International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation recognizes Grappling Mastery

We are proud to be Recognized by the IBJJF and just received our Certificate of Registration for our new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy located in Mount Dora!

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

The IBJJF, or International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation is the Official Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Federations, in Martial Arts, provide legitimacy to a schools lineage.  Anybody can “buy” a Black Belt.  The Federal and State governments don’t have time to go around and check every martial art school to see if the instructor is really who they say they are when they start teaching.  It is the federations job to ensure that the Belt was truly earned by training with other legitimate Instructors, and so on throughout the students lineage.  A student should be able to trace his lineage throughout the federations records.  Students should also be able to have their rank and hard works recognized by an official organization!  Register with IBJJF

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There are many benefits to schools and their students for abiding by the federation designated for their martial art:

“It’s the right thing to do!”

The athletes registered with IBJJF will have their graduation recognized by an official sport organization. Keeping the athlete’s registration valid and accurate helps IBJJF to preserve the competitor’s record as an athlete or Professor.

In order to register and compete at IBJJF Tournaments certain athletes must have a valid membership Id:

  • All  kids and Juvenile Athletes (17 years old and younger);
  • Brown belt athletes;
  • Black belt athletes
  • All belts Brazilian residents (CBJJ)
  • All belts Italian residents (UIJJ)
  • All belts Portuguese residents (FPJJB)
  • All athletes that wish to compete in tournaments held in Brazil


Brian Ruscio awarded Special Recognition from 6th Degree BJJ Master Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu in Orlando

Professor Brian Ruscio was recently awarded special recognition from 6th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Master Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu in Orlando, Florida.  Marcio is a pioneer in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu bring the Gentle Art to Florida over 20 years ago in 1993.  Since then he has built and produced dozens of Black Belts that have gone on to win World and Pan-American Jiu Jitsu Tournaments, UFC, and other Pro and Amateur MMA Events.  Both Marcio, who is a IBJJF Pan Champion and his partner Gutty Muggiati, a World Masters and Mundial Champion have personally trained Brian Ruscio for the last decade.

Brian Ruscio recently won the NAGA Pan-American Championship at the Expert Level.

Learn more about Brian Ruscio and Grappling Mastery’s Gracie Barra lineage.

Here are some pictures from the Gracie Barra Event, more will be coming soon from our Professional Photographer.

To learn from a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt in the Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, or Leesburg area visit Grappling Mastery and take 30 Days of Free Jiu Jitsu Classes from Brian Ruscio!!

Gracie Barra Orlando’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Gracie Barra Orlando 20th Year Anniversary
Gracie Barra Orlando 20th Year Anniversary
Professor Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra Orlando, 6th Degree Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.
Professor Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra Orlando, 6th Degree Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.

Professor Marcio Simas of Gracie Barra in Orlando, Florida has personally invited Professor Brian Ruscio and the Grappling Mastery Team to attend his 20th Anniversary of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Central Florida.

Marcio Simas has been Brian Ruscio’s mentor since he began learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu many years ago.  It will be an honor to attend this event as Marcio will be awarding Brian Ruscio all his other Black Belts since 1994 special recognition!  Many have moved and hopefully most will be attending in person.

More about Grappling Mastery’s Gracie Barra Lineage The event will be Saturday, December 20th 2014 from 12-4 pm at Bill Frederick Park and cost $10 per person.  Kids 10 and under are free.

View Pictures of the Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu 20 Year Celebration

History of Catch Wrestling

“Submission from any Position”

Catch has a long history, originating during the Middle Ages in Lancashire, England when knights armor became too difficult to pierce easily.  The had to be knocked from their mounts and engaged in hand to hand combat.  Knights would then immobilize each other and even break the opponents joints to make it easier to kill them.  It arrived in North America via immigrants and world travelers around the mid 1800’s and quickly began to dominate other wrestling styles.  It became the top sport in America by the turn of the 20th century.

