Every fighter that has ever graced the mat carries with them a primary philosophy that guides them along their endless journey. With only two years of participation in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Clark Gracie Blue belt Harryson Franz has already developed a set of principles which has benefited not only his athletic pursuits but also his life outside the gym.
With eight years of prior Kickboxing experience to his cred Franz’s transition to the art of grappling offered the young prospect a new exploration of growth in his quest to becoming a better fighter.
“After 7-8 years of training I became increasingly interested in competing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts," Harryson told BJJ Legends. “My coaches at the time, while fully supportive and confident in me if the fight stayed standing, knew that I'd need to have some kind of ground game to be truly ready to compete. So I left kick-boxing when I was 19 to focus specifically on Jiu-Jitsu and ended up falling in love with the sport.”
It wouldn’t be long before this passion for his new found hobby would supply Franz with the essential components necessary for improving many areas of his life. Through the various scenarios he has come across each event has given Harryson a clearer perception of what this sport’s original intention was for its participants.
“You have to understand that Jiu-Jitsu is more than just a sport or a self-defense system. There's a lot more to it than just learning different techniques on the mat and winning medals in competition. What Jiu-Jitsu really is at the end of the day, is a vehicle to better your life in every single aspect.”
When it comes to analyzing the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu it all comes down to expansion. Without it there would never be growth in making the sport better. Fortunately for us there is a massive wave of talented grappling practitioners brining their own flavor to the melting pot which not only helps with the evolution of jiu-jitsu but also instills a positive influence in other grappling hopeful's progression.
Entering into the mind of Rodrigo Pagani one will embark on an exploration filled with a vast wealth of knowledge from one of the best around. As a part of the first league of Ribeiro black belts, Pagani's victories at high prestigious tournaments like Worlds and Brazilian nationals is a testament to his talent and devotion to his craft which explains his progressive rise from his humble days as a white belt to the elite black belt level.
Hailing from Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Pagani began his journey at the age of 16 in 1992. Originally geared towards fitness and the self-defense aspects his participation introduced him to a new sector of education of this mythical art form. Competing under the Gracie Humita banner Pagani's confidence began to skyrocket in his mission of becoming one of the best martial artists around.
I first started in jiu-jitsu back in September of 1992, when I was 16 years old and I’ve never stopped training. I was very skinny by that time so I thought it would be a nice way to exercise my body and learn some self-defense to become a little more confident.
Always staying hungry his dedication and passion is unparalleled. In an effort to further his progression Rodrigo would soon leave his home country which travels would take him to the United States to train with the Legendary Rickson Gracie where he would get first hand tutelage of the true essence of BJJ.
The No-Gi Worlds is just around the corner and looks to be shaping to be a great event filled with many talented competitors. Apart of this fray looking to come out on top that day is two tough competitors who need some assistance with the funding of their trip.
Fight team representatives of BJJ Black Belt Jarrod Clontz Matt Larsen's Combat Fitness/ American Fight Company Eddie Wittern and Dennis Radonvich are amongst the many dedicated athletes making the trip out here to California to accomplish their dreams of being a world Champion. Aside from them being very successful competitors in the Texas grappling circuit they are also members of the United State Army.
SPC Eddie Wittern and LT Dennis Radonvich are both Iraq and Afghanistan combat vets, and are a part of the Wounded Warrior Program here at Ft Hood. They are also my Jiu-jitsu students. They have used Combatives and Jiu-jitsu to improve their selves. Both BJJ blue belts, Eddie is also a 4 degree black belt in Judo, and Dennis Wrestled at OSU. These guys fought for our country and deserve some type of gratitude for their services.
Spending an abundance amount of time practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu comes with its share of many hurdles throughout the journey. One of the biggest opponents athletes must contend with is a faction of skin diseases consisting of Staph, Ring Worm, and Impetigo that are sure to cause serious damage to those that come in contact with it.
Aspiring to provide a strong defense to this dilemma is the Athletic Natural Care product known as “GI Soap”. Taking his tragic experience of dealing with the issue creator Marcel Oliveira envisioned a product for helping out the grappling community.
“All products are made in small quantities so that we are sure that you will get the highest quality product without having to reach too deep into your pockets,“ Oliveira said. "We want to give back to the community and help out where we can, as well as helping our athletes progress.”
The products come in the form of a 5oz Soap Bar and 8 oz Body Wash all created with mixing ingredients of tea trea oils, Olive oils, Coconuts oils and other elements to form an all-natural product capable keeping one healthy and most importantly staying in consistent action on the mat.
Opportunities always have a way of creating an open avenue in acquiring personal attainments geared toward an individual's growth. Traveling down his own path of fulfillment Mitchell Bruner’s involvement in grappling and the military has presented him with his own share of countless blessings and adventure throughout his career journey.
