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sexta-feira, março 01, 2013

Cornelius’ Statement on Leaving TLI

A public statement has been made by Keenan Cornelius on his exit from Team Lloyd Irvin:
"I think some of you could care less about where I go, or what I do, and I get that, but a lot of people, including professional publications, have asked why I’ve left TLI. I want to make it clear what my reasoning is so there’s no more speculation, or worse the wrong reasons assumed:
Obviously, the circumstances surrounding TLI having been public so I don’t need to clarify a subject that many of you already understand and have been saturated with. In the last 6 weeks, article and blogs have spun out of control, testimonies given, and arguments and explanations made; clearly there are many views - much of which contradict each other.
What I believe and feel about these issues is personal and private, but let me make something understood, I would, and will never, endorse, or support wrongdoing whether it’s on the mat or off. And though I have made truly great friends through TLI, have had the best training of my life here, and the greatest success, its time for me to go. I can no longer be absolutely sure that this is the right environment for me under the current and enlightening circumstances.
Leaving a team is not easy - especially a team like TLI. I owe a great deal of gratitude for many things that Lloyd Irvin has done for me and the training I have had with TLI. And in my decision to leave, I in no way dismiss what was good about training in MD. So I want to thank TLI and Lloyd Irvin for that experience; it was the best I’ve had. However, not all things, or circumstances, are all good, and I had to weigh what was good for, against what was not, and proceed.
I have to to say that my family has been very supportive (everyone should have one of those), but ultimately leaving was my decision. Though their opinion was respected and appreciated; in the end, I came to this decision independent of them.
The future...where I’ll train...I don’t know. From what I’ve read, I think a lot of you know where I’m headed more that I do. But yeah, there’s a lot to think about and hopefully there’ll be a bit of time to do that. I know there is great jiu jitsu and training and good times ahead. My life is bjj, and I hope to be heading out to meet and train with some great athletes who feel the same. But I’ll tell you, I’m gonna make sure that where, how, and who I do that with, is practicing that life on the mat in a way that I can truly get behind.
Keenan Cornelius"
Fonte Jits Magazine

Manny Diaz x Paulo Miyao | 2013 SF Open

Rafa Mendes | 2013 San Francisco Open

Gui Mendes vs Queixinho | 2013 San Francisco Open

IBJJF SF OPEN 2013 - Nino Schembri VS Unknown


segunda-feira, fevereiro 18, 2013

Functional Strength Exercises for BJJ

Develop your grip strength and power with this exercise. Keep in mind that if you are a beginner, you will need to develop your strength first by doing chin ups and pull ups. If you are not comfortable with those you will not be able to perform these exercises.

Once you feel comfortable doing Chins and Pull-up exercises, move on to more elaborate movements like the ones shown on this segment. These exercises were built to develop Forearm, deltoids and back muscles as well as the all important muscle coordination, specifically for Jiu Jitsu.
The exercise is divided in 3 sets, constant strength, coordination and full motion rises.
You will see by the video how the exercise works, again, we advise you to start gradually and with caution.

Fonte BJJHeroes

Functional Workouts For Jiu Jitsu

This time we decided to go a step further into the realms of what professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters are working on nowadays, Functional gymnastics.
The first sect shows the warm up prior to the main exercises. This should be done at a fast pace without stops for no longer then 20 minutes (divided equally for all exercises). Take into account these exercises are performed by athletes, if you are new to Jiu Jitsu and/or have never been involved in weight lifting of any kind, we do not recommend you start with such advanced movements. There are other programs out there more suitable for beginners such asGinastica Natural (which as you might have figured, stands for natural gymnastics), a style of strength and conditioning that is very famous in Brazil. Developed by professor Alvaro Romano it focuses on ground movements combined with stretching with core muscle development, having been used with great success by a number of BJJ athletes such as Rickson GracieRoyler GracieDemian MaiaXande RibeiroSaulo Ribeiro and many others.
Warm Up:

