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Abdulmunam Al Hashemi President of both the Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union (JJAU) and the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), and first vice president of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF)


ith the unlimited support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Jiu-Jitsu continues to enjoy unprecedented growth in the country. The 2015/2016 season provided no shortage of impressive feats, established by the Emirati stars at the international arena, and in terms of competitions, the launch of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and the introduction of a World Ranking system. The Grand Slam World Tour kicked off in Los Angeles followed by Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and London. It culminated with the eighth staging of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship. Abu Dhabi has been included as the fifth venue for the second season of the Grand Slam. The 2016/2017 season kicked off September 3-4 in Los Angeles, followed by Tokyo on October 23, Rio de Janeiro on November 12-13, Abu Dhabi on January 13-14 and London on March 18. The Grand Slam World Tour once again reached its climax with the ninth staging of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship, this past April. Jiu-Jitsu has enjoyed remarkable progress in a short period of time and has been included at the 2018 Asian Games, in Jakarta, after a successful debut at the Fourth Asian Beach Games in Phuket, in 2014. Jiu-Jitsu has also been included at the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego, in 2019, and in the Fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, in 2017. It also made a second appearance in 2016, at the Fifth Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam, from September 24 to October 3. The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) must surely be given credit for Jiu-Jitsu’s incredible growth and for raising the profile of the sport both locally and internationally. They have a well-structured development program from the grassroots with a busy domestic calendar that includes competitions scheduled throughout 10 months of the year. The UAEJJF have emphasized on youth development and the nurture of discipline, loyalty, bravery and teamwork through Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. In fact, the rise of Jiu-Jitsu has attracted enough followers for a new crop of ‘Emirati heroes’ to emerge amongst its practitioners, as made evident in the number of medals and international titles earned from numerous competitions

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time to get back to the mats. After a much deserved break following the 2017 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu World Championship, the 2017/2018 season started out with a bang in Tokyo. The first leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour gathered some of the best competitors in the sport today. In a very hot summer weekend in Japan, huge names like Roberto Satoshi, Nathiely de Jesus, Marcos Souza, Mayssa Bastos, Adam Wardzinski, Isaque Bahiense, Lucas Barbosa, among many others, treated the crowd on the stands and the viewers worldwide to some of the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu you could have today. Our team was mat side to bring you all the action in jaw-dropping images that you’re gonna want to keep forever. The fourth issue of Jiu-Jitsu World is here to allow you to relieve the thrills you experienced at the International Hall 4 of the Makuhari Masse, on the outskirts of Tokyo, on July 15. We will also take you to the Polish city of Wroclaw for the 2017 Ju-Jitsu World Games, on July 29-30. The UAE National Team landed in Poland with a goal in sight and they sure fulfilled the expectations. Black belt Faisal Al Kitbe led the medal-hungry group that did some damage on the mats. The trip continues on our Around the Globe section, once again traveling the world to bring you the action of regional events that keep the Jiu-Jitsu flame alive. This time, we go to Brazil, Japan, Mongolia and more. See who won big and added valuable points in the annual UAEJJF ranking. Jiu-Jitsu World #4 also looks into the future. We have the ultimate guide for those who will be in Los Angeles on September 23-24 for the second leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour. Know where to eat, where to exercise, where to relax, where to have fun, where to shop and , of course, where to train. It’s LA in a way you never experienced before. Our news team has your health and lifestyle always on their mind. That’s why once again they worked hard to bring you vital lessons on how to recover fast and always be on your prime to train and compete. Jump in and be ready. At last, we would like to thank all the faithful fans of Jiu-Jitsu World. Although we are only in our fourth issue, the feedback we have been getting is mind blowing. We have no way to express the feeling we get every time we get a message saying that our magazine makes your life on and off the mats more fulfilling. We will keep on working very hard to offer you the best content possible in the most luxurious package in the market. See you on the next one!


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The 2017 World Professional Jiu-Jitsu was the grand finale of a memorable season

Steady growth The UAEJJF Chief Executive Officer, Fahad Al Shamsi, talks about how Jiu-Jitsu has been growing throughout the years as a result of the intense work of the federation all over the globe WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: ANE NUNES

With each season that passes, the UAEJJF becomes even more dedicated to its goal of bringing Jiu-Jitsu to the largest number of people all over the world. The 2016/2017 season was an incredibly successful sequence of events, big and small. The plans for an even better experience in the 2017/2018 season are already underway. Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine spoke to Fahad Al Shamsi, CEO of the UAEJJF, about the evaluation of the past season and the goals for the next period. Jiu-Jitsu World: What evaluation can you make of the 2016/2017 season for the UAEJJF?

Fahad Al Shamsi: There has been growth and improvement with each passing year but last season was exceptional. It was


incredibly overwhelming both in terms of participation and the number of competitions. The local competition expanded to 18 events, with the inaugural President’s Cup, which was in line with the UAE national league, and the inaugural UAE women’s championship.

We conducted 62 qualifiers for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship. We included a competition exclusively for the disabled, namely the Para Jiu-Jitsu championship in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship, and additionally, we had initiatives, workshops and seminars as side events during the championship. Besides the World Pro qualifiers and the championship itself, we also staged 36 championship events for kids and 17 No-Gi championships.

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CEO of the UAEJJF, Fahad Al Shamsi (second from the left), heads the work of bringing Jiu-Jitsu to the world

With every season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour gets better and bigger

The UAEJJF already has events in every corner of the globe. Looking ahead, what are the plans to bring Jiu-Jitsu to even more people?

