World Jiu-Jitsu Expo: Tanquinho, Mackenzie seminar confirmed; Roberto Tussa added to IBJJF Pro League

Roberto Alencar vs. Nivaldo Lima

Roberto Alencar vs. Nivaldo Lima

The World Jiu-Jitsu Expo has made two big announcements.

A new seminar was added to the schedule.

World champion Augusto Tanquinho and Mackenzie Dern will be teaching a gi class on October 19.

The couple will teach a gi seminar.

Other than that, the IBJJF Pro league added Gracie Barra’s black belt Roberto Alencar to its roster.

The World Jiu-Jitsu Expo takes place October 18-19, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The event has the following attraction already confirmed.

Marcus Buchecha, Leo Veira, the Mendes Bros, Rodrigo Cavaca & Robert Drysdale and Roberto Cyborg will also be teaching seminars.

All seminars at the WJJE will be in the gi.

Three IBJJF events will take place during the Expo: IBJJF Pro League, the American Nationals Kids and the Long Beach Open.

Five superfights are also already confirmed – Gianni Grippo vs. Augusto Tanquinho, Nino Schembri vs. Vitor Shaolin, Robson Moura vs. Marcos Parrumpinha, Tim Spriggs vs. Leo Nogueira,  João Assis vs. Rolles Gracie (no-gi).

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One day of loose training with the UFC star Daniel Cormier

Gracie Diet: Pan-Roasted Halibut with Pea Puree

Pan-roasted halibut with Pea Puree. Photo:

Pan-roasted halibut with Pea Puree. Photo:

Looking for a healthy and low calorie meal to vary your lunch and dinner menu? GRACIEMAG suggests this delicious fish and veggie dish.

Start by substituting the popular mashed potato for this light and green, pea puree. Green Peas are rich in nutrients, vitamins, mineral and anti-oxidants. Besides being low in calories and containing no cholesterol, peas are also a good source of proteins and fiber.

The Gracie Diet does not recommend the massive consumption of red meat. Instead, opt for a leaner protein with easy digestibility such as the Halibut. However, when consuming fish it is wise to pay attention to the mercury level index provide by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). See the index below*

Halibut is a delicious fish, but it is also a smart choice to increment your healthy meal because it does not have a high mercury level and it is packed with various nutrients such as selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin B6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids.

The pan-roasted halibut with pea puree makes a tasty combination, but you can definitely pick other vegetables or fishes that you like in order to diversify your meals.

Check out the recipe below, enjoy and be healthy!



Halibut steaks (Wild Caught)

2 Tbsp. Olive oil



2 cups of peas (Organic)

1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger



Preheat oven to 500F. In an ovenproof skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil; add halibut steaks, salt, and pepper and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Cook in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, boil 2 cups of peas until tender, then puree with 1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger. Add water until mixture is the consistency of yogurt. Serve fish on top of mixture.


*Mercury Level Index



Eat 2-3 servings a week (pregnant women and small children should not eat more than 12 ounces (2 servings):

























Eat six servings or fewer per month (pregnant women and small children should avoid these):






Mahi Mahi




Tuna (Canned Chunk light)



Eat three servings or less per month (pregnant women and small children should avoid these):



Sea Bass

Tuna (Canned Albacore, Yellow fin)



Avoid eating (everyone):


Orange Roughy




Tuna (Ahi)



Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mercury Levels in Commercial Fish and Shellfish

Food and Drug Administration (FDA). What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish

National Resource Defense Council. Mecury Contamination in Fish.

Centers for Disease Control. Public Health Statement for Mercury. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.








Rodolfo Vieira predicts MMA debut in 2015: “One day this will be my belt”

Rodolfo eyeing title shot in the UFC. Embracing the kimono (for now), Rodolfo snuggles the UFC belt replica. Photo: Marcelo Dunlop

Rodolfo eyeing title shot in the UFC. Embracing the kimono (for now), Rodolfo snuggles the UFC belt replica. Photo: Marcelo Dunlop

In March 2014, the Jiu-Jitsu world champion Rodolfo Vieira made ​​a visit to the brothers Daniel and Diego Moraes’s gym, in Rio de Janeiro with teammates Leandro Lo and Felipe Pena. When passing by the door, Rodolfo came face to face with a replica of the UFC belt, courtesy of Anthony Pettis. The GFTeam juggernaut then could not resist: ”One day you will be mine”, said the affectionate superheavy athlete.

