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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Professor Brian Ruscio earns his First Degree Promotion on his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio
IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio
IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio

Professor Brian Ruscio recently met all requirements and earned his First Degree and Stripe on his BJJ Black Belt.  On average it takes 10 years to earn a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  For some it takes much longer, and others it takes less.  Brian Ruscio earned his Black Belt 7 years after starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He credits his mat awareness, balance, base, and understanding of fundamental positions he learned from USA Wrestling since an early age for his quick understanding and improvement in the sport of BJJ.  It helped him understand what to look for when his instructors were demonstrating the techniques.  It didn’t take him long to recognize that a fight didn’t end when someone was on their back, and unlike wrestling, the match keeps going.  He fell in love with the sport and the ability to be even more creative with his techniques and strategy.  BJJ goes beyond Wrestling in that aspect and quickly became a passion for him.

Professor Brian Ruscio earned his Black Belt in September of 2012 at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu, from Marcio Simas.  He was even awarded special recognition from Marcio Simas.  Professor Brian Ruscio is an International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and United States Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (USBJJF) recognized Black Belt.

According to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Guidelines, once a person achieves the rank of Black Belt they must do the following to earn their first degree:

  • Athlete must have a Black Belt awarded by a 2nd degree Black Belt certified by the IBJJF
  • Contribute to the Art/Sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for at least 3 years after Graduation, examples are competing, teaching, and refereeing.
  • Maintain CPR Certification
  • Maintain Affiliation with the IBJJF
  • Keep up to date on the rules set forth by the Federation by attending the most recent Rules Seminar.
  • Must pass a Background Check

What’s Next?

Professor Ruscio now has his sights set on his second degree.  To him this will be the most important because at 2nd degree Black Belt he will have the ability to promote his students to Black Belt.  As a student of Professor Ruscio at Grappling Mastery students will have their BJJ Belt recognized by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation!  Abiding by the Federation Guidelines is an important part of maintaining the integrity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a martial art and representing your academy as a legitimate place to train.  It also allows students to compete at some of the most prestigious BJJ tournaments.

The following are the Ranks of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

  • Black Belt (read how to get your Black Belt in BJJ)
  • First Degree Black Belt (3 years as Black Belt and req. above)
  • Second Degree Black Belt (3 years as First Degree)
  • Third Degree Black Belt (3 years as Second Degree)
  • Fourth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Third Degree)
  • Fifth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Fourth Degree)
  • Sixth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Fifth Degree)
  • Seventh Degree Red & Black Coral Belt (MASTER) (7 years as Sixth Degree)
  • Eighth Degree Red & White Coral Belt (MASTER) (7 years as Red & Black Coral)
  • Ninth Degree Red Belt (GRAND MASTER) (10 years as Red & White Coral)
  • Tenth Degree Red Belt (This Belt was reserved for the Founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Carlos Gracie Sr., Gastão Gracie, George Gracie, Oswaldo Gracie, and Hélio Gracie)

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

 

How to get a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

Earning your Black Belt in BJJ is a worthwhile goal.  You will not only learn about an amazing martial art but also a lot about yourself.  In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we don’t memorize katas or poomsae, rather skill is displayed in “rolling” sessions.  Belt Tests are displays of technical knowledge and understanding of terminology, whereas “rolling” displays the understanding of application, timing, and situational awareness among other skills developed.  Our “BJJ Game” is based on our personal style and personality and so becomes our own.  However, basic fundamental principles should be followed to have a strong game or style.  This is why prescripted kata or poomsae are not performed as every “roll” or fight is different.

We have broken down your path from White Belt to Brown Belt in our BJJ Belt Requirements section.  It is a long journey in which every stripe teaches many lessons.

IBJJF International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Federation Belt Graduation System Poster
IBJJF International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Federation Belt Graduation System

Earning your black belt in BJJ requires a minimum 1 year at Brown Belt and 50 Hours of Teaching Class among other requirements set forth by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.  After this the athlete must submit to the IBJJF along with their Professor to be recognized by the International BJJ Federation.

International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Certification of Professor Brian Ruscio
International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Certification of Professor Brian Ruscio

The athletes and professors certified by IBJJF will have their belt rank recognized by an official sport organization. To be certified as a black belt by IBJJF, the athlete or professor must complete the necessary requirements.

The steps to apply for a Black Belt Certificate:

First, you need to provide IBJJF with the following documents:

– Black Belt Certificate Application form

– Must be signed by the Black Belt Professor you graduated from
Professor MUST have 2 degrees or more.

– Membership Application Form
– Become CPR Certified and provide certificate of completion.
– IBJJF Rules Seminar Certificate of Completion (completed in the last 12 months)
– Copy of a valid photo ID (Driver License, Passport etc.. );

  • All USA residents are required to have a clean background check within the last year provided by SSCI. Please refer to the “background check page” for more information regarding background checks.

