On Sunday, May 15, 2011, Black Belt will be attending and liveblogging Jean Jacques Machado's grappling tournament. If you're a BJJ fan, make sure to bookmark this page and check back on Sunday throughout the day. Here are the details: World champion grappler Jean Jacques Machado and the United Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are hosting a gi tournament in the San Fernando Valley. This single-elimination tournament is open to men, women and children of all ages. The tournament will take place at Taft High School, which is located at 5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, California 91364. We'll be at the tournament to support Jean Jacques Machado, author of The Grappler's Hand Book: Gi and No-Gi Techniques. Copies of The Grappler's Handbook, our magazine and other cool items will be available at our booth. Tune in to our Facebook page. Check your Twitter feed. And visit the site for updates and up-to-the-minute news. For more on the event, visit JeanJacquesMachado.com. If you have any questions or will be attending the event, give us a shout out in the comment field.

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When The Fast and the Furious (2001) sped into the psyche's of illegal street racing enthusiasts, with a penchant for danger and the psychotic insanity of arrant automotive adventure, the brusque bearish, quasi-hero rebel, Dominic "Dom" Toretto was caustic yet salvationally portrayed with the power of a train using a Vin Diesel engine.

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Host country Japan continued to run roughshod over judo at the Olympics Thursday winning both golds on day 6 of competition in Tokyo. Shori Hamada's match in the women's 78 kg division was over almost before it began as her French opponent, Madeleine Malonga, missed on an inside trip attempt just 10 seconds into the contest allowing the ground specialist, Hamada, to take it to the mat. Hamada worked her way free of Malonga's legs and into a hold down position for an easy pin to take the gold medal.

In the men's 100 kg category, Japan's Aaron Wolf waited until overtime against South Korea's Cho Gu-ham before going for his own ouchi gari, inside trip. Unlike Malonga though, Wolf, whose father is American and mother Japanese, landed his perfectly putting Cho flat on his back for an ippon, full point, to take the finals. Japan has now tied their own record for most gold medals (8) in a single Olympic judo competition with three events still to go.


There are hundreds, if not thousands of articles and advertisements, all touting the myriad of benefits children receive from studying martial arts. Let's assume the reader is already sold on the idea of having their child study martial arts, and now it's just a matter of finding the right school. As a former school owner myself, I thought I would share three things to consider when choosing a martial arts school for your child.
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