DJ Jackson Becomes The First American To Win The Copa Podio Event In Manaus Brazil!

 

DJ Jackson is the winner of the Copa Podio Middleweight Grand Prix!

This event has taken place so far in Porto Alegre, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. This latest event was set in Manaus, a Brazilian city where jiu-jitsu is as, or possibly more popular than soccer. The capital of the state of Amazonas was the stage selected for this Copa Podio. The event took place yesterday August 12, at 7 PM, at the Amadeu Teixeira Arena, in the central-western district of Manaus.

Here are the results:
DJ Jackson defeated Tommy Langaker by points
Fellipe Andrew defeated Hugo Marques by botinha

DJ Jackson defeated Kywan Gracie by 0x0 pts, 2×0 adv.
Fellipe Andrew defeated Tommy Langaker by triangle

DJ Jackson defeated Fellipe Andrew by 0x0, 2×0 adv.
Hugo Marques defeated Kywan Gracie by 5×0 pts

DJ Jackson defeated Hugo Marques by 4×2 pts
Tommy Langaker defeated Kywan Gracie by cross choke

Tommy Langaker defeated Hugo Marques by 2×2 pts, 4×2 adv

Semi-finals:
DJ Jackson defeated Gustavo Braguinha by advantages
Fellipe Andrew defeated William Dias by footlock

Final:
DJ Jackson defeated Fellipe Andrew by advantages

3rd Place:
Gustavo Braguinha defeated William Dias

 

Check out the celebration below! Congrats DJ!

 

 

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Blue Belt Submits A Black Belt In Less Than A Minute

 

Blue Belt Devin Genchi hits his signature submission hold, the Genchitine, on a BJJ Black Belt in less than 1 minute. This powerful submission is a mix between the Guillotine choke and the dreaded Crucifix – creating two types of excruciating pressure that will force your opponent to submit.

 

Check it out below!

 

 

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How To Prevent The Guard Pass In No Gi

 

Here are some helpful concepts and technical considerations to preventing the guard pass and developing guard retention, specifically for no gi.

 

 

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How To Prepare For A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition

 

Hey guys I went down to Irvine California to Compete at the highest level at the Pan AM BJJ Competition. Had a great time and wanted to share some tips on how to get ready for a competition. Push your self! – Scott Barnes (@scottbarnes)

 

 

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Happy Birthday BJJ Artist, Cancer Survivor and Poison Drummer!

 

On August 8th, 2017 Rikki Rockett turned 56 years old! He is among the BJJ celebrities who actually competes! Rikki was the drummer of the band Poison who sold 45 million records worldwide. He beat throat cancer in 2015.

In 1993, Rockett started watching a new promotion called The Ultimate Fighting Championship. At first he was frustrated by the success of a young grappler named Royce Gracie. As a martial artist from a striking background, he just couldn’t wrap his head around what was happening. “The first two UFCs, I was like ‘Would somebody hit this frickin’ guy?’” he joked to 8 Count. When he started to notice his dad’s old trick, the Osota Gari, being used, though, his interest was piqued. “That rekindled my interest in Jiu-Jitsu,” he told JiuJitsuSweep.com.

When he met Rigan and Jean Jacques Machado at a rally in 1998, the Brazilian brothers invited him to their school. “I had roots in wrestling and some ground fighting skills and thought I’d do just fine,” Rockett writes on his official website. “I got tapped out by their students more times than I can remember! I signed up the next day and have been an avid student ever since.”

Rockett earned his purple belt under the Machado brothers through a combination of group classes and private lessons from Renato Magno. When Magno opened his own gym, Street Sports Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Santa Monica, the drummer followed him there.

 

In the video below you can check Rikki competing! Happy Birthday Sir!

 

 

 

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The Most Frustrating Part Of Jiu-Jitsu – Injuries

 

by Brooke George
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The most frustrating part of Jiu Jitsu I have experienced so far is being injured and forced off the mat. In my last tournament the ref missed my tap to a belly down arm bar and it caused a hyper-extended elbow and a partial UCL tear in my elbow. If being injured has made me realize anything it’s appreciate for the time on the mat and how I’ve taken it for granted. I have taken being able to step on the mats for granted due to the fact that I have always been able to go. Nothing has stopped me before.

 

With being injured and now sick on top of it, all I want to do is get healthy but I can’t make it happen which I think is the most frustrating part. I can’t work harder to make myself better which makes me feel lazy. I can’t take something or see enough doctors because it just takes time to heal and takes time to go through the steps of physical therapy to heal properly, which is frustrating. I get upset because there is nothing I can do but rest and try to take care of my body. Only time came fix it. Time is something we can’t control and I don’t like my time away from the mat being controlled by something other than myself.

