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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: Diego Borges

Today’s “Young Guns” segment features a newly minted BB, Diego Borges. Diego is one of the newer stars to come out of Checkmat. This Medio-Pasado (sometime medio) took second at this past World Championships as a brown belt and recently beat champion Claudio Calasans as a BB at the World Pro Trails in Manus, Brazil. Watch for Diego to perform well in one of the … Continue reading


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Match of the Week: Rafa Mendes x Theodoro Canal

Today’s Match of the Week is between a giant in the sport and a up and coming giant. Rafa Mendes versus Theodoro Canal! There is a lot written about Rafa Mendes, but Theodoro Canal is a lesser know name. Keep your eye out for this guy, he is definitely a force in BJJ. Enjoy the match. **** From Bjjheroes.com about Theodoro Canal Theodoro Canal was … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Renzo Gracie

Come on guys… do we really need to write anything about Renzo Gracie? He is the most charismatic member of the Gracie family. Win or lose, this lion of the sport is not afraid of anyone, I think when he is 90 years old, he will still want to fight someone in their 20’s. Below is partial a transpiration of an interview he gave to … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Andre Pederneiras

With the rise of Jose Aldo, lately, there has been a lot of talk about the Nova Uniao team. Nova Uniao is a fairly old BJJ mega-team with roots that lea ds back to the late great Carlson Gracie. For a few years, the team did not have active Mundial champions in its stable, but there is a compelling reason for this… and it all … Continue reading


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Match of The Week: Bernardo Faria vs. Rafael Lovato Jr

Today’s “Match of the Week” features a very slow and meticulous battle between two of the top BJJ fighters in the world, Bernardo Faria vs. Rafael Lovato Junior. This very calculated match between these two champions took place at the 2010 Brasileiro absolute finals. Bernado Faria started his BJJ career at the young age of 14 under the guidance of Ricardo Marques (a Carlson BB) … 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: Ash Williams

Today’s “Young Guns” segment features a young lad from the coastal city of Swansea, Wales. Ash Williams is a purple belt under BJJ Superstar Braulio Estima and Chris Rees. At the young age of 19, this future star has ripped through his peers in the UK grappling scene and massing fifteen medals (10 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze) along the way! Watch for this … Continue reading


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Match of the Week: Bruno Malfacine x Wellington “Megaton” Dias

Today, we feature a match between two world champions from different generations, Bruno Malfacine vs Wellington “Megaton” Dias. As many of you may know, Bruno Malfacine is the current Galo BB Champion after defeating the very gamed and skillful Caio Terra in the 2011 Mundials. Malfacine started BJJ in 1998 at age eleven (so… how many of us feel really old right now) and since … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Mauricio Gomes

    Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” focuses on Mauricio Gomes. To many he is simply known as Roger Gracie’s dad, but in addition to being the father of the most dominating figure in BJJ, Mauricio is also a member of Roll Gracie’s “Famous Five”. This seventh degree coral belt paved the way for BJJ in Europe. In 1998, Gomes opened the first Gracie Barra … Continue reading


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