WBBJJ Private Lessons #5 – Coach George McGinnis

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For our fourth installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Coach George McGinnis! Coach George is a friend and frequent guest instructor at my academy (Tony). In this video George teaches us the fundamental Americana or Paintbrush from Side Control. Included are lots of details that perhaps you have not seen before and can put to use! Enjoy! Oss!

 

 

Thank you Coach George for the technique!

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video, please contact us!

 

(Gi Review) Veni Vidi Vici “The Guardian” Kimono

 

Veni Vidi Vici “The Guardian” Kimono Review

by Tony Peranio WBBJJ.com

 

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INTRODUCTION

 

I like to enjoy the finer things in life. Fine food, fine wine and fine clothing make life worth living. If you practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu your aesthetic “swagger” is determined by the Kimono that you wear. Many people wear the same cookie-cutter gi. We all know the one. I will not mention any company names but if you type “BJJ Gi” into Amazon or Ebay it will be among the first returned in the query.

 

“Veni Vidi Vici” is latin for, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

 

These kimonos are fine for beginners just entering the sport. (I am sure there are those of you who will tell me that you have worn the same gi that you bought on Ebay, from white belt to black belt. Then with that same gi you went on to win IBJJF Worlds. I get it.) However, some of us like to embrace our individuality on the mats. We like to perform to our maximum ability, while looking great doing it. Some of us like to have different gis for different occasions. If you find yourself in the gi more often than not, why would you not invest in the best? And if you have the expendable money, why would you not indulge in a nice repertoire of kimonos to suit your different fancies?

 

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SUMMARY

 

Veni Vidi Vici’s “The Guardian” kimono is their flagship product. You can tell they took a significant amount of time in both design and manufacturing. The Jacket’s material is light and flexible. There is a built-in rashguard which has a cooling effect and also keeps your skin safe by preventing friction. The embroidery is gorgeous and inspirational. The pants are durable and have two handy easter eggs. One is a mouthguard pocket hidden inside of the pants and the crotch is a special elastic material which guarantees that there will be no ripping.

 

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FIT

 

“The Guardian” kimono fit me like a glove. I have the A3. I am 5’8 and 200 lbs. The gi fit perfectly although I will have the pants hemmed. This is no fault of the design though, merely my build.  I am very flexible and was able to lay up some nasty head level karate kicks that were uninhibited by the pants (smiles). “The Guardian” definitely felt similar to a tailor-fitted suit.

 

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DESIGN

 

The design category is where “The Guardian” really rockets ahead of the competition. This kimono is designed to make you standout. I wore the gi for two weeks before writing this review. Everyone who saw me in it commented on how slick the gi looked. Everyone wanted to touch it and get a closer look at the embroidery to evaluate the lofty messages of inspiration contained therein.

 

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JACKET

 

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The jacket is a lightweight 450gsm soft Golden Jacquard Weave Fabric. It is one-piece constructed and has no back seam. The stitching is white and remarkably straight! The seams are heavily reinforced. There is no way someone is going to rip this jacket. It has an EVA foam collar and a tailored fit. The rashguard woven inside makes the kimono feel as smooth as silk to the skin.

 

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PANTS

 

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The pants are made from 12oz drill cotton. There is a 4 way stretch crotch gusset which guarantees that the crotch will not tear on us flexible folks. There is a stretch rope drawstring and 2 LOGO ONE PIECE loop systems. There is also reinforced double layer knee padding. The pants are tailored fit with white stitching and heavily reinforced seams. Finally, there is a convenient mouthguard pocket stitched into the waist of the pants (pictured below).

 

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PERFORMANCE IN ACTION

 

I have 9 kimonos currently. One of them is still sealed. I assumed that when I pulled this gi out of it’s sealed plastic, that I would have to wash it a few times to get it to soften up and be comfortable to roll in. I was floored at how soft the gi was coming out of the plastic.

 

I have lightweight, gold weave and pearl weave gi’s. This particular jacket material made me feel like Hugh Hefner in one of his infamous playboy mansion robes.

