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    Rolling in the Jungle and wrestling seminar in Nova Friburgo

    Mon, 2013-11-04 09:01 — thheffelfinger

    it has been a busy few weeks here in Rio, but I finally had a chance to write down some of whats been going on in Brazil.
    A few weeks ago. I had the opportunity to teach a wrestling seminar at Academia Fight Co. in Nova Friburgo, a small city about 140 km north of Rio. The gym, ran by Anderson Franca, is home to many talented fighters including UFC striking phenom Edson Barboza. Nicole and I went up a couple of days early to enjoy a mini-vacation and some R&R.
    On Thursday morning Nicole and I packed up our bags hopped a bus to the Rodavario (Rio's main bus station) and took a coach bus about 2 hours north to Cachoeiras de Macacu, where we were picked up by Alex Davis and taken to his farm. For those who don't know, Alex is a judo and BJJ blackbelt and manager to some of the biggest fighters in MMA. Besides being a figure in the martial arts world he is a strong advocate for environmental conservation and has his property set up as a pristine natural environment. His 7.8 million square yard farm, much of it Atlantic Rain Forest, was breath taking. Nicole and I spent our mornings laying in a hammock, reading, and sitting down to a Brazilian style breakfast (breads, cheeses, fruits, granola, and of course coffee). On Friday afternoon Alex's brother Andy, who is an ecologist in the U.S., took us along a trail up through the jungle. As we hiked he explained the wildlife and history of the area. One of the more interesting things was their water system, which used a piping and filter system working with the change in elevation to bring water from the nearby mountain stream and into the house. So the water we drank from the tap was pure mountain water, no chemicals added. Our final destination was a large waterfall about 100 feet high, that cascaded into a large pool. We took the chance to swim, sit under the water fall and enjoy the refreshing mountain water. Friday evening Alex and I went out into his outdoor dojo (yes that's right Alex has an outdoor dojo) and rolled. We started first at a flow and then picking up the pace. Being an accomplished judoka one of the first things I noticed with Alex's game was his grip game. He has a great feeling for changes in pressure and adjustments, which made hand fighting and rolling fun. We spent the better part of an hour transitioning from position to position and enjoying the arte suave. I have to say rolling in an outdoor dojo, surrounded by jungle and mountains was one the coolest and most fun experiences I have had so far in my BJJ journey.

    Soon after we finished rolling a thunderstorm hit and after dinner we sat out and watched lighting light up the night sky. The silhouette of the mountains against the bright flashes of lightning was one of those sights that makes you stand in awe of the world around you. I went to bed listening to the sound of rain and the rushing river nearby. On Saturday morning the sun was up bright and I got some yoga in outside on their stone patio. After a relaxed breakfast Alex and I headed down to the river for a swim. The water was cool and refreshing, and so clean you could drink straight from the river. We sunned ourselves on the rock, talking BJJ and life. Over the course of the two days at the farm one of the best things was Alex's stories. He had stories from the old school days of judo and BJJ in Brazil, about the history of Brazil, and some far out stories of some of the things he has seen living in the jungle. Next Nicole and I packed our bags and took a bus to Nova Friburgo, a 30 minute ride winding through the mountains. Alex's daughter, Michele, and her husband Anderson picked us up and took us to their gym. The gym was very nice. The upper level has a nice weight room and the lower level has a large mat space and full sized boxing ring. After a quick lunch we headed back to the gym for the seminar. The seminar went great and I had 29 fighters show up. The seminar lasted around 2.5 hours, going over positions for grappling and MMA, both attacks and counters. Everyone seemed to pick up the techniques fast and the time flew by.

    UFC Fight for the Troops Predictions

    Thu, 2013-10-31 19:11 — Benjamin Bieker

     Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal

    Kennedy has faced the better competition, but that does not make him the better fighter in this fight. Natal has lost twice in his UFC career, but event he fight against Andrew Craig was a loss due to slip up as he was single handily winning that fight before the head kick. The real question mark is Natal's cardio, because he has never gone past the first three rounds while Kennedy has had some five round fights. Look for Natal to break through into the top ten with this win in a unanimous decision.

    Two Title Fights Headline UFC's Super Bowl Weekend

    Tue, 2013-10-29 19:25 — Benjamin Bieker

     Super Bowl weekend is set to be a big weekend for the UFC despite them leaving the comfort of Las Vegas in years. The card is set to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and was already announced to have a heavyweight battle between floundering bruisers Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem. The promotion wanted to have Jon Jones to headline the card opposite of Glover Teixeira, but Jones wanted a little bit more time to recovery after the exhausting battle he had with Alexander Gustafsson.

    BITETTI COMBAT MMA 18

    Tue, 2013-10-29 09:28 — Benjamin Bieker

     Prezados amigos

    Subfighter Proudly Presents our Fall Classic BJJ Tournament – Nov 16, 2013

    Sun, 2013-10-27 15:59 — Benjamin Bieker

     CALLING ALL BELTS – Subfighter and Lil’ Beast Classic present our No Gi Jiu Jitsu Tournament for Men, Women, & Kids – Nov 16 at Laguna Hills High School - Two gyms at the school running over 12 mats at once – All belts! – Well organized – Low price – Guaranteed 3 Matches!       Registration is OPEN!

    Jeff Glover DVD Download Comes Free with Dan Faggella's BJJ "Giant Killer 2.0" Course

    Sun, 2013-10-27 09:09 — DanFaggella

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     Dan Faggella's specialty is beating bigger, stronger opponents. At 128 pounds, and training practically in the middle of nowhere - and with white belts - he was able to not only win some IMPRESSIVE absolute division matches and trophies at the expert level… but also win the No Gi Pan Ams on his 2nd day of being a brown belt. He won my calls submissions without a point scored against him.

    FIVE GI.NOGI GRAPPLING ANNOUNCES ILLUSTRIOUS NIGHT IN ANTICIPATION OF FIRST CALIFORNIA EVENT

    Fri, 2013-10-25 20:29 — Benjamin Bieker

     FIVE GI.NOGI GRAPPLING California Invitational set to offer exciting preview to California audience

     

    October 2014 - FIVE GI.NOGI GRAPPLING CALIFORNIA INVITATIONAL is coming to the Crown Plaza Resort in

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Back to the States in time to Take Gold at the US Open!

    Fri, 2013-10-25 11:45 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!
    A few weeks ago I returned to the states with a fresh injury over my eye to remember my trip by. The doctor said a whole month without training for risk of re-opening the gash and with the US Open right around the corner I was forced to try to stay in shape without any jiu-jitsu training. I did not want to miss the event since it promised to be an awesome one this year and thus I went about doing my best to prepare without doing any jiu-jitsu sparring. Instead I did lots of Crossfit, drilling and circuit training. When going to compete a jiu-jitsu event there is no replacement for jiu-jitsu training but even without a single sparring session in a month I still went into the event confident in my skills and was able to come out with the gold in my division against a tough opponent in Romulo Melo (video above). Even in winning I didn't feel my game was that sharp nor did I feel as physically prepared as I usually am but I still decided to go for the Absolute division as well and came up against another tough opponent in Julian Marquez, a match that didn't end up going the way I wanted it to partially because of a mistake I made which created an opportunity for Julian that he took with everything he had. The loss in the open put a bit of a damper on my win in my division but I'm still glad I took part in this awesome event. Now I'm going to get back to training jiu-jitsu while still putting a heavy focus on physical training and weightlifting between now and the end of the year so that I can hit the ground running next year, stronger than ever! May also make an appearance at another tournament or two before the holidays if possible as well :)
    Stay Tuned! Osssss

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