• Kenny “Ken Flo” Florian His Own Brand of Flow

    Meraki (adjective) – This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. Insert Kenny Florian and his business partner Jason Hunt. Together they opened...
  • Who Is Rodrigo Teixeira?

    Many people may not recognize the name, Rodrigo Teixeira. But that is no indication of his contribution to the jiu-jitsu community. Rodrigo has been involved in the jiu-jitsu scene for over 25 years. He has shared the mats with the who’s who of jiu-jitsu either in competition, with the...
  • Presenting the Art Within the Art; Henrique Kraychete

    To many who are uninitiated to the art of jiu-jitsu, it is common that once you tell them that you are a practitioner in the art the first thing they may spring into is the stereotypical karate stance or some sort of extravagant pose straight out of “Kung Fu...
  • RICARDO DE LA RIVA GETTING HOOKED

    Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva Main Achievements: ❖❖World Bronze Medallist ❖❖Copa Cantao Champion FAVORITETECHNIQUE/POSITION: De La Riva Guard. WEIGHT DIVISION: Peso Pluma/Super Featherweight (64Kg – 141lbs). TEAM/ASSOCIATION: Fought for Academia Carlson Gracie, but has formed his own team as a...
  • SJJIF World Championships Brought the Heat

    Elite competitors from around the world had their opportunity to test their skills and represent their teams for a chance to win the gold medal. There was representation from all around the globe as athletes from Japan, Mexico, and Brazil all made their way to the Long Beach Convention...
  • The Dichotomy of Freedom

    “Freedom ain’t free”. A short, simple statement that serves to put on display the idea of irony. Now, the path to freedom will have a different look for many people. There is a key ingredient of sacrifice. This can be a sacrifice of time, which can keep you away...
  • Happy Birthday Marines! Yellow Footprints and Black Belts.

    Semper Fidelis. The Latin translation for the term “always faithful”. Or more simply put, “Semper Fi” by our men and women who fill the ranks of the United States Marine Corps. Whenever those words are uttered it serves as a constant and overt reminder to the core values of...
  • Brackets For This Weekend’s SJJIF World Championships Have Been Released

    Long Beach CA – Men and Women, boys and girls from different corners of the world will all be gathering and representing their academies at this weekend’s Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF) World Championships, taking place at the Long Beach Arena. Many of the athletes who have earned their rankings...
  • The Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF) World Championships Puts International Talent Front and Center

    The SJJIF (Sports Jiu-Jitsu International Federation) is a premier organization that hopes to revolutionize the sport of jiu-jitsu by introducing it to the Olympic stage.  Founded in 2012 by João Silva, Patricia Silva, Samuel Aschidamini, Edison Kagohara, and Cleiber Maia, the SJJIF aims to be much more than the...
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