Roberto Leitao

Noted Brazilian martial artist Roberto Leitao passed away on Saturday from the Covid-19 virus. A judo black belt and one time head of the Brazilian Wrestling Federation, Leitao was best known as a teacher of luta livre or free fighting. Numbered among his students are former UFC stars Marco Ruas and Pedro Rizzo.

Leitao was also a professor of mechanical engineering who wrote a book on the biomechanics of fighting. Considered an expert in grappling, at the age of 58 he twice submitted Olympic super heavyweight wrestling gold medalist Jeff Blatnick in a sparring session. Blatnick later told New York Magazine, "I was so frustrated - I'm an Olympic champion, and a 65-year-old man made me feel helpless."

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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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