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Thursday, June 1st, 2006
12:36 am
Hi, my name's Angel and I just found this community, seems to be sadly inactive. I've been training jiu-jitsu since March, and did amateur wrestling for 4 years, so I've always been a fan of the grappling arts.

If there's any BJJ fighters living in the South Florida area on this community, I'd like to let them know that the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is having a big tournament on June 10th, and preregistering is available online. I plan to participate, and it looks like fun, so anybody who can go should go.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
4:41 am
Hey just wanted to give everyone a hello. I've just gotten into the sport,Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and have been training for about three and a half months at the club at MTU. Its been a wild ride durning the summer without a lot of people around. So how has everyone elses summer training been going?

Current Mood: Calm
Saturday, May 7th, 2005
12:10 pm
Hello all
Hello, my name is Kristin, and I've been training BJJ since November (I'm a newbie, I know) and martial arts for three years. Before I did BJJ I did Vovinam Viet Vo Dao and Tang Soo Do. I still do Vovinam, but I had to stop Tang So Do because I transferred colleges. I like to choke people...mainly because I don't have the stregnth or height/arm-span/leg legnth to pull off some of the other moves. I'm working on building up my stregnth though, and it is growing, but I'm still much weaker than the guys, and some of the girls, I train with. I train at the Armory in Jupiter, FL, which is now part of American Top Team, and, provided I don't hurt myself anymore, i will compete in the NAGA (beginner's level) in June...YAY:)
Sunday, April 17th, 2005
6:49 pm
Andrew smith wins at Empire Submission Grappling Challenge
Blood Brother Sponsored Andrew Smith competed this weekend in a Superfight against Ground Control's Jo Jo Guarin.

I received this email Saturday Afternoon from Andrew

"Just got done w/my superfight w/JoJo. Well, I went for the Goathook, but he was all over that one... "Chim Chim" AKA Justin Garcia kept telling him, "That's what he's gonna do from your closed guard, throw his leg over like that". So the instant I grabbed my foot for the goathook JoJo scrambled away, getting to his feet. After a very tentative start, I stood, JoJo opened his guard, and I took the heel hook. JoJo came up on top, maybe getting 2 points for a sweep (not sure about this) and I sunk in my heel hook, coming out the back door and cranking. JoJo rolled to escape and his knee popped once. I grimaced, told him it popped, he rolled to escape, I went belly down on a kneebar, and the knee popped again. JoJo tapped, and I won the superfight."

Thanks again Andrew for representing Blood Brother well, Andrew is a grappling machine who is always on the go. You'll be able to catch him at Combat Sports Challenge this month in Richmond and Tap Factor which has been relocated to Richmond in Early May.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
9:55 am
Results are in from the PanAm Games and the Yamasaki Open
Just got an email from Andrew Smith about his results at the PanAm Games and the Yamasaki Open.

"My first match with Augusto Cesar from Gracie Barra (Brazil) was awesome (he's the guy who ended up winning the absolute division). It was in the Brazil vs. USA team Challenge. He was way more technical than me- swept me, got my back. At that point I decided to give up the mount because I have a good back door footlock escape (a la Tsuyoshi Kosaka) and so I did that. I
caught him in a pretty tight footlock, even going belly-down with it (friends told me later that he was grimacing for a while with this one). I just didn't have enough to finish the footlock, so he won on points.

In my division I caught my first oponnent with an omoplata sweep, then spent the rest of the match working to pass and defending from the top. I won 2-0. Next up I fought Augusto Cesar again, and this time he tapped me with a triangle. He was all over me. The kid is awesome.

In the absolute division I lost to Leo Santos, who got 2nd in
Super-Super-Heavy (Andrew weighs in at 160lbs). The guy was technical and way bigger than me. He pulled guard right away, and after I got an advantage for a dominant half-guard position on top it was all Leo. He swept me, passed to side, and as I
worked to posture with my hands to escape, he caught me with a wristlock. He went on to get 3rd in the absolute division.

Great experiences overall for me.

I definitely looked to vindicate my Pan Ams experience at the Yamasaki open, and I did so next Saturday, winning my division by submitting my first two oponnents (first with a bent armbar from a reverse triangle, next with a triangle choke) then winning 6-0 in the finals.

I went ahead and fought in the absolute division at the Yamasaki open as well, losing to yet another Pan American Champion, Ricardo Feliciano. He was big and good, and beat me on points after I started out well."

This Grappler competes damn near every weekend and I tip my hat to him for represententing us well.

More info and pics can be found at:
Thursday, March 31st, 2005
12:26 pm
my knee is precious to me now. I am naive
Was grappling the other day...

(sounds like a good story all ready!)

With Nathan and we were rolling and locking and mounting and the whole bit until...

He went to turn my leg and we were moving, so he sat back and had my ankle wrapped in his hands

POP!! My knee made a nasty snap sound. It's not broken, I think it was hyper-extended. It hurt for about a minute, then I felt nothing.

The next morning- 'nother story. Rgggg pain.

Yesterday was not so bad, and today I am about 85%. I can still feel a little twinge now and again, but it's not throbbing or anything.

Point of the story is: Man! That shit could really have hurt bad. I mean whooo! If he were really cranking on it like he were mad ohShit my leg would be in a cast right now. Yeah. And I can only imagine what it sounds like if someone really snapped a knee out and just *crack!!*

snap it! I have bought chicken from Publix(like the whole rotisserie chicken) and I like to tear them apart by hand and pretend to compare that to a person's arm/elbow/knee.
I pretend it's conditioning me for when I really rock someone's shoulder or slide down and jerk up on their E-bow- whoosh!

that's crazy!

Current Mood: i just took a fat poo
Saturday, March 19th, 2005
2:42 pm
So, here's post number two!
I don't know what kind of humor you have, but I found this last week and sent it to a girl I train with.

I laughed my ass off reading this History of BJJCollapse ) Hope you got a laugh outta that!

Current Mood: i giggled aloud after reading.
1:37 pm
Oh so typical
It's first post time. For anyone who may stumble across this.

The name's Rob. I have been training Jeet Kune Do since 2001 under Sifu Johnny Bruce Beheler. He's got creditation by receiving instructorship under Guru Dan Inosanto, Sifu Francis Fong, and Sirisute Ajarn Chai.

He currently trains under Sifu Eddie Camden at the Tiger Academy of Martial Arts in Georgia...

Ok. That tells you nothing about me, but I hope it can buy me a little respect as a NooB here in BJJ.

I started out not liking grappling. (i also started training at 285lbs...) But over time I have grown to love it. In my spare time I roll around on my carpet and stack myself and strecth and drill. I don't really have anyone to train with outside of my class because no one has the time.

Boo. So. Truth be told, I don't have a television, I don't keep up with currents stuff, I have no idea who is the big dog in America/Europe/Asia/World. I'm clueless. But I still train and I will work my way toward having the time and chance to meet others and put in mat time with really good bjj killers. So I can become one.

CURRENTLY: have worked a lot on guard, sidemount, full mount, armbars, very little leg/ankle/steering wheel locks, I love oomoplata and am working towards perfecting the sankaku(triangle)

That's basically all of my indulgence. I train JKD, so we do a lot of standing. It's only been recently that Johnny has seen an interest in us to learn more grappling, so he's gotten to it more.

All right. I'll see if that gets something started!

Current Mood: we'll see what happens
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