We plan to increase the views from television audiences through tie-ups with international channels. We also plan to stage qualifying events for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship in new cities to attract new audiences. We have introduced several projects locally to involve the country’s youth and the community, to educate them on the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu. We recently launched a scholarship program under the banner of “Making of Champions” for the youth from age 15 to 17.

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The 2017 ADWPJJC was one of the biggest Jiu-Jitsu tournament of all times. Can you tell us some of the attractions that are being prepared for the 2018 event?

Next year we are celebrating 10 years of the World Pro. Plans are already underway to mark the occasion. Once ready, we will announce it. The UAEJJF has a close relationship with the JJIF. What are the goals to be achieved with that relationship in the near and distant future? The UAEJJF has a close relationship with JJIF and we work closely to develop the sport globally. Our goal is to see Jiu-Jitsu


Jiu-Jitsu’s importance for kids is one of the pillar in the UAEJJF mission

The sport is getting stronger and stronger in the UAE with more and more events every year

Regional tournaments in all parts of the world help consolidate role of the federation in promoting the sport

The UAEJJF is working together with the JJIF and the JJAU with the ultimate goal of making Jiu-Jitsu an Olympic sport

in the Olympics. We have more than 80% of the federations accredited with us to make a case. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour was a major success in the 2016/2017 season. What can we expect for the following season that started in July, in Tokyo?

Indeed, the Grand Slam is only in its third season and we have seen significant growth during this short period. We have extended the number of days from two to three for the Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro for which we are expecting over 2,000 entries. The Grand Slam Abu Dhabi is extended to three days from the two days allotted last season and the Grand Slam London is now a two-day event instead of one, which obviously is to accommodate 22

The inclusion of Para Jiu-Jitsu in its tournaments is one of the most inspiring actions the UAEJJF has taken

the growing number of participation. We have introduced a national team championship starting from the Grand Slam events in Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi and London. We expect 13 national teams to enter in Rio, 30 in Abu Dhabi and around 20 in London. Do you have a final message for the readers of Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine?

Jiu-Jitsu is one of the fastest growing sporting discipline on earth and I think we have consistently delivered on the success and benefits of the fighters. We have provided more opportunities for them to compete and are constantly looking to improve and develop the sport all around. We add value to the competitions we organize and above all, the people have trust on us. Jiu-Jitsu World

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Stars of the show Athletes take on to social media to celebrate the opening of the 2017/2018 season in a glorious day of competitions in Tokyo WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: INSTAGRAM

If the summer days in Tokyo were hot (and they sure were), the action on the mats of the Makuhari Messe was even hotter. Athletes from all over the world came together to compete in the season opener of the 2017/2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam JiuJitsu World Tour. Btefore and after they competed, they shared their joy and their pride in being part of the Jiu-Jitsu movement. Using the hashtag #abudhabigrandslam, they spread the word on Instagram to let the world know of the awesome things that took place on July 15, in Japan. Here are some of the best images we captured off the internet.

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Satoshi has a very successful record at the ADWPJJC


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Roberto Satoshi talks about the emotion of competing alongside his brother Marcos Souza at the Grand Slam Tokyo and his plans for the rest of the season The two brothers did a great job at the Grand Slam Tokyo

The stands went wild all three times Roberto Satoshi stepped on the mats to compete at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Tokyo. With his teammates and students rooting for him, Satoshi had another stellar performance to claim his third gold medal in three editions. In this interview, he reveals what he felt while competing in his adopted country. Jiu-Jitsu World: What is the feeling of competing in Japan, before your students and teammates? Roberto Satoshi: I feel right at home. It’s the place I feel the most comfortable and the most confident. It is the best place I can think of when it comes to being on the mat. It’s always a pleasure to fight in Tokyo.

What was the most difficult moment in your campaign to the third gold medal in three editions of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Tokyo? I can tell you it was the semifinal match against my teammate and friend Kleber Koike. In UAEJJF events, you cannot close out brackets or be on opposite sides of the brackets, so we had to fight in the semifinal. It was kind of odd to compete against him as we train together for over nine years now.

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Satoshi in action before his home crowd in Japan Satoshi powers up before another match.

Satoshi is one of the most frequent names in the UAEJJF season

You and your brother Marcos Souza competed together again after a lot of time at the Grand Slam Tokyo. Could you talk a little about how you guys help each other during competitions? It’s great! We evolve together and we study our opponent’s together so we can put together a better strategy for each match. It’s an extra fuel when the competition time comes. I am very proud to fight alongside him.

You father was also a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and you always makes a point to thank him after each match. What’s his importance in your career even so he is not among us anymore? I have always been keen to sports and thank God I have always been successful at it. I knew it was something that made my father proud when I competed at Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. It didn’t matter if I won of lost, he would always be proud of telling people I was his son. So, now, whenever one of my matches is over, regardless of the outcome, I look up and say thanks to him. It is something to remember him and make him happy. 30

Competing against his teammate Kleber Koike

You have been very present in the UAEJJF circuit year after year. How important it is for you to be able to be a part of an series of events that award athletes not only with medals, but also financially? I have always thought that the financial recognition for athletes was very important. Now, I am the father of a 6-month old daughter, so it makes even bigger of a difference. The athletes are those who make the show and we cannot live out of medals only. Congratulations to the UAEJJF for the effort to make athletes’ effort rewarded. What are your goals for the 2017/2018 season that started out at the Grand Slam Tokyo and ends at the 2018 ADWPJJC?

