For more information please contact using the email address. My regards to all.
I am currently in Bali, Indonesia training under Niko Han and Synergy Bali
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Niko is very nice guy and an excellent BJJ technician... exactly what I need at this point. The rest of the crew is 5 stars and full of potential to be great grapplers. So... as you ca see... I have great practice conditions to continue my BJJ journey... in Bali. :)
Hope everything is great with everyone.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Netao has been showing awesome improvements in his game and he is one very good example of truly dedication to BJJ.
I am extremely happy for him and for the Brutal family. Keep on guys!!
A few pics of his graduation day.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Hey good people!! How is everything going? Benjo and Quico are enjoying Bali life 100%. Hopefully this Wednesday we go practice BJJ for the first time here... we'll see... it's going to depend on the swell. :)
Please email me any personal news you would like to post.
Cheers to everyone and practice hard!
PS: Sorry for not updating the blog for a while but I have no internet at home and life is too busy here! ;)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Just want to tell you that I am spending great time in Portugal. Check up with all my family and friends... and of course, having some good training sessions with the Brutal boys.
This time we went to practice in Figueira da Foz with Waldei (Brown Belt from Gracie Barra) at his gym. Awsome times on the mat!!
I have some videos to post soon but my internet here sucks.
Love to all.
Top: Joao Pequeno, Quico, Waldei.
Down: Jonas, Joao Afonso, Matao.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Again, thanks Fang for having us for such a nice night!
Here are some pics from yesterday: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=35403&l=eb559&id=751673646
Please email me if you have more pics with you.
Some pics of last BRUTAL class at Ding's: http://picasaweb.google.com/bennydingmh/LastBJJTraning there are some very good ones here!! :) Thanks Benny!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Please watch the final video on Kenu's blog at: http://durianbelacan.blogspot.com/2008/07/final-class-of-brutal-bjj-malaysia.html.
We are waiting for Alex's half video a the rest of the pics!!!
See ya all in August 9th.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Alex - promoted to Blue Belt
Janson - now Blue Belt with one Degree
Mr. Billy Ding - now White Belt with three Degrees
Ben - now White Belt with two Degrees
Fang - now White Belt with two Degrees
Kenu - now White Belt with two Degrees
Benny - now White Belt with two Degrees
Johnny - now White Belt with one Degree
You all deserved this graduation for your good improvement in BJJ. I wish you an enlightened path on this amazing Martial Art. Always remember that the belt's color and number of degrees are related with your commitment and responsibility with BJJ. I wish you all the best for your future.
For the ones not graduated this time, the path is enlightened as well. Keep the good effort to improve and the results will show up very soon. Ride your way with patience and persistence.
Let's cut the "wise diarr#e@" and here are some of the pics:
You can see, comment and download all the pics on:
PS: Thanks Ben for being such a kind human being. :)
PS2: Thanks Leong for taking care of all the necessary equipment for the graduation. ;)
PS3: After graduation, instead of stuffing ourselves with San Miguel, we went to KAYU to replace all our joints oil and say some more crap. Thanks guys. :)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Think about that...
Let's have fun!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
INTERVIEW WITH TONICÃO
The first developer of Jiu-Jitsu in Santa Catarina, this black belt (almost red and black) of 54 years well lived, 30 of them devoted to the Jiu-Jitsu, is definitely a person with a lot of histories .
An extremely "good people", that captivates people in 10 minutes of conversation, no exception to the questions and plays with death.
Enjoy the result of this pleasant conversation with the "Master Tonicão" which lasted an entire afternoon, against the backdrop of the sweeping views of Lake of Conception.
I had already done Judô with Mehdi and was doing Karate with Watanabe. I met the guys of the Jiu-Jitsu through a friend called Nile, which train with the Rolls. He introduced me to Rolls, the Jiu-Jitsu and I was curious to know. I arrived back in the gym of Rolls to train and thought it was an interesting fight. Then I started to train and was there I began to play.
And how was your route to reach the Black Belt?
I started with the Rolls. I am very proud to have trained with him because he was a great guy. He was a light weight that train with everyone, this was not a choice. Once the Rolls died, was the Carlinhos (Gracie). I learned some time with Carlinhos, until the purple belt, and then I went out and I was training with Rickson until black belt.
And who were the great champions of that era?
At the time of the Rolls had Márcio Macarrão, the Jacaré Romero, the Malibú, the father of Roger Maurição.
And who were your major opponents?
They were mainly students from Carlson, because at that time had one fight between students of the Rolls and Carlson. The guys were almost killed. It was very funny. The championships were virtually internal Gracie between the academies.
And who was the better fighter of Jiu-Jitsu of all time?
