Casey, Drysdale fail drug tests after UFC 175, TUF 19 Finale

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Kevin Casey

Two fighters failed their drug tests after the UFC 175 and the TUF 19 Finale, on the weekend of July 5 – 6.

0_HayabusaGi_StampSiteThe UFC just released an official statement on the matter:

The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that UFC middleweight Kevin Casey and light heavyweight Robert Drysdale failed drug tests following their fights at UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter Finale, respectively. Casey tested positive for drostanolone and Drysdale was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Both fighters have been temporarily suspended from competition and informed their positive tests violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes and will support the NSAC’s determination pending a formal hearing at a later date.

Kevin Casey knocked out Bubba Bush in 61 seconds at UFC 175 and Drysdale submitted Keith Berish at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.

They are both suspended temporarily and will attend a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Comission for further sanctions.

Brendan Hussey, 16-year-old blue belt: “Jiu-Jitsu makes me feel human”

0_HayabusaGi_StampSiteMeet 16-year-old Brendan Hussey.

As he himself likes to say, he has some physical differences, but that’s no reason for him to dream small.

A blue belt at GMA member school Gracie Barra New Mexico, in Albuquerque, Hussey wants to be the first ever amputee to fight in the UFC.

And for that, he trains almost every day.

He is very clear on the importance of the gentle art in his life: “Jiu-Jitsu makes me feel human.”

Click on the image and watch the local news report on his very inspiring story.

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Renzo on ADCC match with Hughes: “It’s gonna be a great way to celebrate my 48th birthday”

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Renzo Gracie with GSP. Photo: Luca Atalla/GRACIEMAG

ADCC Boss Guy Nievens announced today on his Facebook account another superfight for the 2015 edition of the event.

The crowd in Manaus, Brazil, will have the opportunity to witness a battle between two legends of the sport, Renzo Gracie and Matt Hughes.

A two-time welterweight UFC champion, Hughes, 40, competed once before in the ADCC.

In 2000, he entered the -99kg division and had three fights, defeating Ricardo Almeida and Jeremy Horn and losing to Jeff Monson in the semifinal.

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes officially retired from MMA on Thursday. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes officially retired from MMA on Thursday. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

Renzo, 47, has two ADCC titles in the -77kg division, wining in 1998 and 2000.

He also competed in a superfight in 2011, when he lost 5-0 to José Mario Sperry.

0_HayabusaGi_StampSiteThe Gracie talked exclusively with the GRACIEMAG.com about this new challenge: “Hughes is an amazing competitor and he has always liked to compete in the ADCC. He had to step away because of his MMA career but now that he is done with that he called the ADCC and asked if he could fight. They called me and offered the fight and I couldn’t say no. It’s gonna be a great way to celebrate my 48th birthday. As I’m not 22 anymore, I already started training for  the match.”

Renzo and Hughes fought once in the UFC, in 2010, when the American won by TKO in the third round.

The 2015 ADCC will take place in Manaus, Brazil, on September next year and besides Gracie vs. Hughes, it will also feature a superfight between former Carlson Gracie teammates Zé Mario Sperry and Ricardo Libório.

Gracie Diet: Combine right and make a superb fruit salad for summer!

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Fruit Salad

The Gracie diet says fruits are essential part of healthy eating. Marco Gracie Imperial, grandson of Carlos Gracie, knows the diet from birth. He argues that the proper combination of foods as researched by his grandfather for decades, purifies the blood and prevents diseases.

Today he shows here a fruit salad recipe for you to enjoy during summertime!

 

Gracie Fruit Salad:

Sweet Oranges cut into small pieces

Fresh figs, only the red part

Papaya

Pear

Red apple

Peeled sweet Grapes

Persimmon

Honey to taste over

 

Preparation:

Cut the fruits into small pieces. Put everything in a big bowl and top it with honey. Serve it fresh!

Video: Try not to cry as you watch GMA Toronto BJJ earn a new black belt

0_HayabusaGi_StampSiteOn July 26, GMA Toronto BJJ held a seminar with Xande Ribeiro and a special promotion took place.

Professor Jorge Britto promoted one of his long-time students Thomas Beach to black belt with the help of Xande. In this video you can see just how emotional the promotion was for everyone involved.

Watch the special moment and try not to leak from your eyes!