 

Even through all this frustration, it has given me an even greater appreciation for training than I already had. It makes me want to be that much better when I get back and that much healthier. It will make the days where I feel tired or sore seem like a piece of cake because being off the mat for so long is so hard for me. I would rather be at my gym with my team than anywhere else and there were plenty of days where I did just that and watched.

 

Time will pass, I will get through physical therapy, and I’ll be back on the mats in no time! Jiu-Jitsu is a lifelong sport, this is just a bump in the road.

 

 

 

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Jiu-Jitsu History and School Lineage Explained – School Time

 

Ever wonder where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu comes from and who were the first to learn it? Check out the video below for a brand new breakdown of the history and lineage of our powerful art!

 

 

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The Essentials of Jiu-Jitsu: Half Guard

 

The Essentials of Jiu-Jitsu: Half Guard
By Maimoon Khan

Everyone remembers the first time they stepped on to the mats. It’s a world of new possibilities and a sea of knowledge. But for the first few months all you could do is drown. Then comes the moment where you realized you can just tread water to survive. Its not much but you’ll take it just so you can keep your head above the water. For most of us it meant comfort or familiarity in a position of choice.

The vast majority remember it as being on their backs, tucking chins and folding elbows in. Guard retention was futile, the crafty blue belt could always magic his way through and the mammoth white belt had the force of a ram. But if you were lucky enough, at just the right time there was an opportunity to swipe your legs in the air and clamp down one leg. It was usually a feeble attempt at the irrepressible blue but at least it meant you could slow them down.

For the white belt however, your bear trap not only set the motion to stop their advances but perhaps if you had been in the position long enough you learnt to make full use of it. This always means a lot of trial and error and finding your own way, but sometimes a guiding light might be just the thing you need to level up your game. The following short might prove a useful tool for those of you stuck underneath looking for a way out.

Underhooks

The half guard might look simple, perhaps the sister of the more awe inspiring full guard but don’t let that simplicity fool you. The real battle is in the details beyond having one of your opponent’s legs wrapped up. No matter what variation you use there are some common foundations that you need to establish in order to have a good base.

The first major pillar in order to have control is to maintain underhooks. This could be as simple as establishing hooks before your opponent realizes he needs to overcome them or using humble techniques such as arching and fishing to regain lost hooks. Underhooks are what give you maneuverability. They will simultaneously take away from your opponent’s base so that he has less options to attack with.

The Fetal Position

The next pillar to establish control is the position in which you lay down while in the half guard. A common mistake is for the person underneath to lie flat on their backs. Doing so not only leaves you stapled in terms of movement but it gives your opponent a great advantage in that you have already done his work for him. It is your opponent’s intention to force you flat so that he may proceed to pass further or attempt a submission. For the defender it’s a very weak position to be in.

In the battle to get off your back your ideal destination is the fetal position. You should be on your side and crunched in close to the inside of the attacker. The biggest benefit with this position is the amount of movement it lets you maintain within the half guard. A twist of the hips, the main muscle used in Jiu-Jitsu, will give enough force to move your opponent of his base, establishing opportunities to attack.

Defense

Established hooks and body positioning on the side of your person should have you in a relatively safe position. You can still be attacked but more often than not it involves your opponent flattening you on your back and establishing a cross face. Remember to always keep battling for the underhooks. A good foetal will be tight enough to make it difficult on your opponent to flatten you out however its not impossible when it’s a battle for domination.

If you do get flattened out your first reaction should be to defend a cross face. It will be your opponents tool to pin you to the ground as he thinks about techniques to get out of your bear trap. A cross face is the arm on the opposite side of your opponents trapped leg establishing a hook behind your head with the shoulder driving into your front. To block the cross face you will need to be quick in cupping your opponents bicep and framing against it.

Sweeps and Submissions

You’ve established a good base and trumped your opponent’s attempts at breaking down your offences. He has low morale at this point and he starts making mistakes as he gives up on any chance of dominating you. This is your ideal opportunity to attack. Take advantage of your opponent loosening up.

To capitalize on his mistakes a simple sweep can lead you to the top or an attack from the bottom may submit him. The opportunities are endless but mastering the fundamentals takes time and practice.

 

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How To Land A Kneebar From De La Riva

 

Someone trying to get out of your De La Riva guard? No problem — slip into a kneebar, as shown here by Master Ricardo Liborio. He explains the setup and steps for this move.

 

Remember, when drilling the kneebar with a partner, go slowly and give them time to tap. No one likes a knee-breaker.

 

 

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