We Defy & Grappling Mastery Featured in Orlando Sentinel

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Grappling Mastery is a proud Affiliate of We Defy Foundation.  We were featured by Orlando Sentinel in this article about our Mount Dora We Defy Location:  Orlando Sentinel Article about We Defy and Grappling Mastery in Mount Dora

If you are a Disabled Combat Veteran you can learn more about how to apply for a We Defy Scholarship here.

Here is a quick video about Grappling Mastery: BJJ & We Defy from the article!

We Defy Foundation – Training for Disabled Combat Veterans!

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We Defy Foundation Slogan LogoWe Defy Foundation and Grappling Mastery are dedicated to improving the lives of our military disabled combat veterans through the use of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Physical Fitness training. Our coaching staff and members are comprised of both military and non-military personnel. We understand how important it is to take care of our returning veterans. We are committed to giving them the tools to combat life’s challenges.  We exist to improve the lives of mentally and physically disabled combat veterans. Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Fitness training we will provide combat veterans suffering from life-disabling injuries and/or PTSD a long term means to overcome their challenges.

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Muay Thai Academy in Mount Dora was featured in the Orlando Sentinel for bringing We Defy Foundation to Lake County, Florida

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to our country, our combat veterans, our team, and accomplishing our mission.

WE EMPOWER
through integrity, personal accountability and selfless service.

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to stay relevant and effective for the long term.

Veteran athlete qualifications

All veterans applying for sponsorship as an athlete must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a veteran who served in an area of combat operations.
  2. Must be separated/retired from active duty status (National Guard/Reserve duty not included).
  3. Must be a disabled combat veteran (mental or physical).
  4. Must provide proof of honorable discharge from military service DD214.
  5. Must provide VA entitlement/rating letter.
  6. Must be willing to commit to training at least a minimum of one time per week at a We Defy Foundation Approved Training Facility for the duration of one year.
  7. A Special Criteria Waiver exists on a case by case basis for unique circumstances (e.g. training accident, sexual assault, other circumstances related to military service).

Our Approved Athletes will receive:

  1. One Year Free Grappling Mastery Membership
  2. One Year Weekly Private Lessons
  3. 2 Custom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Uniforms

To Apply as a Grappling Mastery / We Defy Athlete Click Here

To Support We Defy Click Here!

Unorthodox Submissions from Back Control

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

Here are two slick submissions from the Back.  Everyone is expecting the Rear Naked Choke. Wait until you pull off one of these!

How to Submit a Wrestler with Judo and BJJ!

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

I have a hard time writing this post because I love Wrestling.  The truth is though, wrestling doesn’t have submissions.  Combining Wrestling with BJJ is the best combination for Grappling and Self Defense.  Add in Great Muay Thai Kickboxing and you have a lethal combination for MMA.  That being said submitting a wrestler can be hard.  They have a good understanding of balance, body mechanics and have a good base.  They are fast, athletic, and aggressive.  Every fight starts standing and they are masters of takedowns and takedown defense.

To better understand wrestlers, I believe you need to actually learn wrestling.  The same can be said about beating a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu artist.  It’s been said, “The only thing that beats Jiu Jitsu, is Jiu Jitsu.”  I believe to beat any martial art, you should have some understanding of that martial art and it’s strategies and intentions.  That being said, the debate of which martial art is best is an invalid argument no matter which side you are on.  I love BJJ, Wrestling, and Muay Thai equally.  I think they all offer something the others don’t.  BJJ for submissions; wrestling for takedowns, defense, and scrambles; and Muay Thai for the awesome striking that it offers.

So just for fun.  Let’s look at a couple ways to submit someone when they try to go for a single leg takedown!

Brian Ruscio NoGi Leglock Seminar to Benefit Team Jay

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NAGA Pan-American No Gi Expert Masters Champion, Brian Ruscio
NAGA Pan-American Expert

Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery hosted a Submission Wrestling Seminar focusing on Leglocks to Benefit Team Jay on Saturday, June 25th.

The seminar lasted over 3 hours and we raised almost $1000 for Team Jay!

Professor Brian Ruscio is currently undefeated in BJJ competition with and without the Gi.  His last major competition was the NAGA Pan-American Expert Division Championship.  He finished his finals match by way of Toehold from Deep Half Guard vs. Wanderlei Camilo of Brazilian Top Team, who is also a leglock expert and MMA Fighter.  Brian Ruscio loves the leglock game and has many unique setups and finishes that you’ll want to know as leglocks become ever more popular in the world of Grappling.

Team Jay: Jay is a 9 year old boy from Mount Dora, Florida who has battling leukemia since January 17, 2014. During that time he has had to overcome multiple setbacks beyond the expected challenges of chemotherapy. His treatments are ongoing still today, over 2 years later.  All donations will go directly to Jay Ryon, Jr. and his parents.  His parents stay with Jay each time he s in the hospital and drive form Lake County to Orlando multiple times each week when Jay is home. Please support him as he fights leukemia!

We will be combining the proceeds with our Jim Alers MMA Seminar both to benefit Team Jay!

