среда, 28 февраля 2018 г.

Gordon Ryan versus Vinny Magalhaes at ACB JJ in May

“The King” Gordon Ryan is set to take on Vinny Magalhaes on May 5th at Absolute Championship Berkut Jiu-Jitsu (ACB JJ). 
The event will mark Gordon’s first fight with ACB JJ. Gordon Ryan is one of the most famous faces in competitive Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Not only is he a member of one of grappling’s most dangerous teams, the Danaher Death Squad, but he is a four-time EBI Champion, three-division EBI Champion, IBJJF Champion, and ADCC Champion.
Vinny Magalhaes, however, also has some impressive credentials. An ADCC and IBJJF Champion himself, Magalhaes has stood toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names in BJJ. He even defeated Marcus Almeida “Buchecha”.

вторник, 27 февраля 2018 г.

Atos dominants at San Francisco Open

The IBJJF San Francisco Open on Sunday saw the convergence of four Atos black belts who managed to completely shut out the opposition when it came to the absolute (openweight) division. 
Keenan Cornelius, Gustavo Batista, Lucas Barbosa, and Rafael Vasconcelos were situated in opponent corners of the 12-man bracket. By each winning at least one match (Batista and Vasconcelos both had to win two) they closed out in the semifinals, deciding among themselves who gets which medal.
Michael Lieira Jr. took middleweight gold. Lucas Hulk pulled an amazing feat as he beat the medium heavyweight field one day after shining at the Mexico City Open more than 3,500 km away. Keenan Cornelius nabbed gold at heavyweight and closed out the absolute final with Rafael Vasconcelos, with Gustavo Braguinha and Lucas Hulk coming in third.
In the end, the Atos team, led by Andre Galvao, had won seven out of 13 possible gold medals and completely covered the podium of the men’s absolute division.

понедельник, 26 февраля 2018 г.

Lovato Jr Beats Spriggs For F2W No-Gi Title

Rafael Lovato Jr. earned the heavyweight no-gi title tonight at Fight To Win Pro 64 after defeating Tim Spriggs in a 10-minute sub-only match. 
After wrestling for the first two minutes of the match, Lovato jumped guard and brought the fight to the ground. Spriggs attempted to pass the Ribeiro black belt’s guard but was unable, and eventually found himself on one leg as Lovato came up on a single-leg from bottom.
The highly experienced Lovato finished the takedown and advanced to a strong passing position where he collapsed in on Spriggs with vice-like pressure. Unable to thwart off the encroaching passer, Spriggs was forced to turtle which was the beginning of the end for the Lloyd Irvin heavyweight.
Lovato showed the experience, control, and composure of a true expert as he maneuvered to the back, secured the figure-four body lock, and maintained back control as Spriggs stood up to shake off his attacker.
A minute or two of hand-fighting was all Lovato needed to cinch up the rear naked choke and submit Spriggs for the victory and no-gi heavyweight title.

пятница, 23 февраля 2018 г.

Joao Assis & Eliot Marshall to battle For No-Gi title

«Fight to Win Pro 64» sees the clash of two titans: Joao Assis & Eliot Marshall. 
The big boys will go to war in this battle of the super heavyweights. Joao Assis is currently undefeated at F2W in both gi and no gi and is the current no-gi heavyweight titleholder. He is a master of the format and uses his heavy top-pressure and intricate leglock game to pave the way to five wins under the F2W banner.
Eliot Marshall is also no stranger to the Fight To Win Pro stage. A Colorado resident, he’s been competing at F2W since the very beginning and has also earned some huge wins over Babalu, Bruno Bastos, and others.

6 biggest misconceptions & facts of BJJ

Tom DeBlass is one of the well-loved figures in Jiu-Jitsu a former Bellator and UFC fighter with a 2nd degree BJJ black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida. 
Tom was a County Champion Long Jumper in High School graduating from Central Regional High School in 2000. He went on to Graduate Monmouth University in 2004 with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. Tom DeBlass was known primarily as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor winning such titles as Pan American and World Championships. He then fought professionally in Ring of Combat. In only a year and a half DeBlass captured two titles and got called up to fight in the UFC. DeBlass opened his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in 2006, Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His Academy hosts 300 students. He has produced his own World Champion students, such as Garry Tonon, Tom’s first student to compete in ADCC, October 20, taking place in China.
He wrote on his Facebook about what are some misconceptions and facts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
“There are many misconceptions about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is, in my opinion, is the most practical martial art there is”.
  1. The fact of the matter is, most of the students in my Academy never want to compete, and I like it that way. I have doctors, lawyers, school teachers, law enforcement, gas station workers, and basically people from all different walks of life on the mats.
  2. Many people think you are forced to live train and spar. This is wrong. While rolling live is encouraged it is never mandatory. Many students come and take the work out to stay in shape and be around positive people with similar goals.
  3. Did you know you burn an average of 1,000 calories in 1 one hour class?
  4. People think they can get the same workout in the gym as they can in a reputable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. People are wrong. As I do encourage people to use a gym it is not the same. While there are many disciplined people who train at gyms to stay in great shape, it is still very different. On the mats, you build bonds that are almost impossible to break. It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood only those training can understand.
  5. Many people think it is too late to start training. Wrong. It is never too late and the moment you step on the mats you should be treated like you have been there for years. Everyone should welcome you with open arms and be eager to help you. Also, we have different classes for different levels my friends.
  6. You do not have to get in shape to train!!! Training is what is going to get you in shape. I have seen people lose over 100 lbs on the mats with hard work and dedication.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     http://jiu-jitsu.news/6-biggest-misconceptions-facts-of-bjj/                                                                                  

четверг, 22 февраля 2018 г.

