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This website is about Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ). I'm a purple belt who started in 2006, teaching and training at Artemis BJJ in Bristol, UK. All content ©2004-2014 Can Sönmez

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[created 24/05/2011, last updated 01/04/2014]

CONTENTS
About Me
Articles
   Interviews
Resources & Spreadsheets
Reviews
   Books
   DVD
   Gi
   NoGi
   Online
Training
Teaching
Travel


^ About Me
    Contact Me
    Training Background

^ Articles
 -Women
    Treatment of Women in BJJ
    BJJ & Larger Women
    A Women's BJJ Class (1)
    A Women's BJJ Class (2)
    A Women's BJJ Class (3)
    A Women's BJJ Class (4)

 -Schools
    BJJ Schools - Size Matters
    BJJ Teams - Loyalty & Reason
    BJJ Belts - What's the Point?
    Training Partners
    Rise of Online BJJ
    The Dreaded Beast-Men

 -Social
    BJJ & Homophobia
    Belt Whipping & Promotion Rituals
    Gi Fashion
    BJJ & Aggression
    A BJJ Christmas
    Ten Years of Blogging


 -Competition
    BJJ & Competition
    Submission Only: Beginnings
    BJJ in the Olympics
    No-Gi Worlds 2009 Stream
    ADCC 2011
    Relationship of BJJ & MMA

 -History
    History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
    (Nov 1993) UFC I
    (Mar 1994) UFC II

 -Interviews
Note: Most of the interviews I've conducted have been published in magazines, such as Jiu Jitsu Style, but I have a few others on slideyfoot.com, listed below
    Romulo Barral on Teaching
    Romulo Barral on Competition
    Romulo Barral on Spider Guard & Injuries
    Romulo Barral on Instructionals & UK BJJ
    Romulo Barral on BJJ in the Olympics
    Mauricio Gomes on the Development of Competition
    Mauricio Gomes on Roger Gracie
    Mauricio Gomes on Teaching in the UK & Japan
    Mauricio Gomes on Belt Tests
    Carlos Lemos Jr on Judo & BJJ Competition
    Carlos Lemos Jr on the Original Gracie Barra Bristol
    Carlos Lemos Jr on the USA & Gracie Barra Ethos

^ Resources & Spreadsheets
  Blog Index
  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Beginner FAQ
  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Glossary
  BJJ Technique Summary
  Forum Index
  Podcast Index
  Team Family Tree
  Training Index
  UK BJJ Club Map & Directory

^ Reviews
 -DVD
  --Instructional
      (1991) Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Basics
      (1994) Renzo Gracie/Craig Kukuk
      (1996) Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Intermediate
      (1996) Pedro Carvalho Series 1
      (1998) Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Advanced
      (1999) Cesar Gracie
      (2004) Jiu Jitsu Revolution (Saulo)
      (2005) Cindy Omatsu
      (2006) Great Escapes
      (2007) Seminars: Year One
      (2007) Demian Maia
      (2008) Blue Belt Requirements
      (2008) Art of the Wristlock
      (2009) Gracie Combatives
      (2009) Purple Belt Requirements
      (2009) Paraestra Guard
      (2009) BJJ Spirits 6
      (2010) No Gi Essentials
      (2011) Best of Roy Harris
      (2011) The White Belt Bible
      (2012) Brown Belt Requirements
      (2012) 50 Common Mistakes to Avoid
      (2013) Black Belt Requirements

  --Non-Instructional
      (2002) The Smashing Machine
      (2008) Renzo Gracie: Legacy

 -Books
  --Instructional
      (2001) BJJ: Theory & Technique
      (2003) Mastering Jujitsu
      (2005) The Guard
      (2006) Mastering the Rubber Guard
      (2006) BJJ: A Training Manual
      (2008) Strategic Guard
      (2008) Jiu Jitsu University
      (2008) Essential BJJ
      (2009) Passing the Guard (2nd ed.)
      (2011) Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques
      (2012) Jiu-Jitsu on the Brain
      (2012) Zen Jiu-Jitsu
      (2013) When The Fight Goes To The Ground
      (2014) The Black Belt Blueprint

  --Non-Instructional
      (1999) Angry White Pyjamas
      (2000) Watch My Back
      (2003) The Gracie Way
      (2004) The Godfather of Grappling (Gene LeBell)
      (2005) No Holds Barred (UK PB)
      (2007) The Last Wrestlers
      (2008) The Pyjama Game
      (2008) Total MMA
      (2012) Borrowing the Master's Bicycle

 -Gi
    Black Eagle Basico
    Black Eagle Judo Gi
    Black Eagle Predator
    Blitz Kokuba Judo Gi
    Datsusara Hemp HCG-02
    Datsusara Hemp HCG-03
    Flow Kimonos Pro Series 2.0
    Gimono BJJ Gi
    Gorilla 'Hitman' Ripstop
    Kingz 550 Comp
    Kingz Ripstop
    Padilla & Sons Gold Weave
    Padilla & Sons Single Weave
    Padilla & Sons Ultra Light
    Phalanx FC 1st Lt
    Tatami Estilo Classic
    Tatami Nova
    Tatami Sub-Zero
    Tatami Zero G