Check out more about Professor Jorge Britto and GMA Toronto BJJ at www.torontobjj.com

Cornelius on Copa Podio punishing lapel guards: “Those who can’t change their minds, can’t change anything”

Keenan Cornelius in the 2014 Worlds

Keenan Cornelius in the 2014 Worlds

Keenan Cornelius didn’t avoid the issue and addressed the announcement by Copa Podio to penalyze the use of the lapel guard in its upcoming middleweight GP.

0_HayabusaGi_StampSiteRead here the news and the statement by Copa Podio’s President, Jefferson Mayca.

Cornelius, who competed in the Copa Podio in 2013, wrote about the event’s decision on his Instagram account: “The entertainment of Jiu-Jitsu does not lay in the spectacle of the fights themselves. As most of these are slow moving and boring anyways. But it lies in the appreciation of the intricate techniques and innovations of the sport. When the closed guard was first used in martial arts no one could deal with the position. No one could escape and it revolutionized the martial arts. Where would Jiu-Jitsu be if someone had declared closed guard as illegal on the sport. The same can be said about any innovation. To be afraid of change is what really hinders the sport. Progress is impossible without change, and those who can’t change their minds can’t change anything.”

The post, shared also on Keenan’s Facebook page , generated great debate in the comments area.

Who do you agree with, Keenan or the Copa Podio?

To drill or not to drill? Kit Dale vs. Gianni Grippo in a technical match over the best training methods

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Gianni Grippo (Photo: Jeffrey Chu Fighter Plus/ instagram @jeffreyschu) against Kit Dale (Photo: Personal archive)

There has always been a debate about how to organize a Jiu-Jitsu class, what the best cross-training is, or how much time to spend on sparring versus technique.

Most recently, Australian black belt Kit Dale has pursued a campaign against drilling–repeating a technique over and over to secure it into “muscle memory.” His quick ride to getting his black belt along with titles at Brazilian Nationals, Abu Dhabi World Pro, Asian Open and more prove that how he approaches training has worked for him.

On the other side of the debate is Marcelo Garcia black belt Gianni Grippo who believes that drilling outside of class will help your overall training and competition results. His multiple world titles coming up in the ranks prove that his tactics are worthwhile as well.

So how much weight should we put on drilling techniques versus sparring and/or live training? Let’s hear more from these two:

Here is Kit’s post about how drilling the same moves over and over will not help you as other methods can. The excerpt:

“One of the things I noticed early early on was that you didn’t have to drill something 100 times to be able to apply it during training. If I understood the basic principles of a movement and winged it, it would usually work. I remember using moves in sparring that I had never practised before and getting them to work. Even ones I had been told were “bad” by the instructor. My reply to him was always the same: “But it works”. I also saw that the most important thing in a movement is not the technique, but the timing. I could do anything, from a cartwheel to backflip over someone’s guard, and if it was done at the right time it would work. Conversely, I could do the most technically sound movement, but miss the timing, and it would fail. Observing these phenomena helped come to the decision to build my game on the foundations of improvisation and key principles, instead of drilled, refined techniques.”

Read the full post here.

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Gianni wrote his own post about “the beauty of drilling” and how it helped him from purple belt and on. The excerpt:

“Now today I feel like my drilling revolves around my training as it helps me stay constantly goal oriented. Drilling 2-3 times a day now I have a different plan for each session. In the mornings I’ll drill from the guard, at night I’ll drill guard passing and in the afternoon sessions I’ll choose either that I feel needs more work at the time. Each session will revolve around one position with 2 or 3 variations and with that I always go into the training with a goal of what I want to try to land. Then with this I feel like it carries well into competition- knowing I have gone over each aspect of a match over and over again gives me the confidence that I can attain my goals in the match at hand. Like I said in my last post about mental preparation- everyone is different. Everyone may have something different that works better for them and maybe drilling doesn’t reap the benefits for some like it has so far for me. But, I truly believe with hours of organized and consistent sessions of drilling specific techniques your game will improve. Don’t believe me, just give it a try (I’m looking at you, Kit.)”

Read the full post here.

Kit responded to Gianni’s post on facebook:

“I love Gianni Grippo.. Nice article.. But to add an opposing point of view.. I will note a few things.. “Drilling until it becomes automatic and you don’t need to think” – This sounds like a good idea against people you can beat easily.. But applying a technique without thinking sounds like a recipe for disaster at the top level.. What if it’s a trap and you just fell into it due to being entrapped by your own muscle memory.. What if this opponent reacts differently or is shaped differently from your training partner.. Unless you have been changing your drilling partners every session which will dilute your tech..

