This month GRACIEMAG asks you to take a deep breath and react swiftly, rushing to the bookstore nearest you. That’s right, because this month we chased down Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest authorities when it comes to keeping your cool and reacting intelligently.
How do you respond to pressure? If you feel your reaction time could use some work and would like to become a more cool-headed and calculating practitioner, the secret is to open your GRACIEMAG to page 38 – and learn from the exercises and training routines proffered by Rodrigo Minotauro, Renzo Gracie, Augusto Tanquinho, Rômulo Barral, Demian Maia and others. A special series of breathing exercises by Alvaro Romano and its complement, “The side effects of keeping calm”, round out the report.
Some who demonstrated big-time composure were the warriors who took to gi-clad combat in Abu Dhabi, like Augusto Tanquinho, who was cold and collect in overcoming Rafa Mendes in the featherweight final; and Rodolfo Vieira, who went to town in the gi and out of it as well. The finest images and greatest lessons arising from the World Pro another of this issue’s features. Don’t miss it.
In TRAINING PROGRAM, your guard will never be the same again, once you’re clued in to the tips and insight Vitor Shaolin shared direct from New York.
In INTRO, a training session with Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed; the best from the Opens in New York, Phoenix and Dallas; a teacher in Jordan who started training thanks to ADCC 1998; Ginástica Natural; and another ten fundamental pointers for you who are still white belts.
Still on competition Jiu-Jitsu, Diego Nosferatu haunts the American Cup in California, and check out the routine of some of the other Jiu-Jitsu superheroes, with their almost secret identities.
In the GMA news section, learn a submission from Alliance’s Rafael Rosendo, find out how our GMAs did in recent big tournaments, Toronto BJJ’s achievement at the UFC Expo, Shaolin and Anderson Silva, Gracie Barra’s Jiu-Jitsu in the ever-lovely and talked-about nation of Panama, and much more!
In CHOKE MMA, the athlete holding the record for most submission wins in MMA; Wanderlei Silva speaks his mind; and behind the scenes at UFC 129, including a tribute to Randy Couture of our own.
To wrap up, Martin Rooney teaches a leg workout using an object you’d never have expected, and Bitetti vs. Gurgel in ANTHOLOGY.