Friday, December 19, 2014

American Top Team Oklahoma City

December 20th at 9AM RICARDO LIBORIO SEMINAR, the 1st BJJ World Champion, BJJ Legend and Robbie Lawler's coach!!!

Don't miss this opportunity!!!

Cost for ATTOKC Members (only CASH)

Cost for NON Members (only CASH)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lone Star State Jiu Jitsu Championship March 28th

Lone Star State Jiu Jitsu Championship March 28th!!! Registration is open, register today & Be Part of Greatness! #nabjjf #sjjif#lonestarstate #texas #goforgold #bjj #jiujitsu #gi #nogi#kidsingis @breakpointfc @ckfightlife @soulrollbjj @sjjif

Grand Canyon State Open April 11th

Be ready everyone for the Grand Canyon State Open April 11th, there's plenty of time to prepare & bring your best ground game in the spring to Phoenix! Registration is open, so register early & Be Part of Greatness! #nabjjf #sjjif#bjj #jiujitsu #goforgold #gi #nogi #kidsingis #phoenix#grandcanyonstateopen #arizona @sjjif @breakpointfc @ckfightlife @soulrollbjj

Getting closer every day to living the Olympic dream! #600DaysToGo

Getting closer every day to living the Olympic dream!#600DaysToGo

Why Every Parent Should Have Their Children Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2 - FIRST BJJ

Studies suggest that bullying may be the leading cause of low self-esteem in children, and according to some surveys, less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. Children's inability to stand up to a bully is rooted in profound fear for their personal safety. Ironically, the victims know that they must confront the bully and would like nothing more than to stand up to them. But, they simply can't follow through for fear of the physical harm that backs the bully's every action. And, therein lies the challenge – how do you instill in a victim of bullying the confidence to face the tormentor, look them in the eye, and back them down? The answer is simple – teach the victims to defend themselves against physical attack, and the rest will follow.

  • Increased Awareness: Harassment comes in many forms. Sometimes, a victim doesn’t take a stand because they can’t differentiate between “joking” and “bullying.” We teach your child to differentiate between harmless play and harmful harassment so they know precisely when and how to act in each circumstance.
  • Unshakable Confidence: A confident child is a Bullyproof child. Bullies seek “easy targets” – those who will tolerate their abuse. We arm your child with the tools needed to overcome physical, verbal, and psychological harassment, so they are so confident in themselves that no bully will try to harass them.
  • Total Responsibility: We prepare your child to deal with bullies without turning them into one. We emphasize discipline, responsibility, and respect throughout the course, and teach five “Rules of Engagement” to ensure they never abuse their power.

Why Every Parent Should Have Their Children Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - FIRST BJJ

