The Jiu Jitsu Roots Of Anderson Silva And Nick Diaz

 

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Tonight one of the most exciting fights of the year is taking place at UFC 183: Silva vs Diaz.

 

Everyone is familiar with these two legends in regard to their MMA careers. Not everyone knows that both of these men are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts.

 

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(Anderson Silva and the Nogueira Brothers)

 

Anderson Silva is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

 

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(Nick Diaz)

 

Nick Diaz is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Cesar Gracie.

 

Their complete lineages are as follows:

 

Anderson Silva < Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira < Ricardo De la Riva < Carlson Gracie < Carlos Gracie < Mitsuyo Maeda

 

Nick Diaz < Cesar Gracie < Robson Gracie < Carlos Gracie Sr. < Mitsuyo Maeda

 

Hopefully this means that we will get to see some high level grappling action in tonight’s five-rounder. Thoughts?

 

 

 

Tag Team MMA Match With KO And Armbar Finish!

 

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This is one of those rare treasures that you find and wonder why you have never heard about it before. MMA not exciting enough for you? How about tag team MMA? This isn’t just any old backyard production (okay many of the fights take place in the sand, but that’s not the point). This fighting federation from Russia recently has gone international staging their first event in Brazil in 2014.

 

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You simply have got to watch this. I have watched at least 10 videos from their YouTube channel and have been enjoying them. They remind me of early Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fights that would happen right there on the beach. The level of fighting is pretty good at times. They wear MMA gloves and have referees.

 

Check out the match below where you get a knock out and an armbar in a single tag team match! Incredible!

 

 

For more information check out their webpage!

 

New Jiu Jitsu World League Event + High Def Highlight

 

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The second Jiu Jitsu World League has been announced! This one is taking place in Las Vegas on May 9th, 2015. There is not much more information available as of now. The Jiu Jitsu World League this week created a Facebook event page to post announcements!

 

The first event seemed to be a big success. The athletes in attendance claimed to have a great time on Social Media. The videos that I saw had plenty of people in attendance and even some big stars like Ashton Kutcher came out. There was cool loud music to roll to and winning athletes got paid! BJJ Girl enjoyed participating in the event! Check out her write up which is featured at jjworldleague.com. It’s a great read!

 

The gentleman that run the league ask if we’d share this video with you all. It is a High-Def Cinema Edition Gi Championship Highlight from the first event. Enjoy!

 

 

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I’ve Seen 1000 People Quit Jiu Jitsu In 7 Years

 

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This video from a Black Belt ceremony captures the feeling of a Jiu Jitsu teacher who truly cares about his students. An emotional Felipe Guedes of Gracie Barra San Clemente shared his thoughts on why so many people quit our sport and how precious it is to make it to the Black Belt level. He also shared these quotes:

 

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” – John Irving

 

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda

 

 

 

A Kids Article On Training For Pan Kids Championships

 

I am Michael Garlington. I am 13 years old and am from Annapolis, Maryland, near the United States Naval Academy. I have grown up here my whole life. I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past two and a half years. Currently I am a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Yellow Belt in the middle of training for the IBJJF Pan Kids tournament being held on February 15th, 2015 in California. My goal is to be someday become a BJJ world champion.

 

I used to play several different sports throughout the year like most kids. I played soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and Kung Fu. Even though I enjoyed playing those sports with all of my friends from school, my heart wasn’t all the way into any of them. One day my father and I accidently turned on the UFC channel and saw the one and only Rhonda Rousey break another girls arm. I turned to my dad and said, “I want to do that as a sport”. So he went out and found my academy.

 

After the first couple months of training I fell in love with the art of BJJ. Ever since, there is nothing I would rather be doing then training at the academy. Currently I train 6 days per week. From Monday through Saturday I am at the gym or at a competition. Two to three days per week I train with adults for more advanced technique and hardcore live rolling. Then the other two to three days per week I’m training with other kids which involves a lot more drilling and helping out other children.

 

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(Michael winning gold at NAGA)

 

Four months into training BJJ and I wanted to join our competition team. After watching all the advanced kids competing and bringing home the gold I wanted to try it out. My first tournament I didn’t do so well but that just drove me to work harder and come back next time with the gold.

 

Currently I am the top kid in Maryland for my weight class. After 6 months of training I went out to my first Pan kids and got third. The year after that I got promoted to a higher belt rank which caused me to fight up at the next competition level for kids, and I lost in a nail biting match in the semifinals to achieve third once again.

 

 

To travel across the country to compete with kids all around the world can be very intimidating, but with the right amount of confidence and skill there is nothing that can stop me. Kids that I used to think were unstoppable, I am now beating! I have hit a win streak in my NAGA competition career which has given me a new found confidence! My confidence is helping me to compete and win. With this attitude I just know I can come back from Pan Kids this year with the gold medal!

 

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(Michael cleaning up the mats)

 

Next year I will be trying to get into Dematha high school because it is a school with a great wrestling program which will help me also with my Jiu Jitsu career.

 

This Jiu Jitsu career of mine was not accomplished by myself. I owe my success to my instructors, my parents, and my training partners. I could not have had these successes without Mr. and Mrs. Ives, the owners of Ivey League Mixed Martial Arts. I didn’t think it was possible to have such great instructors and mentors. In addition to great instruction I also have amazing training partners. You can’t get better at something if there is no one to push you and make you better, and at my academy that’s what all of my training partners do. Finally I have to thank my parents. They have spent so much time driving me to tournaments and practices, and their support is what gives me my biggest confidence boost.

 

 

Check out his local paper’s write up about BJJ Youth Fighter Michael Garlington and their family’s battle with autism.

 

If you want to help this future champion get to the tournament and win the gold please click here.

 

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[UPDATE: 2/15/2015 – He won! Thank you everyone who gave their support!]

 

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2015 IBJJF Europeans Streaming For Free Right Now

 

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Get this weekend’s best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu action by watching the IBJJF’s live free streaming event of the 2015 European Championships! The streaming video is below!

 

[UPDATE] The stream is experiencing technical difficulties. Some are suggesting that this is because the IBJJF is only streaming tomorrow. That is incorrect. I was watching hours of the stream earlier. Keep checking back. Hopefully the problem is solved soon!

 

 

Shots Fired! Dillon Danis Calls Out Garry Tonon!

 

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Marcelo Garcia “Brown Belt Dream Team” member Dillon Danis (Alliance) is calling out no-gi phenom Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon for a Jiu Jitsu match. The pre-fight Instagram battle is below.

 

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That escalated quickly! Quite an interesting exchange indeed. I think this would be an excellent match well worth watching! What say you? Excellent highlight videos of both fighters below!

 

 

 

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