Woman Loses 60 Pounds With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

According Professor Bruno Guimaraes from Peak Performance Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in Cedar Park – Texas, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a perfect way to getting shape and healthy, it is a funny activity and you can burn 1500 kcal in one single class. 

We have below an article proving this.

“If you don’t think Brazilian jiu-jitsu is good for weight loss, then you haven’t met Brittany Martin.

Brittany is a warehouse worker from Oklahoma City who, thanks primarily to her rigorous BJJ training, dropped sixty pounds of fat from her body. To get a visual image of how much weight she dropped, sixty pounds is what an average second grade student weighs.

The Jiu-Jitsu Times reached out to Brittany Martin on Wednesday night, and she was more than eager to share her amazing story with is. We spoke via Facebook messenger.

Brittany told us that she didn’t always have a passion for Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In fact, it took a solid year and a half of begging from her fiancé to get her to don the gi and get active on the mats.

“I met my fiancé in march of 2015, and he’s been training for 8 years,” she told us. “Finally after a year and a half of begging, he got me to go to a class. The rest is history!”

Brittany was also not the healthiest individual at the time. She was overweight, and her diet consisted of McDonald’s every other day, lots of soda, and a regular sugar intake.

So I started in August, and only did the beginners class for awhile. In that time I had really only lost maybe 10 pounds. In January I started going to the advanced classes and doing live rounds. That’s when the weight really started to come off. I would lift every other week or so, maybe, just doing deadlifts.

Martin certainly can’t credit BJJ with all of her weight loss, but in her own words, 99 percent of her workout was jiu-jitsu.


It wasn’t only the classes either. An upcoming tournament helped her shed some extra pounds:

The last 20 [pounds] or so, I was preparing to compete for the first time! And as a female we don’t have many choices of weight brackets. So my options were to lose 20 more and get into a weight bracket that had a range, or stay in the heaviest division and compete in the “and up” divisions where there is no weight cap. So I chose, for my first time, to get into a bracket with a weight range! 

Many dietitians will tell you that losing weight isn’t as hard as keeping weight off. So far, though, Brittany has been successful.

It’s only been about a month since I hit the 60 pound mark, but so far so good. Still at. 60 pound loss!

No doubt training four to five times a week is helping with that as well. Furthermore, Martin isn’t training alone. Her fiancé and their two children are avid jiujiteiros, and she described the academy as “a second home.”

So what advice would Brittany Martin give to all the people reading this who may be struggling with their weight?

Don’t give up. It’s hard work, and the extra weight makes the movements harder. But the more you work at it, you’ll find modifications that work for YOU. I believe jiu jitsu is for everyone, the young, the old, the small, and the large. Don’t compare yourself to others. Just focus on striving to be 1% better each day. Better than the you that you were yesterday. Each day, 1%, it adds up quickly.

BJJ Federation Bans Purple Belts From Teaching

In Cedar Park, Peak Performance Soul Fighters has a black belt with International Certification under IBJJF. Check it out the article from “BJJ Hyperfly”

The Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro has just issued a statement that will surely ruffle some feathers in the worldwide BJJ community. It is a reminder of one of their federation rules which bans purple and brown belts from opeing BJJ academies and teaching Jiu-Jitsu.

To teach, you have to be a black belt.

Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro also known as Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Guanabara is a governing body of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The current president of the federation is 9th degree red belt Carlos Robson Gracie. The federation is the official certifying entity for the Gracie style of jiu-jitsu. Specifically, it controls all teaching certifications, as well as all promotions to the rank of black belt and above.

” In Jiu-Jitsu, only black belts can teach. Only the ones that have acquired this rank have the authority and knowledge to teach. Do not forget, the presence of a black belt on the mat is obligatory! ”

This statement is quite controversial as it does not take into account the regions and countries were Jiu-Jitsu is still new and growing and where black belts in bjj are a rarity.

BJJ World Champion, Professor Victor Estima started training 20 years ago in Recife, a region which back then had no black belts. His then instructor Ze Radiola ( who coached all the champions such Braulio Estima, Otavio Sousa etc..) was just a purple belt at the time. He is now one of the most respected BJJ coaches in the world.

The rank of purple usually takes around 5 years to achieve and is a respectable level in BJJ. A black belt in Judo on average takes the same time to be reached.

The Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro awards a black belt after 6 to 15 years of jiu-jitsu practice. The black belt ranks as follows (from highest to lowest):

All promotions involving any black belt rank require a recommendation of two masters and approval of at least five officials of the federation. Ranks below black belt are awarded by individual professors and are then confirmed publicly through competition with other students of the same rank. Beginners and new students wear a white belt. Adult belt levels progress from white to blue, then purple, and finally brown, after which the practitioner becomes eligible for a black belt. There is a larger number of belt colors for children.

Come to visit us, check out our instructor and the certification. Call our office and mark your appointment and walk thru. (512) 918-8921

We offer free 30 day trial, free uniform with Professor Bruno Guimaraes, Black Belt 2nd Degree, certified since 2010. 

We hope see you on the mat. 

Professor Bruno Guimaraes

How to prepare for Jiu Jitsu competitions at Cedar Park Texas in the year 2018?

By Professor Bruno Guimaraes, Head Coach of Soul Fighters Austin TX, black belt 2nd Degree, the year begins with competitions throughout the year, multiple times per month and every month.

For Professor Bruno, athletes can not simply venture to the championship, at least they must be on an equal footing in order to win victories (not always medals).

The old saying “the important thing is to compete” is no longer when athletes, regardless of their age, plan their competitive schedule with previous weight selection, goals to be achieved, physical, nutritional and emotional conditioning, priority in training schedules, commitment , dedication. How does an athlete want to perform well in a championship if he does not appear to train regularly, if he can not sparring 3 times in a row, if his arms are tired and his muscles lose force? Impossible!

There are basic rules to follow when competing:

1) To train frequently as if all training were the final match of the tournament

2) Keep yourself healthy, in the weight of your chosen class between you and your teacher

3) Always exercise, whether you are at home, on holiday or at the weekend. There are no holidays for the muscles.

4) Have a calendar of competitions pre defined by you or your teacher, this calendar should be followed without major changes.

5) The body does not react well to rapid weight loss, so do not change your workout pace, unless it is to stronger and improve your performance.

Nobody likes to lose, so in 2018, get ready. Study the calendar of competitions, choose your class, study the rules, study your techniques, improve your best moves, stay focused to achieve your goals. When you launch into your own challenges, even if no one knows, you will be pulling your boundaries. In a short time, your attitudes will also reflect off the mat. The balance between body and mind that Jiu-Jitsu brings us, only make us stronger for our fights on and off the mats.

Happy 2018!! Good rolls!

See you on the Mat.

Professor Bruno Guimaraes

Peak Performance Soul Fighters Jiu-Jitsu – (512) 918-8921

500 Brushy Creek #ste504 – Cedar Park – TX – 78613