November 2014 Technique of the Month Video: Alternate Omoplata Finishes

We are excited to share two alternate finishes to the Omoplata (scapula lock) position!

Often, when you first lock the Omoplata position, your opponent will grab your foot, stuff it behind their head, and duck under for the escape (and guard pass). Here, we show you two ways to counter this escape that will be sure to put your training partners and opponents in trouble!

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Good training to you,
Eric Burdo
2nd Degree Black Belt
Richmond BJJ Academy, Richmond, Virginia

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October 2014 Technique of the Month Video: Armlocks from the Kesa Gatame

We are excited to share two fundamental armlocks from the (kazure) Kesa Gatame side control position!

The inside straight armlock and the outside reverse armlock act as a fantastic combination that will be sure to put your training partners and opponents in trouble!

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Good training to you,
Eric Burdo
2nd Degree Black Belt
Richmond BJJ Academy, Richmond, Virginia

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September 2014 Technique of the Month Video: Recovering Closed Guard from Half Guard

We are excited to share a fantastic technique to bring the match back to the closed guard when you are struggling from the half guard.

Often, the guard passer will flatten you out and control your upper body, making it very difficult to work from the bottom half guard.

With the following details, you will be able to bring the match back to your closed guard if you feel like your half guard is failing.

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Good training to you!
Eric Burdo
2nd Degree BJJ Black Belt
Richmond BJJ Academy, Richmond, Virginia

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August 2014 Technique of the Month Video: Knee on Belly Escape

We are excited to share an old school, extremely effective way to escape from the knee on belly position.
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Good training to you!
Eric Burdo
2nd Degree BJJ Black Belt
Richmond BJJ Academy, Richmond, Virginia

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News Archive

November 2014


World Masters in LA

Richmond BJJ Instructor Liz Sussan and BJJ Revolution Team Head Julio “Foca” Fernandez traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the IBJJF World Masters Championship Nov. 1 & 2. Liz fought hard and showed tons of heart in the semi-finals match but lost 4-2, bringing home a Bronze medal. Julio was very dominant and won his match 6-0 to bring home a Gold medal. Congratulations to both Liz and Julio!


Julio Fernandez BJJ Seminar!

Sunday, December 7th from 11am – 2pm
Cost: $60 or $70 at the door
Event FB page: click here.

Hot off his Championship performance at the IBJJF World Masters BJJ Championships in Los Angeles, California, 6th Degree Carlson Gracie Black Belt Julio “Foca” Fernandez will be teaching a BJJ seminar on Sunday, Dec. 7th from 11 am -2 pm at the Richmond BJJ Academy!
Let’s pack the house and have an amazing day with Master Julio!!!


October 2014


Aaron Lapointe BJJ Seminar!

Saturday, October 25th from 11am – 2pm
Focus: “Chain of Events” and “One Hand in the Collar”
Cost: $45 (paid in advance) or $55 at the door

Aaron Lapointe is a long-time BJJ fighter, starting with Julio Fernandez at Vermont BJJ in the mid-90′s, then moving to Chicago and training with Carlson Gracie Sr., becoming Carlson’s first American BJJ Black Belt! To make this even more impressive, Aaron earned this rank while having the use of only one working arm! Proving that Jiu-Jitsu truly is for everyone, Aaron has earned the reputation of being extremely technical, innovative, and tough as nails. Training with Aaron will open your mind to the infinite possibilities Jiu-Jitsu can afford you. You will be taught fantastic, practical techniques and theories, as well as inspired!

The seminar will be split into two parts. The first half “Chain of Events” will consist of a sequences of five moves that start with a takedown and finish with a submission.

The second half “One Hand in the Collar” will focus on five different ways to finish a choke with one arm. For the most part, the moves will be basic enough for a white belt to do, but unique enough for a black belt to benefit from since all moves will be performed one-handed.

After the seminar is over we will have time for sparring!


Women’s BJJ

Liz taught the first October women’s class on Saturday, October 4th, and the second women’s BJJ class will be held this Saturday, October 11th at 1 pm.

In addition, the MAGG women’s open mat will be held in Northern Virginia this Sunday, October 12th, from 1:30-4:30 pm. BJJ brown belt Arnela Hadzisulejmanovic is visiting us from Sweden and has generously agreed to teach a 1-hour seminar as a fundraiser to benefit the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of Virginia. The seminar will go from 1:30pm-2:30pm and is being offered for free with a suggested donation of $20. After the seminar, we’ll have a women’s open mat from 2:30-4:30pm.


August 2014


Seminar Benefiting Richmond YWCA & Belt Promotions

On Saturday, August 2nd, four Black Belts from the Richmond BJJ Academy donated their time and knowledge, teaching a BJJ seminar to raise money for the local Richmond YWCA. We raised $1035! After the seminar, we held a Belt Promotion ceremony, where we promoted 2 students to Blue Belt (Jamshid Bakhtiari and Jered Yalung), and six to Purple Belt (James O’Brien, Seth Eastman, Francis Ellsbury, Jake Majeski, Jonathan Kilmer, and Donnie Baltazar)! What a great day! Thanks for all of the support everyone! And a special thank you to Andrew Smith, Russ Helm, Jarrett Church, and Eric Burdo for donating their time and teaching awesome BJJ.


August 2013


Julio “Foca” Fernandez/BJJ Revolution Team Virginia Camp Oct. 11-13

Julio “Foca” Fernandez, Eric’s instructor & 6th Degree Black Belt under Carlson Gracie, will be traveling to Richmond to offer a weekend campat Richmond BJJ Academy October 11-13.  The camp will be Friday night, all day Saturday, and half of the day on Sunday.  Mark your calendars now and be ready to reserve your spot.  This camp WILL sell out fast with only 30 spots available.  Sign-ups start Monday, August 12th! 

Bio: http://www.bjjrevolution.com/julio-foca-fernandez/


Women’s BJJ: Open Mats with MAGG

Go here to find the latest news for Mid-Atlantic Grappling Girls open mats: https://www.facebook.com/MidAtlanticGrapplingGirls


Congrats to Jake Majeski

Congratulations to Richmond BJJ Academy student Jake Majeski for his fantastic performance at the US Grappling Grapplemania XVI in Henderson, North Carolina on July 20th! Jake won five of six matches– four of the wins by submission! Jake won a Gold Medal in his No-Gi division, and Silver in his Gi division! We’re proud of you Jake!


November 2012


Julio “Foca” Fernandez Seminar December 8th

When: Saturday, December 8,  2012 from 11 am to 2 pm, promotions ceremony to follow starting at 2 pm.

Cost: $60, pre-pay by Dec. 1st, or $70 after Dec. 1st.  Only 30 spaces available, so register early!  Pre-pay with Liz to reserve your spot.

Bio: http://www.bjjrevolution.com/julio-foca-fernandez/


Women’s BJJ in November

Saturday afternoon women’s BJJ class in November will be held on Saturday,  November 3rd from 1 pm to 2:45 pm, immediately after the Saturday open mat.  This class will be held by RSVP, so please RSVP to Liz@RichmondBJJ.com by the Thursday before the class if you plan to attend.


Eric and Liz Training in Thailand

In November, Head Instructor Eric Burdo and Assistant Instructor Liz Sussan will travel to Thailand to train both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Eric will have the honor of teaching a BJJ seminar in Bangkok at Bangkok BJJ.  They plan to bring their experiences back to the students of Richmond BJJ Academy to further the training experience in class and share the skills and knowledge with the students.


October 2012


Women’s BJJ in October

Saturday afternoon women’s BJJ class in October will be held on Saturdays, October 6th & 20th from 1 pm to 2:45 pm, immediately after the Saturday open mat.  This class will be held by RSVP, so please RSVP to Liz@RichmondBJJ.com by the Thursday before the class if you plan to attend.


June 2012


Free Kids’ BJJ Classes All Summer!

We are running a special promotion for the Kids’ BJJ Program at Richmond BJJ Academy: 3 months of FREE classes!  Sign your child up for 12 months & June, July, and August are free!  This means that all 3 months of summer are absolutely free! On top of that, if you want to participate in the classes with them, you can train with them for free! Parents always participate for free!

Enrollment is all summer long, starting in June.  Kids’ BJJ classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are for 5-11 year olds.  This promotion is limited to 10 children, so contact Liz ASAP if you want to get your child on the list!  Liz@RichmondBJJ.com


Johnny Ramirez Seminar July 14

Seminar Subject: Mount and Rear Mount Attacks.  Increase your knowledge and percentages of controlling and finishing from these positions!

When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 11 am to 2 pm
Cost: $50, pre-pay by July 7th, or $60 after July 7th.  Only 30 spaces available, so register early!  Pre-pay with Liz to reserve your spot.
Bio: http://newbreedacademy.com/johnny-ramirez/ 
Here is an example of Johnny’s fantastic and detailed teaching style: http://youtu.be/Nv2uQvU9RA4 


Intensive Positional Study: Open Guard Passing

June’s Advanced Thursday & Friday BJJ subject will be passing/attacking the Open Guard.  The Open Guard is one of the most dynamic positions in Jiu-Jitsu.  We will work on deconstructing the options of the guard player, nullifying their controls and attacks, and passing their guard to side control, knee on belly, mount, rear mount and turtle control, as well as passing directly into submissions.  Specifically, we will work from Spider Guard, De La Riva Guard, X-Guard and more!

*We will continue this subject through July.

*You must be (at least) a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday & Friday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


Technique Video of the Month: Half-Guard Attacks with Julio “Foca” Fernandez

We present to you the June 2012 technique of the month video.  Please go to our official YouTube Channel to watch the video.  Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and like and comment on our videos.  The videos will also be catalogued on our website videos page.  We hope you like this month’s video!  Let Eric know if you have any questions, as he is happy to answer them!


Women’s BJJ in June

Saturday afternoon women’s BJJ class in June will be held on Saturdays,  June 2nd & 9th from 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm, immediately after the Saturday open mat.  This class will be held by RSVP, so please RSVP to Liz@RichmondBJJ.com by the Thursday before the class if you plan to attend.


May 2012


Julio “Foca” Fernandez Seminar and Promotions

BJJ Revolution Team Godfather Julio Fernandez came to Richmond for a weekend of sharing his amazing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques!  The fun started Friday night, April 13th where “Foca” taught an awesome workshop full of fantastic techniques.  On Saturday, April 14th, we hosted “Foca” for a 3-plus hour long BJJ Seminar, full of eye-opening details and techniques not to be missed.  At the end of the seminar, Julio did the honors of tying some new belts around the waists of some well-deserving students!

