August 2017

Renzo seminar

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This past weekend, nearly a hundred people were gathering in St. Louis, Missouri expecting to see world renowned Jiu Jitsu Master, Renzo Gracie for a scheduled seminar.  Then, the impossible happened! Due to inclement weather, ALL flights were canceled from New York.  There were NO flights available.  Not even out of Pennsylvania and DC.  The […]

The UNFORGETTABLE Renzo Gracie Seminar That Almost Didn’t Happen!

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No one would have asked Renzo Gracie to drive 15 hours from his home state of New York to a scheduled seminar held in St. Louis Missouri after his flight got canceled.  ALL flights out of the Big Apple were canceled due to inclement weather. Further, Master Renzo had not slept in 24 hours and […]

March 2016

Tribute to Black Belt Dean Heileman

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I met Dean Heileman in 1997 when he came to Pedro Sauer’s main academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dean and his friend Keith Owen had scheduled a private lesson with me and they were hungry to learn more of the “gentle art.” They drove down from Boise, Idaho where they ran a […]

The Mystery of Tony De Souza and No Gi Training in Peru

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It seems that the country of Peru has brought forth another extraordinary mystery for the world to consider. The Incas, whose great civilization vanished without a trace, would be astounded to see another unique culture rise to prominence throughout its country. This burgeoning civilization is presently known throughout the world as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. And […]