Archive for December, 2010

30 Dec 2010

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  • Utah Muay Thai Promotions at Hidden Valley

    Here are a few video hi-lights of the Muay Thai advancements in December.  Congratulations all!  Good work!

    28 Dec 2010

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  • Best Gi for Fat Guys? Review: Gorilla Gear Husky Silverback

    This Article comes from Utah Judo
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    Okay, so before I start this review I just have to get it out on the table:  I’m fat.

    I’m not huge, but I am a large man (6 feet tall, 260 lbs.)  But I’m guessing that there are a fair number of you out there that live the same pains that I do.  I am tired of not being able to buy a shirt at Kohls, the Buckle, or Target because my shoulders are too broad.  I’m tired of Walmart thinking that 3XL means a shirt as wide as a tent that’s made for a person 5’9″.

    I am also tired of Gi’s that don’t fit.  It seems like every Gi review I read has a section on “fit”, and the answer seems to always be “just fine.”  Well, I’m not built like a GI Joe action figure, and I am tired of buying gi’s that don’t close good in the front, or that hang down too long in the arms in order to get one big enough in the torso.  For me, most Gi’s don’t score well at all in “fit”.  So, if this is you, read on:

    Today I will be reviewing the Beefy Cut Silverback Gi from Gorilla Gi’s (out of Canada.)  This Gi is specifically designed for us big guys, but they have several other models for different body styles which I would assume are of similar quality as what I have experienced with the Silverback.


    I traded several emails with Mike over at Gorilla Gear in arranging to get a Gi for review.  He was great to work with.  Not only was my interaction with them very personable and friendly, but very timely as well.  Any questions I had, Mike would get back to me right away.  Even beyond answering my questions, I found Mike proactively getting ahold of me to update me on the status of things.

    I have spoke n to several other Gi companies recently, either about reviews, or about reselling their products, and I have found that this level of responsiveness is unfortunately not the norm for many other companies.  I was very pleased to deal with Gorilla, and would not hesitate to do so again.


    In looking at the Silverback for quality, I found that this product is far superior to other products I have looked at.  Several things jumped out at me immediately:


    It’s not uncommon to see contrast taping in a Gi.  Generally you’ll see this inside the cuffs of the Gi top, and inside the legs around the ankles.  It adds a nice visual effect, and it can help with comfort as well.

    Gorilla took this several steps further than other Gi’s I have seen.  Not only are the cuffs on both pants and top done with a gray taping that contrasts nicely against the black Gi, but this same taping runs along all of the seams inside the Gi top, and throughout the stitching in the seat of the bottoms as well.  The seams are already triple stitched for strength, but this additional taping adds yet another level of strength, as well as comfort.  This type of attention to detail is found all over the Gi.

    Unfortunately however, this does give rise to the one and only problem that I did run into with the Gi.  The piping throughout this gi adds nicely to the look, and makes it stronger.  The piping around the inside of the collar however, really isn’t needed for strength… it’s more cosmetic.  That would be fine, but I found that for me the piping tore a little with a hard choke.

    I spoke to Mike over at Gorilla about this, and he says that they have only had this problem once before.  But since the piping there really is cosmetic, and they have now had this problem twice, he says they will likely not keep it in the collar on the next batch.  Additionally, he let me know that they replaced the other gi that had this problem, and would happily replace any gi that had such an issue.

    If it were not for this one minor issue I would have scored the Gi a perfect 5 stars, which rating I assure you I do not issue lightly.

    Double thick knees:

    The front of both legs on the Silverback is double thick, and done with rows of gray stitching that contrasts nicely against the black.


    The Silverback has five loops along the front of the Gi to feed the high quality bungee roping through.  This is a really great design for a Gi in general, and especially for a big guy, the addition loops mean better support, and the thicker roping means a gentler experience that a thin cord.

    Unfortunately, although the bungee was super comfortable, after wearing and washing the gi I found that it didn’t hold up as well as I had hoped.  I will likely head over to Lowes and grab another cord to replace it with. 

