Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Warmup BJJ NOGI Tournament

Summer Warmup BJJ NOGI Tournament
(Warm up for the bigger events at Summer)
When: August 10th
starting at 12:00pm
Where: 529 Arrawanna St. C/S, Co 80909 – Colorado Springs
What: NOGI BJJ Tournament.
... Open to everyone.
Double Elimination.
Registration only $5
Winners will be awarded with Trophies
3 divisions only:
* Intermediate ( 0 to 3 yrs) (white & blue belt)
LIGHT OPEN -167lbs
HEAVY OPEN +167lbs
*Advanced (+3 yrs)(purple belt)
Open weight
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Estima brothers’ No-Gi British Open back for September 22

The next edition of the Estima brothers’ annual no-gi event is officially announced. GMA members Braulio and Victor Estima who reside in the U.K. will be holding the 2013 No-Gi British Open on September 22.
The location of the event will be Cocks Moor Woods Leisure Centre, Alcester Road South, Kings Heath Birmingham, B14 6ER.
More information has yet to be released but mark your calendars and as soon as the registration opens we will let you know.
For past results and event information you can visit

Competing in BJJ or Grappling: Why?

Many students of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu feel a burning desire go out and prove themselves on the competition mats. This is all well and good for those guys, but for the rest of the community who see their teammates compete, or who are dimly aware that competition happens, competing might seem like a more risky endeavor than is worth doing. The nerves that lead up to competition are overwhelming for many; the process of trying to diet or cut weight is daunting enough to discourage many more.
Who am I, and why should you listen to me? Follow the link to read my bio (I’m at the top of the page). I don’t send you there to impress you, but rather to let you know that I do have more experience competing than most.
So… why should you compete in BJJ? The following reasons are going to be personal anecdotes as much as logical arguments in favor of competing. The benefits I have personally received have been tremendous, but your own experience is going to be different from mine, or anyone else’s, for that matter. Here are just a few things that competing in BJJ has done for me:
1. Testing your skill level against people you don’t roll with every day means that you can get a true barometer of where you stand at your belt or skill level. Sure, you mop the floor with the other white belts at your gym, but can you hang with guys interested in competing from other gyms in your area, or even internationally? Or maybe it’s the other way around: you don’t do so well at your gym, but maybe you can do all right when you compete. It could be that your gym is just really tough!
For me, I realized that I not only enjoy competing, but I’m actually pretty good at it. I certainly wasn’t always the toughest or best guy at my gym, but for whatever reason, I found that I competed really well for my level. The opposite is certainly true for many competitors, and overcoming nerves is something I will touch on in a future article.
2. Competing against people who don’t know your game is crucial to your developmental process. If you compete well (see #1), this is the biggest difference from daily training at your gym. So you can catch everyone at your gym with a guillotine choke. What about the guy with superhuman strength and no neck from across town, or the guy who happens to have a great guillotine defense?
When I first started competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I was shocked at how well certain techniques I had previously (naively) considered unimportant actually worked. Why? Because all of my training partners knew very well the patterns of the fundamental attacks I was trying to use on them. I had given the techniques a try, then discarded them from my daily rolling routine when my partners defended them. Fortunately for me, I had still drilled them enough so that they were ingrained in me. I found out that I was pretty good at the triangle choke, for example, by competing. Even today, I compete regularly at US Grappling events, and the techniques I use are often things I haven’t used in quite a long time on my training partners or students.
3. You can learn more in one day at a tournament than you will in a month of training. This is no exaggeration, although it’s not always going to be true. Competing isn’t a substitute for learning at the gym, but you can make incredible leaps forward, both conceptually and technically, by getting out there and testing yourself.
I have learned a great deal from all of my matches, but I have almost certainly learned more from the losses than from the wins. This doesn’t mean beating myself up over losing a match, but it does mean analyzing the mistakes I made, or the way my opponent was able to set me up to score or submit me, and integrating a better defense (or offense) into my game to gradually eliminate that mistake from my game. Conversely, I remember what I did well in the matches I won, and reinforce what I’ve been working on.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

2013 Grapplers Quest World Series of Grappling and Jiu Jitsu

2013 Grapplers Quest World Series of Grappling and Jiu Jitsu

2013 Grapplers Quest EUROPA Games Phoenix Arizona

2013 Grapplers Quest EUROPA Games Phoenix Arizona
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N Third street
Phoenix AZ 85004
Register online through July 31st for just $69, go to:
Grapplers Quest presents
Europa Games Phoenix 2013
October 19th
Phoenix Convention Center , Phoenix AZ 85004
300 Divisions in the following Ground Fighting Sports:
- Submission Grappling
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Judo
- Wrestling
- Sambo
For All Ages and Skill Levels!

The Washington State Grappling Championship

The Washington State Grappling Championship will offer both Submission Grappling (No Gi) and Jiu Jitsu (Gi) Divisions for all skill levels. Open to all styles. You do not have to live in the state or be part of any club or organization to compete.

