Check out this video highlighting my team’s journey to the 2010 No-Gi World Championships. You can see some of our training at my Oklahoma City Mixed Martial Arts Academy and highlights from the actual competition. Enjoy!
Four divisions with a sixteen man brackets will be open for competitors.
A fifth division will be open for the absolute/open division.
To register, you must complete and submit your resumé by April 10th.
Sixteen of these registries will be selected to compete.
The Competitors for the Samurai Black Belt Pro will be selected from the first 200 applications received. Once the 200 registration are received we will close the registration.
The brackets will be divided by the weight categories displayed below;
-165 lbs , 75 kilos
-185 lbs , 85 kilos
-205 lbs , 93 kilos
-Above 205 , Above 93 kilos
- Absolute / Open division
* The first three competitors that place on each weight bracket will be automatically pre-qualified to compete at the open division.
Four more black belts that had competed throughout the event will be invited to the Absolute/Open sixteen man bracket. The promoter will reserve the right to fulfill open spots with more invitees. The Samurai Black Belt Pro division will have the following; Matches will have an 8 minutes time limit. All final matches will have three referees.
Must fight for third place to win prize
Cash prizes will be distributed as follows;
1st place $3,000
2nd place $1,250
3rd place $750.00
The absolute/open Samurai champion will be awarded a Japanese Samurai Sword. Trophies will be awarded to the competitors placing 2nd and 3rd .
After a loss at UFC 128, Renzo Gracie black belt Ricardo Almeida has retired from MMA competition. The fighter made the announcement on his official website on Wednesday. Almeida cited an inability to balance fighting with caring for his son who was recently diagnosed with autism. He said, “During these almost four years, it has been a personal struggle to find balance between my fighting career, caring for my son, who was diagnosed with autism soon after I signed a six-fight deal with the UFC, teaching at my growing jiu-jitsu academy and the family duties we all have.” Over the course of his MMA career, Almeida has picked up wins over Matt Horwich, Ryo Chonan, Kazuo Misaki, Ikuhisa Minowa and Akira Shoji. In 2003, he defeated Nathan Marquardt to become the middleweight King of Pancrase. He finishes his career with a 13-5 overall record and a 6-5 mark in the UFC. In addition to MMA, Almeida competed extensively in grappling. In 1997, he won the Brazilian national jiu-jitsu championships as a brown belt in 1997. From 1998-2003, Almeida medaled four times at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships (two silvers and two bronzes).
Whereas in Brazil the country’s favorite Jiu-Jitsu magazine can be found at news stands on every corner, in the rest of the world GRACIEMAG relies on valuable partners for its distribution, helping us in furthering our ideal: to spread Jiu-Jitsu across the planet. It is more than 250 academies, teachers and professionals bearing different coats of arms, hailing from all the planet’s greatest Jiu-Jitsu schools, that makes up the GRACIE Magazine Association, the GMA. In belonging to the GMA, our partners offer their facilities and location to become a first-class GRACIEMAG retail center, delivering our articles directly to interested students. Find out how to become a part of the fastest-growing Jiu-Jitsu association on the planet, and you yourself can become one of those responsible for spreading Jiu-Jitsu’s message around the globe. Find out how to join the GMA and learn about its benefits, clicking here http://gma.graciemag.com/
Watch a clip from the Helio Gracie special, airing today in Brazil As GRACIEMAG.com has reported in the past, Grandmaster Helio Gracie (1913-2009) is the featured biography of the day in a special documentary produced by The Biography Channel in conjunction with the company Mixer, starting at 8pm (Brazilian time). Boasting spectacular images, it’s a can’t-miss program. Watch a clip from the documentary here: http://esporte.uol.com.br/ultimas/multi/2011/03/22/04029C356CE0C97327.jhtm
CLASSIC BJJ: CASSIO CARDOSO VS. MARCELO BEHRING It's Friday and if you have a some time, check out this epic match between Cassio Cardoso (Carlson Gracie) and Marcelo Behring (Rickson Gracie). Yes, the match is broken into 8x parts but the rules of this particular fight was a 30-minute round and should there be no points scored, then an additional 30 minutes would be added. While watching the video, check out some faces in the background as I'm sure you'll recognize quite a few.
