Showing posts with label submission wrestling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label submission wrestling. Show all posts

July 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Saku

Wanted to send out a cheers to my all time favorite MMA fighter Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba!  I hope someday to meet you and shake your hand, until then please accept a remote Happy Birthday, and thank you for your contributions to martial arts and MMA. 

Here is a great HL tribute to the one of the most respectful fighters ever, one whom never knew the word fear though many coughRicksonGraciecough feared him...

May 22, 2015

Rener Gracie Returns to the Emerald City

We are just over a week away from Rener Gracie returning to the Seattle area for another round of seminars.  Next Sunday will be a marathon day of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self defense with four seminars back to back to back to back!! 

I have said it tons before but just in case you weren't listening... Rener is one of the young guard coming up under Rorion and Helio who is a bit of an anomaly.  For being so young he is without a doubt one of the best instructors I have stumbled across.  Confident, engaging, with a predetermined lesson plan that all gets packaged up with his quick witted humor a Rener seminar is not to be missed. 

Open to all experience levels and affiliations.

February 22, 2015

Your Triangles Suck... Here Is Rigan Machado To Help

Random rare Youtube find... I stand to be corrected but I believe this is a copy of the DVD that accompanied Rigan Machado's "The Triangle" book, coauthored by David Meyer, that has been long out of print.  Regardless this is a 90 minute tutorial gold mine of information for martial artists of all backgrounds.  Mastering the triangle choke will make you a more versatile martial artist.  Here is pretty much every detail of how to get into and finish the triangle choke from every conceivable position:

February 9, 2015

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red Belts

Much love and respect to Muito Mais Acao Jiu Jitsu (and BJJEE) for publishing an updated list of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu red belts the world over.  The red belt is symbolic of the ninth degree presented on a black belt, often awarded in honor of a lifetime of achievement and work in the grappling arts.  To give some perspective on just how difficult it is to attain, if you were awarded your black belt at 19 years old, the earliest age you would be eligible for the ninth degree / red belt would be 67 years old! 

So here is to those who have spent the past 5 decades training the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

