Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Happy Holidays from Paintball Master, Vitor Shaolin!

Great time at the annual Vitor Shaolin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy's holiday party at New York City Paintball!
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

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Kyra Gracie Seminar 11.18.11

Big thanks to Kyra Gracie for an awesome seminar on 11.18.11! We had over 32 women on the mat at Vitor Shaolin's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in New York City! Thank you ladies for coming out and learning from this legend, and thank you Kyra for inspiring them!

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Blue Belt Graduation Pictures 10.29.11

The biggest set of blue belts ever tested together at VSBJJA! Enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The MMA World Expo is back in town!

Buy your ticket online, and enter "Modern Martial Arts" in the "How did you hear about the show" field and get a FREE MMA World Expo T-Shirt!

Go to: for more information!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

From the Worlds to history, with Shaolin, Mário Reis and Robinho

Posted on  by Ivan Trindade

The GRACIEMAG at the Worlds Blog gathered three characters form the history of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. The trio of protagonists has between them no less than nine world titles at black belt. These wizards of the lighter weight classes are thus giants when it comes to their time in the history of the gentle art.
When queried about it, none of them hesitated to describe the greatest moment each of them experienced in the Worlds. In exclusive testimony on the Blog, they recall the great excitement and reveal unprecedented details. Our heroes are Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Mário Reis and Robson Moura. Let’s get to each of their stories.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Big Apple BJJ Open a hit

by Dan Rod — May 16, 2011.
With a total of 177 competitors from 31 different schools, some coming from as far away as Italy and Ohio, the inaugural Big Apple BJJ Open took place this weekend. The competitors took to gi-clad combat on four mats set up at the gymnasium at Martin Luther King High School, right in the middle of Manhattan.

The black belts took to the mats first. Guybson Sá took the gold with an impressive victory in a final that lasted less than half a minute, dropping down from open guard for a quick ankle lock.
An idea that has been a year ago four months in the making, this was the very first tournament promoted by Vitor Shaolin, Jen Sung and Mario Guerrero. The date was carefully planned so as to not interfere but to help other competitors competing at other tournaments around the globe. “We wanted to just have a good Jiu-Jitsu tournament in New York. No names associated. We just wanted to host it,” explains Sung.
Renzo Gracie was also present and was honored with a plaque delivered to him by Shaolin. “I came here and didn’t know anybody. Renzo said, ‘If you need anything, give me a call’, and I called him a number of times,” Shaolin went on to thank Renzo for all the help given to Jiu-Jitsu in New York as a whole.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011


Thanks to everyone for taking part in the Big Apple Open. Hopefully we can do more events in NYC very soon. We should have some video up this week.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Vitor Shoalin Ribiero-v-Marcio Feitosa 2000 Mundials

In this video we can review some of the techniques from this past weeks class.

Technique 1: "sit through" from standing position to "single leg".
Technique 2: "deep half guard escape" to "single leg attempt", to "sit through", and back up to your feet. 
Technique 3: "stand up from four point position with control of the outside leg", and "double leg takedown with outside leg trip"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Tuesday, May 03, 2011
by Mike Whitman (

Bellator Fighting Championships on Tuesday announced the signing of Brazilian bantamweight Marcos Galvao to a long-term deal. Though specifics of the contract were not revealed, the promotion stated that Galvao will take part in Bellator’s upcoming fifth-season bantamweight tournament. The Nova União fighter joins reigning Bellator featherweight king Joe Warren and countryman Luis Alberto Nogueira in the tournament field.

Galvao burst onto the Bellator scene in April when he went the distance with Warren in a 137-pound catchweight affair at Bellator 41. Though Warren walked away with a razor-thin unanimous decision that night, Galvao is hoping for a rematch within the confines of the tournament.

“I definitely don’t believe I lost my fight with Joe Warren. I want a rematch just in case there was doubt in the first fight. I’ll clear up those doubts the second time around,” Galvao stated in a release. “I’m extremely excited to show the world that I can compete and win at this top level here with Bellator. Fans were able to see what I brought to the table the first time around against Joe Warren, and there’s a lot more where that came from.”

An eight-year pro, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is a two-time veteran of the WEC, suffering knockout losses to both Brian Bowles and Damacio Page during his stint in the little blue cage. Prior to his contentious defeat at the hands of Warren, Galvao had won three straight, culminating with “Louro” winning the Ring of Combat featherweight title in December.

As with all of Bellator’s tournaments, the winner of the Season 5 bantamweight draw will receive $100,000 in total pay and a shot at divisional king Zach Makovsky.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Check VSBJJA out in NYC's Top Martial Arts schools!

