Must See Classic MMA Match – Renzo Gracie vs. Oleg Taktarov
In this classic MMA matchup Renzo Gracie defeats Oleg Nikolaevich Taktarov via KO (upkick and punch).
Valente Brothers, Pedro And Gui, Discuss The History Of The Modern Jiu-Jitsu Curriculum
In this video the Valente Brothers explain the history of the formation of the modern Jiu-Jitsu curriculum.
In the early days of BJJ much of the instruction was done via private lessons. In time it was deemed important to form group classes. When group classes were formed a multitude of new challenges were to be faced.
This is the story as to how the Gracie family and close friends spread the art of Jiu-Jitsu as we know it to the world today.
Closed Guard Overhook Attack: Collar Choke w/ Master Luiz Palhares
Jacksonville Gracie Jiu Jitsu is led by Luiz Palhares who is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and instructor. Palhares was presented his 7th degree black and red belt by the President of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Robson Gracie, in 2010. Palhares spent over 23 years being trained directly by the Gracie family, first under Rolls Gracie until his tragic Hang Gliding accident, then later under Rickson Gracie. He was awarded his black belt in 1984 by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu co-founder Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie.
During his lifetime Palhares has also accumulated a number of world-class competitive victories. Beginning in 1998, he won both senior heavy weight and open divisions of the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Later, in 2000, 2003, and 2004, again in both the senior heavy weight and open divisions, he took 1st place at the Pan-American Championship. In 2002, Palhares also claimed 3rd place at the Masters and Seniors International championship.
As an instructor Palhares has taught throughout the US and Europe. He teaches seminars and conducts private lessons around the globe. As a certified Army Combatives instructor he developed a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Combatives program for the US Navy SEALs at Dam Neck, Virginia. At Camp Blanding, Florida in 2010, Palhares taught a five month long Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for the 3rd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) prior to their deployment to Afghanistan. He has taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminars for the US Marines in Tennessee and at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Palhares also enjoys a long standing relationship with the Jacksonville Florida Sheriff’s Office (JSO) to provide instruction.
BJJ Technique – Guard Pass vs Crazy Legs – Firas Zahabi
In this video legendary coach Firas Zahabi cover how to pass the Guard vs a very flexible opponent. Every gym has at least one super flexible member on the mat and it can be very frustrating to pass the guard when using traditional pass and position. In the video below Firas will show you a different strategy that helps vs those crazy legged BJJ guys.
BJJ World Champion Michelle Nicolini Looking To Make Her Name In MMA
Michelle Nicolini has established herself as one of the most decorated female Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors in the history of the sport.
Now, the eight-time world champion and member of the BJJ Hall of Fame is looking to put her stamp down in the world of mixed martial arts.
“I just moved to Singapore to train full-time at Evolve MMA and I already signed with ONE Championship,” said Nicolini to Yahoo Sports. “I am super excited to have my first fight, and I think we really have the best team at Evolve MMA.
“The instructors are always there to patiently help and teach me. I totally trust in them, and have no doubt they will help me to improve my game and be a world champion in MMA. I will have to adapt my game to MMA because BJJ is not the same. I must learn Muay Thai, wrestling, and boxing, but my dream is to bring one more belt to Evolve MMA.”
While it won’t be Nicolini’s debut in MMA, her permanent move to an MMA gym will surely help to shape a well-rounded game.
“On my journeys I have visited some other MMA gyms around the world, but this was the first time that I imagined myself moving to one permanently. The training is hard, the instructors are all world champions in something, and the head coach, Heath Sims, has so much experience. I feel like this is the place I was always looking for.”