Ukrainian fighter will participate in the “South America Continental Pro”

Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, Serhii Krasovskyi, will participate in the prestigious international tournament “South America Continental Pro”. 
Ukrainian fighter from the SC “Borets” / ZR Team will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil and take part in the two-day tournament from February 24 to 25. The championship will take place in the “Esporte Clube Sírio” sports complex. It’s not the first time 14-years-old Serhii Krasovskyi will represent Ukraine at the major tournaments abroad. Young fighter has already successfully competed and won gold at prestigious championships in London and Abu Dhabi.
The “South America Continental Pro” championship is managed by the UAEJ Jiu-Jitsu Federation and draws hundreds of high caliber fighters every year. Also, this tournament is a part of the UAEJJF World Ranking and Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Qualifying Series.

Out For The Finish, Lovato Jr. Expects ‘Intense’ Superfight With Spriggs

Effortlessly switching between jiu-jitsu, no-gi, and MMA, Rafael Lovato Jr. is determined to keep his pace as one of the most active athletes in combat sports. 
The 34-year-old is now 7-0 in MMA, with three wins in the Bellator middleweight division in less than 12 months. He stays prepared for MMA bouts by going back to his roots and competing in grappling tournaments wherever and whenever possible.
“I’ve been on that routine for a few years now, blending gi and no-gi events with my MMA career,” Lovato says.
“It’s just to keep me sharp, keep me active. I’m always in shape, training my guys for gi and no-gi events. It’s easy for me to jump in.”
Next up for Lovato is a return to the Fight To Win stage: this time, a no-gi match against TLI’s Tim Spriggs on Friday in Denver. The match will happen under 10-minute submission-only rules — in the event of no finish, it goes to a decision. Lovato says he’s happy about that format.
This past year saw Lovato compete in three MMA fights (including the one in which he scored the KO highlighted above), a no-gi grappling superfight against Buchecha, the ADCC World Championships, and IBJJF Masters Worlds. For some athletes this may be a punishing schedule of training and competition, but the Oklahoman says switching styles isn’t as difficult as you might think.
“No-gi stuff is really easy to jump into. I’m focused on my grappling and my wrestling, as well as my striking,” he says.
He still trains in the gi, but not quite as much as when he was regularly competing.
At F2W Pro 64 this Friday, it’s almost guaranteed Spriggs will go after his opponent, and Lovato is expecting nothing less.
“Of the new generation [Sprigg is] one of my favorites,” Lovato says. “He’s got that old-school style. I feel it’s going to be pretty physical out there, and that’s going to be a lot of fun.”


16 interesting facts about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu or BJJ is one of the most common disciplines used by many MMA fighters. 
Lots of fighters are using this discipline because of its effectiveness in taking down an opponent that most of the time results on winning the match. We often see this technique being used in a fight but most of us don’t know much what BJJ really is. So let us all know some of the important facts about Brazilian jiu-jitsu below.
  1. BJJ began in the early 1900’s and was started by its founder Esai Maeda.
  2. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a combat sport that mainly focuses on grappling and ground fighting techniques.
  3. It is believed that this technique started in Japan as it is a direct descendant of Judo.
  4. Jiu(ju) is a Japanese word that means “gentleness” and Jitsu(jutsu) means “art” so basically jiu-jitsu can be translated as “gentle art”.
  5. This technique was developed to be used as a form of weaponless method of defense by Samurai warriors.
  6. Modern day Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s creators was said to be the Gracie’s, Helio and Carlos. Whereas Carlos Gracie was the first to study BJJ and have been taught by Mitusyo Maeda, the student of Judos founder. But the one who adjusted the technique was Helio to suit his small body frame.
  7. BJJ can also be used by smaller persons to defend themselves against larger opponents by using proper techniques.
  8. Though it has some stand-up moves, BJJ is more destructive on ground fighting techniques.
  9. Gracie family promoted the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu against other styles of martial arts by creating the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC.
  10. Helios youngest son, Royce was the first UFC Champion when he defeated Art Jimmerson.
  11. Combat sport BJJ focuses on winning without throwing strikes to the opponent.
  12. Famous actor Mel Gibson was once taught BJJ techniques by Rorion Gracie. These techniques were used on his movies like Lethal Weapon.
  13. BJJ practitioners are using uniforms similar to a judogi but with tighter cuffs on the pants and jackets.
  14. Like any other disciplines in the world, BJJ is also using belts with different colors to signify the rank and skill of a certain BJJ fighter.
  15. Though there are many registered BJJ federations in the world, the first Jiu-Jitsu federation was the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Guanabara.
  16. The most distinguished federation are the Sport Jiu Jitsu Internation Federation (non profit) and the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (profit) that both holds a number of tournaments around the world.