 

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After washing and drying the gi I wore it to BJJ class. It felt wonderful to roll in. It was light to wear and breathed incredibly well. To me those are the two most important factors of a gi. Also, something about the gi made it impossible to choke, or armbar me! Juuust kidding. But seriously though, I was able to move uninhibited and never felt weighted down or sluggish.

 

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I didn’t wear a rashguard to test the effect on my skin, to see if I felt that “sunburn” effect. There was nothing. My skin felt great.

 

CONCLUSION

 

If I would have been handed this gi, without having access to the pricing information, I would have guessed this gi to cost at least $220.00. I have another major brand gi that I spent $220.00 on and do not like nearly as much as this gi for $160.00 shipped! Other companies will sell you something and then jack up the shipping cost so they make extra money. Such is not the case with VVV Fight Co.

 

This is a great bargain for a great kimono that will last a LONG time. When I first started Jiu Jitsu I bought a cheap gi for $90.00. After 3 uses a hole appeared on the butt cheek of the pants. It is worth the extra money to get a durable gi that you can resell later if you find that Jiu Jitsu isn’t for you. If you love Jiu Jitsu, you will love the look and feel of this gi.

 

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Be sure to follow VVV fight Co. on Facebook and Twitter! Check out their entire line of products at www.vvvfightco.com

 

I hope you all enjoyed the review!

 

meTony Peranio WBBJJ

 

WBBJJ Private Lessons #4 – Rodrigo Pagani

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For our fourth installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Rodrigo Pagani! Rodrigo has been a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt for 13 years and is currently the Director of Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Brazil. He is a 3X World Masters Champion and a 4X Brasiliero Champion. In this video Rodrigo teaches us the details behind his famed “Curu Curu” Guard (named from a childhood toy) and also a sweep from that position.

 

 

Thank you Professor Pagani for the technique!

 

Connect with Rodrigo Pagani via Facebook.

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video, please contact us!

 

WBBJJ Private Sessions #12: Tammi Musumeci

 

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Our guest for the twelfth installment of White Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Private Sessions is none other than Black Belt BJJ competitor: Tammi Musumeci! It brings us great pleasure to sit down with her and we hope you enjoy her story!

 

WBBJJ: What brought you to BJJ?

Tammi: I started training at Fatjo’s martial arts in Marlboro, New Jersey. I loved it instantly! Through the years, I tried many different sports and activities, all while still training BJJ, but my true love remained jiujitsu and still remains jiujitsu today!

 

WBBJJ: In your experience what should lower belts do more of/less of?

Tammi: I believe beginners should start with learning more self defense jiujitsu! This helps with getting comfortable with the different positions in jiujitsu. Then, they showed start learning basic closed guard and submissions such as scissor sweep and kimura! Very basic and effective! They should perfect those moves until moving on to spider guard an delariva. I feel experience and time is everything in the jiujitsu process and this process is unique to every person. Everyone learns at different speeds and this should be considered when learning jiujitsu.

 

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WBBJJ: If you could go back in time and give the White Belt YOU guidance, what advice would you give?

Tammi: I am really happy with my white belt experience because I only focused on the basics! It Is way harder today to avoid the temptation of learning berimbolo and other advanced techniques, so I am grateful I started when those temptations were non-existent!

 

WBBJJ: For you what’s been the hardest part of the journey?

Tammi: For me the mental journey has been the hardest part as well! It is sometimes hard to give yourself credit or feel confident and I have found a lot of people also share these same feelings!

 

WBBJJ: In tough times what has helped you get through and allowed you to persevere?

Tammi: When going through a rough time it’s good to do things that give you confidence and make you feel good about yourself! I also love to workout an go to the beach and I feel both are relaxing and help a great deal! It’s good to do something that promotes happiness or relaxation so I always look for that thing!

 

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WBBJJ: If you weren’t doing BJJ what would you be doing?

Tammi: I have been doing jiujitsu since I was 6 years old and in kindergarten so I really can’t picture life without it!!! I can’t remember before it!