BJJ Technique: Omoplata Attacks and Counterattacks

Setting up Omoplata at the NAGA Pan American Championship finals against Brazilian Top Team MMA Instructor Wanderlei Camilo

The omoplata is a versatile submission that can be used to finish a fight or simply to regain position and turn the tides of a match. It can be used as an attack or a counterattack.  In the following videos, Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a few of the options that the Omoplata offers.  There are many more options and we will explore those in the future.  Remember to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you get to be the first to see our newest technique videos.

Military Veterans, PTSD, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Ted "Doc" Kendall, Navy Field Medic
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We Defy Foundation supports Disabled Veterans by providing High Quality BJJ and Fitness Training

63 Year Old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Artist at Grappling Mastery, Tom Benitez recently put his skills in photography and his passion for BJJ together to create this enlightening piece on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it can help Veterans overcome or deal with PTSD and other issues.  This is part 1 in a 2 part series.

Ted “Doc” Kendall, a veteran combat medic for the United States Navy, recently discovered that Jiu Jitsu is an effective and life-changing therapy to help him deal with the PTSD he incurred from an IED attack in Iraq. Kendall has been training at Grappling Mastery, in Mount Dora, Florida, where he often attends multiple classes a day. The martial art gives him a much-needed outlet for his depression, anger, and frustration.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11-20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a result, many veterans experience nightmares, flashbacks, and survivor’s guilt, along with a host of other symptoms. Veterans often have difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life after they are discharged. A report released in 2013 estimates that 22 veterans commit suicide per day.

Doc from Tom Benitez on Vimeo.

Ted “Doc” Kendall, a veteran of the United States Navy, discusses how Jiu Jitsu has allowed him to cope with PTSD he has as a result of being injured in an IED attack in Iraq.

Click here for Part 2 “Grasshopper”

Grappling Mastery is an Official We Defy Training Facility offering Free Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing Training to Disabled Veterans!

We were also featured in the Orlando Sentinel for being a pioneer of the We Defy Program in Lake County, Florida at our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Mount Dora.

Army Medic, Tony Tindell in Afghanistan
Army Medic, Sgt. Tony Tindell in Afghanistan

You hear a lot of stories about returning Combat vets. They’re Angry, Drinking, Depressed or have PTSD; well I’m glad to say this isn’t me and there one very distinct reason for that, besides my wife; Grappling Mastery. I was still in Ghazni Afghanistan when I contacted Professor Ruscio initially. I explained my need for a coping mechanism upon my return and he offered to help. I’ve been training with Grappling Mastery for four month now, since returning from the battlefield. In addition to BJJ he taught me patience, diligence a bit of humility… Read More

Submission Wrestling and No Gi BJJ Classes

NAGA Pan-American No Gi Expert Masters Champion, Brian Ruscio

Submission Wrestling, also known as “No Gi” is most similar to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but without the use of the Gi. Athletes simply wear shorts and a rash guard (Under Armour). Submission Wrestling uses joint locks, holds, and chokes, to overcome an opponent. Some other differences are that many times rules are less strict on footlocks and other techniques. Grappling Mastery’s curriculum includes many of these otherwise “illegal” techniques, making it a great style for self defense as well. Like BJJ, Submission Wrestling teaches balance, leverage, flexibility, and coordination. It will teach you how to transition your body in a fight into effective positions and get out of potentially bad ones. It is highly effective for self defense and was developed with bigger stronger opponents in mind and teaching you how to use leverage and technique to your advantage. No Gi is usually more desirable for a potential MMA fighter to study since he/she will not be wearing a Gi in their fight in addition to the fact that some techniques that are illegal in BJJ are not illegal in MMA. These techniques are taught in our No Gi Classes.

Because there is no Gi or belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Ranks do not apply to Submission Wrestling. Athletes are usually categorized by years of experience and classified as Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advance, or Expert.

Undefeated in No Gi Submission Grappling competitions, Coach Brian Ruscio is the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Pan-American Expert Champion.

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“I have the great pleasure to Know Brian for over 11 years, and seen him learn and become the incredible athlete he is today. One thing that has always separated him from the crowd was his love for teaching and

Fernando Reyero Fernando Martin Reyero Reviews Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery

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BJJ Techniques: Back Takes from Stack Passing the Guard

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Here are two Leg Reaping or “Scorpion” style back takes when passing the guard.  Most times when you are in the guard your focus is to pass or attack footlocks.  The Scorpion Leg Reap and Rolling Scorpion are two unorthodox back takes that give you an alternative to passing the guard.  You can skip the pass and go directly for the back and the submissions that it yields!  These are advanced techniques and require significant drilling to master the movements.  These back takes are a part of a much larger game and not for everyone.  Give them a try and let us know what you think.

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Wrestling for BJJ: Lateral Drop Throw

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

The lateral drop is an effective wrestling throw that works well in BJJ.  It can be used to take down an opponent directly in side control, or Kesa Gatame (Judo).  In Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling this takedown would normally score 3 points, however in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu all takedowns currently score only 2 points.  In either case the lateral drop lands you in a very dominant position!

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