Also you stated you drilled 3 times a day.. How often do you do live training.. Personally I don’t know many people that can train that much. And it seems if you want to take the drilling path you need something not a lot of people have.. Time! You have been training from a very young age if I’m not correct? I started at 22 while working full time and competing in another sport.. I only had time for two sessions a week for the first year..

Drilling was not an option.. Which ended up paying divid ends for me.. 4 years of training.. Averaging 5 sessions a week to black belt.. I guess I learn differently.. But so does everybody.. I believe if you are a good problem solver and strategist.. Like a chess player.. The drilling will kill your creativity.. But if you’re an athlete that has all day to train and isn’t the creative or strategist type then drilling is the answer.. What you think Gianni?”

Gianni’s response:

“Kit, while I understand your reasoning’s, as I always try to look at both sides of the coin I just want to counter a few key points that you brought up. While you say that “drilling until it’s automatic” is a recipe for disaster, I think on the contrary. For example, of course I’m going to drill the basic leg drags until it becomes muscle memory, but once I have that down I also make sure to drill the proper reaction to my opponents defenses/counters. I know there can always be elements of surprise or ways guys can counter so I always make sure to drill based off of my opponents reaction. In this case I would drill the leg drag, my opponent counters and I react to the counter- turning the drill into a series.

Although I still train twice a day around my drilling sessions and my drilling compliments rather than supplements my training, I appreciate my drilling sessions because it gives me the opportunity to make my technique better while preventing the risk of injury. So I’m putting in more mat time with less strenuous activity which leads to less chance of injury. Of course I never suggest not training and only drilling, but I feel it’s important to find a good balance.

Also I feel drilling has only spurred on my creativity. Without repeatedly drilling the same position/same technique there’s no way I’d find ways to branch off and figure out new things. If you saw a new technique from single leg X I did that was posted on BJJ Pix, you’ll see that’s a perfect example of what I’m explaining. I’ve been drilling that entry into the single leg X for a while I started seeing a different technique I could try once my opponent disengages and tries to lean back once in the single leg X. From there I saw that I could take the back.

Finally, yes on most days I do drill three times a day but that is mainly because I have more time to spend on the mats than I did a few years ago (although I still have a year of college left.) I used to drill once a day for an hour four times a week and with that I felt a huge benefit. Like I said in the blog post, drilling those sessions for one year completely changed my game. So to help your game, one session a day will still help a lot, I just do three because I love it so damn much.

p.s. poke me back.”

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After reading both sides, what do you believe is the best way to train Jiu-Jitsu? Have you tried both methods? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Dana White: “Silva vs. Diaz in Vegas, on January 31, 2015″

0_HayabusaGi_StampSiteAnderson Silva has now a date, place and opponent for his comeback to MMA.

According to UFC President, Dana White, the match will take place January 31st, in las Vegas, against no other than Nick Diaz.

The announcement was made this Tuesday afternoon via White’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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The UFC already officially confirmed the match, which will most likely be the main event of UFC 183.

Anderson Silva is out of action since December 28, 2013, when he broke his leg in the rematch against Chris Weidman.

Nick Diaz fought for the last time in the UFC on March 16, 2013, when he was defeated by Georges St. Pierre.

Who do you got for this one, reader?

Brazilian black belt teaches how Jiu-Jitsu helps you to overcome hardship and disability

Black Belt Jean Carlos Freitas and his pupil Luciano Mariano on their trip to the US. Photo: Personal archive.

Black Belt Jean Carlos Freitas and his pupil Luciano Mariano on their trip to the US. Photo: Personal archive.

Jean Carlos Freitas is a Black Belt 2nd degree professor who came from a difficulty reality of poverty in Brazil, and which started to train BJJ at a social project in Rio because he didn’t have money to pay to take Jiu-Jitsu lessons or even to buy a Gi.

Today, Jean is a respected coach that has traveled the world to disseminate the art that provided him with a better future. Jean Carlos still makes sure he gives back to the community by teaching Jiu-Jitsu to unfortunate children and youngster that need financial and psychological help but cannot afford a membership at a regular martial arts school.

Recently, one of Jean Carlos’s blue belt students from a social project in Japeri, Brazil, was granted the opportunity to travel to the US to compete at the Worlds and other Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. The Brazilian student called Luciano Mariano has a disability and is a tenacious grappler despite having no arms below the elbow.