Promoted to Blue Belt:  Chris Gayler, Jake Majewski, Shane O’Hara, Kendall Hunter and Brian Rule!!!

To top off an amazing day, Eric (with the blessings of Julio) promoted his long-time student and friend Russ Helm to BJJ Black Belt!  This is an amazing accomplishment, coming from years and years of hard work and dedication.  Congratulations Russ!!!

To view pictures of the seminar and belt promotions, click here.

FREE Kids’ BJJ Classes!

We are running a special promotion for the Kids’ BJJ Program at Richmond BJJ Academy: 3 months of FREE classes!  Sign your child up for 12 months & June, July, and August are free!  This means that all 3 months of summer are absolutely free! On top of that, if you want to participate in the classes with them, you can train with them for free! Parents always participate for free!

Classes start Tuesday, June 5th.  Kids’ BJJ classes are held Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 pm. Classes are for 5-11 year olds.  This promotion is limited to 10 children, so contact Liz ASAP if you want to get your child on the list!  Liz@RichmondBJJ.com


New BJJ Fundamentals

Starting Monday, May 7th, we will roll out four additional BJJ Fundamentals classes, bringing the rotation to 28 classes!  This Monday’s and Wednesday’s lessons will be more sport-oriented, while this Friday’s and the following Monday’s classes will be geared more toward self-defense!  Do not miss these classes!


Richmond BJJ Academy Represents in MD, NC, & DE

Congratulations to Brett Millea for travelling and competing in the US Grappling Maryland competition on April 14th, as well as competing alongside Shane O’Hara at the US Grappling Raleigh competition on April 21st and the US Grappling Diamond State Games in Delaware on May 5th!  Here are the results:

Brett took 2nd Place in his Brown Belt division in Maryland, and 1st in his Brown Belt division and 2nd in his Advanced No-Gi Division in North Carolina!  In Delaware, Brett took 1st in Brown Belt weight, 2nd in Brown Belt Absolute, and 1st in No-Gi Advanced.

Having just received his Blue Belt a week prior, in Raleigh Shane won his first two matches, and then lost in the finals to a last-second take down, earning a Silver Medal!  In Delaware, Shane took 2nd in his Blue Belt division and 1st in his intermediate no-gi division.

Big congrats to you both!


Intensive Positional Study: Advanced Half-Guard

May’s subject will be Advanced Half-Guard.  The half-guard position is one of the most dynamic positions in Jiu-Jitsu.  From bottom half-guard, we will explore positioning, movement, pressure and transitions, defense, full guard recomposition, sweeps, back takes, as well as submissions, such as chokes, armlocks, leglocks, and more!  This month will build on April’s work, and will be more advanced.

Week One: Thursday, May 3rd from 7 – 9 pm
Week Two: Thursday, May 10th from 7 – 9 pm
Week Three: Thursday, May 17th from 7 – 9 pm
Week Four: Thursday, May 24th from 7 – 9 pm
Week Five: Thursday, May 31st from 7-9 pm

*You must be (at least) a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


Technique Video of the Month: Rear Mount Escape

We present to you the May 2012 technique of the month video.  Please go to our official YouTube Channel to watch the video.  Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and like and comment on our videos.  The videos will also be catalogued on our website videos page.  We hope you like this month’s video!  Let Eric know if you have any questions, as he is happy to answer them!  Note: This month’s video is successive with the previous month’s video, and should be watched back to back.  To view April’s Technique of the Month Video, click here.


Women’s BJJ Classes

Saturday afternoon women’s BJJ class in May will be held on Saturday,  May 19th from 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm, immediately after the Saturday open mat.  This class will be held by RSVP only, so please RSVP to Liz@RichmondBJJ.com by the Friday before the class if you plan to attend.


April 2012


Technique Video of the Month: Mount Escape to Half-Guard Back Take

We present to you the April 2012 technique of the month video.  Please go to our official YouTube Channel to watch the video.  Please subscribe, like, and comment on our videos.  The videos will also be catalogued on our website videos page.   We hope you like this month’s video!  Let Eric know if you have any questions, as he is happy to answer them!


Intensive Positional Study: Half-Guard

April’s subject will be the Half-Guard Position.  The half-guard position is one of the most dynamic positions in Jiu-Jitsu.  From bottom half-guard, we will explore positioning, movement, pressure and transitions, defense, full guard recomposition, sweeps, back takes, as well as submissions, such as chokes, armlocks, leglocks, and more!

Week One: Thursday, April 5th from 7 – 9 pm
Week Two: Thursday, April 12th from 7 – 9 pm
Week Three: Thursday, April 19th from 7 – 9 pm
Week Four: Thursday, April 26th from 7 – 9 pm

*You must be (at least) a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


Women’s BJJ Classes

In April we are changing the women’s BJJ classes from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon.  Women’s BJJ class in April be held on Saturday,  April 28th from 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm, immediately after the Saturday open mat.  RSVP to Liz@RichmondBJJ.com


March 2012


BJJ Fundamentals Class Time Change
Monday and Wednesday evening BJJ Fundamentals classes are now 15 minutes longer, from 7 pm – 8:30pm, and from 8:30pm – 10pm.


