6th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Marcio Simas Seminar

6th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Marcio Simas
Master Marcio Simas
Master Marcio Simas

Marcio Simas, 6th Degree Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and President of the Florida Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be conducting a seminar at Grappling Mastery BJJ Academy on January 9th at 11am. The seminar is open to everyone at will only cost $50 for adults and $40 for kids.

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With over 30 years of training with the Gracie family, Marcio Simas is considered by many to be one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the Southeastern United States. He is one of the only jiu-jitsu teachers in Florida who studied under the legendary Rolls Gracie (who is regarded as the best jiu-jitsu fighter in the history of the Gracie family). Marcio received both his blue belt and his purple belt at Rolls’ Copacabana academy in Rio de Janeiro. After Rolls’ death at the age of 32, Marcio became a student of Rickson Gracie at the famous Gracie Humaitá academy where he earned his brown belt.

 

Carlos Gracie Jr., Marcio Simas
Marcio Simas, Carlos Gracie Jr.

When his family moved to the outer suburb of Rio de Janeiro, known as Barra de Tijuca, Marcio was able to reunite with his old friend Carlos Gracie Jr. When Rolls died Carlos Gracie Jr. was unanimously voted by the students to take over the teaching. Soon after, Carlos moved the academy to Barra da Tijuca where he founded the Gracie Barra Academy. Marcio was awarded his black belt by Carlos Gracie Jr. As a Gracie Barra Black Belt, Marcio is in an elite group of fighters that includes Renzo Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Rillion Gracie, Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado, Marcio Feitosa and numerous world champions.

Marcio Simas and Gustavo "Gutty" Muggiati with Marcio Feitosa
Marcio Simas and Gustavo “Gutty” Muggiati with Marcio Feitosa

Marcio has been doing Jiu-Jitsu for over 39 years and has four schools. He is also President of the Federation in Florida of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He introduced Jiu-Jitsu here in Florida; also expanded Jiu-Jitsu here in the state of Florida because by bringing the Pan-American Championships to Florida for four straight years. He started training Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Brazil and brought it to Florida in 1994 when he opened his first school. Since then its expanded a lot. The fact that Royce Gracie fought in the UFC helped a lot to promote Jiu-jitsu and nowadays it’s grown so much that in every corner of this planet that you go you can find Jiu-Jitsu.

Multiple World Mundial Champion, Gustavo "Gutty" Muggiati, Professor Brian Ruscio, Pro Wrestler Tim "Patterson" Dodson, Professor Marcio Simas, and Professor Rodrigo Lango
Multiple World Mundial Champion, Gustavo “Gutty” Muggiati, Professor Brian Ruscio, Pro Wrestler Tim “Patterson” Dodson, Professor Marcio Simas, and Professor Rodrigo Lango

“It was hard to explain to people that didn’t know what Jiu-Jitsu was about. They all were asking questions like do you do katas? Do you have forms? And we didn’t really have anything like that. Also, to explain and to show how effective Jiu-Jitsu was. Another aspect was that everybody saw Jiu-Jitsu for the first time thru the UFC, so a lot of people were scared to even watch the class, thinking we were going to beat them up and it wasn’t like this. Also the way we train, because when I came here with my first school, I came with a Brazilian mentality and I came from a fighting school we didn’t have hobbyist at that time. Pretty much everyone that was in the school was to fight and our training was towards the competition fighting all the time. Later on we understood, we had other people interested in a form of Jiu-Jitsu but the class was not directed towards those kind of people. But nowadays we did it and we can accommodate everybody. Because in reality Jiu-Jitsu is a self defense and you can drive Jiu-Jitsu to a competition, you can use for MMA and you can use to lose weight for instance.

