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Dethrone MMA

January 23, 2017

On a road trip for work I had a couple day stop in Fresno.  As usual, I looked through the options online.  In many instances, it wasn’t clear who the head instructor was or what level of jiu jitsu to expect, so I picked Dethrone MMA primarly due to proximity to my hotel.  MMA gyms can tend to attract the more aggressive practitioner but the BJJ class was taught by a black belt so I thought it was worth checking out.   If you visit enough gyms, you will eventually have a less than stellar experience.  At Dethrone, I met some nice people, interacted with UFC fighter Josh Koscheck, rolled with very aggressive former wrestlers, and got asked to teach part of the class after being charged a mat fee.

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Tinguinha BJJ Black Belt Advice

January 9, 2017

They say you don’t really know the value of having something until you’ve earned something money can’t buy.  Receiving a stripe or a new belt is an indescribable feeling and getting your black belt is truly special.    It’s not common for multiple people to get a black belt on the same day and recently I had the honor of being invited to attend a belt ceremony at Tinguinha BJJ where 5 individuals received their belts.  In additions to pictures of the event, check out the advice on how to achieve the coveted rank of black belt.

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Crispim BJJ

January 2, 2017

For thanksgiving my wife and I decided to take the coastal highway up to San Francisco.  On our way to visit my dad we made a stop in Pleasanton for some training at Crispim BJJ.  Professor Crispim spent his formative years of BJJ in the famous Gracie Barra Academy in Rio.  He has an incredible half guard that was influenced by his time with Roberto Gordo.  He had several MMA fights and is a passionate teacher with a great balance of old and new school techniques fit for tournaments or fighting.

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