Of the ones I saw fight, 2 guys were the best for me: The Rolls Royce and Rickson. It had many good, it was Marcelo Behring .... but the guys that I called for more attention, the technique, the simplicity and humility, were Rolls Royce and Rickson.
How you got to teach class?
The Rickson was giving private classes. There were few entrepreneurs who trained with him every day at 7:00 in the morning. Then one day he had called me along with Marcelo Behring to help him. Then we went there and in the beginning was only looking and learning. One day he asked me to get to teach class and he was only observing. As I had seen how he was doing, all the details, I learned and did the same. The next day was the Marcelo Behring, who did everything right, too.
I remember they had some pictures on the wall, with photos and drawings, teaching lessons of the program. It was only following what there. First flight of hip class, second class ex-mounted, and so on.
One day Rickson told the entrepreneurs that we would start giving them these lessons. They agreed and it was all right.
Uncle Helio (Gracie) did not want us to teach those classes, but the Rickson convinced him, and everything was right.
But at least had salary?
Salary not (laughs) but for us it was an honour to be called by Rickson to class. And he sometimes would give us a kimono. There was also Carlos (Gracie), who took care of feeding the family and when they went shopping in Ceasa, when we took together. That gave watermelon, papaya, box. But for us the payment was the biggest honour to be living with them and giving lessons.
And with that experience you decided to come live in Santa Catarina?
( I came to the South since 1970 to surf. I thought so beautiful here. Every year I was 2 times in the winter and summer. Until I came in 1986 and was 2 months. When I returned to Rio, I was talking with Rickson that I wanted to come live here and expand the Jiu-Jitsu. He encouraged me and I came. I stayed 1 and a half years in Garopaba. I had a good life there, but the Jiu-Jitsu was growing very slowly. Then came to Floripa and started giving classes on the campus of UFSC (University). Gradually the sport increased , started a gym in my house in Lagoa da Conceicao, I invite all friends, the staff was coming, there came the MurilãoRupp), the Ricardão (De Luca), then Marcelo (De Luca), and grew until today.
And ho did Double Attack (Ataque Duplo) began?
The double attack was created by my first two black belts, Serginho and Murilo de Sá Rupp. They came together and formed the double attack, which grew until now, thank God, for this great family that it is today.
How does the structure and administration of the team?
Who manages everything is Murilo. He talks with me always, we are always in contact, but those who manage it all is. I agree with everything he does. Murilo is a son I have. I have the greatest pride of it. He was my best black belt, and still very good today. An excellent athlete, a wonderful character. I am very proud of all my students. We are a family. People say that Thiaguinho (Tavares) is my grandson, "because it is" son "of Murilo.
Recently you get dressed the kimono fight the South American. How was this emotion to come back to fight, win and be applauded by all standing gym, then the problem of health that you had?
It was a very strong emotion. Life is a challenge, and people like these things fighter has to overcome the challenges. I had a very serious pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas. I was operated several times, had to take the gallbladder and I was 8 months in the hospital in that died-not-die, that confusion. I lost 30 kg and was looking a skull. My friends come visit me and when I opened the door they took a fright. Some cried, others get disguise and said I "was well." But Thank God that warrior mentality of the Jiu-Jitsu saved me, helping me to get out of that. I was imagining that the hospital had a huge guy wanting me get anyway (tapping me out), in that case was the disease. But I had the patience to wait for the right time, given that "hips move" and escape (laughter).
You as the first developer of the sport in Florianopolis, went through all phases of Jiu-Jitsu here. How do you see the growth of our sport in our city?
I am very proud to have contributed to what the Jiu Jitsu is today. The well that the Jiu-Jitsu is doing to people. I see many people living from Jiu-Jitsu, several family fathers living their life from Jiu-Jitsu, something that was difficult to imagine before.
And do you think you will remembered here in Floripa in about 50 years?
I think with affection. I have great respect and affection with people I meet. And we get that in return. I hope to remember me that way. I am humble, so for me is always good, everything is great (laughter). This is my way of living.
Do you have children?
No. But I am Murilo, Mexican, Thiaguinho, all this troop of Double Attack academy are my children.
Then send a message to them.
I love you, I think I don't need to say this, I say it all day. I train with them every day. I put the kimono and I fight, that's my life.
To conclude, where does Tonicão gives lessons today?
I give classes in Academia Forma, in Lagoa da Conceicao. Mon, Wed and Fri I pull the training, and Tue and Thu I'm going to train with the guys. Sometimes I go to the Centre, to Mexican's academy, and Racer at Trinidad, where Lobinho gives lesson.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
I am going to be short in words here:
"I want everyone on class on the 30th of June."
There are no excuses to miss it.