    Comfort patch:

    I nice little addition that Gorilla Gear did on this Gi is what I like to call the “comfort patch” ( in reality it’s a gusset, but I prefer comfort patch :) .  For both comfort, and for long-term durability they took a big patch of the same gold weave material they use in the Gi top and put it right into the crotch area of the pants.  All of the seams around it on the inside are also covered with the cloth taping for strength and comfort as well.  This Gi really is covered with various cool attentions to detail like this.


    This gi has gray stitching contrasting against the black all over.  I am stickler on stitching.  I have had some Atama rip stop pants that were coming un-stitched all over the place.  Since then, I really inspect the stitching for any such problems.

    I’m pleased to say that I can spot no such issues on my Gorilla gi.  This gi is solid and tough.


    Okay, now this is where this gi really jumps ahead of the competition.  Gorilla makes Gi’s special cut for us big guys (this Beefy Silverback) but they also make special cuts for the smaller guys as well.  As soon as I slipped these pants on I know I was hooked.  They fit me sooo nice.  They didn’t slip down during practice.  they didn’t feel like a cinched up gunny sack.  They weren’t too long on me.  They just felt good.  I really can’t tell you how much that meant to me.

    As for tops, I think it’s important to contract it to a normal fit.  Thus far, I have been forced to wear A5′s in order to fit around me.  I have been working a lot lately in a Gameness, as well as in my Atama Mundial #9.  On both of these other gi’s  I find that they hang far too long on my arms (regardless of how many times I wash them in hot.)  These other gi’s also leave too much slack under my armpits.

    Right out of the package the Silverback was a nice change (I would never be able to fit in a normal A4.)  The sleeve length is nice, and the sleeves are a bit roomier than a normal Jiu Jitsu Gi (about halfway between Jiu Jitsu and Judo sleeves.)  It feels nice in the chest, without the extra slack of an A5.

    The skirt length however is just long enough out of the package, and a bit on the short side after wearing and washing it.  Some folks in class tried it on, and I find that it fits really great for someone a couple of inches shorter than me (One of them is online ordering one right now.)  I think that the combination of my height, as well as having a big gut in this gi is just a bit more than makes for a great fit.

    It appears that although the pants are a DREAM, in the top rather than an A4X I need to find an A4XX-Tall (which breaks my heart, because I LOVE this gi.)

    If you’re 5’10″, or maybe closer to 230 rather than 260, my guess is the fit should be amazing.




    Again, I tend to get frustrated with this section of most gi reviews.  Appearance is so subjective.  What reviewer is really going to say, “This gi is ugly as hell”?

    You can see the pictures.  You decide.  I think this is a good looking Gi.  I tend to like a little more patchwork on a gi, so I will be adding a few patches to this one.

    On thing I do really like however, is how the brand sells the look.  There are not too many things you can print on a Gi that says “fat guy gi” but in a flattering way.  I gi that says Gorilla expresses that I am big, that I know it, and that I’m proud of it.  I think that’s important.

    I don’t intend to rate any gi on appearance… But you can tell what my opinion is :)

    Would I buy another one?

    Okay, so all of this information is nice, but where the rubber really hits the road is this: If I were going to buy another gi, would it be this one?

    Unfortunately, this isn’t just a simple yes or no on this one.  Let me start with the first part of my answer: I would absolutely recommend this gi for purchase by someone else.  For someone 5’10″ or shorter I think this A4X is one of the best gi’s I’ve ever seen.  For someone taller I’m sure the A5x would help with the broadness that other A5′s just don’t address.

    Would I buy another for myself?  Well, let’s start with the pants: These are my favorite pants I have worn.  I really like the lightweight rip-stop of my Atamas, but the quality and fit of the Gorilla gi pants is just far superior.  I love these pants and will likely be ordering more over time.

    The top: Well, if I can manage to lost some weight I might consider ordering another.  If I can convince Make to make me a gi a little longer in the torso, and a tiny bit bigger around, I will order one without hesitation.  At my current height, and current weight however, the fit just isn’t quite right.

    I have however, spoken to Mike, and I may well be purchasing an A5 top and having the arms shortened.

    Summary: Great gi.  Really impressed with it and the company.  Very nice for broader folks.  Take your measurements and contact them though… I think the sizing chart doesn’t work for everyone.  I plan to customize one if needed to make it fit, since I like it so much.

