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New Talent in Town Australia’s Hope Douglass had a spotless campaign to claim the gold medal in the brown/black 62kg division at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo.

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Warriors of Honor and Pride Black belt champions embody the spirit of Japan’s fighting history in a weekend of impressive Jiu-Jitsu in Tokyo

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International Colors of Success Roster of stars from all over the world fought their way to glory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour

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American Ninja Isaac Doederlein put on an impressive show of skills to mercilessly finish four out of five opponents on his way to the top of the lightweight bracket in Japan

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Greetings

Moving steadily ahead

H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi

Editorial

Success in the East Ivan Trindade

Get Social Glory in Japan

Competitors of all origins shared on social media their pride in being part of the historic 5th installment of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo

AJP Athlete’s Ranking

How to build your route to the top Rodrigo Valerio

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Preview Kings of Los Angeles

Get to know the eight warriors that will battle for the ultimate glory in the Abu Dhabi King of Mats middleweight division

THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT

The IT factor of Creatine supplementation Ane Nunes, Ph.D

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Opinion

Kennedy “Cobrinha Jr” Maciel and the Missing Medal Mohammed Al Housani

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Champion’s Class

Isaac Doederleins’s Single Leg Trip Sweep

TRAVEL & ROLL Eat well in Los Angeles

Some of the best places to get your grub on while in California for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam LA

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Greetings

H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi

Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP), Chairman of the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF)

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steadily ahead The 2019/2020 season of the AJP Tour landed in Japan with hopes of yet another record-breaking event as the ADGS Tokyo reached its 5th edition of unstoppable growth. That goal was achieved with honors. Once again, Jiu-Jitsu was welcomed with warmth and professionalism by the Japanese people. It’s always a pleasure to bring our events to Tokyo. We are sure next year’s event will be even bigger and better. This is the compromise we have made with the Jiu-Jitsu community in Japan and all over the world. We were also pleased to host in Tokyo another successful installment of the Abu Dhabi King of Mats. Eight of the best lightweight competitors in the world waged war to reach the top of the bracket. The ADKOM is quickly becoming a highly awaited event by black belt competitors all over the globe. The next one is already scheduled for September 14, during the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles. Eight of the best middleweight competitors will meet to compete for the ultimate glory. Meanwhile, the series of International Pro and National Pro events keeps expanding around the globe and showing that the growth of the sport continues with events bringing athletes and fans together. We once again would like to express our gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, for his continuous support of Jiu-Jitsu. His Highness has always been a source of inspiration for us and we are fortunate to have him on our side.

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the fifth year in a row, Tokyo became the center of the Jiu-Jitsu universe when the AJP Tour landed in Japan on July 27-28 with the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo and the Abu Dhabi King of Mats lightweight bracket. Hundreds of athletes from all over the world came to compete at the Ota Gymnasium and test their skills against top opposition. Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine is proud to be the primary media outlet to report on the AJP Tour and all the amazing things its doing to promote the growth of the sport and the development of athletes all over the planet. Our mission at the end of July was to register and report on all the amazing events that took place during the last weekend of July. The 100 pages you have on your hands now (or are reading online) are the result of over a month of hard work mat side, as well as on the editing table and writing the stories you are reading. We hope you enjoy the effort we made to bring you all

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the action that took place in Japan. As you are reading Jiu-Jitsu World #20, our team of reporters are getting ready to land in California for the third stop in the 2019/2020 season of the AJP Tour. Once again, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles and the Abu Dhabi King of Mats will offer Jiu-Jitsu fans a full weekend of action on the mats and our news team will be right there to bring you all the thrills. Follow the complete live coverage on our Instagram at @jjwplus. This issue also brings you new features, mainly an innovative technique article where some of the most accomplished athletes will share his most effective movements to help you improve your game on the mats. We hope you have a great read and we will se you on the next issue. Stay on the mats. This issue is dedicated to the memory of purple belt and Para Jiu-Jitsu champion Ronald Mann.

Ivan Trindade

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INTERVIEW

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I am always working on all aspects of my game. I just trust in my training and my preparation and enjoy the moment as much as possible.

Hope Douglass

New Talent in Town Australia’s Hope Douglass had a spotless campaign to claim the gold medal in the brown/black 62kg division at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo. She reveals the secrets that helped her beat some of the toughest opponents in Jiu-Jitsu today

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Jiu-Jitsu World: What can you tell us about how you started training Jiu-Jitsu? HOPE DOUGLASS: My martial arts journey started as a young child training karate and ultimately led me to Jiu-Jitsu in my teenage years. I started training seriously and competing internationally in my early 20s. Who were the biggest influences in your career on the mats until this point? What were the most important lessons they taught you? My biggest influence is my partner and coach, Ariel Tabak. I started training with him just under 4 years ago, and since that time he has transformed and improved my game immensely. He has the most analytical JiuJitsu mind that I have met and has a profound technical understanding of the sport. He has taught me how to learn Jiu-Jitsu – how to gather information, understand concepts and apply technique correctly. If you don’t know him now, you will know about him very soon. Australia has revealed several talents in the past years. What can you tell us about the development of Jiu-Jitsu in the country? Although Australia has come a long way, it is still quite behind in comparison to the countries that are producing most of the top Jiu-Jitsu athletes today. Our resources are very limited (the modern Jiu-Jitsu game is still very new here and it is hard to come by practitioners that are well versed in the modern competition game), we do not have many high-level athletes competing internationally in the Gi, and it is very far for us to travel for training camps and competitions. So it is always an uphill battle for us. We have to travel overseas as often as we can for training camps and cross train as much as possible to ensure that we get adequate training. You caught the international community by surprise when you won the 62kg division at the ADGS Tokyo. Can you tell us about your preparation for that event and your mind set coming in to compete? These days my preparation for competition does not vary a lot from my regular training. I always train consistently and deliberately and I am always working on all aspects of my game. In regards to my mind set, I try not to put too much pressure on myself. I just trust in my training and my preparation and enjoy the event as much as possible on the day.

