Great interview with 4-time BJJ World Champ Romulo Barral from the Fightworks Podcast. Romulo’s segment starts about 15 minutes in. Make sure to check out the rest of their podcasts, and subscribe on iTunes.
In Japanese, Sekai Ichi translates as “World #1” or “Best in the World.” This is the sort of goal almost every martial artist strives for. To take their skill set to that top level and reign supreme over the rest of humanity, with skulls, tribal tattoos, batwings and blood splatters….okay, so maybe I have an Affliction catalog open in front of me, but I’ve got to appeal to the masses somehow. As I was saying, to elevate your game to the highest level, and be part of the elite group of martial artists, is a common goal. It’s a goal that I’ve had since I first started training in grappling, and it’s a goal that I continue to strive for.
A little about me and my training: my name is Dean, and I’m a 20 year old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practicioner living in Los Angeles, California. I train out of Gracie Barra Encino, under Romulo Barral (top contender for the literal “sekai ichi”) and Alberto Crane. Both men have won world champsionships in BJJ, and are two of the top instructors in the world. They recieved their black belts from Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes, a man who epitomizes the term “bad-ass.” Along with being an avid BJJ player, I’m a complete nut for MMA, especially Japanese MMA, or “Kakutougi” as it’s called in Japan. And that brings us to the point of this little blog I’ve started.
This blog is mostly for personal enjoyment. It’s not going to be another training log, clocking hours I’ve spent on the mat, or how many stripes I’ve got on my belt. And it isn’t another MMA “news” blog. There are better sources for news than I, and I have little commentary that will be of any use to anyone out there who cares. I’d like to use this blog more for random snippets about BJJ and MMA around the world. Pretty photos, interesting videos, maybe a book review or two. Mostly things that I would like to share with the rest of the combat sport community. BJJ and MMA have offered me so much in the short time I’ve spent immersed in them, I only hope to share this with the rest of the world, and I hope that everyone enjoys these two great sports as much as I do. So please, come back once in a while and check out whatever interestingness I’ve posted for the day, and most importantly, enjoy jiu-jitsu.