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TWIBJJ #80 with Yuki Nakai

02 July, 2015 2 comments Leave a comment

Yuki Nakai is a guy that I've admired for a long time. Not only is he a Kosen Judo and BJJ black belt, he's a fearless warrior who went against Rickson Gracie despite being blinded in one eye from a prior fight that evening.

Nakai has gone on to start his own association called "Paraestra" and now has over 40 schools in Japan and Korea.
Among his many talented students is standout Shinya Aoki.

On my recent trip to Japan I had a chance to sit down and talk to him for a few minutes.
Here are some of our conversation points:

-Training Kosen Judo
-Switching to BJJ
-Is BJJ a Brazilian or Japanese martial art?
-Why did BJJ flourish in Brazil?
-Getting his black belt in BJJ from...
-Starting Paraestra

Also on this episode I talk briefly about the upcoming Five Grappling Super League Event.

Also the top new releases for the week are:

Favela Jiu-Jitsu - Sweeps by Fernando Terere

Basically Escaping Side Control by Adem Redzovic

Watch the full episode here!

Five Grappling Super League update July 2nd 2015

02 July, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

3 Announcements this week for the Five Grappling Super League.

In the mens division we welcome Murilo Santana. Murilo joins Hector Lombard, James Puopulo, Yuri Simoes and Joao Assis. That leaves 2 more athletes to be announced in the next few days! 

In the women's gi division, we welcome Luisa Monteiro 


In addition to the two tournaments, there will be two superfigthts. The first superfight will feature Keenan Cornelius vs Otavio Sousa. A 2nd superfight has been announced the but the featured athletes are being kept a secret at the moment?  So far we know two things; It will be a rematch and it will be nogi! Any guesses?

Here's what the line ups look like so far

1 - Fabiana Borges
2 - Tammi Musumeci
3 - Nyjah Easton
4 - Karen Antunes
5 - Angelica Galvao
6 - Luisa Monteiro
7 - TBA
8 - TBA
8 of the top male No Gi Grapplers will also compete for $17,500 in prize money!
1 - Bruno Bastos
2 - Yuri Simoes
3 - Joao Assis
4 - James Puopolo
5 - Hector Lombard
6 - Murilo Santana
7 - TBA
8 - TBA

Follow http://www.facebook.com/fivegrappling for more updates

Five Grappling Super League update 6.23.15

23 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Two new athletes have been added to the Five Grappling Super League. This week we welcome Checkmat black belt Karen Antunes in the women's gi bracket as well as Judo champion and MMA veteran, Hector Lombard to the men's no gi bracket.

Here's the line up so far:

1 - Fabiana Borges
2 - Tammi Musumeci
3 - Nyjah Easton
4 - Karen Antunes
5 - TBA T
6 - TBA
7 - TBA
8 - TBA

1 - Bruno Bastos
2 - Yuri Simoes
3 - Joao Assis
4 - James Puopolo
5 - Hector Lombard
6 - TBA
7 - TBA
8 - TBA

The Five Grappling Super league will broadcast live from Studio 54 on August 2nd! Limited seating availability at the event.

Rolled up Episode 45 with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro plus bonus techniques

22 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Rolled up episode 45 with the Ribeiro Brothers

If you're a practitioner of BJJ and you find yourself in San Diego, there are a plethora of gyms from which to choose and the University of Jiu Jitsu should be at the top of your list. Saulo and Xande are easily the winning est family members in all of BJJ. Between them, they hold well over 10 world titles. 

Be sure and watch the bonus techniques! 

This video is presented to you by Grapplers Escape



Defense Soap


Rolled Up Part 2 with the Ribeiro Brothers

Bonus technique with Xande Ribeiro


Bonus technique with Saulo Ribeiro


TWIBJJ 78 with Julio Cesar, Five Grappling Super League, Ranked Rashguards 40% off

17 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

 Five Grappling Super League - Live on PPV Aug 2nd


The 5 Grappling Super League is coming! We'll be broadcasting live from Studio 540 on August 2nd. The line up so far includes Joao Assis, Nyjah Easton, Tammi Musmeci, James Puopulo, Bruno Bastos, Yuri Simoes and Fabiana Borges with more announcements coming daily! Follow Five grappling on FB at http://www.facebook.com/fivegrappling. We'll also be sharing all the latest updates across all of our social media feeds as well.