Julio “Foca” Fernandez seminar April 14th
Once again, Julio “Foca” Fernandez will be returning to Richmond BJJ Academy for another amazing Carlson Gracie-style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar!  Foca is a 6th-Degree Black Belt from the legendary Carlson Gracie Academy in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, April 14th from 11 am to 2 pm, and then there will be a belt and stripe promotion ceremony from 2 to 2:30 pm.  Space for the seminar on Saturday is limited to 30 people.  As a special bonus, the first 20 people to pre-pay for the seminar will also have an opportunity to take a free group class with Foca on Friday night, April 13th from 7 to 9 pm.


US Grappling Feb. 25th – Results
We had 10 students compete at the US Grappling in Ashland on Feb. 25th, and we brought home 17 medals!  Congratulations to Chris Gayler, Kiryako Sharikas, Francis Ellsbury, Anh Vuong, Jake Majeski, Lance Patel, Shane O’Hara, Justin Doerflein, Cameron Kingsberry, and Jacob Green.  For full tournament results, go to US Grappling’s results page.

To see photos from the tournament, click here. 


Intensive Positional Study: Top Half-Guard

March’s subject will be the Top Half-Guard Position.  The top half-guard position is one of the most dominant positions in Jiu-Jitsu, from a Gi, No-Gi, and MMA/Self-Defense point of view.  From top control, we will explore positioning, movement, pressure and transitions, passing to side control, mount and the back, as well as attacks, such as chokes, armlocks, leglocks,  and more!

Week One: Thursday, March 1st from 7pm – 9pm
Week Two: Thursday, March 8th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Three: Thursday, March 15th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Four: Thursday, March 22nd from 7pm – 9pm
Week Five: Thursday, March 29th from 7pm – 9pm

*You must be (at least) a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


Women’s BJJ Dates for March

March 4th & 18th from 110:30 am to 1 pm.

The women’s BJJ classes are for BJJ Revolution Team women.  Email Liz for more information about the classes.  Liz@RichmondBJJ.


February 2012


Friday night class changes

We’re adding new Friday night classes!

For Muay Thai:
From 6-7 pm, we will run 2 Muay Thai classes concurrently. One will be a Muay Thai Fundamentals class, open to all students. This means we will have Muay Thai Fundamentals lessons available Mondays, Wednesdays, and now Fridays! The other class will be an Advanced Muay Thai class, open to Level 2 students. In the Advanced class, there will be guaranteed sparring for students who wish to spar.

For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
From 7-9 pm, we will run 2 BJJ classes concurrently. One will be a BJJ Fundamentals class, open to all students. This means we will have BJJ Fundamentals lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays, and now Fridays each week! The other class will be an Advanced BJJ class, open to upper belts and students who have at least 2 stripes on their white belts. This means we will have Advanced BJJ classes twice a week!


Intensive Positional Study: Turtle Position

February’s subject will be the Turtle Position.   The turtle position is one of the most dynamic positions in Jiu-Jitsu, from a Gi, No-Gi and MMA/Self-Defense point of view.  From top control, we will explore positioning, movement, pressure and transitions, as well as attacks, such as chokes, armlocks, leglocks, back takes and more!  We will also work on defending against and escaping from the turtle control.

Week One:  Thursday, February 2nd from 7pm – 9pm
Week Two:  Thursday, February 9th  from 7pm – 9pm
Week Three:  Thursday, February 16th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Four:  Thursday, February 23rd from 7pm – 9pm

*You must be (at least) a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


Women’s BJJ Dates for February and March

February 11th and 18th from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

March 4th & 18th from 110:30 am to 1 pm.

The women’s BJJ classes are for BJJ Revolution Team women.  Email Liz for more information about the classes.  Liz@RichmondBJJ.


Feb. 25th US Grappling Tournament

Richmond BJJ Academy is sending a big team to the US Grappling tournament on Saturday, February 25th at Patrick Henry High School.   http://www.usgrappling.com/events/richmond-february-2012/
***Note: Richmond BJJ Academy wil be closed on Saturday, February 25th in support of our competitors.  There is no cost for spectators to attend, so please come out and support your teammates!


January 2012


Richmond BJJ Academy Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary !!!

It was with great pride and excitement that we will celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Richmond Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Academy, as well as BJJ Revolution Team here in Virginia, on January 2, 2012.  Eric Burdo opened Richmond BJJ Academy on January 2, 2002, and from there, the story began.  We couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished in 10 years or more excited to celebrate this milestone with our students.

On January 2nd, over 50 of our students joined us for a nice ceremony where we shared the story of how Richmond BJJ Academy began and what kind of training atmosphere we aim to provide to our students.  Isabelle Szczerbinski, 6 year old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student at Richmond Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Academy, tested for her 2nd stripe in front of the crowded Academy, impressing all of the students and instructors.  We drew names for raffle prizes, including t-shirts, BJJ instructional DVD’s, private lessons and a free year of training at the Academy.  Big congrats to Jon Antonelli for winning the grand prize of free training for all of 2012!  We then took a group photo to commemorate our Anniversary and the students sharing it with us.   Watch Izzy’s stripe test here.


