Tags: Tom DeBlass

2015 ADCC: athletes put final touches on preparation for two days of war in São Paulo

SHARE THIS NEWS Scheduled August 29-30 in São Paulo, the 2015 ADCC is less than 10 days away. Many athletes already made their way to Brazil, as their training camp wrap up around the world. We did a round up to see how the competitors prepared for the most important submission grappling event of the…

Two GMA members to fight at Bellator MMA, on Nov. 15, in San Diego

SHARE THIS NEWS The most important MMA organization in the USA after the UFC has signed two GMA members to fight in one of their events. UFC veteran Tom DeBlass, leader of Ocean County BJJ, in New Jersey, will face King Mo Lawal in a light heavyweight fight at Bellator 131, next Nov. 15, in…

GMA Ocean County BJJ’s Tom DeBlass promotes two students to black belt

SHARE THIS NEWS On Saturday, September 14, Tom DeBlass had his first two black belt promotions at GMA Ocean County Jiu-Jitsu. Garry Tonon and Jen Allan Russell were granted their black belts at a seminar by Ricardo Almeida. Around 100 people were in attendance for the big day and three generations of Jiu-Jitsu were sharing…

VIDEO: GMA Tom DeBlass demonstrates and discusses half-guard moves at seminar

SHARE THIS NEWS Yesterday, June, 24 our GMA member Tom DeBlass of Ocean County BJJ visited South Jersey BJJ for a seminar. As shown in the video below, the UFC veteran and black belt under Ricardo Almeida discusses his experiences with the half guard position. He teaches the basics of the move in his own…

Tom DeBlass: “I already miss being a MMA fighter”

SHARE THIS NEWS Black belt Tom Deblass took the MMA community by surprise this week when he announced his retirement as a pro fighter. On his Facebook page, DeBlass wrote that he wanted to devote more time to his family and business and that the ammount of time MMA demanded made that impossible. GRACIEMAG got…

Tom DeBlass announces retirement from MMA

SHARE THIS NEWS GMA member Tom DeBlass has decided to retire from MMA fighting. The leader of Ocean County BJJ and a Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu black belt just released a statement via his Facebook profile announcing his decision and presenting the reasons that led him to it. Here is what he wrote: “After a lot…

Bruce Lee pose, merciless knockout and other images from UFC Macau

SHARE THIS NEWS The UFC had its first excursion to China last Saturday. And there, in Macau, there was a bit of everything, from a tribute to Bruce Lee to Cung Le’s shocking knockout of Rich Franklin. Check out the most exciting moments, as captured on camera by Josh Hedges. [flickr set=72157631981994447]

Check out the staredowns from UFC China weigh-ins

SHARE THIS NEWS The UFC is venturing for the first time into China and its over-a-billion-strong market, a fraction of which would do heaps for Dana White’s audience. Will the show win over the popular tastes in those parts? With the main event between former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and Hollywood star Cung Le, the…

The Intern’s Picks for UFC in Sweden

SHARE THIS NEWS Any trainee worth his salt, whether at a Jiu-Jitsu, MMA or interior decoration magazine, loves spouting cocky discourse—and a prepackaged statement. Flipping through the latest GRACIEMAG, hot off the press, GRACIEMAG.com’s chesty trainee started spewing murmurs of approval from his desk, between the water cooler and the gi rack. “Really great this…

Tom DeBlass conquers 2nd ROC belt

SHARE THIS NEWS GMA member Tom DeBlass went in the octagon once again last Friday. The leader of Ocean County BJJ, in New Jersey, didn’t need much time to score another win. In 41 seconds, the Ricardo Almeida black belt got a submission to win his 2nd Ring of Combat belt. DeBlass is now the light-heavyweight and…

8 lessons from the best Jiu-Jitsu fighter at UFC 141

SHARE THIS NEWS If you’re an MMA fan, you surely watched the frolic the young featherweight  Jimy “The Kid” Hettes (Almeida BJJ) had in the octagon against deft-fisted Californian Nam Phan. If you’re a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and didn’t see it, you missed a heck of a lesson. It was the opening fight for the UFC 141 main…