Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Canada Grappling

It seems that the biggest grappling forum from Canada, Canada Grappling, has been hacked and is out for almost a whole week.

There were some great discussions regarding Canada competitions (NS open, New Brunswick Grappling Grand-Prix), training, etc. If you were going to post your event in there, please send it to me (bjj.ehh @ gmail.com or via the comments) and I will post it in here.

Here is a summary of some of the tournaments that are going to happen:

Nova Scotia (NS) BJJ Open: February 2nd.
New Brunswick Grappling Grand-Prix: March 15, May 17, July 12 and the finals on September 13.

*Send me details if you got them.

Monday, January 28, 2008

European Jiu-Jitsu Championship

The European BJJ championship just finished this weekend in Portugal and the official results are not in yet. However, I am glad to say that Alexandre Souza (yes, I trained with him!) won the absolute division and his weight category (middle). I will post more information when I get them...

Update (Jan 29 2008):Black belt results posted on gracie Magazine:http://www.graciemag.com/news/144/ARTICLE/9318/2008-01-27.html

The champions of each category Black belt are as follows:

1 - Wekcilley Lima (Swiss Morges Team)
2 - Pablo Teixeira (Brazilian Fight)

1 - Reinaldo Ribeiro (Brasa)
2 - Anderson Silva (Alliance)

Super Feather
1 - Felipe Costa (Brasa)
2 - Bernardo Pitel (Nova União)

1 - Michel Maia (Sul JJ)
2 - Eduardo Pessoa (Nova União)

1 - Alan do Nascimento (Brasa)
2 - Otávio Souza (Gracie Barra)

Medium Heavy
1 - Alexandre Souza (Gracie Florianópolis)
2 - Ricardo Oliveira (NCT Suisse)

1 - Valdir Bebê Monstro (Osvaldo Alves)
2 - Renato Tavares (Front Line)

Super heavy
1 - Marcel Fortuna (Gracie Floripa)
2 - Hakim Gouran (BJJ Belgium)

Super Superheavy
1 - Luis Teodoro Big Mac (Godói JJ)
2 - Márcio Corleta (Winner)

1 - Alexandre Souza (Gracie Floripa)
2 - Luis Teodoro Big Mac (Godói JJ)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

BJJ and flexibility

Flexibility is essential for most competitive sports, but on BJJ it is a must if you want to be in the top and master a lot of the techniques.

Awesome links about it:

Yoga for grappling:

Eddie Bravo on Flexibility:

Rickson's "natural" exercises:

Yoga for fighters:

Saturday, January 19, 2008

BJJ Vocabulary in Portuguese and English

If you practice and compete in BJJ, you probably already heard some expressions in Portuguese that you wish you knew what they meant.

Well, the guys from the The Fightworks Podcast came up with a big list of BJJ expressions in Portuguese and their translation in English.

Check out at: http://thefightworkspodcast.com/2008/01/18/bjj-vocabulary-in-portuguese-and-english/

Some corrections (or new words) from me:
bota pra baixo: put him down
vale tudo: MMA (people call MMA as vale tudo in Brazil)
raspada: sweep
raspa ele: sweep him
derruba: put him down

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Marcelo Garcia Fights

Marcelo Garcia requires no introduction, but if you want to see what he did so far on BJJ/Grappling, take a look at his wikipedia page: Marcelo Garcia

I spent some time watching all his fights that I could find and here they are. If you have links to anyone that is not here, please let me know and I will update this page.

X Mike Fowler -
X Rolles Gracie -
X Cacareco -

X Rafael Lovato - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX1yXyKeRXY
X Andre Galvao - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHS8FroRouM
X Demian Maia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxoj5VcjDUU

X Ricco Rodriguez - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1mbho_marcelo-garcia-v-ricco-rodriguez_sport
x Diego Sanchez - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXF8U2xEDvk
x Aoki - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DanWm-wqwwo

X Xande Ribeiro - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA3M8RbVUt0
X Roger Gracie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3hfXYoshzk
X Terere - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qseZODdoNhw
X Jacare - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhi8ZU5BeJM

x Renzo Gracie - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5465267884925530570
X Vitor Shaolin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_8O-fq-NI4
X Mike Van Arsdale - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wTAdM9tLWc
X Diego Saraiva - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1dRCwj4A44

X Cafe Dantas - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbMtfkk0frs
X Jacare - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-FrdOJvgII

(As Brown belt) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuzn3hBk9sw