Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation staged its Pan American No-Gi Championships in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend though with a field missing many elite grapplers due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The women's black belt competition could only muster enough participants to fill out two of it's scheduled seven divisions.

The men's black belt competition did see multi-time IBJJF no-gi world champion Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa capture the heavyweight class while ADCC world champion Kaynan Duarte took the super heavyweight class. The two teammates from the Atos squad then met in the finals of the absolute division but disappointingly opted not to compete against each other.

By world-renowned martial artist and author Burton Richardson

I love jiu-jitsu. I also love functional, real world self-defense. Not the artistic kind where one guy holds his arm out while the other goes through his routine. I'm talking real self-defense practiced in a way that looks like MMA training or world-class sport jiu-jitsu preparation. But on the street, there are guns, knives, head butts, groin strikes, eye gouges, and biting. That's the environment that BJJ For The Street prepares you for.

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The ADCC World Championships, the most prestigious event in no-gi grappling, announced they will be postponing their 2021 tournament until 2022 due to the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tournament director Mo Jassim cited the need to hold trials - several qualifying events have already been canceled - and a desire to have spectators at the championships as reasons for the postponement.

The biennial tournament was originally slated for September 2021 in Las Vegas but the ADCC now plans to hold it sometime early in 2022.

Martial arts are based on core values that dominate the practices and teachings. One cornerstone of most martial arts programs involves teaching and learning respect for yourself and those around you. While the sport is about self-defense, it also embodies certain characteristics such as confidence, control, focus and respect. There are many reasons why martial arts teaches respect, including learning the value of self and others. As such, respect and martial arts go hand-in-hand.

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