I thought this was interesting and haven’t seen this covered before.
TV star Ashton Kutcher, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt (pictured in a recent photo below), is clearly wearing a Black Belt in the presence of legendary BJJ Black Belt Ricardo De La Riva (pictured above).
I found one blurb of the visit that stated:
“Ashton Kutcher, was in yesterday, June 13, to see Ricardo de la Riva, in Rio de Janeiro. Ashton showed that he understands the subject and trained very well with the Black Belts of the academy. Ashton learned the secret of one of the world’s most famous guards, the De la Riva guard, which was demonstrated by the master himself.
There is a watermark on the photo for faixapreta.com. Upon trying to go to that website for more information I realized that the domain is currently for sale.
Do celebrities get special treatment because of their social status when training in Brazil? Did Ashton forget his purple belt and a black one was the only one available to wear? The world may never know.
Joe Rogan discusses the legitimacy of Ashton’s Purple Belt
5 classic videos of Jiu Jitsu and MMA legend Renzo Gracie!
Parabens, Feliz Aniversario!
Renzo Gracie was born on March 11, 1967, in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He is the grandson of Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie and son of 9th Dan BJJ black belt Robson Gracie, brother to Ralph and Ryan Gracie. Like most men in the Gracie family, Renzo started training Jiu Jitsu as an infant. He had formal instructor from many of the Gracie patriarchs, but to of his biggest influences were the legendary Rolls Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr (the man who later awarded him his black belt).
The Renzo Gracie name is also a synonym of Vale-Tudo, the famous No Holds Barred style of fighting in Brazil that originated today’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Renzo’s first official fight was at the age of 25 in the Gracie Vale Tudo Challenge were he submitted his opponent Luiz Augusto Alvareda by rear naked choke.
Renzo pursued his fighting career moving to the US to compete where the sport was gaining recognition after the early UFC’s, he also opened his own academy in New York, a gym that rapidly became a reference in America and the world for high quality Jiu Jitsu. From this same academy Renzo Gracie forged fighters such as Matt Serra, John Danaher, Ricardo Cachorão, Shawn Williams, Jerry Rinaldi and many, many others. [source: BJJ Heroes]
Renzo Gracie Highlight Video
Renzo Finishes Guy Before He Rolls Out Of The Ring
Renzo And Relson Talk Candidly About Street Fighting Past
In the video below, starting at 13:00 minutes in, Rener Gracie says:
“No offense to her (Cris Cyborg), she’s obviously an amazing athlete and has done amazingly well in MMA, and from what I hear is a great person as well. This is just me personally, I know what it feels like to roll with a very athletic, strong person. People say rolling with Cris ‘Cyborg’ is like rolling with a man, you don’t have to go easy, you’re rolling very hard. And I’ve rolled with a lot of world class men, martial arts, jiu-jitsu, MMA, and I know what they feel like. Ronda doesn’t feel like them.
Cris Cyborg did not take the comments lightly at all replying:
Cool story bro. I am not surprised you say bad things about me. Your Athlete used the same technique to grow her name too much credit? Who are you to say this?! You don’t know how hard a fighters life is. You were born with a life of luxury, you don’t know The struggles a Brazilian girl has in America. No promotion, helps me grow, only blood and sweat, chute boxe style. Nobody made my name but me, I have no grandfather name to live off. Go promote your online students while I earn my credit fighting, and ask the real Gracies what respect means.
How To Be A Good BJJ Partner When A Teammate Is Injured
Any BJJ addict will tell you that there is nothing worse than having an injury that prevents you from training. That being said, often times an injured BJJ addict will attempt to train through the pain.
What can you do as a good training partner to help someone who is injured to be able to roll safely? Below are a few thoughts to consider.
– First and foremost, drop the ego. It is only one five minute match with a teammate. You don’t have to “win” against someone who is injured. There is no glory to be gained.
– Let your teammate initiate where the roll goes. They may normally be a pressure passer but because of a knee injury may be forced to play more open guard. Allow them to get into a position and then work from there. Be like Rickson Gracie and “flow with the go”.
– Be mindful of their injury. If their right shoulder is hurt, don’t go for Kimuras, Omoplatas, Americanas, etc. I would like to say that this is stating the obvious but believe me, people will attack an injury. Most times it is not done intentionally, but in the heat of a roll, movements can become reactionary.
– I know this may sound crazy to some of you, but you can even give up position for an injured teammate, and give them a chance to be offensive! Wild sounding, I know. Doing this will give you a chance to work on your defense, without having the pressure of having to do so.
– If you know someone is injured and know how to practice arte suave (the gentle art), help out the injured person by calling them out a few times in a sparring session, to prevent them from possibly furthering their injury by rolling with an overzealous beginner.
If you are the injured person listen to your doctor and take heed their advice!
When you get to the point like you feel you can begin training again, be sure to pick the right people to roll with. Stay away from the spazzy, explosive types. It is not necessarily a size issue, most larger advanced belts have learned how to roll with smaller people over the years.
If you get called out by someone to roll and you feel that rolling with them might not be the best idea, simply tell them. They can quickly re-injure you if both you, and they, are not careful. Academies are generally filled with people who all get along and consider each other extended families. Saying something shouldn’t be an issue.
Also be sure to talk to your coach so that he can give you some extra attention when it comes time to spar. He can anticipate potentially dangerous situations while watching you roll and give you a warning if needed.
Chael Sonnen will meet Renato “Babalu” Sobral on May 9 at Metamoris VI, according to Sonnen. Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie confirmed the news, as well. Gracie said the event would take place in Los Angeles, but he would not confirm the location just yet. Gracie added that Sonnen vs. Sobral will not serve as the main event, which will be announced in the coming days.
Metamoris is a grappling promotion that features 20-minute, submission-only matches. There are no points given so a winner is only declared if there is a submission.
Sonnen made his promotional debut in August when he was submitted by Andre Galvao at Metamoris IV. Sobral competed at Metamoris III last March, fighting to a draw against former UFC veteran Dean Lister.
Sobral spoke about his desire to compete against Sonnen on Friday with MMA Prime.
“Babalu” spoiled Sonnen’s UFC debut in 2005, when he submitted “The American Gangster” via second-round arm-triangle choke at UFC 55.
Video Proves Pitbulls Make Great Jiu Jitsu Training Partners
There are those who want to place bans on this breed of dog because they are “supposedly” naturally aggressive. This video proves that not only is such not the case, but that pitbulls make great Jiu Jitsu Training partners!
Via Gene Gook, the videos producer:KIDS, DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE TECHNIQUES ON PITBULLS. These pitbulls have been professionally trained in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Stay tuned for our ongoing Pitbull BJJ video series. For all you haters out there, no animals were injured during the filming of this video.
This White Belt needs some advice. Let’s show him that he came to the right place. What say you all about his predicament?
“I’ve been training almost a year and I have 3 stripes on my white belt, and one stripe white belts are tapping me! I desperately need some encouragement before I throw in the towel and walk away. I expect color belts to tap me, but EVERYONE taps me! Any words of wisdom?” – Mike B.