Women’s BJJ Dates for January

January 15th and 22nd from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

The women’s BJJ classes are for BJJ Revolution Team women.  Email Liz for more information about the classes.  Liz@RichmondBJJ.com


Holiday Season Schedule Updates


December

Sunday, Dec. 11th: Women’s BJJ 11:30 am – 1 pm
Monday, Dec. 19th: BJJ Fundamentals 7-9pm – one class only
Wednesday, Dec. 21st: BJJ Fundamentals 7-9pm – one class only
Saturday, Dec. 24th: closed Christmas Eve
Monday, Dec. 26th: BJJ Fundamentals 7-9pm – one class only
Tuesday, Dec. 27th: No Kids’ BJJ class
Wednesday, Dec. 28th: BJJ Fundamentals 7-9pm – one class only
Thursday, Dec. 29th: No Kids’ BJJ class
Saturday, Dec. 31st: closed New Years Eve

January
Monday, Jan. 2nd: BJJ Fundamentals 7-9pm – one class only
Wednesday, Jan. 4th: No Yoga, BJJ Fundamentals 7-9pm – one class only
Thursday, Jan. 5th: No Kids’ BJJ class
Monday, Jan. 9th: BJJ Fundamentals 7-9pm – one class only
Wednesday, Jan. 11th: BJJ Fundamentals 7-9pm – one class only


November 2011


Nov. 12th Submission-Only Tournament Results

Saturday, Nov. 12th was a very successful day for Richmond BJJ Academy at the US Grappling Sub-Only tournament in Ashland. We sent 11 competitors and brought home 20 medals!!! 8 Gold, 5 Silver, and 7 Bronze medals!

Our competitors: Scott Eckert, Shane O’Hara, Justin Doerflein, Jake Majeski, AJ Cabrera, Kevin Lacson, Kendall Hunter, Anh Vuong, Francis Ellsbury, Cameron Kingsberry, Eric Schneider

Congratulations to all of our competitors! You worked hard and we are so proud of you!

Full results here.


Eric Burdo proudly promoted 5 students on November 5th, 2011. His instructor, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, was on hand to do the honors and tie the belts around their waists.

Brandon Powell was promoted to Black Belt.
Acie Bryan & Danny Yakel were promoted to Brown Belt.
Mark Maddux & Chris Zabrosky were promoted to Purple Belt.

Pics here.


Celebrating 10 Years!

Richmond BJJ Academy is celebrating 10 years! We started the celebration on Saturday, Nov. 5th with Julio “Foca” Fernandez, 6th Degree Carlson Gracie Black Belt, teaching a seminar. After the seminar, we had a huge party at Elephant Thai Restaurant. Over 80 of our students, friends, and family came to celebrate with us. It was a very special night for us, and we were so happy to share it with the people who are special to us.

We are also offering commemorative 10 Year Anniversary T-shirts for $20!  They’re available in blue and maroon.  Take a peek at these:


Intensive Positional Study: De La Riva Guard

November’s subject will be the De La Riva Guard.   The De La Riva Guard is one of the most dynamic open guards in all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  De La Riva Guard was developed by Grandmaster Carlson and originally known as “jello guard”, and then refined by one of his best Black Belts, Ricardo De La Riva.  This type of guard presents opportunities for sweeps, back takes, chokes, arm locks, shoulder locks, leg locks, as well as transitions to the feet, single-leg takedowns, and so much more!  We will explore different entries, grips, movements, controls and attacks from the De La Riva Guard.  Don’t miss out!

Week One:  Thursday, Nov. 3rd from 7pm – 9pm
Week Two:  Thursday, Nov. 10th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Three:  Thursday, Nov. 17th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Four:  closed for Thanksgiving

*We will continue this subject through December.

*You must be (at least) a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


Expansion of Muay Thai Fundamentals, adding Advanced Curriculum

Starting in November, the Richmond BJJ Academy Muay Thai Fundamentals program has expanded from an 8-class curriculum into a 16-class curriculum.  We’ve added new drills, techniques, and combinations that are guaranteed to help your growth in Muay Thai.

Also keep your eyes open for a comprehensive Advanced Muay Thai curriculum coming soon!


Women’s BJJ Classes

The women’s BJJ classes are for BJJ Revolution Team women, and are held twice a month on Sundays from 11:30 am t0 1 pm.

November dates are Nov. 6 & 27.  December’s class will be Dec. 11.

Email Liz for more information about the classes.  Liz@RichmondBJJ.com


October 2011


Julio “Foca” Fernandez Seminar & Belt Promotions Ceremony

Julio Fernandez will be back at Richmond BJJ Academy on Saturday, Nov. 5th from 12-3 pm.  Please register by speaking to Liz at the Academy or by emailing her at Liz@RichmondBJJ.com

After the seminar, there will be a belt promotion ceremony from 3 – 3:45 pm.

About Julio “Foca” Fernandez:  Julio has been Eric’s instructor for the entire time he’s trained BJJ– almost 14 years!  He is a 6th Degree Black Belt under Carlson Gracie Sr. and trained under Carlson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Julio is a legend in BJJ and went undefeated in BJJ competition in over 200 matches.  In his seminars, Julio masterfully combines both self-defense and sport BJJ, stand up and ground work, to give answers to many scenarios found on the streets and on the mats.


US Grappling Sub-Only Competition Nov. 12th

US Grappling returns to Patrick Henry HS in Ashland for another Submission Only event. We will be sending a competition team to the tournament, so please let Eric Burdo know if you plan to compete.

