The new Swain Tatami mats in our Alexandria academy are perfect for training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai kickboxing. These mats are another improvement at Capital, making CJJ the premiere school for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and the entire Washington DC metro area. Continue below to see several pics documenting the process.
Here's a video from 2005 featuring Capital Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt Jesse Ware fighting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jesse has since finished his time in the US Coast Guard and moved to Hawaii, but at the time before his departure from the Washington DC area, his skills in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu helped him win several MMA matches.
Marcelo Garcia & Andre Galvao Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Here's two clips from the Arte Suave DVD showing Marcelo Gracia and Andre Galvao training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
At the time, Marcelo was training in Fabio Gurgel's Sau Paulo Jiu-Jitsu Academy (he recently moved to New York to teach and train Gracie Jiu-JItsu). Since winning ADCC in 2003, Marcelo has been one of the most successful grapplers in the world in both gi and no gi competitions. He is a Mundial champion and ADCC 2005 champion, having defeated the likes of Renzo Gracie, Pablo Popovich, Diego Sanchez, Ricco Rodriguez, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro and Andre Galvao.
This video helps dispell the myth that the best way to trian for competitions is at 100% all the time. Here, Marcelo is super relaxed, which is how we encourage our students at Capital Jiu-Jitsu in Alexandria to train, Washington DC, Fairfax and Arlington's premiere school for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, MMA and Muay Thai kickboxing.
Also from Arte Sauve, this video show's Mundial Champion Andre Galvao trianing as a brow belt. Galvao is a mundial champion as well, and this video was shot at TT Academy in Sao Paulo, which has since disbanded.
This friendly sparring match took place at Capital Jiu-Jitsu's Alexandria headquarters. Both Jason and Jerry are blue belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under UFC legend Royce Gracie. If you live in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas or anywhere in the Washington DC area, visit Capital Jiu-Jitsu for classes in BJJ, MMA and Muay Thai.
We've been working on expanding the Capital JJ Store for some time with an online component coming soon. The next big development is a new custom CJJ shirt: the Jerry Jones Tee, which will feature a graphic of "The Beast" and a quote. Check out the mock up of the first shirt:
Be on the lookout for these shirts on the coming weeks.
All BJJ and Muay Thai classes are canceled Thursday, March 29th at the Capital Jiu-Jitsu headquarters in Old Town Alexandria. We'll be installing brand new Swain Tatame mats. For more info on the mats, click here.
Here's a video documenting the early days of the UFC. This was originally aired on ESPN, and it contains interviews with Rorion Gracie, Ken Shamrock and "Big" John McCarthy. Capital Jiu-Jitsu is the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and MMA academy in the the Washington DC area, including Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax, that is certified as a Royce Gracie Netowrk Chapter.
Dave Guider, pilot and CJJ blue belt, appeared on Washington DC 's Fox 5 morning news. Dave began training Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at our Alexandria academy for self-defense and fun after the 9/11 attacks. The report also mentions Dave's time in the Air Force and his current position in the Air Force reserves.
We've restocked all of our CJJ Anti-Bacterial Moisture Wicking Tees AND we now carry a WOMEN's tee. All styles are currently in stock in the school store - they're great for grappling or just wearing out. We also have more small CJJ patches (4" x 4").
These t-shirts wick moisture away from your body to keep you cool. The material dries fast and is ANTI-BACTERIAL, ANTI-FUNGAL, ANTI-MILDEW and STAIN RESISTANT, but feels just like a regular t-shirt! The logo is sublimated and won't crack, peel, or stick.
Other shirts lose their wicking properties after a few washes, but not ours! This patented fabric has the functions permanently built into the fabric and will not wash out.
All of Carlos' hard training definitely paid off: he dominated the fight executing the gamelplan to a 'T.' Watching the fight, who would've guessed a first-time MMA competitor could stay so relaxed and display such excellent technique in striking and grappling.
This fight took place in Sterling, VA, as part of the Valhalla event. With the addition of Muay Thai and Wrestling classes, Capital is the place for anyone in the Washington DC, Arlington, Alexandira and Fairfax areas to train MMA.
