Congratulations to all of the newly promoted! Keep up the hard work!
(Jessica Penne and Lucas Leite)
2015 has been a busy year so far with UFC fighters being promoted in BJJ! We recently reported that Michael Bisping and Anthony Pettis had earned their Brown Belts. This week we add UFC straw-weight Jessica Penne to that list! Jessica just earned her Black Belt from BJJ megastar Lucas Leite of Team Checkmat!
Congratulations Jessica! Oss!
Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (also husband of Sarah Michelle Gellar) is among the growing list of celebrities who practice Jiu Jitsu. Here is a tweet that he sent out this week of him bonding with his daughter Charlotte after BJJ practice.
(Post Jiu Jitsu meal still in the gi pants)
The tweet was captioned:
Freddie recently underwent spine surgery and had to relearn how to walk.
Not sure where Freddie trains but he is listed as a certified Gracie Academy certified blue belt.
[NOT FOR THE FEINT OF HEART] Some white belts and even higher belts go into Jiu Jitsu competition not fully aware of the rules of the game. If you are competing in the IBJJF or an organization that uses their rules, it can prove to be quite exhausting learning every nuanced detail. That being said, you should at least start out by knowing how you can be disqualified in competition. Learning the most egregious errors of our game is important for your safety, and the safety of your opponent.
These videos show the consequences that occur when people utilize maneuvers that are not allowed. Great job Hello Japan for putting these together!
Below is the IBJJF Table of technical fouls and illegal moves.
This is probably one of the most civilized street fights, (or snow fights) I have ever seen. These guys have a problem with each other. They fight. One guy taps. The other guy lets go. The problem is solved.
This video shows yet again, how powerful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is in terms of self-defense and the combat arts.
Jiu Jitsu World League Is Tomorrow!
Jiu Jitsu practitioners from around the world are converging on Irvine, California as you read this. The first ever Jiu Jitsu World League event is tomorrow! Get ready for some exciting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu action! The organization’s founder Master Rigan Machado sees a few problems with today’s sport Jiu Jitsu.
Mr. Machado stated during an interview with mmafighting.com that he wanted to professionalize the sport. Basically his idea is that if Jiu Jitsu tournament winners were paid, they would feel less compelled to move onto other sports like MMA, where the athletes are paid. Their website boasts a 12 city tour and $250,000 in prize money to award.
There will also be new rules implemented into the Jiu Jitsu World League. Most noticeably is the situation regarding takedown scoring. In the IBJJF a takedown is worth 2 points. To encourage more takedowns, and less “guard pulling”, takedowns will be divided into two for scoring schedules. “Low takedowns” will be worth 2 points still while “high takedowns” will net 4 points.
(JJWL Complete Scoring System)
Below you will find all of the information you need to know, and that is currently available, about the Jiu Jitsu World League.
See you tomorrow in Irvine! OSS!
Be on the lookout for BJJgirl. She will be there competing and covering the event. Wish her luck!
Here is the most recent interview with Master Machado about tomorrow’s inaugural event.
Here is a great story coming out of Saskatchewan, Canada of a First Nation single mom who has become dedicated to the BJJ lifestyle. This week her story was picked up by her local news station. Shana Pasap is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has won 9 medals in the past three years. She is the top ranked female grappler of 2014 in Saskatchewan.
Keep up the great work Shana!