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.
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.
If you are looking for a bjj training manual, BJ Penn is the former UFC Lightweight Champion, former UFC Welterweight Champion, and first american Jiu Jitsu World Champion. He is also one of the most accomplished bjj practitioners competing in the sport of MMA. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: The Closed Guard BJJ Training Manual, Penn offers more than eighty bjj techniques that allow you to dominate while fighting off your back in both bjj competition and mixed martial arts although it is tailored to bjj due to the nature of techniques wearing the gi.