We will be discussing what to do to celebrate these 9 months of BJJ and friendship.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
It doesn't take much to see that we are living in a world addicted to instant gratification. People want results immediately. This impulsive state of being is fundamentally incompatible with jiu-jitsu. The art has two ways of punishing those who are not mature enough to be patient.
Firstly, if a move is rushed it is much more likely to fail. If I become greedy for a submission I very often lose it. However, if I take my time and analyze the position - if I am patient enough to think before moving - the finish is far more likely to be successful.
Secondly, those that expect to acquire skills in a short space of time quickly become frustrated, and many even give up. Jiu-Jitsu is not something that can be rushed. True, their are ways to maximize the effectiveness of the learning process, but it still requires time. Very often our progress seems to plateau and it feels as if we are not improving. It takes patience to ride out these plateaus and wait for results to manifest.
I have learned through jiu-jitsu that patience is a virtue which improves almost all aspects of my life.
It's all about perception
When we are rolling, it's rare that we encounter a position or situation that has only a 'right' and 'wrong' response. Instead, there are usually 'ways' and 'better ways' of reacting. To me this offers an intelligent and efficient way of looking at the world.
Many years ago, while sparring with my first instructor, I found myself caught in a knee-bar. As I was about to tap, he asked me "Why don't you escape?".
"There's no way out of this!" I foolishly replied. He proceed to show me a simple movement which neutralized all of his leverage and allowed me to escape the lock. I had been, in his words, locked against my own perception. The escape had always been there - I just hadn't seen it before.
Similarly, when I was younger, there were many situations in my life where I was convinced that I had only one course of action available to me. By adapting what I have learned through jiu-jitsu, I have come to realize that there are always more than one or two possibilities. All it takes for us to be able to see these possibilities is an expansion of our perception.
So many people go through their lives resisting and avoiding change, much to their detriment.
The speed at which the world is changing can be intimidating. Just as the world is not the same place it was thirty years ago, so is jiu-jitsu not the same as it was during the time of Mitsuo Maeda and Gastao Gracie. Change is a catalyst for growth. Jiu-jitsu is a living thing like you and I, and all healthy living things grow.
If I keep attacking my sparring partners with the same submissions and set-ups they will soon learn to counter them and defeat me. Anything that stands still is soon overtaken. We need to adapt or we are unable to keep up with the dynamism of the art.
Jiu-jitsu has helped me recognize this need for constant change, and through this recognition allowed me to strive for continual transformation and progression in life.
Knowing when to yield
Bruce Lee said "Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind." This is a important characteristic of a jiu-jitsu practitioner and one of the most overlooked and important aspects of our art.
The literal translation of jiu-jitsu or ju-jitsu is "gentle or compliant technique".
Many forget this. Their standard recourse while fighting is to try and meet their opponent head on. This very often leads to defeat, especially if their opponent's strength in that particular area is greater. The more you try to resist an adversary's force the harder he will push against yours. Sometimes it's wiser to not resist his pressure, but instead to yield to it and then redirect it.
I believe that in life the same applies. Often people and situations may seem to overwhelm us. By thinking like a jiu-jitsuko, we can learn to determine when it is prudent to yield to these stresses and divert their force to our own ends.
Taken from: http://jiujitsubrotherhood.blogspot.com/
Friday, May 16, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
The relationship you have first starts with a mutual respect and trust. I respect the fact that you are trying to push your game as much as I am in return. I trust that you play at a pace/level that you know to be safe and without intention of hurting me or yourself. Now whether you take this for granted or you simply don't care, I believe this is an aspect that aids to the familial nature of most schools. These are your brothers and sisters that come in day after day, putting in their time and making themselves available to train with you.
These are the guys that know your game best. They have the luxury of training with you regularly and have learned from or adapted themselves to you. This has effected me in several ways both good and bad, depending on how you look at it. In one case I was able to use my favorite choke several times over on one of the larger guys in the academy. Besides being a natural athlete, he's a very quick learner. So eventually he asked me what I was doing that was catching him and not wanting to be stingy, I explained to him some of the details. Well, within the week it was nearly impossible to catch him with that choke. So while I may have temporarily ruined my favorite choke, it gave me a better training partner. There are no secrets in jiu-jitsu really. If not from me than someone else would have explained it to him. So why not take the moment to share with him? Since then, I've asked him plenty of questions that have helped me deal with his game and potentially with those that might apply the same technique in tournament. All in all, we're all responsible for our own progress. You get as much as you give.
