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Young Guns: Eric Sherman

    This week, we feature one of my former training partners at Serra/RGA, Eric Sherman. Eric has beening training for about five years and has racked up multiple titles in organizations such as NAGA, Grapplers Quest and IBJJF. His highly competitive personality and his intense work ethic has taken him very far in this sport. Watch for this “Young Gun” to make waves in … Continue reading

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Young Guns: Francisco “Sinistro” Iturralde

Today, we feature yet another member of the Alliance team. It seems that in addition to having a huge stable of world champion black belts, this mega-team’s breadth reaches to all different belt levels. In the below interview, we talk to purple belt world champion Francisco “Sinistro” Iturralde. Sinistro hails from a place where BJJ is still in its infancy. While Ecuador is geographically close … Continue reading

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Match of the Week: Braulio Estima X Sergio Moraes

  This week we bring you an exciting match between two of the top competitors currently competing on the world stage… Braulio Estima (Gracie Barra) X Sergio Moraes (Alliance)! These two giants in the sport faced off at the 2011 European Open in a classic winner takes all Barra vs. Alliance match. Enjoy the action!     Our previous interview with Braulio Estima Last Week’s … Continue reading

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Pioneers of the Sport: Caio Terra

  I usually hate starting off a thought by quoting Merriam-Webster, but in this case it is appropriate to do so… Merriam-Webster defines Pioneer as “a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development.” Caio Terra exemplifies this notion of opening new thought. While his impact to BJJ may not … Continue reading

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Young Guns: Chris Visentin (Brown Belt – Alliance NYC)

        This week, we feature East Coast stand out Chris Visentin from Alliance NYC. Recently promoted to Faixa Marrom (brown belt), this light weight competitor won his first World title in 2009 as a blue belt, second in 2011 as a purple and his hoping to win his third as a brown belt next year. In addition to the abovementioned IBJJF titles, … Continue reading

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Female Champions: Mackenzie Dern

    Interview with Mackenzie Dern Mackenzie Dern, daughter of BJJ Champion/Veteran Wellington “Megaton” Dias transcends both our categories of “Young Guns” and “Female Champions”. At the young age of 18, she has won FIVE World titles, a Pan-Am title and clocked more mat time than most of the newly minted male black belts currently in the competition circuit. This up and coming female BJJ superstar … Continue reading

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Mendes Brothers Interview – “We Want to Win Titles”

WE WANT TO WIN TITLES! – An interview with Guilherme and Rafael Mendes Submission Control recently had the opportunity to cover and participate in a rare east coast seminar at Joseph Capizzi’s NYC BJJ with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu revolutionaries, Guilherme and Rafael Mendes. In the last five years, these siblings have amassed a total of twenty four major titles. These two BJJ phenomenon’s have fought … Continue reading

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A Day With A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coral Belt

This week we revisit Master Marcio Stambowsky in Norwalk, Connecticut. This man is a living legend! In this interview, he was kind enough to open up his school to us and answer all our questions about his time in Brazil and training with Rolls Gracie. For those who missed his awesome sweep, check it out here. *** Visit and train with Rolls Gracie Red & … Continue reading

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Fredson Paixao’s Advice On Well Rounded Drilling

Fredson does something interesting when it comes to drilling: He drills and handful of moves from every single position – and he aims to do this each and every time he trains. Continue reading

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Caio Terra Interview on Steroids in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

We had a chance to catch up with Caio Terra after his victory and subsequent remarks at the 2011 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Caio speaks at length on the subject and answers all of our questions. vimeo Direkt *** Be sure to purchase Caio’s new DVD set, “111 Half Guard Techniques” at his website: You can also book Caio for a private or seminar … Continue reading

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