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London BJJ Spring Fling

March 11th, 2011

We will be celebrating the return of spring at Palasad (the South West location @ Southdale and Wonderland) this Sunday, March 13 at 3:00. Bowling, Pool, Video Games and eats, oh yeah!

FBJJA Competitor takes home the gold at the Abu Dhabi Pro trials in Montreal.

February 28th, 2011

Congratulations to one of FBJJA’s own, Roberto Ito (Whit Belt/Body of Four) for winning the gold medal for the Under 139 lbs (White/Blue Belt) category at this year’s Montreal leg of the Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu Jitsu trials, held on February 26/2011. Great work! Much respect to all other FBJJA competitors who rolled last weekend. OUSSSS!

Master Behring Promotes Black Belts

February 15th, 2011

During his trip to Edmonton for the Arashi-do/Franco-Behring instructor’s seminar this past weekend, Master Sylvio Behring recognized the efforts put forth by our leader here in Canada, Professor Shah Franco, and our competition coach, Professor Marco Costa, to the Franco Behring Association and to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Professor Shah was promoted to Sandan (3rd degree) and Professor Marco to Nidan (2nd degree).

LondonBJJ, all it’s students and associates would like to congratulate both on their achievements!


Professor Franco Receives his new rank.

Professor Franco receives his new rank.

Professor Costa receives his new rank.

Professor Costa receives his new rank.

FBJJA Zombie League Video

February 13th, 2011

See what all the hype is about! Next in-house tournament is on Feb 19/11 at Central Acadmy in Toronto.

Zombie League V

Note: NSFW due to strong lyrical language.

Looking for a BJJ gi or other martial arts gear?

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

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

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

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.

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.

5 Mins with…Adam Bennett of

October 25th, 2010
Adam Bennett of is looking to make paramedics more aware of how they can protect themselves while on the job.  and to also promote paramedics in the public eye.

Adam Bennett of

You’ve no doubt heard about the Self Defense for EMS seminar that LondonBJJ and are presenting (it is, afterall, posted directly underneath this post), but do you really know who came up with the idea for a paramedic specific safety seminar?  I didn’t think so.  So here he is, the man behind, a paramedic himself, Mr. Adam Bennett.
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