9th degree
BJJ Red Belt
1.Pedro Hemeterio – The first student under master Helio Gracie to achieve the red belt, represented the Gracie Academy in many challenges and taught jiu-jitsu in São Paulo State for more than three decades.
2.João Alberto Barreto – A Grand Master and one of the most important figures in the BJJ community. A red belt under Helio Gracie, he is famed for his unbeaten competitive record in the 1950s. He is the brother of GM Alvaro Barreto and GM Sergio Barreto.
3.Alvaro Barreto – Grand Master Alvaro Barreto is a Brazilian jiu jitsu red belt (9th degree) and one of the most important men in BJJ, being also the brother of GM João Alberto Barreto and GM Sergio Barreto.
4.Flavio Behring – head coach of Behring Jiu-Jitsu Association, Flavio teaches seminars over the world and hold affiliated academies in Europe.5.Carlson Gracie – Son of Carlos Gracie, trainer of UFC fighters, with a very successful professional fight career.
6.Carley Gracie – Son of Carlos Gracie and former Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo Champion.
7.Geny Rebello – Grandmaster given a commemorative tournament by the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro.
8.Armando Wridt – Undefeated vale-tudo fighter who is one of only 7 people to receive a red belt from Hélio Gracie.
9.Oswaldo Fadda – Perhaps the only individual coming from a non-Gracie lineage to earn a red belt, the Fadda academy was instrumental in bringing Brazilian jiu-jitsu to the poorer areas of Brazil.
10.Pedro Valente – A famous plastic surgeon, Dr. Valente is the father of the Valente Brothers, Pedro, Gui Valente, and Joaquim. Student of Hélio Gracie since 1953.
11.Wilson Mattos – Perhaps the oldest student of Oswaldo Fadda.
12.Luis Carlos Guedes de Castro – Another black belt under Oswaldo Fadda. Among many accomplishments as a teacher and competitor, Guedes disarmed a gangster in a crowded Rio de Janeiro train who was robbing the occupants with a pistol.
13.Francisco Mansur – One of only six people to be granted a professor’s diploma by Hélio Gracie. Founder of Kioto Academy.
14.Rorion Gracie – One of the founders of the UFC who was instrumental in bringing No-Holds Barred Fighting to North America.
15.Osvaldo Alves – Studied under Carlos Gracie and is the current IBJJF Technical Director.
16.Relson Gracie – Son of Helio Gracie and Brazilian national champion for an unprecedented 22 years. Founder of Relson Gracie gyms.
17.Carlos Antonio Rosado – Carlson Gracie Sr. only red belt student; the highest ranking member of Carlson Gracie’s academy.
18.Renato Paquet – A grandmaster who had a judo black belt and two boxing titles in addition to his red belt.
19.Pedro Valente Sr. – Close friend of Hélio Gracie, in younger years took up arms to defend the former governor of the state of Rio, Leonel Brizola.
20.Francisco Sá – Known for his morals and honor in martial arts and in particular our Jiu-Jitsu, he died in 2013 at age 77.
21. Robson Gracie (also known as Carlos Robson Gracie) – President of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro.
22. Amelio Arruda: started in Jiu Jitsu at 27.
23. Arthur Virgilio Neto : He was a student of Carlson Gracie, received the red belt and the ninth grade in April 2014
24. Candido Casale “Candoca” :  “Candoca” as he is known, was a student of George Gracie, and received the red belt and the ninth degree of Jiu Jitsu in September 2012.
25.Crézio Chavez: Competitor Jiu Jitsu in the 1950s, was called by Helio Gracie’s “young goat” because of his speed and technique.
Master Deo
26.Deoclécio Paulo: Major of the Army, Master Deo as he is known in the 40’s trained at the Academy of Oswaldo Fadda. Instructor taught Jiu Jitsu in several regions of Brazil and also in Chile.
27. Eduardo Gomes Pereira: Eduardo Pereira, trains Jiu Jitsu since 1951 having learned from the great George Gracie.
28. Geraldo Flores: He was a student of Oswaldo Fadda, one of the main developers of Jiu Jitsu in the north of Rio de Janeiro.
29. Helio Vigio: Legendary Police delegate.
30. José Higino : Red Belt 9 degrees, started in Jiu Jitsu when he was 11, and was a master student Adherbal Bapstista
31. Julio Secco: started in Jiu Jitsu at 12 years old until 62 years. Lives in Rio Grande do Sul, where it manages 3 academies.
32. Luiz Franca: He was a direct student of Mitsuyo Maeda and Satake Soishiro, and had as a student Grand Master Oswaldo Fadda.
33. Nahum Rabay: Wrapped with Martial Arts for over 60 years, Nahum Luiz Rabay is a strong advocate of the use of Jiu Jitsu especially as self-defense
34. Nilton Pereira da silva: started in Jiu Jitsu at only 7 years old. His father Joao Ignacio Pereira, placed him to train Jiu Jitsu.
35. Octavio de Almeida: George Gracie student, Octavio was crucial figure in the development of Jiu Jitsu in the state of São Paulo in the decades of 50 and 60 .
36. Oswaldo Carnivalle: George Gracie student, was one of the pioneers of Jiu Jitsu in the city of Sao Paulo in the decades of 50 and 60. He faced many difficulties to keep his academy, was forced to participate in championships of other sports such as Judo and Wrestling, to defendthe name of Jiu Jitsu.
37. Oswaldo “Paqueta”: With origins in Judo and weight lifting, he was a great friend of Carlson Gracie, and one of the best Jiu Jitsu competitors of the 1950s and 1960s.
38. Paulo Mauricio Strauch: The Red Belt 9 degrees Paulo Mauricio Strauch, was Reylson Gracie’s student and in 1984 founded his own academy, revealed numerous fighters gentle art, including no less than Caio Terra.
39. Pedro Emerito: The first student with Helio Gracie to reach the red belt, represented the Gracie Academy in many challenges and taught in São Paulo for more than three decades.
40. Walter Nogueira: Red Belt 9 degrees of Jiu Jitsu, is now president of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Olympic (CBJJO).

