Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Athlete Profiles -

Saulo Ribeiro
Saulo Ribeiro is a 4th degree blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a five time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, two time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion and brother of Xande Ribeiro.
He began his training in Rio De Janeiro under Royler Gracie, the son of Helio Gracie, at the legendary Gracie Humaitá. He received his black belt on November 27, 1995.
He is the author of Jiu-Jitsu University, and alongside brother fellow World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Alexandre Ribeiro, runs the University of Jiu-Jitsu in San Diego, California.

He is also the Jiu Jitsu Coach of MMA Fighter Diego Sanchez, who trains out of The Arena (MMA) gym in San Diego.

Saulo's Competition titles include:

5 time Gold Medalist - World Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 1997, 98, 99, 2000, and 2002
2 time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Champion: 2000, 2003
2 time Gold Medalist - Brazilian National Championships: 1995, 98
2 time Gold Medalist - Rio de Janeiro State BJJ Champion
2 time Arnold Schwarzenegger/Gracie World Submission Champion
1 time Gold Medalist - World No Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 2008
2 time Silver Medalist Absolute Division - World Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 2001,2002
No Holds Barred Superfight Champion - The Fightzone

Andre Galvao

Andre Galvao is a Brazilian grappler and professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He has won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and IBJJF Pan American Championships multiple times and has also taken third place in the 2007 ADCC World Championship at both -77 kg and openweight.
He made his mixed martial arts debut in 2008, and in 2009 he entered Dream's 2009 welterweight tournament. After the completion of the tournament, he is scheduled to fight for Strikeforce. Galvão was a competitor in the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in Barcelona, Spain.

ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Bronze 2007 -77 kg[3]
Bronze 2007 Absolute[4]
Silver 2009 -88 kg[5]
IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Gold 2008 -88 kg (black)[6]
Bronze 2008 Absolute (black)[6]
2007 -82 kg (black)[7]
Silver 2006 -82 kg (black)[8]
Gold 2005 -82 kg (black)[9]
Gold 2004 -82 kg (brown)[10]
Gold 2004 Absolute (brown)[10]
Gold 2003 -82 kg (purple)[11]
Gold 2003 Absolute (purple)[11]
Gold 2002 -82 kg (blue)[12]
Silver 2001 -82 kg (blue)[12]
Pan American Championships Gold 2008 Medium heavy (black)[13]
Gold 2008 Absolute (black)[13]
Gold 2006 Middleweight (black)[14]
Gold 2005 Middleweight (brown)[15]
Gold 2005 Absolute (brown)[15]
Gold 2004 Middleweight (brown)[16]
Gold 2005 Absolute (brown)[16]

Tiago Camilo
Tiago Henrique de Oliveira Camilo (born May 24, 1982 in Bastos) is a judoka from Brazil, who won the silver medal in the lightweight (– 73 kg) division at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In the final he was defeated by Italy's Giuseppe Maddaloni.
He also won the gold medal in the 2007 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was the third Brazilian to become world champion, after João Derly and Luciano Correa.
Also won gold medal in 2 Pan American Games; Santo Domingo in 2003 and Rio de Janeiro in 2007. In 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China he won his second olympic medal, a bronze medal in the category (– 81 kg).


Olympic Games
Silver 2000 Sydney –73 kg
Bronze 2008 Beijing –81 kg
World Championships
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro –81 kg
Pan American Games
Gold 2003 Santo Domingo –73 kg
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro –90 kg

Masato Uchishiba
Masato Uchishiba (内柴 正人) (born 17 June 1978 in Kōshi, Kumamoto) is a judoka who won the gold medal in the men's under 66 kg division at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
To win the Olympic gold at Athens, he defeated Jozef Krnáč of Slovakia. Of winning the gold, he said, "I wanted this so badly I wouldn't have cared if it was my last fight ever," though his comments were officially translated as: "It is probably my last Olympics, that is why I am proud of my medal."
At the 2005 Judo World Championships, he won silver in his division.
He also won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics against Benjamin Darbelet of France.

Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens -66 kg
Gold 2008 Beijing -66 kg
World Championships
Silver 2005 Cairo -66 kg
Asian Games
Bronze 2002 Busan -60 kg
Gold 2001 Beijing

Jigoro Kano
Kanō Jigorō (嘉納 治五郎?, 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938) was the founder of judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking between members of a martial art style. Well-known mottoes attributed to Kanō include "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit."

