Sky Diving – Langkawi

Prior to heading out from Penang, Malaysia I had done a lot of research on where else to visit while I was in Malaysia. I had initially picked the island of Langkawi, Malaysia because I had read that it had the best SCUBA diving on the west coast. Since, as many know, SCUBA diving is another of my passions I thought it would be a great place to check out for a week, do some diving and get plenty of beach therapy before heading out to Cambodia in March.

Yes, I realized that there was no BJJ on the island but, I felt like I could handle a week on the beach without too much trouble. In the few weeks leading up to our trip to Langkawi, I had been training a lot between Monarchy MMA,  Budo Academy, Kombative Fitness, and team Armada so a few days in the sun sounded great.

Harnessed up and ready to go...Skydiving in Langkawi, Malaysia!

Harnessed up and ready to go…Skydiving in Langkawi, Malaysia!

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BJJ Cambodia – Phnom Penh

When I rolled into Phnom Penh, Cambodia I was DYING for some BJJ!!! I had spent the last three weeks in areas where there wasn’t any jits and so I was, possibly literally, dying for some mat time. No joke, the first ten days (spent Skydiving and beaching in Langkawi, Malaysia) went pretty well. Then, by day 15, I started to develop an eye twitch that seemed to get worse as each day passed. By day 17 the headaches started. These weren’t your normal, behind the eyes type of headaches. These were the back of the neck, running over the top of your head, tension style headaches. It’s no joke when I say that I get physically ill when I don’t have some BJJ in my life. (Seriously, I went through more flexeril trying to get rid of that headache than I have in the past two years combined!) Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of the ‘Cirque du Folies’ – a cautionary tale (a BJJ parable)

The following is a parable…a cautionary tale told in allegory. Begin parable:

What you are about to read is the true story of the rise and fall of the “Cirque du Folies” as told by a founder of the troop of artistic acrobats. Read with caution.

YoloBJJ: I’m here with Brian “Juney” Juneau, founder of the troop of acrobats known as the Cirque du Folies. Brian…tell us how it all started. Continue reading

Kombative Fitness – Penang, Malaysia

A few days before travelling over to Penang, Malaysia I sent out a few mails to different gyms to try and secure an invite to come and train. In a matter of a couple hours I had gotten a couple different e-mails from cool people offering to open up their gym to a visitor 🙂

A big group at Kombative Fitness, Penang, Malaysia.

A big group at Kombative Fitness, Penang, Malaysia.

The first on the list was Kombative Fitness / Penang Top  Team, a little south of Georgetown proper. Continue reading

The Late Session at Monarchy MMA!

After the great session I had this morning (afternoon) at Monarchy MMA I thought I would head back in for another class tonight, before I head out on Saturday to Georgetown, Penang – an island (and state) off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

I was fairly tired from training at the 12:00 – 1:00 pm class (especially after getting my ass kicked by Professor Bruninho 🙂 ) but I had such a great time, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to get on the mats. Continue reading

Quick update on whereabouts and tapping out to the “Road Warrior”

Well, I have been pretty quiet for a few weeks due to the workload I have been carrying and I probably owe you all an update. As I left you all last, I was setting off from Rio De Janeiro to get back to the US.A. before setting off for yet another year of travelling and training – this time in Southeast Asia and throughout the E.U.. Well…though it would seem like easy sailing after Rio, it was far from it!

We (my wife / forever travelling companion and I) rolled into the U.S. after about 28 hours of travel at around 3:00 pm in Nashville,TN. My Mom happened to be visiting friends in Nashville so she picked us up at the airport and drove us straight to Huntsville, AL where we visited with my brother and his fiancee for a full day and 1/2. After that we drove up to Knoxville, TN were we locked in with my wife’s in-laws for a week or so before my big “triumphant return” to the Ohio State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships!

I trained with Samuel Braga at Gracie Barra, Knoxville for about two weeks until it was time to move on to Columbus, OH for the Big State Championship. As usual these guys have been kicking my butt for two weeks prior to the tourney I was bound for in Cleveland, OH. The Samuel Braga style of BJJ is SO different than what I am used to that his students routinely baffle me when rolling. Besides being well-conditioned and strong competitors, these guys just play a game that I haven’t figured out as of yet. It can be really frustrating, but also, after I have relaxed and forgiven myself for looking like a fool on the mat, it can also get me totally psyched to get back there and ask a lot more questions and learn a new style!! Anyway….