10th degree
BJJ Red Belt.
The 10th degree red belt was given only to the pioneers of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the Gracie brothers:
1. Carlos Gracie – (Brazil, 1902–94) was taught judo by Otávio Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese emigrant to Brazil who was then a 4th dan Kodokan judoka. Carlos then passed the teachings on to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Hélio. In 1925, the brothers opened their first academy in Brazil, marking the beginning of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
2. Gastão Gracie
3. Jorge (George) Gracie
4. Hélio Gracie – (Brazil, 1913–2009) was a Brazilian martial artist who, together with his brother Carlos Gracie, founded the martial art of Gracie jiu-jitsu, known internationally as Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). Until his death, Gracie was the only living 10th degree master of that system, and is widely considered as one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history.
5. Oswaldo Gracie

January 11, 2015

Martial Arts DVD Sale

Once again I am cleaning out the closet so to speak of media in which I no longer need nor desire.  It is my hope that you can find a gem in this hodgepodge of titles well over 50% off.  As always shipping and handling is not included.  Email me for further information or questions: [email protected]


"Neckbreaker" vol. I & II - Erik Paulson       $25/set

"The Mount"  - Erik Paulson                          $10

"Tackles, Takedowns, Throws & Counters"   $10
                      - Erik Paulson

"Quick Kills"   - Erik Paulson                         $10

"Killer Chicken Wings"   - Erik Paulson          $10

"Sun Style Taiji - Master Lei Shi Tai's Short Form"    $10

"Muay Thai Kickboxing w/ Rob Kaman
Vol. 2 Clinching and Knee's                            $10
Vol. 7 Advanced Fighting Techniques              $10

"Xande: Instructional Series / 5 DVD Set         $50
        - Xande Ribiero

"Showdown" - Superbrawl                              $10

"ADCC 2001: Over 99kg"                              $10

"Best of ADCC vol. Two"                               $10

"7 Star Beng Bu and Applications" - Pong Lai  $10

"Beng Bu & Knock Downs" - Ray Hayward    $10

"Omopolata Game" - Four Disk Set w/Joao Crus   $25

"Defensor Method Kali"                          set  $45
 - Espada y daga pt 1
 - Knife Tapping
 - 64 Attacks
 - Stick Dumog

 Going old school now with VHS:

"Dynamic Sumo"                            $5

"2003 US Sumo Open"                  $5

"2004 US Sumo Open"                  $5

"Combat Shuai Chiao: 3 vol set       $20

October 17, 2014

RCJ Machado Five Brothers Camp

In less then a week you could be sitting on the mats with five legends of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu... the Machado brothers invite you to an opportunity of a lifetime where all five of the brothers (Carlos / Roger / Rigan / Jean Jacques / John) and over 150 fellow practitioners will share one mat for three days of great instruction. 

Then literally the weekend after (Nov 1st) we will be hosting Carlos Machado here in Seattle, WA. for his first seminar in the Pacific NW!  Over 18 hours of grappling in 7 days with 5 of the best in 2 of America's most vibrant cities.  That is 1 hell of an opportunity not to be missed! 

September 25, 2014

Tribute to the Females of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

A nicely put together shout out to the chica's in the sport and art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, quite possibly THE best martial art for womens self defense.  Check out this nicely shot video... preferably on mute! 

Metamoris V

The latest card on the Metamoris all grappling promotion has been announced.  The famed MMA match between Renzo Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba will be once again visited as well as a powerful undercard with Zak Maxwell, Yuri Simoes, and Rafael Lovato Jr. just to name a few. 

I have mixed feelings about this card.  Saku is one of my favorite of all times and while this is not MMA, I still find it hard to watch one of my heroes continue to fight because of money when in all reality he should have retired a few years back.  As for Renzo... I have lost all respect since his "nightclub incident" and his subsequent response.  Maxwell and Tonon promise to be a barn burner that will NOT end in a draw!  The remainder of the card has promise and call me a curmudgeon but I am not so keen on the secret match shit.  Just tell me who I am paying for!

