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  How many times does nervousness come up right in the BJJ pre-competition stage? Numerous! Besides natural pressure experienced during a championship, and several other factors – psychological or not – lead you to wonder “Am I really ready?” Days of hard BJJ training, dedication and persistence enabled you to reach the long-awaited day. The problem about those butterflies in the stomach, nervousness and heart beating stronger is exactly when these feelings get out of control. Many BJJ champions considered themselves defeated even before they fight. TRUST YOURSELF!!! Have the strong conviction that the world will be at your side while you keep yourself loyal to what is best in you.” Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr. The Great Master Carlos Gracie raised his warrior spirit throughout his life, on and off the mat. He learned that the gentle art has the power to convert psychologically failed people into strong individuals. The last of the 12 lessons left by the patriarch of the Gracie family basically consists in supporting those people who go through this: “Have the strong conviction that the world will be at your side while you keep yourself loyal to what is best in you.” BJJ warrior, imagine yourself giving your best, see in your mind the referee raising your arm. Believe in...


  Once again we are pleased to welcome one of the best BJJ coaches currently who is coming back to Munich this weekend!!! 6th Degree Black Belt, Master Julio Cesar Pereira is the co-founder and the Headcoach of the well known and successful Bjj Team GF Team and the coach of many multiple champion including one of the best of all time, Rodolfo Vieira. This seminar is open to everyone regardless of team, belt, gender or age. WHEN: 04th of September (Friday) at 19:00 – 21:30 05th of September (Saturday) at 11:00 – 13:30 WHERE: Pound for Pound München BJJ, MMA & No Gi  Boschetsriederstrasse 60, 81379 Muenchen INVESTIMENT: 40€ 1day 60€ 2 days ORGANIZERS: Gabriel Rainho & Sergio Zimmermann Canudo  COME AND JOIN...


There is no secret in BJJ; the path to the victory consists of lots of training, focus ad dedication. This all would not exist without motivation, and this is the driving force of an athlete. Although it’s a door that “opens from the inside out”, the external stimuli are critical to keep the samurai´s mind & warrior’s spirit alive. But what are those incentives? Where do they originate from? “Never quit, you have to resist to the utmost. ‘Til you drop, like a Samurai” Carlson Gracie Sr. Those who fight, know that there’s nothing better than feeling the heart beating stronger during a training session. The body seems stronger and although tired, you can go on and complete your goal. We breathe and live the gentle art BJJ. Thus, we listed three types of incentives that make a difference for you. 1– LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTOR´S VOICE: There may be the whole world screaming in the stands, but that voice coming from your corner, low or loud, will stand out, echoing through your ears. Knowing that the guy who accompanied you your whole life is there, just next to you, will motivate you even more to achieve a positive result. 2– FRIENDS & TEAM MATES CHEERING FOR YOU: When the gym guys get together and scream your name, jump up in their chairs, hit the walls… That typical euphoria scene in championships. Sometimes it may seem that they extrapolate a bit, but let’s speak the truth – it is way good to have these guys on your side, isn’t it? 3- FAMILY SUPPORT: Parents serve as true superheroes in each of our lives. Some energetic reprimands, demands,...

Marcelo Alonso – The Embodiment of Strong Will and a Great Heart

    Sometimes you encounter special people. People, having an incredible history. People, tainted by life, but going strong nonetheless – perhaps even going stronger! Every step you take, be it left, right, forward, onward, or even not going at all, is a choice. And some of those choices become your life. Monday and Tuesday the 29th and 30th of June 2015 were the days that Pound for Pound had the honor of meeting a person who knows what it means to get up time and time again when life knocks you down. And whilst doing that, still keeping an open heart and help others every way he can. The special person we are referring to is Marcelo Alonso: teacher of our teacher Sergio ‘Canudo’ Zimmermann. The first day was Gi and the second day was no-Gi training. The many drills, movements, follow-up techniques were simply amazing. Especially the submitting and/or sweeping sequences: if the initial set up or submitting technique does not work out, try another. If that does not work either, again, try something else, even if that means not submitting your opponent immediately, but just controlling him/her and regaining or advancing to a more dominant position. And simply taking it from there once more. Marcelo’s preference for submissions involving arms, shoulders and wrists became soon clear to us. Especially during no-Gi the emphasis was placed on different arm submissions – they are old school and brutally effective! Apart from all those techniques, his way of teaching is perhaps even more remarkable. It is here that his strong will and great heart comes to the fore, as...


Am 13. Und 14. Juni 2015 feierte die Capoeira Gruppe Mar de Itapuã ihre 3. Batizado. Dies ist der portugiesische Begriff für Taufe und steht in der Capoeira für eine Zeremonie, in denen Anfänger ihre erste Kordel verliehen bekommen und somit in die Gruppe aufgenommen werden. Dafür ist extra Mestre Pequeno aus Brasilien eingeflogen, unter dessen Führung die Gruppe Mar de Itapuã in São Paulo gegründet wurde. Ebenso unterstützten Professor Fabio aus Osnabrück und Professor Sagaz und Professor Jonas aus Marbella in Spanien die Capoeira Gruppe von Professor Marcel sowohl musikalisch als auch mit Show Acts während der Batizado. Familienangehörige und Freunde, die bei dem Event im Pound for Pound Studio an der Boschetrieder Straße 60 in München zuschauten, konnten somit auch professionelle Auftritte bestaunen. Für Fortgeschrittene bestand die Möglichkeit unter der Bezeichnung „Troca de Cordas“ die bisherige Kordel durch die nächsthöhere zu wechseln. Insgesamt kann sich die Gruppe über viele neue Mitglieder unterschiedlichster Altersgruppen...

Dealing with Constant Pain in Jiu-Jitsu ( BJJ ) & 8 Recovery Tips

Most people will let fatigue, exhaustion, and or being out of shape take them out before they ever deal with any kind of real pain caused by a minor or serious injury. Chronic pain from a bad lower back, jacked up fingers, bad knees, bad ankles, or things liked bruised ribs can set you back. But you will see most people opt out of training way before this, or most will play up an injury to make seem a 1000x’s worse then it really is. You need to know when to dial it back, and when you can work through certain things, or how to work through certain things. Most people are mentally weak when it comes to physical pain, or even soreness. Being sore is not an injury, being tired or out of breath is not an injury, these things tell you to quit, and if you are weak, you will. Pain on the other hand deals with an injury, something that tells your mind and body to stop, which you probably should, to a degree, depending on the injury. Some injuries do require an all out lay off, although most can be worked around in some manner. But most people will choose to take a complete lay off when they know in their mind that they could still be on the mats, working, getting better, but use their“injury” as a crutch. There is a different kind of “pain” associated with training hard. It is the simultaneous physical and mental fatigue associated with hard training. The soreness, the lack of oxygen, the build of lactic acid, it all...