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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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.

 

What is Ginastica Natural?

Ginastica Natural for Fighters designed by Master Alvaro Romano

Onnit Multi-MatMany BJJ Competitors in the past and present have used Ginastica Natural to improve their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Developed by Master Alvaro Romano, Ginastica Natural is known as a revolutionary method of Physical and Mental conditioning which has been applied in many fields like: Fitness (Health and Quality of Life), Sports (Surfing, Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed-Martial Arts, etc.), Film & Art Industry (TV Commercials, Choreography).

Master Alvaro Romano has dedicated his life to physical education , research and training to create the Ginastica Natural and after 40 years it is in 30 countries around the world and growing.

Werewolf Legend BellHere is a video from Master Alvaro Romano about Ginastica Natural and how it will help you.

Video and Information from Master Alvaro Romano’s Youtube Channel

We will be having our very first Free Demonstration of Ginastica Natural by Certified Instructor Suay Al-Aziz at our Grand Opening Celebration.

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

 

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

AJ Agazarm Seminar Review

BJJ Black Belts, Brian Ruscio and World Champion, AJ Agazarm
BJJ Black Belts, Brian Ruscio and World Champion, AJ Agazarm

AJ Agazarm is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion.  He is currently one of the most active competitors in BJJ.  Fighting out of Gracie Barra Clearwater, and formerly a wrestler with Ohio State, AJ has a nice blend of solid BJJ and Wrestling.  His journey started when he took an mma fight and won by Rear Naked Choke, not even knowing what one was or applying it properly!  BJJ Black Belt, Brian Ruscio took a recent opportunity to attend AJ Agazarm’s Seminar hosted by our friends at Gracie Barra in Oviedo.

AJ Agazarm’s Competition Titles include:

  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion
  • IBJJF World Gi Champion
  • Brazilian National Champion
  • 3X European Champion
  • 4X Pan Am Champion
  • 5X American National Champion

AJ is a humble guy coming from humble beginnings.  His secrets to success are simply hard work and getting in a flow.  He recommends keeping busy and using Franklin Covey Planners.  He looks at each competition as a journey.  It isn’t just the competition day, it’s everything.  The training, the travel, the injuries, the weighins, the event, and the ride home.  He breaks his year into seasons.  Gi season, No Gi season, Seminar Season, and “Chill” Season.  Like business has ups and downs, so does our training.  I would describe this as “undulations”, describing the motion he used with his hands.
Save 15% On Your Entire Order AJ showed a lot of detail in his techniques and these details affected all the techniques in his series.  From hand position, foot position, posture, head position, when to drive into the opponent, and when to let them drive into you…  He also talked about competition strategies and how to capitalize on the way points are scored.  How to score a quick and easy 11 point lead.  We talked about how to mentally beat your opponent.  It was a 2 hour seminar, though time seemed to go extremely fast.  This is a seminar you did not want to miss.  Great details and strategies that change the way you look at common positions!  Thanks AJ!

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Coach Ruscio will be reviewing the techniques from the seminar this coming week at Grappling Mastery!  Make sure to get in and experience these techniques and details from a Multiple Time World Champion and improve your Jiu Jitsu.  Non-members are Welcome to attend the week for FREE!