Big congratulations to Mike and Patrick for a very well earned Brown Belt!
Today's test was a tough one, and they earned every single part of the promotion.
Shaolin thanked all the other students that came to today's test, and thought that the group that came was perfect for the belt promotion:
"Today's test had a good group of guys to support and push you to your best. Getting to Brown or Black means that you have the right group of people around you to help you get there."
Thanks for all the support throughout the years, and looking forward to growing and building for the next many more!
Congratulations again! Pictures from the test are HERE!
This year's holiday party at Quinn's was a special one, with not just 1, but 2 new Black Belt promotions by Shaolin!
Julio, affiliate owner of Omni Martial Arts, once a colleague and very long time friend was promoted along side with Evor, Shaolin's very first Black Belt from White to Black!
Both received it in complete surprise and there was an interesting mix of emotions from the two as you can see in the video! It was a special night for Julio, as he and his wife are expecting their first baby! A very well earned promotion by both and we look forward to the start of their journey!
On 10.18.14, Vitor Shaolin was in the main event for a superfight with Nino Schembri.
Both are former champions who now run successful academies in America.
Shaolin was able to come out victorious with a score of 8-0.
Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation had this to say about the fight :
"This match was scheduled for 15 minutes under IBJJF rules. In the final super fight of the night, Vitor "Shaolin" strategically pulled Nino into his classic half-guard position with the one knee shield. During the many half-guard passing attempts by Nino, Vitor went on the attack to make the first sweep in typical Shaolin fashion quickly transitioning from the half-guard sweep position to a standing takedown gaining the first 2 points. The rest of the match was mostly closed guard action for Nino having Shaolin opening and attempting to pass. Vitor racked up points in the stand up position with additional takedowns. The final score after 15 minutes was 8 to 0 with Shaolin's hand going up by the referee." Link: https://www.jjgf.com/news/world-jiu-jitsu-expo-super-fight-main-events-reflection
Photo Credit: Gracie Mag for both pictures
Also, big congratulations to Shaolin's good friend Robson Moura who was able to win in the co-main event with a beautiful choke.
For those of you who have been training in the main academy, you may have taken a few classes with guest instructor Caju. Caju flew out to California with Shaolin and competed in the Long Beach Open where he won his division.
We are so proud to have such a talented and supportive family at VSBJJA. And a special shout out to all those from Bronx Jiu Jitsu who shared in the celebration! Congratulations on a job well done and a belt well deserved. Let's keep training hard and keep taking it to the next level!
Hey guys, we are happy to announce that the main academy will be hosting the IBJJF Rules Seminar.
At Vitor Shaolin's academy, we abide by the rules set by the IBJJF. For safety purposes, some things are deemed illegal so if you are ever wondering what to do or not to do, this will be a good opportunity for you.
Hey guys, Shaolin is back to competing. This time in a super fight against legendary fighter Nino Schembri. Shaolin and Nino are BJJ fighters who also were successful in MMA and have since opened up academies to continue their legacies.
This superfight will be at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in California.
For more info, take a look at this link from GracieMag below,
Vitor Ribeiro will enter the Octagon later this month, but he won’t do it as a fighter.
former Shooto and Cage Rage 155-pound champion, will referee a UFC
fight for the first time at the UFC Fight Night 45 card in Atlantic
City, N.J., on July 16, and he’s anxious to step inside the Octagon.
"I’m excited," Ribeiro
told MMAFighting.com. "I have a lot experience as a referee in Brazil,
but I worked at some amateur events in New Jersey, and recently worked
at a professional event in May, so they decided to put me on the
preliminary card of the UFC."
"Shaolin" worked in more
than a dozen MMA fights in Brazil and got a license to referee fights at
the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in late-2013. According to
the MMA veteran, he worked in approximately 25 fights in the United
States before getting the call to step in the Octagon.
"Being an ex-fighter is
not the only solution. It helps, but you have situations where you have
to use a replay, for an example," he said. "NFL and soccer are starting
to use some technology now, and it helps a lot. That’s the way. But,
until we get to that point, being a former MMA fighter helps a lot.
"It’s interesting to have
someone with more knowledge on the grappling area, someone that knows
what’s going on there," he continued. "(Ricardo Almeida) is a judge now, I’m a referee, so we’ll slowly advance in that area so we can let fighters work.
"Sometimes you can stop a
fight earlier if you play only by the rules. You have to follow the
rules, but you have to let them fight. We have good judges and good
referees, like Herb Dean and Big John, but some don’t do a good job. I
think the commission should also do some training."
We had an excellent showing last night for the belt test! Congratulations to all new belts and from our affiliates, Omni Martial Arts and Bronx Jiu Jitsu!
We look forward to your journey to Black Belt!
Check out the pictures here: https://plus.google.com/photos/110878779726258545442/albums/6029981443983560609
In April, Vitor Shaolin BJJ represented at both the Boston Open as well as the New York Open.
We did not have too many members competing, but several of those who did brought back some medals.
Richard Lam -- Bronze (First IBJJF medal achieved)
Sumit Bose -- Bronze (Some very dominating victories achieved)
Alex Ecklin -- Gold
Van Allen Flores -- Silver
New York Open:
Richard Lam -- Bronze
Nick Beatty -- Bronze
Jen Sung -- Bronze
Van Allen Flores -- Bronze
Chris Lackhan -- Bronze
If you competed and did not reach your goals, were not ready enough to compete, are now motivated to go out there, there is still time in May. The Big Apple BJJ Open is on May 17th, so there is still a few weeks to train to be ready.
Dave Tester has been training in the martial arts for over 35 years. He is a well rounded martial artist who holds black belts in several different martial arts including Tae Kwon Do, Kempo Karate, Ki Do Kwan as well as Ao Denkou Kai Jitsu.
To add to his already impressive resume, Dave recently attained his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Vitor Shaolin.
Dave has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the year 2000, and has joined Vitor Shaolin's affiliation in 2009.
We send Dave a huge congratulations and know that he will be representing well with his new belt.
To learn about Dave and his academy, please visit the website below: