Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton : Pure NU Lineage!

Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton : Pure NU Lineage!

These Days, not a lot of people can say that their Jiu Jitsu lineage runs pure.  More and more associations are forming and getting organized. With this comes a lot of changes. Some organizations are imposing fees or requirements as well as getting organized and offering services to competitors and clients. With this a lot of folks are jumping ship from one team to another.  Some because they don’t like the changes, others because it’s popular to open a gym and they are in search of getting rank from whomever will hand it out fast. I’m pleased to say that I have been 100% Nova Uniao since day 1, and all of our students at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton can say the same.  This is a history of our team!

Nova Uniao is one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teams in the world. It has been home to multiple World Champions in both grappling and Mixed Martial Arts. From Vitor “Shaolin” Riberio, to B.J. Penn, to Leonardo Santos, to Robson Moura, to Jose Aldo, to Benton’s Jory Malone the gym has played host to generations of talent and success.

Per Teammate Leo Santos, an account of Nova Unaio’s history:

Nova Uniao is the product of the combination of two of the most storied lineages in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Andre Pederneiras was one of the founders and was a black belt under the great Carlson Gracie, the first Gracie to teach the full range of Jiu-Jitsu techniques to students outside the Gracie family. The co-founder of Nova Uniao was Wendell Alexander, who is a key member of one of the most unique lineages in all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Alexander is one of the few men who can claim a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage that is clear of any Gracie. Unlike the vast majority of BJJ players who trace their instructors back through Carlos Gracie, Alexander’s black belt traces directly back to Mitsuyo Maeda. Maeda taught his Kodokan Judo, blended with some catch wrestling he had learned while traveling Europe, to several students in Brazil, most famously Carlos Gracie. One of Maeda’s first students was Luis Franca, a man who sadly little is written. In 1937, Franca took a student of his own, and while Helio Gracie was learning Jiu-Jitsu for the first time so was young Oswaldo Fadda. Fadda would earn his black belt in 1942 and began to given lessons on the outskirts of Rio. By this time the Gracie family had the made the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu well known but many of their prices for instruction were steep and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was a martial art of the middle and upper class. Fadda taught his lessons in public areas, opening techniques to lower classes for no charge. In 1950, Fadda and his students finally were able to open their own academy just outside of Rio. The school specialized on footlocks before the rise of Luta Livre made the techniques commonplace in Brazilian grappling. In 1951, Fadda challenged the Gracie Academy in Rio through the Globo Journal famously stating “We wish to challenge the Gracies, we respect them like the formidable adversaries they are but we do not fear them. We have 20 pupils ready for the dispute.” Helio invited Fadda and his students to a competition at the Gracie Academy. Fadda’s students defeated Helio’s, many of them using foot locks though one Fadda student did choke a Gracie student unconscious. While the Gracie’s scoffed at the use of footlocks, referring to it as a “street technique”, they declared Fadda’s victory as a sign that Jiu-Jitsu belonged to everyone. The Globo covered the event and gave Fadda excellent press and new students flocked to his academy, as well as tough man challengers. Over the years Fadda and his students defeated all comers. Fadda would earn the fabled 9th degree rank of red belt, the highest honor bestowed to a non-Gracie. One of Fadda’s students, Sebastiao Ricardo would become instructor to Master Wendell Alexander, who has led instruction in Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton .

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Alexander began training at the age of 4 in 1970 under Geraldo Flores. Alexander went from toddler to purple belt under Flores, but when Flores moved away Alexander turned to Sebastiao Ricardo. Alexander worked hard under Ricardo, and earned his black belt in 1986. Sebastiao asked Alexander to take over his academy. And when Alexander accepted Sebastiao disappeared, and has not been seen since. Alexander proved an able teacher, if a tentative competitor. During the late 1980s and early 1990s there was not much in the way of competition and Alexander by his own admission did not have to the energy to seek out the elite competition. That said he did win gold at the first IBJJF Pan Ams in 1996 in the Masters (30-35 years old) Black Belt division. Despite not having a competitive fire himself, Alexander’s academy in the late 1990s had many successful students in the younger age groups and lower belt divisions. It was during his time coaching that he met Andre Pederneiras, who also had a very young and talented group of students, but neither of their schools could compete with the sheer weight of numbers of the major teams like Gracie Barra and Alliance. In 1995 they decided to merge their academies in order to compete in the quickly evolving world of sport jiu-jitsu. Together they opened the Nova Uniao Jiu-Jitsu Academy, which combined the very decorated lineages of Carlson Gracie and Oswaldo Fadda to great effect. Some of the school’s first successes were Robson Moura, one of the head professors of Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , who would become regarded as one of the best BJJ players ever winning 7 World titles and guiding the young B.J. Penn to become the first American to win a World Championship in 2000. One of Alexander’s students that would emerge in the 2000s was Leonardo Santos. Santos, like his teacher, started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 4 and while Santos enjoyed playing soccer as a youth he was raised in a Jiu-Jitsu family and felt obligated to train.

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Santos would grow up under the tutelage of Alexander and become one of the most technical, dynamic and greatest BJJ Lightweights of all time. Santos would medal at IBJJF Worlds in 2000 and 2001, but he became discontented with the IBJFF and declared he would only compete for cash prizes. Santos would then join a rival organization that would become the Confederation of Sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJE) that tried to attract top talent by offering cash prizes. Santos would go undefeated for five years on the World Cup circuit and won the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 CBJJO World Cups.

 

Santos also became involved in the ADCC Submission Grappling Championships like fellow teammte Jory Malone ( who coaches Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton ) in 2005 and entered into a very competitive field that included Renzo Grace, Georges St. Pierre, Jake Shields, Shinya Aoki, Pablo Popovitch and Marcelo Gracia. Santos defeated future UFC Champion Georges St. Pierre in the quarterfinals…

After ADCCs Santos took a break from competitive grappling to help his brother Wagnney Fabiano open an academy and then Santos shifted his focus to MMA. Fighters like Leo Santos, Wendell Alexander, Oswaldo Fadda and others like Marcelo Pereira who trace their lineages back to Mitsuyo Maeda with no Gracie present keep Luis Franca’s lineage alive today. It remains an important and under valued aspect of a martial art that is so dominated by one family and this lineage is proof that Jiu-Jitsu indeed belongs to everyone.

100% Nova Unaio At Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton

Now you can train Nova Uniao Jiu Jitsu with Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton !! Right here at our local Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , we are using the exact same secrets that helped these jiu jitsu players rise to the top. In fact, through Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , we have produced a number of Jiu Jitsu Champions such as Novice World Champion Charles Smith, Pan American NO GI Silver, NO Gi Worlds Bronze Medalist, and Europeans Absolute Bronze Medalist Abby Malone, and Pan No Gi, Pan American and World No Gi Champion Jory Malone. In addition a number of students have won at International Events including Bobby Riley, 2011 Pan No Gi Bronze Medalist, Andy Threlkeld, 2011 Dallas Open Gold Medalist, and Shon Foreman, 2011 Houston Open Silver Medalist. All of these champions train at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton and Hot Springs! In fact you could be next. Join us at one of Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton and see for yourself!

How Would You Like to Train With These Champions at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton ?

Revolution is on the cutting edge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts and we are striving to continue our goal to offer World Class Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton . Imagine if you could train with Master Wendell Alexander, UFC Vet and Jiu Jitsu champion Vitor Shaolin, Shooto Figther and one of the top grapplers of all time Robson Moura, or 3x World Champion Marcelo Pereira, 6x World Champion Rodrigo Feijao or Brazilian National Champion Daniel Garcia?  All of these champions and instructors have taught and trained at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton !  The great thing about it is that we bring these people to you! While  you have the opportunity to attend fun camps to train, you don’t have to do so to get good. You can get good right here!

Get Access To These Secrets In Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton Now!