Other Black Belt Requirements are found in Article 5 of the IBJJF General Guidelines.

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.

What happens after you earn your Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?  Your next goal may be to earn your 1st degree Black Belt or even reach the rank of Master!

After 3 years as a Black Belt, Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery is currently completing all the necessary steps to achieve his 1st degree Black Belt!

Read this article on How to earn the rank of “Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

Jeff Glover Seminar Review

Jeff Glover Seminar

Jeff Glover is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt with wins over 7-time World BJJ Black Belt Champion, Caio Terra and a submission win over 6-time BJJ Black Belt World Champion, Robson Moura at the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Jeff Glover is known for his unique and often humorous grappling style and personality.  Jeff performed a seminar in Orlando, Florida and Professor Brian Ruscio had the opportunity to attend.

BJJ Black Belts Brian Ruscio and Jeff Glover
BJJ Black Belts Brian Ruscio and Jeff Glover

The seminar began with Jeff Glover introducing himself in an expectedly humorous way.  He had two major things to point out before he began showing some great techniques and strategies.

  1. Even though he has no problem finding great training partners at nearby schools where he lives, he pointed out that his main focus is making his teammates into great training partners.  If you see a teammate performing even one detail wrong, correct them and that will go far in making everyone on your team very good.
  2. Everybody is different and has their own game.  Some are have strong, powerful bodies while others have strong, powerful minds.  Some have both.  Adopt moves and techniques that work for your own body and personality.  Create a style that is your own.  What are you doing that is different than everyone else?

The techniques taught were based on the Deep Half Guard, the Guillotine Choke, and the Triangle Choke.

Jeff Glover demonstrating a Deep Half Guard Drill with Brian Ruscio
Jeff Glover demonstrating a Deep Half Guard Drill with Brian Ruscio

Deep Half Guard:

  1. Getting to Half Guard from various positions
  2. Over the Falls
  3. Out the Back Door
  4. Coming up on the Single
  5. Deep Half Counters

See Professor Brian Ruscio winning the NAGA Pan-American Expert Light Heavyweight Division using a Toe-Hold from Deep Half Guard

 

Jeff Glover demonstrating an Arm in Guillotine with Brian Ruscio
Jeff Glover demonstrating an Arm in Guillotine with Brian Ruscio

Guillotine:

  1. One Handed Guillotine
  2. Arm in Guillotine
  3. Guillotine Setup and Finish Strategies

Triangle Choke

  1. Setting up the Triangle Choke Strategies
Jeff Glover Orlando Florida Seminar
Jeff Glover Orlando Florida Seminar

We will be reviewing the techniques demonstrated over the next couple weeks here at Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA.

 

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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Bulldog Tactical Group partners with Grappling Mastery

Bulldog Tactical Group Shooting on the move course.
Bulldog Tactical Group Shooting on the move course.

We are excited to announce that Professor Brian Ruscio will be conducting a Seminar in conjunction Bulldog Tactical Group on Valentines Day, Saturday February 14th.  These guys are the real deal and all have over 13 years experience each in Law Enforcement. I am honored to be a part of their team.

We will be conducting a 3 hour seminar consisting of Carjacking Scenarios, Home Invasion Scenarios, and Close Combat Self Defense and more.

Grappling Mastery will be bringing in Bulldog Tactical Group for gun and knife defense seminars among others.  These seminars will be open to everyone and as always, Grappling Mastery members will receive a discounted rate.

Bulldog Tactical offers Gun Handling Classes specifically for females.
Bulldog Tactical offers Gun Handling Classes specifically for females.

“All of our instructors at Bulldog Tactical Group have at least thirteen years of Law Enforcement experience and are certified Law Enforcement firearms instructors. Most have numerous trainer certifications and vast experience garnered over many years. We are confident that our instructors will be able to provide you with all of the training you need to become more comfortable and proficient with your firearm.”

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Courses at Bulldog Tactical Group Include:

  • Force on Force
  • Shooting on the Move
  • Speed Shooting
  • Defensive Handgun for Females
  • Advanced Concealed Carry and Home Defense
  • Concealed Carry Weapons Training
  • Low Light Tactical Shooting
  • Tactical Urban Rifle

Bulldog Tactical Group trains Law Enforcement Agencies and the Military.

We offer a series of classes exclusively to the law enforcement, military, and private security communities. To be eligible to take these classes, you must be properly credentialed active or retired law enforcement; active duty, reserve component, or a retired member of the Armed Forces with proper identification.

If you are interested in any of these classes or have questions, please contact us. Please be sure you indicate your name and contact information.

