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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Gracie jiu jitsu the beginning of era with Royce Gracie

Paul Walker Given Honorary Black Belt

December 26, 2013


Paul Walker is being remembered by more than just his family and costars. His Jiu-Jitsu teacher Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller, who trained the late actor during the Fast and Furious franchise for nine years, has posted a heartfelt message about the star, and has given him an honorary black belt in memoriam.

Walker and Miller first met in 2004 when Walker was 31. What started as just training led to a longtime bond and relationship between the two men, and between the actor and the Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing academy.

New Article: Paul Walker Given Honorary Black Belt


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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Royce Gracie paved the road for our jiu jitsu

The beginning of brazilian jiu jitsu

December, 30 2013

Everything has a small beginning but not this time, jiu jitsu start to take a big step with Royce Gracie representing the gentle art on first UFC’s , Check this amazing video

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Jiu jitsu wins against obesity

Eating well is Jiu-Jitsu Jiu-Jitsu x Obesity 2nd Round

December 25, 2013

With the great number of responses our last Eating Well is Jiu Jitsu,generated the GB team decided to continue the fight against obesity in today’s edition. People suffering from this disease know just how difficult the battle to stay in shape is, considering all the temptations we are surrounded with (fried and fat foods, sweets, confectionary, chips, etc.).


Keeping in mind it’s human nature to want to indulge maintaining a healthy diet becomes even harder. Consuming these foods on a daily basis has a long-lasting detrimental effect on our body and health, which is visible in the quick weight gain. Another adverse effect is the constant lack of energy and motivation to exercise, which contribute to obesity at an alarming rate. It’s not long before the body shuts down completely and our mind starts delegating and giving up before we have even tried to change our lifestyle. However, there is some good news! The desire to change is the first sign that you are on the right path to turning your life around!

Although it is difficult, if you have the will and determination to maintain a good exercise and diet, you’re sure to reap the fruits of your efforts.” – Evandro Moura .

Sem-título1-620x620Is slimming down just about losing weight? No, it’s also about eliminating the risk factors. Usually, people start using medications and food additives that promise quicker weight loss but these can have adverse side effects and don’t deliver the desired results. According to Mariana Costa, a nutritionist specializing in Nutritional Therapy UERJ (State University of Rio de Janeiro): There are no miracles when it comes to weight loss. The use of weight loss medications and additives requires consultation with a specialist before anything is prescribed. Generally these are advised as non-pharmacological treatment in patients with BMI ≥ 30Kg/m2 or BMI ≥ 25Kg/m2 associated with other risk factors (hypertension, type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, insomnia, osteoarthritis, and others) or for patients with waist circumference over 102cm (men) and 88cm (women). The best weight loss routine is healthy combination of a balanced diet, regular exercise and continuous practice.

Once again the gentle art embodies all of the above . The 2nd round of Jiu Jitsu vs Obesity introduces our readers to our warrior, Evandro Moura, 25, a GB brown belt at GB Bauru. Read on for the interview with the winner in the fight against one of the most epidemic diseases today:

1 – How did you decide to lose weight?
The decision to lose weight came when I was in law school. I wanted to apply for a federal representative and the physical exam is extremely hard and demanding. By that time I had been out of jiu jitsu for three years because of school. When I joined the gym I found out I had gained 50 pounds largely due to my sedentary lifestyle so I decided to get back to training.

2 – Did you try any other method to lose the weight before going back to Jiu Jitsu?
I tried without physical exercise and without the assistance of a nutritionist. Unsuccessfully, of course. That discouraged me for a while but once I set my heart on changing my life I got back on track.

3 What has the weight loss done in terms of your jiu jitsu practice ?

Sem-título2-2The combination of the weight loss and the practice of Ju-Jitsu has resulted in many changed in my life:
– I am 1 , 95 m tall , and have gone from the staggering 180kg to the healthier 98kg today;
– I am healthier and fitter;
– My Jiu – Jitsu has improved;
– Good physical fitness;
– Increase in endurance ;
– I have gone down several sizes in clothes – from 64 to a 44;
– My self-esteem has improved;
– Today I am an instructor of one of the branches of the Gracie Barra here in Bauru and eventually plan to have my own Gracie Barra school;
– Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra helped me gain a new family I cannot imagine going without even for a day! I travel a lot because of my work and have the privilege of being welcomed into other Gracie Barra followers’ schools and homes.

