10.29.2014

SEABJJ EVENTS UPDATE


New to the calendar is Matt Sung Lee BJJ Seminar at Jakarta Muay Thai MMA this coming November 8th. Also, the premier MMA event Yoddha Fighting Championship launches their event this coming November 8 & 9 in Dimapur, Nagaland. And don't forget this November 1st, MMA seminar with Tony Christodoulou who's coming off of a recent win here in Asia at the Bangkok Fight Lab. Later in December will be the Headhunters Challenge on the 13th & 14th. 








2014

OCTOBER

(4) VTJ Grapplers Crown information facebook.com/vtj.sustain.sakamoto


(11) Braulio Estima Seminar (Singapore) Equilibrium MMA


(15) Shunichi Shimizu MMA Seminar Monarchy MMA Combat Fitness Gym

(16) Bangkok Fight Lab Opening Party (BFL FB page)(Bangkok)

(18) Mauricio 'Tinguinha' Mariano Seminar (Raw BJJ Team + Arete BJJ)(Bangkok)

(19) Shoot 'Ryuku Free Fight Vol. 5' (Okinawa, JP) FB link

(24) Marco 'Sharpei' Machado seminar (Malaysia) Marcos Escobar BJJ

(31) IMPI Fighting Championship (IMPI FC FB page)(Hong Kong)


NOVEMBER

(1) 
Tony Christodoulou MMA Seminar (Bangkok) The Bangkok Fight Lab

(7,8,9) Alexsandro 'Leke' Machado BJJ Training Camp (Brunei) Brunei BJJ


(8) ROLLHOHO GUANGDONG BJJ OPEN 2014 (Hong Kong) enrollbjj

(8) Matt Sung Lee BJJ Seminar (Indonesia) Jakarta Muay Thai

(8 & 9) Yoddha Fighting Championship (Dimapur Nagaland) www.yoddhafc.com

(8 & 9) Asian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Japan) IBJJF


(8 & 15) Jay Pages BJJ seminar (Manila) Manila Kimonos

(15 & 16) Gui Mendes Seminar + Masevais Drill Session (Singapore) FB PAGE


(16) Dumau Japan Open Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Japan) www.dumau.org

(22-23) Asia Pacific Jiu Jitsu Submission International Open www.bjjfp.com

(22) Full Metal Dojo 3: No Sleep Till Bangkok (FMD FB page)(Bangkok)

DECEMBER

(6 & 7) Bull & Tiger Grappling Tournament (Singapore) www.bullandtiger.com

(13 & 14) Headhunters Challenge IV (
Kota Kinabalu) FB events page

(13 & 14) Yoddha Fighting Championship (Mumbai) 
www.yoddhafc.com

(21) Dumau Jiu-Jitsu Japan Cup (Japan) 
www.dumau.org

(24) Dong Hyun Kim Seminar (Phuket, TH) Tiger Muay Thai


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2015

FEBRUARY

(22) XII Copa Dumau De Jiu_Jitsu (Japan) www.dumau.org/

10.24.2014

SHANE KOHEI SUZUKI BJJ SEMINAR @ ARETE BJJ (THAILAND)


poster by Luke Chaya

Atos JJ black-belt, Shane Kohei Suzuki, will be in Bangkok this coming November, don't miss out! 

NOVEMBER 23 (2-5pm)
ARETE BJJ ( 117/6 Panjit Tower 2nd floor, Sukhumvit 55)
1300 baht


10.21.2014

EDDIE BRAVO SEMINAR: TIGER MUAY THAI (PHUKET, TH)



Did you know that Eddie Bravo is coming to Tiger Muay Thai to do a seminar? If you didn't, listen close and hurry and book your flights to Phuket! 

TMT presents a special seminar w/ one of the biggest names in BJJ, Eddie Bravo. The creator of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and a 3rd degree BJJ Black Belt under Jean-Jacques Machado; Famous for his triangle choke win over Royler Gracie in the 2003 ADCC Submission World Championship.

The seminar will be held in the MMA Room on January 10th, 2015 at 10am. If you don't have plans to be in Thailand, change them. IF you're planning on leaving before then, stay longer! This is a very special opportunity you must take advantage of!