March 4, 2014

CACC's Billy Robinson (1939-2014)

Wanted to send out our condolences to the family and friends of Billy Robinson who passed away in his sleep yesterday at the age of 74.  One of modern MMA's most influential coaches and figures, Robinson taught his style of Catch As Catch Can wrestling to the likes of Sakuraba, Yoji Anjo, and Megumi Fuji.  Most viewers of the UFC will never have a deep understanding of just how important Billy Robinson was to the sport.

Rest in Peace.

February 20, 2014

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Grappling Lessons Available in Seattle, WA.

Michael Baltierra Photography
Wanted to remind my loyal readership, and let anyone new to the Seattle, WA. metro area know that I am happy to offer private and semi-private instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  With over 20 years of martial arts experience (the past 8 being solely dedicated to BJJ) I focus each lesson on attaining the students individual goals within the greater context of improving their grappling skill set.  A brown belt under Brian J. Johnson at the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy, I also draw upon the teachings of Tim Cartmell both of which have had the greatest influence on me and I attribute 98% of what I know to these men. 

John Cooper photography
I have also had the fortune to train with some amazing grapplers including all five of the Machado brothers; Rener Gracie; Alberto Crane; Anderson Silva; Fabio Santos; Anotonio Noguiera; David Meyer; John Will; Marcelo Garcia; Roy Harris; Saulo Ribiero; Jeff Glover; Rafael Lovato Jr etc.  Needless to say I have many great influences and try to bring all my experiences including an extensive competition record to every roll I engage in on the mat. 

To schedule a lesson please call 206-941-3232 or email me [email protected] and we can book a session today!

On my way winning the Revolution:

A match from 2009 No Gi Worlds where I ended up Gold superheavy blue belt, and bronze open class:

February 6, 2014

Care for Karl Seminar

This coming Feb. 22, 2014 Foster BJJ will be hosting a charity event to raise money for Karl Walters Jr. who is fighting a very rare form of cancer.  For over 3 hours participants will be treated to a who's who of the Pacific NW grappling scene including Cindy Hales, Nate Adamson, Arthur Ruff, Rick Geist, "300" Foster himself, our coach Brian J. Johnson, along with many more!  Raffles, seminars, silent auction and a BBQ are all featured, so pack up the fam and head on down to Kent for an afternoon of fun and training for a good cause. 

For more information visit

January 23, 2014

Bas Rutten and His Leg Locking Ways

As I take my first steps as a brown belt on my BJJ journey it is time to revisit the more advanced leg attacks such as heel hooks and toe holds.  These are techniques that will be legal in various tournament formats, plus now that I have some experience under my belt I can confidently apply locks safely regardless of how much of a spazz I am rolling with.

Bas Rutten is unquestionably one of the most ferocious leg attack specialists ever to fight in MMA and thanks to Jiu Jitsu Style for finding this little gem... over an hour of heel hooks and leg locks from the maestro himself:

January 22, 2014

Metamoris III - March 29, 2014

Metamoris III has been announced and it sounds like an exciting lineup that will hopefully deliver a bit more action then the last "submission-only-except-in-the-event-of-a-tie-which-is-boring" event.  The main fight will feature the rematch between Royler Gracie and Eddie Bravo (a bit of old school Gracie vs. Machado).
March 29th is the fight date, and they are running a special of 50% off the stream price ($19.99) if you pre-order prior to the end of January.  Not only are Kenny Florian and Jeff Glover commentating this go around, but check out this lineup:

  • Royler Gracie vs. Eddie Bravo
  • Rafa Mendes vs. Clark Gracie
  • Vinny Magalhaes vs. Keenan Cornelius
  • Dean Lister vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral
  • Samir Chantre vs. Gui Mendes
  • Sean Roberts vs. Zak Maxwell
  • Click here to check out the live stream!

January 12, 2014

Buchecha Teaches the Bow and Arrow Choke

Multi time world champ, and whom many consider the best in the world right now, Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida is an instructor at Ace Jiu Jitsu in Fountain Valley, CA. and has offered some of his trade secrets to being a dominant submission specialist in a Hayabusa video series. 