Luciano counted with the support of The Carly Stowell foundation, created by Elena Stowell who wrote the book Flowing With The Go: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul about how Jiu-Jitsu helped her recover from the death of her daughter. Click here to know more about how Elena Found out about this particular blue belt and has decided to share his story. Elena sent Luciano’s information to the CAF-Challenged Athletes that provided sponsorship to the athlete.

In a conversation with GRACIEMAG, Prof. Jean Carlos tells his success story and how he meet the blue belt Luciano Mariano in Brazil who found in Jiu-Jitsu a way to go beyond his limitations.

GRACIEMAG: Tells us about your life before becoming a Jiu-Jitsu instructor?

Jean Carlos: Life was pretty hard. I could not afford to train jiu-jitsu, and much less, able to buy a kimono. I remember that my first kimono was paid in 3 installments. Then, I started working to the government at “Vale do Rio Doce”, a State owned company, and soon the state was privatized by former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso and many ended up losing their jobs. So, Jiu-Jitsu was the only thing I had left. As a purple belt I started working and teaching in some social projects related to evangelical churches at Praca Seca in Rio de Janeiro. Later, I received the opportunity to teach Jiu-Jitsu in Israel, where I founded Team Top Brother Israel. I was able to work with some special units of the Israeli army and the special Israel police.

How did you get involve with Jiu-Jitsu and why do you think it can improve people’s lives?

I am 2 degree black belt from team Checkmat. For many years tho, I was an athlete from team’s top brother, led by Master Cezar Guimarães (Casquinha), where I started to train with Professor Fabiano Gaudio who had a Jiu-Jitsu social project together with the master Casquinha from white to black belt. Because of the recognition and great respect I have for the master, I received my second degree for him. Many did not believe in me having a career in Jiu-Jitsu, saying that I would never have a future; But Jiu-Jitsu taught me to have determination and overcome difficulties to create expectations. And with this teaching, I could not only change my life, but as well as the lives of many athletes and other people practicing the sport. Today I can see that I am blessed, because Jiu-Jitsu opened several doors to me; I have traveled to Israel, Jordan, Japan, China, France, Italy and the United States. Where I was recognized and coached some great MMA athletes.

How did you meet Luciano?

I met Luciano Mariano at the Japeri project where I know a top brother black belt professor, Fabio Resende, who I trained with. I also have given him tuition; he always asked me to teach swipes and leg-lock position, so we spent long time training together. Nowadays Professor Paulo Marcio Reis Paulino, who was Fabio Resende’s student, leads the project. I met Luciano through this project alongside with Casquinha. I said to Master Cezar Guimarães (Casquinha), that I wanted to help Luciano, who I saw wearing a torn kimono. There was when I returned from traveling the United States with a new HyperFly Kimono and from this moment on everything began to change in his life. Then, alongside with Elena Stowel of Carly Stowell Foundation, who translated documents and letters from Luciano and sent to CAF-Challenged Athetes Foundation. The impossible for someone who lives in a humble community in Japeri, became possible when Luciano got the sponsorship, all expenses funded and the US Visa to compete in the Worlds in California.

Do you think it was difficult for Luciano to adapt to the Jiu-Jitsu training at the gym because of his disability?

I have always tried to teach him that, it can be difficult but is not impossible, and that if he practiced he would increasingly overcome the difficulties; and the best part was that he saw no difficulty but motivation to overcome (…)

How do you think the will to compete appeared in Luciano?

It was when he was watching the first CBJJO championship in Niterói, still as a white belt. It was when watching the struggles of his friends and training partners, he said: I will fight, I will overcome (….) His family and friends thought it was madness; they were worried about him, seeing that he could get hurt, even psychologically by not having his two arms, and because they feel inferior to other athletes. He competed anyway; struggled and finished in second place in the Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian CBJJO championships. He also has fought at the FJJ-Rio events, the IBJJF Worlds in California, and in his latest tournament he ranked third at ALL Star in santa cruz CA. He said, “I don’t want to stop anymore” (…) encouraging him I said: So then, we will not stop.”

Black Belt Jean Carlos and Luciano at the ALL Stars tournament in Santa Cruz, CA. Photo: Personal archive

Black Belt Jean Carlos and Luciano at the ALL Stars tournament in Santa Cruz, CA. Photo: Personal archive

What the hell? After the rubber guard and the worm guard, here’s the exorcist guard

Watch how purple belt Andris Brunovskis played on the bottom to win via triangle choke.

Is this the strangest guard ever?

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