Video Review of 6th Degree BJJ Black Belt Marcio Simas’s Seminar

Gracie Barra Black Belt Seminar “Fighting for a Cure”

Windermere Police Chief's Special Award to Brian Ruscio

Credit to Fight Sports Photos for the many great shots

Over 20 Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts will be joining forces to help Fight for a Cure, raise awareness and monies for families and children affected with rare terminal illnesses. This year Orlando Florida will be the site of the 38th Annual NTSAD Family Conference that will take place April 7 – 10th 2016. For these families the National Tay Sachs and Allied Disease Association is their Hope to finding their way through the most treacherous times in their lives and we’ve assembled the toughest guys in Orlando to show how we can make a difference.

These families come here for support, to learn the latest medical research and how to best care for their children. Gracie Barra Orlando wants to create an amazing experience for the 20-25 siblings during the conference by getting them away from the daily grind and making their stay memorable. We will be taking a trip to Sea World and visiting the Orlando Science Center and paying for it all. Any proceeds left over will go the NTSAD medical research and family support.

Gracie Barra Fight for a Cure
February 6, 2016
Kids Seminar: 11:00 – 12:00 pm $20
Adults Seminar: 12:00 – 2:00 pm $25
Location: 923 N. Mills Avenue Orlando, FL. 32803

You can read more about the NTSAD and the family conference here: http://www.ntsad.org/index.php/event-listings/family-conference/2016-family-conference

 

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)

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Photo Gallery of our Recent Open Mat in Clermont, Florida

Open Mat with Grappling Mastery, Gracie Barra Clermont, Gracie Barra Orlando, and Fight Sports

Some of the Grappling Mastery Team recently participated in a BJJ Open Mat Session in Clermont, Florida this Independence Day Weekend.  Some other teams that participated were Gracie Barra Orlando, Gracie Barra Clermont (Ogden BJJ), and Fight Sports Clermont (Xtreme Gracie).  Some impromptu techniques were taught by BJJ Black Belts, Professor Brian Ruscio (Grappling Mastery), 3rd Degree Professor Dave Ogden (Gracie Barra Clermont), and 6th Degree BJJ Master Marcio Simas (Gracie Barra Orlando) at the request of the group.  Afterward we had some rolling sessions with the members of the other teams.  It was a fun event in the spirit of learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  We are all brothers and sisters of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  It’s great that we can all get together and share ideas and techniques no matter what school we train at.  The next BJJ Open Mat will be held at Grappling Mastery!

This is the second time that Grappling Mastery and Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu have teamed up to share BJJ Techniques with anyone who wanted to attend.  Previously Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery and Gracie Barra held a seminar for charity in Kissimmee, Florida with a total of 7 Black Belts.

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

 

Multiple Black Belts hold BJJ Seminar for a Great Cause!

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Professor Brian Ruscio trained under Mestre Marcio Simas and World Champion Master "Gutty" Muggiati alongside over 20 years of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Black Belts
Professor Brian Ruscio trained under Mestre Marcio Simas and World Champion Master “Gutty” Muggiati alongside over 20 years of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Black Belts

To benefit 10 year old Aubrey, who is in critical condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital, Grappling Mastery’s Brian Ruscio along with numerous other Black Belts from Gracie Barra and other Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academies in Central Florida will be hosting a BJJ Black Belt Seminar at the Gracie Barra in Kissimmee.  Each Black Belt will be showing at least one technique from their arsenal!  ALL PROCEEDS raised will go to Aubrey and her family to help her. This is a seminar you WILL NOT want to miss!  When will you have the chance again to learn from so many Black Belts at the same time AND support a great cause?

When:  Sunday, February 8, 2015

Location: 2800 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Donation Amount: Minimum $20

RSVP HERE for the Black Belt Seminar

Read Aubrey’s story below:

Aubrey was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike with a friend.
Aubrey was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike with a friend.

On January 20, 2015, while riding her bicycle with her friend in Ocoee, Aubrey and her friend were struck by a careless driver. Her friend that was with her was injured but is now doing well. Aubrey, on the other hand, is currently in critical condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital undergoing a number of medical procedures to help her return to her normal life as a happy, playful 10-year old girl.

Due to the medical procedures, Aubrey is going to require constant medical procedures and care to get her back to a normal life. All of this will take time and cost money.

Osceola FD Benevolent, a 501(c)3 organization that assists firefighters and the public through charitable work, is asking that you assist us to help Aubrey and her family with her recovery. ALL PROCEEDS raised will go to Aubrey and her family to help her.

If you cannot make the seminar you can donate via paypal at Osceola FD Benevolent

Osceola Fire Department Supports Aubrey
Osceola Fire Department Supports Aubrey

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