The Olympics are a showcase of the world’s premier athletes. There are many different traits possessed by champion athletes which include strength, endurance, technique, reaction, mental toughness, and focus. Several sports including gymnastics, endurance, track and field, display the highest levels of these athletic traits humanly possible. Gymnastics displays an extreme level of strength and control. Track and field display the highest abilities of speed and explosion. The marathon is theepitome of endurance. On another level certain sports exemplify these raw traits’ practical application in different settings. Swimming proves which competitors can apply the mentioned athletic traits in water. Cross country skiing proves so on snow and speed skating does on ice. Wrestling and boxing are among the finest displays of athletic ability in unarmed hand-to-hand combat.
Wrestling and boxing, a.k.a pugilism, have a long history as being amongst the first Olympic sports and is celebrated by humanity as being in the spirit of ancient warfare and gladiators. Combat sports features some the most raw real athletic competition which require one of the most comprehensive sets of athletic traits. To eliminate wrestling from the Olympic games, but keep less athletically demanding sports including badminton, table tennis, and speed walking is a blow to the integrity of hosting a venue to display the world’s greatest athletes.
Analysis of California Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments
Next to Brazil, California is the number two hot spot for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in the world. This is due in part to the large population of notable BJJ players immigrating to the area. “The Golden State” is home to the most notable circuit of annual competitions, anchored by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) tournaments, which has its headquarters in Irvine, California.
Be sure to bookmark this guide for updates on future California Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.
Schedule of California Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments
Annually the Walter Pyramid at California State University Long Beach hosts more BJJ competitions than any other venue in the world. The all-star line-up includes the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – Master and Seniors, IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, IBJJF World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Long Beach Fall International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and the IBJJ Pro League.
Every year California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Carson, California hosts the second most number of prolific BJJ competitions in the world. CSUDH’s line-up includes the South Bay Open, Samurai Jiu-Jitsu Pro, NABJJF North American No Gi Tournament.
Marcel Louzado heads the world class academy at OC Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. Marcel is a 3X Jiu-Jitsu world champion and has won the national judo championships of Brazil 4 times. Marcel instructs, and is one of the top competitors of Team Checkmat, the 2008, 2009, and 2010 no-gi world champions, and 3rd place at the 2009 & 2010 world championships! He was also head coach to UFC fighters: Jake Ellenberger, Mark Munoz, and James Irvin, as well as the Strikeforce fighter King Mo Lawal. OCJJ is located right in the middle of Orange County in Lake Forest, California. OCJJ students come from Irvine, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, El Toro, Aliso Viejo, and even from the surrounding San Diego and LA counties.
Why We Stand Alone: OCJJ stands alone in its commitment to personalized services, and level appropriate instruction from beginner to expert.
No Catch No Kidding! Try any of our programs free for 30 days and if our MMA and Jiu-Jitsu programs aren’t for you, you can cancel with no strings attached and no regrets. What is the catch? None. We offer world class instruction and we know that you will want to keep the action coming. Contact us now to schedule your free one-on-one lesson and see for yourself why OCJJ is THE gym for top MMA and BJJ training. Not enough? If you don’t believe in OCJJ as much as we do after 60 days, get a full refund. That’s right, we’re offering a 60 day money back GUARANTEE!
Focus: Don’t sell yourself short. Our Instructor staff have the awards to prove it! Train in a well-structured, level based program under a world class, multiple time World Champion black belt.
30 Day FREE Trial: Our gym offers one of the only 30 day free trials in the area, and it is for ALL of our programs.
60 Day Money Back Offer: We want you to feel right at home here, and we are putting our confidence to the test. If you don’t love OCJJ after 60 days, we will give you a full refund.’
Teams: We are one of only 12 USA affiliates of CheckMat BJJ, the 3x world no-gi champion team. Our students compete all year round at BJJ and MMA competitions.
Jump right in… and don’t get killed. Many gyms don’t offer appropriate level based programs for beginners and intermediates and leave many of their students confused and without proper fundamentals.
1 free lesson: It is common to offer a free lesson, but not so common to offer a free month, once again OCJJ steps up.
No way! If you are not connecting with the instructors, if you aren’t comfortable with the gyms, if the schedule does not work for you, then you are on your own.
What Team? Either the gym has no affiliation with a competition team, or they don’t have one of their team instructors teaching classes. You won’t find any gym like OCJJ!
For a free 30 day trial at OC Jiu-Jitsu call 949.951.4796
While there are many factors to consider when choosing the right Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) school in Orange County, following guide provides several key tips:
Credentials: What are the coaching and competition credentials of the instructors? While an instructor who has medaled in world class competition has proven their technique, fitness, and mentality at the highest levels, do not just be focues on an instructor’s competition credentials. Also look at their coaching credentials. How well do they “break down” technique during instruction? Do they help students achieve a wide variety of goals including self-defense and fitness? Have they produced champions?
Goals: Does the school encourage you to meet your goals or do the instructors pressure almost every student to compete? While having a successful competition team is an indicator that a school develops students with top level technique, fitness, and mentality; competition is not everything. A good school should teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques which are applicable to self-defense and provide direct support for non-competition oriented goals such as fitness/ weight loss.
