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This Month's Expert: Phil Migliarese
TECHNIQUE OF THE WEEK
Phil Migliarese shows us a great technique for rolling over an opponent with a really strong base in turtle position starting with his "Yoga Hook". This technique ends up with a nice arm bar finish....
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Phil Migliarese

Gameness


BJJ Lifestyle

Ginastica Natural with Coral Belt

Marcio Stambowski

Marcio StambowskiMarcio “Macarrao” Stambowsky practices old school Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. When you walk into his Gracie Sports Academy in Norwalk Connecticut you are immediately overwhelmed with the amount of BJJ history fighting for space on the walls. Pictures, magazine clippings, newspaper articles, diplomas and certificates. Marcio truly learned at the source.

He is one of only six men who received their black belts from the legendary Rolls Gracie. As a group they are commonly referred to as the “Famous Five” (I don’t know, there must be a story there). Others included Roger Gracie’s father Mauricio Motta Gomes, Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti the founder of Alliance, Mario Claudio Tallarico, Nicin Azulay and Paulo Conde. Pretty good company! WATCH NOW >

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Lifestyle and Opinion

Semi Finalist Winner

ELEI CHALLITA

Gameness Never Quit MomentMy never quit moment came three years ago when I was still in college. I was rolling with a much heavier rookie before class to give him some pointers when I slipped and dislocated my shoulder completely. I had to spend that night in the hospital.

During the two subsequent months I missed the two local tournaments my coach had signed me up for. Recovery was painful, but the worst moment came when the doctor told me my shoulder suffered from a congenital weakness, would probably never recover completely, and that I would have to quit competitions, if not martial arts practice altogether. You can imagine just what effect that announcement had on me. To be honest most of my family was glad that I would have to quit, as they disapproved of a 'brutal’ sport.

My grandfather supported me then. Though his own health was badly failing and he had always abhorred all forms of violence, he told me not to let the doctor's opinion stop me from trying. He told me how proud he was of what I had achieved in that respect, going from a scrawny asthmatic kid to an accomplished fighter in a few years. With his confidence in me I decided to keep fighting. ... READ >

Lifestyle and Opinion

Semi Finalist Winner

ANDY LUSHMAN

Gameness Never Quit MomentMy name is Andy Lushman and I first started training BJJ two years ago when I moved from Canada to Switzerland. My story tells of my discovery of BJJ and the difficulties I encountered while training abroad. Below you will find my story which, in my opinion, is full of never quit moments...

I first began training in BJJ a little over two years ago while I was teaching in the Swiss Alps. As cool as that sounds, the Swiss Alps are a great place to ski, hike, and eat obscene amounts of cheese fondue but it sucks for BJJ. Actually, the amount of cheese and chocolate I ate probably had a negative effective on my BJJ at the time. My first experience was where I blew off a ski trip with my girlfriend (now wife) to go with a friend to a BJJ seminar in the valley of Vaud. From that day I became hooked! Unfortunately, I came to find out that the nearest place to train was in Lausannt which was a little over an hour away from my little mountain village. If you have never driven in Switzerland, let me tell you, driving an hour through the Alps in the winter, narrowly missing trucks and sliding towards cliffs, drains your adrenaline before you even start training! Did I quit before I even started? NO WAY! I had the BJJ bug and I was going to do what had to be... READ >


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