Purchase this seminar in advance in the TMT front office for 2,500thb


TMT FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE

10.20.2014

ROLLHOHO GUANGDONG BJJ OPEN (HONG KONG)



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ROLLHOHO GUANGDONG BJJ OPEN 2014

Date: November 8, 2014
Location: Shenzhen Luofang Middle School
Organizers: soft monkey, MMA Federation of Hong Kong
Rules: IBJJF
Project: gi / no gi
Men's Group (excluding uniforms): weight class: -58kg, -65kg, -75kg, -85kg, over85kg, absolute category
Women's Group (excluding uniforms): weight class: Absolute Group
Note: The number of participants is less than 6, the group will be canceled
Awards: 
Gi: winner, season 
No gi: winner, season
Registration fee: 
Uniforms: RMB 240 
No gi: RMB 180 
Uniforms + no gi: RMB 300 
# Liaison (micro-channel): VCC623 
# E-mail: cnbjj.victor@gmail.com 
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Note: Registration is confirmed, the cost will not be refunded

SHANE KOHEI SUZUKI



NAME: Shane Kohei Suzuki

INSTRUCTOR: Peter de Been

ORIGINAL TEAM: Gracie Barra

SCHOOL: Fight G- Suzuki BJJ

WEBSITE: Fight G

HOMETOWN: Singapore

HISTORY: 


Started training in 2007, been teaching at Fight G since 2009. Trained under Ralph Go & Ali Sulit in the Philippines, and Peter de Been in Australia

JAY PAGES BJJ SEMINAR (MANILA)


98 BJJ: CLICK HERE

MARCO 'SHARPEI' MACHADO SEMINAR (MALAYSIA)


FACEBOOK LINK: CLICK HERE

ESCOBAR BJJ: CLICK HERE

Marcos is available for privates, please contact him for an appointment/rates: 011 23276599

10.19.2014

SEABJJ THIS PAST WEEK + EVENTS CALENDAR UPDATE

photo by BJJer's gf who's happy to let his man train all he wants...


This past weekend was quite full with events both locally and abroad. Haven't seen any vids yet from the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo but am anxious to watch the super fights. 

On local news I was able to attend the Mauricio 'Tinguinha' Mariano seminar hosted by RAW BJJ & Arete BJJ this past Saturday. 3-hours of spiderguard awesomeness I tell ya. One of the key points I most appreciated was Tinguinha's attention to detail on what makes the spiderguard possible/useful for all body types. Here are just a few photos from the seminar but if you'd like to view the album in full, please join our SEABJJ FB page. 

Also, two new events have been added to the calendar so don't miss out on these. Marco 'Sharpei' Machado seminar at Marcos Escobar BJJ (Oct 24) and Jay Pages BJJ seminar in Manila thanks to Manila Kimonos.


Tinguinha w/ Pond Komrid

(l to r) Coach Phil Denzau, Pond Komrid & Tinguinha

Students from all BKK schools together at Arete BJJ Academy


FULL ALBUM CLICK HERE

2014

OCTOBER

(4) VTJ Grapplers Crown information facebook.com/vtj.sustain.sakamoto


(11) Braulio Estima Seminar (Singapore) Equilibrium MMA


(15) Shunichi Shimizu MMA Seminar Monarchy MMA Combat Fitness Gym

(16) Bangkok Fight Lab Opening Party (BFL FB page)(Bangkok)

(18) Mauricio 'Tinguinha' Mariano Seminar (Raw BJJ Team + Arete BJJ)(Bangkok)

(19) Shoot 'Ryuku Free Fight Vol. 5' (Okinawa, JP) FB link

(24) Marco 'Sharpei' Machado seminar (Malaysia) Marcos Escobar BJJ

(31) IMPI Fighting Championship (IMPI FC FB page)(Hong Kong)


NOVEMBER

(7,8,9) Alexsandro 'Leke' Machado BJJ Training Camp (Brunei) Brunei BJJ


(8) ROLLHOHO GUANGDONG BJJ OPEN 2014 (Hong Kong) enrollbjj

(8 & 9) Asian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Japan) IBJJF


(8 & 15) Jay Pages BJJ seminar (Manila) Manila Kimonos

(15 & 16) Gui Mendes Seminar + Masevais Drill Session (Singapore) FB PAGE


(16) Dumau Japan Open Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Japan) www.dumau.org

(22-23) Asia Pacific Jiu Jitsu Submission International Open www.bjjfp.com

(22) Full Metal Dojo 3: No Sleep Till Bangkok (FMD FB page)(Bangkok)

DECEMBER

(6 & 7) Bull & Tiger Grappling Tournament (Singapore) www.bullandtiger.com

(21) Dumau Jiu-Jitsu Japan Cup (Japan) 
www.dumau.org

(24) Dong Hyun Kim Seminar (Phuket, TH) Tiger Muay Thai


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2015

FEBRUARY

(22) XII Copa Dumau De Jiu_Jitsu (Japan) www.dumau.org/

10.16.2014

WORLD JIU-JITSU EXPO: super fights

I don't know about you but I'm pretty darn excited for some of these match ups at the upcoming World Jiu-Jitsu Expo. Check it out.