I think I’ll have to stand in the sidelines in the next weeks to completely heal my shoulder 100%. I also have a MMA fight in Brazil in October. Nevertheless, I am sure that I will be back for the rest of the season as I want to be on my best for the 2018 ADWPJJC. Jiu-Jitsu World

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Heroes of the Rising Sun Black belts put on a great show during the season opener of the 2017/2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: IVAN TRINDADE, ANE NUNES

The tour is back! On July 15, in Tokyo, Japan, the 2017/2018 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam JiuJitsu World Tour kicked off with a bang. With more than 600 athletes, the first of five legs gathered some of the best competitors in the world fighting for their share of over US$125,000 in prizes. Big names like Roberto Satoshi, Nathiely de Jesus, Isaque Bahiense, Lucas Barbosa, Adam Wardzinski, Marcos Souza, Mayssa Bastos, among many others, displayed their talents on the mats set up at the Makuhari Messe, in the outskirts of the Japanese capital. The black belt division treated the crowd on the stands as well as at home all over the world to some of the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu today. Lots of epic matches captured the audience attention throughout the day. Each weight class featured the kind of action that JiuJitsu aficionados look for in an event. In the 56kg division, in a all against all bracket, João Carlos Kuraoka won both his matches to climb to the top of the podium. He first beat Japan’s Kei Ito 3-0 and then finished Masaaki Todokoro with a choke from the back. In the 62kg division, for the pleasure of the home crowd, Japan’s Kazuya Kawashima made to the title in two tough matches. He first beat his fellow countryman Hideyuki Yamada by referee decision in the semifinal. The gold medal match was against Brazil’s Guilherme Carvalho. Behind 12-4 in the scoreboard, Kawashima found a lapel choke to finish his opponent. In the 69kg division, South Korea’s Wanki Chae fought three times to reach the gold medal. First he finished Ricardo Yagi in the quarterfinals, then caught Mario Silva in the semifinal. The gold medal came his way with a 1-0 lead on advantages over Japan’s Daisuke Shirake. In the 77kg division, Roberto Satoshi was out to defend his title and things worked out just fine. In three matches, he first caught Matias Asencio with a triangle/ armbar, then finished Kleber Koike also with a triangle to meet Tiago Bravo in the final. The gold medal became reality with a sweep and a 2-0 lead. In the 85kg division, the most stacked division saw


Isaque Bahiense have a flawless performance to win the gold medal. He met up with also favorite Lucas Barbosa in the semifinals and won by one advantage in a thrilling match. The final was against Jaime Canuto and the decision came down to the last seconds. With a 2-1 lead on advantages, Bahiense secured the title. In the 94kg division, Marcos Souza registered at the last second and made the division even tougher. In two matches, he caught Youngam Noh with an armbar in the semifinals and met up with the talented Adam Wardzinski in the gold medal match. With one sweep, Souza built a 2-0 lead to win the title. In the 110kg division, in a single match, South Korea’s Dongwa Choi beat Brazil’s Wanderson Amakawa 7-0 to win the gold medal. In the female brown/black belt 49kg division, the 2017 ADWPJJC champion was merciless to continue ruling over the weight class. Mayssa Bastos finished both her opponents to win the division. She caught Aya Matsumoto and Priscila Gonçalves with chokes from the back to claim the gold medal. In the 55kg division, in one match, Japan’s Maiko Kurogi finished Saori Shibamoto with an armlock to take the gold medal home. In the 62kg division, also in one match, Larissa Paes beat Natalia Zumba 5-0 to win the title. In the 70kg division, Priscila Cerqueira fought twice to make to the top of the podium. First she caught Jessica Andrade and then she finished Caroline da Silva with an wrist lock to secure the gold medal. In the 90kg division, the 2016/2017 female black belt ranking leader started the new season on fire. In two matches, Nathiely de Jesus caught Ingrid Franco with a toe hold and then finished LeeAnn Genovese with an americana lock. The Grand Slam returns September 23-24, in Los Angeles, California. Once again, the best competitors in the world will gather to fight for the ultimate glory. For the compete results from Tokyo, scan the code below.

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Roberto Satoshi was a crowd favorite during the Grand Slam Tokyo

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Joao Kuraoka worked hard to reach the top of the 56kg division

The lightest division had back to back thrilling matches

Kuraoka had his game on point to with the 56kg division


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Joao caught Masaaki Todokoro with a choke from the back in his final match

There was no easy match in the 56kg division

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Kazuya Kawashima was 4-12 behind in the scoreboard when he found this lapel choke to finish Guilherme Carvalho in the 62kg division final

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Carvalho had the match under control up until the very end

Guilherme did his best, but just couldn’t finish the match

Chae’s guard was his main weapon in the three matches he had during the day

In the 69kg division final, Korea’s Wanki Chae kept the action under control to win with a 1-0 lead on advantages over Japan’s Daisuke Shirake.

