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    OTM Sponsored Athletes Jeff Glover and Gary Tonon Top Eddie Bravo Invitational

    Wed, 2014-06-04 19:52 — Benjamin Bieker

    Eddie Bravo made waves again through the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community when he had an epic rematch with Royler Gracie which helped him to steal thunder from the Gracies once again. Never one to be outdone, Bravo saw something in the Metamoris competitions, but tried to improve upon the competition with his own style which was the foundations for the Eddie Bravo Invitational. He put two of his own black belts, who happen to be brothers, in the 170 and 145 weight classes, and they made it to the finals.

    OTM Sponsored Rafael Lovato Jr. Places Third at the Worlds

    Wed, 2014-06-04 19:50 — Benjamin Bieker

     One of the biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competitions took place this past week as the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) put on the globally famous BJJ competition the Worlds. On The Mat (OTM) was on hand in the form of their sponsored athletes. None other than one of the best grapplers in the world competed in the form of  Rafael Lovato Jr. who took third in the Heavy division.

    WARNING: Violent Street Fight (Gracie Breakdown)

    Thu, 2014-05-22 20:14 — Benjamin Bieker

    Not Suitable for Young Viewers

    My experience at the Henry Akins seminar (at Sion BJJ), May 3rd and 4th 2014

    Mon, 2014-05-12 19:02 — Benjamin Bieker

      I just got home from Day 2 of the seminar that Henry Akins taught outside of Philadelphia, PA this weekend. If you don't know who Henry is, look him up on the web. There are some good interviews that he's done for various podcasts and websites. In short, he is a Black belt under Rickson Gracie who spent 15 years learning from the legendary fighter. Former head instructor of Rickson's academy in California, Henry now has his own academy with high level Coaches Antony Hardonk and Vladmir Matyushenko called Dynamix MMA in Santa Monica, CA.

    Training With Henry Akins In Southern Pennsylvania

    Fri, 2014-05-09 05:25 — Benjamin Bieker

     I headed five hours south to southern Pennsylvania last weekend for some seminars and private classes with Henry Akins.  Henry is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt under the legendary Rickson Gracie, who is widely regarded the best practitioner the art has produced.  This was Henry's first seminar appearance on the east coast.

    OTM Sponsored Athletes Take First at Five Grappling Texas

    Wed, 2014-04-23 20:54 — Benjamin Bieker

    Five Grappling hit Texas and the high level athletes came out in style. On The Mat (OTM) is a sponsor of the new competition that is setting a trend of trying to make a grand prix form of competitions. Instead of individual tournaments that lead to nothing, Five is having tournaments around the states that will lead to the winners competing against one another in Florida later this year. It will be the winners of each tournament going head to head in a battle of the greats for a the overall championship.

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