Archive for January, 2011

Looking for a BJJ gi or other martial arts gear?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

New to BJJ and looking for a gi? Or are you needing a new one to replace your old one that you’ve worn through because you roll so much?

Here’s a few on-line sources to take a look at:

Alliance Sports (London, ON)

Hatashita Sports (Kitchener/Waterloo)

And, if you’re looking for mats for home training, Hatashita has another site that offers great roll-out, fold-up, and traditional tatami mats.

Fight Planet (Hamilton)

Fighters’ Market (Winnipeg)

And for gis (BJJ Uniforms) specifically, take a look at these Canadian Manufacturers – Support local entrepreneurs and save at the same time:

Redstar BJJ

Gorilla Gear

Prof. Costa Offers Monthly Sport BJJ Workshops

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Franco Behring’s Mat General, Professor Marco Costa (Body of Four) will be running sport specific workshops once a month, covering different facets of the sport – from the rules to strategy and techniques. With a wealth of experience as both a competitor and a coach, Prof. Costa possesses invaluable knowledge for people wishing to be more effective in either role.

If you are interested in attending please feel free to contact Prof. Costa for more information at:

Please note that there are only 12 slots available at each workshop and each session will be 2 hours in duration. As both actual techniques and theory will be covered, participants are required to bring their gi as well as a notepad to each workshop they attend.

Cost of each workshop is $20 per session (only $15 for head instructors).

Dates and times TBD.

MMA LIVE! 1 – LONDON, ON – John Labatt Centre – Thursday, May 19 @ 7:30PM

Friday, January 28th, 2011

BJJ is an integral part of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and, just this month, Ontario legislators officially legalized Mixed Martial Arts in this province.

On May 19, 2011, Jones Entertainment Group (JEG) will bring an 8-bout MMA card to the John Labatt Centre (JLC). The JLC seats over 9000 spectators and JEG promises world-class action, production, at a world-class venue. This event follows hot on the heels of the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event to take place in Ontario on April 29th. While that UFC will undoubtedly be the largest MMA event in Ontario this year, MMA LIVE1 has potential to come in a worthy second place.

We will finally be able to witness skilled strikers and groundfighters mixing it out in our own backyard and, with any luck, one or more of them may be sporting the FBJJA crest!

Zombie House Submission Only FBJJA Tournament

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Saturday, February 19 · 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Location Franco Behring Central Academy
94 Laird Drive
Toronto, ON

Tournament Fee: $30 / Spectator Fee: $10

(All spectator fees will be use to create a competiton fund. The money will provide our competitors some sponsorship money for upcoming open tournaments)

12 Commandments of BJJ by Carlos Gracie Sr.

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I came across this on the web today and thought it should be passed on.  I see how these can apply to all facets of life and not just BJJ.  Oussssssss!

1. Be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind.

2. Talk to all people about happiness, health, and prosperity.

3. Give to all your friends the feeling of being valued.

4. Look at things by the enlightened point of view and update your optimism on reality.

5. Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.

6. Be as just and enthusiastic about others victories as you are with yours.

7. Forget about past mistakes and focus your energy on the victories of tomorrow.

8. Always make those around you happy and keep a smile to all people who talk to you.

9. Apply the largest amount of your time on self-improvement and no time in criticizing others.

10. Be big enough so you can feel unsatisfied, be noble enough so you can feel anger, be strong enough so you can feel fear, and be happy enough so you can feel frustrations.

11. Hold a good opinion about your self and communicate that to the world, but not through dissonant words but through good works.

12. Believe strongly that the world is in your side, as long as you stay loyal to the best of yourself.