Robson Moura Vs. Marcos Parrumpa


2000 Mundial



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Vitor Shaolin vs Nino Schembri

Nino hightlight

2001 Mundial (Terere vs Shaolin)


10.15.2014

WHOOP TERERE : BJJ HACKS TV

I've been a fan of Fernando Terere since watching the early mundial tapes, back when they were on VHS. Thanks to the folks at BJJ Hacks, they've done a great job catching up with the former champion, having survived some dark years and now back to training/teaching/competing. Hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do. So much of what we appreciate today in modern jiu-jitsu has its origins in the group of fighters that started at Masters/Alliance which later evolved to TT, Brasa, Checkmat and Atos.

BJJ HEROES: FERNANDO TERERE



BULL & TIGER GRAPPLING TOURNAMENT: DEC 6&7 (SINGAPORE)


REGISTER HERE: www.bullandtiger.com

10.13.2014

JOHOR JIU-JITSU OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: THE FIRST

Catching up on events and unfortunately just missed this one but what an exciting bit of news, the first Johor BJJ Open in Malaysia. Below are excerpts from the NOTHING EVER HAPPENS IN JOHOR BAHRU



Date: 11th and 12th October
Venue: Central Area, Plaza Sentosa, Johor Bahru

Sponsors: Plaza Sentosa, REPS Fitness, Ultimate MMA Academy, Wahaha, YES, ONE Fighting Chmpionship and Potosan Corner. Massive thanks to them.

Participants from Fighting gyms from all over Singapore and Malaysia and one brave soul who flew in from Qatar come to our first JiuJitsu event and everybody showed just how much the skills are growing in this part of the world.

Participating gyms:
3S MMA Penang, Alpha MMA, BJJ Singapore, Crazy Monkey Defense, Excite Fitness, Evolve MMA, First Combat Strike, Fortitude BJJ, Impact MMA, Izza MMA, K-One, Kambiz Warriors Gym, Kinabalu Fighters, MEBJJA, Melaka MMA, Modern Street Combatives, Monarchy MMA, Monash University BJJ Club, Muayfit GFTeam, Penang Budo Academy, REPS Fitness, Shogun Fight Gym, SSF Gym, Team Highlight Reel, Transform Gym and Ultimate MMA Academy...


JOIN US ON FACEBOOK: SEABJJ



With my new schedule things are looking good and hopefully will have some original content soon. I'll be taking photos this coming weekend at the Tinguinha seminar (Oct 18). 

If you haven't already, join our SEABJJ group on Facebook. Not just myself but many members make posts here with news, events, requests, etc. 

10.12.2014

THIS WEEK IN SEABJJ + NEW EVENTS

not my photo, found online & added Carlson Gracie quote

"There is no losing in jiu-jitsu. You either win or you learn." -Carlson Gracie



This past week we had a last minute seminar crop up with BJJ legend Braulio Estima, lay down some knowledge at Equilibrium MMA. Man, I did not see this one coming but for those lucky SG folks who made it, please be sure to share picks on our SEABJJ FB page. 

This week in Bangkok we have a number of events for BJJ. The grand opening of the Bangkok Fight Lab this Thursday from 6-9pm looks to be a fun one. The first official MMA gym in the downtown Bangkok area. 

This coming Saturday, a true ambassador of the art, Mauricio 'Tinguinha' Mariano will be hosting a seminar at Arete BJJ in collaboration with Raw BJJ Team. Tinguinha was in town a few years back and I've continued to put to good use the lessons learned from that visit. Really looking forward to this one and hope to see many of you there.

