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    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Bronze at the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open!

    Thu, 2014-05-08 11:31 — Nathan Mendelsohn

    Hey guys!

    This past weekend I got third place at the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open! I won two matches, one in my division by points I believe it was 7 to 0 and one in the open by submission, bow and arrow from the back, and then lost my second match in both to the eventual champions Marcelo Mafra and Jackson Sousa! Wasn't able to get much video this time though which is a bummer :( Now it's on to the World's! Time to start dropping weight again!! Osssssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fight against Marcel Fortuna at the American Cup!

    Mon, 2014-04-21 11:26 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!

    Check out the vid of the tough fight I had with beast Marcel Fortuna at the American Cup this month! Was an awesome fight at an awesome event, super stoked to have been a part of it! Check out the video above and notice how awesome the production value is of the live broadcast of the BJJ Tour!! Osssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Gold at the American Cup! Vid of my fight with Rhalan Gracie

    Mon, 2014-04-21 11:22 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!

    Check out the videos from my fights at the American Cup, the first major tournament of my master's brand new BJJ Tour! I had two fights, one in my division against Rhalan Gracie (video above) which I won by seven advantages for the gold in the middle-heavyweight black belt division and one in the open against Marcel Fortuna which I lost 4-0. Both were two of the most exciting fights of the tournament so check them out!! Ossssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Pan's!

    Fri, 2014-04-04 14:25 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!

    I know I'm a little late but here is the vid of one of my fights from this year's Pan's! I had a strange but overall good experience at Pan's this year. Once again I lost over 20 pounds in a month to fight at lightweight and I think I made the weight cut better this time than I ever have in the past. My fight in my division was against Thiago Abreu from Checkmat and it ended up being a disappointment because although I felt like I was controlling the fight the whole time at about 6:00 in I was DQ'ed for "sralling", which was a more than questionable call by the ref that led to many complaints and much outrage and not just from me. In reality what made me the most bummed was that I was so well trained and ready to go and didn't even get to fight one whole fight. But then I was reminded by my training partner Rafael Eboli that black belt adults don't have to medal to sign up for the open and I went down and put my name in right away, a move that saved the whole experience for me. I won my first fight in the open (video above) against tough as nails Caio Almeida, and then went on to fight Lucas Lepri in my second match. This is what really made the experience for me. I go to big events like the Pan to get the chance to fight the best of the best in my division as much as anything else so I was really excited to fight against the multiple time lightweight world champion. I felt good in the match and was actually winning by an advantage up until he swept me around 6 or 7 minutes into the fight. Then upon making a mistake in my guard he was able to get to my back and after resisting for about a minute in his choke I eventually was forced to tap. Was an awesome experience and I came out of it with more confidence than ever and have already felt my game improve since then, now I'm ready for the American Cup this coming weekend!!
    Stay Tuned Osssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Sick New Australian Technique from Kit Dale Today at the Pan Camp!!

    Wed, 2014-03-05 22:00 — Nathan Mendelsohn

    Pan Camp today was even more epic than on Monday!! Training was full of beasts like Leandro Lo, Clark Gracie, Yuri Simoes, Caio Terra, Osvaldo Queixinho, Samir Chantre, Luiza Monteiro, Tanner Rice, Vitor Paschoal and more and at the end of class Kit Dale showed us a brand new secret move from Australia!! Check it out on graciemag!! Osssssss
    http://www.graciemag.com/2014/03/new-australian-technique-causes-confusi...

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fight with Benson Henderson from the Arizona International Open!!

    Sat, 2014-03-01 15:20 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys! This past weekend I made a last minute trip out to the 9th Arizona International Open to fight again Ex-UFC Champion Benson Henderson! I wanted to get some fights in before the Pan's and seeing as I missed the SF Open I jumped on the chance to travel out to Arizona and fight against Benson! I had two fights, winning the first by 15-0 (video coming soon) and then losing to Benson in the final by 3-2 on advantages (video above). Benson is an awesome fighter and humble competitor and it was a great experience to fight against him in preparation for the upcoming Pan's! Knocked off some of the competition cobwebs and was reminded of a couple things to correct before the big tournament in a couple weeks! Check out the video!! Osssssssss

    Claudio Franca's BJJ TOUR! The Next Big Thing in BJJ Tournaments!

    Mon, 2014-02-17 21:06 — Nathan Mendelsohn

    Claudio Franca has big plans for Jiu-Jitsu competitors around the world! This year he and the team behind the US Open are kicking off their new project the BJJ Tour! It will consist of various tournaments around the country and eventually the world and will work in a format similar to the WCT of surfing with the already established and well respected US Open, American Cup and All Star tournaments acting as the finals! Stay posted on the facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/officialbjjtour

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fights from the 2013 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo Fight #4

    Tue, 2014-02-11 14:19 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!!

    Back in November 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. Above is the video of my fourth fight from the event which was against Marcel Goncalvez (be sure to switch the quality to at least 480p in the youtube window) Osssssssssssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of my Fights from the 2013 World Jiu-JItsu Expo #3

    Wed, 2014-01-15 12:38 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!!

    Back in November 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. Above is the video of my third fight from the event which was against brown belt Shiloh Roberts (be sure to switch the quality to 480p in the youtube window). Stay tuned as I will be posting the rest of the fights here “em breve”. Osssssssssssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of my Fights from the 2013 World Jiu-JItsu Expo #3

    Wed, 2014-01-15 12:34 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!!

    Back in November 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. Below is the video of my third fight from the event which was against brown belt Shiloh Roberts. Stay tuned as I will be posting the rest of the fights here “em breve”. Osssssssssssss

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