September 30, 2017

Different rule sets – Why is this good for Grappling?

Many will argue that most major sports in the World have one set of rules and that is fundamental for the sport to grow mainstream, others will speak about advantages of same standards everywhere, even I could make a case for better rules in BJJ and Grappling, but in fact I believe that multiple organizations with different sets of rules, weight divisions and diverse approaches actually benefit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling.
March 11, 2014

BJJ, points or not?

BJJ expanded worldwide due to its success in MMA, but it keeps growing because is an amazing art. Lately there is a growing trend towards competitions without points, and in most cases, to secure a victory one needs to submit the opponent.
March 10, 2014

A BJJ challenge match from 1995…

My friend Frank Burczynski, BJJ coach in Berlin, contacted me a few days ago, saying that he found an old BJJ match I fought in a boxing ring, part of an MMA event called Duelo de Titãs.
March 9, 2014

A new video with old school techniques

I am finally getting used to basic video editing and decided to give a try using videos of past seminars. This video below has me showing old school sweeps in Dubai at the Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Center back in 2012.
January 22, 2014

Consistency: Embracing the grind

These days everyone appears to be looking for the quickest way to get results. They want to lose 20 pounds in ten days, they want to be a black belt in 3 years or have their first fight in 6 months.
October 8, 2007

I Caledonian BJJ Open

We had 52 competitors in ten divisions, most winners had to fight 3 times to get the gold, the atmosphere was cordial and inviting, there were absolute no injuries, no complains about results, and the comp run ahead of schedule. At 3:20 pm we did the medal ceremony ending the tournament.