In his professional life Kanō was an educator. Important postings included serving as director of primary education for the Ministry of Education from 1898-1901, and as president of Tokyo Higher Normal School from 1901 until 1920. He played a key role in getting judo and kendo made part of the Japanese public school programs of the 1910s.

Kanō was also a pioneer of international sports. Accomplishments included being the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) (he served from 1909 until 1938); officially representing Japan at most Olympic Games held between 1912 and 1936; and serving as a leading spokesman for Japan's bid for the 1940 Olympic Games.

His official honors and decorations included the First Order of Merit and Grand Order of the Rising Sun and the Third Imperial Degree. Kanō was inducted into the IJF Hall of Fame on 14 May 1999.

Jeon Ki-young

Jeon Ki-young is a South Korean judo legend who is universally considered the sport's greatest middleweight competitor, as well as one of the greatest judoka of all time.

Jeon has won three consecutive world championships (1993, 1995, 1997), twice beating the Japanese judo legend Hidehiko Yoshida in dramatic fashion in the finals, including once in Yoshida's home court in Japan. He has also won six world cup titles.

The crowning moment in Jeon's judo career came in winning the gold medal in the men's middleweight division at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, U.S. He defeated Armen Bagdasarov of Uzbekistan in the final match by ippon. In his march to the gold, Jeon won every match by ippon, except the 1st round match against the Dutch judoka Mark Huizinga, who would go on to dominate the weight once Jeon himself retired.

Jeon retired from competition at a relatively young age of 25 in 1999, citing both knee injuries and an absence of motivation due to lack of competition. He retired undefeated in both Olympic and world championship competition.

Olympic Games
  Gold 1996 Atlanta -86 kg

World Championships
Gold 1993 Hamilton -78 kg
Gold 1995 Chiba -86 kg
Gold 1997 Paris -86 kg

Asian Championships
Gold 1995 New Delhi -86 kg
Bronze 1996 Ho Chi Minh -86 kg

East Asian Games
Silver 1997 Busan -86 kg

Royler Gracie
Royler Gracie (Born December 6, 1965) is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter. He ran the Gracie Humaitá Jiu Jitsu school in Rio de Janiero Brazil for many years under his father Helio's direction, but now currently resides in San Diego, California.

Royler travels around the world teaching seminars, but still finds time to coach some of his Jiu-Jitsu protégé such as Fabricio Camoes, a MMA fighter who trains out of The Arena gym in San Diego, California.

Royler is the brother of the fighters Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie and Robin Gracie. He is the son of the co-founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Helio Gracie and holds a 6th degree black belt in the style.

Royler Gracie has competed in the black-belt ranks for 20 years. He is the only person to win the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship three consecutive years, and has won the ADCC more times than anyone else. Considered as one of the best technicians in Jiu-Jitsu, Royler had a famous upset in the 2003 ADCC when he lost to Eddie Bravo by triangle choke. Eddie has since withdrawn from any serious grappling competition and the rematch between the two never took place. Royler is a four-time World Jiu Jitsu Champion in the under 67 kg Black Belt Division.

Royler has a professional mixed martial arts record of five wins, four losses and one draw. He is the co-author of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Practice (with Renzo Gracie) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Submission Grappling Techniques.

Grappling credentials
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships:

ADCC record (13 wins -1 loss)
2001 ADCC - Under 66KG: Gold
2000 ADCC - Under 66KG: Gold

CBJJ World Championships:
1999 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place
1998 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place
1997 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place, Black Belt Absolute: 3rd Place
1996 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place

CBJJ Pan American Championships:
1999 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place
1997 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place

I have personally met Royler Gracie and through my sponsor grapplingstore.com had the pleasure of having a private dinner with him at a fancy brazilian restaurant in Sydney. I didnt really know much about Royler but what i found was a down to earth nice happy guy that was if anything rather quiet. We talked about the hassles of making an instructional dvd as well as judo and the respect he has for judokas.
Hopefully i will meet up with him this year at the 2nd Royler Gracie cup.

A Small doco on Royler

Flavio Canto
Flávio Vianna de Ulhôa Canto (born April 16, 1975 in Oxford, England) is a male judoka and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Brazil, who won the bronze medal in the half middleweight (– 81 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
He previously competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Canto won three medals in a row at the Pan American Games: 1995, 1999 and 2003.

