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Lovato and Rader prep for ADCC: “ADCC is the closest thing to MMA without throwing any punches at each other,” says Lovato

By Christie Sullivan / September 12, 2011

ADCC 2011 Preview: Rafael Lovato Jr. , Justin Rader, Xande Ribeiro and company wrap up final week of training before heading to ADCC in England This week we spoke with student-teacher duo, jiu-jitsu world champions and ADCC 2011 competitors, Justin Rader and Rafael Lovato Jr. on their preparations for ADCC! The two have also been […]


World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship qualifiers to be held worldwide Sept 2011- March 2012 – See U.S. locations/dates here

By Christie Sullivan / September 11, 2011

Trials for the World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship are out. Trials will commence worldwide this September 2011 and continue through March 2012, with the Finals slated for March 13-15 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The competition includes gi and no-gi divisions.     U.S Trials Dates: October 15/16 – San Diego, CA November 5/6 – New York, […]


Test your might this summer & fall at one of North America’s top Jiu-Jitsu tournaments

By Christie Sullivan / August 28, 2011

Upcoming major North American JJ tournaments for this Fall 2011:   *post last updated on 8/28/2011   September 2011   September 4: IBJJF Montreal Open, Quebec, Canada, Registration CLOSED ON 8/27.   September 10: NAGA West Coast Grappling Championships, Las Vegas, NV:  Sign up here.   September 16/17: Quest for the Best, Las Vegas, NV:  Details/sign up […]


Popular U.S. Open preps for new San Jose, California venue

By Christie Sullivan / August 26, 2011

After 15 years of jiu-jitsu near the beaches of Santa Cruz, California, Claudio França’s popular U.S. Open Brazilian JiuJitsu tournament will move from the academy’s surfer friendly home turf to the nearby “Silicon Valley” city of San Jose for it’s 16th installment.   This Northern California tournament has been the stomping ground for many San […]


Carlos Lemos Jr.: A Gracie Barra black belt’s journey from his roots in Brazil, traveling the world, and fighting in MMA

By Christie Sullivan / August 17, 2011

Carlos “Escorrega” Lemos’ spoke at length to OntheMat.com just prior to his departure to Rio de Janeiro where the Gracie Barra third degree black belt will be coaching American Spencer Fisher in his August 27, UFC Rio bout against Brazilian grappling ace Thiago Tavares.             Long before Lemos was honing Fisher’s jiu-jitsu for his coveted […]


BTT’s anaconda choke innovator, Milton Vieira, wins Strikeforce debut with brabo choke

By Christie Sullivan / August 15, 2011

By Christie Sullivan, OntheMat.com 8/9/2011 – Updated 8/14/2011  Strikeforce’s newest Lightweight contender, Milton Vieira, might be a newbie to the organization, but the Brazilian fighter is also one of the most seasoned no-gi grappling and MMA vets within the organization.  Vieira (12-7-1), a Rio de Janeiro native, is an MMA veteran of 10+ years, a […]

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