 

WBBJJ: What do you tell someone who says they want to do BJJ, and then gives the standard excuses; time, money, etc?

Tammi: I would tell them to prioritize! If they really want to train, but the gym doesn’t offer a class that fits their schedule, I would tell them to find another gym to fit their schedule or find someone or even a group of people who share a similar schedule to get some training in! You don’t realize how many people share the same problems and situations as you do until you start looking!

 

WBBJJ: What is your favorite activity besides BJJ?

Tammi: I have trained Muay Thai since I am 4 years old so, it also has played a huge part in my life and at times, I enjoyed it more than jiujitsu! I love weightlifting too much to the point where it is dangerous! I have to constantly make sure I don’t gain weight!  But, I find so much joy in lifting heavy weights!

 

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WBBJJ: What’s on your iPod?

Tammi: I love the intense music that gets me pumped to workout and train! I need music that matches my intensity!

 

WBBJJ: What was the last movie that you watched?

Tammi: I love comedies, but zoolander is just too funny an had so many quotable lines haha!! I watch a lot of entourage and Saturday night live as well!

 

WBBJJ: If you could train with someone living or dead, who would that be?

Tammi: My brother Mikey. He knows how to push me and all of my weaknesses so it is always such a great train every time I get to train with him! I am also honored to get to train with the mendes bros! They are so amazing and inspirational and I learn so much from them.

 

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 Interview by Todd Shaffer WBBJJ.com

 

 

 

 

WBBJJ Private Lessons #3 – Nathan Mendelsohn

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For our third installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Nathan Mendelsohn! Nathan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt competitor and instructor under the Master Claudio Franca Coalition 95 Team. He was our seventh Private Sessions interviewee. In this video Nathan teaches us how to break open the Spider Guard and pass to Side Control using the Leg Drag.

 

 

Thank you Nathan Mendelsohn for the technique!

 

Connect with Nathan Mendelsohn on your favorite social media sites:

Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/nathan.mendelsohn.10

Instagram = @nathanmendelsohnbjj

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video, please contact us!

 

Metamoris 5 announced! Full fight card inside!

 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba makes his return to competition to face MMA and BJJ legend Renzo Gracie at Metamoris 5!! These men faced each other in a brutal MMA bout at Pride 10 on August 27, 2000. Renzo in that battle fell victim to a nasty kimura by Sakuraba.

 

 

Also on this great 20 minute submission grappling card are:

Rory Macdonald (Metamoris misspelled his name on the banner below) vs J. T. Torres

Yuri Simoes vs Rafael Lovato JR.

Vinny Magalhaes vs Kevin Casey

Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon vs Zak Maxwell

and another “Secret Match”!!

 

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WBBJJ Private Lessons #2 – Keith Owen

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For our second installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Professor Keith Owen! Keith is a well known black belt under 8th Degree Coral Belt, Master Pedro Sauer. His videos on YouTube have always been among our favorites. He explains techniques with tremendous detail and is always sure to invoke a philosophical twist. He was our tenth Private Sessions interviewee. In this video Professor Owen teaches us the intricacies of the “UPA”, or the “Bridge from the Mount”!

 

 

Thank you Professor Owen for the technique!

 

Connect with Keith Owen on your favorite social media sites:

Facebook  = www.facebook.com/keithrowen

Instagram = @keithrowen

Twitter = @keithowen

Watch his Technique and BJJ philosophy videos here.

Check out his web page here.

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video, please contact us!

 

WBBJJ Private Lessons #1 – James “300” Foster

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For this first installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Professor James “300” Foster. Coach Foster has been a friend to us since the very beginning. He was our first Private Sessions interviewee. In this video Coach Foster teaches us some of his Guard Passing concepts!

 

 

Thank you Coach Foster for the technique!

 

Connect with Professor Foster on your favorite social media sites:

Facebook athlete page = www.facebook.com/coach300foster

Instagram = @shoyorollplayboy

Twitter = @fosterjiujitsu

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video. Please contact us!