2014

OCTOBER

(4) VTJ Grapplers Crown information facebook.com/vtj.sustain.sakamoto


(11) Braulio Estima Seminar (Singapore) Equilibrium MMA


(15) Shunichi Shimizu MMA Seminar Monarchy MMA Combat Fitness Gym

(16) Bangkok Fight Lab Opening Party (BFL FB page)(Bangkok)

(18) Mauricio 'Tinguinha' Mariano Seminar (Raw BJJ Team + Arete BJJ)(Bangkok)

(31) IMPI Fighting Championship (IMPI FC FB page)(Hong Kong)


NOVEMBER

(7,8,9) Alexsandro 'Leke' Machado BJJ Training Camp (Brunei) Brunei BJJ

(8 & 9) Asian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Japan) IBJJF


(15 & 16) Gui Mendes Seminar + Masevais Drill Session (Singapore) FB PAGE


(16) Dumau Japan Open Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Japan) www.dumau.org

(22-23) Asia Pacific Jiu Jitsu Submission International Open www.bjjfp.com

(22) Full Metal Dojo 3: No Sleep Till Bangkok (FMD FB page)(Bangkok)

DECEMBER

(6 & 7) Bull & Tiger Grappling Tournament (Singapore) www.bullandtiger.com

(21) Dumau Jiu-Jitsu Japan Cup (Japan) 
www.dumau.org

(24) Dong Hyun Kim Seminar (Phuket, TH) Tiger Muay Thai


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2015

FEBRUARY

(22) XII Copa Dumau De Jiu_Jitsu (Japan) www.dumau.org/

10.06.2014

GUI MENDES SEMINAR + MASON MONSEVAIS DRILL SESSION (SINGAPORE)



Name of the Academy: The Gentle Art
Address: 183 East Coast Road (Opposite Holy Family Church)
Time of the seminar: 7.00pm-10.00pm Saturday and 11.00am-3.00pm Sunday
Special Guest: 9.00am-10.30am Rolling and Drilling with European Champion Mason Monservais (Open to all Seminar Attendees)
Contact info: thegentleartacademy@gmail.com
Prices: 170 for 1 Day and 270 for 2 Days
Extra information: Privates Available


FACEBOOK PAGE LINK: CLICK HERE

10.05.2014

BJJ INSTRUCTOR RESUME SUBMISSIONS: for those wanting to live/teach in Southeast Asia

sketch by Luke Chaya based on old jiu-jitsu illustration

I get quite a few requests asking whether I can connect a gym to a qualified instructor to teach in Southeast Asia. Most of whom will provide housing, salary and limited transportation funds. Thankfully I've managed to help a few teams here and there but wouldn't it be great if I had a database of instructors from anywhere in the world that would be interested in teaching abroad, particularly in Southeast Asia where I'm based.

I could be opening myself up to a massive headache but I'm willing to give this a shot. So here's what I'm thinking to do.

INSTRUCTOR WHO WANTS TO TEACH ABROAD
1. E-mail me your full resume which should include the following.

     a. name
     b. belt rank, lineage, brief teaching/competition history
          I. must show official record of rank and achievements
     c. countries of preference to teach in (if any)
     d. basic requirements (salary, housing, transportation)
     e. any added skills that you would like to include (judo, striking arts, yoga, nutrition, S&C)
     f. contact info (e-mail, phone, mailing address)

* include "BJJ RESUME" in the subject title of your e-mail

I will confirm that I've received this information and keep it in my database. When academies approach me I will share the profiles that best fit the requirements so it would be good if you remain open in your requirements but maintain a realistic perspective on what's possible.

ACADEMIES/GYMS LOOKING FOR AN INSTRUCTOR
1. E-mail me a full outline of what you're looking for in an instructor:

     a. preferred rank
     b. salary + benefits (housing, transportation, privates)
     c. number of classes (hours) per week
     d. name/link of your academy
     e. general level of school/students (new and all white belts, shark tank)
     f. length of contract (3-6 months, 1-year, etc)

I take no fee on making a match between instructor and academy, I just ask that you support and promote the blog when appropriate. Obrigado!

luke@bjj-asia.com

UPDATED: EVENTS CALENDAR 2014-2015

Here is the updated events calendar. Thanks to those who have shared these events for me to post here on BJJ-ASIA. Cheers
2014

OCTOBER

(4) VTJ Grapplers Crown information facebook.com/vtj.sustain.sakamoto

(16) Bangkok Fight Lab Opening Party (BFL FB page)(Bangkok)

(18) Mauricio 'Tinguinha' Mariano Seminar (Raw BJJ Team + Arete BJJ)(Bangkok)