Shirake Almost got a guard pass in place in the 69kg division final

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In the final match against Tiago Bravo, Satoshi kept control of the action with his top game

Roberto Satoshi used his guard game to rise to the top of the 77kg division

Satoshi and Bravo treated the crowd to a great match in the 77kg division final

Bravo did his best to pass Satoshi’s guard

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Isaque Bahiense had a stellar performance in the 85kg division final against Jaime Canuto

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The decision in the 85kg division final came to the final seconds, when Bahiense scored the winning advantage for a takedown

Bahiense’s pressure was a key in his campaign for the title

In the final seconds of the 85kg division final, Bahiense goes for the takedown on Canuto

Before the final, Bahiense had a true war against Lucas Barbosa in the 85kg division semifinals

The champion celebrates his victory


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Strength and technique were abundant during the Bahiense vs. Barbosa duel

Bahiense and Barbosa fought hard for the best grips

Barbosa had a tight toe hold in place in the final seconds but could not get the finish

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Marcos Souza decided to compete in the last minute and still was able to claim the title in the 94kg division


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The pressure on the top was a very important part of Souza’s game against Adam Wardzinski in the 94kg division final

Wardzinski also had some great moments during the 94kg division final

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Before the final, Souza finished Youngam Noh with an armbar in the semifinal

In the 110kg division, South Korea’s Dongwa Choi beat Brazil’s Wanderson Amakawa 7-0 to win the gold medal.

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Nathiely de Jesus was the biggest name in the female division


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In two matches, Nathi finished both her opponents to claim the 90kg division title

In the 62kg division, also in one match, Larissa Paes beat Natalia Zumba 5-0 to win the title.


Mayssa Bastos travelled to Japan to remain in control of the 49kg division

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In the 70kg division, Priscila Cerqueira kept the pressure on to control the action

A wrist lock against Caroline Silva was the finishing point in Priscila’s campaign until the gold medal

Priscila gave no space to her opponents

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Mayssa had her chokes from the back on point during the Grand Slam Tokyo


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Athletes of all origins converged in Tokyo for a true celebration of the gentle art

The day the world gathered in Tokyo Athletes of all skill levels come together in Japan for the season opener of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam


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Brazilian Thalison Soares was one of the standouts in the purple belt division

The potent air conditioner at International Hall #4 of the Makuhari Messe convention center gave a much needed relief from the scorching humid heat that hits Tokyo every year during summer. On July 15, over 600 athletes from all over the world came together at Japan’s capital for the season opener of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour. In fact, they first met on July 14 for the official weigh-ins. With their weights checked, the competitors were ready to go and give their best on the mats. From juveniles to master 2, including the always inspiring para-athletes, athletes ranging from white belt to the experienced black belts poured their hearts out on the mats, providing a true show for the crowd both at the stands and also watching at home. The best Jiu-Jitsu schools in the region fought inch by inch for the glory of rising to the highest spot on the podium. In the end, results were: 1st – Axis JiuJitsu – 9180pts; 2nd – Infight Japan – 5380pts; 3rd – Bonsai Jiu-Jitsu Japan – 3080pts. Here are some of the best images of the day of Jiu-Jitsu in Tokyo.

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The female divisions had as much action as any other in Tokyo


White belts proved that talent and dedication present results very early

Gabriel Moraes fought his heart out to claim the master 1 black belt 62kg division title after a 2-1 win on advantages over Jorge dos Santos

Tokyo Governor, H.E. Yuriko Koike kindly attended the event and presented athletes with their well-deserved medals

Every position on the mats was fought to the last inch


Daisuke Nakamura celebrated the title at the master 1 black belt 69kg division with a 1-0 win on advantages over Italo Nunes

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Pedro Bessa could not finish Yuji Goto in the master 1 black belt 77kg division final, but secured the title with a 2-0 lead

Sadayoshi Kurimori finished Keunwoo Kim with an armbar to take home the gold medal at the master 1 black belt 110kg division

Before competing, athletes checked their weight on the scales

Pedro Jordão built a 3-0 lead on advantages over Leandro Kussano to win the master 1 black belt 85kg division gold medal

The teams podium: 1st – Axis Jiu-Jitsu – 9180pts; 2nd – Infight Japan – 5380pts; 3rd – Bonsai Jiu-Jitsu Japan – 3080pts

In a thrilling match, Celso de Campos outscored Anderson Takahashi 4-2 to claim the master 1 black belt 94kg division title

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Tokyo Governor. H.E. Yuriko Koike watch the matches alongside the UAE Ambassador to Japan, H.E Khaled Omran Alamri (right) and UAEJJF Board member, Mr. Mansour Al Dhaheri (left). 59


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CafĂŠ goes for the choke from the back to seal the victory in Tokyo


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The run for the Legends heavyweight title started on July 15, in Tokyo, Japan. The belt held by Marcio Pé de Pano since 2016 will be once again at stake at the 2018 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Alexandre “Café” Dantas and Ricco Rodriguez were the first to join the run for the title. The much anticipated match took place right before the adult and master 1 black belt finals, on mat 4, for the pleasure of thousands of people all over the planet. As soon as the referee gave the go ahead, Café went for it and quickly managed to threat Rodriguez’ guard. The American did his best to defend the pass, but made his back vulnerable. Café was patient to advance his position and put the hooks in and then get a hold of the collar. The choke was in place and Ricco had no other option than to tap. Alexandre moves on to new challenges on his road to Abu Dhabi, on April 2018. About the experience, Dantas said: “It’s an honor be recognized as a Legend of Jiu-Jitsu!” The Legends series will feature matches in all five divisions to define challengers for the reigning champions at the 2018 ADWPJJC.

