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You know you've made your mark on the BJJ world if you have a move named after you. I'm not talking about some random submission, but a move that has become a fundamental part of the art. The De La Riva guard is a position that you'll see over and over nowadays. Competitors like the Mendes Brothers, Samuel Braga, Michael Langhi, Keenan Cornelius, Cobrinha and countless others rely on this guard. I've never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. De La Riva as he rarely comes to the states, but I sent a few quesitons down to my friend Lineu Oliveira who conducted the interview. Read, learn, and appreciate one of the legends of BJJ - Ricardo De La Riva - Carlson Gracie black belt, great competitor & instructor, and creator of the De La Riva guard!
I'm often one of the lighter guys on the mats. Weighing under 150 lbs, I'm often rolling with guys that weight 20 - 50lbs more than I do. This provides a unique challenge for us (smaller guys).
Training with heavier guys can be very helpful but can also be dangerous. In this multi-part series, I'm going to talk share tips from some of the best light guys in the BJJ world to help you - the smaller BJJ athlete - survive and do better when dealing with opponents and training partners who outweigh you.
Last August, Ralph Gracie’s beloved and unorthodox head instructor, Kurt Osiander, debuted a submission only event unlike any other, with his first “KO Finisher” series in San Francisco. Next week, his KO crew packs up and heads to the Los Angeles area to host the event’s second installment at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim, CA on Sunday, February 16th.
When you think of Original, Brazilian gi brands, one of the first names that should pop into your head is, Keiko Raca. They are 1 of the 3 big brands still producing gis in Brazil and they are as relevant today as they were 10 years ago. Their latest sponsored athlete is American black belt superstar, Keenan Cornelius!
Now you can be like Keenan! Or at least dress like him! This weekend only, all Keiko Raca products are 15% off! This includes Gis, Gi pants, backpacks and more. No coupon required, the discount has already been made for you! The sale ends Sunday night at midnight, so get on it now! Keiko Raca Kimonos 15% off!
The IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship is the world's LARGEST BJJ tournament. Over 3,000 competitors are expected this year during the 5 day event held on March 12-16th in Irvine, CA.
If you plan on competing, just go HERE to sign up!
Many Jiu-Jitsu schools will have special Pan Training camps to prepare their athletes. I'm sure there will be more announced later, but for now, let's take a look at four camps that have already been announced.
Actor, Mixed Martial Arist, bodybuilder, pro wreslter and now Purple belt, Dave Bautista gets the jump from blue by Cesar Gracie.
Congats to Dave Batista on the purple belt, at least we know that belt is real!
Can you imagine having to compete against him at your next tournament?
And if you want an idea of how Cesar teaches, check out his 6 DVD set; Gi less jiu jitsu
The nice thing about being in So Cal is that there are tournaments almost every weekend. Gokor Chivichyan & Gene LeBell have been teaching their grappling & MMA system for a LONG time in LA. Gokor started up a tournament series a few years back and the next one is coming right up!