About Me Giordano Lewis. Hi there! Currently I'm a Civil Engineering student at college with the hopes of studying the subject further at university. Also I am a very keen blogger! However, it wasn't always this way. I kept getting my guard passed from the position, and it was VERY frustrating. Although, one day I decided to learn the position itself and learn the key aspects of the position, and since that day I never really looked back.
So why is that? Well, the position itself, if utilized correctly is very effective.
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And I guess that pretty much sums it up. But the position itself does have a lot of attacking options from it. T he submissions you can achieve from the position are mainly limited to leg attacks, although Keenan Cornelius has pulled off a few arm bars from the position, most notably against the Miyao brothers. The potential leg attacks which can be achieved from the position include: Straight Foot Locks. Knee Bars. Toe Holds. Since I am only a purple belt, the only leg attack accessible to me is the straight foot lock, which happens to be one of my favourite submissions.
Or alternatively, by stepping my near side leg over my opponent putting them into a leg drag position where I have the opportunity to take their back. To an extent I think that is true, but just because I have a decent amount of knowledge on the position doesn't mean I will be beating black belts anytime soon. It always seems to me that people just want to learn to pass the guard rather than try to learn to be offensive with it.
Personally, I think that's a shame. I hope you guys enjoyed this article. Catch you later,. Posted by Giordano Lewis at Share to Twitter Share to Facebook. Friday, 28 March Marcelo Garcia vs. But if this match could take place, in my opinion, it could potentially one of the greatest of all time. Marcelo Garcia is widely considered by many to be one of the best pound for pound grapplers in the world today. In particular Marcelo is best known for his x-guard, butterfly guard and guillotine choke.
What's good about Marcelo is he always hunts for the submission, he doesn't play to win by points or advantages, he looks to finish the fight and submit his opponent. Since his late teens he has been considered to be one of the biggest up and coming stars to hit the BJJ scene. At the age of 24, he has already won three world title as a black belt, and two ADCC titles. Rafael Menes is always an exciting fighter to watch, he is a very technical fighter and always looks to take the back of his opponent, most of the time via the berimbolo.
In the Europeans, Rafael passed the guard of Paulo Miyao, a guard which no man has been able to pass, with the exception of Keenan Cornelius. Rafael went unbeaten for over 3 years in competition before finally being beaten by Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes in the final of the featherweight division of the mundials, but still nobody has been able to submit him in years.
Although, I don't think it play that much of a role in the match itself. Another reason is simply the match up of styles is very good. On one hand you have Rafael Mendes who likes to use lots of modern techniques such as the berimbolo. On the other hand you have Marcelo, who doesn't really do anything super flashy, but his jiu jitsu is super-efficient. The real question I would like to know could Marcelo prevent the berimbolo of Mendes? Or could he potentially pass his guard? That is something in particular we have never seen before. I will even go one step further and say could he submit Mendes?
Possibly with a guillotine? On paper this should be a GREAT match, but most often that doesn't work out all of the time, after all a fight is between two people. Now in theory this should be a great match. Both of these fighters are very aggressive, like to go for the submission etc. It was pretty much a 10 minute stall fest. Now I'm not saying that would happen in this particular matchup, but who knows. Now where could this match take place? Actually, I saw a post on Facebook a few months back from somebody saying that Marcelo wouldn't be interested in doing a match for Metamoris, which is his own choice, and that's fine, if he doesn't want to do it, then nobody should force him.
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who would love to see this dream matchup.
I hope you guys enjoyed this article! A week has passed already?!? However, on Sunday, whilst writing up the second part of the article, I guess something came over me, and I didn't want to continue writing the article. Well, what it boils down to is the direction I want to lead this blog in, and by that I mean mostly towards Jiu-Jitsu. So, over the past couple of days I have been coming up with a few ideas on some Jiu-Jitsu articles I would like to write, and I can safely say a few are almost complete. So hopefully in the next few days at least one of them shall be published.
