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Here is a great partner set drill combo cardio workout from BB Renato Tavares and BB Tommy Wales.   This something that I lack in my own training and you can see how they put it to great use..




So a little over five weeks ago I blew out my knee at work. My ladder went one way, I went the other and the end result was a torn meniscus. So as fun as thats been, what was even more fun was going to the Orthopedic surgeon to get the bad news that I have to have my knee scoped.

Now I know in the world of knee injuries this isn’t such a big deal. The surgery is pretty non-invasive and the rehab and recovery are relatively quick.  What got me bent was what the doctor said to me during the consultation. Just to give you a little background about me(if you havent read the bio),I’m 42 and have been training in BJJ since before the first Ultimate Fight.  Now I’m not a spring chicken but Im not an old fart either.

So there I was going over the MRI with the doctor when he says the following “Well if this injury happend to you when you were in twenties than that would be a problem, but since your in your forties its not like your going to be all that active when your in your fifties when arthritis might set in”  Now I know he thought he was saying something positive to me, but all I could think was “F@*K YOU!”

I plan on training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu until I cant breathe anymore.  I’ve know guys who have joined Bjj in there 50’s. 60’s, even 70’s so you cant say to me that I wont be active in my fifties, hell I’m only eight years away from fifty now!!!  I know the old guys like me who train in Bjj feel the same way, but unless a stroke or some other kind of disaster happens to me you will find me on the mat trying to deal with the crazy twenty and thirty somethings that will be making my life hell!

Remember , we old guys may not be that quick anymore, we may not be that flexible, and maybe our cardio isn’t what it use to be, but we are crafty and patient and worst of all, we have nothing to lose…lmao

Classic match up between two of the best grapplers of all time. This is a very technical match. You really get to see Royler’s relentless style of passing in this match.


Nice routine from Johnny Faria head instructor at Gracie Jiu jitsu Del Mar.  This works transitions and balance from the top…

Great tribute to BJJ put together by athleticbodycare…..

Impressive grappling from Draculino. Draculino has some the best technical grappling around. Some great matches here…..

This is great Draculino sparing with his students…Some great stuff to watch. Draculino is another guy you can always watch and learn from..

Everyone that has anything to do with brazilian jiu jitsu today owes a debt of gratitude to Royce Gracie.  He’s the last of the tournament UFC champions who fought all weight and sized individuals…. For my money Royce had the best MMA guard, or street guard there ever was..

I love this match for a lot of reasons. One is that you can watch Royce use little energy throughout the match, purposely taking his time to set each position and make his opponent burn out.  Second, it shows you the basics of Gracie jiu jitsu  at work. Third,  Royce never explodes through his positioning, he takes it an inch at a time..

Funny thing is that if you read the by line of this youtube clip it talks about how his opponent only had 6 months of MMA training, but if you look at the guy you can see that he’s definitely way more athletic than Royce. Everyone forgets that Gracie jiu jitsu was invented so the weak could complete with the strong.  This match, like a lot of  Royce’s matches, is a great example of that principle in motion.

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