After the Rio Open I had to change locations because I was staying with my friend Marcus Antelante who is now traveling to the United States to teach classes in Atlanta. So now I'm here with my Brazilian Brothers Leopoldo and Theodoro Canal in Recreio. Whenver Theodoro travels to Santa Cruz, CA he stays with me and my family and whenever I come to visit Rio he always receives me in his home and takes really good care of me.
After competing the World Cup(see entry #2) I was taken to the apartment of my good friend and black belt from Soulfighters team Marcus Antelante where I would spend the next two weeks. Marcus had spent two weeks at my house in California training with our team at Claudio Franca's academy before the IBJJF Mundial 2010 and now he always makes me feel at home when I'm here in Brazil.
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So as I said in my last post, Ive already been here for a month but i wasnt with consistent access to the internet and so theres some catching up to do.
When I arrived here in Rio de Janeiro, I was picked up from the airport by my friend Douglas Lins, brown belt from GFTEAM and taken directly to Niteroi (the city neighboring Rio de Janeiro) to fight the World Cup! I was tired from the 14 hour flight, but was hoping it was nothing a little Jack3D and a good warm up couldn't fix.
Carlos “Escorrega” Lemos’ spoke at length to OntheMat.com just prior to his departure to Rio de Janeiro where the Gracie Barra third degree black belt will be coaching American Spencer Fisher in his August 27, UFC Rio bout against Brazilian grappling ace Thiago Tavares.
Grapplers Retreat is a training camp that is located in the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. Unlike other camps, Grappler’s Retreat is a unique program that strives to bring the jiu-jitsu community together thus providing a memorable training experience for those in attendance. In this interview we talk with the head director of the program Alex Aftandilians has he tell us the details on what makes this camp special.
GracieMag reported this week that a source close to the magazine has confirmed there will be upcoming rule changes within the IBJJF organization including: changes to the belt system for kids, a requirement for competitors to bring two gis- one white and one blue- to IBJJF competitions, and that “an expert in antidoping measures has been consulted to address doping and move forward testing and penalizing processes for athletes” in jiu-jitsu.