4 What tips do you have for those who are struggling with their weight, trying to make a change for the better?
Although it seems difficult at first, if you have the will and determination to maintain a good exercise and diet regime, you’re sure to reap the fruits of your efforts.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Jiu jitsu making you a better person

Andrew Wooten, before and after. Photo from Andrew's Instagram

Andrew Wooten, before and after. Photo from Andrew’s Instagram

We often hear people say how Jiu-Jitsu can really change your life as a way for you to be healthier, have a good self-esteem and find more confidence. However is not until you encounter a story like Andrew Wooten’s that you immediately realize how empowering this art can be, and how important and meaningful it is for us as instructors, practitioners and BJJ fans to pass it on, and keep working to spread this way of life, in order to positively touch the lives of as many people as we can.


Andrew is a great example of what represents living the BJJ Lifestyle. He is active and healthy; love to practice Jiu-Jitsu, not only for hobby but for competitions as well, which requires a lot of discipline, determination and good dieting, and besides that he also works at a BJJ school. But it was not always like that, before starting BJJ Andrew used to be 120lbs overweight, struggling at school and having a hard time being away from his family. Now, most of his friends come from the mat, and after he started training BJJ his life changed. Like he said to us “ I have found a family and a purpose in life”.


GRACIEMAG: How did you start training Jiu-Jitsu?

ANDREW: I got started in BJJ when I was a sophomore in college, at the time I was struggling in school and I was having a hard time being away from my family. Then about 2 months into the year I had a new roommate that moved into the house I was living in at the time. The guy’s name was Kelly Cook and he was a Gracie Barra Blue Belt. I had known Kelly for about a year but did not know he trained. One night I was telling him about some of the struggles I was facing and he suggested that I come with him to Jiu-Jitsu one day and try a class. I wrestled in high school so I figured “why not? Could be something fun.” So I went with him to Gracie Barra Augusta and that is where I met the man that would change my life forever, because after that day I was hooked and I have not missed more than 2 weeks of training since then. His name is Joshua Miller; he is a one stripe Black Belt under the legendary Eduardo de Lima, as well as the owner of Gracie Barra Augusta. He and his wife played a major role in all of the amazing changes I made in my life.

GRACIEMAG: What positive impacts it had in your life?

ANDREW: Jiu-Jitsu has had so many positive impacts on my life and till this day continues to have several positive impacts, but there are a few that really were life changing for me. Before training jiu-jitsu I was 300 lbs., unhealthy, on the verge of flunking out of college, and struggling with being away from my family. Now, after 6 years of training Jiu-Jitsu in the Gracie Barra system I have lost 120lbs, I have graduated college with my bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and I have found a family and a purpose in life with Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu.

GRACIEMAG: How many times a week do you train?

ANDREW: Now that I am competing full time, I train 2 times a day, Monday thru Friday, and once on Saturday. A normal day for me is getting up at 7 am, eat breakfast then off to train at GB Irvine with Professor Otavio and all of the other amazing guys that are always there to train. Training goes from 9-11am. After training I go home, shower, eat lunch then drive to GB Dana Point to work in the office until 4pm. After, I help teaching the kids classes, then adults and at night I train with my students. My day normally ends around 9. It is a crazy schedule but I would not have it any other way! I love my life and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It’s a lifestyle. It’s my lifestyle.

GRACIEMAG: Do you follow a special diet?

ANDREW: When I am getting ready to compete I follow a specific diet to help me maintain the proper weight for my division which normally consists of oatmeal mixed with acai and bananas for breakfast, for lunch tuna or chicken mixed with quinoa and vegetables. Snacks during the day, normally, a protein or granola bar, and then when I get home for dinner I normally have a protein shake and some fruit. I don’t normally eat a big dinner. If I am not getting ready to compete I still like to keep a pretty clean diet, I don’t drink soda or eat fried foods, I eat a lot of greens and still eat my tuna and quinoa. The one bad habit I can’t break is that I love some ice cream! When I am not competing I will sneak some ice-cream or some frozen yogurt in once a week so I am not perfect.

GRACIEMAG: What do you like the most about the BJJ Lifestyle?

ANDREW: There are many things to love about the BJJ Lifestyle, living a healthy life is one that I really take to heart from eating properly to exercising daily and that is for everyone not just the full time competitors! Any and everyone can live the BJJ Lifestyle. They just have to be focused and committed to it. Another thing I love about the lifestyle is when training Jiu-Jitsu you become a part of a brother hood. Anytime you go anywhere you will always meet other people that train and they will treat you as if they have known you for years and you are family. For the most part everyone shares the same discipline ideas and values that were set by Master Carlos Gracie Sr. and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

GRACIEMAG: Do you do any other sports or activities besides Jiu-Jitsu?