So how come I didn't release this update post yesterday? AJ himself is a pretty well-known person in the BJJ community. I really look forward to reading the answers AJ gives to the questions I asked him. If you would like to see AJ in action, then a highlight video of him can be seen below: General , Update. Saturday, 22 March Meditation: It's Simply A Journey So why did I start to learn to meditate?
So I really wanted to stick with something, not just start something and then give it up a few months down the line. I already knew the benefits of meditation and how it can pretty much change your life, so I wanted to give it a shot. The only thing I had in mind to compare it to was self-hypnosis, but I can say that it's pretty different from that. What I mean by that is that the core principal of meditation is exactly the same no matter what, but there are so many other things you need to consider, such as hand positioning, breathing techniques, the way you sit, the way you place your feet etc.
Now when I started meditating one of the first things which I was concerned with was the time, and selecting the perfect time was also a problem to me. To be perfectly honest, I really didn't do that much background research on meditation, so I pretty much jumped straight in at the deep end without a second thought. Obviously now I know that was a mistake, but I kind of just wanted to do it and experience it for myself. And the main reason for that was because simply I had no real idea of what I was doing, or should be doing; to be honest I was just sitting there breathing wishing the timer would go off.
If I'm honest at that point I just wanted to give up and find something else to do with my life, but I thought of it kind of like Jiu-Jitsu. When you start Jiu-Jitsu it's tough, and I mean tough! You constantly get your ass handed to you by everybody, and the thought of "will I ever be good at this?
The main problem I was having was that I was worrying about everything, and if I'm doing everything "the right way". In reality I was trying too hard. The fact was I was trying to be really good at something which I had no idea about or any guidance in, so the thought of being phenomenally good at something on your first try was kind of impossible. All I knew was that I so wanted to be good at it, and if that meant trying everything under the sun to see what worked best for me then so be it. To be honest I just wanted to continue the journey pretty much like I did with Jiu-Jitsu.
Let's just say things started to look up from here!
Part 2 will follow tomorrow. Friday, 21 March Meditation: Now, this is probably going to consist of a series of different posts as I want to go into quite a lot of detail on this subject, so each day I'll try and cover a different topic or two. Now some of you guys might be wondering has this series got anything to do with Jiu-Jitsu?
But this article is definitely not a "meditation for Jiu-Jitsu" kind of post. So like I said previously, this is going to be the start of a series of different posts, and today is just a little introduction into what you can expect over the next few days. So hopefully a few of you will enjoy what I write, and part 1 of this series will be published tomorrow. What happened last week? Well, basically there was going to be an update post last week, but it pretty much turned into an appreciation post for all the support I have been getting over the previous week, so if you haven't seen that already you can click here.
But anyway, what has happened? And what is going to happen? So the last thing I posted prior to my thank you post was an article I wrote on my experience using binaural beats. So this article was a little different from my blogs typical BJJ based content, but none the less many people seemed to enjoy it, and to me that's all that matters.
So when will they be done? Well the Ryan hall interview, who knows, but the Kit Dale interview will hopefully be out by the end of this week. On the subject of interviews, I published a new one two days ago, and that was with Mason Monsevais, which can be found here. But a big shout has to go to Mason himself, as when he shared it, it pretty much blew up! Thanks guys! I really do appreciate it! So, currently Mason is one of the best blue belts in the world, and I can confidently say that he will number 1 in the world pretty shortly.
So, thanks again Mason for the interview, and I wish you every success in the future. So write now I am pretty close to achieving 10, views on this blog, which is an incredible number! Since two weeks ago we were only at , but this blog is growing incredibly fast, and in March alone I have gained over views! He is considered to be one of the best blue belts in the world today, so it has been a pleasure to get the chance to interview him. I hope you guys enjoy!