Richmond BJJ Academy will be closed that day in support of our competitors. We encourage all students to attend the tournament to support your teammates. Entrance to the tournament is free!

Information can be found here.


Kids’ Program to begin on November 1st

Richmond BJJ Academy will start a kids’ BJJ program on Tuesday, November 1st. The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 5 pm. The classes are open to both boys and girls, ages 4 to 8. Please contact Liz at Liz@RichmondBJJ.com for more information or to sign up your children.


Women’s BJJ Classes at Richmond BJJ Academy

The women’s BJJ classes are for BJJ Revolution Team women, and are held twice a month on Sundays from 11:30 am t0 1 pm.

October dates will be Oct. 2 & 16.

November dates will be Nov. 6 & 27.

Email Liz for more information about the classes.  Liz@RichmondBJJ.com


Intensive Positional Study at Richmond BJJ Academy

October’s subject will be the Legs Drags and Leg Redirection.  We will explore different entries, grips, movements, controls and passes from the Leg Drag, as well as attacks off the Leg Drag and Leg Redirection movements.

Week One:  Thursday, October 6th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Two:  Thursday, October 13th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Three:  Thursday, October 20th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Four:  Thursday, October 27th from 7pm – 9pm

*You must be (at least) a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


Discounted Massage Therapy for Richmond BJJ Academy Students

Friend of the Academy, Sara Marunde, has offered a great deal to our students for discounted massage.  Please contact Sara directly for information.  Her massage skills are awesome!  sara.marunde@gmail.com


September 2011


Caio Terra Seminar Photos

Click here to see the photos!


Intensive Positional Study at Richmond BJJ Academy

September’s subject will be the Butterfly Guard position.  We will explore different entries, movements, controls, sweeps, chokes, arm attacks, leg locks, and back takes from the Butterfly Guard position.  This position is one of the most dynamic positions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Don’t miss out!

Week One:  Thursday, September  8th from 7pm – 9pm.
Week Two:  Thursday, September 15th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Three:  Thursday, September 22nd from 7pm – 9pm
Week Four:  Thursday, September 29th from 7pm – 9pm.

*You must be (at least) a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


BJJ Fundamentals Curriculum Review

On Saturday, September 10th, from 11am to 1pm, all Richmond BJJ Academy students with at least two stripes on their White Belts are welcome to come in and train under the guidance of Head Instructor Eric Burdo as he works you through a fast-paced drilling session, covering the Richmond BJJ Fundamentals curriculum to help prepare you for your Blue Belt.


Women’s BJJ Classes at Richmond BJJ Academy

Richmond BJJ Academy Purple Belt Liz Sussan restarted the women’s BJJ classes on August 25th.  The classes will be for BJJ Revolution Team women, and will be held twice a month on Sundays from 11:30 am t0 1 pm.

September dates will be Sept. 18 & 25.

October dates will be Oct. 2 & 16.

Email Liz for more information about the classes and the dates.  Liz@RichmondBJJ.com


August 2011


Caio Terra Seminar at Richmond BJJ Academy on Thursday, Sept. 1st 

Fresh off of his recent gold medal victory in the IBJJF Pan Am Championship, and silver medal at the Mundial, Caio Terra is among the top tier of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors. Fighting at the Roosterweight (Galo, 126 lbs.), Caio’s BJJ exemplifies using the principles of leverage, technique, and proper mechanics in order to overcome his opponent.

Caio’s achievements at Black Belt:
Mundial Gold Medalist – 2008
Pan American Gold – 2011
3x No-gi Mundial Gold Medalist – 2010, 2009, 2008
2x Mundial Silver Medalist – 2010, 2009
Pan American Silver – 2010
No-Gi Mundial Silver Medal – 2008

Train with the best on September 1, 2011 in Richmond, VA!
LIMITED TO 30 SPOTS!

There will be 30 minutes of rolling time at the end of the seminar where Caio will try to roll with as many students as possible.

September1st, 6:30 to 10 pm
$70, please pre-pay
LIMITED TO 30 SPOTS!

Please call (804) 249-6509 or email Liz@RichmondBJJ.com to reserve your spot.


Women’s Classes to start at Richmond BJJ Academy

Richmond BJJ Academy Purple Belt Liz Sussan will begin teaching 2 women’s BJJ classes each month starting on August 25th.  The classes will be for BJJ Revolution Team women, and will be held from 11:30 am t0 1 pm.   Each month we will announce the dates of the classes in the newsletter.

This is a great chance for women interested in BJJ to start to get involved!  Are you a women interested in BJJ?  Do you currently train and have a friend of significant other interested in BJJ?  Tell her to come and watch a women’s class!

Email Liz for more information about the classes and the dates.  Liz@RichmondBJJ.com


US Grappling Sub-Only August 6 Results!

BJJ Revolution Team won the team points at the Aug. 6th US Grappling Submission Only Tournament in Ashland, VA!  Richmond BJJ Academy sent a team of 8 competitors to the tournament and brought home 7 medals.  Here is a breakdown of the results:

Scott Eckert: 3rd place Men’s Purple Belt in his weight class
Matt Tracy: 1st place Beginner No-Gi in his weight class
Kendall Hunter: 2nd place 30+ No-Gi Beginner in his weight class, 2nd place 30+ White Belt in his weight class
Eric Schneider: 2nd place Men’s White Belt in his weight class, 2nd place 30+ White Belt in his weight class
Jacob Green: 1st place Men’s Blue Belt in his weight class, 3rd place Men’s Blue Belt Absolute
Justin Doerflein, Shane O’Hara, and Travis Simmons also competed and did well!  Congratulations to all of our competitors, and thank you to everyone who helped these students prepare for the tournament.  We win as a team!

