Monthly Archives: November 2013

Jiu jitsu Knoxville TN, Jiu jitsu has no limits

Taking care of your mind is Jiu Jitsu: Jiu Jitsu without limits with Samuel Nascimento

November 30, 2013

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

Training and competing in Jiu jitsu has never posed an obstacle for people with physical or mental disabilities as they’ve always been welcomed. The art taught by the father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grand Master Carlos Gracie allows anyone, regardless of their physical or mental state to enjoy a shared passion for overcoming their limitations through jiu jitsu. Based on teachings of the creator and his father, our Master Carlos Gracie Jr. created the concept of ‘JIU JITSU FOR EVERYONE’ . So, we added thousands of people around the world to our family. What’s even more, we found in our students the essence that gave birth to the Gracie Barra legacy and its competitive spirit since 1986.

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samuka-2A team of experts on the gentle art come from ordinary people who make it into true warriors, such as Samuel Nascimento Samuka a third degree black belt of GB Florianópolis SC. At 2 years and 8 months of age, the common curiosity of any child made ​​ Samuel put his two hands in a bread making machine, which resulted in a disabling injury.

“Fortunately, the gentle art is so efficient that it allows you to adapt it to your body . Never limit yourself and let anything keep you from achieving superiority over your former self. The will to overcome any obstacle must be greater than the obstacle itself . And you can be certain that the will is one of the main keys to your success. We must accept our limitations without discrediting our ability to overcome them.

Thanks to medical and surgical procedures Samuel re-gained partial use of his hands being able to perform daily activities. Years passed, he grew up and joined the faculty of economics, where he found the gateway to the world of the gentle art. I found my passion for jiu jitsu when I was in college studying economy in Itajai. I shared an apartment in Balneario Camboriu, with a friend who was training and decided to try it out to see if it would fit me. I was instantly drawn.” Said the black belt

The problem is more often than never in people’s heads.”

samuka_1-620x620Samuel was never a victim of prejudice, I’ve had more recognition, going by the motto: If I want, I can; if I want to, I will. I might do it my way, but I will still do it.Many people saw Samuka’s disability as a reason why he wouldn’t be able to win any titles. At 41 years of age, our warrior is a two-time South American champion and Brazilian No-Gi vice champion of 2013, his personal victories giving a valuable lesson to everyone out there. I believe that my determination, willpower and perseverance changed the way people perceived me as a disabled person or someone who uses his disability as an excuse. I know I am just as able as the rest and I am an example for perseverance. The problem is more often than never in people heads.

The story of this warrior serves as an example for many of the things we encounter in our lives. How many times did you stop training because you were faced with some big problem? How do you overcome these moments of weakness ? Here are some tips to help you out:

1 – Be bigger than your problems: Seek strength in your goal. If you want something strong enough, your desire to conquer the obstacles will help you realize your goal . Believe in yourself !

2 Turn obstacles into steps to victory: When you have a goal , that which was an obstacle becomes a stage on the route to your plan. (Gerard Erich Bohme )

3 Success is a merit, not the end goal: Many people view success as their main objective; they understand it as becoming rich or famous. You need to understand that this is a daily and individual achievement ,Speaking of success, I’m not talking about fame or wealth. Success , for me , is to achieve what you desire. (David Nivem)


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Jiu jitsu Knoxville TN, The key for the success is perseverance

Blue Belt: Embracing Change

November 29, 2013

Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.

We believe that belts are more than a decorative accent to our uniforms. Notice where belts are positioned? They are positioned in the centre of our bodies. Our core. This is because belts become our centre, our focus. success and determination is always where our focus lies. We become who we are based solely on what we believe in. Our Jiu-Jitsu belts does exactly that.


The blue belt represents our embracing the impeding change. to train for a blue belt, it takes around 2 years. In these times our bodies have undergone drastic change. These changes are manifested in both the physical, the psychological, and the spiritual. All my life, as a writer, I have been always been great in reading people. Getting into Jiu-Jitsu, I have been privileged to train with Blue Belts. And one thing that most blue belts posses is the ability to embrace the changes and continue on changing.

Physically, blue belts are almost half-way into their physical prime. At this point, let’s say after 9 to 18 months of training, their bodies have been well-adapted into the rigors of training. As they were able to keep up with the higher ranks.

Psychologically, a blue belt is ready to share knowledge. Most instructors (and not just in Gracie Barra) rely on blue belts to guide the new ones. They have come to a point of maturity where they are able to carefully lead those who are new to the art. It’s like a big brother, or an elder sister showing their younger siblings things that will help them function in the household.

Spiritually, a blue belt is closed to being a balanced individual. A blue belt embraces the need to change the way that he thinks. For a blue belt to move forward, he must change the way that he has always thought of himself.

I am proud to say that I have interacted with blue belts that have one at one point in my life, has changed the way that I saw myself. These are what we call, kuya and Ate. These is a literal translation to a big brother and big sister. I have seen passionate blue belts take on roles such as leading a class for beginners. Where his patience and understanding culminates excitement, appreciation, and happiness for the art.

Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu is a family. Where we have these Ate and Kuya, to be around to guide us. The campaign that started out almost 20 years ago is becoming bigger and stronger. Because the structure to which we all follow is complete, a structure where 99% of the population of the world is familiar with, and this is the family.

Let us all think of those blue belts who has embraced changed and have chosen to continue the path and lead the new ones to where peace, physical resilience, purpose and family lies.

Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Eating well with Gracie Diet

Eating well is Jiu-Jitsu With Professor Agnaldo Silveira

November 26, 2013

Greatness is achieved not through strength , but through perseverance .

The year 1997 was a turning point in the life of the GB Professor and black belt Agnaldo Silveira. It was then his life gained another direction and purpose, turning to Jiu Jitsu. Agnaldo began training with Professor Carlos Liberi and hasn’t stopped since.


It’s been a long time that I live the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle and I find joy in making a living off what I like. Now I have my own school , Gracie Barra Prado and this is a dream come true for me because I struggled so much in making it happen.Reported Professor Agnaldo

As an athlete, teacher and school administrator , he needs to be in top shape with lots of willpower and determination to meet all the daily responsibilities. I believe that when we do what we like to make time for everything is just a matter of organization. Teacher Silveira


Agnaldo loves to compete and is constantly travelling throughout Brazil for tournaments. Recently he became Champion at the International Open in Sao Paula and holds many titles in his career such as: Brazilian Champion, Champion Paulista, South American Champion, runner-up to Abudhabi selective in South Africa and Third Place selective in Gramado (absolute ).

With an impressive curriculum and a busy routine Agnaldo knows that it takes a lot of preparation, dedication and healthy eating to become and stay a champion. He know very well that Eating Well is Health, Eating Well is Jiu Jitsu. Check out this tough guy’s diet, which he shared with the GB Family.

This diet was developed by my Nutritionist Carolina Castro so I can always be in excellent shape for practice and competition with my personal trainer and instructor Fabio Bucheroni that helps me with the physical part.

ETNA PLUSRound 1 : Breakfast

– Two slices of wholemeal bread
White Cheese
A fruit –
Unflavored/light yogurt

Screen-Shot-2013-09-03-at-11.49.49-AMRound 2: Morning Snack

-300 G of sweet potato ( 1/2potato)
-150 Grams of filet chicken ( about 1 chicken filet )

salada-2Round 3: Lunch

– 300grams of sweet potato
300grams – chicken filet ( or beef if you want to vary)
– Choice of salad
– Broccoli , beets and carrots

Round 4: Afternoon Snack

300g sweet potato ( ½ sweet potato)
-150 Grams of chicken filet ( about 1 chicken filet )


whey-protein-powder-scoop-2Round 5: Pre-Workout Snack

– 100 grams of sweet potato
– 1 scoop of whey



Round 6: Dinner

Brown rice or wheat pasta with meat .
Choice of salad

caseina-2Round 7: Supper

-1 Scoop of casein

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, GBKNOX teaches weaker to beat stronger opponents

Black belt Emily Kwok teaches a great way to escape the mount when the opponent is way heavier than you.

It applies to the ladies and also the boys.

Watch closely.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, David and goliath

Taking Care of Your Mind Is Jiu-Jitsu: David and Goliath, the fable we experience in life.

November 22, 2013

Fight with determination, embrace life with passion.

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David and Goliath is one of the most well-known fables in the world . It tells the story of David ,the youngest of eight brothers and his victory over the 3-metre giant, Goliath. Jiu jitsu warriors associate this fable with the struggles between athlete of the light and heavy divions. However, competitions are not the only place this happens; there are many instances in life when we are put in the shows of little David. Oops, we meant little Enzo Botinelly, gray stripe and, son of Professor Elton Castro GB Roriama -BR.

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Only 4-years old Enzo had his first battle against a different opponent off the mat – known as lymphoma. Lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates in the lymph, which are responsible for producing cells that trigger the immune response of of the human body. Although it was our little champion who was sick it was Enzo’s father who suffered more. The black belt contemplated giving up Jiu Jitsu altogether, but it turned out to be the mats that came to give his son the extra strength to fight on and keep on wearing the kimono. In Taking Care of Your Mind feature today we proudly bring you, a story of victory and fellowship of the dynamic duo, Elton and Enzo .

In 2009, Enzo Botinelly was diagnosed with lymphoma. It came as a shock to Elton and his wife Marcela , who had big plans for their first-born son, believing him to be healthy and happy. Things started looking even grimmer when they learnt that Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima didn’t offer any possibility for the adequate treatment of young cancer patients. We had to leave our jobs and family and move to Brasilia DF to be able to help him. He was almost four when he was diagnosed and this year he’s turning eight,said Elton Castro.

enzo (18)Thanks to his young age, Enzo managed to retain his childlike innocence and faced everything with a big smile and continued playing, running, even during his treatment. The little Enzo doing all the fighting like a true warrior.

The GB Professor actually started contemplating giving up jiu jitsu. “I had been practicing since 1995 with master Pascoal Duarte who had taught me a lot. And all the while the gentle art had always been part of my life. My wife, whom I met in 1999 at a competition in Manaus -AM and most of my friends were from the circles of this sport. Pedro Galiza, Brasilia, was the one who gave me the strength to return to the mats and show that training could be used at that time as an escape valve to strengthen my body and my mind. It worked! Said Elton.