Besides his judo successes Canto is also well known in Brazil for is work in aiding underprivelegd children in the shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro.

Flavio Canto spent most of his teenage years training in judo, in hopes he would achieve Olympic gold. But today, the Brazilian athlete considers his defeat at the 2000 Olympic trials one of his greatest victories.

More than 1,000 students are enrolled in judo athlete Flavio Canto's Reaction Institute.
The loss led Canto -- who later won bronze at the 2004 Olympic Games -- back to his native Rio de Janeiro. Since then, he has helped thousands of young people from the city's toughest shanty towns find hope in the midst of hardship.

"I've never seen any place as beautiful as Rio de Janeiro, but it does have its dark side," said Canto, 34. "There is violence all over."

Millions of poor families populate Brazil's favelas, or shanty towns, and roughly 60 percent of the country's homicides happen there, according to Brazil's Institute of Applied Economic Research.

The favelas' vulnerable youth face two constant challenges, Canto said: falling victim to the violence or choosing to become a young perpetrator of it.

"It's the kids who have it toughest," said Canto. "They are told every day, 'You're not going to advance. If you are born in the favela, you're going to die in the favela.' And that's an idea that we try to break

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Olympic Games
Bronze 2004 Athens -81 kg

Pan American Games
Gold 2003 Santo Domingo -81 kg
Silver 1999 Winnipeg -81 kg
Bronze 1995 Mar del Plata -78 kg

South American Games
Gold 2002 Rio de Janeiro -81 kg

Pan American Judo Championships
Gold 2010 San Salvador

Tamerlan Tmenov

Olympic Games
Bronze 2000 Sydney +100 kg
Silver 2004 Athens +100 kg

World Championships
Bronze 1997 Paris +100 kg
Bronze 2003 Osaka +100 kg
Silver 2005 Cairo Open
Silver 2007 Rio de Janeiro +100 kg

European Championships
Gold 1998 Oviedo +100 kg
Gold 1999 Bratislava +100 kg
Silver 2000 Wrocław +100 kg
Gold 2001 Paris +100 kg
Gold 2002 Maribor +100 kg
Gold 2003 Düsseldorf +100 kg
Bronze 2004 Bucharest +100 kg
Gold 2005 Moscow Open
Bronze 2006 Tampere +100 kg
Gold 2008 Lisbon +100 kg

Highlight Reel

Technique video

Ryoko Tani

Ryoko Tani; born September 6, 1975 is one of the world's most famous and successful judoka. She was born in Fukuoka, Fukuoka. She is now an employee at Toyota Motor Corporation.

She is commonly known as 'Yawara-chan' (from the title character of Yawara!, a popular judo manga). Since she won the International Women's Judo Championships in 1990, 'Yawara-chan' has gone on to win the event every year. She has a record seven world titles and she brought home the 48kg-category gold medal from Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Her 84-match winning streak was finally broken in 1996 by North Korea's Kye Sun Hui.

In 2003, she married Yoshitomo Tani, an Olympian and professional baseball player then with the Orix Blue Wave (now with the Yomiuri Giants). The reception reportedly cost $3 million.

In Beijing in 2008 Tani, who hadn't been beaten in a major international competition since the Atlanta Games in 1996, saw her hopes of a third-straight gold evaporate when judges awarded penalty points to Romania's Alina Dumitru after both competitors failed to show much aggression. Looking stunned, Tani fought desperately after the final controversial penalty call, but with only seconds left she had no time to mount an attack.

She defeated Russia's Lyudmila Bogdanova for bronze. She gained her fifth Olympic medal with the bronze.

Medal record

Competitor for Japan
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney - 48kg
Gold 2004 Athens - 48kg
Silver 1992 Barcelona - 48kg
Silver 1996 Atlanta - 48kg
Bronze 2008 Beijing - 48kg

World Championships
Gold 1993 Hamilton -48 kg
Gold 1995 Chiba -48 kg
Gold 1997 Paris -48 kg
Gold 1999 Birmingham -48 kg
Gold 2001 Munich -48 kg
Gold 2003 Osaka -48 kg
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro -48 kg
Bronze 1991 Barcelona -48 kg

Highlight Reel

Tadahiro Nomura

Tadahiro Nomura, born December 10, 1974 in Kōryō, Nara, Japan) is one of the most famous judo competitors in Japan. He is the only judoka in the world who has won three Olympic gold medals in a row, all in the extra lightweight (-60 kg) division.