Full event results can be found here.


BJJ Fundamentals Curriculum Review

On Saturday, August 13th, from 11am to 1pm, all Richmond BJJ Academy students with at least two stripes on their White Belts are welcome to come in and train under the guidance of Head Instructor Eric Burdo as he works you through a fast-paced drilling session, covering the Richmond BJJ Fundamentals curriculum to help prepare you for your Blue Belt.


Intensive Positional Study at Richmond BJJ Academy

August’s subject will be the Knee on Belly position.  We will explore different entries, movements, controls and attacks from the Knee on Belly position.  This position is one of the most dynamic positions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Don’t miss out!

Week One:  Thursday, August 4th from 7pm – 9pm.
Week Two:  Thursday, August 11th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Three:  Thursday, August 18th from 7pm – 9pm
Week Four:  Thursday, August 25th from 7pm – 9pm.

*Starting August 2011, you must be at least a 2-stripe White Belt to attend the Thursday evening Intensive Positional Study classes at Richmond BJJ Academy*


International Masters and Seniors in Rio: Foca with Gold and Bronze, Terry Porter with Bronze

In July, Julio “Foca” Fernandez made his triumphant return to competition at the International Masters and Seniors tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Foca took the gold in his weight division and bronze in the absolute division!  Congratulations, Foca!  Photos here.

Richmond BJJ Academy student Terry Porter also competed at the tournament in Rio and took the bronze medal in his weight division.  Congratulations, Terry!  While in Rio, Terry attended the BJJ Revolution Team Camp held by team co-leader Rodrigo Medeiros, assisted by Foca, and hosted by Toco Albuquerque at Nova Geracao.  See photos from camp here.


Richmond BJJ Academy teaches Self-Defense and Yoga Classes to Girls in the Richmond Community

In July, instructors Liz and Eric taught three self-defense classes to middle-school girls at summer camps in Richmond.  The first camp was Girls Can and focused on empowerment and self-confidence and was held at Virginia Union University.  Liz and Eric taught to 30 middle school girls with the help of Richmond BJJ student Missi Manning.  The second camp was Girls Rock! Camp and was a summer camp that taught 8-12 year old girls how to play instruments and write songs, along with the powerful message of empowerment and creativity through music.  Liz and Eric taught 2 self-defense classes to 23 girls, and Liz taught a yoga class to the girls.  These classes were all in partnership with Project Yoga Richmond, a local nonprofit which brings yoga into the Richmond community free-of-charge.

Here’s a blog with photos from the Girls Rock! Camp where they learned BJJ self-defense.


Women’s Open Mat a Success at Richmond BJJ Academy

Richmond BJJ Academy hosted a women’s open mat on Saturday, July 30th.  There were 9 BJJ Revolution Team members in attendance!  The women’s open mats are a chance for the women to build camaraderie and support one another in a male-dominated sport.  Richmond BJJ Academy is proud to support women in BJJ and will continue to offer them opportunities like the open mat.  Stay tuned for more events in the future!  Photos!


July 2011


Eric’s out of town BJJ Seminars in July

Eric Burdo and Liz Sussan traveled to our affiliate Charlotte BJJ Academy, and to Team Balance Pittsburgh in July to teach seminars.  Charlotte BJJ Academy is run by Eric’s longtime student Brandon Powell.  Team Balance Pittsburgh is run by Eric’s good friend Jimmy Cerra.  A big “thank you” to both schools for hosting Eric and Liz.  Eric had a great time teaching and training with friends!  Check out the photos:  Charlotte   Pittsburgh


Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense DVD!

Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense DVD!  In 1987, famous Carlson Gracie Black Belts Julio “Foca” Fernandez and Marcelo Alonso videotaped old-school BJJ Self-Defense techniques at the Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil!  This long-lost piece of Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu history has finally been published on DVD and is available at the Richmond BJJ Academy!  Get your copy today!  Only $25.00!!!  We only have 3 copies left!


June 2011


Julio “Foca” Fernandez Seminars and Belt Promotions

Foca returned to the Richmond BJJ Academy on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 for another fantastic seminar!  Julio showed a nice mix of techniques, including takedowns, open guard passing, open guard, side control attacks, and so much more!

Julio assisted in the promotions of the following students:

New Purple Belts: Liz Sussan, Scott Eckert, and Bryan Moore!

New Blue Belts: Casey Bohn, Jake, Just, Gene Byard, Reed Winn, Ben Banbury, Scott Alexander, Jacob Greene, Justin Doerflein, Terry Porter, Gordon McGuire, and Matt Tomoda!

New Yellow Belt: Jack Somers!

Congratulations to all of our students, and thank you for coming to the seminar to support Foca!  To view the photos, click here.

On Sunday we went over to Revolution BJJ for another seminar.  At the end of the seminar there were also many promotions.  The highlight was long-time Richmond BJJ Academy student and Revolution BJJ instructor Trey Martin receiving his Black Belt!  We are so proud of you, Trey!!!  Congratulations, brother!


