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Worlds: remember Roger Gracie’s first open class title and register now for 2014

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The year was 2007, the first year the World Championship moved to the USA.

In the Long Beach Arena, Roger gracie was a man under pressure.

Since 2003, he was a sure presence in the black belt open class final, but wasn’t able to secure the gold medal so far.

Year after year, Roger saw his dream of winning the most important title in competitive Jiu-Jitsu postponed by defeates to Marcio Pé de Pano, twice to Ronaldo Jacaré and Xande Ribeiro.

So, when he beat Robert Drysdale in the semifinal, he knew he couldn’t let another chance pass him by.

The opponent would be teammate Romulo Barral, who had defeated the sitting champion Xande Ribeiro.

A close-out was never in question and the two giants went for it.

In this rarity video, Roger talks about the final match and his feelings on the long awaited gold medal.

And you can also watch some of the highlights of that final.

After watching this amazing piece of Worlds history, hurry and register for the 2014 edition.

The registration period is open and if you do it until May 6th, you get a special discount.

Click here for more info and to register now!

2014 WPJJC: relive the controversy of Faisal Al Ketbi vs. Marcio Andre

Sheik Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan was in the audience to watch his favorite Faisal Al Ketbi.

UAE’s greatest talent had the chance of conquering the brown belt open class division.

In his way to glory, Brazilian Marcio André, a standout in the division with many titles won around the world.

The match didn’t see much action, with Faisal on top most of the time working the pass and André trying to sweep.

Near the end, the referees awarded a series of advantages to both fighters and the three officials seemed not to agree among them.

In the end, a 1 – 1 tie on advantages and the win going to Faisal by a 3 – 0 vote count.

See if you agree with the referees.

2014 WPJJC: watch Rodolfo battle Lo’s guard in Abu Dhabi

They sometimes train together and they are sure good friends.

They met twice before and Lo always gave Rodolfo a handful of problems.

This time, in the black belt open class quarterfinals, Lo was in the game up until the end, when Rodolfo realised that he had to speed up to continue his run to the final.

And he did speed up.

See how Rodolfo solved his problems in the match.

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Join the packed roster of the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open on May 3 before April 25 deadline!

Visit Las Vegas strip while competing at the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open

Visit Las Vegas strip while competing at the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open


The 2014 IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open on May 3 is closing its registration soon. You have until Friday, April 25 to put your name on the list for the tournament that always provides a great weekend getaway.

Already on the list to compete are athletes like Charlene Coats, Leonardo D’avila, Jackson Sousa, Eliot Kelly, Ben Baxter, Lucas Rocha, Yuri Simoes, Sinistro Iturralde, Brandon Mullins, Gabriel Moraes, Gustavo Carpio, Vitor Paschoal, Davin Maxwell and Ana Laura Cordeiro who is making her debut after being out of competition for years.

The location of the event is at the Sport Center of Las Vegas 121 East Sunset Road Las Vegas, NV 89119.

You can register for $110 per person from now until April 25 at

Big Apple BJJ Open on May 17 offers discounted registration until April 27!


The 4th Annual Big Apple BJJ Open will be on May 17 at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in New York City. The tournament run by Vitor Shaolin of GMA VSBJJ, Jen Sung and Mario Guerrero offers the New York Jiu-Jitsu scene an opportunity to compete in a structured environment and friendly atmosphere.

Registration is still open and for a discounted price of $100 per person until April 27. After that date, the price will go up to $110 per person until registration completely closes on May 10.

Divisons are available for adults, both men and women. Please note that brown/black belt divisions are only available for males and the weight classes are 154.5 lbs, 181.5 lbs and over 181.5 lbs. Women can sign up for white, blue and purple divisions.

The location for the venue is 122 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023.

Register at this link:

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Gustavo Dantas of GMA GDJJA wins big in Abu Dhabi alongside student Sarah Black

Gustavo Dantas with his student Sarah Black after the 2014 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Photo: Personal Archive

Gustavo Dantas with his student Sarah Black after the 2014 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Photo: Personal Archive

The leader of GD Jiu-Jitsu Association, GMA member Gustavo Dantas, had a busy week in Abu Dhabi. In between cornering his Nova Uniao teammate Thales Leites at the UFC Fight Night he also competed and coached his student at the 2014 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

He coached purple belt Sarah Black who earned silver in the -60 kg division. He also competed and secured the gold medal in the Master 2 -70 kg division!

“It was an amazing week! I had a great time in Abu Dhabi. After all these years of training and competing, I still learn so much about Jiu-Jitsu and about myself every time I compete,” says the BJJ Mental Coach. “My priority is teaching, promoting tournaments and now sharing my knowledge about mental skills training to the BJJ community, but once in a while I will try to jump in and challenge myself in a competition.”

Learn more about the BJJ Mental Coach and GDJJA at

Check out Gustavo Dantas in action:

More Exercise Variations for Grapplers and MMA fighters : Peaking Focus

Scramblers do you need a little variety in your workout? Got a big competition coming soon? Sick of front squatting every session? (if you are not already you probably should be) When it comes to getting MMA fighters and Grapplers ready for action we employ a few common variations to try and get a little more out of them while keeping technical burden low especially when peaking requires so much from fighters. The key thing about peaking is aiming for higher velocities rather than high force. Give these variations a go. We perform most of this work for 3-4 sets of 6 reps at around 20-55% loading.

Sled/Prowler High Pull, we use this high pull variation for peaking for rapid hip action, no eccentric means its less stressful than snatch grip high pull work we use during out heavier lifting phases. We always try aim for fight-weight or more on this exercise.

Staggered Stance Zercher Good Morning, these kick your ass literally, require a huge degree of bracing which is rough on the core, plus it really targets the hamstring glute complex on the extended leg.

Depth drop clusters, currently a favourtie for peaking just as little as 20% of your 1 rep max is needed for high power outputs.

 Kneeling Jump Clusters, the very springy Craig Powell doesn’t have more than one box at his regular gym so he performs kneeling jumps to box jumps, the kneeling start encourages quickness and the replicates a depth drop effect. More on that here.

Light French Contrast, (original method discussed here)this is a peaking variation we use in the springiest of our athletes. Once you have exhausted the options box jumps, depth drops and other methods offer you, you can look to employ this. Conventional french contrast asks for 80% loading, but for peaking we want very high velocities so we can look at much lighter loads.

This is an ongoing series of articles from guest blogger and Strength & Conditioning coach William Wayland of Powering Through, who works with UFC, Cagewarriors and other high level combat athletes based in Chelmsford, UK.