AND STILL…THE BEST TEAM!
by Kimberlj Boehm
On 13th of April the IBJJF MUNICH INTERNATIONAL OPEN took place again at the TSV Unterhaching and we went on the line with around 70 fighters to defend our Team Title.
70 people who created this incredible power and energy which defines the difference of our Team, makes it strong in the way of a family and let us win:
8x Gold, 15x Silver and 14x Bronze in the Gi,
and 9x Gold, 4x Silver and 4x Bronze in the NoGi Tournament.
Plus we achieved our biggest goal and brought home the IBJJF Munich International Open Double Team Win with 188 points in the Gi and 84 points in the NoGi Tournament, a number double as high as from the 2nd places in both categories.
But great results like this can’t be achieved alone.
As we always say, Jiu Jitsu is a Team Sport.
Every individual counts, and for every individual the whole team counts.
We all have to walk our pebbly way, especially in the tough beginnings, but through the help of our professors and team members we develop, we learn and understand every day a bit more until we find ourself helping and teaching the following generations.
As we receive, we give back. As we start as students, we continue as teachers, and that is the circle of Jiu Jitsu, like the circle of life.
We are responsible for the future of our legacy and to keep it alive, we cannot only leave foot marks, we have to plant seeds.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
For a lot of guys this was the first tournament and we are pretty sure it wasn’t the last, and even more that it initiate a great and life changing journey.
We would like to thank
every single fighter who stepped on the mat to fight for our team, who overcame obstacles and fought against fear and adversity to gave their best.
Furthermore we would also like to thank all teachers and team members who helps us every day to improve, mentally and technically, as well our friends who supported and motivated us until the end of a long and successful tournament day.
We are on to the next one…
Big thanks to Flograppling for honouring our Master Sergio Canudo Zimmermann for his performance at the 2018 IBJJF World Master Championship and for giving attention to some legends of the sport. to read the full article from flograppling click here
1 MAN AND THE FABULOUS 5
5 standout fights by Sergio Canudo Zimmerman at the IBJJF World Master Championship.
5 wins, 5 submissions and a total fight time of 9 min, 53 sec.
No opponent could score one single point against him, not even an advantage.
Canudo finished all of his fight by submission: 2 arm bars, 2 wrist locks and one Ezekiel choke.
One more time our Master Sergio Canudo Zimmermann proofed, that everything is possible if you are willing to work for it, if you believe in yourself and what you are doing, and if you have the patience and persistence to walk the long way until the finish line regardless of the circumstances around you.
As Master Carlson Gracie Sr. said: „There is no reward without sacrifices“
For Canudo a long journey of preparation including hard training, intensive workouts, low food intake and struggles with multiple injuries ended with successfully accomplishing his mission. Focusing and working on his goal whilst keeping his academy active, paying attention on the development of his students, organizing tournaments, working close together with the Pound for Pound affiliates and holding seminars all over the world, he achieved what for the crowd sounds impossible.
Faith, trust, discipline, dedication and hard work at the end paid back the more than well-earned reward!
Congratulations one more time to our Master Sergio Canudo Zimmerman on a great career!
2x IBJJF World Master Champion, 11x IBJJF European Champion, IBJJF European NoGi Champion, 2x IBJJF Worlds Adults Medalist, 4x IBJJF National Teams Match Champion and 2x Brazilian National Champion.
Thank you for being one of the greatest, on and off the mats, thanks for your lifetime dedication to the art, your faith, your trust, your passion and your effort to keep our legacy alive.
„So we do not get tired of doing good, we want to reap at the proper time if we do not give up.“ Galatians 6:9
Respect is earned, trust is gained and loyalty is returned.
Ab dem 06. August starten wir mit unserer neuen BJJ Trainingsstruktur und haben unseren Trainingsplan dementsprechend angepasst.
Wir haben unser Trainingsprogramm umstrukturiert um unseren BJJ-Schülern einen noch besseren Lernerfolg zu ermöglichen und für alle Beginnern einen optimalen Einstieg zu gewähren.
Das BJJ Training wird in 3 Trainingskategorien unterteilt:
Das Essentials Training richtet sich speziell an komplette Neueinsteiger und Anfänger mit einem Weissgurt bis zu 2 Streifen. Die technischen Grundlagen des BJJ werden optimal vermittelt, spezifische Bewegungsabläufe trainiert und ein erstes Verständnis aufgebaut um eine solide Basis zu bilden an die im Anschluss mit fortschreitenden Techniken und Strategien angeknüpft wird.
Das Intermediate Training richtet sich an Schüler aller Gürtelfarben ab Weissgurt mit 2 Streifen. Es werden die technischen Grundlagen erweitert, Technikabfolgen und Kontertechniken trainiert und der Fokus auf wichtige Details gelegt.
Das Advanced Training ist ausschließlich für Schüler ab Blaugurt aufwärts. Das Training ist ähnlich konzipiert wie bei den Intermediate Trainingseinheiten, nur auf einem technisch nochmals fortgeschritteneren Level. Es wird gezielt an strategischen Vorgehensweisen und der technischen Umsetzung gearbeitet.
Bei Fragen sind wir Euch gerne jederzeit behilflich!