Billy Riley and Riley’s Gym are as important to the history of Catch Wrestling as Kano and Maeda are to the history of Jiu Jitsu. Riley’s Gym in particular produced wrestlers as Karl Gotch and Billy Robinson.  These two wrestler’s impacted the creation of Pro Wrestling Strong Style, which lead to Shooto, Rings, Pancrase and Pride.  After Olympian Carl Gotch (Istaz) trained with the famous Billy Riley, he moved to the U.S. and eventually to Japan.  This is when an early form of MMA, Shootfighting, was born when striking was mixed in.  Shooto and Pancrase competitions were formed by two of Gotch’s students.  You may remember Ken Shamrock was a shootfighter and Bas Rutten was a champion in Pancrase before he became champion in UFC.  It’s no surprise that Gotch’s lineage and fingerprint can be traced throughout some of the United States greatest wrestlers, coaches, and teams.

Many professional wrestlers in WWE, TNA, WCW, NWA and other new and old promotions are/were Catch Wrestlers first.  Catch Wrestlers used to make money at carnivals and fairs, challenging all comers.  Audiences could place bets and money was to be made.  There are even stories of traveling wrestlers making temporary homes in new places, until they eventually pick a fight with the towns biggest, baddest, fighter… and of course there would be betting involved.

Catch Wrestling also gave birth to Luta Livre when it arrived in Brazil around the 20th century, becoming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s biggest rivalry in the years to come, and creating the backdrop for some very famous fights.

If you want to learn more about modern catch wrestling, there is no better way than to join a school and train.  Don’t be afraid of “the violent art’s” reputation.  Most schools are thrilled to have you join the team and teach you what they know.  Catch Wrestling is still a very effective martial art and can be seen in the most popular events such as UFC and Metamoris.

Learn Catch Wrestling at Grappling Mastery!

Some Famous Catch Wrestlers:

  • Billy Riley
  • Karl Gotch (Istaz)
  • Billy “The British Lion” Robinson
  • Gene “Godfather of Grappling” LeBell
  • Kazushi Sakaraba
  • Josh Barnett
  • Ken Shamrock
  • Eric Paulson
  • Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii
  • Antonio Inoki
  • Ad Santel
  • Evan “The Strangler” Lewis
  • Ed “The Stranler” Lewis
  • John “Nebraska Tiger Man” Pesek
  • Tom Jenkins
  • Frank Gotch
  • Lou Thesz
  • Martin “Farmer” Burns
  • Tatsumi Fujinami
  • Hiro Matsuda
  • Osamu Kido
  • Yoshiaki Fujiwara
  • Ikuhisa Minowa
  • Edwin Bibby
  • Joseph Acton
  • Tom Connors
  • Dan McLeod
  • George “The Russian Lion” Hackenschmidt
  • George Bothner
  • Dan Kolov
  • Stanislaus Zbyszko
  • Wladek Zbyszko
  • Billy Sandow
  • Earl Caddock
  • Joe Stecher
  • Clarence “The Octopus” Eklund
  • Joe “Toots” Mondt
  • Ivan Seric / Jack Sherry
  • Peter Sauer / Ray Steele
  • Bob Robinson / Billy Joyce
  • Bert Assirati
  • William “Pops” Wicks
  • Akira Maeda
  • Minoru Suzuki
  • Masakatsu Funaki
  • Kiyoshi Tamura
  • Takanori Gomi “Fireball Kid”
  • Satoru “Catch Wrestling Koala” Kitaoka
  • Nobuhiko Takada

Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr. 12 Commandments of BJJ

 12 Commandments of BJJ, by Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr.

  1. Speak to every one of happiness, health and prosperity.
  2. Give all your friends the feeling that they are valuable.
  3. Always look at events from a positive point of view, and turn positivity into a reality in life.
  4. Think always in the best, work solely for the best and expect always the best.
  5. Always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  6. Forget about past mistakes and concentrate your energies on the victories ahead.
  7. Always keep your fellow men joyful and have a pleasant attitude to all that address you.
  8. Spend all the time you need in perfecting yourself, but leave no time to criticise the others.
  9. Become too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear and too happy to tumble in adversity.
  10. Always have a positive opinion about yourself and tell it to the world, not through words of vanity but through benevolence.
  11. Have the strong belief that the world is beside you if you keep true to what is best within you.

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