Samurai Pro is a professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament hosted by Fabricio Werdum. LONG BEACH, CA, May 8, 2011 – Fabricio Werdum is hosting the Samurai Pro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament on May 8, 2011, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the world famous Long Beach Pyramid, located on the CSU Long Beach campus. The event consists of two tournaments: the Samurai BJJ Tournament, which is for white to brown belts and the prestigious Samurai Black Belt Pro Tournament. Cash prizes of up to $30,000 will be awarded to various winners in the blue, purple, and brown belt open classes, and to the victors of five different categories in the black belt division.
Fabricio Werdum, best known for his impressive and inspiring MMA Strikeforce win over Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko, is looking forward to hosting this celebrated event. “I am very excited to be part of such a great competition,” Werdum says, “With all the cash prizes being given away, I’m sure it will be the most successful and memorable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament of 2011.”
Registration for the Samurai Pro ends Tuesday, May 3, 2011 or when registration has reached full capacity, whichever comes first. All competitors can register online at www.samuraijjpro.com . Registration fees are based upon date of registration. Samurai Pro was founded in 2010. It was created by super-champion Fabricio Werdum, who is considered a leading expert in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, having won international and world Jiu Jitsu championship titles, including the Worlds and ADCC titles, multiple times, and his business partner and fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, Lucas Pires.
Italy will receive some of Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest athletes between the 13th and 15th of May. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professional Cup will take place in the town of Biella, and 60 thousand euros in total prize money will be on the line. The event is open to all academies and sign-ups go until May 5, at a promotional rate until April 15. Among the submission wizards confirmed to be there are World, Pan and European Open champions Gabrielle Garcia and Luanna Alzuguir.
The event will be held in Lauretana Forum Stadium, pictured above. Cash prizes will be awarded to athletes from white to black belt, female and men’s master categories too. Cash prizes will only be awarded if there is a match in the division in question. The juvenile, senior and super senior divisions will not have cash prizes but will award medals. For further information http://www.bjjprocup.com/
“Pinky and Brain” join crazy train Female Jiu-Jitsu’s dynamic duo sealed a special sponsorship deal today. Gabrielle Garcia and Luanna Alzuguir shall henceforth wear distinguished Brazilian soccer side Corinthians’s emblem on their gis. That’s right, Corinthians Paulista Sports Club is the latest sponsor for the Alliance world champions. Corinthian fan Gabi spoke with emotion when addressing her beloved team having joined the realm of fight sports: “We signed a contract this Monday afternoon. The club is investing a lot in a number of sports. They’re hiring a number of top athletes. We’ll continue training and fighting for Alliance, but with the team’s emblem on our gis.” The contract is for one year. After Ronaldo, now it’s Luanna and Gabi’s turn to join the “Bando de Loucos” (“Band of Nutjobs”), as the cheering section chants
Check out the complete Pan 2011 line up atIBJJF.org Full tournament schedule ADULT OPEN CLASS REGISTRATION The athletes who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each adult blue male, adult purple male and adult brown male weight division are eligible to compete in the Open Class division.The athletes who are eligible and wish to compete in this division should report to the admin table after your division is finished and the medals are awarded so that you may register.
Thursday - 24/Mar/2011 9:00 AM Blue Adult Male - Rooster and Light Feather White Female - Light Feather to Light 10:30 AM Blue Adult Male - Feather White Female - Middle to Heavy 11:30 AM Blue Adult Male - Light White Master - Rooster to Middle 1:00 PM Blue Adult Male - Middle White Master - Medium Heavy to Ultra Heavy 2:20 PM Blue Adult Male - Medium Heavy White Senior - Rooster to Light 3:20 PM Blue Adult Male - Heavy to Ultra Heavy White Senior - Middle 4:30 PM White Adult Male - Rooster to Feather White Senior - Medium Heavy 5:45 PM White Adult Male - Light and Middle White Senior - Heavy to Ultra Heavy 7:10 PM White Adult Male - Medium Heavy to Ultra Heavy Blue Adult Male - Open Class
All Blue belt adult athletes who are eligible to compete in Open Class must register before 6PM.
