среда, 31 января 2018 г.

Stumps and a small clubbed foot can make wicked hooks

Adapt and overcome works for every single one of us” Stuart Penn 
Jiu-jitsu is for everyone and many jiu-jitsu students and instructors train and use BJJ to overcome limitations and add to their lives.
Stuart Penn was born with an arm and leg missing. He is a fourth dan in taekwondo and a blue belt in Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu.
“I was born with only one fully formed limb, my right arm. My left arm ends just below the elbow, my right leg ends at the knee, and my left leg has various bones missing and a small clubbed foot. Despite this I have always been focused on achieving whatever goals I set myself. I attended mainstream schooling in the UK, and qualified as a gym instructor and as a taekwondo instructor, in which I also hold a fourth-degree black belt”.
“After years of wearing prosthetic limbs for all the sports I trained and competed in – snowboarding, swimming, sprinting, judo, taekwondo – I was most surprised by turning up to BJJ and being advised to leave all the technology behind and get onto the mat as just myself. For me this was a big change and immediately a big draw as I didn’t need to rely on the prosthetics and how they might be fitting at the time or how the various mechanisms might be and how close they might be to needing replacing”.
“One of the main adaptions I’ve made to my game recently is using other people’s grips on me against them.  I initially started training no-gi BJJ because I like the speed of movement, but recently I’ve moved more and more into gi, even though it might be considered that a one-armed man could be hampered by not having two hands to grip with. However, stumps and a small clubbed foot can make wicked hooks!”
“I feel that BJJ has reinvigorated my love for pushing myself to the limits. I’ve always had a positive attitude and looked to challenge and achieve, but with two young children and a third on the way, as well as a full time job and house to keep up, life was beginning to get in the way of my natural desire to strive towards challenges.  BJJ has given me a new outlet for this desire.  Along with this, I feel the confidence boost BJJ gives me outside of my prosthetic limbs it immense.  I have always been self-confident but have to admit that before BJJ, I was probably less confident in being without my prosthetics, as they have simply always been on me when I’ve achieved things.  Not wearing them for BJJ gives such a different twist and a positive experience of being ‘limbless’.
“My motto has always been that there is no such word as ‘can’t’. There is always a way; it is just sometimes harder, or takes longer, but if you want to get to something you can always find a way. BJJ on the mats optimizes this. Whether it’s adapting submissions to work with less limbs on the mat or adapting the way you tie a tie with only one hand, there is always a way”.
There is always a way to do what you are striving to do. You just need to find it. Adapt and overcome works for every single one of us, no matter what our physical or mental obstacles might be.

Gustavo Batista joined Atos

Standout heavyweight Gustavo Batista have left Leandro Lo’s NS Brotherhood team to join Andre Galvao at Atos. The world-class black belt made the announcement that he will represent Galvao’s powerhouse squad, which is based in San Diego.  
“I chose to train with Andre for the great leader that he is, who does excellent work that is shown in the results, and that’s without saying what an amazing athlete and great inspiration he is to many — and for the great competition team that Atos has,” Batista told. “There are many tough athletes in search of the same objectives, this is a great motivation.”
Galvao said: “It’s a great addition to our team Atos HQ. We will give him all the support on and off the mats, just like we do for our whole team. We want him to grow even more. We are all happy to have him with us!”
As a medium-heavyweight, Batista enters the same division as a number of key members of the squad. Keenan Cornelius, Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa, and even Galvao himself are all known to compete in the division.

вторник, 30 января 2018 г.

Marcos Torregrosa Dominates At F2W Pro 60

Fight To Win Pro held their 60th show this evening in Reno, Nevada.The main event featured F2W Pro’s Male Gi Black Belt of the year Marcos Torregrosa and Jerry Hallert.

The match opened with Torregrosa sitting to butterfly guard, initially hunting for a leg to attack, but instead changing his mind to come up for top position.  He hit a textbook kneecut pass and then opted to cook Hallery in side control under heavy pressure.

After several minutes of control, Torregrosa isolated an arm and spun for the submission, but he had to settle for back mount instead. The clock expired with Torregrossa on the back; he took the victory by unanimous referee’s decision.

понедельник, 29 января 2018 г.

Ievgen Skyrda: The whole life is a battle!