The 2011 Mundials

A huge congratulations to Richmond BJJ Academy’s Brian Rule for his Silver Medal performance at the 2011 Mundials (World Championships) of BJJ!  Brian won his first match by triangle choke, his second match by bow and arrow choke, before losing his finals match.  We are proud of you, champ!  Click here for a photo.

Also, a big congratulations to our friend Hannette Staack for winning another World Championship!  She won her finals match by flying armlock!  We are proud of you, Hannette!


May 2011


NY Open, IBJJF Tournament in NYC

Congratulations to Liz Sussan for taking Silver at the NY Open in April.  You can see photos from the competition here.


April 2011


New Richmond BJJ Academy Gi’s

Richmond BJJ has just received its first batch of new Academy Gi’s.  They are made by Ouano, but with a special cut designed by Eric Burdo.  You can see the Gi’s here. 


February 2011


BJJ Fundamentals Curriculum Review

On Saturday, February 5th, from 11am to 1pm, all Richmond BJJ Academy students with (at least) two stripes on their White Belts are welcome to come in and train under the guidance of Head Instructor Eric Burdo as he works you through a fast-paced drilling session, covering the Richmond BJJ Fundamentals curriculum to help prepare you for your Blue Belt.

We will be holding these review sessions once a month on a Saturday (we will announce the exact date each month) to help our students work through their Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals. This will not be a time to learn these techniques for the first time. If you are not currently attending our Fundamentals classes, please do so before attending these review sessions. These sessions will be a time for our students to drill the techniques at a faster pace, and get lots of repetitions in to help muscle memory, as well as get a great workout.

These sessions will not interfere with the Open Mats currently being held on Saturdays. They will run concurrently, and these sessions are elective, not mandatory.

Requirements to attend: You must have at least two stripes on your White Belt. You must be on time for the session which starts at 11am sharp.  We recommend that you arrive a few minutes early to change. You must be attending our Fundamentals classes regularly.

Note: These review sessions are also open and suggested to our Blue, Purple, Brown and Black Belts.


Intensive Positional Study at Richmond BJJ Academy
Starting in February, we will be introducing some new learning methods at Richmond BJJ Academy. In order to supply our students with the most information in the most efficient manner possible, we will start a methodology of learning based on specific subjects/positions. Each month, we will tackle a new subject, and systematically break down the options from that position, offensively and defensively. We will do this class twice a week (Tuesdays at 12pm (noon), and Thursdays at 7pm), so that our students will have two different possibilities to train each of these classes. Week one will be the fundamentals of the position, along with line drilling and free sparring to help learn the movements. In week two, we will do a quick review from week one, and dive further into the subject. Week three will be a quick review of weeks one and two, with newer positions added on, followed by the same in week four. By the time you finish week four, your understanding of the position will be deep, and you will feel very confident in the situations studied. It is crucial for you to make a commitment to attend all of the classes, in order to reap the benefits of this training methodology.

February’s subject will be Passing the Closed Guard. We will cover how to behave and react inside the Closed Guard, breaking grips, opening the guard, as well as passing the guard, and how to combine your passes effectively.

Week One: Tuesday, February 1st from 12pm (noon) – 2pm (and/or) Thursday, February 3rd from 7pm – 9pm.
Week Two: Tuesday, February 8h from 12pm (noon) – 2pm (and/or) Thursday, February 10th from 7pm – 9pm.
Week Three: Tuesday, February 15th from 12pm (noon) – 2pm (and/or) Thursday, February 17th from 7pm – 9pm.
Week Four: Tuesday, February 22nd from 12pm (noon) – 2pm (and/or) Thursday, February 24th from 7pm – 9pm.


Competition Training in February
Friday evenings in February will be Competition Training for the upcoming US Grappling BJJ Tournament on March 5th, 2011 in Ashland, VA. These trainings will prepare you mentally and physically for Jiu-Jitsu competition. We will discuss the rules, strategies, answer questions, do positional training to work on takedowns and takedown defense, pulling guard effectively, positional control (to make sure you get your points), finishing submissions, as well as defending and escaping positions and submissions. We will finish each training session with mock-matches to get you used to using the strategies and tactics we address in the trainings. These sessions are open to all Richmond BJJ students, whether you are competing in the US Grappling competition or not. Come and you will get some experience that will help you for the future!

BJJ Competition training sessions:
Friday, February 4th from 7pm – 9pm
Friday, February 11th from 7pm – 9pm
Friday, February 18th from 7pm – 9pm
Friday, February 25th from 7pm – 9pm


Rodrigo “Botafogo” Medeiros BJJ Seminar
Saturday, February 26th, 2011 from 12-3pm at the Richmond BJJ Academy. Only $60.00, only 30 spaces available, register now! This one will definitely sell out (as of February 1st, we only have 9 space left!)! This will be Rodrigo’s fifth time coming to Richmond to share his amazing Jiu-Jitsu skills! Rodrigo is a 4th-Degree Carlson Gracie Black Belt, as well as a 4-time Pan Am Champion, a 3-time Brazilian Champion, and a 2001 International Masters World Champion, amongst many other titles! http://rodrigomedeirosbjj.com


US Grappling RVA BJJ Tournament
Saturday, March 5th, 2011, at the Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, VA! http://www.usgrappling.us/events/richmond-march-2011/

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