The struggle for the better grip kicked off the fight

After getting a takedown, Café started to work on his guard pass

Rodriguez defended the pass, but made his back vulnerable


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Café took his time when controlling Rodriguez’ back

Café worked hard to put the hooks in place and control the collar

Once the choke was in place, the tap followed

Café sets out to celebrate his win

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Relive the thrills of the first two editions of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour in Los Angeles


On October 2015, a new tournament added to the busy calendar of Jiu-Jitsu competitions in California. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour debuted in Los Angeles to take the gentle art to the next level. Finally, athletes would not compete just for medals. The UAEJJF made a great effort to offer over $100,000 in prizes, with a share of that amount to every division at play. Naturally, some of the best competitors in the game confirmed their presence in the new competition. The first edition, in 2015, featured the likes of Roberto Cyborg,


Paulo Miyao, Mackenzie Dern, Erberth Santos, Tanner Rice, Lucio Lagarto, Marcio André, Talita Alencar, Ricardo Evangelista, Faisal Al Kitbe, among many others. After all the thrilling matches at the Azusa Pacific University, it was clear the Grand Slam was here to stay. One year later, on September 3-4, the setting for the second edition of the Grand Slam was the prestigious Los Angeles Convention Center, right in the downtown area. Once again, the top athletes in the world signed up to compete in search of their share of over

$100,000 in prizes. This time, the event featured both Gi and No-Gi divisions. Xande Ribeiro, Gabriel Arges, Tammi and Mikey Musumeci, João Miyao, Erberth Santos, Romulo Barral, Tara White, Edwin Najmi were some of the big names present. As the 2017 edition nears, it is clear that the event has already become an integral part of the annual calendar of events in Los Angeles. Athletes work hard during the entire year to be ready to compete at the Grand Slam. Let’s see who’s going to be in the spotlight this year.

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Erberth Santos put on a great show in the first Grand Slam in LA

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Effort and emotion in Tammy Griego’s expression

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Xande Ribeiro showcased his well-known technique on his way to the 94kg division title

The best athletes on the mats deserve the best production

JoĂŁo Miyao and Mikey Musumeci had a battle for the ages in LA

Tara White was one of the standouts in the female division


Erberth Santos and Murilo Santana battled it out in the no-gi division

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Edwin Najmi and Victor SilvĂŠrio fought hard in the 77kg division final

Teammates Gabriel Arges and Otavio Sousa put friendship aside in the 85kg final

Jiu-Jitsu legend Romulo Barral was a crowd favorite in Los Angeles

Talita Alencar’s game was on point against Paty Fontes

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The JIU - JITSU guide to

Los Angeles The places to go, the foods to eat, the points to exercise and the mats to train before and after the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: ANE NUNES

EAT HEALTHY THE LA WAY Los Angeles is a healthy food hotspot. The fitness culture is strong so you will have plenty of options to eat healthy while in the city. Restaurants offering organic ingredients and menus based on alternative diet methods are abundant in every area of LA. For those coming to California for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour on September 23-24, here are a few options to eat well in LA.


Kreation Organic Juicery 8428 W 3rd St, Downtown, Phone: (323) 782-1777 – It is an all-organic, all-healthy juicery and café. The menu is all organic, raw, plant-based from local farms. Its goal is to keep patrons informed about what they’re consuming, where it comes from, why certain ingredients are selected and how they can impact your life. Popular items include Marjan’s Favorite premium juice, the Beautify syringe shot, the Amazon Açai bowl, Berryatric and Greentastic smoothies, and the organic chicken kebab platter with corn, hummus, and yoghurt. 74

701 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, Phone: (310) 399-2254 – Locali offers healthy and organic soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and snacks along with pantry staples, wine and beer, health and beauty items, and grab ‘n’ go foods.Popular dishes include sandwiches like the Badass Breakfast Sandwich, the vegetarian Reuben, and the Turkey Franklin Phenomenon; smoothies like the Elvis; and quinoa salad bowls like the Krazy Kale and Deconstructed BLT made with tempeh bacon.

True Food Kitchen 395 Santa Monica Pl #172, Santa Monica, Phone: (310) 593-8300. The menu is inspired by the principles of Dr Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet— a blueprint for a lifetime of optimal nutrition. Offering a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, organic and glutenfree options, along with dishes for Paleo or Mediterranean diets, True Food Kitchen provides delicious food that is also good for you. Jiu-Jitsu World

GET MOVING IN SOCAL Los Angeles has an average of 284 days of sun per year, so there’s a huge chance you’ll be able to go outside and exercise during your visit. No matter what you like to do to get your heart rate going, the city has the setting for it. You can run on the beach or swim in the ocean, exercise on open air gyms, trek the mountains. Choose your way of exercising and go for it. Here are a few great options to stay active.

Muscle Beach 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice – The world famous workout location attracts lots of tourists, but also lots of people seriously looking for a good place to work out outside. It features a nice array of machines for every body part and nice professional staff to help you with any questions.

Santa Monica Steps

Runyon Canyon Hike

Adelaide Drive – Need to work on your cardio and also strengthen your legs and lower body? Go up and down some stairs. Free to the public and open 24/7, 365 days a year, the “steps” actually consist of two sets of stairs. Some prefer the wooden steps which are wider across and offer a straight shot up, while others prefer the concrete ones which form a narrower switchback type of route. Whichever one you choose, it makes for a great way to lose some weight while being out in the fresh air. It sure beats running on the treadmill inside!

2000 N Fuller Ave, (323) 6665046 – It’s a workout with a view. It’s also the preferred spot for Angelinos who like to hike or run up the hills.The 160-acre park is right in the middle of the city, making it a convenient place. Aside from hiking, Runyon Canyon also offers free daily yoga classes with top instructors. Whatever path you take, don’t forget your camera and some water. The views at the top are incredible!