  • Basic Tactical Handgun
  • Advanced Tactical Handgun
  • Advanced Concealed Carry
  • Basic Tactical Shotgun
  • Advanced Tactical Shotgun
  • Basic Patrol Rifle
  • Advanced Tactical Rifle
  • Active Shooter
  • Shooting with PPE / SCBA gear
  • Dynamic Entries
  • Felony Vehicle Stops
  • Simunitions Training
  • Advanced Room Clearing Techniques
  • Law Enforcement Sniper
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Dignitary Protection
  • Advanced Surveillance Techniques and GPS Installation
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • Gang Investigations
  • Homeland Security / Intelligence Investigations
  • Injury and Death Investigations
  • Crime Scene Procedures
  • General Investigative Procedures
  • Investigative Interview

 Bulldog Tactical Group Instructors

 

John Helms

John is a Sheriff”s Office Sergeant and started his Law Enforcement career in 1991. He has served as a Patrol Deputy, Neighborhood Policing Deputy, Gang Suppression Unit Investigator, Intelligence Unit Investigator, FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force Agent, Patrol Sergeant, Intelligence Unit Sergeant, armorer, firearms instructor and Rangemaster. John serves as the coordinator for the Sheriff”s Office Tactical Rifle Operator program and coached the Youth Deputy Pistol Team which won a national championship in 2004.

John became a State of Florida C.J.S.T.C. Certified Firearms Instructor in 1994 and is on staff as an adjunct instructor at Valencia Community College and Seminole State College of Florida where he instructs basic, advanced, and tactical law enforcement classes.John is a staff instructor for the NRA Law Enforcement Activities Division where he teaches instructor level firearms schools for Law Enforcement and the Military.Some of John’s additional certifications are: CMS Firearms Instructor, Instructor techniques, Shotgun Instructor, NRA Law Enforcement firearms instructor, PPE Instructor, Radiological pager instructor, OC chemical spray instructor, RIPP restraints instructor, Simunitions Instructor, Sig-Sauer Rangemaster School, Knife Defense Instructor, Sig-Sauer armorer, Remington armorer, Smith and Wesson armorer, Colt armorer, Glock armorer, Benelli armorer, Crimson Trace lasergrips instructor, Community Law Enforcement Academy instructor, FAA flying armed registered, Federal Air Marshals FAM Rush training.

 

Dave O’Connor

Dave has over twenty three years of law enforcement experience as both a municipal police officer and as a deputy sheriff. He has served in a patrol capacity, as a K-9 officer, as a ranch and marine patrolman, as an investigator, and most recently as a full-time law enforcement training officer – specializing in firearms training. Dave is a law enforcement vehicle operations instructor, simunitions instructor, OC chemical spray instructor, defensive tactics instructor, a certified armorer through most of the major firearms manufacturers, a TASER instructor, and is a certified firearms instructor through the Florida C.J.S.T.C.

 

Mark Hamilton

Mark has twenty years of law enforcement experience as a deputy sheriff. He has served in a patrol capacity, as a ranch and marine patrolman, is a federally certified explosives and ordnance disposal technician and currently serves as a Domestic Security Division investigator.

 

Paul Schuck

Paul has over twenty-eight years of law enforcement experience, both as a municipal police officer and as a deputy sheriff. Some of his assignments have been as a patrolman, as a SWAT sniper and coordinating the service of high risk arrest warrants. He is a firearms instructor for law enforcement officers, is a coach for a competitive shooting team comprised of award winning youth marksmen, and is a firearms instructor for law enforcement academy students. Paul is a certified firearms instructor through the Florida C.J.S.T.C.

 

Barry Smith

Barry has twenty-three years of combined law enforcement and military experience. As both a municipal police officer and a deputy sheriff, Barry has served in a patrol capacity, as a SWAT operator, on a street level tactical unit, as a district commander, and as a patrol watch commander. When in the U.S. Army, Barry served as a military police officer in a patrol capacity, as a patrolman, a squad supervisor and as a desk Sergeant. Barry is a certified officer survival instructor and law enforcement vehicle operations instructor through the Florida C.J.S.T.C.

 

Jennifer Harris

Jennifer has over 22 years of combined law enforcement and military experience. As a career law enforcement officer Jennifer has served in various capacities, including patrol officer, detective, SRT member and Sergeant for a municipal police department. Jennifer has been responsible for firearms, and tactical training for various agencies, and has taught firearms use, instructor development and combat survival through the USAF for the Department of State. Jennifer also served in the United States Air Force Reserve in the capacity of an NCOIC during Operation Enduring Freedom while deployed overseas. Jennifer educates military members on U.S. and foreign military weaponry systems to include but not limited to small arms, AAA, MANPADS, SAMS, and various aircraft. Jennifer has also taught terrorism and anti-terrorism applications. Jennifer is a certified firearms instructor through the Florida C.J.S.T.C.