 -Online
    BJJ Library (Saulo & Xande Ribeiro) [May 2013]
    MGinAction (Marcelo Garcia) [Dec 2012]
    Micro BJJ: Becoming A Giant Killer [Aug 2012]
    RioJiuJitsuGuide.com [Oct 2012]
    The Grapplers Guide (Jason Scully) [Sep 2008]

 -Equipment
    Brute Shockwave Headgear
    Defense Soap
    Q5 Amass Whey Premium Protein
    Zebra Home Training Roll Out Mat
    Z-String Gi Drawstring

 -NoGi

   --Rashguards
      Ranked Rashguard (Fenom Kimonos)
      Gentle Chief (Gawakoto x 93 Brand)
      Berserkur & Ranked Rashguard (Odin Fightwear)

   --Spats/Grappling Tights
     Pony Club Grappling Gear 'Jessica' Unicorn Spats
     Strike Fightwear Mashuu 2.0
     Combat Warrior Tights

^ Training
 -Clubs
    Roger Gracie Academy HQ
    Roger Gracie Academy Kilburn
    Roger Gracie Academy High Wycombe
    Roger Gracie Academy Aylesbury
    Gracie Barra Birmingham
    Gracie Barra Bristol
    Nova Força
    Canley BJJ

 -Competitions
    (05/08/2007) Bristol Open

 -Drop-Ins
    (24/07/2009) Poole BJJ Academy, Poole, UK
    (09/12/2009) BJJ School, London, UK
    (23/12/2010) Mill Hill BJJ, London, UK
    (23/12/2010) Mill Hill BJJ, London, UK
    (25/04/2011) Factory BJJ, Stockport, UK
    (27/04/2011) The BJJ Labs, Manchester, UK
    (31/08/2011) Gary Baker Academy, Bournemouth, UK
    (20/03/2012) Royce Gracie Scotland, Glasgow, UK
    (21/03/2012) Gracie Barra Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
    (19/11/2012) RCJ Machado, Dallas, TX, USA
    (20/11/2012) Team Cooper BJJ, Austin, TX, USA
    (24/11/2012) Raptor Jiu Jitsu, Austin, TX, USA
    (26/11/2012) Revolution Dojo, Houston, TX, USA
    (27/11/2012) Revolution Dojo, Houston, TX, USA
    (28/11/2012) Rilion Gracie Houston, TX, USA
    (02/02/2013) Chris Rees Academy, Swansea, UK
    (09/06/2013) Tatami Multi Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
    (14/06/2013) Gracie Academy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    (15/06/2013) Fabio Santos BJJ, San Diego, CA, USA
    (17/06/2013) University of Jiu Jitsu, San Diego, CA, USA
    (15/03/2014) Legacy BJJ, London, UK

 -Seminars
    (21/06/2008) Victor Estima, Belfast, UK
    (25/07/2009) Roy Dean, Poole, UK
    (26/07/2009) Roy Dean, Poole, UK
    (22/05/2010) Roy Dean, Poole, UK
    (04/12/2010) Carlson Gracie Jr, London, UK
    (06/03/2011) Roger Gracie, Aylesbury, UK
    (08/05/2012) John B Will, Gloucester, UK
    (08/07/2012) Oli Geddes, Aylesbury, UK
    (30/09/2012) Nathan Leverton (LSG 04), Leicester, UK
    (12/11/2012) Roger Gracie, Bristol, UK
    (29/12/2012) Rolles Gracie Jr, Houston, TX, USA
    (24/03/2013) Nathan Leverton (LSG 03), Leicester, UK
    (24/08/2013) Michel Verhoeven, Sidcup, UK
    (03/11/2013) Rickson Gracie, Glasgow, UK

^  -Teaching
    Mount (Escaping), (Maintaining), (Attacking)
    Back Mount (Escaping), (Maintaining), (Attacking)
    Side Control (Escaping), (Maintaining), (Attacking)
    Closed Guard (Maintaining), (Attacking), (Passing)
    Open Guard (Maintaining), (Attacking), (Passing)
    Half Guard (Maintaining), (Attacking), (Passing)

 -Throwdowns & Events
    (05/03/2005) Farnborough, Cyberkwoon
    (19/11/2005) Farnborough, Cyberkwoon & MAP
    (12/08/2006) Birmingham, Bullshido
    (09/12/2006) Brighton, Bullshido
    (26/05/2007) Birmingham, Bullshido
    (19/08/2007) Belfast, Bullshido
    (23/02/2008) Oxford, Bullshido
    (22/06/2008) Belfast, Bullshido
    (03/05/2009) Farnborough, Bullshido
    (24/04/2010) Southend, Bullshido
    (22/09/2012) GrappleThon, Meningitis UK
    (21/11/2012) Austin, USA, Bullshido
    (04/05/2013) GrappleThon, RapeCrisis

 -Non-BJJ
    Capoeira
    Hapkido
    Jeet Kune Do
    Judo
    Kempo Ju Jitsu
    Kickboxing
    LARP
    Mixed Martial Arts
    Salsa
    Skiing
    Yoga
    Zhuan Shu Kuan

^ Travel
 -Asia
    Cambodia
    China
    Hong Kong
    India
    Laos
    Nepal
    Thailand

 -Australasia
    Australia
    New Zealand

 -Europe
    France
    Germany
    Malta
    The Netherlands
    Portugal
    Spain
    Turkey

 -North America
    Canada
    Dominica
    United States
      California
      Texas

 -South America
    Chile
    Ecuador

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