During recent years the Brazilian jiu-jitsu has been gaining rapid popularity in Ukraine. The jiu-jitsu coach from the Kropivnitskiy city (Ukraine) Ievgen Skyrda is one of the ideologists of this relatively new kind of sport for Ukraine. 
Ievgen has already trained the European champion and three world champions over the past three years. He is going to create Kropivnitskiy BJJ academy where 500 children will be able to train.
Ievgen Skyrda has been being engaged in sport during all his life. Today he successfully trains children and adults who take top places at the international championships. Ievgen gradually develops and popularizes BJJ in his native city and his fighters glorify Ukraine on the world sport arena.
“There were 15-20 participants of our club during the first year of its work. The number of people gradually increased when I started to recruit children. Today we rent 2 sport gyms which are visited by more than 150 people. Both children and adults are among them. Soon we will start to build our own gym as recently we have managed to receive a piece of land in the city center. We have also own base camp outside the city but such location isn’t convenient for city dwellers. Today, children from needy families live and train there. This base contains all the necessary equipment for comfortable living and training. We are going to conduct training camps there in the nearest future.”
The coach doesn’t hesitate answering the question how does he see himself and his academy in the nearest 5 years?
“The first stage for me is to train IBJJF black belts who will become the world champions in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I am not interested in any other versions. If you want to be the best one in the BJJ you must win the World IBJJF Championship”.
The World IBJJF Championship is held annually in Los Angeles and gathers top fighters from all over the world. This is an open championship thus anyone can take part and compete for the gold. There aren’t qualifying fights therefore any fighter can apply for the participation but only the best ones can reach semifinal and final games.
According to Ievgen, the IBJJF is only prestige. But for example if the fighter has IBJJF black belt he will never have problems with money. He will have sponsors, seminars and etc. There are a lot of examples when world champions are sitting pretty. For example Mendes brothers who are 25 and 26 years old now. Both of them already have their own houses on the coast of Los Angeles. They travel around the world and their seminars are scheduled for the year ahead. In addition, brothers have sponsors (brands of sport goods) which pay them. Moreover, over the past years there are many commercial tournaments where fighters receive money for the victories. For instance, this is Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Tens of thousands of dollars are put skin in games of black belt division. If you gain the top position in the IBJJF ranking you will get 40 thousand dollars in the end of the year. Thus fighters receive perfect financial motivation to reach top positions.
Ievgen Skyrda doesn’t give his fighters some slack. It is because couch wants his fighters to turn favorite sport, hobby into profitable business. Ievgen noted that he has become picky and doesn’t feel flush of victory as it was before.
“Currently, I consider any competition as intermediate and preparatory stage to the World Championship. Therefore, now I analyze performances of my fighters deeper. I try to explain them what they do right or wrong because it helps to develop their skills”.

Petition calls for allowing Heel Hooks for Black Belts in IBJJF tournaments

An online petition on one popular site about Bjj is calling for IBJJF to allow heel hook in Gi and No Gi competitions. 
Footlocks in Jiu-Jitsu seem to get a bad rap. In other similar grappling arts like Sambo or Catch Wrestling, they occupy an important place.
In recent years a new school of Jiu-Jitsu players have started to perfect the leg lock game (Garry Tonon or Eddie Cummings in No Gi and Luis Panza, Cavaca in Gi) but they are still not developed so much in Jiu-Jitsu and many people still see them as cheap, low class moves or are frowned upon because of high risk of injury (especially heel hooks).

пятница, 26 января 2018 г.

