Jackson Sousa Spider Guard Sweeps 12- Training to be a Jiu Jitsu Champion

Jackson Sousa Spider Guard Sweeps 12- Training to be a Jiu Jitsu Champion

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Jackson Sousa is a black belt no gi world champion and a brown belt IBJJF gi world champion. In this interview, he shares some insights on his training to be a champ and other things he thinks are esssntial to become a champ.


De la Riva Guard by De la Riva 1 - Evolution of Jiu Jitsu Interview

De la Riva Guard by De la Riva 1 - Evolution of Jiu Jitsu Interview

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Ricardo De la Riva shares his insights on how jiu jitsu has changed from when he first started and talks a lot about how tournaments have played a large role in spreading the populrIty of the martial art. He also discusses some of his thoughts on the modern jiu jitsu and how the point system should evolve with jiu jitsu to keep the fight dynamic and shares a bit about what classes were like when he was a blue belt at Carlson Gracie's academy.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 2 - The Essence of Jiu Jitsu, Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 2 - The Essence of Jiu Jitsu, Never Give Up on Your Dreams

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Rico shares his story of how jiu jitsu changed his life when he decided to become the best in jiu jitsu to escape his financial troubles. Rico's father was very concerned for his son's future because he did not perform well in school and spent time in the favelas after school. Rico had a life changing talk with his father who recommended that he devote 100% effort into something to build a future for himself because they would not be able to provide a future for him. Rico resolved to carve a path for his future with his talents in jiu jitsu and recalls a book that taught him to "never give up on his dreams" that fueled his passion and determination along the way. He holds the belief in his heart and shares with all of his students to never give up on their dreams to this day.

Rico Vieira's Competition Techniques 1 - Rico's Path to a World Title

Rico Vieira's Competition Techniques 1 - Rico's Path to a World Title

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Rico Vieira is a 9 time world champion, having won the world title from blue belt all the way to his black belt world title in 2001. He is the founder of one of the largest jiu jitsu teams on the scene, Checkmat, along with his brothers Leo and Leandro. In this first part of the interview we learn what it was like for Rico to train with Jacare and that he felt a lot of pressure to perform well in jiu jitsu from an early age.

Dean Lister Footlock Machine 1 - Introducing Dean Lister's Jiu Jitsu

Dean Lister Footlock Machine 1 - Introducing Dean Lister's Jiu Jitsu

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Dean talks about how he began grappling in sambo and wrestling before getting hooked into jiu jitsu and that he has always been most fascinated by the submission aspect of the sport. He shares his philosophy on jiu jitsu and reflects on how the sport has changed throughout his grappling career. The sport had a greater emphasis on submissions and self defense when he had first started but has evolved over the years to adapt to the point system of modern jiu jitsu competitions.

Dean Lister Footlock Machine 12 - Dean's Ideal Point System for BJJ Competition

Dean Lister Footlock Machine 12 - Dean's Ideal Point System for BJJ Competition

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Dean talks about what he believes would be the ideal point system for modern BJJ competitions. In his introduction he talks a lot about how the sport is evolving away from a more submission and self defense based art and towards a sport that's heavily based on winning the match through points and advantages. Hear how he would change the rules in BJJ competitions to promote more action packed submission oriented fights.

Jeff Glover Deep Half and Sneaky Subs 1 - Introducing Jeff Glover

Jeff Glover Deep Half and Sneaky Subs 1 - Introducing Jeff Glover

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Jeff Glover says hello, gives a shout out to his friends and sponsors, and mentions that he has a super fight coming up against Bruno Malfacine at the World Jiu Jitsu Expo on November 9th.

Clark Gracie's Omoplata - Introducing Clark Gracie (Part 1/10)

Clark Gracie's Omoplata - Introducing Clark Gracie (Part 1/10)

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Clark Gracie tells his story about his roots in jiu jitsu and how he began training with his father and cousins. He talks about the pressure he experienced to compete when he was younger and how he really made a breakthrough in his jiu jitsu when he began to enjoy the competition experience more than the pressure to perform well.

Inside the University 4.1 - Managing Safe Distance and Difference Between Sport and Self Defense BJJ

Inside the University 4.1 - Managing Safe Distance and Difference Between Sport and Self Defense BJJ

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Xande talks about his competition mindset and how his fighting strategy is the same regardless of whether the fight is scored with points or with submission only. Being able to sprinkle in submission attempts with your sweep attempts and always threatening with attacks will make for a more dangerous guard because it will be easier to keep your opponent guessing. He also talks about how managing a "safe distance" can be mean different things depending on whether we're fighting a sport bjj match or a MMA fight with punches.

Xande's Boat Adventure in Manaus

Xande's Boat Adventure in Manaus

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Xande relaxes in Manaus, Brazil prior to his fight at the Copa Podio 2 and enjoys his time with friends riding on a boat, eating fish heads, and wake surfing.

Xande Behind-the-Scenes at Copa Podio 2

Xande Behind-the-Scenes at Copa Podio 2

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Follow Xande as he warms up and walks out to the stage for his fight against Braulio Estima at the Copa Podio 2.

Saulo's Thoughts on the Double Guard Pull

Saulo's Thoughts on the Double Guard Pull

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Saulo explains his thoughts on the Double Guard Pull and how he believes that it is a position that strays away from the nature from which Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was born.