A Texas-bred from Ft. Worth Bruner’s love for sports would originate from his takeoff as a High School wrestler. Wrestling the entire four year term Mitchell’s competitive drive flourished greatly as he would snatch his own share of awards and accolades grinding it out on the mats. This drive evidently would later prove to be a great asset in Bruner’s next life chapter heading into adulthood.
Upon graduation steered on a new course Mitchell was in hunt for sustaining a bright future for himself. Later obtaining his wishes with his ultimate pledge in joining the U.S Army the move further solidified the Texas Native’s seriousness for reaching his goals.
Beaches, piers, harbors, and watersports these are some of the things that come to mind when you think of Oceanside, California. A city that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle there never seems to be a dull moment living in this town. Hoping to bring a little more excitement to the melting pot the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu has invaded this city thanks in part to the contributions of Ribeiro Association Affiliate school Oceanside Jiu-jitsu.
Established in 2009 Oceanside Jiu-Jitsu offers the best instruction in Southern California. At this great academy one will learn the core fundamental techniques that will aid them in developing a strong game capable of competing at the world class level and becoming a complete well-rounded practitioner offensively and defensively.
With years of experience in the field, head instructors Nat Soli and Brendan Guccione are the perfect mentors any person could ever ask for. Their ability to break down techniques to young children, teenagers, and adults gives the individual clear awareness of what is being taught which helps in their rapid progression in skill level.
The sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has comes a long way since its introduction in the U.S nearly two decades ago. Still evolving the BJJ world is now populated with many grapplers aspiring to cement their legacy as the next generation of trendsetters of this great sport.
Apart of this epidemic is Triangle Club BJJ blue belt Daniel Sawmiller. A seventeen year old prospect hailing from Lima, Ohio his Witt, consistency, and hardcore devotion to his craft have been the key components that have contributed to his progression and triumphant victories throughout the Midwest grappling scene which sparks as the true mark of a potential future star in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Introduced to the art nearly 2.5 years ago after watching countless hours of the UFC it wouldn’t be until an intriguing interaction with a friend that would further promote his enthusiasm for participating in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu field. Accepting the offer by the friend to try out a class from his first viewing of the practice at Jeremy Harris’s Triangle Club it was in that moment in time where Sawmiiler found his true calling in life.
Never afraid of testing the waters in being innovative the Origin BJJ Corporation has undoubtedly pushed the envelope when it comes to the creation of their BJJ products. Once again displaying their willingness to go outside the box their latest masterpiece "Origin Mundial Technical Backpack” is the ultimate carrier suited for the avid BJJ player.
With a long standing longevity as a member in the BJJ community for over creator Peter Roberts has had his share of many travels around the world as a grappler. Seeking to assist his fellow BJJ players in making their trips less strenuous the Mundial Backpack covers all the essentials to assist a grappler’s expedition to their training or competition destination.
When buying the perfect travel bag three main components must be taken into account which consists of size, construction, and most importantly capabilities. The Origin backpack main functions cover these very important areas.
Although extremely large in length size which fits for a larger/taller person (I’m 5’6 -135 ponds) The Origin Backpack has the capacity of fitting all of life’s and BJJ necessities in one pack. The main compartment is one of the biggest sectors ever seen from any travel bag. After a brief experiment it was found that the Origin Mundial Technical Backpackis capable of fitting three kimonos and ton of other loose items in one space. This feature not only allows an unlimited amount of storage but also serves as the perfect plane travel item capable of beating those lousy luggage fees dished out by the airlines.
The history of Brazilian jiu-jitsu has shown indefinite growth since its rising popularity in 1994. Since its emergence many figures have greatly aided and influenced the community that has helped elevated the sport to what it is today. OCBJJ brown belt Kyle Cranmer is practitioner that fully understands this logic. Although a very successful competitor this individual's aspirations go beyond the medal chasing philosophy as he strives to make a positive difference in the grappling community.
Coming from a long bloodline of wrestling athletes it only seemed fitting for Kyle to carry on the family tradition. With his father coaching him through the process Cranmer would be instilled with strong and helpful tips that guided him to a successful wrestling career in high school to his unfortunate end in college courtesy of a severe knee injury.
“Growing up on the mats gave me a mental toughness that has carried me through a lot of tough spots in both athletics and in life. I was also very lucky to come from a supportive family that pushed me and taught me that keys to success were perseverance, working harder than everyone else, and being the first one to arrive and the last to leave.
In the amazing race to vaunt one's superiority on the battlefield, every athlete that has ever stepped onto the mat, has displayed a limitless supply of talent and capabilities to become a success in their profession. Creating a brand that caters to the competitive new breed jiu-jitsu fighters of today is Jotunn fight wear.
Launching in November of 2011 "Jotunn" a term that derives from Norse Mythology as a race with superhuman strength, the company strives to separate themselves from the flock by relating to one's experience and athletic pursuits through their progressive development as a martial artist.
Based on jiu-jitsu fighters predatory but stealth like approach to finishing their opponents the first edition to the Jotunn legacy appeal released unto the market comes in the form of the Assassin Kimono.