I had written earlier that with more comp time I am able to hear my buddies coaching me from the sidelines better. I don't know about everyone else but I would say that we're a pretty vocal team when it comes to coaching and talking our buddies through the match. We keep time, take video and alert our friend to a better position/submission. Now he/she can choose to follow our suggestions but at the same time, the opponent is able to hear it all so it can play both ways. Even though I am the one that is fighting I never feel alone, I have my whole team backing me up.
We're all working to improve and with that, you're going to have your good days and bad days. Cause we're all improving more or less parallel to each other, I don't waste my time thinking who's better than the other. So regardless of how I may see myself and my skills, there's always that moment when you get caught. Give credit to your buddy, don't take it away from him/her by making excuses cause this is the time to tap, in training. Be honest with yourself and do yourself the favor of figuring out why. If you've been open, I'm sure your buddy is more than willing to share with you how it went down. The moment you take the attitude like you have nothing to learn from your training partners is when you stop improving. Man, when you get caught and it was spot on, I actually am happy for my friend and get even more amped to do better.
The topic has been on my mind for quite some time since moving here to Southeast Asia. There have been times when training was at it's most ideal and other times when it kinda sucked, haha. Regardless, it's been my teammates that have given me so much of themselves and hopefully I have done the same in return....
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I think I'll take back my words on quitting.
I somehow feel i will be able to continue rolling, just the matter of time.
I think it would be better to remove the post on the blog. I'm sorry for the inconvenient. haha!
I'll be back on the mat soon. !
Thursday, April 17, 2008
With much regret that i'll have to quit BJJ due to my back.
Doctor told me to think about my long term health as i'm only 20 years old.
So i'm thinking rolling one more time, and have a group picture taken with everyone after that. Is it possible?
Hope to hear from you soon.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
First they need to know the basics really well. Then there are many qualities that are important like flexibility, cardio, muscular endurance, strength and agility. Three qualities that are really important are (one) developing a sense of balance standing and posture on the ground, (two) the movement of the hips on the ground, and (three) to have a really strong grip. If you hold someone they should feel it; with a strong grip you can dominate the fight.
By Marcus Soares.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Are you guys interested?
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Parts of the Body:
Hips: Quadril (!)
Toes: Dedos do pé
Calf (The muscle not the baby cow): Gemeo
Shoulder Blade: Omoplata
Posture: Postura (!)
Escape the Hips: Fugir de Quadril
All Fours: Vira De Quatro
Arm Bar: Chave de braco
Knee Bar: Chave de joelho
Foot Lock: Chave de pe.
Side Control: Cem kilos
Rear Naked Choke: Mata-Leão
To Roll: Roll
A throw: Queda
Pull: Puxe: This one is a bit tricky, it sounds like “poo-shay” , so you would think it means push. It doesn’t.
Push: Empurre: “em poo hey” Like Spanish.
Wristlock: Mäo de Vaca
Half-Guard: Meia Guarda
Above, on top of: Em cima
Below, beneath: Debaixo
Colors and Kit:
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I want to thank Nuno Matos (Matão), Pedro Matos (Matitos) and Ricardo Veloso (RedVel) for being there.
I wish you all the best. You're always invited to visit me and Brutal Team Malaysia here in Kuala Lumpur.
See you next time guys.
Matão, RedVel and Matitos
Down: Matão and Quico
Up: RedVel and Matitos
PS: Please let me confirm the correct time of practice for Saturday! I am going to call Mr Ding in the morning and post something here. See you there.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Lucky superstition as our friends up here: I'm going to "start" with the right foot this year!
First practices for January 2008:
Thursday 3rd, at 8.00pm
Saturday 5th, at 10.00am
Thursday 10th, at 8.00pm
Saturday 12th, at 1o.00am
Tuesday 14th, at 8.00pm (to be confirmed)
Wishing you a 2008 full of success, love, roti canai & BJJ!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The reasons for this meeting are:
- Spend some time together out of the mats
- Get to know better each other and show the BJJ "Maniac" you have been following to your family and relatives (invite and bring them please!!)
- I am leaving to Portugal on 22nd of December until 1st of January
- Minor issues - Ben is coming from Australia, Chris & John are going to give a hard time to Adrian, Kenu (see picture) is going to cook something boneless for us, Janson is not going to be late for the first time, Alex is going to drink all the water from the pool, Jason will be doing some physio swimming in the pool (until there is some water), and much more to come...
- The most important thing: have fun!
Details on practice please.
Attention!! Just to confirm all practices until the end of the year:
Saturday 15 - 9.30 pm
Thursday 20 - 10.00 am (with happy ending!)
Saturday 22 - 10.00 am
I will be back on January 1st.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sorry for this change but it came up on my office just this week. If you have any question or something to say personally please email me.
See you on Thursday!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
If there is any girl interested in joining BJJ please contact me by email.