"For centuries Jiu Jitsu's sophisticated fighting techniques were a closely-guarded secret of monks, Samurai and royal families. But over the past 20 years, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) has been spreading across the globe. What may surprise people is that Jiu Jitsu is about much more than kicking butt -- it is a phenomenal people builder and path to Zen. BJJ black belt and journalist Frank Curreri offers his vision for elevating this life-changing art to the next level and making the world a better place."
"The new generation of BJJ may not be as familiar with Nino. He is one of the all time greats and did Rubber Guard before anyone even knew what it was or had a name for it. The gogoplata, yeah, he invented that. He’s known for his omoplatas and love of Elvis and he leads a really fun class with a truly personal touch."
"Actually I haven’t followed the BJJ scene much. But been checking it out here and there. I don’t know much of the top BJJ guys today and that makes me feel like a dinosaur. The top BJJ guys in my day were [...]
"It’s growing together with your Jiu-Jitsu family and learning how to walk off the mat with a little more self-confidence than before that is important. Belts are a part of it, and they are nice to receive. But if that’s all you’re [...]
John Danaher is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie, and is known as one of the best BJJ instructors in the world. The New Zealand born black belt has been praised by the BJJ community as being a master and brain of the art. Danaher is a highly intelligent individual, who has a Master degree in philosophy from Columbia University, and is totally focused on the evolution and improvement of Jiu-Jitsu.
"...My first experience rolling with my instructor was earth shattering; I suddenly realized how vulnerable I was. I not only lacked the knowledge necessary to defend myself, I was mentally and physically incapable of doing so. For the first time in years I experienced a moment of clarity. JIu jitsu had shocked me back into the real world. "
The company's SF office offers classes in Thai Boxing twice a week, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu once a week. (In case you're wondering, Brazilian jiu-jitsu apparently removes all the striking elements of traditional jiu-jitsu and focuses on throwing and grappling, according to the Livestrong site).
"The chef, author and host of CNN's "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" talks to Charlie Rose about his new enthusiasm for jiu-jitsu, and why he finds learning an entirely new skill as satisfying as working in a kitchen for the first time."
"I spent all weekend at a local competition without fighting (there was nobody in my division). I wanted to support my teammates anyways so I was at the competition watching the fights the whole weekend. And since I was there I decided [...]
"Can jiu jitsu make you a better employee? Francesca Simon-Carboni would never have been described as calm or levelheaded in a crisis… until she started taking jiu jitsu. Francesca shares how the skills she built in jiu jitsu practice helped her advance in her career off the mat."