Marcio and has trained many MMA Champions in the past two decades he has been teaching in Central Florida
Marcio and has trained many MMA Champions in the past two decades he has been teaching in Central Florida

The athletes nowadays, because of the information, because of the internet, because of YouTube, people know more and have access to more information. The athletes that practice Jiu-Jitsu today, they are much better because they can get the information much quicker, they know better how to train themselves, less injuries, they can take of the injuries. Also, nutrition is a factor; people understand nowadays, they eat better than in my time when I was fighting. So definitely the level of the fighters if you compare with my generation it’s much better.  In terms of techniques, the base of Jiu-Jitsu did not change, of course you have different techniques nowadays, sweeps for instance is something that is a little bit different from my time, more sweeps nowadays. But the base of Jiu-Jitsu did not change at all. One guy that is still there to prove that is Roger Gracie that wins his competitions with no fancy movements. A lot of people are eager to learn the black belt moves. In reality, the difference is in the black belts, the moves that they sometimes emphasize, is that the guy has more experience than a blue belt. He’s been practicing longer and has perfected within himself.”

(excerpts from an interview by Vireo Puro)

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Kai “The Hammer” wins the Florida BJJ State Championship

Kai "The Hammer" Staton wins the Florida Federation BJJ State Championship
Kai "The Hammer" Staton wins the Florida Federation BJJ State Championship
Kai “The Hammer” Staton wins the Florida Federation BJJ State Championship

Grappling Mastery is proud to announce that our very own, Kai “The Hammer” Staton has earned the title Florida Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu State Champion.  We also took home 3 silver medals from the Florida BJJ State Tournament.  This is one more title the Grappling Mastery team has achieved in less than 2 years serving Lake County, Florida since we opened in September 2013.  Kai will be competing as a featured Superfight in an upcoming BJJ Event.  You can read more about Kai “The Hammer” on our website.

Grappling Mastery wins Gold and 3 Silvers at the Florida Federation of BJJ State Championships
Grappling Mastery wins Gold and 3 Silvers at the Florida Federation of BJJ State Championships

Other achievements the Grappling Mastery Competition Team have achieved are:

2015 Florida Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu State Championship

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Click Here for 2015 Florida State Championships Results

The State Championships is coming up! The Florida Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation will be holding the annual State Championships August 8th at the Coral Springs Gymnasium in Pompano Beach, FL. The tournament is open all ages including: Kids, Teens, Adults, and Masters.

state banner resizedDate: August 8th

Where: Coral Springs Gymnasium 2501 Coral Springs Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33605

Early Registration (before 7/6/15) – $75 (Kids)* – $85 (Adults)

For Registration Visit FloridaBJJ.org

How to become a “Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

To earn the title of Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one must achieve the Red and Black, Coral Belt

What entitles someone to be called “Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Becoming a “Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a long and rewarding journey. We have outlined the Guidelines to becoming a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) here.  But what is required to earn the coveted title of “Master” in BJJ?

First let’s answer a few common questions about Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

  1. Why is there a patch or bar on the belt? The bar is the place that the degrees are to be placed.  You may be aware of this already since most colored BJJ Belts and sometimes White BJJ Belts have a Black Patch/Bar for stripe placement.
  2. Why do some Black Belts have a White Patch/Bar and some Black Belts have a Red Patch/Bar?  The White Patch or Bar on a Black Belt signifies the Black Belt is a student or fighter.  The Red Patch or Bar signifies that the Black Belt is an Instructor.
  3. What are those white stripes that “frame” the red bar, and why do some instructors have the white framing stripes while some don’t?  The White Stripes that “frame” the Red Bar or Patch on a Black Belt signify that the Instructor or Professor owns the BJJ Academy or School.
  4. What do I call the Black Belts in my BJJ Academy?  This differs depending on the school and sometimes the individual.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a modern martial art and in some ways less traditional than others.  Formal greetings are always appropriate. Sir is usually a safe bet.  It’s best to err on the side of respect.  If the Black Belt says… “just call me…. ‘preferred salutation'”, then you can go with that.
  5. How should I address my teacher?  “Professor“.  Unless they qualify for the title of “Master“, then you should call them “Professor, Firstname/Lastname” (depending on their preference).  There are exceptions, as noted in IBJJF Guidelines Article 6.3 below.  It basically states that IF THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH BLACK BELTS IN THE REGION, that they may approve certain purple and brown belts to sign as Instructors.  Therefore, they should be referred to as “Instructor, Firstname/Lastname” (depending on their preference).
  6. When can a Professor promote his first Black Belt?  According to IBJJF Guidelines Article 6.2 below, an athlete can only be promoted to Black Belt by an Instructor with at least a 2nd Degree Black Belt. (We outline how to achieve 2nd Degree Black Belt later.  Essentially they must be a Black Belt and teaching for at least 6 years.)

