As the 2012 bjj grappling tournament season starts to wind down, we keep reading about the same names from the mainstream bjj media. My facebook feed always has the same bjj black belt names circulating. And, for some odd reason, the majority of bjj blogs/websites seem to always “share” all of the exact same stories. ( That’s part of the reason this blog exists. This blog will not perpetuate. This blog will not be just another mainstream run-of-the-mill boring blog with nothing of value other than sharing what other people already said.) I want to share a new name with you all that will be huge in the very near future.
Archives for September 2012
IBJJF Rankings Officially Updated by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. *UPDATE* 3-17-14
There have been other organizations/websites that have done this. However, they are not “certified” by the IBJJF. That can be both a good and bad thing. The IBJJF Rankings posted today are comprehensive and cumulative since January 2010. They have promised to update the IBJJF Rankings after each Gi championship.
The IBJJF Rankings will be used “as a parameter for the making of brackets” for tournaments. Which is a nice thing to know. Although some people would prefer completely randomly assigned brackets, at least there is a definitive manner in forming the brackets and biases will, in theory, be less affecting.
Here are the top 10 males in the black belt IBJJF Rankings: [Read more…] about IBJJF Rankings – A step in the RIGHT direction
EDITOR’S NOTE: AT THE TIME I WROTE THIS ARTICLE, IT WAS TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE. I NOW RESCIND THESE WORDS AND WITHDRAW ANY SUPPORT FOR THE TLI BANNER. APPARENTLY, THERE WAS A REASON TO BE “HATING” AFTER ALL.
Are you feeding your haters their hater fuel? I wasn’t planning to make an update today. But, I was forced to. I was inspired by success. While prepping for some personal training today, I saw Master Lloyd Irvin put up a hater fuel status update that brought a smile to my face: [Read more…] about Hater Fuel
Are you up to date on your bjj black belts?
For every Rafael Mendes and Rodolfo Viera, there are a number of BJJ Black Belts that get slept on. They could go unnoticed for a number of reasons such as: their affiliation, bjj politics, not coming from a widely recognized academy, etc. We have already seen one bjj fighter get completely ignored by the jiu jitsu media this last 2012 year. He happened to be the first ever bjj fighter to win the double grandslam at any belt level. Have you heard of this guy? No? Do you live under a rock? Of course, I am talking about Keenan “The Cobra” Cornelius. Although he destroyed his competition in all of the major tournaments in both his division and in the absolute (something that no one has EVER done before), the mainstream jiu jitsu media completely black balled him. This blog post is not about him, but, coincidentally, about one of his bjj black belt teammates who has also gone under the radar despite being one of the most decorated american bjj black belts (10 IBJJF Medals this year alone) and currently ranked #8 among bjj black belts.
This is not yet ANOTHER attempt at reporting exactly what happened last night with Renzo Gracie. I will, however, briefly summarize it. Renzo Gracie was about to be attacked by two men, he pretented to be drunk, and, when the time was right, he attacked them and defended himself successfully WHILE TWEETING ABOUT IT THE WHOLE TIME!
If you want to know the specific details you can read about it here. Otherwise, we are going to assume you are familiar with the events of the night. This post it just to congratulate Renzo Gracie for being a hero and a bad ass dude. I hope this serves notice for people trying to mug others, that they should be more careful. You never know what a stranger is carrying or what he knows. What terrible bad luck when a couple of muggers stumble upon the beast of a man that is Renzo Gracie.