HIT THE MATS BY THE OCEAN If you arrive for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour a few days early, you’ll have the time to hit one of the local Jiu-jitsu academies to take the plane ride off and get your body running again. The range of options for you to train is wide. All you need to do is give the school a call before you hit the mats.

Cobrinha BJJ 4929 Wilshire Blvd #104, Los Angeles, Phone: (323) 931-9953 – Located in a central location for wherever you stay in the city, Cobrinha’s school is a guarantee of good classes. Led by black belt Rubens Charles, one of the most accomplished competitors out there, the academy will certainly offer what you are looking for in a Jiu-Jitsu class.

Gracie Barra Northridge 9520 Nordhoff St Unit 10, Northridge, Phone: (818) 709-1808 – Professor Romulo Barral leads one of the most successful teams of black belts today. Gabriel Arges, Edwin Najmi and Vitor Silvério are just three names you can meet in Northridge.

Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy 411 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, Phone: (949) 645-1679 – Brothers Rafael and Guilherme Mendes lead an army of students in one of the most successful schools in the region. The trip from LA to Orange County is a bit long, but surely worth it. You’ll have the pleasure of training in a state of the art academy and be taught by two of the most accomplished Professors the sport can offer.


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RELAX LIKE AN ANGELINO Work hard, but also chill out. Los Angeles is the perfect place for a day of relaxing. The city offers beautiful beaches, a bustling cultural and entertainment life and options for all tastes. Don’t matter if you are more of a quiet person that likes to chill out or has a restless personality that makes you go after the latest thrill, Los Angeles is the place for you.

Venice Beach/ Santa Monica Beach Just rent a bike and roll from one end to the other. In Venice, you’ll see the intense diversity that makes Los Angeles famous. People from all origins come and go in the famous boardwalk. In Santa Monica, don’t miss the pier and its rides, foods and artists. It’s going to be a full day for sure.

Universal Studios 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, Phone: (800) 864-8377 – If you don’t feel like taking the hour-long drive down to Disneyland, Universal Studios is the perfect spot for you. The theme park/movie studios has attractions for all ages that will take you to many well know universes like Harry Potter, Transformers, The Simpsons, The Minions and many more.

Griffith Park and Observatory It’s the best view of Los Angeles and one of the best views of the world famous Hollywood sign. Parking could be a little difficult, specially on weekends, but if you don’t mind walking a bit, just park a bit farther away from the observatory and you’ll be fine. The observatory itself is worth the trip, but there are also good treks on the way up. Stay until the sunset. Number 03 - 2017



Faisal Al Kitbe had a memorable performance at the 2017 World Games

The world of sports came together in Wroclaw on July


Jiu-Jitsu was one of the main attractions at the 2017 World Games

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The sports community gathered in Wroclaw, Poland, on July 2030, to compete in 30 different modalities. Over 3,500 athletes from 112 countries competed for the awe of the crowd on 24 venues. Jiu-Jitsu was also a part of the show with 129 athletes from 41 countries. They competed both in the combat modality of Ju-Jitsu and the Ne-Waza modality. At the end of the event, France finished first with six medals in total and three gold medals, followed by Germany with seven medals and two gold medals and Poland with seven medals in total and two gold medals. In the Ne-waza division, results showed how the sport is developing in different parts of the world. Belgium’s Amal Amjahid won the women’s open class division while Hungary’s Kristof Szucs conquered the men’s open class. The other champions in the Ne-Waza division were:

Hungary’s Kristof Szucs and UAE’s Faisal Al Kitbe waged great duels in Wroclaw

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Jedrzej Loska (Poland)


Raza Abbas (France)


Kubilay Bulut (Switzerland)


Melvin Schon (Mexico)


Faisal Al Kitbe (UAE)


Eddine Houmine (Morocco)


Amal Amjahid (Belgium)


Bohdan Mochulskyi (Ukraine)

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The UAE team proudly taking part in the 2017 World Games ceremony

Faisal Al Kitbe celebrated accordingly with the effort he put to win the 94kg ne-waza division

Kristof, Faisal and Eddine were the standouts in the men’s ne-waza division

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The Southern region of Brazil is the birthplace of some of Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest names in the sports history. On July 8, the Florianópolis International Pro was the setting for a new wave of talent to hit the mats of the Costão do Santinho Resort. Hundreds of athletes competed for their place under the spotlight. Here are the main results. In the black belt division, champions were as follows. Male Adult: 62kg: Thales Nakassu; 69kg: Rodrigo Dias; 77kg: Luciano Bernert; 85kg: Luiz Neves; 94kg: Henrique Cardoso; Absolute 77kg: Luciano Bernert; Absolute 110kg: Henrique Cardoso. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Rillion Gracie (2160pts); 2nd - AS Team (2105pts); 3rd - Gracie Barra (920pts). Scan here for the complete results.


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The Goiás International Pro gathered hundreds of athletes this Sunday, June 25, at the Ginásio Municipal, in the state capital of Goiania. The event featured male and female athletes of all ages and also para-athletes. The crowd was pleased with an awesome display of the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu on the mats throughout the day. In the adult male black belt division, some of the best competitors in the region poured their hearts out on the mats in search of the gold medal and the valuable points in the UAEJJF annual ranking. In the end, male adult black belt champions were: 69kg – Rodrigo Cardoso; 77kg – Mateus Garcia; 85kg – Vinicius Garcia; 94kg – Marcus Ruiz; 110kg – Igor Marques; Open Class (light) – Rodrigo Cardoso; Open Class (Heavy) – Fernando Tsushima. In the female brown/black belt division, results were: 62kg – Erika Neto. In the teams competition, the academies put their best effort to come out on top at the end. Here’s how the results turned out: 1st – NS Brotherhood (3350pts); 2nd – Gracie Barra (2005pts); 3rd – Nova União (1000pts). Scan here for the complete results.

