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Jiu-Jitsu PED Survey
Editor's Note: Thank you to the nearly 700 participants in our online steroids study. The data collected was interesting but even more so was the information provided by the black belts and bloggers who answered our more lengthy questionnaire. If the numbers are too much of a bore move on to the Discussion section, read and formulate your own opinion. This topic is so faceted I am looking forward to the discussions still to come.
Some numbers to note: 143 of 690 people said they had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in the past. That is 20%. Demographically, white belts and black belts were the least likely to have used PEDs.
My heartfelt thanks to Matthew Corley for the countless hours and tireless research to produce this paper.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and the Culture of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs): A Review of Online Survey Data
There is a persistent perception in high-level BJJ competitions that many medal winners are using steroids and other PEDs to succeed. This article collates the opinions of nearly 700 BJJ practitioners and provides a detailed breakdown of the opinions of those participants based on their demographics.
Insight from current and former world champions was also solicited for a first-hand perspective on PED usage at the highest level. The bios of the subject matter experts are available by hyperlink at the end of the article under the acknowledgements section.
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He was known as just Roberto Abreu back in early 2000. A tough blue belt that loved to compete and hungry to be a world class BJJ black belt. Just four short months after having been in a horrific car accident that was to leave him with having to give up the sport he loved he went on to take 2nd in the Brazilian Nationals. That’s when it all changed.
Roberto already knew, and now everyone else does too, that he was still on a path to accomplish his jiu-jitsu goals. But how could he. How could Roberto from the Brazilian country side make such a quick come back? How could he make a come back at all? It wasn’t normal. It’s like he’s some kind of a machine or mythological figure. A BJJ player of his size with the quickness of a feather weight, the technical ability of someone raised in Rio and playing on the mats from infancy, and the power and pressure of a super super heavy weight. "Cyborg" could be an understatement.
Thanks to Haim Gozali, ADCC is alive and well in Israel. An original SUPER Grappling Fight featuring Jeff Glover was supposed to happen, however Jeff got tapped out by snow in the airport in the US and was prevented from participating.
The ADCC had Over 130 competitors with a super fight Rory Spiegel (USA) replace Jeff Glover after Glover stuck in NYC
The list of the winners is shown below.... and link to photos.
Live from the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England the 2011 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships brought its legions of fans some of the most spectacular action from the best grapplers in the world, that will be remembered in years to come.
Amongst this group of competitors was the 2003 ADCC Absolute Champion Dean Lister. After a brief departure from the grappling scene the 35 year old grappling legend made his return to action to the event shocking the world becoming the 2011 ADCC -99kg World Champion defeating some of the top grappling talent of today.
Guy Neivens from the ADCC responds to Royler Gracie's letter. Guy reveals more of the proposed deal and details surrounding the apparent fallout.
Mentioning "veteran matches" that would help promote the sport such as: Renzo Gracie vs Mario Sperry and the Royler vs Eddie match as a natual fit.
BJJ fans, grappling fans - it looks like it has come down to money plain and simple. It's good to see that $25K can be raised for a veteran match in this sport and hope other opportunities persist for the veterans like Royler, Renzo, Mario and Eddie.
Click to read more... Read the letter, perhaps more responses are on the way, Royler - it's back to you.
A tournament that comes around every two years, the ADCC Submission Grappling tournament is a event that features some of the best grapplers around, all fighting for one prize of being recognized as the best grappler in the world. With an all star roster already lined up to compete this year, the event promises to be one to remember. Amongst the group of competitors is an individual that will be making his debut in the under 65k featherweight division.
Hailing from Plymouth in the South West part of Britain is overseas sensation Tom Barlow who is a brown belt under Braulio Estima. Barlow began his BJJ journey in 2006. He was inspired to pursue the art after seeing the Legendary Royce Gracie dominate his opponents back in the early UFC days. <~Read more~>
The last North American qulifier comes to San Diego on March 12th. Calling all grapplers, get qualified at this tournement to fight in the ADCC World event in September in England. Check out the video of the gold medal match between Rafeal Mendes and Cobrinha, ADCC worlds 2009 below.
Those confirmed for San Diego include:
Scott Einstein Epstein
Don't miss your chance to qualify.
San Diego, California, March 12th 2011
Arena: National Guard Armory (7401 Mesa College Drive)
Event homepage & info: www.adccna.com
The Men end the ADCC 2011 with a great set of finals. Exceptional matches between true professionals and masters of the sport.
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