Jiu-Jitsu and the Silver Screen

Jiu-jitsu and the cinema have been intertwined for many years. Movie stars, directors, stuntmen, and women have trained jiu-jitsu and have taken their passion for the gentle art and put it onto the silver screen. 
Whether the technique displayed is performed correctly or not, or if the actor or actress you see wearing a gi and a belt is a favorite of yours or isn’t, jiu-jitsu is beginning to be noticed and will only continue to proliferate in Hollywood. The following is four films that showcase jiu-jitsu. All of these movies might not be masterpieces, but it is certainly entertaining to see something that you love portrayed on the silver screen.
«Brazilian Brawl»
This movie was made as an attempt to bring Brazilian jiu-jitsu to the American public and to showcase the Machado brothers. In the movie, a poor farmer is being forced off of his ranch by a corrupt local official. The farmer resists and is eventually murdered, but luckily he is related to five Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts who are intent on doing the right thing. Fairly early in the film the “Bad Boys from Brazil” showcase their skills in an academy setting while also (laughably) demonstrating what skilled instructors they are. Despite poor acting and low budget, this movie is definite must see for martial arts fans who are fascinated with BJJ.
«Red Belt»
Written and directed by David Mamet, «Red Belt» came out in 2008 and tells the story of a jiu-jitsu academy owner struggling to make ends meet. A chance encounter brings hope to the protagonist, but betrayal and deceit force him into the ring to save his business and his marriage. Cameos by Dan Inosanto, Gene LeBell, Jean Jacques and John Machado, Enson Inoue, Randy Couture, and Ed O’Neill make it entertaining and still a must-see for any jiu-jitsu student.
Choke is a 100-minute documentary that came out in 1999 and follows the training leading up to 1995’s Vale Tudo Japan. The documentary is a blatant showcase for Rickson Gracie but also dedicates some film time on two other fighters: Todd Hays and Koichiro Kimura. The documentary is well done and provides interviews with the three fighters, montages of training, and preparation for the tournament. There is film of the matches themselves along with backstage access. The documentary is an absolute must-see for all jiu-jitsu practitioners and a good look at a legend of jiu-jitsu.
«Renzo Gracie: Legacy»
Renzo Gracie: Legacy is a documentary film, shot over a ten-year period that was released in 2008. The film begins with the fight between Renzo and Oleg Taktarov in 2007. The documentary covers a brief history of jiu-jitsu, along with covering the life of Renzo and his father, Robson Gracie. Footage of Renzo’s fight/riot with Eugenio Tadeu and coverage of ADCC 2005, along with The Rumble on the Rock fight and IFL (International Fight League) action make this an extensive and entertaining film. Overall, Renzo Gracie: Legacy is a quality documentary that took a lot of dedication to make. The material of the movie is extensive and can be enjoyed by both supporters and detractors of the Gracie family.
The DVD version of the documentary includes bonus footage of Renzo rolling with Mauricio Gomes (Roger Gracie’s father), also a short film on ADCC 2003 that includes many influential jiu-jitsu names, clips from ADCC 1998, and interviews.

ACB 10 is Ready to Roll!

Today is the day when arguably the greatest professional jiu-jitsu event ever assembled. We are talking about the ACB Jiu-Jitsu 10, held in Sao Paulo – Brazil. 
With over 20 World titles on the mats at the event the ACB JJ 10 card will feature an all-star cast with every single match being worthy of headlining any high end grappling show on earth today.
The ever growing pro jiu-jitsu show has a unique rule-set based on the mixed martial arts (MMA) point system: each match is decided in 3 rounds of 5 minutes, no guard pulling allowed in the first minute. Each round is judged independently and scored as 10-9, or 10-8 depending on the point differential during that round. Submissions end the match, much like they would in an MMA match.
Among the participants there are a lot of BJJ stars such as Lucas Rocha, Osvaldo Moizihno, Josh Hinger, Yuri Simoes, Romulo Barral, Erberth Santos, Leandro Lo, Marcus Almeida, Paulo Miyao, Joao Rocha and many others.

четверг, 25 января 2018 г.

Road To Gold Keenan’s Flawless Run At Euros

Keenan Cornelius looked simply untouchable at the IBJJF 2018 European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, this past weekend.

The Atos wizard submitted all of his opponents on his run to heavyweight gold and the absolute final. Cornelius made extensive use of new lapel strategies and employed a completely menacing guard that shut down any offense offered by his opponents.

His most impressive match of the weekend was arguably against Qatar BJJ monster Victor Honorio in the absolute division. Cornelius tied up Honorio with the far-side lapel that made his omoplata attack impossible to defend and submitted the significantly larger man with surgical precision. It was a perfect demonstration of technique neutralizing strength.

Cornelius also made shockingly quick work of Adam Wadzinski — an incredible jiu-jitsu player — during their semifinal match.

Fighter who had his heart stop and got revived plans to keep competing in BJJ

BJJ takes a new highs and it seems that it is going to be as popular as MMA. This lead CJ Hancock to drastically change his career.
 Recently Hancock’s heart stopped when he collapsed during LFA. Medics rushed into the ring and brought him back to life and promptly took him to the hospital where it was determined he had kidney failure as a result of weight cutting.