Get access now with a 30 Day FREE trial  to Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton by clicking HERE! Hurry they are only accepting a few new students at this time and you may be lucky enough to be chosen! Kids are even welcome in our World Class Jiu Jitsu Clasess Benton for kids. “Discover how anyone can train and enjoy martial arts: No matter you sex, age, fitness level, experience level, or even if you want to compete or not at gyms in Benton AR . You’ll see “Raving Reviews” and “real life….real people….success stories” of our happpily involved martial arts students at Revolution’s Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton .”

How To Benefit From Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton

I received an email this morning from one of the dedicated kids in my Kids’ Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton . The kids tend to get frustrated with grappling quite easily. Sometimes this turn in to a competition. This happens with adults as well. One person does something, the other perceives it as “intentionally rough”, then they step up their game, their partner steps it up in response, and it’s a losing battle from there. I’ve seen this result in adults punching one another. In this instance, one kid (much more advance) was grabbing the others head and pulling it down real tight while holding him in the guard. The kid getting his head pulled was very new (few classes) and about to cry while the other was visibly frustrated. I told them both to relax and sit the rest of the round out and calm down.

Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton

Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton

Later after class I received the email. It wasn’t the first time I’ve had this question, but it was the first time from a kid via email. I thought over my response. I have to be very careful what I write. Sometimes kids take things too literally, sometimes not literally enough. He asked what he should be doing during grappling in Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton .  When you look at it simply, he was doing what he’s supposed to be doing (grappling/ winning) and he was told to relax and had to sit out and calm down. I don’t want to say he got in trouble, but he probably feels that way. In his mind, he was doing right. In reality, he was doing right. He’s not supposed to try to lose. I certainly can’t tell him he should just let the other kid beat him. Not only is this not good for him, but it teaches his newer opponent that doing things wrong works, and that technique doesn’t matter.

So, what should he and other students be doing in his Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton ? Well, quite simply any student should be trying to improve.  While training in Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , you will have a variety of opponents. Some higher in skill set, some lower. With each opponent, the focus should be different. With a more skilled opponent, you should try to work your best techniques and try to perfect a gameplan. With lesser skilled opponents, you should work techniques they are not as good at, or just learned. You see there is a time for everything. In a tournament, you will want to use your best moves. While training in  Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , you will want to try to improve.

Early on in my Martial Arts Career I heard a coach tell us to practice moves we weren’t good at on new people. He was talking about plateaus, and growing out of them. It made a lot of sense to me. Practice new moves, new combinations, and new strategies on new folks. You may not be able to get these moves to work on new folks right away. That’s no problem. Keep trying. Once these moves work on a newer person, work up: try them on someone your rank, and then later work to get them to work on the higher ranks. Once you get these new moves, combinations, setups, etc to work on the high level players, begin working on new ones on the new folks. This is the constant cycle that drives the evolution of your game. This is how you should be training in your Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton .

Not only does this strategy help you but it helps everyone in your Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton . Sure, I want kids (and adults for that matter) to train safe. They have to learn that there are classroom safe moves, and moves that are better reserved for competition or defense (smashing the head in side control, etc). You want to make sure your partners have a safe comfortable environment. Afterall, if a new person comes in and gets their face smashed the first day, they likely won’t return.  When you run off all of your training partners, how will you improve? You won’t. You need these people. You need them to stick around. On the contrary, higher ranks will want to make sure they are doing everything they can to ensure tight positional control, etc.

On the other hand, you can’t let new folks walk all over you. Especially kids. Kids don’t have the reasoning adults have. I can’t tell him he should take it easy and then expect him to go hard in a tournament. Kid’s don’t have the ability to distinguish when it’s ok and when it’s not. It has to be learned. So, when training in your Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton , never let someone walk all over you to be nice. Not only is this bad for you but it doesn’t help the new person at all. In fact it provides a false sense of security. However there’s things you can do to be nice that help you and your opponent.  If you sense someone is new, scared, or apprehensive, practice what you aren’t good at. If you just learned a new move in class, try it! Let the new person have your back and try to escape. Let them have side control and try to escape. This is optimal for both people. The new person will learn how to establish and control position, while you work escapes and or new strategies. Both of you will improve.  If you have a super tight side control and can smash the you know what out of someone’s head, do you really need to practice this on someone who doesn’t even know how to escape? Probably not. Definitely not.