The Kimono season continued, and Rodolfo won his weight classes in Abu Dhabi and at the Worlds in California. Now, however, the black belt looks set to return to flirt with MMA.

“This idea of ​​dedicating a whole year to practice boxing and muay thai and only then make my debut runs through my mind a lot. I think I can get along in the ring, but to do well I have to devote myself entirely to the new modality. I want to spend all the time and energy I spent today with the Gi in my MMA training. After a year, or months preparing myself, then I think I’ll be ready to fight in the new style”, calculates Rodolfo.

Visiting the GRACIEMAG newsroom, the idol of GFTeam estimates that the time is near. He explains why:

“I’m 24 years old and it may be the right time to try a career wearing the gloves. If it goes wrong and I get beaten up, I think I will have plenty of time to return to the scene of Jiu-Jitsu competition at a high level. I’m 101kg and maybe I will have to lose some weight, but I think I can drop a weight class easily. I’m talking to my coaches and some friends, such as Lyoto Machida, and I’m considering going train out there in California, and doing this test, “he reveals

If Rodolfo’s plans evolve, it may be possible that the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds 2015 will be without one of their biggest stars, and current absolute champion, Marcus Buchecha without his main rival. Fans will miss it, but it will be all for a good reason: to fulfill the promise made ​​to that silver object of desire, hanging at the wall of a gym in Rio.

How about you, dear reader? Do you have faith in Rodolfo Vieira in MMA? Or would you like to see the superheavy athlete make even more history in the Kimono?

Discuss with the community of GRACIEMAG readers below.

Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open tournament fundraises over $20,000

Tap Cancer Out leader Jon Thomas presenting the grand donation. Photo: Gabriel Richard

Tap Cancer Out leader Jon Thomas presenting the grand donation. Photo: Gabriel Richard

The non-profit Tap Cancer Out raised more funds on Saturday, Aug. 16 to beat cancer through the support of the grappling community. At the Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open in Danvers, MA the tournament gathered over $20,000.

The organization is proud to announce that they will be donating a gift of $97,500 to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in order to fund two research fellows in 2014 at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. This is the largest gift to St. Baldrick’s Foundation ever by a charity partner.

Prior to this beneficiary, Tap Cancer Out spent two years funding the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in which they raised $85,000.

Learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation here:

And learn more about how to support Tap Cancer Out here:

Check out the photo gallery of the event courtesy of Gabriel Richard:


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Don’t miss the 4X World Champion Romulo Barral’s seminar at GB Westchase on Sep. 6

Prof. Marcio Feitosa's seminar at GB Westchase. Photo: personal archive

Prof. Marcio Feitosa’s seminar at GB Westchase. Photo: personal archive

GMA Gracie Barra Westchase from Houston, Texas is celebrating their 3rd year anniversary this week. Last Saturday, the black belt second-degree head instructor Ulpiano Malachias organized an especial seminar hosted by black belt professor Marcio Feitosa. On Sep. 6, the GB Westchase BJJ students will also be able to learn Jiu-Jitsu from 4x Black Belt Hall of Fame Champion, Romulo Barral.


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Diaphragmatic Breathing Drill for better BJJ, Lifting and Recovery

A few weeks back I wrote post for scramblog Meditation, deep breathing and avoiding quackery

I thought I would expand a little on “Deep Breathing” element and how to get started with a beginner deep breathing drill, we use for recovery and relaxation but also to teach people how to breathe in diaphragmatic fashion.

This is an ongoing series of blog posts 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. Facebook

Local priest finds inspiration on the Jiu-Jitsu mats in Chile

Victor, a priest trains at Bravo Sport Club in Vinã del Mar, Chile. Photo: Personal Archive

Victor, a priest trains at Bravo Sport Club in Vinã del Mar, Chile. Photo: Personal Archive

At GMA Bravo Sport Club in Vinã del Mar, Chile, the mats are a place for all types of people to learn Jiu-Jitsu. Second degree black belt Kleber Cruz hosts classes for people in the city and surrounding areas.

A student from a fishing town north of Vinã del Mar in Concon has found Jiu-Jitsu and the same love for the gentle art that we all have. Victor is a priest who enriches the lives of others much like Kleber has been able to do through Jiu-Jitsu.

Soon Victor will even enter the competition circuit and attend the international tournaments along with his Bravo Sport Club team.

All walks of life enjoy Jiu-Jitsu!

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Victor and Kleber Cruz. Photo: Personal Archive

Victor and Kleber Cruz. Photo: Personal Archive