CJ Hancock posted a Facebook update on Saturday morning to say that he is ‘okay’ and recovering in the hospital: ‘Well I died tonight in the cage… I’m okay. Thanks everyone. My heart stopped, and I had kidney failure, they did cpr and hit me with the defibrillator twice and brought me back. Still unsure why it happened. I had a hard weight cut. Doc says I shouldn’t fight again… I’m broken, I guess I’ll just be a coach from now on… I still plan on competing in Brazilian Jiu jitsu and BJJ superfights, when I get better. Thanks to everyone that supported me!’.

In a statement sent to MMA Fighting, LFA CEO Ed Soares said Hancock actually fell seconds after he was on the receiving end of a body kick.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation where C.J. Hancock took a body kick during his fight,” Soares said in the statement. “After the kick landed, there was a few second delay, and then he collapsed in the cage. Our cutman David Maldonado immediately recognized the problem and signaled to the medical team sitting cageside. They were able to resuscitate and stabilize C.J. and took him to the hospital via ambulance where they determined he had suffered kidney failure. C.J. is currently recovering and in the company of his friends and family.”
 Hancock made weight at 170.5 pounds Thursday at weigh-ins. He fought on the amateur level as high as 205 pounds.

For now, that means getting back to his first love of jiu-jitsu. He plans to compete in submission grappling tournaments. He wants to coach more. And he wants to spread the word about the dangers of weight-cutting.

среда, 24 января 2018 г.

BJJ for kids: Kyra Gracie’s lessons for her daughters

Kyra Gracie, a world champion who is thankful for all she has learned on the mat, wasted no time and has already begun giving her two daughters — two-year-old Ayra and eight-month-old Kyara — priceless lessons in BJJ. 
“At the same time you’re teaching BJJ, you are giving love to your kids,” she says. “At the same time they are in a new situation, they are in contact with me, close to me. All with the confidence of having Mom there.”

Marcio Andre won his 4th European title

A star of the new generation, this month Marcio Andre once again triumphed in an installment of the European Jiu-Jitsu Championship. 
Back in the featherweight division after dominating the Berkut GP, the black-belt under Fabio Andrade defeated three opponents in Odivelas, Portugal to win his fourth consecutive European title. After four months, Marcio returned to the featherweight division — the one he had been fighting in since he was a blue-belt.
In the final, he swept twice and controlled the guard of Gianni Grippo (Alliance), who had eliminated Isaque Paiva (Saikoo). Before clashing with Grippo, Marcio had gotten past Isaac Doederlein (Alliance), a student under Rubens Cobrinha, on points.
Marcio will be back this Friday, Jan. 26, fighting Lucas Lepri (Alliance) in the super fight at Absolute Championship Berkut Jiu-Jitsu 10 (ACBJJ 10) in São Paulo, Brazil.

вторник, 23 января 2018 г.

Jiu jitsu tournament in New Glasgow draws many competitors

Jaret MacIntosh, owner of the Pictou County Titans Jiu Jitsu Academy, is pleased to see the meteoric growth of Brazilian jiu jitsu in the Maritimes.
The latest indication of this growth took place last weekend, at the New Glasgow «Nova Scotia Open Jiu Jitsu Championship 2018». MacIntosh described the Nova Scotia Open as the biggest tournament in the Maritimes. Hosted by Nova Scotia Submission Series Promotions, the event took place at New Glasgow Academy on Saturday and Sunday, bringing out 388 competitors and a large audience, all from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Quebec and Newfoundland.
The tournament featured a series of matches, in which participants played a game of physical and mental chess, strategically working to achieve the dominant position so they can either implement a chokehold or a submission hold.

понедельник, 22 января 2018 г.

Achievements of Ukrainians at the «European IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018»

International jiu-jitsu tournament “European IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018” that took place in Lisbon, Portugal, came to an end yesterday.

Ukrainian fighters from SC “Borets” / ZR Team have demonstrated great skills and returned home with medals. Roman Nepota became the winner of the “European IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018” among the blue belts. Yaroslav Blazhko won bronze medal in the purple division. Both fighters demonstrated a high level of fight and proved they can compete at the international level. In total, by the end of the 6-day championship, Ukrainian sportsmen have won 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Ievgen Skyrda, the head coach of the SC “Borets”, expressed thanks to all who supported team during the tournament. Special appreciation Ievgen expressed to the team’s sponsor - BioTexCom clinic, for the invaluable assistance and full support. Also Ievgen Skyrda noted that the “European IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018” was a good jolt for sportsmen and motivated on constant endeavour at their self-improvement route.