TWIBJJ Episode 78 - Julo Cesar of GF Team

In spite of being on the other side of the world and being the workoholic that he is, Budo Jake is still making time to bring you a new episode of TWIBJJ. In this episode we feature GF team leader Julio Cesar. Learn more about him and his team in this 3 part episode.

BJJ Vs Cancer with Jack Taufer - Part 3 of 5

TWIBJJ #76 with Nelson Monteiro

04 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Today's episode of This Week in BJJ provides:

-My thoughts on the 2015 BJJ World Championships.

-Jack Taufer's new series on "Invisible Jiu-jitsu"

-An interview and technique with Nelson Monteiro who is a 6th degree black belt, runs Gracie Barra Encinitas, and was a key figure in the early days of ADCC.

Here's part 1:

And here's part 2:


TWIBJJ #75 with Robert Zeps

20 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The topics for today's episode of This Week in BJJ are:

-Big announcement from Gui Mendes

-New Roy Dean Collection

-Bernardo Faria new DVD release on Z-Guard.

Instead of an interview, this time we have something a little different. We're featuring a speech given by Robert Zeps when he received his black belt in April 2015.

Robert is a very important person in the BJJ community. Among other accomplishments, he is mostly known as the man behind Studio 540 - an incredible BJJ gym in Solana Beach, California.

In his speech he talks about many interesting topics, including why he feels jiujitsu flourished when it left was transplanted from Japan to Brazil.

Here's the video:

TWIBJJ #74 with Marcelo Splinter

13 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

On today's episode of This Week in BJJ I talk a little about:

-Josh Barnett vs Ryron Gracie from Metamoris 6

-Polaris 1 is now available On Demand

-4 matches announced for Polaris 2!

-New officially licensed Street Fighter Nogi apparel available for preorder!

-Interview with 2014 Masters World Champ Marcelo "Splinter"

Here's part 1:

In part 2, the interview continues and then Marcelo shows us a nice rolling toehold from when you're in someone's De la Riva guard. Then he shows a unique way to get out of a deep leg drag position.

Here's part 2!


Time Travel Tuesdays Kron Gracie vs Sergio Moraes 2008 BJJ World Championships

12 May, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The 2008 worlds was probably one of the more memorable BJJ events I've had the privilege of not only shooting but it was also the first year we made a DVD for this historic event.

If you recall, this was the year that Andre Galvao showed the world that he was just as good a break dancer as he was a BJJ player. Roger Gracie was submitting everyone with cross chokes and we were able to see the black belt debut of two amazing individuals in BJJ; Kron Gracie and now UFC and MMA veteran, Sergio Moraes.

Leading up to the worlds, Kron had dismantled literally everyone he faced at brown belt. I don't know the statistics but I head a rumor that he went 40-0 with all the fights ending in submission at brown belt. Kron had received his black belt from his father, Rickson Gracie not long before the worlds so the crowd was anxiously waiting to see how he'd do up against more experienced, black belt competitors.

I remember the energy in the Long Beach pyramid as the both men entered the mats. It was eerily quiet in the arena and literally everyone's attention was focused on Mat 7. Sergio Moraes, a black belt from Alliance was virtually unknown at the time but he certainly made his presence known after his first match. Sergio went on to win the worlds by defeating Paragon black belt, Bill Cooper.

Here are a few photos that I took from the fight. As far as I know, I've never published them.






Before we get to the video, here's a brief interview we did with Sergio following his performance at the worlds that gives a little bit of background on Sergio.

We also made this brief highlight of Sergio's performance to promote the DVD:

And the complete video for this week's edition of Time Travel Tuesday:


TWIBJJ #73 with Giva Santana

06 May, 2015 1 comments Leave a comment

On today's episode of TWIBJJ, I talk about:


- Q5 contest winner!

-Caulicure - the new cauliflower ear solution!

Then there's an interview with Giva "the Arm Collector" Santana where he talks about:

-Lotus Club BJJ

-Why swearing when you get submitted or swept in class is the worst thing you can do.

-Why he prefers armbars over chokes (particularly in MMA)

Here's the video:

In part 2, Giva goes over a really nice half guard sequence. 

This unique half guard position has been referred to as "De la Giva" Guard:

 And in case that left you craving for more, here's some smooooth flow rolling with Giva and one of his students!


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