WBBJJ Private Lessons #4 – Rodrigo Pagani

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For our fourth installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Rodrigo Pagani! Rodrigo has been a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt for 13 years and is currently the Director of Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Brazil. He is a 3X World Masters Champion and a 4X Brasiliero Champion. In this video Rodrigo teaches us the details behind his famed “Curu Curu” Guard (named from a childhood toy) and also a sweep from that position.

 

 

Thank you Professor Pagani for the technique!

 

Connect with Rodrigo Pagani via Facebook.

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video, please contact us!

 

WBBJJ Private Sessions #12: Tammi Musumeci

 

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Our guest for the twelfth installment of White Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Private Sessions is none other than Black Belt BJJ competitor: Tammi Musumeci! It brings us great pleasure to sit down with her and we hope you enjoy her story!

 

WBBJJ: What brought you to BJJ?

Tammi: I started training at Fatjo’s martial arts in Marlboro, New Jersey. I loved it instantly! Through the years, I tried many different sports and activities, all while still training BJJ, but my true love remained jiujitsu and still remains jiujitsu today!

 

WBBJJ: In your experience what should lower belts do more of/less of?

Tammi: I believe beginners should start with learning more self defense jiujitsu! This helps with getting comfortable with the different positions in jiujitsu. Then, they showed start learning basic closed guard and submissions such as scissor sweep and kimura! Very basic and effective! They should perfect those moves until moving on to spider guard an delariva. I feel experience and time is everything in the jiujitsu process and this process is unique to every person. Everyone learns at different speeds and this should be considered when learning jiujitsu.

 

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WBBJJ: If you could go back in time and give the White Belt YOU guidance, what advice would you give?

Tammi: I am really happy with my white belt experience because I only focused on the basics! It Is way harder today to avoid the temptation of learning berimbolo and other advanced techniques, so I am grateful I started when those temptations were non-existent!

 

WBBJJ: For you what’s been the hardest part of the journey?

Tammi: For me the mental journey has been the hardest part as well! It is sometimes hard to give yourself credit or feel confident and I have found a lot of people also share these same feelings!

 

WBBJJ: In tough times what has helped you get through and allowed you to persevere?

Tammi: When going through a rough time it’s good to do things that give you confidence and make you feel good about yourself! I also love to workout an go to the beach and I feel both are relaxing and help a great deal! It’s good to do something that promotes happiness or relaxation so I always look for that thing!

 

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WBBJJ: If you weren’t doing BJJ what would you be doing?

Tammi: I have been doing jiujitsu since I was 6 years old and in kindergarten so I really can’t picture life without it!!! I can’t remember before it!

 

WBBJJ: What do you tell someone who says they want to do BJJ, and then gives the standard excuses; time, money, etc?

Tammi: I would tell them to prioritize! If they really want to train, but the gym doesn’t offer a class that fits their schedule, I would tell them to find another gym to fit their schedule or find someone or even a group of people who share a similar schedule to get some training in! You don’t realize how many people share the same problems and situations as you do until you start looking!

 

WBBJJ: What is your favorite activity besides BJJ?

Tammi: I have trained Muay Thai since I am 4 years old so, it also has played a huge part in my life and at times, I enjoyed it more than jiujitsu! I love weightlifting too much to the point where it is dangerous! I have to constantly make sure I don’t gain weight!  But, I find so much joy in lifting heavy weights!

 

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WBBJJ: What’s on your iPod?

Tammi: I love the intense music that gets me pumped to workout and train! I need music that matches my intensity!

 

WBBJJ: What was the last movie that you watched?

Tammi: I love comedies, but zoolander is just too funny an had so many quotable lines haha!! I watch a lot of entourage and Saturday night live as well!

 

WBBJJ: If you could train with someone living or dead, who would that be?

Tammi: My brother Mikey. He knows how to push me and all of my weaknesses so it is always such a great train every time I get to train with him! I am also honored to get to train with the mendes bros! They are so amazing and inspirational and I learn so much from them.

 

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 Interview by Todd Shaffer WBBJJ.com

 

 

 

 

WBBJJ Private Lessons #3 – Nathan Mendelsohn

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For our third installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Nathan Mendelsohn! Nathan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt competitor and instructor under the Master Claudio Franca Coalition 95 Team. He was our seventh Private Sessions interviewee. In this video Nathan teaches us how to break open the Spider Guard and pass to Side Control using the Leg Drag.

 

 

Thank you Nathan Mendelsohn for the technique!

 

Connect with Nathan Mendelsohn on your favorite social media sites:

Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/nathan.mendelsohn.10

Instagram = @nathanmendelsohnbjj

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video, please contact us!

 

WBBJJ Private Lessons #2 – Keith Owen

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For our second installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Professor Keith Owen! Keith is a well known black belt under 8th Degree Coral Belt, Master Pedro Sauer. His videos on YouTube have always been among our favorites. He explains techniques with tremendous detail and is always sure to invoke a philosophical twist. He was our tenth Private Sessions interviewee. In this video Professor Owen teaches us the intricacies of the “UPA”, or the “Bridge from the Mount”!

 

 

Thank you Professor Owen for the technique!

 

Connect with Keith Owen on your favorite social media sites:

Facebook  = www.facebook.com/keithrowen

Instagram = @keithrowen

Twitter = @keithowen

Watch his Technique and BJJ philosophy videos here.

Check out his web page here.

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video, please contact us!

 

WBBJJ Private Lessons #1 – James “300” Foster

 

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In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.

 

For this first installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Professor James “300” Foster. Coach Foster has been a friend to us since the very beginning. He was our first Private Sessions interviewee. In this video Coach Foster teaches us some of his Guard Passing concepts!

 

 

Thank you Coach Foster for the technique!

 

Connect with Professor Foster on your favorite social media sites:

Facebook athlete page = www.facebook.com/coach300foster

Instagram = @shoyorollplayboy

Twitter = @fosterjiujitsu

 

If you would like to film a Private Lessons video for us, or know someone you would like to see do a Private Lessons video. Please contact us!

 

Female BJJ Bloggers Directory

 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is more and more becoming a sport that women are participating in. It is no longer a sport just for the guys. BJJ is a system of self defense that allows women to feel confident and safe. It is also a tremendously fun and competitive sport that appeals to women and men alike.

I recall an interview with Claudia Gadelha (womens MMA and BJJ Fighter) where she stated that when she was growing up, girls were not allowed to train BJJ where she lived in Brazil. These days women are coming to the sport in droves!

Below is a list of Female BJJ practitioners who blog about their journeys in Jiu Jitsu. I am a man but I still enjoy reading the female perspective of BJJ. Hopefully this list will lead you to some sources of inspiration that you were previously unaware of!

BJJ Grrl

Georgette Oden

Skirt on the Mat

Julia Johansen

Lauren LaCourse

Meg Smitely

Shark Girl BJJ

Shakia Harris

Megan

Grappling Girl

Crawl Atop Me And Meet Your Doom

The Last Ronin

Jodie Bear’s Journey

A Grappler’s Heart

Liv Jiu Jitsu

 

If there is a female BJJ blogger that you want to have added to this list please contact us!