55 days

: This sunday 55days for the Super Cup special promotion only $55

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fight 411 Grappling Championships Announced

Fight 411 Grappling Championships Announced
Fight 411 based out of Boca Raton is putting on a BJJ tournament on August 24th at the Highlands Christian Academy(501 NE 48th St.) in Pompano Beach, Florida. If you register before the 4th of August you will be able to pay just $50 for Gi or No-Gi, but if you want to do both is will be $75. Be sure if you want to compete to register before the 12th, because then the prices will jump $15 and another $15 on the 19th. Be sure to show your support by tuning into their website, buying spectator tickets, or actually competing at the event. It is hard for new promotions to put on event so make sure to compete so that more vents will come to your area.

bjj seminar


Saturday, July 13, 2013

September 7, 2013: NJ NoGi Jiu-Jitsu Championships

September 7, 2013: NJ NoGi Jiu-Jitsu Championships
Total Turf
614 Lambs Rd.
Pitman, NJ 08071

July 27 in New York: The Good Fight NY Jiu-Jitsu Summer Classic

                          July 27 in New York: The Good Fight NY                  Jiu-  Jitsu Summer Classic
Brand new: “Pre-Register-Now; Pay-Cash-At-The-Door” Option! Please read the details on the website!
Custom Awards: Giant 4-inch, full-color, custom medals to placewinners
4 Special Team Cup Prizes: The Good Fight will award a set of team cup awards to the following: kids/teens gi; kids/teens nogi; adult/executive gi; adult/executive nogi. The 1st Place Team earning the most CROWNED points, wins a special 2 ft. cup award plus the 3′x5′ full-color tournament! The 2nd & 3rd place teams also win special cup awards.
Fastest Submission Prizes: A special ‘Fastest Submission’ award will be awarded to the athlete that gets the fastest submission in each of the following divisions: kids/teen gi; kids/teen nogi; adult/executive gi; adult/executive nogi
Free T-Shirt: All competitors will receive a free tournament t-shirt.
Offering both Gi & No-Gi divisions, skill levels and weight classes available for kids, teens and adults. IBJJF-based rules for all divisions. Join us and experience the most professional and well-organized bjj tournament around!
The Sports Arena,
620 Middle Country Rd.
St. James, NY 11780


DATE: July 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th 2013
ADDRESS: Tijuca Tênis Clube
Rua Conde de Bonfim, 451 - Tijuca, RJ

US$55.00 by 08/June/2013
US$65.00 by 16/July/2013

Athletes affiliation and Academy registration deadline: 24/June/2013
All Juvenile, brown and black belt athletes must be properly affiliated for the current year.
All academies must be registered in order for its students to register in the competition.

All the documentation must be sent properly filled and signed as instructed on the e-mail received when soliciting your affiliation online. Juveniles, Brown and Black belts with pending and/or incorrect documentation won't be able to register for the tournament, as they need to have their request approved first.

For information about how to become a member or renew your membership please access:
For more information on how to register your academy please access:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Survey Results for May 2013

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Survey Results for May 2013
In late May, 2013, I conducted a survey of 688 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioners, 626 of which were male and 62 female. They ranged in belt levels from white to black, with ages ranging from children to seniors. The majority (682) are actively training, whereas 6 identify themselves as retired.
When asked what initially inspired them to try BJJ, the most widely selected answer was "personal challenge", with "fitness" coming in second. Refer to the chart to the right for a full list of responses.
Like myself, 8 people surveyed wrote in that it was due to witnessing Royce Gracie in early UFCs, which most, if not all of those that practice BJJ, are familiar with.

Last Jiu Jitsu by the Sea at Claudio Franca BJJ - Santa Cruz East Cliff Location

Last Jiu Jitsu by the Sea at Claudio Franca BJJ - Santa Cruz East Cliff Location
From Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
For our Jiu Jitsu by the Sea Fall Invitational, this will be the last time you will be able to really compete "by the sea" at our East Cliff location. This tournament has been held at the East Cliff location for 13 years, so don't miss this opportunity to compete one last time by the sea! We will be moving locations for this tournament for future dates and will keep you posted as soon as we know.

Registration for Jiu Jitsu by the Sea Fall Invitational is open! Registration is open to all belt levels Kids through Senior divisions. Early Registration will end on Friday, August 23rd at 11:59pm. This is a great tournament to get you ready for the U.S. Open, so register today!

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Location: Claudio Franca BJJ Santa Cruz
2-1507 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Time: Doors open at 8:30 am

Southwest Grapplefest 10, July 27, 2013

From Combat Sports Club:
You are invited to the following event:
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (MDT)
Santa Ana Star Center
3001 Civic Center Circle Northeast
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

There's still time to register early and Save $$. Take note of the dates:

Early registration $50/$75 +tax for one/two division(s) by July 18th 5:00pm. $60/$85 +tax from July 18th - July 25th 5:00pm. Late registration at the door is CASH only, $70/$95 +tax for one/two division(s)

Gi/NoGi, Double elimination, placing 1st-4th. All Men NoGi competitors earn Combat Sports Club points towards Elite status (5000pts.) for your primary division. See

The World Jiu-Jitsu Expo takes place on November 9 & 10

The World Jiu-Jitsu Expo takes place on November 9 & 10, 2013 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Ca. The event always has top seminars and the presence of many of the spports highest celebs, this time they have confirmed the presence of Rickson and Royce Gracie and UFC referee "Big" John Mc Carthy just to name a few. The organization announed their first Superfight pitting 5 times World BJJ champion Bruno Malfacine against one of the top American bjj'ers Jeff Glover.
For more info on the event go to
or their facebook page 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rio International Open - 2013

Rio International Open - 2013
Promoter: International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
Dates: Jul 25, 2013; Jul 26, 2013; Jul 27, 2013; Jul 28, 2013


  • 9:00 AM
Location: Tijuca Tenis Clube. Rua Conde de Bonfim, 451 - Tijuca, RJ Brazil


  • Adult Male
  • Adult Female
  • Masters and Above


  • Pre-Registration by June 8th: $55
  • Registration by July 16th: $65


See official site for full details of rules, weight classes, and divisions.