Thursday, February 16, 2012

BJJ at the source

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
09 July 2007 @ 03:17 pm

I just had a chance to visit Brazil on vacation and got to train out there a little bit. BJJ at the source is a lot different. Its the same language but the dialect is different. I guess like speaking English in the US and in the UK. I would love a chance to be out there for 6 months and hang out at the beach in the day and train at night. They were gracious and opened themselves up to me. But just like in the US, they stressed the basics above all else. Also the gi is king there. Gi is important here in the US but because of US and their wrestling background, no gi is popular as well. But there the gi is part of the culture and their gi game is very sporty.

I also got to see what the favellas look like, and now I got more respect for Jacare who is the only BJJ champ to come out of the favellas, and also to Flavio Cantos, BJJ black belt, Judo Olympian, and who also does a lot for the favellas.

I have to thank my buddy Ricardo who made sure I didn't get ripped off or mugged. I love Brazil!
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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