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Match of the Week: Roger Gracie vs. Saulo Ribeiro (2005)

Today’s “Match of the Week” features a classic battle of two “old school” methodical competitors, Roger Gracie vs. Saulo Ribeiro. This match took place in the semi-finals of the absolute division of the 2005 Mundials in the TIJUCA TENIS CLUBE. Spoiler alert… After losing this match, Saulo knelt on the mat, folded his belt and gave it to Roger, symbolizing his kimono’s retirement. However, 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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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: 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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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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Position of the Month: Takedowns Wk#2 – Modified Single Leg

I hope you liked the last move from Serra Jiu Jitsu instructor Mike Piccolomini. Today, it’s my turn! I’m a brown belt under Matt Serra and I am also an instructor at Serra Jiu Jitsu in Huntington, NY. I started my martial arts career at Kazan Dojo in Deer Park, NY. Kazan is a traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu school led by a 5th degree JJJ … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Yuki Nakai

Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” features the first BJJ black belt in the Land of the Rising Sun, Yuki Nakai. As many of you may know, Nakai fought Rickson Gracie in the Vale Tudo Japan tournament in 1995 with only one healthy eye. It is a misconception that after his fight with Rickson, Nakai decided to learn BJJ. The truth is that Royler Gracie was … Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Takedowns WK#1 – Ouchi Gari

Hope you all had a great new years and that your training is back to full swing! We are doing something different with today’s theme. As we stated before, the Submission Control staff collectively have about 30+ years of martial arts experience (both teaching and practicing). We wanted to share our extensive experience with our loyal readers, but we lacked the funding to do so. … 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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