    Update: For a full review of several Gi’s and how well they work (or don’t) for folks of our build, please read: best-and-worst-gis-for-big-and-tall-or-fat-people 

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    28 Dec 2010

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  • Ucombat’s Mike Stidham convicted of assualt from Strip Club Brawl

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    If you haven’t heard, our local MMA promoter Mike Stidham got recently got convicted of felony assault from a fight that happened a while back down at Southern-X-Posure.

    I’ve read a couple of accounts of what went down that night not sure I agree with the verdict. I talked over the whole ordeal with a guy who, while not a personal friend of Mike’s,  kind of grew up and the same circles as he did; and I have been illuminated a bit.  Mike can be a bit of a rough dude; he’s got some haters, loyalists and speculators out there. Despite what has happened (or imagined to have happened) in the past, in Stidham’s own words, he shouldn’t have been at the strip club in the first place.  That being said,  I see good case for self defense on Mike’s part.

    Maybe I’m wrong and justice was done. Who knows? (Seriously, if you were there at the fight or the court proceedings, pass the knowledge!) I do know, however, that this is a bad thing for MMA in Utah.  This isn’t a deathblow to UCE – but nasty speed bump.

    Utah has a good pool of mixed martial artists and fans – this is no doubt one of our many growing pains.  It just sucks that this has to be one of them.

    On the flip side, given enough time we will likely hear a headline like “Utah MMA fighter saves orphanage/kittens/religious leader  from house fire/terrorist attack/parking ticket .”

    I’m an impatient man, and that day cannot come soon enough.

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    28 Dec 2010

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  • Welcome 2011

    This Article comes from Wasatch Martial Arts Blog
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    I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with your family. I’m getting ready for our next round of classes next week and wanted to pass on some information to all of you in preparation.

    Winter Schedule

    Tiger Tots – Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 (McGillis)
    White and Orange Belt Kids – Mondays at 4:00 pm (McGillis) and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 (JCC)
    Green and Red Belts – Mondays at 4:00 pm (JCC) and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 (JCC)
    Junior Dan Candidates – Mondays at 5:00 pm (JCC) and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 (JCC)
    Adults – Mondays at 6:00 pm (JCC) and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 (JCC)

    Please note that Monday classes will be designed to go over theory, philosophy, and testing material. Wednesday classes will be devoted towards stretching, conditioning, and free sparring.

    Free Classes for Parents

    I would love for some of the parents to join in the Soo Bahk Do classes. I know that many families have really benefited from Soo Bahk Do together. Parents can train free this January and your child is welcome to attend some of the adult classes so that you can get some additional time with them. I encourage you to give it a try. It’s a great way to help improve your overall well-being, including reducing stress and getting in shape. Ongoing family discounts are also available.

    Regional Examiner Seminar

    I hope everyone will support our guest instructor who is traveling from Sun Valley, Idaho to teach us various seminars on January 21 and 22. We will likely have some of his students participating as well as the instructor from Whitefish, Montana-Andy Hamer, Kyo Sa-attending. It will be a fun event. Registration is $25.00 and is open to all students 7 years old and up. I hope all of you will support this event so we can have others like it.

    • Kids seminar is January 21 from 4:00-5:15 pm – (Jewish Community Center)
    • Adults and Dan Candidates is January 21 from 5:30-7:00 (Jewish Community Center)
    • Dan Candidate Workout is January 22 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm – (McGillis School)

    Wasatch Martial Arts Academy Sparring Tournament

    We will be holding a sparring tournament on March 19th unless someone notifies me that it’s a holiday or spring break that I’m not aware of. This will be a Saturday event, likely at the McGillis School gym where we will have a sparring competition. This should be fun for kids and adults. Sawtooth Martial Arts in Sun Valley, Idaho will be participating as well. To prepare for the tournament, we will all need to get Federation approved sparring gear. These are very cheap and includes headgear, cloth hand guards, mouthpiece, and groin cup for males. More information forthcoming on how to purchase these.