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Hundreds of athletes gathered at the Municipal Gymnasium for two days of great Jiu-Jitsu on July 29-30. The event featured competitors of all ages from kids to master 2 and also included paraathletes. As usual, the action was nonstop with some of the best competitors in the region giving their best on the mats. After all was said and done, the results were as follows in the black belt division. Male adult: 69kg – Rodrigo Dias; 77kg – João Gonçalves; 85kg – Jonier Gomes; 94kg – Henrique Cardoso; 110kg – Marcelo Strada; Absolute 77kg – João Gonçalves; Absolute 110kg – Luiz Neves. Female Adult: 90kg – Daniela Oliveira; Absolute 90kg – Thamires Aquino. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Alliance Mario Reis (2420pts); 2nd - Sul Jiu-Jitsu (1700pts); 3rd - Garra Team (1640pts). Scan here for the complete results.


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On July 1st, two weeks before the Grand Slam Tokyo, the Japanese community got together at the Umida Gymnasium, in Tokyo, for the Japan National Pro. The event featured a good group of athletes on all levels of skills that battled to the end in search of the gold medal. In the black belt division, Daisuke Nakamura finished Nobuhiko Kitahara for the master 1 77kg division title. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Axis Jiu-Jitsu (1240pts); 2nd – Sendai Jiu-Jitsu (340pts); 3rd – Carpe Diem (260pts). Scan here for the complete results.

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On June 24, the Sendai International Pro took place at the Miyagui-Ken Budokan. Once again, the Japanese gentle art made a show of force in another event just weeks before the Grand Slam Tokyo. Athletes of all ages and skill levels poured their hearts out on the mats to conquer the ultimate glory. Here are the results after all the action. Teams competition: 1st – Sendai Jiu-Jitsu Academy (770pts); 2nd – Axis Jiu-Jitsu Academy (180pts); 3rd – AA13 (60pts). Scan here for the complete results.


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The Japanese Jiu-Jitsu community gathered in Nagoya on June 17 for another full day of action on the mats. The Aichi Budokan was the setting for some of the best athletes in the country to display their style and will to win. The event featured some big names on the mats. In the male black belt division, results were: 69kg – Daisuke Shiraki; 85kg – Leandro Kussano; 94kg – William Nyman; Absolute – Leandro Kussano. In the teams competition, the results were: 1st – Ogawa Team (360pts), 2nd – Kussano Team (360pts), Base Jiu-Jitsu (270pts. Scan here for the complete results.

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The Jiu-Jitsu community in Asia got together in Mongolia, on August 5-6, for the 2017 Ulaanbaatar International Pro, another groundbreaking event in the UAEJJF 2017/2018 season. Athletes from several different countries competed for the ultimate glory of reaching the top of their divisions. They added valuable points in the annual ranking with eyes on the 2018 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Garuda (2460pts), 2nd – Hiro Yokohama JJ Academy (590pts), 3rd – Mongolian BJJ Academy (570pts). Scan here for the full results.


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Understanding the UAEJJF athlete’s ranking Know what you have to do to rise to the top of the list WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGE: ANE NUNES

Every time an athlete walks on a mat in an UAEJJF event, he or she is adding valuable points in the annual ranking that will point out the best competitors of the season. The ranking is the most fair way of awarding the effort and the talent of each athlete that signs up to one of the UAEJJF tournaments throughout the year. It is also a great incentive for more and more athletes to take part in as many events as they can. The next pages will explain how the ranking works. Have a good read, put on your gi and go out there to add points right away. How to add points in the ranking? You add points in the ranking by at least participating in one of the events of the UAEJJF calendar (the current calendar started on May 1, 2017 and ends on April 30, 2018). There are six kinds of events in terms of how many points you’ll get: ADWPJJC – 6 stars, Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – 5 stars, Continental Pro – 4 stars, National Pro – 3 stars, International Pro – 2 stars, UAEJJF regional tournament – 1 star. The chart in the next page shows how many points you can earn in each type of event. How many rankings are there? The UAEJJF has divided the ranking in several categories. You can say that the two most important are male adult black belt and female adult brown/black belt. Each belt has its own ranking starting with white belts. You also have a ranking in the male master division, an academy ranking and country rankings (UAE, Brazil, USA, Japan and others). There are also No-Gi and Youth Rankings. 90

For what else is the ranking used for by the UAEJJF? The Federation will use the ranking to decide your position on the bracket of the ADWPJJC. It will also use the ranking to invite athletes to compete in the ADWPJJC. What are the prizes for ranking leaders? After all the effort, it is natural that ranking leaders at the end of the season receive proper rewards. The tables bellow show the main prizes for both the Gi and No-Gi rankings. The male Gi black belt division alone will award over US$50,000, while the female Gi brown/black belt division will award US$18,000. That’s the same amount reserved for the male adult brown belt ranking leaders and the master 1 male black belt division. What else do you need to know about the ranking? Yes. There are a few details you need to know about the ranking. If you are alone in a division, you won’t earn points in the ranking. If you change belts during the season, you lose the points from the previous belt. The same happens if you change age divisions during the calendar. Due to the academies ranking, the UAEJJF will not change an athlete’s team during the same season. Still need more info?