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What tips can you give Jiu-Jitsu practitioners that are just starting and dream of becoming a high performance competitor?

Learning Jiu-Jitsu is a very long process. You must be willing to train consistently, honestly and deliberately. Find a good team and a good coach; a coach that is committed to studying and mastering Jiu-Jitsu that is relevant to the modern competition game. Study for yourself and take responsibility for your own learning. Surround yourself with people that you want to be like and study people that you want to emulate. You have been active in the AJP circuit. How important it is for Jiu-Jitsu to have a professional environment that rewards athletes monetarily for their dedication and results? It can be very difficult for JiuJitsu athletes to earn a living while meeting the rigorous demands of training and competition, therefore it is very important to be treated as a professional and to be rewarded monetarily in competition. This support enables us to keep on doing what we are doing and ultimately raises the level of the sport and produces a higher level of athletes. The AJP is doing a fantastic job and is currently providing one of the best quality platforms for JiuJitsu competitors. It is a pleasure to be active on the AJP circuit.

Hope’s guard game was one of her biggest weapons in Tokyo

Every inch of the mat was hard fought during the gold medal match

Hope with Master Cicero Costha and partner and trainer Ariel Tabak on the day of their black belt graduation

The final against Amal Amjahid was one of the highlights of the day in Japan

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ACCESS FROM SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD

GATED ISLAND

MARINA LIFESTYLE

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Competitors of all origins shared on social media their pride in being part of the historic 5th installment of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo, on July 27-28 Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Instagram

Two things are certain to happen in Tokyo in the past 5 summers. The humid heat and the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu Tour landing in the city for the fifth year in a row. With every new event, the ADGS Tokyo becomes bigger and better. In 2019, for the third time in a row, the Ota Gymnasium welcomed the Jiu-Jitsu community for two days of thrilling action. Our heroes tested their skills on the mats and, win or loose, shared their experiences on social media using the hashtags #adgstokyo #abudhabigrandslam. Here are a few of the thousands of posts that flooded social media. Let’s relive the thrills of a historic weekend of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan. We also hope to see the community engaged in the next stop of the 2019/2020 season. Use the hashtags @adgsla and #abudhabigrandslam to share your experiences at the ADGS Los Angeles.

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AJP Athlete’s Ranking

How to build your route to the top Understanding the AJP athletes ranking

Words: Rodrigo ValĂŠrio, | Image: Ane Nunes

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The New AJP World Ranking Format Based on rules of the Olympic Charter, the Qualification System aims to ensure that the principles of universality, performance, country, representation and gender equity, remain the focus for the AJP participation. In addition, a number of other technical principles and rules have been established to provide a basis for the development of the AJP Qualification System. The ranking is the most fair way of awarding the effort and the talent of each athlete that signs up to one of the AJP 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 and the new changes. Have a good read, put on your gi and go out there to add points right away.

How does the ranking work and what are the main changes?

The raking period will be in general for 24 months. The Seven (7) best results during next season (12 months’ period) will count + one extra (8th) result from the Continental Pro + the result of Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship, starting from May 1st, 2019. The points for each individual tournament will expire as follows: • From May 1, 2019 to April 30th, 2020 the points will count 100%. • After May 1, 2020 the points will be reduced to 50%. • After May 1, 2021 the points will be reduced to 0 and not count anymore. The dividing line is the first week of May 2020. Example: If tournament is held in first week of May 2019, the points are reduced to half on the first week on May 2020 and expired in the first week of May 2021.

How to add points in the ranking?

You add points in the ranking by at least participating in one of the events of the AJP calendar (the current calendar started on May 1, 2019 and ends on April 30, 2020). There are five kinds of events in terms of how many points you’ll get: ADWPJJC; Abu Dhabi Grand Slam; Continental Pro; National Pro; International Pro;

Here are the number of points athletes will earn on each event depending on their performance.

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How many rankings are there?

The AJP 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, continental and country rankings. There are also No-Gi rankings. Here are a few examples of how to count an athlete’s points.

For what else is the ranking used for by the AJP? 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. In addition the ranking will be used to select fighters for the new Abu Dhabi King of Mats through Continental Ranking and Grand Slam Placements. 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 AJP will not change an athlete’s team during the same season. Another features to be implemented are that athletes will get points for not only placements, but also for each matches won. For example, athletes can get a certain point for a gold medal, but will also earn extra points for each win. So if athletes win a really large bracket that could lead award more points than smaller brackets. On top on that athletes will be awarded even extra points for different type of wins, for example winning by advantage or by submissions.

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Are there any more novelties in the ranking for the 20192020 season? In case of equality of total RANK points, the higher ranking will be decided by:

1. The highest sum of the current points from World Pro. 2. The highest sum of the current points from all Grand Slams. 3. The highest sum of the current points from all Continental Pro, followed by National Pro, International Pro and Regional Championships. 4. The highest current points from one single event, then, if needed, the second highest, and so on. 5. If the competitors are still equal the decision will be taken by the number of matches done by the fighter through the season, followed by the fastest submission(s) or who made more points during the matches in case of World Pro Qualification. Scan here for more info https://ajptour.com/en/rankings/ajp-world-rank-definitions

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ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM TOKYO

Black belt champions embody the spirit of Japan’s fighting history in a weekend of impressive Jiu-Jitsu in Tokyo Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

Talent in Jiu-Jitsu comes from literally everywhere. The podium ceremonies of the adult black belt division at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo, held on July 27-28, at the Ota Gymnasium, were the definitive proof of that. It featured champions from 6 different countries in 11 different weight classes. There were 5 gold medalists from Brazil, two champions from Poland, and one first place finisher each from the USA, Sweden, Japan and Australia. When you look at the silver and bronze medalists, there was an even more extensive list of countries present, including Mongolia, Belgium, France, South Korea and Ghana. This truly International display of talent and love for the sport thrilled the crowd on the stands as well as those watching at home online or on TV. The next pages will save for history the thrills of that exciting weekend of Jiu-Jitsu in Tokyo.

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Adult Male Black Belt

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Crowd Pleaser With Brazil’s Thalison Soares not showing up to compete, the division turned into an all-Japan affair. Kei Ito moved straight to the final. Masaaki Todokoro defeated Nobuhiro Sawada 1-0 on advantages in the only semifinal. Ito took the gold medal home by split referees decision following a 0-0 tie in a close match against Todokoro.

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Kei Ito

Japan

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Nobuhiro Sawada Japan

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Don’t complain. Every single one of life’s hardships helped you become the person you are today Jonas Andrade

62kg

Surprise Factor Jonas Andrade said thanks to Wanki Chae when the South Korean was a no-show for the semifinal. On the other side, Gabriel Sousa beat Japan’s Tomoyuki Hashimoto by referees decision after a 0-0 tie on points. The gold medal match was also settled by the refs when a 0-0 tie on the scoreboard persisted after six minutes. By a 2-1 margin, Jonas celebrated the title. A foot lock attack right at the end probably was the narrow edge for Jonas to take the win.

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Jonas Andrade

Brazil

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Tomoyuki Hashimoto Japan

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I never considered myself a talented person, just a simple man with a dream in his heart! Kennedy Alencar

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In Search of Greatness Kennedy Alencar had to compete three times to take the gold medal back to Los Angeles. He first choked Song Hyeongkeun from the back and then repeated the same finish against Jan Basso in the semifinal. On the other side, Thiago Macedo beat Jun Yong Cho 1-0 on advantages and then outscored Cleber Fernandes 4-2 in the semifinal. The final was a close match and Kennedy worked his top game to build a 2-0 lead on advantages to secure the title. Jun Yong Cho completed the podium after beating Alberto Serrano, Jan Basso and Cleber Fernandes in the third place bracket.

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Thiago Macedo

Kennedy Alencar

Jun Yong Cho

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A gold medal is not won on the day of the tournament. After almost a month of hard work, I proved that I am capable and the joy of doing what I love the most Diego Ramalho

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Two for Two After winning in Moscow, Diego Ramalho travelled to Japan wanting to stay on top. He debuted in the semifinal against well known rival Max Lindblad. A 4-1 lead put Diego in the final once again. On the other side of the bracket, Australia’s Levi JonesLeary finished Alexandre Molinaro and then caught Shinji Morito with a choke from the back to reach the final. The gold medal was decided in a tense and close six minutes of Jiu-Jitsu. After a takedown by Diego and a sweep by Levi, a third penalty to the Australian gave two points to the Brazilian and the 4-2 lead persisted until the end. Max Lindblad fought twice in the third place bracket beating Molinaro and Shinsuke Moribe for his spot on the podium.

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The faith that I would come back from surgery better than ever is the only thing that got me through it Nathan Mendelsohn

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Sweat and Tears American Nathan Mendelsohn fought twice to claim the gold medal. He first beat Akihiro Kawakami 8-0 to meet up with France’s Thomas Mietz, who made it to the final with a 7-2 win over Dave Kim. The gold medal match was decided by a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages in favor of Nathan, who was coming out of a knee surgery and broke down in tears when his arm was raised by the referee after six minutes of war. Kawakami completed the podium after beating Kim in the third place bracket.

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Nathan Mendelsohn

Akihiro Kawakami

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In moments of victory, you just need to release all the emotions you keep inside Adam Wardzisnki

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Familiar to Victory Adam Wardzinski is back on the top. His second gold medal in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam came after two matches. He first beat Anton Minenko 11-0 to make it to the final. Brazil’s Fernando dos Reis made it to the gold medal match with a 6-2 lead over Ghana’s Rida Haisam. The title came Adam’s way after a match he had under his control, but could not score lots of points. A narrow 1-0 lead on advantages was enough. Haisam beat Minenko in the third place bracket to complete the podium.

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Fernando dos Reis

Adam Wardzinski

Rida Haisam

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Gerard Labinski

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The Dethroner Poland made its second champion with Gerard Labinksi. In two matches, he first caught Dae Woong Lee with a choke from side control. His opponent in the final would be ADGS Moscow’s 120kg champion Victor Hugo Martins, who also finished Lee. The final match saw Gerard sweep early and hold on to the 2-0 lead to take the win.

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Victor Hugo Martins

Gerard Labinski

Dae Woong Lee

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Only those who act make mistakes, but you can only act if you’re not afraid of making mistakes

Different weight, same result

Mayssa Bastos

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Rikako Yuasa

Mayssa Bastos

Elina Moestan

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Brazil

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Mayssa Bastos is relentless. If there are no opponents in her natural 49kg division, she will go up to 55kg and still win the gold medal. She fought twice to claim the title. She first choked American Dorothy Dao in less than a minute (42s to be exact). On the other side of the bracket, Rikako Yuasa first beat Sweden’s Elina Moestan 1-0 and then finished Yuki Sugiuchi in the semifinal. The gold medal match was as close as expected when two technical giants meet. A 4-2 lead on points gave Mayssa yet another gold medal in her almost flawless ADGS career. Elina Moestan completed the podium after she beat Sawako Fukazu, Dorothy Dao and Yuki Sagiuchi in the third place bracket.

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Change is hard in the beginning, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end. I am looking forward to what comes ahead Hope Douglass

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Afraid of no one The division had two big favorites beforehand, but reality proved to be a tough pill to swallow. Australia’s Hope Douglas first finished ADGS Moscow champion Larissa Paes with a leg lock and then meet up with 2018 ADGS Tokyo champion, Amal Amjahid, in the final, after Amal outscored Izabelle de Souza 20-2 in the semifinal. A 3-0 lead on advantages was enough for Douglas to join the club of ADGS champions. Larissa beat Miki Nakao and Izabelle de Souza in the third place bracket to complete the podium.

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Amal Amjahid

Hope Douglass

Larissa Paes

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Find a goal to focus on and work hard towards that goal until you achieve it

Martina Gramenius

A three-women bracket saw Martina Gramenius and Buyandelger Battsogt make it to the final after beating Meagan Evans (2-0 for Buyandelger; choke from side control for Gramenius). The gold medal match was a nail-biter, as Gramenius was only able to score the winning two advantages in the very end of the math, ending with a 2-1 lead that earned her the gold medal.

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Martina Gramenius

Meagan Evans

Mongolia

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Gabrieli Pessanha

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Straight to the Top Two matches and two wins by Gabrieli Pessanha over Marcela Caiafa. In the first match, Gabi worked a choke from the back for the finish. In the second match, Gabi quickly found a way to the mount and then slipped to an armbar to secure the title.

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Gabrieli Pessanha

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ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM TOKYO – MASTERS/COLOR BELTS/PARA JIU-JITSU

Roster of stars from all over the world fought their way to glory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Tokyo Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

There was something about the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Tokyo that gave the event an unique international feel. In the adult division, throughout all belt colors, competitors of several different nations were able to triumph and take the gold medal home. The adult blue belt division was a fine example of that phenomenon, with champions coming from the UAE, South Korea, Brazil, New Zealand and Japan. The UAE, specially, continued its display of great talent coming up the rankings, with five gold medalists in 12 podium ceremonies.

The purple belt division also hosted champions of several different nationalities. The UAE, the USA, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and Brazil made it to the top. In the adult brown belt division, Brazil had more control of the podiums, wining 5 out seven gold medals at play. The event in Japan also featured the seasoned masters and the always inspiring Para Jiu-Jitsu athletes. The next pages will tell a little of all their stories.

With a 2-0 lead on points, Yuto Hirao beat Yushiuki Onishi to claim the master 1 black belt 62kg division title

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Bruno Amorim beat Yan Cabral by split referees decision after a 0-0 tie on points to become the master 1 black belt 77kg division champion

Samir Chantre caught Toshio Asada with a triangle to conquer the master 1 black belt 69kg division gold medal

Nicholas Penzer caught Leandro Kussano with a choke from the back to win the master 1 black belt 94kg division

With a 4-2 lead over Sergio Rios, Igor Silva won the master 1 black belt 120kg division title

Alan Nascimento became the master 1 black belt 85kg division champion after he caught Noriyuki Kakuta with a choke in the final

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Andy Murasaki was one of the standouts in the brown belt division after winning the adult 77kg division with a spotless campaign

Kenzo Karakawa was one of the stars of the Para Jiu-Jitsu competition in Tokyo

From the USA, Ronald Mann once again made it to the top of the podium in the Para Jiu-Jitsu bracket

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The purple belt division witnessed a parade of talent both in the male and female divisions

The UAE came out strong in the blue belt division, winning five out of 12 gold medals

The Para Jiu-Jitsu competition is always inspiring for the crowd with athletes fighting hard to reach the top of their divisions

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Nations Podium

ADULT DIVISION

Brazil

15680pts

Japan

BROWN BELT

14640pts

UAE

13540pts

MAle Ueno 56kg Thiago Brazil Ishiguro 62kg Shoya Japan Paulo Medeiros 69kg Luiz Brazil

Teams Podium

Murasaki 77kg Andy Brazil

5000pts

Axis Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Al Wahda Club Jiu-Jitsu Academy 4340pts

4340pts

Infight Japan

Cruz 85kg Anthony Guam dos Santos 94kg Erich Brazil Tanabe 120kg Igor Brazil

PURPLE BELT

MASTER BLACK BELT

MAle Fernandes 56kg Nathanael Brazil Al Fadhili 62kg Omar UAE

Master 1

Hirata 69kg Koshiro Japan

Javier Gomez 56kg USA Yuto Hirao 62kg Japan Samir Chantre 69kg Brazil

Bruno Amorim 77kg Brazil Alan do Nascimento 85kg Sweden

94kg Nicolas Penzer Germany

Igor Silva 120kg Brazil

Bogdanove 77kg Grant USA Lindhal 85kg Travis USA Alamri 94kg Mohamed UAE Jo 120kg Sungrae South Korea

feMAle Ishiguro 55kg Haruki Japan Kuwahara 62kg Carolina Japan Cristo 70kg Fernanda Brazil

Master 2 Sano 62kg Masami Japan

Ribamar Junior 69kg Jose Brazil Ahmad 77kg Wisam Jordan Ferreira 85kg Paulo Brazil

BLUE BELT MAle Alkatheeri 56kg Zayed UAE Sa 62kg Jongsoo South Korea Ali Alsuwaidi 69kg Mohamed UAE Ardisson 77kg Matheus Brazil Albreiki 85kg Nasser UAE

PARA JIU-JITSU

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Class A/C

Ronald Mann

Class A/C 2

Marcos Mory

Class K

Tanezo Abe

Class O

Tsuyoshi Kato

Class N/O

Kenzo Karakawa

Class N

Tomonaga Icho

USA

Brazil

Japan

Japan Brazil

Japan

Mattheus 94kg Christiaan New Zealand Youk 120kg Jonil South Korea

feMAle Suga 49kg Satomi Japan Silva 55kg Renata Brazil

Alnaamani 62kg Sharifa UAE Andrade 70kg Taciana Brazil Al Ameri 95kg Mariam UAE

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ABU DHABI KING OF MATS – Lightweight

American Ninja Isaac Doederlein put on an impressive show of skills to mercilessly finish four out of five opponents on his way to the top of the lightweight bracket in Tokyo

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I’ll do whatever it takes to get the submission in every match. Nothing less will satisfy me

Isaac Doederlein

Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

Issac Doederlein had a campaign for the ages on July 27, 2019. As he entered the mats at the Ota Gymnasium, in Tokyo, he knew only one result would be satisfying for him at the end of the day. After finishing second in the lightweight bracket in London, three months earlier, Isaac wanted the top position and the ADKOM title. So, as early as the first match, Isaac showed the competition that he was ready to go all the way and do it in great fashion. In five matches, only one opponent managed not to tap to Isaac’s impressive skills and drive. “It’s all about hard work! I believe that to be the best you have to go through phases and build your game until you are able to put everything together. After years on the mats, I am now able to do just that and that’s exactly what happened today,” said Isaac after the final triumph. Here’s how the 8-men bracket played out at the central mat in the Ota Gymnasium.

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GROUP STAGE

Round 1

In Group A, Gabriel Sousa came out strong to open the event but had his hands full against South Korea’s Wanki Chae, beat with a 2-1 lead on advantages after a 0-0 tie on points. Round 1 in the group closed with Cleber Fernandes putting Japan’s Nobuhiro Sawada in a leg lock to debut with a win. Group B opened with Isaac Doederlein coming out of the gate full throttle. An armbar on Thiago Macedo put an end to the match. Diego “Pato” Oliveira had a lot more trouble in his debut against Japan’s Tomoyuki Hashimoto. A 2-1 lead on advantages was the narrow edge that gave Diego the win.

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Round 2

In Group A, Gabriel Sousa came back for his second match in the group, but this time he picked up the pace to catch Cleber Fernandes with an armlock for the finish. Wanki Chae bounced back from his first round defeat with a 4-2 win on points over Nobuhiro Sawada. On Group B, Isaac Doederlein almost got the finish with an armbar, but time ran out on him and the black belt under Rubens Cobrinha had to settle for a 3-1 win on advantages over Diego Pato. The group closed round 2 with Thiago Macedo finding a choke from the back on Tomoyuki Hashimoto for his first win in the bracket.

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Round 3

Gabriel Sousa secured his spot in the semifinals as “champion of Group A � with a choke from the back on Nobuhiro Sawada in their final appearance in the group stage. Cleber Fernandes also made it to the semifinals with a 3-2 lead on advantages over Wanki Chae, securing him the second spot in the group. Isaac Doederlein easily made it to the semifinals as leader of Group B after he finished Tomoyuki Hashimoto with an armbar. The final spot in the semifinals landed with Diego Pato after a 4-2 win on points over Thiago Macedo in a thrilling and close match.

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SEMIFINALS

Isaac Doederlein vs. Cleber Fernandes

The first semifinal was one of those odd matches Jiu-Jitsu fans witness from time to time. Very early in the match, Isaac Doederlein managed to reach a position to finish Cleber Fernandes with an armbar. Not willing to give up, Fernandes held on to his arm and made Isaac really work for the finish. After nearly five minutes, Doederlein finally was able to break Cleber’s defense and get the finish to qualify for the final.

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Gabriel Sousa

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Diego “Pato � Oliveira

If you blinked, you missed some key moment of the action. Sousa and Oliveira stepped on the gas and had a very fast-paced match. The thrills kept coming with near back takes and near guard passes from side to side. In the end, a 4-2 lead for Sousa put him in the final while Diego went on to fight for the third place.

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THIRD PLACE MATCH

Diego “Pato ” Oliveira vs. Cleber Fernandes

At one point of the third place match, the crowd could almost feel Diego Pato’s pain as Cleber Fernandes attacked his already injured right ankle. The newly promoted black belt showed a lot of heart not to tap on that foot lock, and he didn’t. More than that, Diego was able to build a 4-2 lead and ultimately win the third place and a much deserved ovation from the crowd.

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FINAL

Isaac Doederlein

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Gabriel Sousa

The last time Isaac Doederlein was in a final match of the Abu Dhabi King of Mats, a split referees decision in favor of Paulo Miyao took away his dream of reaching the top step of the podium. This time, in Tokyo, Isaac left nothing for the referees to decide. After a sweep for each, Isaac was able to find a nice foot lock setup that gave Gabriel no other alternative than to verbally tap as his ankle was attacked. A new champion is on scene and Isaac is now on deck to face the winner of the lightweight belt match between Paulo Miyao and Leonardo Saggioro, scheduled for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio, this coming November.

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PREVIEW

Kings of Los Angeles

Get to know the eight warriors that will battle for the ultimate glory in the Abu Dhabi King of Mats middleweight division For the second year in a row, the Abu Dhabi King of Mats series will land in Los Angeles for a full day of matches. This time, the middleweight division will be the main attraction as eight super champions will clash to write their names in ADKOM history. The matches kick off at 5pm on Saturday, September 14. Heading up to the big day, we have prepared a guide so you get to know more about the competitors of this sure to be epic day of Jiu-Jitsu.

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Isaque Bahiense Brazil

An ADWPJJC and ADGS champion, Isaque will be back in the mix to claim for his first title in the Abu Dhabi King of Mats. Bahiense’s powerful top game and drive to pursue his goals is a guarantee that his matches are always thrilling as his results put him as one of the names to be watched carefully on the bracket.

Tommy Langaker Norway

From Scandinavia, Langaker wrote his name in history when he won the adult male black belt 77kg division at the 2019 ADWPJJC. He’s back in the mix to claim another milestone title in his career.

Diego Ramalho Brazil

Runner up in the 2018/2019 season adult black belt ranking, Diego started out the 2019/2020 season on fire, winning the 77kg division both at the ADGS Moscow and ADGS Tokyo. He’s coming to LA to shine even brighter.

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Manuel Ribamar Brazil

Another upcoming talent from Brazil, Ribamar returns to Los Angeles, where he won the 85kg division in the 2018 ADGS. One of the most accomplished competitors in his generation, Ribamar deserves to be acknowledged as a serious contender for the title.

Max Lindblad Sweden

The Swedish black belt reached the top of the adult black belt 77kg division at the 2019 ADGS London, beating some of the best in the world. He join the ADKOM bracket to prove that Scandinavia is a true powerhouse in Jiu-Jitsu today.

Nathan Mendelsohn USA

Fresh out of a gold medal campaign at the ADGS Tokyo, the Claudio França black belt is ready to show the seven other competitors that there’s some serious talent coming out of San Jose, California. Mendelsohn’s matches are always exciting and fast paced. He is a factor to be considered in the bracket.

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Gustavo Batista Brazil

The Atos JJ black belt is familiar with winning in California. Winner of the adult black belt 94kg division at the 2018 ADGS LA, Batista will be back to claim his first ADKOM title. Who can doubt he is a true contender?

Marcos Tinoco Brazil

A powerhouse in the masters 1 division in the 2018/2019 season, when he won gold medals in all ADGS events and also at the ADWPJJC, Tinoco is coming back to the adult division to show that experience can beat youth.

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT

The IT factor of Creatine supplementation Know when it is safe and it is not to include creatine in your dietary routine Words: Ane Nunes, Ph.D*