    127th Dan Classing Championships

    On April 29-30, we are hosting the 127th Dan Classing Championships for the second time. This is a historic event where students who wish to test for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd dan as well as Kyo Sa (teaching certification) demonstrate in front of a panel of masters. This is open to the public and is a great way to make the art of Soo Bahk Do visible to others. The event is supplemented with various seminars, banquets, and other activities. You can think of it as a Soo Bahk Do convention. I need everyone to mark this on their calendars as this is a very mandatory event to attend in support of the art and a great learning experience to rub shoulders with others who have dedicated themselves to Soo Bahk Do.

    I am also in need of a committee who can assist in the preparations, logistics, and overall administration of the event. As most of you know, we have our first set of testing candidates: Ryan Rios Jo Kyo, Joshua Jefferies, Grace Greis, Mia Brickey, Lily Philips, and Olyvia Mugweh. I am going to need a lot of help with this event so most of my attention can go towards the needs of our candidates. If you would like to help, please respond to this email. I need as many members as possible and a committee chair who can interface with me easily. Adult students, please volunteer to assist the best that you can. We need the following help:

    • Determining discounted lodging accommodations for travelers (we plan on 100 participants).
    • Location and menu for Saturday Banquet (I would prefer a Korean restaurant for this either Myung Ga or similar).
    • Media coverage
    • Video recording of the test.
    • Seating, flag, and table set up.
    • Advertising
    • On-site registration
    • Commemoration T-shirts and other memorabilia
    • On site medic (perhaps one of the parents who are a doctor or nurse wouldn’t mind volunteering?

    T-shirt Suggestion

    I would love for any artists to help me think of a good t-shirt to go with the Dan Test. Your help would be welcome. Also, what types of products would you like to have such as bags, water bottles, hats, sweaters, etc.

    Tuition Reminder

    Don’t forget to pay for your winter block (January-March) online or bring a check next week. Many of you have not yet registered for the next session.

    New Classes in Clearfield, Utah

    Ryan Rios, Jo Kyo has opened a location in Clearfield where he will be teaching an 8-week course at the Clearfield Aquatics Center. If you know anyone in the area who would enjoy a Saturday morning class, contact Mr. Rios at 801-510-9169 or He is teaching kids and adult classes.

    I hope we have a fun lineup this year. I hope to have information on this summer’s National Festival and Championships soon and will notify you when I have more information on that. I look forward to seeing you all again next week.

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    28 Dec 2010

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  • Your Advice, Please…

    This Article comes from Arcanum Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blog

    Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m here with family and friends in Star Valley, Wyoming, where your nose freezes shut when you try to breathe outside. And I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else for Christmas!

    Of course, I’m taking a little time to do some solo drills and even train this Christmas holiday – not only to keep on my toes, but because frankly I can’t think of much else lately. My cousin asked me to teach him a little BJJ while I’m in town, which was unexpected but cool as well.

    So here’s a question for you seasoned veterans out there. When a friend asks you to “teach” them something, and they have had absolutely ZERO exposure to BJJ, what do you show them? If you have an hour to show someone some jiu-jitsu and you want to leave the best impression possible, what do you do?

    On another note, I’ve been experimenting lately with this in class:

    This picture shows Brandon Ruiz, one of my coaches, applying a painful submission during Pancrase earlier this year. The sub basically involves pinning your opponent’s calf flat on the ground under your shin, applying your weight on top of it and then lifting on their toe to cause a buttload of pain.

    It seems like a BS move, but the truth is it’s there all the time and it’s so surprising and painful that it generates a tap out of sheer panic.
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    21 Dec 2010

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  • Christmas Judo

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    If you are not familiar with the magisterial* works of Dog Judo, you’re about to become acquainted. As the name sugguests, its about two dogs, roommates, who both enjoy judo.



    Have a happy holiday and give plenty of love, gifts, submissions, and charity to those around you. Merry Christmas.

    * Subtle joke embedded there. Perhaps too subtle? Enjoy the yuletide anyways.

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    20 Dec 2010

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  • Master of Champions: An Interview With Sylvio Behring

    This Article comes from Arcanum Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blog

    Nowadays there are BJJ black belts a-plenty. But there are very few people that are considered masters of the art. Sylvio Behring is one of them. A 7th degree red/black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a black belt in judo, Sylvio has probably forgotten more jiu-jitsu than most of us will ever learn. I was able to attend one of his seminars at his affiliate school in Sandy, UT this fall. Master Behring is a highly respected teacher and I was impressed with his humble demeanor and professionalism…especially his commitment to students, his duties as a BJJ master, and living a clean lifestyle in general. The wisdom he shared left a bigger impression on me than the techniques he showed…and the techniques were fantastic. That’s the kind of man he is. He graciously agreed to answer a few questions after the seminar. Here’s what we talked about.

