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    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fights from the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo!! #1

    Tue, 2013-12-03 10:04 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!!

    A couple weeks back I was given the honor of fighting in the Black Belt Grand Prix at Renzo Gracie’s World Jiu-Jitsu Expo. I had five matches and ended up making it all the way to the semi-finals, making for probably the best performance of my first year at black belt. I had two submissions, one win on points, one loss to Jackson Sousa by 3-3 on points and 2-1 on advantages and then unfortunately I lost the semi-final to a really tough and humble competitor in James Puopolo by 4-0. Below is the video of my first fight from the event. Stay tuned as I will be posting the rest of the fights here “em breve”. Osssssssssssss

    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

    Two Great Grapplers Collide this Fall in the UFC

    Thu, 2013-08-01 08:32 — Benjamin Bieker

    Demian Maia was supposed to face off with Josh Koscheck this weekend, but an injury to Koscheck has left him unable to compete. Instead of finding a replacement, the UFC has opted to hook Maia up in a match with Jake Shields for later this year. There has been no event or date announced for the bout, but that may be because the fight card itself has not been announced. There was the rumor of Vitor Belfort fighting in Brazil this fall, and that would make sense if that fight card happens to have Maia on it as well.

    The Day I got my Black Belt – Jack Magee

    Tue, 2013-05-28 07:08 — OTM News

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     While in the heat of the successful Gracie Barra Knightsbridge opening seminar

    Sean Roberts Promoted to Black Belt by Ralph Gracie

    Tue, 2013-03-12 15:37 — OTM News

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     Sean Roberts promoted to Black Belt by Ralph Graice today.  Sean will compete at Pans 2013 as a black belt. 

    Good Luck to Sean and Thanks for repping OTM!

    David McLeod Promoted To Black Belt!

    Wed, 2012-12-12 15:17 — OTM News

     Our good friend David McLeod got promoted by OTM founder Alan Marques AKA Gumby. Congrats Canada!! The journey has just begun. 

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Promoted to Black Belt!

    Thu, 2012-12-06 12:48 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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     Hey everybody!!
     

    UFC veteran and BJJ black belt Justin McCully gives the keynote speech at IMA Impact Awards

    Tue, 2012-09-25 09:45 — OTM News

    Above (Top): UFC veteran and BJJ black belt Justin McCully gives the keynote speech at IMA Impact Awards in Las Vegas, NV. Above (Bottom): UFC veteran Justin McCully, Ryan Bevins of OTM, and Reagan Penn of BJPenn.com after the IMA Impact Awards.

     

    Joe Rogan receives his Black Belt in BJJ from Jean Jacques Machado

    Tue, 2012-09-18 11:58 — Bevois

    LOS ANGELES, California — It's been a busy summer for Joe Rogan. On top of his regular commentating duties with the UFC, he he received his black belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu from Eddie Bravo on Wednesday, June 27th.

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