Things did not go well for John Fitch last night at World Series of Fighting 16. His opponent, welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares is notoriously known for his leg lock submissions. Palhares was controversially banned from the UFC for holding leg attacks for too long after the opponent had tapped. Holding on to a leg attack has far lengthier potential ramifications than holding on to a choke for a moment too long. Most times your opponent is going to safely wake up from a choke, but a knee bar or heel hook held too long means surgery and many months of recuperation. This latest attack looked painful, but was released in a reasonable time.
Check out the nasty Knee Bar below!
Will Ronda Rousey Ever Face Gabi Garcia In MMA? No.
UFC Bantamweight Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey caused quite a stir in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community when she declared that she could defeat any woman in the world in BJJ. Jiu Jitsu pundits took to the internet to voice there opinion about such an audacious statement. Many female BJJ stars came out to express their opinion on the matter. Most (perhaps all) of those Female BJJ champions who responded would beat Ronda at pure gi Jiu Jitsu. If I was a gambling man, my money would be on Ronda scoring the first take down though, regardless of the outcome. Ok, that is a lie… I do like to gamble on occasion.
There was one BJJ woman champion (and IBJJF Hall of Famer) whose name quickly rose to the top of the list, to be the most probable of defeating Ronda. Her name is Gabi Garcia. Gabrielle Garcia stands at 6’2″ compared to Ronda’s “meager” 5’6″. It would in theory be tremendously difficult for Ronda to defeat Gabi considering Gabi’s size and skill set. It would not be long before Ronda retracted her statement.
Excitement flared when Gabi Garcia announced that she was training to compete in MMA. Individuals began tweeting and commenting that Gabi was coming after Ronda. This is an impossibility unless a “superfight” was made, which would allow for a cross-division MMA fight (that is if any sane athletic commission would sanction a fight with such a weight disparity). Ronda fights at 135lbs, while Gabi claims the lightest weight she could make is 191. Sorry guys, but it’s not happening (and sad for us because Gabi doesn’t plan on competing in the gi for a while).
Roger Gracie is one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters of all time. He is 73 – 7 in BJJ and he now advances to 7 – 2 in MMA by defeating James McSweeney by TKO (referee stoppage). This fight occurred at ONE FC 23: Warrior’s Way on December 5, 2014 in the Philippines. Check out the highlight video below!
Jiu Jitsu World League Is Paying Athletes, New Ruleset
The Jiu Jitsu World League has entered the world and it could be a very well be one of the best things to happen to Jiu Jitsu in a long time. The organization’s founder, Mr. Machado stated during an interview with mmafighting.com that he wanted to professionalize the sport. Basically his idea is that if Jiu Jitsu tournament winners were paid, they would feel less compelled to move onto other sports like MMA, where the athletes are paid. Their website boasts a 12 city tour and $250,000 in prize money to award. That is not chump change.
There will also be new rules implemented into the Jiu Jitsu World League. Most noticeably is the situation regarding takedown scoring. In the IBJJF a takedown is worth 2 points. To encourage more takedowns, and less “guard pulling”, takedowns will be divided into two for scoring schedules. “Low takedowns” will be worth 2 points still while “high takedowns” will net 4 points.
(JJWL Complete Scoring System)
It seems that the IBJJF is going to have some stiff competition in the future with the Jiu Jitsu World League, the Jiu Jitsu Global Federation and other Jiu Jitsu events like Metamoris Pro.
What do you all think? Will the IBJJF be dethroned as the premier body of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or are we too accustomed to the IBJJF and it’s event style?
Below you will find all of the information you need to know, and that is currently available, about the Jiu Jitsu World League.
During the latest episode of Charlie Rose: The Week, chef/author/TV personality Anthony Bourdain revealed his new addiction to the world at large; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Anthony is among the growing list of celebrities to make this claim. All of us who practice BJJ know that it is the most legitimate martial art that exists today. Celebrities continuing to share their love of the sport through well-established conventional media outlets will raise awareness and cause our sport to grow at a greater rate, which will further serve to legitimize our sport in the eyes of the world.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s appeal is spreading primarily because it is (1) a healthy sport to practice, (2) it teaches self-defense that is equally applicable to men, women and children, and (3) it is plain, outright fun. Jiu Jitsu primarily takes place on the ground, however punches, kicks and takedowns are also taught as part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s self-defense curricula.
Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain
Anthony was introduced to BJJ by his wife, Ottavia Bourdain. Mrs. Bourdain revealed how she got her celebrity husband interested in the sport when she was interviewed on “This Week in BJJ”.