    Master Sylvio Behring. Photo courtesy UtahMartialArt.


    Could you start out by introducing yourself and telling us a little about your background and history in jiu-jitsu?

    Sylvio Behring

    My father is Grand Master Flavio Behring. My father started jiu-jitsu in 1947 and became one of the instructors under master Helio Gracie and Master João Alberto Barreto. I am born in 1962. In ’66 I was already on the mats training every class at Master João Alberto Barreto’s academy in Copa Cabana. One of my biggest influences in my jiu-jitsu was my master João Alberto Barreto, my father always as a guide and teacher, that teach me all the basics and really put me to train jiu-jitsu and self defense. But I had two other very important influences in my life – one that made me be a real successful instructor and made me become a master was my master Alvaro Barreto, João Alberto Barreto’s younger brother. Master Alvaro is amazing instructor, he was my inspiration to be who I am now. I really follow his instruction. I got from him my orange, blue, purple, brown, black belts, and my red-black belt as well. My red-black belt I got under him, my father and João Alberto. And my brother, was Marcelo Behring, Marcelo was an amazing person, a skillful fighter who always challenged me to keep in shape so I could always be ready for whatever comes. For judo, there is Sensei Helcio Gama, Ney Wilson, Marco Aurelio Gama and Julio Gama…also Edgard Freitas and Sensei de Lucca. I also have trained with Master Helio Gracie, Master Relson Gracie, Master Rickson Gracie, Sensei Geraldo Bernardes. There are others that I haven’t mentioned also.


    Someone like me, coming up, we’re at the bottom looking up in awe at some of the big names in jiu-jitsu. Who was it when you were in my position that you aspired to be like?

    Sylvio Behring

    Rolls Gracie, Rickson… in the beginning it was my masters…those are the guys who I was looking forward to be like them. My master Alvaro Barreto was amazing as well, so I had the best example I think from those guys. As a fighter, Rolls Gracie, Rickson Gracie. It was mostly those guys, I was following to be like them. Really guys who gave us some light to think about, to train hard, because those guys were really really good, ahead of their time.


    Many of us who have been training only a short while in jiu-jitsu may not have a full comprehension what a red and black belt means. What does it mean from a definition standpoint to be a seventh degree red and black belt, and what does it mean to you personally?

    Sylvio Behring

    Well, it means you have to go through all the levels of black belt, then some years after sixth degree red/black, you’re allowed to apply for the seventh degree. It’s just a formality that comes with time and dedication. I think the right way to do it would be to be tested. The requirements that my masters decide to promote me was because the work I do outside of Brazil, the progressive system that I’ve developed, the self defense, that I specialize to preserve the culture. So I was recognized by them for the things I do have been doing for jiu-jitsu; more than 100 black belts worldwide, so they recognized that. For myself, it’s more like a recognition. Was I ready to get the promotion? For me it was natural, because I think that the belt is not the most important thing. It’s really important for you to get reference in your sport. If you reach the level of master, we have very few masters worldwide, there’s like below 50 or 30. It’s not that much, maybe 100, I don’t have an idea. But even if it’s 1000, it’s nothing. This sport’s still in the beginning, so it’s in that time that I now really make a lot of difference. I’m a reference, I’m one of very few in the world, so I have to represent my country, my sport, my lineage under my masters to do really good work and bring the real jiu-jitsu, you know, and represent the culture that I learned.


    So as someone who has been doing jiu-jitsu for such a long time, I’m sure there is a different way that you measure your progress than when you are a blue or purple belt. As a master, how do you gauge improvement for yourself?