Nomura was born into a family of judoka. His grandfather was a local judo instructor, and his father was the coach of Shinji Hosokawa, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Nomura's uncle, Toyokazu Nomura, was also a gold medalist at the 1972 Summer Olympics in the (-70 kg) division.

Nomura began learning judo at his grandfather's dojo at age six. He was successful in several local and national level competitions during high school and junior-high school, and entered Tenri University in 1993. He won the All-Japan judo championships for his weight class in April, 1996, to gain a spot on the Japanese olympic team for the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. Though relatively unknown at the world level at the time, he won his first olympic gold medal on July 26, 1996, defeating Girolamo Giovinazzo by seoi nage.

Nomura swept the All-Japan judo championships again in 1997, and won a gold medal at the 1997 World Judo Championships in Paris to reinforce his position as the premier competitor at his weight class. After winning the All-Japan judo championships for the third consecutive year in 1998, he injured his left knee in the Jigoro Kano Cup semi-finals on January 9, 1999, and was forced to retire from the competition. He did not participate in competitions for the rest of the year to recover from this injury and to complete his degree in health education.

Nomura made his return at the All-Japan judo championships in 2000, winning the competition for the third time to gain a second trip to the olympics. He became the first -60 kg division competitor to win consecutive olympic gold medals on September 16, 2000 by defeating Jung Bu-Kyung of South Korea by sumi otoshi only 14 seconds into the match.

Nomura married former model Yoko Sakai in May, 2001. He won the All-Japan judo championships for the first time in three years (fourth total win) in April, 2003 to advance to the 2003 World Judo Championships where he made a disappointing bronze medal finish. He won the Japanese nationals for the second consecutive year (fifth total win) in April, 2004, which enabled him to seek an unprecedented third consecutive olympic gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. On August 14, 2004 he achieved this feat with a win over Nestor Khergiani of Georgia. This made Nomura the only olympic judo practitioner to have won three consecutive gold medals, and the first olympic competitor from Asia to win three consecutive gold medals in any competition. This was also the 100th gold medal won by Japan in the Summer Olympics.

Nomura did not participate in judo competitions after the 2004 olympic final, but on January 10, 2006, he announced his intention to seek a fourth consecutive gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He made his return with a win at an international tournament held in the Czech Republic, and won the All-Japan judo championships for the sixth time in 2007. In 2008, however, Nomura failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games when, on April 5, he was defeated by Daisuke Asano in the semifinals of the -60kg category at the National Weight Class Invitational Tournament, which represented the last opportunity to clinch the berth as the Japanese athlete in the -60kg category. A day after his defeat, Nomura made it known, through a spokesperson, his intention to retire from competitive judo.[1] On April 25, he underwent knee surgery, although it remains unknown whether this injury might have played any role in his unexpected elimination from the aforementioned Olympic-qualifying competition.

He announced he will continue his career and intends to qualify for the Olympics in London 2012.

Highlight Reel

Marcelo Garcia
Marcelo 'Marcelinho' Garcia (b. 1983) is a Brazilian grappler and jiu-jitsu competitor. Considered by many to be the best pound for pound submission grappler (for no-gi) in the world, Garcia is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Fabio Gurgel of Team Alliance.

Garcia has four world championship titles in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a black belt in the middle-weight category. He has many submission grappling titles, including from the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. At ADCC, Marcelo has won the 66–76 kg division three times in a row (2003/2005/2007), been awarded the most technical fighter twice (2003 and 2007) and won the best fight award in 2005. In 2005, he finished in third place in the absolute (open weight) division and in 2007 finished second in the absolute division. In ADCC 2009, Marcelo finished second in his weight division, losing to Pablo Popovitch, whom he had defeated in the two previous finals.

At K-1 HERO'S Korea 2007, Marcelo lost his MMA debut against Dae Won Kim twenty seconds into the second round by doctor's stoppage due to a cut above his eye. It was announced that Garcia has joined up with American Top Team in Florida in order to improve his MMA skills. He will continue to fight in BJJ competitions under the Alliance team while representing ATT at MMA events.

In September 2008, Marcelo opened up a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Pembroke Pines, a city in South Florida located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. In September 2009, Marcelo opened an academy in New York City where he personally teaches every class.

Here is a highlight reel of Marcelo in competition, not his famous arm drag takedowns as well as how fast he is to maintain back control.

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