I got up early the morning before the tournament and went out to the Knoxville airport to pick up my rental car for the 8 hour drive up to Cleveland. Everything was going well until I decided that I would hit up some friends in Columbus and see if I could crash at their place until the morning when I would resume my journey up to Cleveland for the big tourney. They were home and had a space available so I headed their way.

As luck would have it, about 1 mile from their place I hit a piece of debris in the road (a large piece of berm that had been knocked loose from the side of the road) and blew out the driver front tire!

After a short amount of time checking out the tire and digging out the spare I gave it a quick change and was back on the road to my overnight stay. It was a short drive and I ended up have a nice evening visiting with friends. But…my thoughts were on how to make this tournament in the morning. I still had about 160 miles to go and had a spare donut limited to 50 mph (about 80 kmh).

I looked up the tire places nearby but they were already closed for the evening. I considered driving the distance on the donut but quickly decided that it would be completely stupid to try to risk that. In the end I had to face the cold reality that I was caught and that the road had me dead to rights. I had to tap on this one and hope for a better go at it next time!

The next morning I replaced the tire and spent what was left of the day visiting with friends. In the end, I reckoned that I was out an extra $30.00 since the money I spent on the tire was offset by the tournament price plus the gas I would have burned getting there. Also, I found out later that my team (SAS Team, Ohio) took first in the team No-gi category so it wasn’t a total loss.

As soon as I got back to Knoxville, TN I had to get ready for a quick trip out to Cozumel, MX…but that is another story!

Until next time…OSS!

 

 

 

Final Days in Rio de Janiero

Had my last training session at De La Riva’s academy on Friday night, followed by a trip out to the Churrascaria Palace (Yum!) Today I have been doing some packing and getting ready for the long, 26 hour trip back to the U.S.A.

I wanted to take just a moment to reflect on my time here in Rio. I remember, when I first arrived here I was disappointed at the lack of instruction in the gym and I was having a hard time communicating with people due to my lack of Portuguese. Now, as I am throwing all my gis and rashguards in a suitcase, I realize that I am just a little bit sad to be leaving.

Farewell to the crew at DLR, Rio de Janiero and thank you all for allowing me the honor of training under your guidance!

Farewell to the crew at DLR, Rio de Janiero and thank you all for allowing me the honor of training under your guidance!

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Self-Directed Training and Breaking Through Barriers

If you are an consistent reader of my blog then you know that one of my biggest challenges since arriving here in Rio has been finding a new way to learn BJJ.

You see, here in Brazil, learning BJJ is much more self-directed than where I am from. In the U.S. we often spend half an hour or more learning technique and sometimes we will do 20 minutes of drilling the same move then move into another 20 minutes of drilling a different, but related move. After all that, we might roll for about 20 minutes.

Here in Brazil…well, not so much. In a one hour class we typically do about 5 minutes of stretching, 5 minutes of technique (one technique for 5 minutes) then 50 minutes rolling. Continue reading

Earn some CASH with our new affiliate program!

This year has seen outstanding growth in every area of YoloBJJ‘s market presence. We now have retail stores on three continents and are in discussions with a retailer on a fourth!) and this past month has set records for our viewership and sales!

Affiliate Marketing is the perfect way to "share the wealth" with the BJJ Community!

Affiliate Marketing is the perfect way to “share the wealth” with the BJJ Community!

Our product line has grown from one gi (in three colors) to three five separate gi lines, including competition, superlights, ultralights, bamboo models, youth specific models and are in the sample stages of a fourth line designed specifically for beginners *update: Check out the “GOTM” brand here: http://www.yolobjj.com/go-kimonos/ ! We also have a full range of ranked rasghuards in every color and in both long and short sleeves as well as our VERY popular “Renaissance” rashguard, and fight shorts as well. As I said, the growth we have experienced this year has been phenomenal! But we know we still have a long way to go and that is where you come in! Continue reading

Why NOW is the BEST time EVER to travel and Train BJJ!

Travelling the world is a BLAST! Training Jiu-Jitsu is a BLAST! When you combine the two….Look out life! You’ve just gone YOLO!

When I first decided to travel the world and train BJJ I immediately started looking at fabulous destinations like the beaches of Mexico,  Rio De Janeiro, Thailand, the Philippines; the sites of Macchu Pichu, the Great Pyramids, The Eiffel Tower; and the JIU-JITSU of De La Riva (Rio De Janiero, BR), Roger Gracie (London, UK), Relson Gracie (Honolulu, HI) etc…. Continue reading