NOVEMBER

(7,8,9) 
Alexsandro 'Leke' Machado BJJ Training Camp (Brunei) Brunei BJJ

(8 & 9) Asian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Japan)
IBJJF

(15 & 16) Gui Mendes Seminar + Masevais Drill Session (Singapore) FB PAGE

(16) Dumau Japan Open Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Japan) www.dumau.org

(22-23) Asia Pacific Jiu Jitsu Submission International Open www.bjjfp.com

(22) Full Metal Dojo 3: No Sleep Till Bangkok (FMD FB page)(Bangkok)

DECEMBER

(21) Dumau Jiu-Jitsu Japan Cup (Japan)
www.dumau.org

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2015

FEBRUARY

(22) XII Copa Dumau De Jiu_Jitsu (Japan) www.dumau.org/

10.02.2014

YODDHA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP





The concept of the league is to nurture homegrown talent and to provide them a platform to gain experience and an amateur record.

Open tryouts will be held across India, in cities like Dimapur, Bangalore, Mumbai, where we would gauge the participants skill and conditioning, taking into account three different technical criteria that is Stand up, Wrestling and Submission game and their potential to grow as a complete mixed martial arts athlete. The goal is to identify talented individuals who are ready to compete for Amateur championships of their respective weight categories.
The athletes can then be given a platform in events that will be held under the banner of Yoddha Fighting Championship to compete and gain first hand experience.

YFC is organized by Evolution Combat Sports Academy, India along with Association of Combat Sports, India (ACS). These two bodies have been working at the grass root level to promote combat sports such as Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling etc within the country. 

YFC will be hosting its first event towards the end of 2014.

LINKS HERE:

10.01.2014

MAURICIO 'TINGUINHA' MARIANO BJJ SEMINAR (BKK)

poster by Luke Chaya

October 18, 2014 (2-5pm)

A collaboration between Raw BJJ Team & Arete BJJ. The mastermind behind the spider-guard, Mauricio 'Tinguinha' Mariano (spider-guard, UFC Jiu-Jitsu Head Coach) will share his knowledge/experience with us here in Bangkok. Don't miss this opportunity!!! All are welcome. 

Hosted at Arete BJJ: 117/6 Panjit Tower 2nd floor, Sukhumvit55 Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
FEE: 1500 baht per person

9.29.2014

MATA LEON

drawing by Luke Chaya

The benefit of striving is not so much what we get from it as who we become as a result. It is ourselves that we are fighting for – our happiness, our inner peace and sense of purpose.

-Bobby Bowden



Recently I've been chatting with a dear friend about the length of time we've both been training and how much has changed since our first BJJ class. For him, it's been 17 years and for myself it's been 10 years. Of course there's been injuries, changes in our home lives that have effected our ability to train and our own ups/downs with BJJ itself. We've certainly both dealt with our share of BJJ politics but at the end of the day, what's kept us going and from quitting is that we have to keep it fun. This is an outlet for us to celebrate life, relieve ourselves of stress and express something that is positive.

BJJ is for everyone. Most of us training are 'average-joe' with an understanding that hard work and perseverance pays off. When you've been around long enough you'll see a fair share of people quit and is across the board from the naturally talented to the not-so. Everyone will have their ups and downs in training, perhaps injury, perhaps life makes training less possible but we never give up. BJJ is for everyone because it empowers us to be better people. Training to become champions of our own life, not necessarily in the cage/ring.

Everything my friend has told me would happen from before I got married to the eve of me becoming a father has happened. He's been there and done that. I just kick myself for not listening to him more and taking things as they come with open arms and patience.

The point I'm trying to make here is the motives that drive us to train and progress will evolve over time. For myself and my friend, we just want to progress and keep training for as long as our bodies will allow. Priorities have shifted over time and that's natural but we will always make room somewhere to train. The outcome of each day on the mat is not important, what's important is that we keep moving forward.

So it's this idea that I take to heart when it comes to the commitments that I make today and in the future. Be a champion of your life, do everything to the best of your ability and keep moving forward.

9.28.2014

GOING FOR THE SUBMISSION

In recent years we're seeing a number of events with an emphasis on getting the submission to win. Whether as an invitational event or open-tournament, these matches remind me of the early Mundial tapes where action was abundant.  

Genki Sudo's "IKKIUCHI"


JIU-JITSU PRIEST #146 (full coverage of Ikkiuchi)


Kurt Osiander's "Finisher Series"


Metamoris V