So, what should you be doing in your Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton ? The answer is simple: You should be trying to improve. How do you do that?  By practicing appropriate moves on appropriate opponents. Train with purpose, and train to improve. Train for results, not your ego. Follow these simple steps:

1. Learn new moves & develop new strategies through classroom learning and watching matches

2. Practice new strategies and moves on new opponents

3. Once those moves work on new opponents, “graduate” them to higher skilled opponents until they work on the best opponents.

4. Repeat cycle for new moves

Continue this evolution and this will be sure you are not stuck in any plateaus in your training. Train hard, Train Smart, and Train with purpose in your Jiu Jitsu Classes Benton .

Arkansas Jiu Jitsu Practitioners Stand Out at Pan No-Gi Championship

Arkansas Jiu Jitsu Practitioners Stand Out

at Pan No-Gi Championship

Arkansas Jiu Jitsu

Jory Malone, Abby Malone, Bobby Riley

October 1, 2011: New York, New York, Revolution Mixed Martial Arts’ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team recently traveled to the Pan American No Gi Championships, held in New York, New York on October 1, 2011. Among those traveling were: Jory Malone, Abby Malone and Bobby Riley. Jory Malone won his division, making him the 2011 Pan American No-Gi champion. He also placed bronze medal in the Open Weight class. His wife Abby Malone brought home a silver medal in the women’s black belt division, and a bronze medal in the open weight division. Their student Bobby Riley brought home a bronze medal in the featherweight blue belt division. All competitors represented Arkansas Jiu Jitsu well with their performances.

Jory and Abby both coach the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Revolution MMA, and have numerous titles from competitions all over the world. Jory heads up the adult Brazilian jiu jitsu program, while Abby assists in the adult program and heads up the children’s program. Their gyms are located in Benton and Hot Springs Arkansas. Bobby Riley is an assistant in the Benton program. He has been training for over 3 years and this was his first International competition.  The Malone’s started Revolution MMA in 2005, and their Arkansas Jiu Jitsu program continues to produce top quality competitors year after year.

Brought into the limelight recently by the UFC and the Gracie family, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or submission wrestling is a style of grappling or wrestling practiced all over the World. Submission wrestling is the oldest known sport in the World dating back to at least 2300 BC. It was a popular sport in Ancient Greece and described in many celebrated works of Greek literature. Today competitions are held Worldwide and many styles are practiced throughout the World. Practitioners use a highly evolved system of holds, positions, maneuvers and tactics to multiple the leverage of their force with the goal of subduing an opponent. No-Gi refers to submission wrestling without the use of a traditional kimono like Judo.  The Arkansas Jiu Jitsu scene is thriving, and competitors will continue to stand out in future events as well.

Pan No Gi Training Underway with Camp in AL

Pan No Gi Training: On the way!

Training for the Pan No Gi competition in New York has started, and now it’s time to step it up some more.  I normally train 2x a day at least. It depends on where I’m at in the periodization that depends on what I do. But it’s time to kick it off with a training camp in Alabama, so we are on the way. My friend Steve Snyder and his guys in NC are going as well. Daniel Garcia, the 2011 Brazilian National Black Belt Champion is at Steves’ gym, attempting to help Steve get to where he can grapple more than 45 seconds without gassing :). He’s really good, but I suppose you don’t need me to say that. Marcelo also just moved to the US and is at a gym in MS. He was here in Jan 2010 helping me get ready for the Europeans and then spent 6 months here in 2010 at the end of the year working between my and Steve’s gyms.  I really enjoy training with him for competitions, and credit him with a lot in helping my game.

So anyways, Steve is going to see family in AL, and taking Daniel. Marcelo’s going too, and so given it’s a holiday weekend, we are too. There’s 6 of us from Revolution.  The plan was to take 1 car but that didnt work out.  So now we are in 2, driving to AL.  The plan is to train 6 hours a day. I’ll let you know how that goes…..

 

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