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


Strategy for Better results in BJJ according to Soul Fighters BJJ in Cedar Park TX

According to Professor Bruno Guimaraes from Peak Performance Soul Fighters Jiu-JItsu in Cedar Park Texas, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be compared to the chess, where all the time we seek to take the opponent under our complete domain.

For this act to happens, the practitioner needs to repeat so many times the moves, detailing and tracking what the other side can make to defending. This way, the person works on quick reflexes and many other physical attributes but mainly on his/her keen inteligence. 

However, one of the factors that will really make a difference is the STRATEGY of how to drive one fight into your favor.

Strategy is a comprehensive word, where its definition in the dictionary says “ingenious combination to achieve an end”. Jiu-Jitsu requires a lot of strategy and study to achieve good results and good performance, really compared to the Chess.

Strategy of fight, strategy of team, strategy of technical and physical training finally we have to deal with strategies full time, compared to our daily life. The sport does this by the practitioner, makes him develop, open horizons.

Practice Jiu-Jitsu with intelligence, force your brain to work with intelligence, always ask for smart and strategically assembled classrooms.

Peak Performance Soul Fighters Jiu Jitsu have a good and aggressive strategies in competitions and business, we have reached positions never reached previously and still in ascension and visioning always to improve our strategies more.

The True Meaning Soul Fighters Jiu Jitsu in Cedar Park Texas

Many people still carry the misconception that martial arts only serve to harm weak people. In specialized gyms, we can often see people who are training because they want to learn for recreational reasons.

According to Professor Bruno Guimaraes from Peak Performance Soul Fighters Jiu-JItsu in Cedar Park Texas, Jiu-Jitsu is currently one of the most sought after martial arts in academies around the globe, but many lay people have a negative view of the sport, while others enroll themselves into the academy to learn how to street fight.

In the past, Jiu Jitsu Martial Art was practiced as a personal defense of the samurais when they were unarmed, today many people struggle with these purposes attached to the philosophy and commandments of the Jiu-Jitsu and only view it martial arts they see in the UFC.

With the growth of MMA – Mixed Martial Arts, the mixture of martial arts, whom the best known and desired championship is UFC, is nothing more than a descendant sport of the VALE TUDO BRASILEIRO (EVERYTHING IS  ALLOWED) with a masterful touch of entertainment  business, causing many adults, teenagers and even children to worship and hope to get to fight in such an octagon. But this form of fighting, where “gladiators” face each other, delivers a real bloodbath taking the arenas to delirium.

Jiu Jitsu literally translated means Gentle Art. With all martial arts, the purpose is to provide you the ability to improve many aspects of your life. Your health, focus, strength, peaceful nature, confidence and so much more. You will learn how to defend yourself, but the benefits of improving all areas of your life will dominate your training.

MMA is not a sport; it is a mix of all martial arts. 

Overall, the learning with this article is Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t encourage people to violence; people encourage violence because of their own personal nature. To learn more visit our academy at 500 Brushy Creek Rd. Ste. 504, Cedar Park, Texas 78613 or call to set an appointment at 512-918-8921


It is the student who chooses his teacher and almost always reflects how the teacher acts and thinks inside and outside the mats, his way of training with higher rank people and dealing with beginners, with stronger or weaker ones . It is up to the teachers to polish the attitudes of their students so that everyone has attitudes expected by society, so that the training goes peaceful and nothing turns personally. A teacher is a leader, inside and outside the class. It is also up to the teacher complement the family education and be responsible for the discipline, sports spirit of them students correcting promptly some deviation of conduct.

Unfortunately not all teachers have the same vision of conduct. Years ago, I was in Porto Alegre – Brazil for visiting and talking with friends when I was asked how the positioning of teachers and athletes in Rio de Janeiro would be. Curious, I asked him why, when I was even more surprised when I heard the answer: “… I would not put my son in any Jiu-Jitsu academy here in town. I have tried to know more details and I was surprised to learn that teachers and students together use legal and illegal drugs often at the door of the gym and then come in to train a “high” training. Let’s analyse this person: in his training as a person and an athlete, he/she did not follow up on and monitor family, school and teachers.

What is the huge deal on it? All students of different ages, who will grow up under those bad teachers will form hundreds of thousands of other bad students and consequently other bad teachers and also giving support to the growth of drug and alcohol consumption going against the encouragement to the sport by parents and teachers who would rightly care for the health of the people. According to these black belts, they can often fight well, but have not had instruction and attitudes of a true black belt.

This should cherish and pass on the true philosophy of our art, which would be of clean mind and body to work together in harmony with laws of Physics and inertia. This theme is somewhat controversial because it is not only the privilege of south brazilian academies, but a reality in every country, unfortunately. Before we give away our children in establishments such as schools, academies, playgrounds and even party houses we must know the routine and know these places thoroughly so that we do not have problems of misconduct of our children. We, Black Belts teachers, are opinion makers, idol, model of life for many students who today have class with us and if we keep bad habits our students will also keep the same ones bad habits. So we have, more than ever, to police ourselves regarding attitudes and responsibilities. Our students will be just a mirror of the life we lead. We have to keep our body and mind clear. We have to be an example as a person, an example as a former student and as a teacher. We should also be an example for the parents, having all of students as son and daughters doesn’t matter the age, gaining the trust of all to open up aspects of their lives to make us idols, leader and models of life that supposedly have the ideal outlet for their problems.