    Sylvio Behring

    Studying, reading, talking with my grand masters – I have a meeting with them once a week. I learn a lot. I sit with them and I have a talk, I have a class and there’s knowledge of some things I have no idea. Read a lot, and get knowledge from some people, not even jiu-jitsu related. I get to talk a lot and help develop my understanding of other things, not just the fight, because for my improvement and my knowledge I have to keep studying. I have to drill and stick with the basics, make the basics very, very perfect. I need to have the basics perfect, so if I have a chance for seminars with anyone who can help me, I’ll go for the seminars. For example, I’ve had last year two seminars with Rickson Gracie that really help me to view a new problem that I’m working with for inappropriate behavior management. It’s a very interesting program that works very well. I have been very successful with this everywhere I go, and I can tell the class with Rickson helped me think about that.


    There comes a point for a lot of black belts where they don’t train quite the way they used to, sometimes not spending quite as much time on the mat as they did when they were blue or purple belts…have you experienced this or can you comment on that?

    Sylvio Behring

    It’s very individual. I know guys older than me who love to roll, and they roll and roll all the time, they love it. I know guys younger than me, they’re already quitting, they’ve rolled so much…a few with a lot of injuries maybe and they start being afraid to get injured…if you have some injury that bugs you the pain makes you not want to roll, or if you’re not in shape. One thing with rolling it’s like a cycle. I used to say, you don’t stop to roll because you get old, you get old because you stop to roll. You should be thinking about having a balance, don’t roll so much you expose yourself to get hurt, but don’t skip it. It’s a really fun part of the game. As long as you can roll and have chances to perform, you still can see some things. Because after a while and a certain level, some things just pop through your mind when you’re rolling. You have ideas, creativity when you move when you see somebody moving, or see something new. It really can help you. The best laboratory is live, so just talk about theory is not going to bring you anywhere. I think it’s a very individual perspective, so some people quit earlier, but if you feel the balance between ‘don’t roll so much’ but ‘roll sometimes’, that’s the best way.


    So will you roll, for example, with any belt level, with new guys starting out, or mostly upper belts?

    Sylvio Behring

    No, I don’t like to roll with anybody. If I don’t know the person, I will avoid it. You know, experience that I’ve passed, how many people I see during the year – hundreds. So if I’m going to roll with someone that I don’t know…I should be rolling with someone that know me for a long time, I think it will be more pleasant and fair to roll with someone who is with me for a long time. I don’t like to roll with someone that I don’t know if I didn’t roll with someone I know and I’m missing the chance to roll with this person, so I’d rather roll with people that are related with me.


    You’ve trained over 100 black belts, including a some really high-profile champions and fighters. Can you tell us a few of the people you’ve trained that have really had high achievements in the jiu-jitsu world?

    Sylvio Behring

    Fabricio Verdum, Mario Hayes, Anderson Silva, Ronaldo “Jacare”…some of the really good fighters that have passed through my hands and some moments of my life, but those guys are some of the most public, I think… also Minotauro, a lot of guys came and eventually trained with us, but were not always my students. But I had a chance to teach a lot of good fighters, a lot of champions.


    From your experience, what is it that separates someone at that high level of competition, as opposed to someone who is really, really good but doesn’t reach that level?

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    18 Dec 2010

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  • Sneak Peak: Interview With a 7th Degree Red/Black Belt

    This Article comes from Arcanum Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blog

    A couple months ago I had the privilege of sitting down to chat with a jiu-jitsu master. Sylvio Behring has forgotten more jiu-jitsu than most of us have even seen, and trained more than 100 black belts and fighters.

    Here’s a sneak preview of I asked, just to get you excited for Monday (when I’ll post the entire interview):

    “There are a lot of different styles of rules in jiu-jitsu. You have Abu Dhabi rules, Grappler’s Quest, Federation rules. Do you see eventual unification of rules like that, or do you think there is a particular set of rules that is best for the development of jiu-jitsu?”

    “From your experience, what is it that separates someone at that high level of competition, as opposed to someone who is really, really good but doesn’t reach that level?”

    Be sure to check back in Monday!

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    17 Dec 2010

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  • The Four Hour Body…Fulla Cool or Fulla Crap???