Check out Matt Wang getting choked by Buchecha's Bow & Arrow:

January 6, 2014

2013 a Year in Review for the Blog - The Ground Never Misses

2013 was not the best year for me personally.  Arguably the worst.  If I had to summarize it in one word, that word would be "gravity."  Gravity is true and honest regardless of circumstance.  Paratroopers say "gravity's a bitch."  My coach Tim Cartmell would say "Gravity doesn't lie, and the ground never misses."  I would concur with both sentiments.  The last couple rotations around the sun have proved to be quite brutally honest for me, and I have done my best to turn it positive via my training and this blog.

Though it did not translate to my tournament game, the past year has been stellar for me training wise.  I truly feel I have made some serious leaps and bounds in understanding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  And the progress I have seen in my students reassures me that my coaching skills have not diminished in the chaos of life.  But this very blog  is the success story of 2013 as I approach 5 years of consistent information and opinions on The Ground Never Misses.  With over 300 posts for the calendar year I have collected the top blog posts per number of unique views.  Check it out:

 Here is to a positive 2014 filled with hard training and great advancement! 

January 4, 2014

Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the Northwest Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seattle, WA.

Interested in training with some of the best grapplers in the Pacific NW?  Unlike some others claims of teaching "exclusively Brazilian Jiu Jitsu," here at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy we have two black belts offering advanced and begging BJJ, as well as one no gi BJJ class on Monday nights.  Our curriculum is based upon over 30 years of grappling experience under Brian Johnson, a 2nd degree black belt in the tradition of the Machado family BJJ. 

Right now Brian is offering a New Years Special of $1100 for the entire year of 2014, along with a free private lesson.  A savings of over $300 on your BJJ education!  Hurry in to take advantage of this great deal and be set for the entire year.

Brian is also offering private lessons and eval's in an effort to improve your own personal game.  Students eval's are $30 and can be scheduled with Brian directly.  If you would like to get a private lesson (or series of them) with Brian they are $75/hour and can be scheduled with him directly. 

Three (multi time) world champions reside at NWJJA! 
Another amazing resource to take advantage of is Brian's first black belt, Denise Holcomb.  Denise has been a loyal and dedicated student of Brian's for over 12 years and has trained with all the Machado brothers, as well as being a silver medalist at the 2013 Masters & Seniors Black Belt Division!  Denise often sees details even our coach misses, and brings a truly unique perspective to the art.  I will tell you right now no one, NO ONE, knows the basic curriculum better then Denise!  If you are serious about stepping up your game spend $50 and an hour and she will help you reach the next level.

Amazing resources coupled with a the cleanest, nicest gym in Seattle.  Stop by 942 N. 95th and check out what you have been missing.

November 30, 2013

Sumo & Submissions

As we all nurse our Dead Turkey Day hangover and hunker down to watch the greatest sports rivalry ever, here are a couple clips I found perusing the interweb this morning! 


November 10, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado Seminar *UPDATE*

A quick update on the Jean Jacques Machado seminar next weekend... Saturday's Gi Seminar is SOLD OUT!  We are taking names for the waiting list for you last minute procrastinators, and FYI we have about 10 slots open for Sunday's No Gi seminar (12-3pm).

November 1, 2013

2013 World No Gi Championships

I am all packed and ready to take off to beautiful Southern California for my final major tournament of the year, the 2013 IBJJF World No Gi Championships at UC Long Beach.  As a purple belt I hope to repeat the success I experienced winning the blue belt championship! 

Thanks to all my training partners at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy for the help in preparing for this, as well as my never ending gratitude to my coach Brian Johnson for all his teachings and help.  Best of luck to all competitors this weekend!  Fight hard, have fun, be safe.


September 29, 2013

NWJJA's Brett "Dutchess" Smith at Oregon NAGA

Big congrats to my friend and training partner Brett "Dutchess" Smith for taking silver in the 160# division at the NAGA Oregon intermediate no gi division!  Brett has been on a tear this tournament season and will add the Oregon NAGA medal to the shelf along with another one of his D'Arce's! 

Nice job brother!