That is to be an idol, to be a model, to direct good students and to form good teachers and good people. “Black belt people” in life. Is this attitude a line of thought the invisible Jiu-Jitsu that has been passed to us since we entered art? I hope so and I am grateful to have had those teachings and be able to pass on to my students as well as integrate a conscious team and we all think the same way. We are a team, we are a group of black belts in life showing the path of good and right to new individuals, certainly giving continuity of Good x Bad that until today with expressive success of good.


Age, Graduation and Weight related to the most common injuries in Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ is a fantastic martial art! We who are passionate about soft art know how hard it is to go untrained because of injuries. We also know that after a certain age, which I will arbitrarily and subjectively say after 30, it seems to be even more difficult to resume the rhythm of physical activities. Personally, I live feeling “pain” because of the soft art. Constantly complaining of pain in the back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, ankles and so on. But, like all people who love jiu-jitsu, I do not allow these “little dwarfs” to keep me from waking up and going to the gym on a daily basis.

A group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA) published a very interesting article on injuries in jiu-jitsu. The article is from this year (2017) and, therefore, is what is most current in the analysis of injuries in jiu-jitsu practitioners. The researchers evaluated, through a questionnaire of 27 questions, 166 BJJ athletes, of the most different grades (from white to black only) and of all the weight categories that one has in the competitions (following the weight recommendations of the IBJJF) and of different age groups. All data presented in this column were extracted from the cited article. Athletes who declare themselves to be professional, amateur, and non-competitive competitors participated in the survey, and thus a very wide range of variants can be analyzed by the study drivers.

As expected, age had a bearing on the causes of injury. Most respondents were between 18-29 years of age followed by people aged 30-39 years. The most common lesions were of hands (wrists) and fingers. Interestingly, people aged 40-49 years had neck injuries (no major severity) and people aged 50-59 years had numerous lesions ranging from skin infections to lacerations.

Interestingly, the respondents answered questions about injuries that were diagnosed clinically (by a health professional qualified for it) and the lesions that were self-diagnosed, that is, the participants themselves said what their injury was and self-medicated . On this, in fact, there is a warning: self-diagnosis is very dangerous and can have serious consequences for people’s health. To separate mild self-injury issues from more troubling injuries, the study considered only self-diagnosed injuries that prevented the person from training for at least a week.

Among the lesions diagnosed professionally we had those occurring in the fingers and wrists among the most usual. It is noteworthy that skin infections had a considerable percentage of problems diagnosed and that took athletes out of training. In fact, as the authors of the study concluded, skin infections were the highest prevalence with the sample analyzed. Here is another example of the importance of using rash guards in training because it allows avoiding skin contacts that facilitate transmission of infections. Still about self-diagnoses, we also have finger and pulse injuries among the most common. Skin infections do not even appear among those listed by athletes who did the self-diagnosis which shows the importance of the examination done by professionals. I also see it as very important to say that skin infections are usually easily transmitted and that lack of professional diagnosis can cause an “epidemic” within the athlete’s own self-diagnosed gym. It is curious that no self-diagnosed athlete has discovered about his skin infection.

The graduation also showed to be a differential in the analysis of lesions. In the black belt, we have commonly listed hip and groin lesions. In the brown belt, we have injuries of knee, hands and fingers. The same thing is observed for purple band. Blue and white commonly presented lesions of hands and wrists. This evaluation of the lesions by graduation is quite interesting. We know that in the purple and brown bands there is a greater concern with leg locks since in purple we start to worry more about the issue, because in the next graduation (brown) the application of the technique is already allowed. Injuries to the hands and fingers permeate all ranges from white to brown, but black is no longer so common.

In the weight divisions, we also see different types of associated lesions. In the Gallic weight we have lesions of the shoulder, in the feathers hands and fingers besides skin infections, in the feathers hands and fingers, in the weights there are more injuries of knee, in the middle we have injuries of arms and elbows, light-heavy hands predominate and fingers, in the heavy ones there is the prevalence of shoulder injuries, in the super heavy ​​injuries of hands and fingers and in the very heavy lesions in the trunk. Since the survey was done with only 166 athletes and all Americans, we should all be careful in interpreting these data.

I compete from Medium Heavy to  Super Heavy (but usually in the Medium Heavy), that is, I will probably have a tendency to injury throughout the body.

Is that you?? What injuries have you had, tended or scared you? Tell us everything and share this text with your friends! Good training! Good recovery for injured people! Oss!

Do you know more than 40% of BJJ practitioners stop their training on the Blue Belt?

Do you know more than 40% of BJJ practitioners stop their training on the Blue Belt?

To understand what happens we need to go back years ago and understand some myths about Jiu-Jitsu. In 80’s and 90’s a practitioner wasn’t prepared to change his belt, the student received the blue belt like an extension of the white belt. Whites and Blues had different classes, different sparring and the people were excluded and discriminated because use the Blue Belt for 4 years, but this was in the past.
Today this legend gone, the martial art, the sport and the society evoluted. The discrimination ended and the graduation have international rules. Today White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black belts work together, practicing together, sparring together, respecting each other and respecting the rules each belt need to follow.
With all those changes, people still need to work mainly on their perseverance. To go up on your rank you need to work hard, practice hard and you should be sure that all your work will make your coach watch you and promote you in the right moment.
You don’t need to have high ranks to show people you are a good fighter.
Patience, Persevere, Respect and Confidence are the most important teachings any Martial Art can teach you.