    This Article comes from Arcanum Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blog

    Yesterday when I got home from work this book was on my doorstep:

    If you’ve never been exposed to Tim Ferriss’ way of thinking (if you’ve never read The Four Hour Workweek, for example), he’s not known for his subtlety. Let’s just start by outlining a few of the “how-to” claims he makes in The Four Hour Body (taken from

    • How to prevent fat gain while bingeing (X-mas, holidays, weekends)
    • How to increase fat-loss 300% with a few bags of ice
    • How Tim gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without steroids, and in four hours of total gym time
    • How to sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested
    • How to go from running 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers in 12 weeks
    • How to reverse “permanent” injuries
    • How to add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months

    Needless to say, I’ve been so curious about it, I spent most of the night skimming through it instead of sleeping. I should’ve read the chapter on sleep, because the two hours I got after finally putting the book down didn’t really do it for me.

    Let’s face it…a lot of this sounds like pure crap. And yet, after reading a couple hundred pages, there’s no reason to believe that these claims not true…at least it’s apparent they worked for the author. Tim’s “experiments” are not just random ideas pulled out of his brain; he sought out subject matter experts and elite trainers that had actually achieved the results he was looking for with their athletes, and tested out their methods on himself and other willing test subjects.

    While the stuff Tim talks about in this book isn’t necessarily new, it’s definitely not mainstream. When the conventional fitness attitude is to sign up for a gym, work out like crazy and hope you get results, it’s interesting to see a book that approaches it from a completely different angle…putting the least amount of effort in for maximum results. Not being lazy and expecting a handout in return…but as in Jiu-jitsu, leveraging every advantage so that you can win without exhausting yourself.
    Finish reading The Four Hour Body…Fulla Cool or Fulla Crap???.

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    17 Dec 2010

  • Posted by John Valentine
  • Training BJJ with 4x world champion Fredson Paixao

    I recently had the opportunity to train with 4x Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion and UFC fighter Fredson Paixao.  The experience was simply incredible!

    I sought his instruction after I lost a close match in the No-Gi finals at the NAGA Las Vegas championships.  In the finals match I maintained the top position the entire duration but struggled with breaking my opponents guard, and therefore failed to advance the match.

    I knew that Fredson Paixao was among the best in the world in this area. If you study BJJ and do not know who Fredson Paixao is, then you really should. This 145 pound BJJ and grappling legend earned his black belt under the legendary Osvaldo Alves in 1998. His accomplishments include multiple world championships as a black belt including first place in the Mundials in 2001, 2002, and 2005. In addition, he finished second in 2004 and third in 2005. He also has 9 Brazilian National championships to his name along with impressive Mixed Martial Arts career (recently he defeated Bryan Caraway at WEC 50 in Las Vegas).

    As I prepared to train that day with him I had no idea what to expect other than the fact he would help me strengthen my game with guard passes as I requested. I had trained with other greats in BJJ and other martial arts such as Muay Thai and found that some of them unfortunately knew far too well how great they were and went out of their way to ensure you knew as well.

    What I found in Master Paixao and his co-instructor, highly decorated brown belt Jesse Arellano was just the opposite. Both exceeded expectations in every way from their knowledge, approachability, and humility. Master Paixao bowed when we first met and his demeanor was balanced with silent confidence, patience, and attention to every detail. I was amazed with the way he effortlessly and meticulously broke down every aspect of his instruction while approaching my lesson with full attention to every detail of my game.

    Unlike some lessons that seem to “start and end by the clock,” his did not. In fact, what started out to be a hour training session turned into 2 as he wanted to ensure that he was satisfied that I had retained the knowledge he was imparting, and that I was satisfied with what I had learned. Jesse was also extremely helpful as he worked along side Paixao to link the techniques to other transitions that would help my competition game as he is also a highly decorated competitor.

    While I came in humbled that I had much to learn, I was reminded of this when I left with the new knowledge they shared. I was also reminded that Ju jitsu or any other form of martial art is a life time learning process and does not stop based on your rank or the color of your belt. My time with both of them reconfirmed my belief that “true greats” in BJJ will show their solid character both on and off the mat. Again if you are ever in Las Vegas look up both Fredson Paixao and Jesse Arellano for a lesson you will not soon forget.

    Given the UFC/WEC recent merger Fredson will make his UFC debut against Pablo Garza at The Ultimate Fighter “Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale” and I know we will all be wishing him the best!