It is a well known fact that children need guidance in their life not only coming from their parents but also from an external source. We live in times which force parents to spend less time parenting and way too much worrying about the development and safety of their offspring. Sport classes are great for exercising and focusing the child’s attention but I believe that they fall short when compared to martial arts. The missing link in this case would be also covering the spritual aspect – believing that both psychological and physical, can be strengthened simultaneously . Signing the youngsters in a form of martial art has been a go-to move for decades among the parental bodies in order to get some aid in the endeavour of raising capable men and women who one day will grow up to be valuable contributing members of our society.
In the following text I would like to point out some of the crucial benefits of signing your kid to such classes and to present my personal observations both as a bystander and as a kid’s class coach with hands on approach in grappling and Brazilian jiu jitsu.
First off I would like to say that I respect all martial arts and think that they are all valuable for what they were created to be. That being said I strongly believe that when talking about kids some of them are better suited for the task than others. All forms of striking combat sports which include full contact sparring are dangerous and too risky for children. Also they do not give the opportunity of defending ones self just by controlling the attacker without actually harming them. This is the “bread and butter” of grappling sports and particularly Brazilian jiu jitus.
The main goal in this art is ALWAYS being aware and controlling the situation. Bjj prides itself on the usage of technique and leverage above everything. That is why it is called – “the gentle art”. The main concept is that you must shorten the distance between you and your opponent and initiate the clinch . Next you use various trips, throws and takedowns to bring the altercation to the ground. Once getting there, certain dominant positions and holds are used by the person versed in grappling to control the attacker.
Generally speaking not many systems of self defense allow the smaller and more times than not – the weaker person to subdue a larger opponent. As a result your child will not be thought to depend on size nor strength. Practitioners learn to defend themselves and control their opponent even without trading punches or using finishing holds that might get you in trouble with the school or the legal system. What you are doing is simply nullifying the potential of the other person inflict harm on you. In my opinion this is the ultimate anti-bullying tool. Having the opportunity to harm someone but choosing not to and making them aware of it.
What is even better is that children learn all these attributes including balance, reflexes, flexibility and weight distribution while playing and having fun. Most academies form the teaching and sparring sessions in a form of a game so self defense and play time are mixed in together in a very friendly environment. But I always say that if the only thing you learned out of your training in a combat sport is how to defend yourself and nothing more…you are clearly doing something wrong. 
To be involved in such an art while growing up and forming as a personality is a very perplexing phenomenon which stimulates the mind as well as the body. Influenced by their instructors and professors the students themselves want to do better in and out of class. They are being thought how to break down and solve problems which occur both during training sessions and in life. Critical aspects of the child’s character are being forged right there on the tatami. Kids learn that sometimes you are going to be the smaller, weaker, slower or not in the best position possible, but you still have to do the best in your ability to not give up and to keep trying. Sometimes being disciplined and having a good work ethic takes you further than you thought it might. These are life-long lessons which I have found to be true through Brazlian jiu jitsu.
Here are some more significant values and lessons which your child will surely be exposed to while training :
-Self-Discipline and Responsibility. It is a big problem in the era we live in. Young people need to learn that engaging in something which is difficult to do and takes time is ultimately very important for your character.
-Respect. Something missing in many people. Disrespecting someone is definitely not acceptable in any dojo and kids understand that this kind of behavior is not permissible. Children learn to respect their professors, their teammates and also themselves.
-Finding peaceful solutions to problems. We have all been there as children. Aggravated and enraged at some other kid for doing something or acting mean. Kids that train have less desire to persue such goals as they do not feel the need to prove themselves. This makes them calmer and more racional in their decision making.
-Self-Esteem and confidence. It comes as the training hours start building up and the progress increases. Nothing makes the instructors happier than seeing how children change and start being more outgoing as their confidence raises.
-Setting goals and acting on fulfilling them. When students set goals they should chase them and figure out on their own that when you truly want something in life you have to work hard to get it.
-Belonging somewhere. Brazilian jiu jitsu allows students to become comfortable with being in close physical contact in a society where we are becoming increasingly more isolated by technology. In combat sports we need our training partners in order to do what we love. This is a rule. We spend a big part of our lives with them and ultimately become one big family. This positive influence is crucial to any youngster and their understanding of society. It builds comradery and shows young people that they are appreciated and important to one another and their team.
I have been a witness and in charge of kid’s classes in Brazilian jiu jitsu and I have to say that just seeing how much the kids enjoy playing and learning lights a spark inside me too. When you show them a move and they do it correctly you feel so proud of them and they feel it too!
Brazilian jiu jitsu is a great gift and it is even better if it has been given when you are too young to understand it. Not just the self defense aspect of the art. In fact just like with adults- lots of people sign up out of fear. They are worried that something might happen to them and they are willing to put the hours of work and learn how to handle stressful situations. But when enough time has passed you begin understand that this actually was not what kept you practicing the art for so long. It is a vehicle for developing your human potential. Everything is about the new friendships, taking good care of your mind and body, the life lessons you learn both about others and about yourself. I strongly recommend all parents to take this step and just bear witness of how your child’s perception of the world will begin to change.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Master Jean Jacques Machado Seminar!

Master Jean Jacques Machado Seminar!
Machado is a true legend in BJJ, he is considered one of Carlos Gracie Junior’s top students.
What: Jean Jacques Machado Seminar
When: Sat & Sun - Feb. 21st & 22nd at 10am to 1pm
Where: START BJJ Academy, 12335 Pembroke Road Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
RSVP: START BJJ Academy Staff at 786-543-0001 or the front desk.


DEC 10TH, 2014 


Grapple Bowl II
We will be sending out new Posters in the next few days 



Fredson Paixao vs Romulo Caiado will face off against each other on January 23rd, 2015. 

Stay tuned for announcements on the card! Tickets go on sale December 17th at these participating schools. Syndicate MMA, Ricardo Cavalcanti BJJ, Zenith BJJ and Cobra Kai JJ. Email for other locations to purchase tickets! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

bjj by the sea


Join us for the final installment of the BJJ tour this year. The Jiu-Jitsu by the Sea Tournament will be held in the tranquil coastal town of Salinas, California. The tournament will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
All schools are welcome to participate. All belt levels from Kids, Juvenile, Adult and Master age divisions will compete.
All Competitors will receive a complimentary tournament T-Shirt. Medals and certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All Kid Competitors will receive a medal.


Competitors check-in at Kugtar MMA Academy, the location of the Jiu-Jitsu by the Sea Tournament on Saturday, December 13 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
All Kid Competitors are required to show their valid identification in the form of Birth Certificate, Passport or IBJJF card to compete. Any Kid Competitor without valid identification will be disqualified and will not compete. No refunds.
Drivers License, Passport, State Identification or IBJJF card to compete. Any Juvenile, Adult or Master Competitor without valid identification will be disqualified and will not compete. No refunds. 

