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Mendes Brothers come to the Bay Area

By debbieclai / February 24, 2012

 This past weekend, the Mendes Brothers, Rafael and Guilherme, were in the Bay Area delivering a seminar at American Kickboxing Academy in Sunnyvale, Ca.  This was a great turnout with a gi session on Saturday and a no gi session on Sunday.  Extra mats were pulled out for the Saturday session!  The Mendes brothers went […]


Mendes Brothers Jiu Jitsu Seminar — Silicon Valley, Ca

By debbieclai / January 9, 2012

AKA Sunnyvale is hosting a Mendes Brothers Jiu-Jitsu seminar February 18-19 from 12pm-3pm followed by rolling sessions. Rafael and Guilherme will share their brand of jiu-jitsu that has made them two of the best in the world. Both days will be a great learning experience as well as a fun time on the mat. Saturday February 18th […]


First impressions of BJJ

By debbieclai / September 21, 2011

 I am taking a master’s course in relationship management and the class participated in an exercise at the end of class that I thought was quite interesting.  The idea is to get a first impression of a stranger, whether it is what you said, your body language, your tone of voice, etc.  You introduce yourself […]


Tournament Review: Jiu Jitsu by the Bay — July 16th, 2011

By debbieclai / July 19, 2011

Jiu Jitsu by the Bay — July 16th, 2011   Saturday was Jiu Jitsu by the Bay, a Gi and No-Gi Jiu Jitsu Tournament hosted by Team Silva BJJ in Albany, Ca at Albany High School.   First impressions:  I’ve been a spectator at the Jiu Jitsu by the Bay that was at the Hayward […]


Dave Camarillo Seminar

By debbieclai / June 17, 2011

When: Saturday June 25th 2011, 12pm Link: http://www.aka-sunnyvale.com/GJJ_Seminar.html What: Dave Camarillo, founder of Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu, will be holding a seminar on “Passing to Finish” at AKA Sunnyvale. He will be joined by fellow Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu black belts, Alex Khanbabian, Mike Prudencio. The seminar will start at 12p and run until 2p. Please arrive early 11a […]


World Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2011

By debbieclai / June 6, 2011

 The World Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Mundials) were held at CSU – Long Beach in Long Beach, CA this past extended weekend.  I was a spectator supporting teammates in the white and purple belt divisions.   If you have not been to a large tournament such as the World Jiu-Jitsu, you absolutely need to.  Many of the […]


Queixinho guest instructs at One World Jiu Jitsu

By debbieclai / May 9, 2011

I had the pleasure of observing Queixinho’s class at One World Jiu Jitsu.  He is going to be an instructor at Caio Terra’s new gym in San Jose.  Queixinho is not a large guy and does not know much English but don’t be fooled… The moves he taught were very simple and deadly.  I can’t […]

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