“Modern Jiu Jitsu, as my DVD illustrates, isn’t new jiu jitsu just a better way to do the things we have always been doing. We aren’t reinventing the wheel, we are using better application of technique to make the wheel better.” Caio Terra
In part two of our series exploring and charting Caio Terra’s Modern Jiu Jitsu series we will be focusing on his instruction regarding the Mount position. This section is available as an App directly from ITunes for all your Apple devices. This information is also contained in the first half of the 2nd DVD in the Modern Jiu Jitsu set. If you haven’t already seen it please take a few minutes to check out our review and breakdown of the first two Apps in the series that cover the Closed Guard.
Emily Kwok’s How to Defeat Bigger, Stronger Opponents was the first DVD series to focus specifically on what it takes for smaller jiu-jiteiros to not only survive but also to defeat opponents that are physically stronger and bigger than they are. For more on Mrs. Kwok I’d encourage you to check out her school’s website. Briefly, she is Canada’s first female BJJ black belt, a world champion (Mundials 2007), and has competed successfully at the highest levels (2nd place at American Nationals, and 3rd place at the Pan Ams). The mindmaps/flowcharts are meant to be used as a study reference and in conjunction with the DVDs, as well as personal instruction. The full set includes five DVDs but the maps are going to specific to DVD 2: Compensating for Strength, and DVD 3: Top Five Moves.
"This is a decent gi. It feels like it can withstand the wear and tear of being a daily gi, without feeling like a suit of armor."
This is my second go at this company's gi. Just as before I really like this companie's vision and mission statement. As this is their second gi that I'm reviewing, I can't help but compare the two.
At first unpacking I quickly noticed the color of the gi. With out being loud or obnoxious, it manages to stand out with its own unique shade of blue. There is no mistaking it for any other gi on the market. On their first gi, they had a black logo on a black gi, but no one knew it was there because you couldn't see it. On this edition, the logo stands out without being huge.
UFC Gym Corona held a workshop for the members of their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi classes. The Corona classes are taught by Instructors Thomas Kenney and Kenric Toliver. The UFC Gym Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu curriculum is overseen by Head Instructor Mauricio Tinguinha.
Black belts in attendance at the workshop were Mauricio Tinguinha, Thomas Kenney, Kris Shaw, Joe Camacho, Kenric Toliver, Rene Salazar and Brandon Bender. Over sixty students attended this Saturday workshop; white, blue, purple and brown belts of all ages.
The UFC Gym is located off the 91 Freeway on the McKinley st exit in Corona California.
First off its big, its really big. Its 48,000sqft. There's a larger than life 32.5ft octagon. The Jiu-Jitsu/No-Gi mats are at least 2000sqft and the kids mats are even biger, around 3000sqft. There are 85 Cardio machines, 35 spin bikes, and 40 muay thai bags. Theres a large free weigh area. They have TRX and a Jungle Gym class were you can climb all different sorts of things. Get your cross train on with around 40 Kettlebells and tires ranging from 100 pound up to 350 pounds.
Unfortunately, Jiu Jitsu finds itself on the opposite end of several of these criteria. Probably the biggest obstacle for BJJ’s Olympic bid is the section of Image and Environment, defined as the sport’s ultimate image of credibility and equality in the public eye.
Let’s take the area of gender equality. While there is a growing number of top-level female competitors, they are still vastly outnumbered by their male counterparts. The numbers would have to even out a bit more in order to qualify.
Earlier this year, Rio de Janeiro was named host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Being the capitol and birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the announcement has begged the question from grapplers around the globe:
Could BJJ be an Olympic Sport?
Several online petitions and campaigns have been started on behalf of the idea, and debate has lit up forums and message boards across the web.
It would not be inaccurate to state that the genesis of all mixed martial arts in the United States, comes from one place primarily, and that is Brazil. The roots of it go all the way back to the 1920's, as Carlos Gracie was studying jiu-jitsu, in his native country, under one of the renowned masters of the art, Mitsuyo Maeda. The entire Gracie family fell in love with jiu-jitsu, but it was Carlos' brother Helio who created a variation of it, and by necessity, as he suffered from dizzy spells and had to gear it to his own physical limitations. He did so by emphasizing ground work, submissions and choke holds, and thus what became known as "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" was born.
Helio built a reputation, and a clientele, by promoting himself through challenge matches, many of which came against competitors who practiced a different form of martial arts. Just about anything was allowed, including punches and kicks, and for this reason the nature of the competition took on the name of "vale tudo," which is Portuguese for "anything goes."