Happy New Year and Look for More Jiu-Jitsu from BJJ Legends in 2009
This past year marked the beginning of our magazine and BJJLegends.com. We're excited about 2009 with all the Legends of Jiu-Jitsu we'll be interviewing and the techniques we bring to the martial arts community, we have never been prouder of the state of Jiu-Jitsu and the future for BJJ Legends.
We wish you all the best New Year and successful championships in 2009.
Martial Arts is an activity that often reflects the real challenges
individuals face in real life, and allows them to forge traits of
character awfully needed to succeed in any area. The self-discipline,
the commitment to grow despite setbacks, the overcoming of challenges
on the physical and mental arena, the lessons learned on a daily basis,
that always tell us we still have room for growth, more space to
improve the warrior and the man.
Uncle Helio Gracie was definitely
someone who challenged himself at every aspect, despite many obstacles
which would severely limit any other human being, like his fragile body
and precarious health at the time he was a teen, just starting to get
into the art of Jiu-Jitsu, more as a way to grow healthier than
As it often happens, the ones people expect the
least end up surpassing everyone's wildest expectations. Nobody could
foresee that that young and fragile teenager would become the legendary
Helio Gracie, the father of modern Jiu-Jitsu, died on Thursday in the city of Itaipava, Rio de Janeiro. The BJJ master was 95 years-old.
Helio is the father of, Royce and Rickson
Gracie. Royce Gracie (in the Winter Issue of BJJ Legends Magazine ) won the Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC) three times
between 1993 and 1994. Rickson is know as one of the worlds best Jiu-Jitsu masters today. Helio himself holds the record for the longest uninterrupted match, 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Gracie schools across the globe,
including the United States, Israel, Europe and Latin America, were closed Thursday in tribute to Helio's passing. Helio, in his later years noted that the sport became too commercial. To main-stream Jiu-Jitsu into a sport the evolution led to rules and timed rounds.
According to Gracie (quoted by www.news.cn ), "this favors the stronger, heavier and better trained
fighter. The Jiu-Jitsu that I created was designed to give the smaller and
weaker fighters a good chance at defeating their bigger and stronger
The following article was contributed by FightLikeAChampion.com / Jaime Lapena Jr - dedicated to undertstanding the competitive forces behind mind, body and spirit that drive some people to win and others to be great. We encourage you to check out more at their website, we enjoy their interviews.
Interview With Willie Cahill and Mike Pechina,
Training Judo Champions Pt2 of 2
Willie Cahill is a legend in the sport of Judo having
coached over 10,000 athletes (1,000 of them being national champions) and two
Olympic teams over the course of an amazing 60 year career.
Willy Cahill has coached nearly 1000 National and International medal winners.
Mike Pechina is a product of Cahill’s JudoAcademy
having started there at the age of seven. A former All-American wrestler, he
served eight years in the Marine Corp.
His accolades include US champion, Pan American Silver Medalist, World
Team, Pan American Team, All Military Team, and now coach. He is the creator of the up coming series
The depth of their experience and storytelling was almost
For more info about Cahill’s JudoAcademy in San Bruno, CA
BJJ Legends Magazine gets time with Jeff Glover. Check out this interview at the 2008 No GI tournament in California.
always more video, techniques and articles at BJJLegends.com. Check out
more from Marcelo, Kyra Gracie, Marcio Feitosa, Rigan Machado, Royce
Gracie and more with their skills as part of 25 techniques available in
the BJJ LEGENDS Magazine and DVD - Order Here
BJJ Legends had a photo shoot with Leo Vieira’s acclaimed
Leo Vieira talks about Brasa and the new ChackMatbrown
brown belt Ary Farias. But that’s a story for another time (BJJ Legends Issue 2). After everything was said and done I pulled Leo aside and asked, so what’s the story? Give me the “official version” and the “off-the-record-version” of the break-up. Leo says, “There’s only one version.” And what I thought would be a two minute explanation turned into a half an hour story. Here’s a recap.