Fonte BJJHeroes

8 Nutrition Rules for BJJ

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, just like any other high intensity sport, nutrition is an important aspect of the game that many practitioners neglect. The result may have several consequences, like exhausting yourself and failing to reach your full potential in training and in competition, but also high body fat, digestive problems and even skin problems.
There is a fair bit of confusion and misconceptions about what works and what doesn’t. Here are 8 simple rules to help you program your meals throughout the days (and no, this isn’t the famous Gracie Diet, and it isn’t related to it in any way). Understand that this isn’t the only thing that will work (not by a long shot), different people have different genetics and different ways to deal with nutrition, this is a guideline that worked for me, simple nutrition rules that can be used by anyone to improve their current regime.
More about this and other diets can be found at, however, many of those diets relate to more static sports (such as power lifting), for a demanding sport like BJJ we would advise these simple set of rules.
1. Eat Breakfast You get energy from the first hour and you’ll be less hungry the rest of the day. It also sets the trend: you’ll tend to eat healthier if your day starts with a strong & healthy breakfast. Many people skip breakfast, which is a big no-no for BJJers.
Your best bet: omelets, smoothies & cottage cheese.
2. Eat Every 3 Hours The easiest way: breakfast, lunch, dinner, post workout, pre bed and 2 snacks in between. You will be permanently full, and will feel more energy when training, it also prevents you from overeating on your next meal due to extreme hunger.
Eat at fixed times every day and your body will get hungry at those fixed times. Example: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 6pm, 7pm & 10pm.
3. Eat Protein with Each Meal You need protein to build and maintain muscle. Proteins also help fat loss since they have the highest thermic effect. Examples of protein you should eat:
Red Meat, Beef, pork, lamb, deer, buffalo, etc.

Poultry, Chicken, turkey, duck, etc.
Fish, Tuna, salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc.
Dairy, Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, quark, yogurt, etc.

4. Eat Fruits & Veggies with Each Meal, Most of them are low calorie: you can eat your stomach full without gaining fat or weight, they are also full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber which helps digestion.

5. Eat Carbs Post Workout, Many people rely on Carbs for energy, but most get fat due to eating excess carbs. 70% of population is carb intolerant, many eat more than they need. Try to reduce your carb intake, but ALWAYS eat carbs post workout.
6. Eat Healthy Fats, Healthy fats improve fat loss and health. They also satiate, digest slowly and are cheap. Eat healthy fats with every meal and avoid artificial trans -fats & margarine.
7. Drink Water, BJJ Training causes water loss through sweating which can impair muscle recovery. Drinking water prevents dehydration but also hunger since an empty stomach can make you think you’re hungry. You should drink 1 US Gallon (roughly 4.5 litres) Water/Day. Drink 1 cup of water first thing on waking up, 2 cups with each meal and sip water during your workout. Please note you should drink this spread out throughout the day, not all at once.
8. Eat Whole Foods 90% of The Time, 90% of your food intake should consist of whole foods, this means unprocessed and unrefined (or little refined) foods that come as close as possible to their natural state. Examples: fresh meat, fish, poultry, eggs, veggies, legumes, fruits, rice, oats, quinoa.
As a last note, take into account that this isn’t the most desirable diet if you are trying to lose weight for competition, that is a different game all together.
Fonte BJJHeroes

Hélio Gracie Documentary (Subtitles) - Biography Channel

Carlson Gracie Sr: The Simple Warrior

Yuri Simoes Sweep – How We Roll

The 5 Most Annoying Types of Partners in BJJ

If you are new to Jiu-Jitsu don’t be this guy.  If you train with this guy slip him a copy of this post in his gear bag.
1. The dirty partner
Almost everyone has faced someone like this, usually already starting at white belt. These are a combination of practitioners that; don’t wash their gis, don’t cut their nails, and/or walk all day in sandals and don’t wash their feet before they come on the mat. The combinations of characteristics just go on and on. Worst thing about them is that they may carry bacteria that can cause infections on the mat, especially if they cut anyone with their long and dirty nails…gross.
2. The smelly partner
Usually combined with the characteristics of the ‘dirty partner’, the ‘smelly partner’ is the guy who so rarely washes his gi that he has several nasty aromas emanating from his gi. They can range from body odor to that pungently sour gi collar smell. Some guys smell so bad that some people just wan to stop rolling and run away – a potent illegal weapon. It’s up to the instructors to spot these situations and remind their students that their gi must be washed before class.
3. The complainer
This is the guy that you see so many people mocking in youtube videos. He is the dude that tells you about all his injuries, no matter how minor or severe and anytime you get something even remotely advantageous, he starts to complain about his pain and you guys have to restart. Chances are, this guy is acting this way because he is afraid to lose and his ego just can’t take it. Theoretically, if these guys are too injured to roll, they should sit out, or not come to class until they have recovered. Rolling with guys like this could be a waste of time for both parties, so it’s better to avoid them altogether.
4. The ‘spazzer’
This is the guy that is so high-energy that when he rolls, by the end of the class, you’ll have a few cuts and bruises. You would think that these types of rollers are mainly found amongst the white and blue belts, but you’d be surprised to see how many of the higher belts still retained the ‘spaz’ attributes. If you see your partner is spastic and may knock you out in the process, it’s not wrong to tell him to take it easy. It’s just class, it’s not worth leaving hurt, even if you do know how to deal with scenarios like this.
5. The crap-talker
This is easily the most disrespectful of the bunch. This is the guy who talks behind everyone’s back and exaggerates when he tells a story of how he defeated, tapped or had an upper hand over someone. They are also so proud that when they are defeated they find an excuse and belittle it. Guys like this usually need to be spotted early because they are horrible for chemistry in the academy and can only lead to eventual trouble. The ego they display is immense and usually they cannot be humbled and leave gyms on their own.
Fonte Gameness

