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GMA Pesadelo BJJ is back in business after severe fire damage nearly one year ago

Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall has struggled with many obstacles over the years but with the help of Jiu-Jitsu, he has maintained his perseverance and positivity to get through it all. Nearly a year ago his academy, Pesadelo BJJ in Dallas, TX, suffered damage from a fire. The amount of loss was devastating for the academy, the…

Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall dedicates gold at American Nationals to little Aubri

The stories you’d hear if you sat down for even an hour with Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall are endless. They aren’t war stories or long jokes, or gossip but very personal triumphs that the Jiu-Jitsu black belt has had to endure. The 42-year-old is able to pass on lessons from personal experiences that only make him…

Which Will Be the Best Fight of the 1st IBJJ Pro League?

This coming Saturday, December 8, the IBJJF will be treating fans to a tournament they’ve been promising since back in March–one competitors have been dreaming of since way back. With the maiden IBJJ Pro League event, Jiu-Jitsu finally has a system ranking the best black belts in the world, and a tournament paying out cash…

Houston Open: the crowning of the lightweights

This past weekend was replete with Jiu-Jitsu of the highest quality in Texas, at the IBJJF Houston Open that took place at the Jerabeck Activity and Athletic Center, with the likes of the Mendes brothers, André Galvão, Marcello Salazar, Stephen Hall, Diego Gamonal, James Harbison, Pablo Santos, Ryan Hall, and a lightweight who ended up…

Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall living the Jiu-Jitsu dream

GMA member Stephen Hall, aka Pesadelo (nightmare, in Portuguese), has had some great results lately. He and his students from Pesadelo BJJ, an Alliance affiliate in Dallas, Texas, collected victories in different events, as he tells us. The IBJJF’s Miami International Open was one of them: “I am very proud of my team. In addition…

Fabiano “Pega Leve”, top ultraheavy at American Nationals

Ultra heavyweight Fabiano “Pega Leve” Scherner of Team Quest is hard to miss on the tournament circuit. The big man is often seen dominating his opponents on the mats, trying to work a submission from the top position. “Pega Leve,” which means “take it easy” in Portuguese, does not refer to him being a relaxed…

Pressure of new belt makes “diamond” on the mats

GMA Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall is gushing with pride for his Jiu-Jitsu student Michael Foster. Michael, who is 31 years old, started training Jiu-Jitsu in May 2008. He received his blue belt a year later from Carlos Machado and started training with Stephen in 2010 after meeting him at the Worlds. “Steve’s school is what I…

GMA medalists in Las Vegas

IBJJF’s Las vegas International Open gathered the BJJ community last weekend. As usual, GMA members and GMA schools put on a show for the crowd. George Andersch, leader of Fargo BJJ, in North Dakota, took gold at the heavyweight blackbelt senior 2 division and bronze at the absolute. João Cunha, of Club Pitbull, in California,…

The big men of Las Vegas

The Las Vegas International Open was the site of quite a few rematches, and this was the case in the black belt ultra heavy adult division as well. Thirty-three-year-old Fabiano Silva of American Top Team in Temecula, California, had some payback to return to Stephen Hall of Alliance. Stephen beat Fabiano last year at the…

The Houston Open is fully underway at Saint Thomas University this weekend. The IBJJF tournament features a number of black belt stars, like Alexandro Ceconi, Laércio Fernandes, Justin Rader, Bruno Rocha, Jason Ebarb, Stephen Hall, and 2010’s absolute champion, Bruno Bastos. Check out the photos and official results that are being updated real-time at www.ibjjf.org.

O The year 2011 will be loaded with challenges and IBJJF “Open” tournaments, which gained momentum in 2010 and will now come in with more installments in the new year. The first of them is the Houston International Open, which is already open for sign-ups and a reduced rate until January 15. The final deadline…

Jacare teaches and confers black belt degrees in Texas

Last November 13th, the patriarch of the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu team, seventh degreered and black Belt Romero ‘Jacare’ Cavalcanti, gave a Seminar in Dallas, Texas for the three Alliance team affiliates(Mohler MMA, Pesadelo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Texas Elite). It was extremely well attended by about 100 members of all ranks and sizes. The good attendance showed…