He’s seen as unbeatable and bears an undecipherable game, to the point of Dana White naming him as the much heavier Anderson Silva’s next opponent – with whom he battles for post of most well-rounded fighter in the UFC.
What is black belt Georges Saint-Pierre’s training like, and how has Jiu-Jitsu – its techniques and philosophies – helped him hang on to his UFC 170-lb belt for so long?
We took advantage of GSP’s trip to London, for drawn-out training sessions with Roger Gracie and Bráulio Estima, to reap significant lessons from the champion for readers and your average practitioner, assembling them in an eight-page layout. With GSP even teaching one of his most famous finishes. It’s a can’t miss issue, not just for Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense fans, but for readers keen on the goings-on in the world of MMA.
Another cornerstone of the issue is the detailed coverage of the IBJJF European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which broke gentle art records. Whether or not you were there, you’ll want to review all that went on, at black belt and the other belts alike, in a copiously illustrated article. Even taking a peek at the point of view of our GMAs, who shone so brilliantly there.
How hard is it to make it to black belt and, right in your first match, beat a world champion? Ary Farias committed this insane act, and thanks to the achievement he earned his place in the FACE TO FACE section. The fan and old friend of Strikeforce champion Ronaldo Jacaré recounts what he went through to make it to the top at the European Jiu-Jitsu Championship, what makes the difference in training, and what he intends to do from here on out. To boot, he also defends the profession of Jiu-Jitsu fighter and tries to answer the key question: how is a champion born?
In TRAINING PROGRAM, we went to the grief-stricken town of Teresópolis, in Rio de Janeiro state’s mountain region, and returned with a special on open-guard attacks taught by one of the most technical and didactic teachers in Gracie Barra’s ranks, a true sweep pitbull! You can’t miss this one.
What’s more: Martin Rooney’s column with “strength and explosiveness” work, ten tips for white belts, another Ginástica Natural series, and the World Pro in Abu Dhabi.
In ANTHOLOGY, Werdum vs. Rolles Gracie.
Furthermore, CHOKE brings the best of MMA as your GRACIEMAG’s filling. This month, behind the scenes at Anderson Silva’s latest win and Fedor Emelianenko’s heart-wrenching defeat. To round things out, we drop in on Wanderlei Silva and pick up pointers from the old war horse to help with the careers of Roger Gracie and Ronaldo Jacaré, two veterans of the gi who are still rookies in the ring. Beatdown master Wand comes out of left field and advises: “There’s no need to stand there banging, striking, if they can smother the guy on the ground…” You going to miss the rest of what he has to say?
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