5 Reasons Why Jiu-Jitsu is Great for Kids

1.     Builds their balance and coordination
Everyone talks about how great of an exercise jiu-jitsu is and they wish that they could have started earlier. To get your kids involved in jiu-jitsu at an early age (usually 6 years old, as many Gracies suggest) is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Developing balance and coordination at such an early age will not only keep them fit and healthy, but it will also help your child become an athletic and energetic individual throughout their lives. Although children do not understand the full benefits of what they are doing at such a young age, it is the responsibility of the parents to keep them motivated and continuing to go to classes to attain these great physical skills.
2.     Builds confidence and self-esteem
Confidence is one of the most important traits for any person to have. Martial Arts have been famous for developing this in people at very early stages in life. As kids become more confident in their techniques and their performance in class, the same will happen with their school studies and their relationships with other people.
 3.     Allows for socializing and bonding
In BJJ class, children will meet many new friends and share experiences. Whether it is drilling techniques, playing a game or rolling – it is great practice for kids to learn to communicate with other kids of all ages, as well as older authority figures like the instructors and assistant instructors.
 4.     Teaches focus and discipline
Children will also learn how to listen to an authority figure and follow instructions – more important skills for future development. Children learn various small lessons, like not speaking when being spoken to by an instructor, or even keeping their gi and belt neatly tied. They will even learn about the importance of hygiene because gis must be clean and nails must be cut. The work ethic they learn in the BJJ academy can translate into their schoolwork and future ventures as they grow up. They will learn that hard work and diligence produces results and rewards.
 5.     Keeps them occupied with something positive
Getting your children to be passionate about something early in their lives will keep them away from harmful influences in the future. The more they train BJJ and spend time thinking about BJJ, the less time they will spend dwelling on things that could be harmful to them. They will also find friends in the academy with the same outlook and it will keep them further motivated to stay out of trouble.
Ultimately, to have your child immersed in jiu-jitsu at an early age (age 6-10 is best to start) is an amazing gift for your child, but it is up to the parents to make this commitment with them. It is the parent’s responsibility to motivate their children and fit the training in the child’s schedule. Even in moments where you may feel that your child is losing interest, find ways to rekindle it. After all your efforts and years past, you will see your mature child thank you for the rewards they have attained from their BJJ training.
Fonte Gameness

The 6 Most Prestigious Events in BJJ

1. World Championship (IBJJF)
This is easily the title that rings strongest in everyone’s mind. There is usually nothing more prestigious than showing everyone that you are the best at something. The top BJJ athletes now are determined by their performance in this top rank tournament, also known as the Mundial (its Portuguese name). Winning this title alone is not enough to show you are the best of the best in the world, due to many factors, but winning this big title is a huge part of the overall game. The first IBJJF championship was held in 1996 with Amauri Biteti as its first absolute champion. Other big names competed in 1996 at various belt levels like Royler Gracie, Mario Sperry, Fabio Gurgel, Murilo Bustamante, Robson Moura, Shaolin Ribeiro and many others. Today, the absolute crown is held by Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” from Checkmat.

2. Abu Dhabi (No-Gi)
This is the first successful attempt at professionalizing BJJ by Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his instructor, Nelson Monteiro, and spreading the sport in the UAE in 1998. The Sheik invited grapplers from all over the world to compete in this submission wrestling tournament for cash prizes. The tournament has hosted many UFC stars in the process including Vitor Belfort, George St. Pierre and Tito Ortiz…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to make a name for yourself in no-gi grappling (or BJJ in general), you do it there. This is where Marcelo Garcia started his legacy in 2003 and today he holds the record as 4-time champion in his weight division. This event also takes place every two years, making it more of a spectacle for fans. The current absolute champion is Andre Galvao of Atos.
3. Pan American (IBJJF)
Along with the Brazilian nationals (The Brasileiro) and the world championship, the Pan Americans is considered to be one of the IBJJF ‘grand slams’. It is a great way to tell who will shine at the Mundial that takes place a few months later. The first Pan Am tournament was held in 1996 and its first absolute champion was Regan Machado. Other big names in 1996 included Marcio Feitosa, Robson Moura, Vitor Shaolin and Leo Santos. The current Pan Am absolute champion is Antonio Carlos Junior, aka “Cara de Sapato” from Checkmat.