среда, 21 февраля 2018 г.

Ukrainian fighters at the “PAN IBJJF 2018»

Ukrainian fighters from the “SC “Borets” / ZR Team” will travel to Los Angeles, America and take part in the international championship “PAN IBJJF 2018” which will be held from March 7 to 12. 
This championship is held since 1996 and considered to be the second most important BJJ event after the “IBJJF World”. Annually, the “PAN IBJJF” championship gathers thousands of the best fighters from all over the world.

Dante Leon joined KASAI Pro 2

KASAI Pro 2 adds another powerful name to its feature eight-man round-robin tournament with the signing of Dante Leon.

The GF Team representative, who was the IBJJF No-Gi Pans and IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi champion, owner of the black belt, will compete in the organization’s World Middleweight Championship tournament at KASAI Pro 2 in Brooklyn, New York, on April 14.

“I’m very excited to be a part of KASAI Pro 2,” Leon said. “I’m sure that this rule set, along with the talented athletes already confirmed for the card, will create exciting matches for all fans watching.”

“For someone as young as Dante (22 y.o.) to boast such a long list of accolades leaves no doubt that we’ve signed one of jiu-jitsu’s greatest North American competitors,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. “We can’t wait to see how this young lion fares against the other elite names chasing KASAI’s World Middleweight Championship.”

Leon joins a stacked lineup of pedigree talent competing for gold at 185lb that now includes DJ Jackson, Richie Martinez, Matheus Diniz, and Craig Jones.

Source Link:  http://jiu-jitsu.news/dante-leon-joined-kasai-pro-2/ 

вторник, 20 февраля 2018 г.

Ukrainian fighter Serhii Krasovsky at the “Challenge Championship 2018”

This weekend Ukrainian fighter of the SC “Borets» / ZR Team” Serhii Krasovsky will compete at the prestigious international junior event “Jiu-Jitsu Challenge Championship”. 
The competition will take place from 23 to 24 of February at the “IPIC Arena» in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
“Jiu-Jitsu Challenge Championship” strikes by its scale. 26 fighters from the different parts of the world will compete in the Sehii`s category.
It should be reminded that jiu-jitsu is very popular in Abu Dhabi and it is even included in school curriculum.
Every year, many large scale championships are held in Abu Dhabi and every fighter wants to be the part of these events.

Gordon Ryan Signs exclusive contract with ACB JJ

Gordon Ryan — The Danaher Death Squad veteran and multiple division EBI Champion — has just signed an exclusive contract for 2018 with Absolute Championship Berkut Jiu-Jitsu (ACBJJ). 
ACBJJ posted the news on their social media account. Gordon has talked about transitioning to the Gi for a long time. So now Gordon Ryan is an ACBJJ fighter in the 95kg division.

понедельник, 19 февраля 2018 г.

Justin Rader Viciously Guillotines Matt Vernon At F2W Pro 63

Justin Rader is bad, bad man.

The Lovato Jr. black belt has a game tailor-made for submission only rules – great wrestling, an endless gas tank, and the squeeze of an anaconda; tonight at Fight To Win Pro 63, Justin only needed two of those assets.

He hit a nice single leg early in the match to get the game moving on the ground.   After working to pass Vernon’s guard for several minutes, Rader sensed an opening and threw himself on a diving guillotine.  The immense strength of Rader’s choke was perceptible to anyone watching: Vernon’s legs writhed in discomfort as he wildly tried to buck Rader off before being forced to tap, giving Rader yet another F2W Pro victory.

Ukrainian fighters came back from the "Munich Open 2018" with gold!

Ukrainian fighters from the SC “Borets” / ZR Team successfully competed at the prestigious international tournament "Munich Open 2018". The championship took place in Germany on February 18th.

Yaroslav Blazhko and Roman Nepota, fighters of SC Borets/ ZR Team, won gold medals in their weight divisions. Roman Nepota succeeded in 4 fights in the blue belts division, beating his opponents ahead of schedule and on points.

Yaroslav Blazhko took his place in front of the world’s most illustrious sportsmen in purple belts category. Ukrainian fighter marked his victory having finished both matches prematurely.

Young fighter of the Ukrainian team Serhii Krasovskyi also impressed fans with the high level of professional skills. He had two fights at the "Munich Open 2018" but this time he didn’t won medal. 

The coach of SC “Borets” /ZR Team was satisfied with competition in Germany. He expressed words of appreciations to friends, relatives and team’s sponsor “BioTexCom” company for their unconditional support and faith in Ukrainian fighters’ victory.

пятница, 16 февраля 2018 г.

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).