ANDREW: When I have free time I like to enjoy a few other sports, since moving to California back in April I have started learning how to surf. It is a great workout and is so much fun! I also enjoy long board skateboarding. I will go with my roommate and fellow Brown Belt competitor Inacio on Sundays and long board down the Huntington Beach boardwalk. It is a workout as well as very relaxing.

GRACIEMAG: How did you decide to work with Jiu-Jitsu?

ANDREW: After Jiu-Jitsu and Gracie Barra had changed my life and given me so much, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to the Gentle Art. So about a year after college I decided that I was going to chase my dream and make Jiu-Jitsu my job and my life. I packed up my car with everything I could take and drove across country from South Carolina to California. The first two months were really crazy, I was teaching at GB Whittier and living in a house with a bunch of other guys that have dedicated their life to the sport as well. But, after 2 months, I received a email from professor Felipe Guedes asking if I would be interested in working for Gracie Barra Dana Point. He knew I had my degree in business and I had a background in sales as well as teaching. I took the interview and things went great. After that Professor Feilpe Guedes and Flavio Almeida decided to take a chance on me and now I am the Program Director for GBDP and with the help of the great team I am surrounded by we are growing everyday. Now I can truly say I am living my dream. I get to train everyday as well as be a part of an amazing group of people and learn from one of the greatest minds in Gracie Barra.

GRACIEMAG: Can you imagine your life without BJJ now?

ANDREW: For me now there is no life without BJJ. I mean, I have a life outside of BJJ don’t get me wrong, but I would not be the person I am today or where am I at today without it. It has become a part of me that I can’t live without, and don’t want to live without.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Eating well is jiu jitsu vs obesity

Eating well is Jiu-Jitsu: Jiu-Jitsu x Obesity

December 19, 2013


There was a time when cuddly even chubby children were considered a mark of good health. With the arrival of the twenty-first century this comparisons has become a cause for concern. The development of the food industry and the advertisements on TV have initiated a tremendous change to the diet of the human population, resulting in the intake of horrendous amounts of calories and health problems.

aaaawwIn Brazil , obesity is growing at an alarming rate. According to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics ( IBGE ) , 50.1 % of Brazilian men aged over 20 years are overweight , 12.4% of this total are considered obese . Among women of the same age group , 48 % are also overweight and 16.9 % were classified as obese.

Obesity has become an epidemic disease, responsible for more deaths than malnutrition. Worldwide, 250 million people are considered to be overweight or obese. Among them, children as young as 5 to 9 years, according to information by the IBGE. This has led to the advertising of numerous slimming diets with the false promise of eliminating excess pounds. In some cases even medications and bariatric surgeries are necessary to treat people who are overweight.

This is where Jiu Jitsu kicks in! It is more than just a sport as it is one of the best remedies to lose weight, maintain general health and regain self-esteem. Andrew Wooten, a GB Brown Belt, was saved from obesity thanks to the gentle art. Read on for the inspirational story of the winner.

20435_516083314578_874753_nAndrew is American and currently lives in California, the international capital of Jiu Jitsu as it is known today. He has always practiced sports and never been careful about what he ate. When he stopped exercising altogether he began gaining weight at an alarming rate, quickly becoming obese Within a short while a healthy teenager turned into a obese one. One day a friend invited him to try out the gentle art. Andrew wasn’t aware what faite had in store for him but it would turn around his life. It was six years ago he had the best experience of his life: encountering jiu jitsu . It was then and there his life changed forever.

With rigorous training and practicing Andrew lost 60 pounds . The magic formula ? Jiu Jitsu + Healthy Diet + Determination + Willpower .

How long have you practiced Jiu Jitsu ?

I started 6 years ago at Gracie Barra Augusta, Georgia.

How did you encounter Jiu Jitsu ?

I was in college, it was a crazy time in my life. I was overweight, unhappy with my studies and life in general. I had a colleague who was practicing Jiu Jitsu, his name is Kelly and he was blue belt at the time. One day Kelly asked me if I wanted to go to a practice with him, he knew I had already practiced combat sports in school , and I told myself I had nothing to lose at that point. I went with him and it was the best experience of my life! I joined GB school immediately afterwards and since then I have not missed more than a week of training.

What was your first step to embark this on journey ?