Here's a cool highlight video of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's road to the Pride Grand Prix Title in 2005. See him face off against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (set to face Chuck Liddell in the UFC), Antonio Rogerio Nogeuira, Alistair Overeem and Ricardo Arona.
After Nick Diaz and Shinya Aoki both recently won Pride MMA matches with the gogoplata, the move has been getting a lot of attention. In this video the inventor of the gogoplata, Nino Schembri, explains the technique.
Capital Jiu-Jitsu team members traveled to New Jersey in force to compete in the Grapplers Quest Beast of the East Tournament. Several competitors made the trip, and everyone displayed a lot of heart and great technique.
Garrett Bontempo, now ranked one of the top 10 grapplers in the country, brought home another gold medal in his No-Gi Advanced division.
Look below for the full results, see who's listed on RATED and check out the highlight video of CJJ wrestling coach Garrett Bontempo's takedowns.
RATED NATIONAL RANKINGS:
8th Garrett Bontempo (Capital JJ) United States 1000 points
10th Melissa Lopes (Capital JJ) United States 900 points
18th Taylor Dixon (Capital JJ) United States 600 points
27th Japheth Brubaker(Capital JJ) United States 300 points
Women's Advanced No-Gi Class A (119.9 lbs. and below)
2nd place Melissa Lopes (Capital JJ)
Executive (30-39 yrs.) No-Gi Heavyweight (200 lbs. and over)
2nd place Japheth Brubaker (Capital JJ)
Our own Francisco "Carlos" Garrigas will be fighting at Combat Sports League's "Valhalla" MMA fighting event. The event will be held at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, Virginia on March 17th.
Capital Jiu-Jitsu™ prides itself on being a rare environment where students can take their training to any level that they choose. Whether it be a cage, a tournament, general fitness and fun, or self-defense, Capital Jiu-Jitsu™ helps students achieve their goals, and realize their potential as practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Carlos made the choice to step into the ring to fight in a sanctioned MMA fighting event, and we are proud to call him one of our own! Go Carlos!!
Capital Jiu-Jitsu™ Makes FOX 5 MORNING NEWS Once Again!
To provide the general public with information about mixed martial arts, and to showcase "normal" people who train in Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and MMA, FOX 5 Morning News will be at Capital Jiu-Jitsu™ on Monday morning from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. We will have adults from our Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and CrossFit™ programs, as well as children from our Kid's Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts Course!
In addition to the morning news, FOX 5 will be coming back in the afternoon to interview pilot Dave Guider, who began taking Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu & Street Self-Defense classes after the 911 terrorist attacks.
The IFL (International Fight League) will present “Battleground” on Monday, March 12th at 8:00 p.m. on WDCA Channel 20. “We are looking forward to exposing these great athletes and our legendary coaches and the sport of MMA to the largest TV audience ever,” said Gareb Shamus, co-founder and CEO, International Fight League.
The International Fight League is the world's first team-based mixed martial arts league. In each team contest, two squads of five fighters -- each trained by a veteran coach -- compete in individual bouts across five weight classes (155 lbs., 170 lbs., 185 lbs., 205 lbs. and 265 lbs.). The team that wins at least three of these five matches gets the victory, with the top four teams at the end of the regular season moving on to the playoffs. The postseason culminates with the World Team Championships, pitting the league's two best teams against one another with the IFL Championship Ring on the line.
The CrossFit challenge, an elite fitness program, is now part of Capital Jiu-Jitsu. Life-long athlete Jerry Hill is running his conditioning program in CJJ, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, offering a 25% discount to current CJJ members.
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
A small sample of what you'll get:
Ø Endless Variety: boring routines kill progress
Ø Time Efficient workouts through Short-intense circuits
Ø Inspiration and Accountability: a tiered system to keep you on track
Ø Conditioning in 3 Metabolic pathways: how we blur the line for shocking results
Ø Bullet-proof fitness: with our 10 specific skills
Ø How to avoid the deadly mistake that other trainers continue to promote
Ø Learn how to build laser-like focus and quickly acheive your goal
Ø No more stubborn Plateaus! Why most training programs fail and how CrossFit has broken the code
Ø Super-Wellness: CrossFit fights stress, disease and aging
Ø Interval training: The Key to developing your cardiovascular system
Ø Value - world class coaching and fitness at a fraction of the cost