Creatine is found throughout your body, with 95% stored in your muscles and it is a popular supplement used by athletes in an effort to increase muscle performance. Even it’s a very common supplement, some specialists alert to the potential damage to the kidney function if it’s consumed without a professional follow-up. The average stores of creatine in the muscles are about 120 mmol/kg, but creatine supplements can elevate these stores to around 140–150 mmol/kg. Creatine alters your body’s stored water, driving additional water into your muscles cells. This fact may be behind the theory that creatine causes dehydration. However, this shift in cellular water content is minor, and more research is necessary to support the claims about dehydration. Just in case, to keep water intake to appropriate levels during your supplementation diet is a good thing to be done. Creatine supplementation appears safe when used by healthy adults at the recommended loading (20g/day for five days) and maintenance doses (</=3g/day). In people with a history of renal disease or those taking nephrotoxic medications, creatine may be associated with an increased risk of renal dysfunction. There are few trials investigating the long-term use of creatine supplementation in doses exceeding 10g/day. In one of them, a 12-week creatine supplementation protocol did not affect kidney function in resistance-trained healthy individuals consuming a high-protein diet; thus reinforcing the safety of this dietary supplement. Since creatine supplementation can slightly raise levels of

creatinine in your blood, it may act as a false indicator of renal dysfunction. Creatinine is commonly measured to diagnose kidney or liver problems. However, the fact that creatine raises creatinine levels does not mean that it is harming your liver or kidneys. Others biological markers, than serum creatinine and creatinine clearance, should be included for a renal function investigation for a correct renal failure diagnosis. It is worth noting, the safety of creatine in children and adolescents has not been established. If you want go more deeply to know about creatine supplementation, check out these scientific references bellow: 1 – Yoshimumi WM and Tsourounia C. Effect of creatine supplementation on renal function. Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy 2004;(1):1-7 2 – Lugaresi R. et al. Does long-term creatine supplementation impair kidney function in resistance-trained individuals consuming a high-protein diet? Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2013;10:26 3 – de Souza e Silva A. et al. Effects of creatine supplementation on renal function: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Renal Nutrition 2019; S1051-2276 (19)30228-6 4 – Jovanov P. et al. Prevalence, knowledge and attitudes towards using sports supplements among young athletes. Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition 2019;16:27

*Ane Nunes, Ph.D. in Medical Sciences. Assistant Researcher at University of California, Irvine, USA. Research areas: Nephrology, Human Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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OPINION

Mohammed Al Housani Jiu-Jitsu Analyst / Commentator

Kennedy “Cobrinha Jr” Maciel

and the Missing Medal Kennedy “Cobrinha Jr” Maciel has the chance to win the only title that eluded his father, the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship at Black Belt. At a certain time of your life, there might be some added pressure from your family to live up to the accomplishments of a family member. Whether it’s your father, mother or siblings, there is always this pressure to follow a certain path, especially if that family member built a legacy that is well spoken of in a specific field. I had that pressure when I briefly followed my father’s footsteps into the diplomatic field, where everyone had expectations I would be talented in writing reports and have knowledge of history and politics due to my excessive reading of books and articles. It is a struggle in these situations to get out of your father’s shadow and build your own legacy. I ended up leaving the field and pursuing something else. I decided to step out of my father’s shadow. In sports, it is even more of a pressurecooker. Some 2nd-generation athletes reach varying levels of depression trying to live up to certain expectations. Out of my head, I could think of Rickson Gracie’s sons, the late Rockson Gracie and current UFC Fighter and one of the best Jiu-Jitsu competitors, Kron Gracie. In general, if you are born a Gracie, there is a constant struggle to defend the family name as soon as you open your eyes to the world. With all that is said and done, one of the greatest competitors to ever don a Jiu-Jitsu Gi is Rubens Charles Maciel, more famously known as “Cobrinha”. A man that has accomplished everything that can be accomplished in the sport, whether it’s in Jiu-Jitsu or Submission Grappling. Even though he managed to conquer one Abu Dhabi event in the world of grappling, there is one Abu Dhabi event that has eluded him: The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC). I was there at the inaugural ADWPJJC, which was known as the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup at the time. Nothing was certain that night at the Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium. We were all embarking on a new journey 88

towards professionalizing the sport with the highest cash prizes in the history of the sport, and the introduction of unique rules that challenged the status quo in the Jiu-Jitsu world. Even with all of that, one thing was certain to most Jiu-Jitsu observers at the time: Cobrinha is going to win a gold medal. He was, arguably, the favorite to win gold at the time. His reputation preceded him, but Rafael Mendes had other plans, beating Cobrinha for the 1st time and igniting one of the greatest rivalries in the modern-day history of the sport, and as they say, the rest is history. There were other attempts like his impromptu challenge in 2011, where he also came close to winning gold only to be upset by Celso Vinicius and then lose the Absolute Final against a man who was heavier, Rodolfo Vieira. Enter his son Kennedy, otherwise known as Cobrinha Jr. What is interesting is that he only started training Jiu-Jitsu in 2012 when he moved in with his father to the USA, which is impressive considering the accomplishments he already has at the upper echelons of the sport. He already started his season with a solid performance in Tokyo at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, winning a gold medal for the first time as a black belt in the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) Circuit. This is hoping he goes on to compete in future AJP events leading up to the main event in April, a competition he conquered at Brown Belt. Even though Kennedy has declared he stepped out of his Father’s shadow a long time ago and there is no added pressure being the son of a legendary figure in the sport, I find it hard to believe so. I think the pressure is still there, and winning 2 major Abu Dhabi events, one of which is the ADWPJJC will surely be the final step he takes out of his legendary father’s shadow. This can be the year of Cobrinha Jr. On a side note, it was great to see Isaac Doederlein become the Lightweight King of Mats in Tokyo. His loss at the previous installment against Paulo Miyao was controversial, and it made a lot of sense to win the title this time to possibly secure a rematch with his rival in the near future.

