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Young Guns: William Abreu (Fight Sports / The Avengers)

In today’s “Young Guns” segment, we feature a collegiate wrestler turned submission specialist, William Abreu. This guy has been tearing up the no-gi scene on a regional and international level since 2007. Some of his more noteworthy titles include: 2011 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship – 1st IBJJF No-Gi Pan Am – 1st IBJJF Miami Int’l Open – Weight – 1st – Absolute – 3rd 2010 … Continue reading


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Young Guns: Michael Liera Jr. (Atos Jiu Jitsu)

Today’s Young Guns segment features a sensational light weight purple competitor, Michael Liera Jr. In 2011 he won the worlds as a blue and now as a relatively new purple belt, this young bjjer took gold at this year’s Pans. Enjoy the interview and watch out for this guy at this year’s Mundials. Ossss! ***** How did you start Jiu Jitsu? I started Jiu Jitsu … 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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Young Guns: James Harbison

Today’s “Young Guns” segment features one of the few competitors out there that has won the unofficial IBJJF Grand Slam title. In 2011, Jimmy won the Mundials, Pans, Euros and the Brazilian Nationals as a brown belt. As a result of his stellar performances, Master Lloyd Irvin awarded Jimmy his BB in July 2011. As a newly minted black belt, Jimmy has a huge road … Continue reading


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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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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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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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Young Guns: Ralph Go (2011 IBJJF Mundial Silver Medalist)

Today’s Young Guns segment features a bjj practitioner from a distant part of the world where martial arts has historically been a striker’s art form. In a country where a modest youth can change himself to an international superstar, today’s Young Gun, Ralph Go is trying to replicate Manny Pacquiao’s success with boxing in BJJ. Ralph Go, a brown belt under Makoto Aramaki, is one … 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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