For some people who may not be familiar with you, could you please introduce yourself? My name is Mason Monsevais. I got started in jiu-jitsu because I was a fan of MMA. I trained MMA for a bit but fell in love with jiu-jitsu. After a while I knew I needed better training if I wanted to be successful so I put my life on hold in order to move down to Costa Mesa and train with the Mendes Brothers. What is it about Jiu-Jitsu you love so much? I love jiu-jitsu because there is always something to improve on and get better at.
It's impossible to master and always challenging. Even if you win you can always find something to work on. What drew you to initially start training at the Mendes Bros Academy? It just so happened that a few months later they would open up their gym a few hours away from where I was living, so I made the decision to train full-time and move down to Costa Mesa. I really liked their style so I thought it'd be best to learn directly from them. What is it like to have Guilherme and Rafael Mendes as your head instructors?
It's absolutely amazing. Their knowledge and attention to details in unrivaled. I feel really fortunate and blessed to be able to train with and learn from them. They're both also really cool off the mat and outside of the gym. The overall atmosphere at AoJ is really cool. It's very welcoming for guests to come and visit as well as help people start their jiu-jitsu journey. Do you ever get the opportunity to train at any other Atos Affiliates?
During training camps we have the opportunity to head down south to San Diego and train with Andre Galvao and his students. What was your first experience with competition like? My first competition experience was pretty chaotic. I signed up for a local tournament just three months after starting training and really having no idea what to expect.
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I didn't understand the rules or points system but somehow was able to win three fights and take 1st. After that experience I was hooked and began competing as much as possible. How significant is competition in the progression of your Jiu-Jitsu? I think competition is very important when trying to progress in jiu-jitsu. It allows you to test your techniques against people you've never rolled with before and is also a great way of finding mistakes and things to work on.
Win or lose you have the opportunity to correct mistakes and better yourself. Do ever get nervous when it comes to competition? If so, how do you deal with them? I don't really get nervous anymore when it comes to competition. I view the tournaments as an extension to my training so I find them pretty enjoyable. You have accomplished a lot over your short career, but what has been your most proud accomplishment? I had 5 really tough matches but was able to grind them out and take gold.
My toughest match so far was probably my semi-finals match at Europeans. I fought a tough kid from Brazil who put me in a lot of challenging spots. Who would you say is your biggest competition throughout the entire blue belt division? I think there's a lot of good competition at blue belt right now but I feel comfortable and confident fighting everyone.
Ultimately, what are your goals throughout ? I'd also like to make it to Japan and compete in the Rickson Cup. Looking at the big picture, what are some of your future goals? Once I'm done competing I'd really like to share jiu-jitsu with as many people as possible and start training my own champions.
Jiu-jitsu has changed my life in so many ways, I can't help but try and spread it to as many people as possible. You are widely considered to be one of the best blue belts in the world, how does that make you feel? It's a really good feeling but my goal is to one day be one of the best black belts in the world.
It's a good short term accomplishment that I hope translates through to every belt level. Boston BJJ Scene. My training schedule is pretty simple.
It's basically hours in the morning, a little break for lunch, then back to the gym at 4PM to teach kids classes and train again at night. Overall I spend anywhere from hours a day training jiu-jitsu. This is Monday through Saturday and resting on Sunday. Who are some of your Jiu-Jitsu Idols?
There's a few other guys who I really enjoy watching fight as well, especially Clark Gracie because of his omoplata game. Overall would you say your instructors have the biggest influence on your style of Jiu-Jitsu? Yes definitely. I am on the mats with them for hours upon hours so they have a huge impact on my jiu-jitsu. I moved to Costa Mesa to train specifically with them so that I could emulate their style.
What other people besides the Mendes brothers have an influence on your style of Jiu-Jitsu? I'd have to say Clark Gracie because I'm a big fan of the omoplata. Other than that I am pretty much just doing Mendes Brother style of jiu-jitsu. I think their style allows a smaller person like myself to be able to control the distance and be successful against any size opponent. What style of Jiu-Jitsu do you personally like to play?
