Dylan’s Gift: Jiu Jitsu, Christmas and Giving Back 2014
This 8 year old BJJ White Belt has a killer armbar, killer transitions and a tremendous desire to help people and spread happiness. As part of his leadership project, young Dylan (with the help of his father Jeremiah) was able to amass toys and give them out to hospitalized children who perhaps might not have received any gifts at all this year for Christmas.
You are an inspiration to us all Dylan! Keep doing what you are doing! OSS!
One of the biggest stars of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is now 1-0 in MMA! Kron Gracie defeated Kim Hyung-Su in 65 seconds via armbar. The bout took place at Real Fight Championship 1 in Tokyo, Japan, December 23, 2014.
Nic Gregoriades of Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood has been working for a long time to bring you this handy digital grappling tool. It is especially useful for beginners trying to figure out what to do in specific situations. Your options change with each roll. Your correct actions are rewarded with points and eventually a submission, and your bad decisions yield bad positions to work out of, or you will be submitted! Clear goals are laid out which allow you to advance in belt ranks.
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Russell Redenbaugh is an amazingly inspirational and interesting person. While in his twenties Russell performed a failed rocket fuel experiment (he was a model rocket enthusiast) in his garage which would cause him to go blind and to lose the faculties of several of his fingers. This however would not stop Russell from going on to becoming a millionaire, and a BJJ world champion.
The accident had caused the immediate loss of one of Russell’s eyes. He eventually lost the use of his other eye and it was not able to be restored surgically. While still in the hospital Mr. Redenbaugh declared, “I would not be dependent. I would not be poor. I would not live at home. I would live in the sighted world, doing sighted things.”
Phil Migliarese, a 5th Degree BJJ Black Belt, was introduced to Russell and immediately felt compelled to help him learn Jiu Jitsu.
Wow. The crazy beatdowns that take place during this academy’s promotion day make me scared to run this story!
The guys up for this BJJ promotion are all blue, purple and brown belts. The attackers are given boxing gloves to wear and the person up for promotion is bare-knuckled, but clearly not allowed to strike. The action that ensues is pretty intense. Combatants mimic street fighting whilst they plow into walls and sometimes onlookers. People in the back are hollering “Knees! Knees!” over top of coach’s instruction. This is obviously intended to create an intense, real world fighting rush so that if a real fight was to occur, the student would be ready.
Please do not assume that I think that this style of promotion is wrong. I am merely saying that the videos are definitely interesting to watch (to say the least)!
Sometimes white belts have bad ideas. But that’s okay because you are a white belt. However sometimes a white belt’s ideas can go horribly awry…
Today’s epic white belt bad idea goes to this one stripe white belt who thinks that he can take on an epic Grandmaster of BJJ. In this case it is red belt Relson Gracie. How about a show of hands from those who think the white belt wins this one. Go ahead. I’ll wait. (crickets)
Ashton: “No, I’m not…Even if I was, I would never say that because some guy could just come up to me in a bar and try to test me. That usually happens when you’re a celebrity. People want to fight you (laughs).”
In regard to the tying of his belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players at the higher levels often utilize baiting tactics and other deceptive movements to catch their opponent off guard. Could it be that Ashton is actually very good at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? and that the novice tying of the belt is intentionally done to lull his opponent into a false sense of invincibility?
You didn’t think about that one did ya? Go Ashton!
TMZ Sports Full Episode 2/13/14: Ashton Kutcher — Jiu-Jitsu Badass
Grandmaster Helio Gracie was born October 1, 1913 and passed January 29, 2009. He is credited with being one of the founding fathers of our beloved sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Helio was not physically a large man. His lack of an imposing physical stature caused him to make adaptations to the Jiu Jitsu that he had learned from his older brother Carlos. Eventually his adaptations would allow for the smaller person to be able to defeat the larger person. Before Helio Gracie, “size mattered” in terms of combat sports and self-defense.
This “David and Goliath” theme would be revisited in 1993 when the most unimposing of Helio’s sons Royce, would herald the popularization of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States at UFC 1.
(Helio Gracie’s son Royce Gracie fighting at UFC 5)
Thankfully video camera technology was around to chronicle the rise of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and thankfully it is all available on YouTube for the world to witness. Much of the footage below is quite rare and would probably have gone largely unseen were it not for this age of video sharing. That being said I hope you enjoy!