Image: Ane Nunes

How the son of a Jiu-Jitsu legend has the chance to win the only title that eluded his father’s incredibly successful career

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CHAMPION’S CLASS

Isaac Doederleins’s Single Leg Trip Sweep

Isaac starts the movement with strong grips to the opponent’s collar and sleeve as support points to stand up and start the sweep movement

The Abu Dhabi King of Mats lightweight champion shares the secrets of one of his most efficient techniques

At the same time, he uses his foot to push the opponent’s leg back and create unbalance

The capture is almost compete as Isaac lifts the opponent’s leg from the mat and prepares to stand up completely

Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

Without a support point, the opponent has no way to defend the takedown and goes to the ground

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To be one of the top competitors in the world, a black belt needs to hold up their gi sleeve a myriad of techniques that allow them to always find a way to attack the opponent as well as find a way out of tough positions. The Abu Dhabi King of Mats

With the opponent unbalanced, Isaac wraps his leg around the opponent’s front foot

Now on his two feet, Isaac looks to complete the capture as he gets to a good position to stabilize the position

With the opponent on the ground, Isaac moves quickly to establish control on top

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Lighweight champion Isaac Doederlein is a perfect example of that. The American black belt has a solution for every problem his opponents throw his way. In the debut of a new feature in Jiu-Jitsu World, Isaac shares the secrets of an efficient sweep he uses to

Already on his knees, Isaac starts to capture the opponent’s leg with his right arm

Isaac completes the capture of the opponent’s leg and secures the position with a strong grip to the collar and his right arm wrapped around the opponent’s leg and arm

He uses his feet and the grip to the collar to put the opponent on his back

score two points and put his adversaries on the defensive. It’s a fast and straight to the point movement that allows Isaac to start his drive to pass the opponent’s guard and look for the finish. Pay attention to the details and add this valuable technique to your game.

Isaac moves on to capture the opponent’s leg at the same time as he gets on his feet

The next step for Isaac is to trip the opponent’s leg and force the takedown

The sweep is complete and Isaac now looks for an opening to pass the guard and look for the finish

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TRAVEL AND ROLL

Eat well in

Los Angeles

Words: Ane Nunes | Images: Morguefile

We checked out several reviews to let you know the best places to stop by and eat healthy food without blame during your stay in South California for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles. Let’s see what are people saying.

Powerplant Superfood Café

Health Nut

California Chicken Café

Price level: $$ Phone: (323) 965-2233 Address: 5671 W Pico Blvd, WidWillshire, CA

Price Level: $$ Phone: +1 (818) 386-8256 Address: 4550 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oak, CA

Price Level: $$ Phone: +1 (323) 935-5877 Address: 6805 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA

What people are saying:

What people are saying:

Breakfast and Brunch

“Really friendly and warm staff.” “The vegan bbq cheeseburger is the best in SoCal.” “The food! Everything is plant-based and gluten free, with an incredible amount of vegan options. The food tastes so fresh and you can tell that they really care about the food they’re putting out.”

Salad Sandwiches

“Great place for a quick and healthy sandwich or salad.” “I love that the place is family owned - there’s a very friendly, pleasant atmosphere in the store and FREE PARKING!”

Salad, Wraps, American

What people are saying: “Tried their wrap and roasted chicken and both were really good.” “Healthy chicken meal for a very affordable price.”

“The staff is competent, the food is delicious. I love the chicken salad sandwich. It’s the best thing on the menu. That, and the mango green tea.”

“I love the broccoli pasta, which is broccoli chopped up with fusilli coated in (at least it used to be) a mixture of Italian and Ranch salad dressings. Tastes way better than it sounds and a good way to get some veg.”

The Paleo People

True Food Kitchen

Sushi Sawa

Price Level: $$ Phone: +1 (310) 492-5713 Address: 615 N Western Ave, Larchmont, CA

Price Level: $$ Phone: +1 (626) 639-6818 Address: 168 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

Price level: $$ Phone: +1 (626) 815-1919 Address: 722 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA

Food Delivery Service, Vegan

What people are saying: “Dude. These people are awesome. The food is fresh and delicious. They’re on Doordash delivery and the price is super reasonable!” “Healthy-delicious! We ordered two beef paleo platters. The burgers tasted remarkably similar to the way I make mine.” “The vegetables were also fresh and flavorful, especially the ginger beets and the lemon cauliflower.” 96

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Vegetarian, American, Vegan

What people are saying: “I ordered the mushroom and spinach pizza (seasonal) and it was DELICIOUS!!!” “Parking is free for 90 minutes in the structures around old town.” “The edamame dumplings were amazing. The inside out quinoa burger was really great too with lots of veggies. The food here is great and very fresh.”

Sushi Bar, Japanese

What people are saying: “Sushi Sawa is outstanding place for sushi and other Japanese fare in Azusa. The food is always delicious and fresh. The staff is friendly and attentive.” “My favorites are the rainbow roll with this delicious lemony sauce! The star wars roll is good, popular and the edamame with spicy garlic sauce is amazing!!!” “100% authentic! Service was excellent! Rolls were perfectly proportioned! A must when your in town.” Jiu-Jitsu World


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