GMA NEWSFLASH VII: GMA Blog in Lisbon, success for GD Jiu-Jitsu, Jordan Team at the BJJ European and more

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GRACIEMAG’S team is already in Lisbon, Portugal, for the 2009 European Championship. From this thursday to the next Sunday, we will bring you all that is going on at theCasal Vistoso Gymnasium. And, of course, the GMA members present will get a special treatment.

For instance, the Jordan Team, led by GMA Zaid Mirza, is here too. After a long flight from their base in Amman, they are ready to compete with 21 athletes, mostly in the White and Blue Categories. “The Team is formed by Army and Police Members as well as my club team members” says Black Belt Zaid Mirza. “Among them, we also have 2 great Purple Belts Zaid Abu Soud and Mohamed Bilbeisi who will be joining us from the UK”. Jordan Team has the biggest participation in Europeans among Arab Countries. They will be training at local gyms in Portugal in preparation to the Tournament starting on Thursday. For more info, go to

Still on the subject of championships, we move back to America, where Luis “Sucuri”Togno is putting together the 2010 Haiti Relief Open HouseTournament, to be held on February 6th at the Alliance Charlotte Academy, in Charlotte, N.C. The cost to compete is $ 50 for adults and $ 25 for children. All the proceeds will go to Haiti Relief Organizations. More info,

The connection between Surfing and Jiu-Jitsu is widely known. Our GMA member Fabio Leopoldo, in Ventura California, gasve anther example of the link between the two. A accomplished black belt, Leopoldo misses no opportunity to hit the waves in California. Because of that, he was feature on an article by Deepm Magazine. To check it put, click on the link ( and go to page 12. For more, go to .

Then we cross the USA to announce that Eloy Santos and Milton Almeida are organizing another edition of the traditional Long Island Pride BJJ. The eighth edition is scheduled next March 7th. The novelty is a supernelt division that will give away $ 2,000. There’s only seven spots left, so hurry. To register, go to

And At last, Gustavo Dantas, of GD Jiu-Jitsu is proud of his students performance at the US West Coast trials, last Sunday. “The team secured one spot in Abu Dhabi, with Issa Abe, and won 6 medals with five athletes competing”, says Mendes. Read more at

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