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What Is A Community?

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How many times have we used the expression Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a community? I know I have used it before, but really what is a community? By pure definition, a community is a unified body of individuals linked by a location, a mindset and/or a common interest… PLEASE that definition is so elementary; it only scratches the surface of what the BJJ community represents. … Continue reading

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Battle for NY BJJ Supremacy – Gianni Grippo vs. Mateo Maldonado

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Check out this exciting match between two world champions, Gianni Grippo vs. Mateo Maldonado! This battle occurred at yesterday’s World Pro trials in NY. In addition to winning a trip to Abu Dhabi, the winner of this match gets bragging right. LOL! Enjoy the match.

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Match of the Week: Antonio Carlos “Cara de Sapato” vs Romulo Barral

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Hey guys, we had to take some time off to straighten somethings out and now we are back. Today’s feature match is between a rising star versus a BJJ legend… Antonio Carlos “Cara de Sapato” (Checkmat) vs Romulo Barral (Gracie Barra)! This battle took place at the semi-finals of the absolutes at the 2012 Brasileiro’s. Antonio Carlos is a relative new comer in the BB … Continue reading

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Match of the Week: Michael Langhi vs. DJ Jackson

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Today, we feature a match that took place in Japan this past weekend, Michael Langhi vs. DJ Jackson. This intense battle took placeatn the absolute finals of the Rickson Cup. This is the classic guard player vs the relentless passer battle. Check out who wins.

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Family Style: Interviews with Megaton, Mackenzie and Tanquinho

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Hey everyone, today we bring you a special treat… THREE interviews on ONE post. Wellington “Megaton” Dias, Mackenzie Dern, and Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes! Hope everyone like it! Check out their website Wellington “Megaton” Dias Mackenzie Dern Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes

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Match Of The Week: Bruno Malfacine Vs. Felipe Costa (2011)

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Ok guys, we took some time off to get some R&R, but now we are back! Today, we feature a stellar match between two superstars of the Galo weight class, Bruno Malfacine Vs. Felipe Costa. This exciting match took place in the finals of the 2011 Brasileiros (Brazilian National). Enjoy the match! Also we are starting a new thing. For those who intently study these … Continue reading

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Match of the Week: Demian Maia vs Gabriel Gonzaga

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To celebrate Demian Maia’s return to the octagon , today’s Match of the Week features one of his gi matches at a CBJJO event. I’m not sure when this happened (looks like 2004), but I do know that his opponent was another UFC veteran, Gaberial Gonzaga. Enjoy the match!         This is how it was done!

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Match of the Week: Marcelo Garcia vs. Raphael Lovato jr

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Today’s Match of the Week Features Marcelo Garcia and Raphael Lovato jr tearing it up at a smaller event in Houston TX. When speaking to Marcelo, he claims that he has the hardest time with long lanky players like Roger Gracie and Raphael Lovato jr. Check out the match to see who comes on top. Enjoy! Slow Motion

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A Special Home Coming – Seminar With Shawn Williams

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Who says you can’t go home (LOL! yeah I just quoted a Bon Jovi/Jennifer Nettles song)! I’m super excited to announce this… Shawn Williams will be conducting a seminar at Serra BJJ Levittown this Sunday (July 1st, 2012)!!! Shawn Williams was a brown belt when I first started in 2001. Back in those days, blue belts were bad asses, purple belts were untouchables, brown belts … Continue reading

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Inspiring Words – Interview With Saulo Ribeiro

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Today, we feature a brilliant philosopher, instructor and competitor… Saulo Ribeiro! I had the pleasure of interviewing this champion of the art at this year’s Mundials. In this short interview, he talks about the current state and the future of the sport, the Brazilian dominance in the BB level, his method of running a successful academy and the Jiu Jitsu life style. Enjoy the interview … Continue reading

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