I enjoy playing guard but lately I've been coming on top and passing the guard. My interests change from time to time but as of right now I really enjoy playing on top. My mind works in a weird way.. I become obsessed with certain moves and get fixated on attacking that move. Is drilling a major priority for you in order to progress your Jiu-Jitsu?
I think drilling is very important because it teaches your body how to do the move or movement. It's hard to try something live if your body isn't familiar with the move. Do you do any cross training in order to improve your Jiu-Jitsu? I don't do any other cross training. I think if you want to get good at something, you should do a lot of that one thing. Personally, do you take any supplements? If so, which ones? I'm not a very big fan of supplements because I think without a proper diet they don't make a difference.
I really like caffeine haha because it allows me to get amped up when I'm feeling sore and tired towards the end of the week. What is the preparation like at AOJ for a big competition? The preparation doesn't change when we are preparing for a tournament. We are always training hard and competing as much as possible so the training is always tough and geared for competitions. How did you do at the recent Pan Ams? I won three fights and made it to the quarter-finals. In my fourth fight I lost after a controversial call. Even though I didn't get the result I expected I was really proud of my performance.
I never once felt like I was out of control or in danger during any of my matches. Obviously I wanted to win but these situations happen and it is what it is. I cannot wait until to have another opportunity to become a Pan-Am champion! I am really looking forward to traveling to Japan at the end of the year and competing in the Rickson Cup. Depending on how jiu-jitsu goes over the next few years will determine whether or not I will make the jump into MMA. I am definitely interested but my jiu-jitsu goals come first! Besides Jiu-Jitsu, what do you like to do in your spare time?
To be honest I don't really do much besides jiu-jitsu. When I am not training I am at home resting. It's hard for me to even sit through an entire movie without daydreaming or focusing on jiu-jitsu. Which do you prefer Gi or NoGi? Match 1 - Capital Challenge Jordan December —Cobrinha wins 3x0 guard pass near the end of the time limit.
USA June —Cobrinha wins via judges decision back and forth battle. Match 6 - Brasileiro Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. USA June —Mendes wins via points USA May —Mendes wins via points After teaching many seminars, the Mendes Brothers decided that they wanted to have a traditional jiu jitsu school and have their own students.
Rafael, along with his brother Guilherme, are 2nd degree black belts under Ramon Lemos and competitors for the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team. Biography Rafael and his brother Guilherme started their jiu jitsu training through an older cousin named Thiago Mendes, who was a purple belt under Leonardo Santos.
Rafael went on to win the World Championships from blue belt all the way to brown in consecutive y Guilherme along with his brother Rafael Mendes are 2nd degree black belts under Ramon Lemos, and competitors for the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team. Biography Guilherme was born in Rio Claro, Brazil. Along with his brother Rafael, he started training Jiu-Jitsu through an older cousin named Thiago Mendes, who at the time was a purple belt under Leonardo Santos. After only a few months of training Thiago recognized great potential for the two boys and took them to train with Ramon Lemos and his own teacher.
Guilherme Mendes is al This trend continued with the Mundials, once again in Long Beach, California. Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes born March 3, is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioner. He is currently signed to the Absolute Championship Berkut. At fourteen, training three times a day, he competed four months later, winning a bronze medal in the Rio State Championships and in the same year he took home the silver medal in the Brazilian Championship.
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Os Belenenses for his first year as a senior after a trial in England with Blackburn Rovers. The IBJJF gives tournaments weighting which helps calculate the number of points an athlete can win via their participation. This puts it behind in weighting importance to the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship with a weighting of 7, the European Championship Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Pan-American Championship jiu-jitsu with weightings of 4 and alongside the Asian Open Championship Brazilian j Mendes was also the Chief Justice for the — term and the Attorney General from to He has been criticised by legal scholars and journalists for the supposedly opportunistic political motivations of his rulings, and mocked for his alleged penchant for freeing powerful politicians suspected of corruption.
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