Martial Arts with New York City's Best

by Simon Basseyn

I HAD MY BACK against the wall. While we often find ourselves in this metaphorical situation, I was, literally, pinned up against a New York City wall by a common street thief on Halloween night, two years ago. My heart leaped into my throat, my hands grabbed the mugger’s forearms, and my brain took a momentary vacation. We stood like that, my hands locked around his arms by a Wachovia wall, for what seemed like hours until he finally managed to grab my wallet from my pocket. The corner of Broadway & 10th Street has never been quite the same.
The details are hazy, but one thing is clear: I was fortunate that among the countless people who simply walked by, one stopped and heeded my call for “help!” Out of fear of my helper angel, the thief retreated, and I walked away with not only my health but my wallet, phone, and all my belongings. Yes, very fortunate.
But despite my good luck, the weeks that followed were filled with intense fear of shadows, rustling leaves, and pretty much anything that moved or made a sound. This was, of course, highly inconvenient for an NYU student who spent all of his time in New York.
After about two months, I made a choice to fight the daily fear. I enrolled for a Krav Maga course at the 14th Street Y. To my surprise, the TV story of “get mugged,” “take self-defense course,” and “regain confidence and control” was one Hollywood got right. And so martial arts ceased to be a vague mixture of Jackie Chan movies and roundhouse kicks and became an irreplaceable force in my life. 
The first thing one can’t help but notice is the wide variety of different martial arts with funny, difficult to pronounce names and the sheer abundance of studios in NYC teaching one, some, or all of them. Making a choice in the excess of Manhattan can be overwhelming, so here is my attempt to make the navigation a little easier with some background on the sports as well as my personal experience at some great studios:

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Japanese for “gentle art”) is a martial art derived from Japan that primarily focuses on ground fighting and grappling, teaching that smaller and weaker fighters can defeat larger and stronger ones with proper chokes and joint locks.Vitor Shaolin’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Modern Martial Arts (780 8thAvenue between 47th & 48th streets) is an up-and-coming studio that focuses exclusively on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While the space is relatively new and small, it makes for an intimate and friendly environment. In my one hour class with the all-too-patient-with-me Van, I learned not only what a Gi is (the white training robe/uniform) but the vicious rear naked choke, the excruciating americana shoulder lock, and the swift hip escape. The welcoming atmosphere – or the “no assholes” rule as Van put it – made the “tap-out” I used dozens of times, alerting my partner that the pain was too much, much less frightening.
In a field as broad as this one, you will, of course, find many more varieties of martial arts as well as countless other studios close to home. But more important than the “what” and the “where” is making the commitment to become better, stronger, and more confident.
Among the many reasons to pursue a martial art are to become stronger in self-defense, to compete in a sport, or to simply have a spicier workout than the treadmill. Most studios will allow you to take an introductory class for free, allowing you to check out the instructors, the studio, and the martial art to see if it suits your style. So whatever the reason or martial art, I dare you to try…Because decisions are best made with freedom – that is, before your back is against the wall. 

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Thursday, March 17, 2011


About take the back take, its very important you get mobility drill 3 steps knee on belly and make sure you pass with your knee very light on the guy so he gives the back with good speed and because your knee is so light it will be easy to take it. And the punch sweep, make sure his body is bent and your hips close to his
knee after that keep your legs close and use a great punch close to his foot.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Shaolin launches Big Apple Open in NY and pays tribute to Renzo

by Graciemag Newsroom — March 11, 2011.
Champion Jiu-Jitsu competitor and MMA fighter Vitor Shaolin and instructor Jen Sung are launching yet another championship to shake up the Jiu-Jitsu scene in New York.
“We’re producing the Big Apple Jiu-Jitsu Open on the coming 14th of May in Manhattan,” says Jen. “Our hope is that it will become a major annual event, to help further the art in New York along with the NY Open and Long Island Pride.”
The open tournament will offer 500 dollars as a prize and Renzo Gracie will receive the Honor of Achievement Award trophy, for his efforts in developing Jiu-Jitsu in the city of New York.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Warren Draws ‘Loro’ for Non-Title Fight at Bellator 41

Joe Warren may be eying an Olympic bid at the 2012 London Games, but the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” is not putting his MMA career aside just yet. 

Bellator Fighting Championships’ 145-pound titleholder will return to action against Ring of Combat featherweight champ Marcos “Louro” Galvao on April 16 in a 137-pound catchweight affair at Bellator 41, a source with knowledge of the matchup informed on Tuesday. No venue has been announced for the event, which will air live on MTV2. 

Warren, 34, is an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler on the international stage and won gold in the 132-pound division of the 2006 FILA Wrestling World Championships. His bid at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was cut short when he tested positive for THC at the 2007 U.S. team trials, but Warren has been vocal in his desire to take part in the 2012 games. 

Since transitioning to MMA in March 2009, the former Michigan Wolverine has compiled a ledger of 6-1; his only loss came in his third fight, when he was armbarred by formerDream champ Bibiano Fernandes. Warren took decisions over Eric Marriott, Georgi Karakhanyan and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire to win Bellator’s second-season featherweight tournament in spring 2010. Last September, he disposed of Joe Soto with a stunning second-round knockout to become Bellator’s undisputed top featherweight. 

A product of Rio de Janeiro’s famed Nova Uniao camp, Galvao has competed under the banners of such organizations as Shooto and World Extreme Cagefighting. The 29-year-old was released from the latter promotion in March 2009 following a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Damacio Page at WEC 39. Since returning from a 14-month layoff last May, “Louro” has won three straight, most recently besting Ryan Vaccaro in December to claim the ROC 145-pound title. 

Mike Whitman contributed to this report.