Once again the time has arrived for the long awaited Eddie Bravo Invitational 3. The last two competitions showcased a variety of well known and up and coming grapplers with high paced non-stop action. In our book it's the next best competition outside of Metamoris.
So tune in this Sunday and catch the stream via Budovideos and watch some of the best grapplers go head to head.
It's exciting to see the grappling world evolve and grow faster than ever. Currently we have reached a point where money is starting to be injected into the sport, and athletes can make a living (at least kind of) off of competing and teaching. Polaris, Copa Podio, Metamoris have all been great contributors over the past two years to make grappling less of a niche and more mainstream. This growth has lead to an undeniable amount of creativity and integration of techniques, styles and ideas. We see lots of styles in competition with the vast majority being in BJJ, and as popular as grappling is in the U.S, the art of Luta Livre is still relatively unknown. Now, I will skip the history lesson since we have covered this topic many times before, and we can focus on the beauty of this Brazilian Art. Luta Livre and in particular Renovação Fight Team (RFT) has been at the forefront of submission grappling and MMA for many years, and they continue to grow and share their unique approach to submission grappling and fighting.
Today, we have Luta Livre Black Belt Nico Welko from the RFT Deutschland showing us a variety of open guard attacks in a something he likes to call his "Carioca Leglocks Series". As alway watch, learn and grow!
In 2012 the Japanese Government implemented Judo as part of the school curriculum nationwide. Since then they have seen a steady increase in injury with students. Judo was implemented despite the fact that over 30 years at least 114 students have died and more than 261 have been injured for life while practicing the sport.
Now some people would look at those statistics and cringe and others would suggest staying away from Judo or traditional martial arts altogether. As with anything in life there are risks and rewards, and in all contact and combat sports there lies an inherent danger. With the proper training, instruction and equipment, injuries and death can be minimized and safety and awareness increase. Some may question the possible dangers vs benefits of martial arts, but the fact remains that there benefits far outweigh the dangers.
This little talked about area of martial arts is an important topic to discuss and to be aware of. Watch the video and take an introspective look at a fellow grappling art.
While the above graphic may seem like an ad you would encounter on the subway, advertising Ear Reconstructive surgery, it's not.
This weekend was chock-full of Super Fights. Several fights took place at the Gracie Nationals which of course, we have below, and others took place in Chechnya, Russia featuring the Mendes Brothers and Vinny Magahaes. Unfortunately, we don't have the Russian videos, but when we find them we will be sure to post them up (after we get written consent from Putin.)
It's been a few days, grapplers. And, you deserve to witness one of our era's very best doing what he does best. I won't weigh in on the level of competition Andre faced at this year's Eurpoeans. It doesn't matter. The highlights below of Galvao's matches leading to his double gold victory, to me, contain everything that Jiu Jitsu is and should be.
Galvao is the complete BJJ package. The dude is fast, athletic, powerful and fearless in competition. He improvises and displays sophistication in his technique. But, he's also simply savvy and his timing is spot on. This is great and hopefully very motivational stuff for all.
[Side note: What the hell is that ridiculous sweep he pulls off at 3:35? Amazing.]
For many years we have been entertained and enlightened by fellow grappling blogger Aesopian. He has evolved his passion for the sport from blog posts to video tutorials, and over the past few years books and e-pubs. Aesopian, aka Matt is a BJJ Blackbelt under Gracie Barra's Eduardo de Lima and co-founder of Artechoke media.
Today, he takes an in depth look at the father of the fancy guards, The Berimbolo. Matt details some common problems and some old and new school comparisons and troubleshooting for the system. Despite whether you like the Berimbolo or not, your should at least learn the basics behind it. This video is great for both beginners wanting to experiment with the technique or even those of you who may already use it.
Oliver Geddes has been at the forefront of BJJ and Submission grappling for many years in the UK. Olly is a BJJ Black Belt under Roger Gracie, with tons of accomplishments in the game which includes 2x Abu Dhabi Qualifier, 2x European Champ and No-gi Pan Am medalist. His BJJ journey includes quitting his day job to become a full time competitor and instructor at the Roger's Academy.
In today's video brought to us by Grapplers Paradise, Olly talks about his start in the sport, his favorite videos and resources as well as how he developed his half guard game. If your interested in watching some of Olly's work, you can see a few fights here and here.
Well, do you? Because it seems like maybe you don't and that's a shame.
Polaris is a new and very cool professional grappling competition straight outta the UK. The first event will be held in Cardiff (somewhere in Wales) on 10 January 2015, which is British for January 10. The relevant rules are simple: 15-minute matches, sub only/no points. The matchups are absolutely sick: Keenan x Marte, Lister x Popovich, Fowler x Telles ... and that's just naming a few that peaked our interest. For the full lineup, go here.
Bottom line - you want to watch this event. You need to. It's all that Metamoris has been, only with fancy accents and slang terms we're unfamiliar with.
You can get the PPV stream (click here) for £15, which is something like $230. Just kidding, it's $22.73. America!