WE ARE CARLSON GRACIE…
„…and that’s the way it is in the ring. Who ever shows up on the way in, is going to have to fight against my fighters.” Carlson Gracie Sr.
The IBJJF European Championship is the second largest BJJ tournament in the world. Thousands of athletes are traveling every year to Lisbon to fight for the titles. As well it is really important for us to participate, show our flag and represent our roots.
This year we had the honour to fight the 2018 Europeans united with our friends and family from all over the world as a Carlson Gracie Team!
101 bull dogs stepped on the mats and fought their battles to keep the legacy alive, dedicate this special time in the year to give back and show our greatfulness for our Masters, who paved the way for us. This was our big chance to prove our words with the matching actions, the behave that reflects and at the same time creates our loyalty to the team.
The mats are the fields where the real team loyalty is shown, our fighting army of coaches and teammates who have faith in each other and trust in our training, the faithfulness to our commitments which doesn’t let us give up and the bond between us which gives us the strength to fight until the end and make every second count.
This is what our Master Sergio Zimmermann is chasing with our international Pound for Pound Team: connecting people from different countries like Germany, Portugal, Italy, Bosnia and many more, who have the same ideals, interests, and belief, who pursue the same goals and are willing to work to make this world a better place and give us a better life through the values of the BJJ.
People who „speak“ the same language on the mats and understand each other without the necessity of using words.
The reward of our loyalty are 8 European Championship Medals (4x GOLD, 1x SILVER, 3x BRONZE) but even more, it is the pride to be part of that family, the fact that we gave everything we could on the mats and the lessons we have learned which already makes us better than yesterday.
One of the greatest fighters of human rights, Mr. Nelson Mandela, once said:
„After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb“
One more hills is done but our feet are not tired yet.
The IBJJF Munich Open is already calling and we are ready to defend our title and represent our house again this Sunday!
We would like to thank everybody who took part of that tournament, all fighters, teammates, trainers, families and friends, and especially our beloved brothers and sisters who couldn’t fight with us because sometimes life gives us battles we have to win outside of the mats.
Thank you all for the loyalty, strength & support!
See you all soon on the mats!
IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT´S DONE
On the 7th of October 2017 the first ever IBJJF German National Championships took place in Berlin.
For the Pound for Pound Team it was a pleasure to witness how much Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is growing in Germany and it felt epic to share this historical moment with around 500 athletes who fought with all their souls on the (first time) 8 mats and filled up the hall with an indescribable energy.
As all of us know, life sometimes gives you lemons and some of our teammates weren’t able to join us on the battlefield this time so we went to the big city with only 20 fighters – fighters who came all the way not afraid to deal with hardships and failures, fighters with their hearts filled with passion and the focus on our mission.
Even our chance to get the team win wasn`t auspicious, we didn`t lost our faith.
The lowest chance is still a chance if we have the courage to take it.
Believe: check; Optimism: check; Commitment: check; Dedication: check; Hope: check;
We fought until the end with the support and loyalty of our Pound for Pound family from all over the world and made the 2nd team place in the overall Gi division!
This outstanding performance of 21 titles with only 20 fighters speaks for itself
(8x 1st place / 6x 2nd place / 7x 3rd place)
Grateful for our team win we brought the trophy to the place where it belongs, a place where we train hard on our weaknesses, sweat together on the mats and work through our emotional ups & downs – this place we call home.
HOME, where people are waiting who cheer for you, believe in you and lift you up when nobody else does it. This every-day-heroes who come to the gym without complaining even if they`re tired, injured, sad or unmotivated…people who challenge you and get the best out of you, people who help each other sharpen their skills and overcome obstacles.
This people we call FAMILY – A family that makes us strong and we are truly thankful for because nobody can improve alone, nobody can fight alone and nobody can win alone.
„As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.“ Proverbs 27:17
There exist a well-known proverb about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and its positive affect on social relationships that says „bjj connects people“.
This May our team fought on different fronts in different countries at the same time so we couldn’t stay all together physically, but we fought with the force of our team connected in our minds and hearts. Team spirit has no boundary, so we all stepped on the battlefield with the united power of our Pound for Pound family.
Of course everyone of us went into the fight with his or her individual goals, but we walked the walk together, striving in the same direction to give our best, have fun and enjoy the moment.
In overall we came back home with 3 medals from Zurich and one medal from Zagreb as well, plus one of our brothers won the ticket to the Grand Slam Tournament in London next year. All of us fought good fights, some won and some lost, mostly very close by points. But it`s not all about the medals. A gold medal is beautiful thing, but if you`re not enough without it, you will be never enough with it.
The real fight was fought every day in the preparation and our toughest opponents were the people we saw every day in the mirror. The effort is between you and you, coming to the gym every day sweating your ass off, no matter if you had a hard day at work, dealing with pressure or adversity, no matter if you`re sick, injured or tired. A true champion wins in his mind first, it is a decision, a commitment you make and the actions will follow your thoughts.
Yes, sometimes a small mistake costs you a fight, but the knowledge and the experience you win are priceless. In bjj there is no losing, you either win or learn and you will never stop learning. If you ever think you know all about it, it will jump on you and hit you as hard as life. Sometimes you have to get worse before you improve, sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward, nothing is tougher than facing your weaknesses and start working on them and this is exactly what we do – together, always connected!