Respect 1 BJJ PRO

Finalized fight card for Respect 1 at the Kemp Auto Museum on February 28th, 2015. Tickets available Card subject to change.

MMA Total Mayhem

#Maverikstores #Maverik #Adventuresfirststop#Bonfireburrito #Adventureclub #Adventureclubnitro#Adventureclubrewardscard
Celebrate with the #TMFamily........................#2015 buy online smithstix.comtotalmayhement.comScheduled that night #MMAfights #aerialsilks#showtimecasinonights and lots of #giveaways#TMFamily also room rates for all #totalmayhemfans$69.00 or $89.00 includes breakfast for 2. call the hilton garden inn @ 801-416-8899 mention totalmayhem code FIGHT is for room only $69.00 or FIGHTTB for $89.00/breakfast for 2.
visit: put in reservation dates then in group/convention area type in FIGHT OR FIGHTTB, Thank you! have fun #20twentyfifteen15#NewYearsEve


Não adianta ter a força e bom coração se você não sabe Jiu-Jitsu! Cuidado com os vilões, e agora deixe de brincadeira e bons treinos! (Via Instagram @graciemag_br)
‪#‎heman‬ ‪#‎vejojiujitsuemtudo‬ ‪#‎jiujitsu‬ ‪#‎bjj‬ ‪#‎boratreinar‬ ‪#‎armbar‬ ‪#‎armlock‬‪#‎mma‬ ‪#‎chavedebraco‬ ‪#‎vilao‬ ‪#‎ufc‬
No use having the strength and good heart if you do not know Jiu-Jitsu! Watch out for the bad guys, and now stop playing and good training! (Via Instagram @graciemag_br) #heman #vejojiujitsuemtudo #jiujitsu #bjj #boratreinar #armbar #armlock #mma #chavedebraco #vilao #ufc



5th Fusion seminar

#InstaSize December 13th Prof @gdjiujitsu and I will be in Phoenix AZ teaching the 5th Fusion seminar, I'm very excited about it that, I'm looking far world too see all my friends from Arizona. No dia 13 de dezembro eu e o prof @gdjiujitsu vamos estar no 5 Fusion seminário, em Phoenix AZ, vai ser muito Bom ver todos os meus amigos do Arizona. #oss #rmnu #rmnuseminars#rmnunationsunited #fusionseminar #mma #ufc #bjj #friends

Sunday, December 7, 2014



Salem Armory Auditorium – Salem, Oregon
Start the new year off right – compete! The Ground Warrior Submission Challenge, sponsored by the Oregon National Guard, is a stand-alone event that follows Sub League’s classic rules and round robin format. Matches are won by submissions, not points. And round robin means you get to compete against everyone in your pool (no one is eliminated after losing a match).
This year, we are taking the Ground Warrior to the Salem Armory Auditorium. This is an excellent venue that spectators will love. Please join us for this fun event… it’s the perfect way to kick off a year of great Jiu Jitsu!

The 5th Annual California State Grappling

Have you registered yet for the 2015 CALIFORNIA STATE GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIP?

This upcoming Monday is the last day to take advantage of the early bird registration price!

Are you worried about registering early?

Unlike most other organizations, the UGF offers registration refunds! Competitors can save money and feel safe when registering early for UGF tournaments. If for any reason you register for our event but are unable to attend, refunds are available all the way up until two weeks prior to the event.

REGISTER TODAY AND SAVE!!california-state-grappling-championship-/c1k1w 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu Invitational

We are super excited to announce the initial line up for the 1st Polaris Professional Jiu-Jitsu Invitational. 10th January 2015 will see some the best jiu-jitsu black belts descend on St Davids Hall, Cardiff for a night of submission only action. Confirmed matches so far are
JT Torres vs Victor Estima (GI)
Dean Lister vs Pablo Popovitch (NO-Gi)
Michelle Nicolini vs Angelica Galvao (GI)
Mike Fowler vs Eduardo Telles (GI)
Kit Dale vs Victor Silverio (GI)
AJ Agazam vs Dan Strauss (NO-Gi)

Two matches to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Tickets available from

The event will be streamed live across the world. PPV tickets available soon.

Full event details on our website

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Guys December 20th at 9AM we have RICARDO LIBORIO SEMINAR, who showed up last time had a chance to meet the 1st BJJ World Champion and learn great movements with the BJJ Legend! Now he is coming again!

Don't miss this opportunity!!!

Cost for ATTOKC Members (only CASH)
Until Dec. 10th = $70
After Dec. 10th = $80

Cost for NON Members (only CASH)
Until Dec. 10th = $80
After Dec. 10th = $100 

Reasons You Should Start Your New Year’s Resolutions Now!

4  Reasons You Should Start Your New Year’s Resolutions Now! 

The New Year is a glorious time when we have the chance to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to the endless possibilities and potential in the next 12.

