Many martial artists, BJJ and jiu-jitsu practicioners have a day job. Only a few make a living out of practicing their art. Meet George Birkadze, an avid martial artist who practices and teaches MMA fighting, grappling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. His day job is not what one can expect from such a tough BJJ guy. George is a world famous ballet dancer, instructor and choreographer. Martial arts helped him to survive tough teen years in Moscow where local bullies taunted him for being a dancer. Over the years this fighting hobby became something more—a life-long passion.
In a recent interview George opened up about his life in Georgia (a country in the Caucasus Region, former part of the Soviet Union). As a young boy George started taking ballet lessons because he dreamed of traveling around the world. In those years becoming a famous artist was the only way a USSR citizen would be allowed to travel anywhere outside of the Soviet Block. When he was 15 years old, George received an invitation to study at prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. While living in Moscow he encountered the bullies and started practicing Karate and Judo. Around the same time he met and became friends with Feodor Emelyanenko, who later became one of the greatest MMA fighters in the world.
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.
'A Fighting Spirit' looks at the NY MMA community in the wake of 9-11
This Sunday marks the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The way America looked at itself was altered immensely on that date, and a decade later the world is a very different place. Memories of panic and uncertainty are still present, but the urge to keep moving forward is even stronger.
In remembrance of this anniversary, MMA news & editorial website, TheFightNerd.com, has released an exclusive short-film that commemorates this event alongside the New York MMA community. "A Fighting Spirit" is a video memoir that interviews members of the NY martial arts community and discusses where they were when the Towers collapsed, how they have coped, and how New York and America have grown stronger.
Mark Holst and his Jiu-Jitsu study are only a piece of his MMA experience.
For 25-year-old MMA fighter Mark Holst his life in the sport can be defined by one principal “Act as if it were Impossible to fail”.
Born in 1985 in Ottawa, Ontario back when the movie Rocky IV was released Holst had a good up brining growing up showcasing great signs of enthusiasm, drive, & exploration for the things life had to offer. He was constantly active from his adolescent to his teen years participating in sports such as skiing, tennis, and soccer. These character traits made his transition into martial arts very easy.
While most forms of marital arts rely solely on katas, forms, and constant repetition, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu... most of the techniques we learn must be used with a training partner. Everyday on the mat we come in contact with different people each with their own unique style of doing Jiu-Jitsu, some providing a great help in our training, while others crippling our progression. Over the years there have been different opinions on what defines a good training partner. In an effort to find out the mystery to this question, I got the opportunity to interview someone that knows what being a good training partner all about...
[social][/social][einset][/einset]Team Lloyd Irvin Black Belt Jay Hayes is a BJJ practitioner that has been doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over seven years. With a several wins in many tournaments and running one of the best schools in New Jersey (NJ United MMA-www.NJUnitedMMA.com), Jay Hayes is considered by many as one of the best American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts out there today. Aside from being a great competitor and coach, Jay has also been the training partner for many notable figures that you see ripping up the tournament scene today and has been quoted by Jiu-Jitsu phenom JT “Spiderman” Torres as the guy that has helped him prepare and win at some of the toughest BJJ tournaments such as: the Pan American Games and Brazilian Nationals.
(Check out Matt's charity www.FightIIWalk.com) It said that “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. "Everyday in bjj and in our daily lives we are often forced to deal with obstacles which prevent us from living happy lives. Whether it is dealing with a stream of loses in competition, a serious injury, or even losing your job.
Whatever the case may be it is clear that sometimes life can be pretty unfair. However in a lot of cases those problems that we are forced to deal with are merely roadblocks that try to stop us from reaching the true goals that we wish to accomplish in life. Take MMA fighter Matt Betzold for example. A 26-year-old fighter from Phoenix, Arizona Matt Betzold has had many tough battles on the mat and in the cage.
Shine Fights announced the addition of Rolles Gracie to its heavyweight roster. The son of legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Rolls Gracie, and a member of MMA’s most famous family, Gracie is the latest member of the famed clan to carry on the familial legacy in the sport of MMA. A brilliant grappler in his own right, Rolles’ recent titles include No-Gi American National Ultra-Heavyweight Champion, No-Gi Pan-American Champion, and 3-time Pan-American Champion
Bibiano “the Flash” Fernandes has been added to FEG’s Dynamite event, according to Five Ounces of Pain. The Brazilian professional mixed martial artist is on a 7-fight winning streak and last fought Joachin Hansen at DREAM 13 this past March. He won the fight via split decision.
Fernandes holds a record of 8-2 and has competed for K-1 and King of the Cage. His two losses came to Urijah Faber and Norifumi Yamamoto, and he holds notable wins over Joe Warren and Hiroyuki Takaya.
Fernandes has placed in Mundials on many occasions, with 1st place in the black belt super featherweight division in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He took 2nd place in the same division in 2004, and took home 1st place in the brown belt super featherweight division in 2002. He also came in 3rd in the blue belt roosterweight division in 1998.
18 year old grappling superstar Marcin Held (10-1) has signed to Bellator Fighting Championships. The lightweight fighter began training in jiu jitsu at the age of 8 and earned his purple belt at 17. He currently holds a brown belt in jiu jitsu.
If you grow up in Brazil and want to get involved with sports most children are steered towards soccer. If you grow up in Brazil and want to get involved with martial arts most children naturally gravitate towards jiu-jitsu. Unlike most Brazilian boys Romulo Barral began his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do. It took nearly 5 years for Barral to warm up to jiu-jitsu from his first introduction to the gentle art. Romulo was a natural at TKD and enjoyed the stand up game much more than the ground game.