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    Still on the mats.

    Even though I have some medical issues,
    I came back on the mats.
    When my joints allow, I am glad to roll.
    I am the guy on the far left getting punked by the fingers over my head.
    (not the most formal academy, believe it or not).
    But we do ask our students to be respectful to other academies and other professors,
    and I try to practice what we preach to our students as well.

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    This is some awesome stuff, fucking unlucky about the leukimia, I'm glad you're back in the fight.
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    When you first started your BJJ journey, did you ever imagine it would spread as far as it has?
    Train hard, fight easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cake of Doom View Post
    When you first started your BJJ journey, did you ever imagine it would spread as far as it has?
    For a while, it looked like the UFC was going to fold,
    And that the US state legislators were going to make our local NHB fights illegal.
    But we knew that a flight to the Bahamas or Japan fixed that.
    There was a large period of time where it would of sounded a bit naive to suggest that MMA would become a billion dollar business or a mainstream form of entertainment in the US.
    MMA was far from an accepted mainstream form of entertainment in Brazil when I went there, and at that time more Brazilians were focused on Judo, which was and is an Olympic sport.

    Also, nobody foresaw an Abu Dhabi Sheik offering a huge cash prize tournament that created a no gi with "no striking" BJJ craze.

    The young children tournaments with submissions was a bit of a surprise too.
    Many academies when I was coming up started the kids on Judo and or BJJ without chokes or armlocks before they were teenagers.

    I also did not expect the "second wave" in the very early 2000's were a surprising number of the Brazilians who came over on planes to open academies seemed a bit less experienced than the previous Brazilian black belts that I had seen teaching or rolled with in Brazil, at seminars, or in our own academy.
    But the business environment in Brazil was very tough at the time,
    And Brazilians who knew some Jiu-Jitsu could often find local people who wanted to help spread BJJ.

    In more recent years, I also did not expect that the Torrance academy would be the ones to mainstream an online academy approach, or that an online bjj academy would have 110,000 members.

    But I know that there are surprises for all of us regarding the next 5, 10, 20, 25 years, so I am excited to see them come, and I no longer view mutations with the great irritation that I was did because I know they are inevitable.

    If I had to predict, I think the top 5 gamechangers will be:

    1) As Russia really opens up to BJJ and international MMA, there will be a second wave of Russian Sambo and Wrestlers who have a big impact on the international grappling sports.

    2) At some point China may also open, and people will be schocked to discover that for several decades China has had their own version of skillful Chinese style Sambo like players, some of them quite tough, that are not currently encouraged to compete in Western venues.

    3) Having your full regular curriculum online/mobile on video for your members will be seen as kind of a minimum table stakes ante best practice.

    4) Medical technology and advances will change how we coach, prepare, and monitor athletic performance, fitness activity, and health.

    This will have an impact on how athletes eat, train, measure their activities in real time, and how we coach them as the intra-body data revolution and affordable consumer health and sport tracking devices occurs like the B2B and B2C business data revolution occurred around 1999 and the early 2000's.

    5) A non-profit mainstream governing body will emerge that is more democratic in nature or that role will be assumed by the existing Wrestling non-profit governing bodies who will treat submission grappling as just another one of several major wrestling rulesets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WFMurphyPhD View Post

    Myself, a young Steve Hall, and Prof Marcio Simas (and a young Prof Marcio Feitosa).
    Attachment 17032
    I was the long tail brown belt in the middle of this picture by the way.
    Back then we wore it long belt style.

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    Pictures from the first Pan American

    Me competing at the first Pan American.

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    Rickson and Taktarov at the first Pan American.
    They were discussing lining up a fight between the two of them,
    but couldn't get the funding together from outside sources
    to make the money work for the purses.
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    Great pics! Thank you for sharing.

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    Marcio Simas, Sergio Penha and I train at Sergio's in Rio to compete in the Mundials.

    Marcio Simas, Sergio Penha and I train at Sergio's Center for the Perfection of Fighers (CAL) in Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro, to prepare me to compete in the early Mundials.
    I'm sporting the beard on the lower left.
    Prof Marcio and Mestre Sergio are on the upper right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovacs View Post
    This is some awesome stuff, fucking unlucky about the leukimia, I'm glad you're back in the fight.
    Thank you.
    Jiu-Jitsu can help prepare you for all of life's challenges.
    Every life will be faced with challenges,
    And every life will end.
    But how you live,
    and how you face death,
    can make a great difference to the people around you.

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    good ****.

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