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Saulo Ribeiro Seminar Tonight

Hey Everyone,

Saulo Ribeiro- the head of our association, and winner of a bajillion medals is having a seminar at our academy tonight. Should be fun, informative (and a little smashy). I’ll be sure to write all about it tomorrow.

Have a great day everyone!


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Black Belt (!!)



So on Monday night we had a seminar with Saulo (you all know which Saulo I’m talking about) and at the end we had several momentous promotions- black belt promotions, actually, and I was one of the students promoted.


It’s funny, and a little weird- it’s something you strive for, but never focus on: first, because that sort of pressure can be overwhelming, particularly in the beginning- and second, because the process of getting to your black belt is just as important as the rank itself. More so, actually. Think about how much you learn when you start training for a competition, how your skills sharpen- all for what, anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes of actual¬†competing? We continue on this journey- we learn, we laugh, we cry, become frustrated, experience epiphanies when something all comes together and finally makes sense for us-it’s all a part of the experience that culminates into preparing you for your black belt.

Earning your black belt is a tremendous achievement to be sure, but it’s definitely not the end of the journey. There are still techniques to learn, positions to drill and commit to muscle memory, more experiences to be had- not to mention more opportunities to teach, and learn from one another. Also, while I am one of the ones who received the black belt, it’s really an accomplishment for the team and the academy in general. None of this could have happened if my teammates weren’t there with me, and I am tremendously thankful for that.



I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds in store- not only for myself, but for my teammates as well. I’m thrilled not only to progress, but to train with my teammates and see them make the same journey as well.

So, um, in closing- black belt, yay! ūüėÄ


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Great Video from Saulo Ribeiro

While I don’t quite imagine Saulo as my imaginary boyfriend like¬†SharkGirlBJJ¬†does, I can see the appeal. Many of the positive points she mentions in her post are the same reasons I am happy to be a part of the Ribeiro Association- Saulo¬†promotes honor and respect among the jiu jitsu community, perseverance and seeing your true colors on the mat.

Anyways, check out the video on SharkGirl’s page and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!



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Metamoris 4 This Weekend: Your Thoughts?

So Metamoris 4 is this weekend (August 9th, 5pm PST), and I definitely think the matches set to go down will be interesting. Check out the Metamoris site to see the teaser videos, including Josh Barnett and Dean Lister, Kit Dale and Gary Tonon, and the match I am looking most forward to watching, Saulo Ribeiro and Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros:

What matches are you looking forward to the most? Do you have any predictions on who will win? Do you think the crowd will finally riot if there are too many draws throughout the night?

Let me know what you think-otherwise, have a great day everyone!


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Team Training!

What better way to spend your Sunday? Thanks for the great team training guys!

Team Training

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Saulo Ribeiro’s thoughts on the Double Guard Pull

Happy Friday, everyone!

In case you missed the plethora of people sharing this link on Facebook, Saulo discusses his thoughts on the double guard pull and how it strays away from jiu jitsu’s origins as a means of self defense.

Check it out and have a good weekend everyone!

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Saulo Ribeiro Seminar Photos

It’s been a little over a week, so sorry for that: I wanted to get permission from the photographer, Maggie, before putting them up.

It was a good seminar and good to see Saulo here on the East Coast: we learned some different things, cleaned up a few techniques, and overall had a good time. Here are some photos!

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Saulo Ribeiro Seminar, Tonight!



Saulo will be holding a seminar this evening at our academy.

Hooray! If I can, I will try to take photos. Otherwise, I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Links around the Internet

Here are what some other people are talking about on the internetz…

Georgette explains the ABC’s of the latest Presidential debate.

David from the Jiu Jitsu Laboratory Offers a more in depth review and critique of the Metamoris fights.

Julia talks about her goals and methodology for a new project: Operation Tattered Belt– And references both Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so of course I highly recommend reading this blog post.

Rick from Middle Age BJJ got his purple belt!

And last but cetainly not least, Lapelchoke.com has a nice highlight video of Xande and Saulo during Masters & Seniors World Championship


Check them out!




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They Know…

::cue dramatic chipmunk::

So, Saulo Ribeiro knows I write a blog. And better yet, is totally supportive about it.

The day after Nationals, our team piled into a van and rode down to the University of Jiu Jitsu and chatted with everyone there, including fellow RBJJ students and a bunch of University of Jiu Jitsu students, and there was even a bit of an open mat.

I guess I should admit at this point I also injured my other (good) knee while competing, so I tried to ignore that little voice in my head that mentioned training was probably a terrible idea and attempted to roll. The guy I trained with, Paul, had some really nice techniques that I really admired in the back of my head as pain sort of just caused all my limbs to just stop, making me want to do nothing but crawl into a hole and never come out.

…I’ll be honest, I did not expect that to happen.

I was pretty sad about it, because training at the University was something I was actually really looking forward to- both seeing and experiencing some really beautiful jiu jitsu. But, injuries are irritating that way- they tend to pop up right at the more inopportune moments.

Afterwards however, our team, Saulo, and a few others all went out to dinner, which I thought was pretty thoughtful, and an awesome opportunity. I’m not sure how other heads of associations operate, but it was pretty great that he sat down and had dinner with the part of the team that had (to my knowledge) traveled the farthest to compete. During the conversation our coach, John, mentioned something about how I blog to Saulo.

“Why didn’t you tell me?!” he exclaimed, and about two thirds of the table turned to me. While it is an honor that he is one of the few and the proud to not only know of both passions in my life, but to also be super supportive of this combination, when it comes to being put on the spot, especially when it comes to my writing I get all shy and awkward and long story short I sort of wanted to hide under the table. I didn’t, but it was a thought for a brief second. We also talked briefly about Rick’s blog and while I’m terrible at remembering the specifics of a conversation after a period of time, the general tone of the conversation was positive, and supportive in regards to both our blogging endeavors.

So yes, now “they” know. The more I think about it the less scary that prospect seems; I have never felt anything but goodwill and support from Saulo, Xande and the Ribeiro Association in general. I just need to get over years of insecurities and embrace the whole “writer/blogger” title. ¬†Which really, that’s part of what jiu jitsu is all about- getting out of your comfort zone. And not hiding under tables.


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