Jiu Jitsu, Striking, Wrestling and MMA October 10th-15th, 2012
Javier Vazquez is a veteran of the octagon, and has fought for UFC, WEC, EliteXC, Shooto and KOTC with 31 fights and 16 wins. He is hosting a 6 day training camp in Rancho Cucamonga California. Camp includes a trip to San Diego to watch the Metamoris Pro event.
Intro: Gorilla fight gear is starting to make a name for themselves by offering a high quality, competition ready gis in so many different sizes that everyone will find something to fit them. I’m reviewing the Slim Cut Apeman crystal weave in A4S. They also have offerings for more traditional sizes and for stockier athletes.
The gi top is made out of a 550gr crystal weave jacket (similar to pearl weave but a little softer and heavier), triple stitching throughout, includes a mouth guard pocket and a thick rubber core lapel. The 12oz twill pants feature 5 loops, a crystal weave gusset and knee reinforcements that go all the way to the cuff.
Piranha Gear’s entry into the tall and lanky gi market is a value priced (~$75) gi that is cut to fit even the tallest and longest jiu-jiteiros in your gym. Their gi is a simple single weave kimono that includes pants with a reinforced knee area and a “karate” style belt. This gi is intended for those just beginning their journey with BJJ. While the collar and material of the gi are much tougher than those in traditional martial arts it is not as stiff as those preferred by many competitors.
A few weeks ago Piranha replied to my request for a gi to review and within a few days I had gi in hand. I didn't have many questions for Bill but each email was responded to promptly and if this feedback is any indication Bill places a high priority on the needs of his customers. The gi came with a very detailed pamphlet on washing and taking care of your new purchase. While this may be redundant for many of you reading this, it's a great addition for this product's target audience, the neophyte grappler.
We enjoy using the same clothing and equipment we sell - that's why we started the company - so we could get good gear at reasonable prices. We were tired of getting stuff that wore out too soon, wasn't comfortable or just cost more than it should.
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.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Hannette's all Women seminar in San Jose CA. The six techniques that we learned I never want to forget because I never want to have to learn them again! Her seminar is a balance of technique drill and spar. You work the positions you've learned. All the techniques chain together. It is so logical, Hannette could have a second career in computers if she wanted.
As for Andre, well I've never trained with him but if he's her coach...
Please attend tomorrow. Send me a Seminar review.
Hannette Staak & Andre Terencio
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.
2012 Gracie Barra Team Preview at Bloody Elbow, going into the detaileded history of GB Jiu-Jitsu and their team for the 2012 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Roger Gracie & Braulio Estima stand up the mundials for MMA and Romolo Barral's injury for the Pan Ams has gotten better for him to compete in June.
Not to be outdone, Bloody Elbow provides a 2012 ATOS Team Preview for the 2012 Jiu-Jitsu World Championships. Where Gracie Barra has the numbers, ATOS may have the higher talent per pound ratio with Andre Galvao and the new kid, Kyra Gracie who left Gracie Barra recently to join ATOS.
Save Jiu-Jitsu for the Tournamanents... says UFC Fighter
In an article on MMAJunkie.com, UFC fighter Lavar Johnson (fighting in UF 146) quoted as saying "We're here to put on a show," he said. "Let's save the jiu-jitsu for the jiu-jitsu tournaments, I say. The UFC is for fights. So let's fight." The article is indicative of his fighting style... Read the article Lavar Johnson vs Stefan Struve here.