10.01.2009

RETURNING TO BANGKOK: DIMITRIOS TSITOS

This week we welcome back an old friend to Bangkok, having spent the past year training and competing in such locations as Brazil, Jordan, Greece and most recently placing at the Abu-Dhabu Ramadan Cup UAE 2009. Even better, Dimitrios Tsitos returns to as as a newly promoted brown-belt by Prof Vinicius 'Draculino' Magalhaes.

From October 1st, Dimitrios will be heading the BJJ program at EMAC and will remain for 1 year if not more. Before getting involved with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he was a competitive swimmer, member of the Hellenic Swimming National Team for 7 years, and a 7 time national swimming champion.

Dimitrios is an active competitor in BJJ and grappling events having participated in more than 25 tournaments in 15 different countries. His current record is 130 fights, 101 wins and 29 losses.

The highlights of his BJJ-Sport career include:

- Brown Belt, under Draculino, one of the most famous bjj instructors worlwide (founder of Gracie Barra Texas, Gracie Barra Belo Horizonte)
- Training experience of 7 years, most of the time in Gracie Barra Greece- Draculino Team
- Total training time of 6 months in Brazil, (Draculino BH, Gracie Barra, Rio Grappling Club, Bolao JJ, Gracie Florianopolis...) and in several academies in Europe.
- 130 fights in grappling (BJJ, No-Gi, Judo, Luta Livre), fought in international events in 15+ countries in Europe, Brazil, Australia, Asia, placed top-3 positions in most of them.
- Some events that Dimitrios finished top-3 (European BJJ 2006 Portugal, Brazilian Championships 2006 Brazil, South-American BJJ Championships 2006 Brazil, Copa de Hong Kong 2008, Pan-Asian International Philippines 2008, Queensland BJJ State Championships Australia 2008, Pan-Pacific Championships Australia 2008, Capital Challenge Jordan 2008, Abu-Dhabu Ramadan Cup UAE 2009)

13 comments:

Ray said...

Dimitrious is a beast. His cardio is insane, his techniques are fierce and he's just a great competitor.

I'm super excited to have him back in Thailand, he was a great training partner and I look forward to him taking a few weekend vacations to Phuket :)

Ray Elbe-
Tigermuaythai

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Its great that the BJJ scene in SE asia is growing so fast with a lot of very talented people getting their deserved promotions for all the hard work they have put in. On that note I wanna point out that I feel a handful of people are being left behind in terms of promotion because of the lack if direct lineage to a black belt to promote them, because though the BJJ scene is growing the number of "Professors" are not balanced with the ratio of how many BJJ clubs there are in SE Asia. Case in point is Mr. Ali Sulit of Team VPF in the Philippines, he has fought Mr. Tsitos, Mr. Fritz Rodriguez and recently Mr. Elbe (all brown belts) and to say the least he has done very well competing against them, but after so many years with many accomplishments under his belt as leader,instructor and competitor of New Breed Philippines and now Team VPF he has remained a purple belt for so long. To make a long story short, I feel that his hard work and dedication needs to be looked at and maybe just maybe somebody out there will consider giving him what he deserves. FYI, believe it or not I myself is not in any way affiliated to Mr. Ali Sulit, New Breed Philippines or Team VPF, in fact I am from a different team and Mr. Sulit probably doesn't even know me, but watching him through the years he has done a lot to promote BJJ in the Philippines and SE Asia, he has competed very well in the Philippines and abroad. Well, I apologize as I have written quite a novel here, but I will end it with the quote "Give credit where credit is due."

LUKE said...

Again, congratulations to Dimitrios on the promotion. Anyone who's trained with this man knows what a technical beast he is.

In response to 'anonymous'' lengthly yet very true commentary on the state of promotions in SEABJJ, I'd like to hear more feedback. I don't think anyone is arguing the impact a person like Ali Sulit has had on the BJJ scene both as an instructor and competitor. I think in his case it speaks more about the relationships we have with a 'head instructor' and it's affiliations. Or perhaps the lack of such relationship that credit those that have earned their colors.

Anonymous said...

Alex of BKKFC is another guy who should be getting a brown soon.

Kowloon BJJ said...

Congratulations, Dimitrious! Well deserved. And we agree with Mr. Anonymous, both of them I guess...

Anonymous said...

ali sulit o homem saco areia!

Anonymous said...

What does that mean, sir?

Anonymous said...
ali sulit o homem saco areia!

Anonymous said...

Ali Sulit is a sanddbagger??? How can he be a sandbagger when he really is a purple belt competing in the purple belt division? If he was a brown belt competing in the purples, then he's be a sandbagger. He sure as hell cant promote himself now can he?

Anonymous said...

hi anonymous,

it literally means ali is a sandbagger haha.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, 0ct.7 10:38

-- it literally means ali is a sandbagger haha.

> this literally means: "your an idiot"

Anonymous said...

Anonymous e Ali Sulit. El mesmo.

Anonymous said...

why is sandbagging a bad thing?! sandbaggers raises the bar in your country. if a sandbagger blue belt beats everyone in his blue belt weight class and absolute weight class and he feels he is still a blue belt or his instructor does, then thats the level everyone should aspire to be before they get to purple. thats how they are in brazil, they train a lot and you cant call that sandbagging if they keep on winning, its just the bar everybody has to reach before they get to the belt they want

Anonymous said...

haha