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    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

    Helio Gracie 100-Year Celebration

    Wed, 2013-10-16 10:31 — Benjamin Bieker

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     On October 5, 2013 the Gracie Family hosted a very special celebration to honor the 100-year  legacy of Grand Master Helio Gracie. In addition to over 100 dedicated jiu-jitsu practitioners from around the world, amongst those present to pay their respects were Lyoto Machida, Mark Munoz, Brendan Schaub, Jake Ellenberger, Ed O'Neill and many other long-time friends of the Gracie Family!

    $10,000 Grapplers Quest this Saturday in Arizona

    Mon, 2013-10-14 17:13 — Benjamin Bieker

    $10,000 in Prizes at  
    First Grapplers Quest in Arizona  
    This Saturday in Phoenix

    Alliance Gym Announces Huge MMA and BJJ Seminar

    Mon, 2013-10-14 17:11 — Benjamin Bieker

     Check out the all star seminar at alliance training center which features former number one contender Alexander Gustafsson, top heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic, and other UFC stars. At alliancegym.com/seminar you can get all the information. With four different seminars to choose from you can pay $75 for one or $125 for all. You also get a free T-shirt and shorts to train in with the all day price. Plus, a viewing part for UFC 166 will take place at the end of the day with the fighters attending.

    FIVE Announces California Grappling Invitational

    Mon, 2013-10-14 13:30 — Benjamin Bieker

     More information to come so stay tuned about this exciting event on November 23rd in California promoted by Five! To keep up to date on the invitational go to facebook.com/fivegrappling for more information.

    P.O.W. Fundraiser and Bootcamp

    Mon, 2013-10-14 13:27 — Benjamin Bieker

     LOCAL NONPROFIT PRESENTS ‘BOOT CAMP WITH AN EDGE’

     

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fight at Roger Gracie's Dojjo Confere!

    Sun, 2013-10-13 13:24 — Nathan Mendelsohn

    Hey guys!
    Check out my fight from Roger Gracie's Dojjo Confere event a couple  weeks ago in Rio de Janeiro Brazil! Thankfully I was able to impose my hand and come away with the finish! Thank u so much Diogo Araujo, Bruno Tanque Mendes and the whole Soul Fighters team for the opportunity and thank u so much Scott Nelson, Greg Amundson, Claudio franca, and Matt Slatter  for the continued support! Follow the link below to watch the fight with commentary by Roger Gracie(in Portuguese).
     

    Gauntlet Jiu-Jitsu has a NEW home/NEW Instructor

    Thu, 2013-10-10 09:19 — Benjamin Bieker

     Founded by Wander Braga almost 8 years ago Gauntlet Jiu Jitsu has been one of the top schools in the Los Angeles Inland Empire. After Braga returned to Brazil and being under the direction of Lucas Leite and the Checkmat team for a few years the academy is now led by Ralph Gracie Black Belt Gregorio Marcellino Rivera. A student of Ralph’s for 20 years.

    Quick Finish: Arm-In Ezekial

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