Exploring the competitive climate of Brazilian jiu-jitsu you will uncover that there are many athletes who are consumed with the ambition of becoming the best in the world. While most have found success from victories and medals obtained in competition some individuals have reached similar feats through their work outside the gym. Team Quest BJJ blue belt Jeff Larsen may appear to be your typical Jiu-Jitsu practitioner partaking in the sport. However outside of the Gi is a person that is documented for his noble deeds to helping those in need in his community and around the world.
Trials and tribulations always have a way of shaping a person's direction in life for better or worse. Raised in a broken home alongside his sister with his parents separated Larsen had to deal with the heavy load of having instability in the home. Growing up was not a task for Larsen. Nevertheless through the darkness would shine a glimmer of light which found Jeff channeling his pain through his participation in sports. Whether it was basketball, wrestling, or a successful run as a high school football player his involvement unquestionably instilled a positive effect in his life which miraculously also brought his family together in support of his work.
The city of Seattle, Washington has been regarded as a small tight niche community filled with a huge talent pool of unknown grapplers and mixed martial art fighters. If you look deep into the U-District sector of the Emerald City you will find an individual who has built a great academy with phenomenal athletes and the best instruction around.
With almost a decade of participation in martial arts Head Instructor of Mat Chess MMA Andrew Perkins is a true example of the long lasting effect the sport of jiu-jitsu can have on one's life. Through constant progression and expansion along his journey it has allowed him use his skills to help others in his duty as a grappling instructor and also in his daily life.
Kenny Johnson's Bolt Wrestling is a methodical and highly technical and step-by-step guide to wrestling.
Through the course of its evolution Wrestling has garnered the reputation of being ranked amongst the greatest sports in the world. Widely recognized for its combat tactics which incorporates aggressive grip fighting, joint locks, and high impact takedowns its popularity has extended worldwide inspiring many grappling hopefuls to participate in this pastime. Wrestling in term has not only helped introduce the world to great athletes but also aided in propelling other disciplines like Judo and Mixed Marital Arts.
However aside from the accolades and championship titles they may have obtained in their careers wrestlers never truly had a way of identifying themselves which relates to separating an individual’s skills level such as the ranking system employed in combat art forms like Karate, Taekwondo, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Martial Arts without question has the ability to shape a person's life in a positive manner. The physical and mental knowledge acquired in practice is so powerful it can even be transferred to tackle the daily challenges life presents to us outside the dojo. American judoka Lee Heitzman is a prime example of this theory’s logic as it has assisted him in his personal and professional life that was shared with us at BJJ Legends, jiu-jitsu magazine.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado with the support of his parents Heitzman would be opened to a new world that would prove to be an essential element for his entry into adulthood in the future. Starting his practice in Judo at the age of five years old, Lee began his campaign at the Northglenn Judo Club under the watchful eye of Sensei Shuichi Otaka. Although small in stature from his time as an adolescent to his teen years Otaka would supply the young hopeful with the fundamental tools necessary that serviced his development into becoming a remarkable athlete.
Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Double Gold Blue Belt Medalist Jared Dopp Interview
The Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship once again was the site for the spawning and introduction to a new breed of future stars in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Apart of this group of rising figures is Lovato BJJ blue belt Jared Dopp. A native of Oklahoma who currently resides in Wichita Falls, Texas Dopp dedication to the sport is unparalleled in all areas.
Through consistently pushing himself to the limit in intense workouts to making the long trip to Oklahoma City to train with his instructor this commitment clearly explains his recent achievements of obtaining double gold at the Pam Ams in the blue belt super heavy and open weight class division.
This discussion with BJJ Legends, jiu-jitsu magazine takes an in-depth gaze at Dopp has he reveals to readers his laborious journey to the medal podium.
Grappler Feature on Ribeiro Purple Belt Waseam Dannaoui
The Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu association has been the corner stone of the production of some of the best grappling talent in the world. Many great practitioners like Jake Mapes, Tom Oberhue, and Rafael Lovato are all a part of this very prestigious organization whom have gone on to achieve great feats in their athletic careers. Another individual hoping to solidify his own mark of greatness is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Purple belt and mixed martial art fighter Waseam Dannaoui.
Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana Waseam Dannaoui began his grappling chase competing in wrestling from junior high unto his graduation from High school. Hoping to continue his athletic endeavors, he soon became interested in pursuing a career as a mixed martial arts fighter after watching the ever popular Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Kimono Embodying the True Jiu-Jitsu Life Style -
Everything brought into creation always originates from a source. From a baby morphing into a man to the evolution of a martial arts practice the origin of something represents the central core of how it was created and how it has evolved into what it has become today. One standout franchise that embodies this principle into the development of their products is Origin BJJ.
Created by BJJ enthusiast Peter Roberts in 2008, driving away from the gory fight perception flaunted by other fight brands, Roberts envisioned a company that aims toward bringing out the true essence of beauty and elegance that the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is all about through producing well-constructed thought out merchandise that any practitioner would fall in love with.
Established in 2009, Tatami Fightwear is a brand that prides themselves on providing the best quality of service to the public. Since their emergence Tatami has answered the calling of many by providing their consumers with the best quality in BJJ equipment at prices they can afford. This profitable tactic has allowed Tatami to build a great reputation across the globe which has made them a powerful force in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community. Hoping to continue with the stream of success, the company has unveiled their new product in the form of the Estilo 3.0 BJJ Kimono. Transitioning into a new direction, the Estilo 3.0 gi is a stylistic change for the company. Striving to always make their products better than the last, Tatami has made some modifications to the new design.
In this special edition feature BJJ Legends gives recognition to three judokas that have made a significant and influential impact in the Oklahoma community.
The state of Oklahoma has been the landmark of some of the best quality production of Judo, Wrestling, and Jujitsu talent out of the United States. Many of these great figures have risen from the rubble and went on to not only attain successful careers in their field but also built a foundation where they have been able to make a positive and influential contribution in their community. Judo is known as the evolution of jujutso also known as ju jutso an art taught from the earliest of times and formalized during the Edo period, 1603-1868.
Pat Burris: With a longevity that dates back to the 1960’s, Coach Patrick Burris is considered by many as a judo pioneer in Oklahoma. Known for his self-motivational personality and unique teaching approach, Patrick Burris influence has made a strong impact on the grappling community worldwide.
Skull, Angel Wings, and other dark image insignias seem to be the theme choice of today’s MMA clothing line genre. With so many simplistic styles to choose from it puts the buyer at a standstill when picking a favorite brand. One company hoping to break away from this cycle is Oregon based clothing company STAYONFLUX. Created in 2011, STAYONFLUX is a brand that proudly represents for the hard working people with its message of staying positive, focused, and never giving during the arduous pursuit of accomplishing your vision.
Aspiring to outshine the competition, from their fight shorts to their stylish urbane designed shirts, STAYONFLUX brings a different yet unique style to MMA fight wear, providing the user with the ability to not only brandish a new cutting edge appeal but also a motivation inspiration.