Friday - 25/Mar/2011 9:00 AM Blue Master - Rooster to Medium Heavy 10:30 AM Blue Master - Heavy To Ultra Heavy Blue Senior 1 - Rooster to Medium Heavy 11:30 AM Blue Senior 1 - Heavy To Ultra Heavy Blue Senior 2 12:30 PM Blue Senior 3 Blue Female - Light Feather and Feather 1:20 PM Blue Female - Light to Heavy Purple Adult Male - Rooster and Light Feather Purple Female - Light Feather to Light 2:50 PM Purple Adult Male - Feather and Light Purple Female - Middle to Heavy 4:10 PM Purple Adult Male - Middle to Heavy 5:30 PM Purple Adult Male - Super Heavy and Ultra Heavy Blue Master - Open Class 6:20 PM Blue Female - Open Class Blue Senior 1 - Open Class Purple Female - Open Class 7:30 PM Blue Senior 2 - Open Class Blue Senior 3 - Open Class Purple Adult Male - Open Class
All Purple belt adult athletes who are eligible to compete in Open Class must register before the 6:40PM
Saturday - 26/Mar/2011 9:00 AM Blue Juvenile Male Blue Juvenile Female 10:00 AM Purple Master - Rooster to Light Black Master - Rooster to Heavy 11:00 AM Purple Master - Middle and Medium Heavy Black Master - Super Heavy and Ultra Heavy Black Senior 1 - Rooster to Medium Heavy 12:00 PM Black Senior 1 - Heavy to Ultra Heavy Black Senior 2 - Rooster to Middle Black Adult - Open Class Registration 12:15 PM Purple Master - Heavy to Ultra Heavy Purple Senior 1 - Rooster and Light Feather 12:30 PM Black Senior 2 - Medium Heavy to Ultra Heavy Black Senior 3 Black Adult - End of Open Class Registration 1:15 PM Purple Senior 1 - Feather to Ultra Heavy Purple Senior 2 - Rooster to Medium Heavy 2:15 PM Purple Senior 2 - Heavy to Ultra Heavy Purple Senior 3 Black Adult - Open Class Brown/Black Female - Open Class 3:05 PM Blue Juvenile Male - Open Class Blue Juvenile Female - Open Class 4:00 PM Purple Master - Open Class Purple Senior 1 - Open Class 5:10 PM Black Master - Open Class Purple Senior 2 - Open Class Purple Senior 3 - Open Class 6:10 PM Black Senior 1 - Open Class Black Senior 2 - Open Class Black Senior 3 - Open Class
Sunday - 27/Mar/2011 9:00 AM Brown Master - Rooster to Medium Heavy Black Adult - Rooster to Middle 10:10 AM Brown Master - Heavy to Ultra Heavy Brown Senior 1 - Rooster to Middle 11:00 AM Black Adult - Medium Heavy to Ultra Heavy Brown/Black Female - Light Feather 11:10 AM Brown Senior 1 - Medium Heavy to Ultra Heavy Brown Senior 2 - Rooster to Feather 12:00 PM Brown Senior 2 - Light to Ultra Heavy 12:20 PM Brown/Black Female - Feather to Heavy 12:45 PM Brown Senior 3 1:15 PM Brown Adult - Rooster to Heavy 2:40 PM Brown Adult - Super Heavy and Ultra Heavy Brown Master - Open Class Brown Senior 1 - Open Class Brown Senior 2 - Open Class Brown Senior 3 - Open Class 3:30 PM Black Belt Finals Brown/Black Female Finals 3:50 PM Brown Adult - Open Class All Brown belt adult athletes who are eligible to compete in Open Class must register before 3:30PM.
Kreation Ju-Jitsu will be hosting Christian Graugart this March 25th (Friday). For those not familiar with who Christian is, he is the author of http://www.bjjglobetrotter.com/. Traveling to remote parts of the world to train, share and experience the world. Christian is sponsored by several brands, one of them being our local Kauai Kimonos out of Bali. Kauai Kimonos will be raffling a gi to a lucky participant of this seminar.
DATE/TIME: march 25th fri, 7-9pm STYLE: Gi LOCATION: BXG, 324 Tanjong Katong Road FEE: SGD 15 CONTACT: email@example.com
Brazilian JIU-JITSU is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of Brazilian JIU-JITSU , modified judo and traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu to create the art. It contains stand-up maneuvers, but it is most famous for its devastating ground-fighting techniques. Gaining superior positioning so one can apply the styles numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent is the key in Brazlian jiu-jitsu. Brazilian jiu-jitsu roots began in the early 1900s. Esai Maeda, the chief of a Japanese immigration colony who was assigned to Brazil, befriended Gastao Gracie. Maeda, a former jiu-jitsu champion in Japan, taught the art to Gracies son, Carlos. In 1925, Carlos and his four brothers opened the first jiu-jitsuschool in Brazil. Carlos younger brother, Helio, adjusted the techniques to suit his small frame, and thereby created Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In the early 80s, Helios son, Rorion, planted the seeds of BJJ in the United States, where the art has become immensely popular.