Rafael Lovato Jr. is the most decorated American in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a no gi world champion and the one of only two americans to win the World Championships. He will be teaching a seminar here at Jubera Jiu-Jitsu in Broomfield, CO on Wednesday, October 7th from 6 - 8 PM. He is one of Professor Matt's best training partners and mentors. He is probably best known for his guard work and kimura shoulder lock from the top. We are very excited to have him teaching at our academy.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Rafael Lovato Jr is coming to Juberajj | Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Denver
On Saturday July 25, 2015, we will be hosting Xande Ribeiro at our academy in Broomfield, Colorado. Xande is the top bjj fighter of all time according to BJJHeroes.com. He most recently won the 2015 World Championship in the heavyweight category, his seventh World Title.
Last weekend at the 2015 World Championships, Xande Ribeiro won his 7th world title beating former world champion Lucas Leite in the finals. In the quarter finals he had a great match with former medalist Dmitrius Souza and then beat a tough Jackson Souza in the semi finals by taking his back. In his final match he was able to sweep Lucas twice to win on points. If you are interested in learning from Xande Ribeiro's only black belt in the state of Colorado, request more information on the side of this page.
The full results compared to my predictions:
Rooster: Bruno had a tough match with Joao Miyao as predicted and ended up winning a super close match.
Light Feather: Without Gui Mendes defending his title, it was all Paulo Miyao's match for the taking which he did
After fifteen years in Jiu-Jitsu, I believe that the best move in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the trap and roll. It is the first move taught in the introductory lesson at my academy. It can be used by white belts and world champions. It can be used in self-defense or at the academy. It teaches students about base and leverages the large muscles of the body against your opponent. It also has a lot of sneaky details that determine the effectiveness of the move. I think it is also so important because it can change the tide so dramatically from losing to winning.
When I was starting training, I wrote off this move because I thought it was for bigger people. I was a gangly 145 lb teenager at the time and it was much easier for me to use moves like the foot drag and the foot lift and the knee and elbow to escape. I even remember hitting this move on black belt world champions as a blue belt. I remember being stoked at the time and thinking at least I have this mount escape thing figured out. The problem was that when training with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro (and there are a lot of problems when training with them), is that their mount attacks are amazing and their guard passing is just as good as their mount attacks. So even when my bread and butter escapes would work, I would just get my guard passed again, only this time I was more tired.
One of the questions new students to BJJ ask me is what they should be doing outside of class. I always recommend them to read Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro and Kevin Howell. Written by world champion Saulo Ribeiro this book breaks down Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by what the main focus of each belt rank should be (Survial, Defense, Guard, Passing and Submissions). The focus on the white belt should be on surviving and posture. Now will the white belt also learn submissions, of course! However because of their lack of experience, most of their time will be spent in defensive situations and if they can learn to survive in these bad situations, then they will get more opportunities to work on their defense, guard, passing and finally the submissions. The longer I train Jiu-Jitsu the more applicable I think this book is. Looking back on my long time in the art I really did focus more on guard as a purple and more on passing as a brown and now finally as a black belt I get to spend a lot of time on submissions. Did I learn these submissions before black belt? Yes. But I didn't get to spend such a large portion of my training time on them as I do now.
The largest tournament in Colorado named Professor Matt Jubera the BJJ Black Belt of the Year. Also his good training partners James Strater-Smith, Shae Smith and Trey Woods of Easton BJJ were named the best brown, purple and blue belts respectively. Congrats to Professor Matt and his training partners!
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