Showing posts with label marcos santos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label marcos santos. Show all posts

September 27, 2015

Big Mike Finds Gold in the Nevada Desert

   My good friend and fellow martial artist Mike Gates has just taken gold in the old mans division at the 2015 IBJJF World Masters Tournament in Las Vegas Nevada!  Winning the gold with style by choking out his opponent in the final seconds of the final match.
    Mike is the epitome of why you do not want to lose the top position... just think, a few years ago this guy did not even know what grappling was.  Come a long way my friend.  Proud of you.
    Big Mike is a student of Marcos Santos, representing the RCJ Machado brethren of Dallas Ft. Worth. 

September 22, 2014

Prof. Francisco Mansur Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar Review

My good friend "Big" Mike Gates trains under Marcos Santos in Ft. Worth, TX. and recently was lucky enough to attend a seminar by the great Prof. Francisco Mansur!  For those of you unaware, Prof. Mansur is a living legend being one of only six men awarded instructor rank from Helio Gracie outside of the Gracie family.  Now a 9th degree red-black, Prof. Mansur has settled in New York and continues to be an inspiration to grappling geeks like me!  I am SO jealous of Mike as I have wanted to train with Mansur for years.


Here is what Big Mike had to say:
   "The seminar was a blast! Professor Mansur was the epitome of what a ninth degree black belt should be. At 75 years of age and doing BJJ for 60 years he can STILL roll with the best of them. Believe it or not, instead of all the flashy moves of submission's what he taught and stressed upon were the BASICS. In most BJJ matches the basics are what will save you. Hip escapes, shoulder escapes, bridges, the frame and things we first learn but tend to cast aside for rear naked chokes and arm bars. Nothing wrong with those but the abc's is where it's at.
   He was easy to talk to and would answer any question that anyone had and had great stories of the "old" BJJ days. He invited everyone to his school in Port Jefferson N.Y. as family and to come look him up if we were in town. We owe Marcos Santos a great deal of gratitude for bringing him to our school."

October 29, 2013

Prof. Marcos Santos Promoted

Attendees of the 2013 RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp were treated to a special belt promotion on Sunday afternoon, as we saw Prof. Marcos Santos receive his fifth degree in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  Marcos has been a loyal and dedicated student of the Machado brothers since he was 12 years old.  He was one of the first black belts to open an academy in NYC which was unfortunately cut short by the disaster of 9/11.  Marcos has been working diligently to grow his academy in Ft. Worth, TX. 

Always willing to lend a hand and lighting up any room with his contagious smile, Marcos Santos epitomizes what it means to be a black belt under the Machado family.  Loyalty.  Hard work.  Perseverance.  These are all synonymous with "black belt" under the Machado banner, and Marcos goes above and beyond in all categories. 

Please take this moment to congratulate Professor Marcos Santos on 5th degree black belt, and check out this footage from 1997 as Santos takes gold in the brown belt division with Rigan Machado coaching him, Carlos Machado in the background, and I believe that is Joe Moreria reffing. 


October 26, 2013

Congrats "Big" Mike Gates... RCJ Machado Blue Belt

L-R: Sexiest Blogger / Big Mike / Brian Johnson / Marcos Santos
I want to send out a huge congrats to my long time friend "Big" Mike Gates on earning his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today under the tutelage of Marcos Santos!  Mike has been training his butt off this past year rolling with guys literally half his age, not only holding his own but taking names as well from what I hear. 

Mike and I have been friends for nearly 13 years, meeting in the Chinese martial arts at first, and last year I talked Mike into coming to the 5 Brothers Camp to check it out.  After all I explained "You have five legends converging in your back yard, you gotta' come!"  So Big Mike said what the heck and bought a gi.  By the end of Jean Jacques' seminar on Sunday Mike had already signed up at the Ft. Worth RCJ branch ran by Marcos Santos.  He was bitten by the BJJ bug! 

I couldn't be more proud of you my friend.  You are a mentor to me and an example to all martial artists.  I can't express how joyous it makes me to share this path with you through the years and incarnations. 

Love you brother,