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CHAMPIONS in the FAR EAST Jiu-Jitsu community gathers in Vietnam for a show of power for the sport in the continent WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: JJAU

The 2nd Asian Ju-Jitsu championship gathered hundreds of competitors in Hanoi, Vietnam, on August 12-13 for a full weekend of Jiu- Jitsu. The medal table shows that the sport is growing roots all over the region. The final count by nations put Thailand in first place with 35726pts (17 gold medals, 17 silver medals, 26 bronze medals); the United Arab Emirates with 20803pts (10 gold medals, 8 silver medals, 3 bronze medals); Iran in third place with 18307pts (9 gold medals, 3 silver medals, 7 bronze medals). In the Ne-Waza division, champions were: MALE Aspirants Under 18/60kg

Khalifa AlKaabi (UAE)

Aspirants Under 18/66kg

Omar Mohammed (UAE)

Aspirants Under 18/73kg

Humaid AlKaabi (UAE)

Juniors Under 21 (15-17yo)/62kg

Said AlMazrouai (UAE)

Juniors Under 21 (18-20yo)/69kg

Trong Le (Vietnam)


Obaid AlNuaimi (UAE)


Kim Kyuhwa (South Korea)


Talib AlKirbi (UAE)


Hamzeh Al-Rasheed (Jordan)


Abdurahmanhaji Murtazaliev (Kyrgystan)


Zayed AlKaabi (UAE)


Masoud Jalilvand (India)

Open Weight

Faisal Al Kitbe (UAE)

Yahya putting his guard game to work in Hanoi

FEMALE Aspirants Under 18 (15-17yo)/44kg

Benaytip Phumthong (Thailand)

Aspirants Under 18 (15-17yo)/48kg

Natrada Jaikamhang (Thailand)

Aspirants Under 18 (15-17yo)/52kg

Mahra AlHinaai (UAE)

Aspirants Under 18 (15-17yo)/52kg

Noor AlHammadi (UAE)

Aspirants Under 18 (15-17yo)/63kg

Hassa AlShamsi (UAE)

Aspirants Under 18 (15-17yo)/95kg

Thi Lan Dao (Vietnam)


Suwanan Boonsorn (Thailand)


Annie Ramirez (Philippines)


Apryl Eppinger (Philippines)


Rana Qubbaj (Jordan)


Ishtar Obaid (Iraq)

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Annie Ramirez (Philippines)


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Women also put on a great effort on the mats

Victory was the final goal for athletes in Vietnam

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The sweet taste of victory on the mats of Hanoi

Faisal working his pressure on his way to another guard pass


The athletes also took the stands to root for their colleagues on the mats

Another athlete going for the finish in Hanoi The range of techniques on display awed the crowd

Every position was fought to the very last second of each match A luxurious setting for the Asian Jiu-Jitsu championship, in Vietnam

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RECOVER BETTER, TRAIN MORE 6 tips to make your body recover faster so you don’t need to take time off the mats WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: ISTOCK

As Jiu-Jitsu aficionados, we all love to hit the mats as much as we can. Training is something that really make us happy and energized. The tricky thing is to know when to slow down so you don’t take your body over the limit. In the next pages, we will give you six tips on what to do to give your body the time it needs to recover. A well rested body is key to a longer and healthier life on and off the mats.

Hydration is key

An active lifestyle leads to an increased metabolic rate and the need to quench the body’s needs. One of the most important of those needs is hydration. One detail of your routine you have to pay close attention to is your water intake. The minimum amount for males should be as high as 3.7 litters a day and 2.7 litters a day for women. Drink up!

Hit the mattress

Our body uses sleep time to recover both mentally and physically. Hormonal secretion during sleep is one of the most important factors influencing recovery; after all, the purpose of sleep is to induce a state of recovery in the body. If you don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, you will feel tired more often and your decision-making process will be impaired, leading to poorer results on the mats. 96

Program a slowdown Overtraining is a real issue. Taking your body over its limit will only lead to more injuries, poorer performance and more time off the mats. One great strategy to keep your body functioning well is to program a slowdown. Pick one week and reduce your time on the mats and also the intensity of your activities. That will give your body the space it needs to recover faster and stay active longer. Jiu-Jitsu World

Eat right

An empty sack cannot hold itself up. If you want to be up for the challenge, have the right nutrition routine. Protein sources are required to rebuild muscle tissue and to supply the building blocks for various cells, tissues, enzymes, and hormones. Carbohydrates are muscles major source of energy; therefore, eating carbohydrates is essential at refueling your body’s glycogen stores. Your body refuels glycogen at a higher rate within 30 to 60 minutes post workout so it’s important to consume a post workout snack or shake during this time.

Take a proper break You will last longer on the mat if you really rest between sessions. Your time off the mat is as important as the techniques you practice on each class. Take your life as a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner as a long distance run and not as a 100 meter dash. Know how to pace yourself within each day of training and also within a longer stretch of time. It is not a bad idea to reserve a day off each week. Number 03 - 2017

Massage it The wonders of this old art are well known. The right massage technique can reduce muscle stiffness, promote circulation and induce a state of relaxation in the muscle. It may hurt while you are doing it, but the hands of a professional will get you ready for your next roll much faster. Go for it. 97


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