Beginners program: Some schools have all levels classes where beginners and advanced practitioners alike train together. The downside is beginners are thrown into the mix and not given a starting point to build a fundamental foundation. Likewise, the progress of more advanced students may be hindered as they sometimes must take time out of their own training to help beginners with basics. Having classes just for beginners provides students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in a friendly environment. Advanced classes provide students to progress as quickly as possible without hindrance.
Cleanliness: The number one priority to clean in any BJJ school are the mats, because if not cleaned everyday there will be guaranteed health issues from bacteria. Determine if the mats are mopped daily with cleaning solution and dust mopped if need be. Secondly check the cleanliness of the floors, restroom, facility odor, and if the trash is emptied as needed. Beyond bad hygiene, poor house keeping may indicate the staff’s attention to detail, carelessness, and if they are lacking the time to meet your needs.
Following April’s Copa Pacifica tournament, Orange County Jiu-Jitsu’s competition team hit the road to San Diego for the Grappling X tournament in preparation for the 2012 IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) World Champions (Mundials) held during the first weekend of June. April and May have been a busy month for OCJJ’s competitors as they have been scheduled to get as much competition time as possible in order to remain sharp for the most prestigious BJJ tournament in the world . Orange County Jiu-Jitsu instructor Oliver Haller hit his mark at purple belt, taking home a bronze medal.
Today marks the start of the historic, first ever Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expo, which is being held in right by our Orange County BJJ school in Long Beach, California. The Jiu-Jitsu expo will feature a variety of events from booths showcasing current and new products from the top brands, autograph signings, the inaugural IBJJF Long Beach Open Tournament, and super fights on saturday evening between some of most well known champions in the sport.
SUPER FIGHTS – 7:00pm
Nick Diaz vs Braulio Estima
Lucas Leite vs Raphael Lovato Jr.
Caio Terra vs Jeff Glover
Victor Estima vs Kron Gracie
Niño Schembri vs Bill Cooper
Kyra Gracie vs Alexis Davis
IBJJF LONG BEACH OPEN
Not only is the first ever Long Beach open serve as a great feature to the expo, but the competition also serves as an excellent warm-up for competitors to prepare for the IBJJF World Championships also held in the same Los Angeles city on the first weekend of June. After a showing in the recent San Diego Grappling X tournament, Orange County Jiu-Jitsu’s competition team will enter the Long Beach Open as final preparation for the Mundials.
Orange County Jiu-Jitsu is proud that one of our most outstanding students is a woman– April Frost. While it takes most people 12-24 months on average to earn a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Blue Belt, April earned her’s in only 6 month of training.
Woman BJJ student at Orange County Jiu-Jitsu earns blue belt after only 6 months.
At Orange County Jiu-Jitsu students are promoted based on their own personal progression. Criteria of which includes goals, age, and natural athletic abilities. For example a young 22 year old college wrestler will be held to a more strict standard for promotion because it is expected that they can progress to a very high level at a quick rate. Another example is that somebody who is older and family is the number one priority in their life will be graded by the amount they progressed from start date or promotion date. If they have shown progress and dedication regarding their own situation, they are a strong candidate for promotion.
Students are never pressured to compete against their desire at Orange County Jiu-Jitsu. However, our competition team is a very strong component of our program. April earned her blue belt so quickly because she medaled in several tournaments and it was time for her to step up to the next level of competition.
To train at Orange County Jiu-Jitsu for 30 Days FREE call us at 949.951.4796
Submission grappling has its roots in many places, from the combat sports employed by the ancient Greeks, several ancient Japanese martial arts, to the most popular form in Orange County, California, no-gi Jiu-Jitsu.
Southern California is the number one hotspot for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu outside of Brazil and hence submission grappling is very popular in Orange County, CA
No-Gi Jiu- Jitsu has risen to become the most popular form of submission grappling because all of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) fighters who compete no-gi in the top submission grappling tournaments in the world such as the “super Bowl” of submission grappling, ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club Championship), are BJJ guys.
Here at Orange County Jiu-Jitsu we offer both gi and no-gi instruction. If you like the fast pace of no-gi training or it’s similarity to MMA attire, we have literal world class instruction for you– a 3x Jiu-Jitsu World Champion who won the first ever IBJJF (international Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu federation) No-GI World Championship.
This post is a blast from the past, but nevertheless credit must be given where credit is due.
In 2010 Orange County Jiu-Jitsu instructor Oliver Haller proved that he was ready for his BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) purple belt by taking 3rd on the podium at the no-gi Mundials (World Championships). The top IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) Pan Americans (Pan Ams), World Championships, and No-Gi World Championships, are arguably the 3 toughest tournaments in the world. Competitors fly in from all over the United States and the rest of the world in hopes to establish themselves among the best in the world in their division. Medaling in one of these tournaments provides a strong argument that a practitioner is ready for promotion to the next belt. As the joke goes, “what do you call a blue belt who wins the Worlds? A purple belt.”
World class Jiu-Jitsu in Orange County is only world class with verifiable credentials!