Last Saturday our team went to one of the best tournaments in the UK: Bournemouth Open. This year again the organizer Alex De Souza and his crew done a fantastic job from the beginning to the end, great atmosphere, good schedule with fights happening exactly as announced previously on their website and much more. There were over 300 competitors from the UK and abroad which increased the level of the competition. BJJ Academy once again represented Brighton and East Sussex, and despite having few athletes out due to injuries and other commitments, we manage to get to Bournemouth with 6 competitors (3 white and 3 blue belts). The result was good, at the end four of our athletes manage to the to the podium. Check out bellow few pictures, videos and the official result.
Jacek Krawczyk – White Belt – Medium Heavy – Gold
Simon Williamson – White Belt – Heavy – Silver
Simon Staples – White Belt – Feather – Silver
Lee Wright - Blue Belt – Medium Heavy – Bronze
This is a phase which all BJJ’s practitioners should know. The translation to English would be something like: “Only Jiu Jitsu saves you”. I’m not sure who exactly created this expression, however for the Brazilians (BJJ guys) it became very special, and the symbol for this was Minotauro Nogueira. Big Nog used to get beaten up during all fight and came back at the end with some sick submission to win the fight (Rocky Balboa style), like those of his fights back in Pride against Bob Sapp and maybe the most important at the time: Against Mirko Cro Cop when Mirko was on top of his game knocking people out with some crazy high kicks. Triangles and Arm-bars, it was maybe the most special time for BJJ in MMA beside Royce Gracie’s UFC’s victories.
So, this is the meaning for the “Só o Jiu Jitsu Salva”, check out the video below, it shows our head-coach Ivam Maciel on his second professional MMA fight using pure BJJ to end that fight: Only Jiu Jitsu saves you!
See you on the mats!
Last Wednesday evening, the BJJ Academy team had the honor to receive the 6th Degree Black Belt Ricardo De La Riva. The seminar was held at MSMAS in Haywards Heath and it was a great 3 hour master-class with full squad on the mats. Alongside De La Riva, we had also the visit of 4th Degree Black Belt Leonardo Specterow, who’s De La Riva’s long time student and friend. Another special guest on the mats was Sensei Roger Payne, who supported once again IMBJJ Team and helped us to make this amazing evening happen. Thanks to all students who made it, your support is much appreciated, it encourage’s our crew to keep bringing seminars and looking forward for more events at your BJJ Academy. More pictures to follow next week. Oss!
We made little changes on the timetable regarding the morning classes:
From today (Monday-May 21st) morning classes are at 10am (every Monday-Wednesday-Friday)
Once again we are working together with our students to improve our timetable and training sessions. The aim is to make things even better for those who live far from the gym. Now they can put together two sessions (10am and 12pm) and make the most of it. At least 3 hours of pure BJJ training!
De La Riva Seminar
Last few days to confirm you entry on the most wanted seminar of the year. Train with the legend himself! Don’t miss this opportunity!
Meet and train with the legend Ricardo De La Riva!
BJJ Academy is proud to announce, the 6th Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt’s Seminar late this month at our Dojo. He is one of the most creative guard players in BJJ, having created the the famous “De La Riva” guard having also become an important instructor with several important black belts under his tutelage such as Rodrigo and Rogerio Nogueira, Eduardo Brigadeiro, Walter “Broca” and many others.
De La Riva in Detail
Full Name: Ricardo De La Riva Goded.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva
Most Famous Fight: was against Royler Gracie for the “Cantão Cup”, were Ricardo won sweeping the Gracie Master with his trademark guard. This was Royler Gracie’s first competitive defeat as a Black Belt.
Favourite Technique/Position: De La Riva Guard.
Weight Category: Super Featherweight (64Kg – 141lbs).
When: Wednesday, 30th of May, due to start at 7.30pm
Where: BJJ Academy Dojo (90 Boundary Road, BN3 7GA – Hove)
Investment: £40 (discounted) before 23/05 and £45 (full price) after 23/05
How to buy: At BJJ Academy reception or http://delariva.eventbrite.co.uk
Info / Private Lessons: 01273 411486 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in the Brighton area and are looking to start a martial arts program for you or your children, BJJ Academy is definitely the place. With a full time Dojo we offer over 20 classes per week, you’ll be amazed at all you can accomplish in short period of time training the worlds most efficient martial art: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.