Thursday, February 19, 2009

Helio Gracie 1913 - 2009

Helio Gracie, who founded Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with his older brother, died recently. The influence that he had on martial arts can't be overstated. He lived into his 90s and still practiced constantly. In his book Jiu Jitsu University, legendary 6x world champion Saulo Ribeiro tells about how he rolled against Helio, but couldn't defeat the old man because Helio's defense was so strong. His defenses were so well honed that Saulo couldn't find an opening to attack and submit him.

He was small in stature, but well known in his youth for taking all challengers and routinely defeating opponents much larger than him. Here is a tribute video that was done for him.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

UpComing Virginia and Maryland Tournaments

Tournament Season has started, so for those of you who missed Copa Nova recently, there is good news and bad news.

The Good news is that there are two tournaments within driving distance in march: One in Maryland and one in Virginia.

The Bad news is that they are both on the same day.

1) The folks at Mike Moses' school will be host another MISSION SUBMISSION on March 14, 2009 in Frostburg MD. This is a traditional BJJ tournament with both Gi and No Gi divisions. It's only $50 for one event and $10 for each additional event. Very reasonable compared to some other tournaments.

2) The folks at US Grappling are putting on the DOMINION GRAPPLING CHAMPSHIONSHIP 3 event on March 14, 2009 in Ashland VA. This is $50 for one event and $75 for unlimited events. Unlike their previous Submission Only tournament (with no time limits), this event will use time limits and be set up like a traditional BJJ tournament.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Funny Video

If you've ever wondered how effective martial arts are against multiple attackers. Check out this video.

Monday, February 2, 2009

NPR Mention

This week NPR did a feature on Stefan Templeton and his humanitarian work in the Sudan. His work plotting an evacuation corridor for refugees when fighting broke out in the Sudan saved thousands of lives. As you know, when Stefan isn't busy saving the world, he drops in and teaches classes at the club. We are honored to have him here since he embodies the true spirit of jiu jitsu and helping others.