Category Archives: Interviews

Family Style: Interviews with Megaton, Mackenzie and Tanquinho

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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Inspiring Words – Interview With Saulo Ribeiro

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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Young Guns: Oliver Geddes

Today’s “Young Guns” features a very special interview with one of England’s newest and toughest young black belts, Oliver Geddes. Under Roger Gracie’s watchful eye, this twenty-seven year old obtained his black belt in a little over six years. Oli is one of the most active competitors in all of Europe. His titles include 2 x Abu Dhabi Pro European Qualifier, 2 x CBJJ European … Continue reading

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Young Guns: DJ Jackson (Team Lloyd Irvin)

Today’s “Young Guns” segment features DJ Jackson, a young man who has quickly become a popular name in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Submission Grappling scene. Under the guidance of Master Lloyd Irvin, this one time wrestler has become a BJJ submission specialist. Under Lloyd Irvin’s watchful eye, DJ has won some of the most prestigious titles in both Gi and No-Gi. While his background may be … Continue reading

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Exclusive Interview with Abmar Barbosa

Recently, we were able to catch up with our good friend the “Jiu Jitsu Outlaw” Abmar Barbosa. We had a great conversation on various subjects such as his recovery process, his plans for 2012, Jiu Jitsu as a professional sport and much more! Enjoy the interview…     Rodrigo Teixeira vs. Abmar Barbosa     Abmar Shows his Favorite Sweep – The Outlaw DVD Series

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Young Guns: Garrett Beck

Today’s “Young Guns” segment features Garrett Beck, a young man whom we have gotten to know through our travels.  Garrett is a Robert Drysdale JJ/Fairfax JJ representative and a purple belt under Abmar Barbosa. Some of his wins includes the 2010 Pans (2nd place – featherweight) and the 2010 New York Open (3rd place – featherweight and 2nd place – Absolute). Standing at six feet … Continue reading

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Pioneers of the Sport: Carlos Machado

  Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” features one of the first BJJ black belts that planted his roots in the United States, Carlos “Soneca” Machado. Carlos, the oldest of the Machado brothers, started his BJJ training under Helio and then Rolls Gracie. After Rolls’ untimely death, Carlos along with his brothers Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John, all trained under Carlinhos at Gracie Barra. In … Continue reading

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Young Guns: Gianni Grippo

Today’s “Young Guns” segment features one of my old friends and the first member of Renzo Gracie’s kid’s program… Gianni Grippo! I was a white belt when Gianni first stepped foot into Renzo’s academy in New York City. As the sole member of the Renzo Gracie kid’s program, at nine years old, he competed in tournaments up and down the east coast and eventually around … Continue reading

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Young Guns: Sean Roberts

  Today’s “Young Guns” segment features an exciting competitor who would rather lose a match going for submission after submission rather than to win a match by stalling. Sean Roberts achieved the rank of faixa marrom in five years from Ralph Gracie. As a consummate competitor, Sean is always looking to challenge himself. For example, only two days after receiving his brown belt, Sean entered … Continue reading

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Young Guns: Joshua Presley

Today’s “Young Guns” segment features a stand out from the “Great White North” (or Canada, for our non-American readers). Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Joshua Presley is one of the top BJJ representatives from Canada’s eastern most Provence. Since he started Jiu Jitsu four short years ago, Presely has collected medals from international competitions such as the Mundials, the NY Open, Miami Open, Lutador and … Continue reading

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