Chael Sonnen interviewed Nate Diaz for his new talk show recently. At the end of the conversation the two discussed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gi. Below is the transcript:
Chael Sonnen: I am retired, but I’m staying active. I don’t want to gain too much weight. I don’t wanna lose my shape so I’m staying active in the gym. I joined a Gracie Barra gym, Coach Fabiano Scherner, and I’m doing gi Jiu Jitsu on a nightly basis.Every night we go in at 6:30 and we’re doing gi training. Is that good? Is that gonna help me if I close my eyes at night and see myself as an MMA fighter? Am I gonna benefit from the gi? I know you’ve trained a lot in gi. Am I gonna benefit from the gi or is it a totally different sport? Because right now I’m feeling like it’s a different sport.
Nate Diaz: Oh it’s completely different, completely different. But I like the gi. I still train in it. I trained gi yesterday. I’ll fight for a little bit of time, but I’m gonna do martial arts, Jiu Jitsu and stuff, forever. You know what I’m saying? I enjoy Jiu Jitsu. One thing that people don’t understand is that in MMA people will call you out and they don’t train in the gi and these things. The fight starts when you run your mouth, right away. It’s like, “I wanna fight this guy.” Well you know what? Be careful for what you wish for. They’re like, “I don’t do the gi.” Then you go out to a club in Vegas, or where ever you’re gonna go, and there’s this fighter talkin’ s–t and calling you out. That’s when you forget that it’s winter time and you’re wearing a jacket and pants (laughs). Now you’ve never trained in a gi right? You might just get thrown down 10x easier with clothes on then without ’em so..
Nate Diaz: I dig the whole gi thing. I’m a martial artist. I think that it’s a fun workout as well, since you want to workout and be athletic. But, it is a different type of workout. If I don’t want to burn-out, get tired and overtrain when I’m trying to lose weight or something, I’ll put the gi on. It slows down the motions, let’s you get a little bit of a recovery workout. Not that it’s not hard. It’s hard too, but it’s slower than wrestling. I think it’s a good idea to train in the gi always.
Chael Sonnen: Alright well that’s encouraging. You’ve inspired me.
One would think that by the time you were a Purple Belt you would have a solid idea if you were going to benefit from the gi or not. You would also have actualized that BJJ is indeed a different sport. Oh Chael...
It was on this fateful day one year ago that we lost a great man. Paul Walker was not only a BJJ Brown Belt and beloved star, but he was also the founder of Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), an organization that assists victims of catastrophic events that occur around the world. He was 40 years young.
Paul Walker was widely known for his starring role in the Fast and Furious Franchise. It was lesser known that he was among the many stars who practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He had made it to the brown belt level before his untimely death in an egregious car accident. He was awarded his black belt posthumously.
He may be gone, but his name lives on in honor!
The desire to win is intrinsic to human nature, however sometimes it can manifest itself in rather malodorous ways. All of us who practice Jiu Jitsu share a general camaraderie with one another to the extent that when we face an “opponent”, we can see in their eyes someone who has wrangled with the same hardships that we have. That mutual recognition bequeaths us treat each other with a mutual level of respect; generally speaking.
One of the first lessons we share with the brand new white belt is the slap-and-bump before beginning combat. It is a simple gesture that represents the notion that, “We are friends, and now we do battle.”
In this recent BJJ match that went to sudden death overtime, one of the competitors in the heat-of-the-moment, forgot our code of sportsmanlike conduct. I’m sure it was a spur of the moment error and accidental, however this video can serve as a lesson to white belts, that winning, is not worth a loss of honor.
What do you think? Was this a deliberate unsportsmanlike action or a heat-of-the-moment accident?
Spreading the word about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu used to be done in a manner that varies greatly from today’s internet marketing strategies. Jiu Jitsu spread by word of mouth via the testimonials of those who either saw Gracie Challenge VHS tapes, or by those who witnessed the challenges in person. The video below is a prime example of this martial arts propagation methodology. In the video Gracie Jiu Jitsu Legend Pedro Sauer shares a bare-knuckle brawl with gargantuan bodybuilder Lance Batchelor. I don’t want to spoil the video for you, but I will tell you that Lance would not be doing any “Mr. Utah” competitions for a few weeks after the fight.
BTW I love the time stamp of 8:56 in the morning. “Wake up fellas. There is a fight to be had today.”
What are some of your favorite Gracie Challenge videos?
We probably have the smallest store in all of BJJ. Todd and I are way better at entertaining then we are at selling things. Proof being that you probably don’t even know that we have a store. That being said, we have come up with some “exciting” and “obligatory” Black Friday deals for you! You can begin taking advantage of these deals at midnight tonight! All deals will be first come first serve and if to many of you begin buying stuff…(I’m so sure right?)…we reserve the right to pull the deal. It’s not like we are sitting on a massive inventory ya know?
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