Friday, September 26, 2008

Canada Nov, 2008 tournaments

November 9th. 2008 - Toronto, ON: Canada Joslin's Canadian Open Grappling Championships. More details at

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pendulum (flower) sweep

The guys from the Maine BJJ academy, just posted a very detailed video about the Pendulum (flower) sweep. As always, excellent material from them to improve your game.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Criminal choked by a BJJ practiocioner

Very interesting section of a news channel in Brazil detailing how a criminal got chocked out by a BJJ practitioner while trying to steal his money in a Brazilian bus (around the 30s mark is shows the RNC).

Bad luck for him...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canada Oct, 2008 tournaments

October 4th. 2008 - Montreal, QC: Canada 2008 GI Grappling tournament. More details at

October 11th, 2008 - Windsor, NS: Abhaya BJJ Championship. More details at

October 26th, 2008 - Moncton, NB: 1st annual BJJ championship with Shane Rice. More details at

BJJ academies in Canada

I am constantly traveling and it is often difficult to find good places to train across Canada. Sometimes I google for it and end up on a traditional jiu jitsu place or on some weird mc-dojo.

Because of that, I plan to keep in here a list with all legit BJJ academies in Canada that I can find. If you see one that is missing (on any city), let me know and I will update this list.

Fredericton, NB

    >Fredericton BJJ
    Instructor: Purple belt Dana Dickeson, under Fabio Holanda (BTT)
    Address: 1229 Prospect Street, Fredericton, NB.

Montreal, QC

    >BTT (Brazilian Top Team)
    Instructor: Black belt Fabio Holanda
    Price: $100 per month ($10 drop-in fee)
    Address:429 Mayor Street Montreal, QC H3A 1N9

Ottawa, ON:

    Instructor: Black belt Pat Cooligan (under Renzo Gracie)
    Address: 1673 Carling Avenue, Suite 215 Ottawa, Ontario

    under Fabio Holanda (BTT)
    Address: 3059R Carling Ave. Ottawa, Ontario

Toronto, ON:

    >Toronto BJJ
    under black belt Saulo Ribeiro.
    Price: $100 (ulimited, $10 drop-in fee)
    Address: 813 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6G1L8

    Instructor: Omar Salvosa
    Address: 11 Progress Avenue, Unit 25, Scarborough, ON

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Side-control positioning (by Cesar Gracie)

First of all, if you never watched Cesar Gracie BJJ instructional, you don't know what are missing. It is one of the most detailed and complete instructionals out there. I really recommend buying it.

Anyway, on the beginning of volume 3, he describes the proper side-control positioning, which I would like to share (just 2 minutes long):

Remember, before you go to a submission, you need to make sure you hold the position (and gain the points). I specially like his suggestions regarding the foot movement and far-arm control.

Back on track

After a long time way due to injury (knee problems), I am back to training full time and updating this blog. More to come soon.