 

Shane Love

Shane has over thirteen years of law enforcement experience as both a deputy sheriff and as a corrections officer. He has served as a patrol officer, as an investigator, as a ranch and marine patrolman, and is a primary firearms instructor for law enforcement officers. Shane is a certified armorer through Sig-Sauer and is a certified firearms instructor through the Florida C.J.S.T.C.

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Seven BJJ Black Belts demonstrate Favorite Techniques

Seven BJJ Black Belts gathered today to raise funds for Aubrey’s family, a little girl who was struck by a hit-and-run on school property while riding her bike with a friend.

The Black Belts gathered at Gracie Barra in Kissimmee, Florida to demonstrate some of their favorite techniques to those who made a donation.  Luckily, we caught some of these techniques on video.

Below you will find the full seminar and each individual BJJ technique video below! The order of techniques has been rearranged to better flow from position to position.  Below the playlist you will find the individual techniques have been separated into the order they were shown.

The Black Belts who donated their time and skills were:

Marcio Simas, 6th Degree BJJ Black Belt Mestre

Mike Busby, 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt Professor

Igor Andrade, 4th Degree BJJ Black Belt Professor

Fabian Reyes, 1st Degree BJJ Black Belt Professor

Rich Rodriguez, BJJ Black Belt

Dave Ogden, 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt Professor

Brian Ruscio, BJJ Black Belt Professor

 

New BJJ Academy in Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares area!

Grappling Mastery BJJ & MMA Academy in Mount Dora, Florida.

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Grappling Mastery is excited to announce our new BJJ Academy in Mount Dora located behind the Chipotle and Starbucks on U.S. HWY 441. We will be consolidating all of our Lake County BJJ locations into one larger Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA School.

If you live in the Tavares, Eustis, Mt Dora area and are interested in adult, teen, or child instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, or Judo I cannot recommend IBJJF Black Belt Brian Ruscio enough…absolutely the best instructor for all ages and skill levels in the area!!! – Ryan Swinford, U.S. Army Captain  …more reviews

New BJJ & MMA Schedule of Classes.

We now have Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes morning and night classes, beginner and advance classes.  We also offer Kids Classes 4 days each week starting at 5pm!  As always we offer Ladies Only Self Defense Classes, Beginner and Advanced Muay Thai Classes, and MMA Classes!

Grappling Mastery Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA is located to the right side of Chipotle and Starbucks in Mount Dora just off US 441 & Donnelly at 19051 US-441 #200, Mt Dora, FL 32757!

Mount Dora’s newest BJJ Academy is bigger and better than before!  Over 1600 sq. ft. of the Highest Standard Zebra Mats have arrived and we will be placing them down on every inch possible.  We will be installing heavy bags, throwing mats, and more!  There are No Limits!  This is only the beginning.  Join Now and be part of something Great! This is what everyone has been talking about!

For the Highest Level of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you have to come try Grappling Mastery for 30 Days FREE and see what makes them the Best BJJ School in Central Florida for MMA or Self Defense!  Learn from Professor Brian Ruscio, an Undefeated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Pan-American Expert Champion!!  Brian Ruscio is also experienced as a USA Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling Coach, Competitor and Referee!  Professor Brian Ruscio managed one of four locations from the Largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu(BJJ) schools in Central Florida, Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu, for 7 years alongside 6th degree BJJ Master, Marcio Simas and World (Mundial) Champion, Gutty Muggiati.

You will want to subscribe to the Grappling Community below this post so you can be alerted when we announce our Grand Opening!  We will also be having a very special seminar with 6th Degree BJJ Master, Marcio Simas and World Champion, Gutty Muggiati to celebrate very soon!  Subscribe Below or Like us on Facebook so you don’t miss anything!

Grappling Mastery continues to associate with Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu and other BJJ Academies allowing you to train when you travel!

BJJ Lapel Choke from the Back Control

The Gi Lapel Choke is an option from the Back Control in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with a lot of variations.  Here is a simple but powerful choke which serves as a fundamental starting point to all of it’s other choke variations.

For more Chokes and other BJJ Techniques, Subscribe below, or to learn directly from Undefeated BJJ Black Belt and Pan-American Champion, Brian Ruscio sign up for Grappling Mastery’s 30 Days Free!

Police Officer vs. BJJ Black Belt

It was a friendly challenge but it was in a gym full of spectators.  Officer Blake isn’t just any Police Officer, he trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai with Grappling Mastery.  You can ask any of his training partners, he’s a tough opponent!

In this video you will see: a shoulder lock from the back using the legs!

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