4. Copa Podio:
Copa Podio is still a relatively new event but has created waves in the sport recently, and for good reason; they clash together the best of the best against each other in a round-robin style tournament. The event also includes high level super-fights. This has become Brazil’s best professional level event. It has been televised on SportTV and now events are streamed via their website. The folks at Copa Podio manage to gather the top guys from all the major tournaments and put them in a very intense competition to see who is the best. They also manage to get the event an ample amount of publicity. As a result, the event is becoming more and more popular. Its current lighter weight champion is Leandro Lo and its heavyweight champion is Rodolfo Vieira.

5. Brazilian Nationals (IBJJF)

Considering that jiu-jitsu is most popular in Brazil, to be the Brazilian national champion easily proves that you are one of the best in the world. Brazil is full of so many talented top athletes, that sometimes we never really get a chance to see them in full action at the bigger tournaments because not all of them have the funds to compete at the larger American tournaments – a major loss for the sport. Fighters from all over Brazil, including BJJ capitals like Manaus and Sao Paulo, head to Rio de Janeiro to dispute the best in the country. The current absolute champ is Nivaldo Lima from Checkmat.
6. Abu Dhabi World Pro
After the great success that the classic no-gi Abu Dhabi had, it only made sense for the organization to create a yearly professional tournament for gi jiu-jitsu. There are trials held for the tournament all over the world and the finalists compete in Abu Dhabi for heavy cash. This is another great step by the Sheik in Abu Dhabi to help further professionalize the sport and provide for the full-time BJJ athletes out there. The current absolute champion, holding the title two years in a row, is Rodolfo Vieira from GF Team.

Fonte Gameness

7 Essential Rules You Must Follow On The Mats

Cut your nails. 
Maybe one of the grossest and most repulsive things you can face in jiu-jitsu is training with someone who has either really long and/or dirty nails. Besides the aesthetic repulsiveness, dirty long nails are potentially a danger to you and your partners. Not only can you badly cut your partner and yourself but the chances of an infection are higher due to all the bacteria that can be under a long and dirty nail. Furthermore, longer nails can break from impact and that can be quite painful and annoying itself – so make sure to maintain those nails on your hands and feet.
Don’t come late to class.
It’s just annoying for your professor and your teammates. It shows a lack of effort and discipline. In many traditional judo classes, you aren’t even allowed into the class if you are late. Every BJJ school has different rules, depending on the professor, but being late is considered disrespectful in most.
Wash your gi.
Coming to class in a clean gi is important, not only from a hygienic perspective, but you don’t want to torture your partners with the many different nasty smells that a dirty gi can produce. So again, due to respect for your partners, come with a washed gi.
Greet your opponent.
People always slap hands before they start a match – it’s a sign of respect for your opponent. Whether it’s at a tournament or in a class, you have to either shake hands, slap hands, high five, low five, fist bump, bow or whatever else to show good will and sportsmanship. In more traditional martial arts, a bow is mandatory – you must always bow to your partner or opponent. In our more modern sport  of BJJ, the tradition varies from school to school, but either way, it’s there and you shouldn’t forget to do it.
Don’t speak while your instructor is demonstrating.
You’d think this would be common sense, but there are plenty of moments where guys either have a chit chat about something in the back while the professor is explaining something. When the professor calls everyone in to explain something, you listen and you stay quiet. It’s annoying for the professor and for the other students trying to focus on the lesson. Feel free to tell the people to zip-it next time you hear chattering while the instructor is doing his thing.
Don’t crank the submissions.
Believe it or not, it’s more important to make sure your partner is not hurt than get the submission. Then again, it is also your partner’s responsibility to tap early enough. However, there are submissions and moments that can come on so quickly that most people won’t have a time to properly tap before getting hurt. So it’s also up to you to identify those moments and save people some trouble.
Yield mat space for higher belts.
These rules may vary from school to school, but generally, if you’re rolling dangerously close to another pair of partners, the pair with the lower belt has to stop and restart in a less busy area. Not only does this show respect for the higher and more experienced belts, but it’s a quick way of deciding who should move and avoiding some serious injuries.
Fonte Gameness

The Alternative Dead Lift

Flavio Almeida vs Lloyd Irvin 1997