity Kids’ Team

Most BJJ fans know Devhonte Johnson of Unity Jiu-Jitsu as one of the most promising brown belts in the sport. 
The New Jersey native won nearly everything throughout his purple belt days, culminating with a 2017 world title in the purple super-heavyweight division. Since receiving his brown belt from Murilo Santana, Johnson has been tearing through the circuit at brown belt, most recently winning No-Gi Worlds and Europeans.
What fans might not know about Johnson is another side to his jiu-jitsu story, as he is cultivating one of the top kids’ teams in the world at his school in Totowa, New Jersey.
Since opening his own academy at the Unity New Jersey location in February 2016, Devhonte’s students have turned in impressive performances at the biggest kids’ tournaments. In the first two years of taking the Unity kids to Pans, the team has sent 22 total kids and brought home 12 gold medals (five silver and five bronze).
The best thing about Kids Pans is that the kids are for sure going to get tough fights against the West Coast kids, and they grow so much from the experience win or lose,” Devhonte says. “It’s always awesome to see them develop in the camp, because they set long term goals and battle day in and day out so they’re in the best position to achieve them.
While many elite competitors want to focus solely on training for their upcoming competitions, Johnson thoroughly enjoys the process of developing these young athletes. “What I love about teaching is helping other people reach their goal and showing them how to believe in themselves, the hard work we put in and their abilities. I also enjoy the relationships we build in the process.
I can only provide them with the correct tools,” he says. “I can, however, force them to be confident and believe in themselves, to build their jiu-jitsu through the right techniques, build their minds with strong values and work ethic. I’ll have their backs on tournament day, but it’s up to them to materialize their dreams.

четверг, 15 февраля 2018 г.

Ukrainian sportsmen at the “Munich International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship”

Ukrainian fighters from the SC “Borets” / ZR Team will compete at the prestigious “Munich International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship”. This competition will take place on 18th of February at the “TSV Unterhaching – Sportarena” in Germany. 
“Munich International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship” is one of the opening tournaments of the year. It will gather hundreds of professional fighters that are ready to show their skills after short winter holidays. Sportsmen from all over the world are going to rush into the new sports season.
This championship is open to all nationalities and divisions: juveniles, adults and masters. The IBJJF rules apply at the challenge. The event provides to the competitors a great opportunity to feel the unique atmosphere of jiu-jitsu family and get the excellent prizes for winners.

Fellipe Trovo Joins Romulo Barral’s Killer Gracie Barra Squad

Romulo Barral’s fearsome competition team at Gracie Barra Northridge just got a boost of fresh talent with the arrival of Fellipe Trovo.

The recently-promoted black belt, who is 23 and hails from near the city of Sao Paulo, arrived in California to train with Barral alongside noted competitors such as two-time World champion Gabriel Arges, famed submission hunter Edwin Najmi and the explosive Victor Silverio.

Promoted to black belt on Dec 9, Trovo recently represented the Ushirobira Jiu-Jitsu team. He is a 2017 Brazilian champion who took gold in the super-heavyweight division after submitting all of his opponents.

Romulo Barral responded his characteristic enthusiasm when talking about there young talent joining his team.

“I watch all the up-and-coming guys, but I have never been the guy who calls guys to my team, I don’t do that. When people want to come to my team, I’m the guy who says ‘Are you sure?’

“With Trovo, he respects his team but I talked to him and he told me his dreams. He is from a small town in Brazil, he doesn’t have a lot of opportunities. He respects his professor but he needs something more to grow.”

“I said he would be more than welcome and I would be happy to help him achieve his goals. He is a young kid and I think he has a lot of potential. I am looking forward to see what the future has for him.

“He just arrived, he has his first training session. I think he enjoyed a lot. Now he’s going to represent Gracie Barra Northridge and I’m glad to add his monster to the team.”

среда, 14 февраля 2018 г.

Strength is not the main thing in the struggle to win!

Fighter with weight in 65 kg wins his opponent whose weight is 100 kg! It’s hard to imagine for those ones who aren`t familiar with Brazilin Jiu-Jitsu! But it’s quite realistic! Seeing two fighters one of whom is little and thin and other looks like a rock in most cases audience will bank on the win of a large statute fighter. And they will be wrong. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a unique kind of fight because in this type of sport weaker fighter can win bigger opponent. The secret is that strength isn’t the main thing in this kind of sport. But you can ask what is the main thing in catch-style if the force isn`t important?! It doesn’t matter how many kilograms you are in weight and how strong your muscles are pumped! Techniques which is based on dynamism, timing and agility are the keys to success in jiu-jitsu. And fighters prove this fact again and again competing for winning medal.
Thus, Ukrainian fighter Roman Nepota (SC “Borets”/ ZR Team) defeated stronger opponent during the “German National IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017”.

Roman Nepota vs Alexis Carbajo (absolute, German National IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017, Berlin, Germany).
In London during the “British National Open” Roman Nepota faced with sizable opponent who was defeated by Roman despite the obvious difference in weight and height.

The history of jiu-jitsu contains many fights watching which it’s hard to believe it’s actually possible. The fight of John Oosthuysen who received a victory over 155 kg fighter can be a great example of it! The weight difference in 67 kg didn’t prevent smaller fighter to force his opponent to give away.


It is said that room makes for the youth. At the Newbreed Ultimate Challenge Championship 17- year-old Michael Arrieta defeated his opponent who was 154 kg, despite the fact that Michael’s weight was only 70 kg.

Probably big and portly fighters have already scared of their opponents with lower weight. During the “Grapplers Showdown 2013” the fighter with 69 kilograms win over his opponent who weighted 110 kg.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practice and numerous fights have proved that strength is not the main thing in this sport. This sport art is based on the principal that athlete with poor developed physical stature can successfully defend himself and won stronger opponent using proper techniques (submission and chokehold).