ARTICLE 6 – PROFESSORS AND INSTRUCTORS
6.1 The membership form of an athlete graded in belts of gray, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and brown must be signed by
an IBJJF affiliated black belt.

6.2 The graduation of an athlete to black belt can only be signed by a black belt instructor that promoted them and must have at
least 2 degrees certified by IBJJF.

6.3 In countries or regions where there are not enough black belts for the development of the sport, IBJJF will accept purple belt and brown belt athletes to sign as instructors. Once the minimum number is reached, the use of instructor status will be suspended.

6.31 Brown belt instructors can only graduate athletes to purple belt and purple belt instructors can only graduate athletes to blue belt.

Important Note: Belt Promotions are to be given by IBJJF Certified Instructors & Professors Only!

So how does one become a “MASTER” or “GRANDMASTER?

To be called a Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you must achieve the “Coral Belt”.  The Coral Belt is a Rank awarded by the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) when you achieve the 7th degree as a Black Belt.  Carlos Gracie Jr. is an example of a BJJ Master.  Below you will find a link to a List of Masters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

How do you earn stripes or degrees as a Black Belt?  Once you are a Black Belt, your Professor no longer awards degrees or stripes.  You must continue to learn and contribute to the sport by attending classes, teaching, competing, or refereeing.  Subsequent ranks are awarded by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.  Each degree is awarded by applying to the IBJJF after the respective amount of years below:

  1. The 1st Degree is awarded after 3 years of receiving the Black Belt
  2. The 2nd Degree is awarded 3 years after receiving the 1st Degree. If an instructor, they are now granted the ability to promote others to Black Belt.
  3. The 3rd Degree is awarded 3 years after receiving the 2nd Degree
  4. The 4th Degree is awarded 5 years after receiving the 3rd Degree
  5. The 5th Degree is awarded 5 years after receiving the 4th Degree
  6. The 6th Degree is awarded 5 years after receiving the 5th Degree
  7. The 7th Degree is awarded 7 years after receiving the 6th Degree and the Black Belt is switched to a Red and Black (aka Coral) Belt and earns the BJJ Practitioner the Title, “Master”
  8. The 8th Degree is awarded 7 years after receiving the Coral Belt and the Red and Black Belt is exchanged for a Red and White Belt. This rank is also titled, “Master”
  9. The 9th Degree is awarded 10 years after receiving the 8th Degree and the Title, “Grand Master” is achieved and the Red and White Belt is exchanged for a Red Belt.
  10. The 10th Degree is a rank that is currently reserved only to the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie brothers: Carlos Sr., Oswaldo, George, Gaston, and Helio Gracie

To be called “Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you must contribute to the sport of BJJ for 31 years as a Black Belt, achieve Coral Belt and adhere to the IBJJF Guidelines.

To earn the title of Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one must achieve the Red and Black, Coral Belt
To earn the title of Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one must achieve the Red and Black, Coral Belt

To be called “Grand Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you must contribute to the sport of BJJ for 48 years as a Black Belt, achieve Red Belt and adhere to the IBJJF Guidelines.

To earn the title of Grand Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one must achieve the Red Belt
To earn the title of Grand Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one must achieve the Red Belt

Is there a list of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grand Masters?  We’ve compiled a list here we’ve gathered from various reputable sources:

Here is a List of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Red Belt Grand Masters and Coral Belt Masters:

Here is a list of BJJ Black Belt Athletes, Fighters, and Professors

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