My first step was to start training. I trained 2x a day and crossfit 1 x per day, 5 days per week . Exercising so much made me lose 30kg. Jiu jitsu was my outlet. Then I started exercising more and eating healthy. I ate brown rice, vegetables, chicken, egg whites, oatmeal and fruit. No alcohol or sodas, I only drank water. I was very determined and strict with my diet .

Today you are able to maintain a healthy weight . What is the recipe for this?

Following the GB lifestyle and eating healthy. Training 5 times a week helps me maintain mental balance and fit.

What is the greatest positive impact of Jiu jitsu on your life?

There are many positive changes. But if I have to choose one Jiu jitsu has made me more focused and determined in all aspects of my personal life

Any future plans ?

Many. I’ve been focusing on my studies but my biggest dream is to become a black belt, open my own school and share my knowledge of the gentle art. Jiu Jitsu has changed my life and I want to have the pleasure to teach as well as show how this art can change our lives for the better.

alw2-2Here are 3 tips for those who are embarking on this journey .

1 Be Committed: If you want to change your life for the better, you must do so entirely. Change everything: eating, sleeping and thinking. It should be a lifestyle .

2 Focus: Do not let small obstacles get in the way of your goals. Life is too short to waste time with drama and whining.

3 – Practice Jiu-Jitsu and don’t hold back: Do not get frustrated when losing. We all have our good and bad days on the mat. Always stay positive and you will learn and grow continuously.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Anatomy of a submission artist

Anatomy of a Submission Artist

December 18, 2013

I have to admit, I have not submitted a lot of guys in my short (yet fun) Jiu-Jitsu career. Being blessed with a stocky build, I can proudly say that I can mount and take guys down, and win without going for submission. But I can submit. I am able to do it. The difference lies with the number of wins via submission. So what does a fighter have to have to be able to submit guys?


Let’s take a look.


It’s the same technique over and over again. It’s Lousimar Palhares (again going for the leg lock). And again, he is successful. It’s Rhonda Rousey pulling off the same arm bar that we’ve seen a hundred times. So what gives? True blue submission specialists rely on a specialty. A technique that they know they are almost 100% gonna pull off. These guys have trained all their lives mastering one technique. They must have pulled off these techniques on drills more than 10,000 times. Bruce Lee once said that, I fear not that man who can do 10,000 different kicks, but a man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.

Sheer Aggressiveness

There are defensive and offensive fighters. It’s not a fun day when two defensive fighters are squared off one another. However, two offensive styled fighters? What happens? Fireworks. I’ll name a few. Magid Hage is an offensive fighter. His offensive game is so good, he managed to win around 70% of this fights (correct me if I am wrong) through submission alone. Braulio Estima does the same; he never plays with food. Kron Gracie is also one.


Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. However, some are physically gifted to submit using a specific technique. Anderson Silva’s spider-like limbs are just unbelievable; able to pull off the triangle chokes easy-peasy. The flexibility of Marcelo Garcia is just as awesome as his ground game.


Great submission artists are creative. The Korean Zombie’s twister was just out of this world. You will rarely see that in MMA. UFC 157’s Kenny Robertson’s Submission against Brock Jardne with a modified knee bar. Excited? It gets better. They say that it was because the leg was overstretched which caused the pain. Others say the knee was forced sideways which caused the submission. Either way, who submits guys like that?

The Can Do Attitude

So when Frank Mir busted Nogueira’s arm. The MMA world was split into two halves. Some say it there was too much force. Others say it was just right. He simply said, I don’t want to feel like fool if I didn’t give it all. But let’s not get excited. What I am saying is that your attitude towards the submission has be full of conviction. If you are going to commit to the move, by all means, COMMIT to it. But remember: well. Learn to read pressure points, understand breaking points. This is Jiu-Jitsu. MMA is just a reference to the point I am trying to make.

Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone.

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Jiu Jitsu Knoxville TN, Chef Anthony bourdain earns his first stripe

Chef Anthony Bourdain earns his first stripe at GMA Renzo Gracie Academy


Celebrities training Jiu-Jitsu is always cool to see but learning about their promotions is even more cool. Chef Anthony Bourdain, who was encouraged to train by his blue belt wife Ottavia, has officially earned his first stripe in the gentle art.

Training under Igor Gracie at the GMA Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, Bourdain has picked up a few tricks along the way to his promotion. Wife Ottavia is an active competitor and Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast who has brought on more than just her husband to the mats.

Check out some shots from Ottavia’s instagram showcasing the various techniques he’s worked over the time spent on the mats:

Bourdain works various techniques at GMA Renzo Gracie Academy. Photo: @ottaviabourdain instagram


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