Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Oracle Sergio Penha

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.

27 February 2008 @ 11:56 pm 
Anyone who knows anything about jiu jitsu knows this name. In Grappling magazine a year ago they asked who was the best BJJ practitioner ever. They asked 10 of the legends of jiu jitsu to rank the top 3. Everyone either ranked Sergio or Rickson as number 1, and a few said Rolles Gracie.

His academy is named after him. It's just called Sergio Penha. It's a nice school with the cleanest mats around. It was sparkling. It's not even a year old I don't think. It's new so lots of white belts. But they got 6 or more black belts there as well. You know a guy is good when so many black belts follow him.

His class was unlike any other I had been to. So relaxed and so family like. When I got there he told me to stretch out. Then he paired me up with someone and had us roll for 10 minutes. Then he taught 1 technique, a sweet half guard sweep. Then he had us roll again and paired us up. First with the first female black belt I have ever rolled with. Then himself. The female black belt is a Penha black belt so you know she is no joke. And they go hard here and she had the bruises to prove it. Wait so did everyone else.

Rolling with Sergio reminded me of the old days of rolling with Gokor. Old school subs, like wrist locking, keylocks using his legs, and judo crush and taps every 5 seconds.

To be around such a legend was great. It was like the Matrix movie, meeting the oracle. He gave me some words for my trip and about jiu jitsu. It was short and I'm sure he didn't put a whole lot into it but was very profound because he just spoke from the heart about jiu jitsu. I could tell it's his passion. What he told me is only for my ears only. But it did pick me up and give me some strength for the rest of this journey. He's one of the nicest guys I've met and one of the best jiu jitsu.

But I did sustain my first long term injury. My neck is very sore and is clicking again...and my elbows are starting to get sore too...but I got a lot more miles to put on my car and my body before this is done.
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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