We strive for greatness with an unprecedented outlook on the mystery of the unknown that is the next year of our lives.

According to Statistic Brain, 45 percent of people make New Year’s resolutions, with the promise of ‘‘enjoying life to the fullest’’ being one of the highest ranked.

It’s a time of year that can be filled with hope, positivity and a feeling of purpose. The actual idea of a brand new year is what feels so refreshing; you get a clean slate to do whatever you want.

As much as it is a beautiful notion, it is also a procrastinator’s ideal defense: ‘‘Oh, I’ll start it in the New Year.’’ But, why wait to get started on a new goal?
The date has no significance; you don’t have to wait for the first of January to start living the way you want to live right now.

In fact, starting now will ultimately benefit you — here are four reasons why:

+ A New Beginning Has No Start Date

The countdown to a new beginning starts every day you wake up, not every first day of the New Year. If it feels right to start now, start now. Don’t wait for tomorrow, next week or January 1 to begin what you already know you want to achieve.
If there is something going on in your life that you do not like and want to change, there is no better time than the present. It might be easier to put these changes off, and fear or doubt may discourage you, but easy doesn’t always mean right.

+ What’s The Difference?

What is the difference between starting on a Thursday in November and starting on a Thursday in January? A date won’t define your success, but postponing things to a later date will only set you back a couple of months.

The pressure of giving yourself a deadline has its perks, but preparing yourself before the deadline has even bigger perks.

+ There May Never Be A Right Time

You may never feel like you are entirely ready to start your next move and it is always easier to make an excuse, but waiting is just limiting yourself. Why make changes tomorrow that you can make today?

If you don’t feel ready now, what makes you believe you will feel ready on January 1? Sometimes we have to take those leaps of faith and believe we are capable of doing whatever we put our minds to.

+ Staying A Step Ahead Of The Game

By starting now, you will be one step ahead of yourself. Where you thought you would be in January, you could be in by November. By starting now, you are able to plan and think about how you are going to go about tackling your decision.

You give yourself the time to digest your thoughts and understand them more. By keeping a step ahead, you can go into the New Year with a strong perspective and assurance of what you need to do next in order to achieve whatever it is you set out to achieve.

There are 365 days to start anew or make a change — use them all.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


February 15th 2015 Grappling Experience presents Grapple Bowl II 2015. We are starting work on the mail out all the flyers and posters for the event. If your gym would like the flyers please send me am message on here or email me with your address. Don't post it on here you don't want spam from everyone else. Thank you for your support and this is going to be a great event. 

December 14th, 2014 Gi Tournament Only $45 The event is filling up FAST!!! Don’t Wait to Register

December 14th, 2014 Gi Tournament Only $45 
The event is filling up FAST!!! Don’t Wait to Register


(775) 853-2991 

Learn from Mackenzie Dern and donate a toy in Tempe, AZ on Dec 7!

Learn from Mackenzie Dern and donate a toy in Tempe, AZ on Dec 7!     Black belt Mackenzie Dern of GMA Megaton Jiu-Jitsu will be teaching a workshop in Tempe, AZ on Dec. 7.    The cost of the seminar is $50 but you will receive $10 off if you bring an unwrapped new toy to donate.

The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1761 E Warner Rd. Tempe, AZ 85284. 
The 2014 no-gi world champion will be teaching a Toys for Tots Workshop where you can train and learn with her. Men and women of any affiliation are welcome. 

It's time for us to start our 3rd annual AGF Holiday Giveaway.

American Grappling Federation3rd Annual AGF Holiday Giveaway
It's time for us to start our 3rd annual AGF Holiday Giveaway. 

Last year, we gave away 4 sponsorships which allowed our winners to compete for a full year for free. This year, it'll be even better!

Please read ALL of the rules. They are pretty important.

1. Accept this invitation that are you going to this event.
2. Share this event with your friends. Tell them to join the event as well.
3. Post a reply on this event and tag your BJJ friends.
4. Your friend must accept the invitation to be eligible.
5. You must have competed in at least 1 AGF tournament in 2014 to be eligible to win. IF you haven't competed yet, there's still time. Austin Classic is December 6th and the Nationals is December 13th.

Be sure to tell your friends to follow these steps as well. If they tag you, then that increases your odds of winning.

If you are selected, you and 1 of your friends listed will win.

Full year of AGF tournaments (2015)
Free gear from our sponsors
Free gear from the AGF

The drawings will be held on December 24th. You do not need to be present to win. This is NOT a popularity contest. Everyone has an equal shot to win. We will print out a list of all the people who properly completed all the steps and put those names in a bowl/hat/whatever. We will then draw names.

Previous year's winners, current sponsored AGF athletes, and AGF staff are not eligible, but are encouraged to participate.

Good luck! And thanks for participating!