There was a time when I feared for the outcome of Enzo’s treatment was uncertain. I was scared, I cried, we passed through tough times together, but I never stopped believing it would all work out in the end. “ Complete Elton

Today , Enzo trains 3 times a week and already has many titles such as: Macuxi Cup Champion 2012, Vice Champion Roraimense 2013 and Vice Champion of the 2013 Open Roraima. The next objective of this champion in life is to fight and stand out in the Amazonense Championship Jiu- jitsu and Pan Kids in California. Again, the formula: Gentle Art + LOVE + FAITH , resulted in a very strong bond of friendship between father and son. In the case of these two, the roles were reversed ,the lesson has been passed from son to father.

The main lesson that I learnt is that even in the darkest moments of our lives we can still find the strength to smile and be happy .

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Challenges such as this one are difficult to live through and require much more than technique and strength in training. They require a lot of mental strength, calamity and willpower to be able to move on, overcoming the obstacles on the road to victory. Today, Elton Castro and his wife help the Roraima Institute to Combat Childhood Cancer ( ICCI RR ) which tends to more than 160 children, with the delivery of food baskets, holiday celebrations , aid in early diagnosis and treatment Away from home ( TFD ) and so on. It is very rewarding to see the smiles of these little warriors who have already been through so much said Elton.

Jiu jitsu makes us stronger as fighters and as people. It often helps us overcome the adversities in life, but we need to always remember to:

1 THINK POSITIVE: As Grand Master Carlos Gracie said Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.”

2 – CULTIVATE WILL POWER: Know your weaknesses so you can find the motivation to NEVER give up. You are capable! Fight for the things you want!

3 UNDERSTAND THE OBSTACLES OF LIFE: Nothing is easy. Obstacles are part of the road to the realization of our dreams . View them as part of the way to victory.

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JIu jitsu Knoxville TN, Kids fight hard any bring the gold home

GB Kids Fight Hard and Bring Home the Title

November 21, 2013

Spectacular achievement for the Gracie Barra Kids Team

Guide a kid through the right path and follow the kids path every once in a while

The GB Kids fought hard at the 2013 Fall Classic Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. The Gracie Barra instructors took 42 well trained kids, from different GB Schools in southern California, to compete and represent the GB Flag. It was a great learning experience to all and our kids took home the 1st place team title!

Athletics within Gracie Barra builds community and pride through the engagement of students, staff, parents, and friends, and creates a portal through which everyone can enjoy the GB experience. Successful athletic performance generates a unique excitement across the Gracie Barra Schools and community, help strengthen bonds among the various arms of our organization, build students loyalty in a healthy manner, and give Gracie Barra members yet another reason to be proud to represent the legacy of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and defend the red shield.

The next stop for the Gracie Barra Kids Team will be the SJJIF Worlds Jiu-jitsu Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Walter Pyramid Cal State in Long Beach the address is 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840. More info about the tournament can be found here.

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We need GB instructors and parents to help the GB Team

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Eating is part of jiujitsu

Eating Well is Jiu-Jitsu Philipe Della Monica Presents the Maca Shake

November 19, 2013

Food of the Week: Maca

Las week we released a feature on the Peruvian superfood Maca ( super food) detailing its amazing effects on the human body . Today we go to Professor and athlete Philipe Della Monica (Furão) for a healthy Maca recipe.

Those who are careful about their routine know it can get tired to monitor every single food intake. Philipe currently lives in Mission Viejo , California , and has an extremely busy routine. Wrestling, jiu jitsu tournaments, jiu jitsu seminars, working at the GB Association, teaching classes at GB Saddelback and helping Rafael dos Anjos train jiu jitsu for UFC.


It’s hard to overlook Philipe and his countless victories that earned him the highest place in the Jiu Jitsu hall of glory. Stressed out ? Never . Furão has an incredible zest for life, always helping everyone in the GB family. To better keep up with his intense routine , Philipe relies on the use of the super- food Peruvian Maca .

6039_10151809555018868_1572466094_n-1“I like to drink a Maca shake in the morning before my first workout. Since it can be added to juice or your favorite shake. I usually mix one tablespoon (flat) of Maca with two tablespoons of cocoa powder, and add coconut water . You can also add half a banana for thicker consistency . The taste is not the best but it makes for a light snack with great nutritional value. It’s a good alternative for people who don’t like coffee and it’s indispensable for those days when you wake up tired from the workout the previous day.
Maca Super Shake


250 ml coconut water
1 tbsp Maca Powder
2 tablespoons Cacao Powder
1/2 Banana


Place all ingredients in a blender and beat until smooth.



This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional guidance. The use of vitamins and dietary supplements can benefit a person, but we recommend consulting a nutritionist, doctor or other specialist for evaluation and monitoring prior to using any health enhancement products.

Note: The photos are illustrative

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  • Eating Well is Jiu Jitsu: The Superfoods. Otavio Sousa Presents Peruvian Maca

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