Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Very seldom do we here at Island Jiu-jitsu feature a non jiu-jitsu related star.  However, when it comes to Kalani David, a kid I used to bicycle around in Costa Rica with during his early childhood, he most definitely fits the criteria!
     The David Family has always been a home away from home for me, even as Kalani was just coming into the world.  It continues to be an amazing ride to watch his progress in to the forefront of surfing and skateboarding (dont forget motorcross!)...and MOST AMAZING to see the groms looking to him for encouragement...YOU ARE THE MAN Uncle J-Bay :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Congrats go out to Desi Miner for a great display of Gracie Jiu-jitsu...epic job brother..

Also, braddah Issac won his first medal today too!!,,more to come..and a good day of coaching for me...


Sunday, October 31, 2010


Big up to Romulo Barral for finishing Damien Maia in this attention!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010


No doubt...two of brazilian jiu-jitsu's best ever!!!!...if your a real technician, you wont mind the quality...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


These are the open guard to half-spider to "deep half" positions we were working today..GO TRAIN!!!

A video I made as a purp...GRACIE STYLE!

Yeah yeah I know the tarp  flies in the way during the vid...haha..thats how we roll out here on the rock!...gotta cover the "hawaiian sun".....ossssssssssss

Monday, October 4, 2010


For all those who do not know about Fernando Terere, he was a large influence on many of the top current jiu-jitsu player's games.  Andre Galvao being one of those guys.  Although he has had some trouble lately, we here at Island Jiu-jitsu wanted to show some respect for a great player...OSSSS

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

World's Elite Grapplers Come To Hawaii!!!....

One thing is for sure, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a very popular sport out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  Ever since Relson Gracie came to Oahu back in the 80's, grappling has made it's way into alot of people's hearts.  Today is no different.
   Many different teams and flags are flown here nowadays, and we can all be stoked that some of today's top athletes are visiting the islands.  For the last years, there has been some what of a domination in the lightweight catagories, and it is that domination of Rafael and Guilherme Mendes!
We should all be super-stoked to have the opportunity to be able to train with them!..Yes, alot of their positions are "cutting edge", but we can be sure that these positions were only constructed after having a stellar grasp on all things basic in Gracie Jiu-jitsu.  To be able to mix it up with some of the world's best who travel the globe preaching the gospel of BJJ is a reality in December!!!..FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPORT

Click here to register

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New-school or not...a technical sweep...

Everyone has their own "professional" opinion of what the pros and cons to the 50/50 guard are...uhhh..whatever!..technical jiu-jitsu is beautiful, as is this sweep to FINISH displayed by Rafael Mendes...(feel free to come train with him AND his brother on December 6th and 7th!!!..GRACIE KAILUA!!! me at to reserve YOUR SPOT at the SEMINARS!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


If this doesnt make you wanna get off your ass and hit the mats...Jiu-jitsu is probably not for you...OSS

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Another sick submission!...

Just a quickie for today..waves are good!..gotta run..aloha....TRAIN WIT DA GI!!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010


Recently been watching these guy's technique, and it's fun to watch...enjoy..aloha

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Braulio Estima shows some invisible details with Rolles Gracie

This guy is "the champ" at the moment!..his style is untouchable..check these details...aloha

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

An old video I did at the crib in paradise..that has received choke feedback..glad its working for everybody...
just roll...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

so I didnt forget it...

beautiful and clean...

Not sure what gets my blood pumping more...waves like today at Ala Moana Bowls or clean jits like this...(Bowls was firing though..hehe)..

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A friend of mine in a battle...

Mike Cardoso was one of my referees at NAGA HAWAII last year , and gave a great no-gi seminar during weigh-ins...even got to roll with him a bit afterwards...after watching this video, I feel as if I got away really lucky!..

Monday, June 14, 2010

This fight is three rounds of intensity, with a long history of animosity and respect.  Check um...

round 2

round 3

Anyone visiting our beautiful islands wanting to witness insane jiu-jitsu while feeling the "aloha spirit", check out Luis "Limao" Heredia (Helio and Rickson Gracie Black Belt and lifetime friend of the Gracie Family) on the Valley Isle of Maui!!!!!!!...808-575-9930.....JAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010


I posted this video about a year and a hlaf ago..does that mean Ive run out of stuff to post?..F@#K NO!...just love the flawless display of the purest technique out there...Ingest it bah..


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

2 slick positions from Rener Gracie

The details that Rener Gracie dissects are always among my favorite to study...this is why...

clips for da kine...

Gotta represent for one of my former instructors, Victor Huber, along with a buddy of mine Phil Cardella..check um...Victor was my instructor for about a year along with Lionel Perez, another Relson black belt with amazing technique..

Monday, May 24, 2010

Have this instead of your Red Bull...aloha

Get your day crankin' with some rad self-defense demonstrated by the Migliarese Brothers...a dedication to the creator of the art, Helio Gracie...enjoy....come visit Hawaii and train!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

4 seconds of your time...

Cobrinha is a he executes an armlock that I had never seen before..check it..funky yet possible..

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jiu-jitsu submission that is SO MEAN!!!

One of my boyz at home, Carlos Alvarado, sent me a message to check out this clip from a MMA fight where an insane inverted triangle was utilized...check this out...ALOHA

Friday, May 7, 2010

Curly Galvao?!.....

If you've been following the blog for a while, you know that Andre Galvao is one of my favorited to feature.  This vid is a little playful, yet shows how many options one can have by just flowing with the go..enjoy..aloha n acai bowlz!!!...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dont mess with this little girl!!!...

This is Zitarha, one of the four girls from the Vaughn family, that trains with us!... She, just like her other sisters, has caught on to jiu-jitsu and feels the same stoke we all do from submissions...check it out..super short vid..more to come...aloha n self defense...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Got Jits???

Check this match up from back in the day..Roleta vs Saulo... ROOTS!!!..(watch the whole thing)


This is a video I came across tonight of Marcio Feitosa and Urijah Faber going at it on the mat..its not that til the end..SHOOTS!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Jason Vigil vs Pono Pananganan (brown belt open) Triple Crown of Jiu-jitsu

Well...there were only four(4) brown belt competitors overall at the Triple Crown, and we all got thrown together regardless of our weight.  I just so happened to draw the reigning, defending brown belt champion for the last 5 years!..He is the head instructor at Kauai Technical Institution in Lihue, Kauai, and has been training over 15 years.  Let it be known that it was an honor to get on the mat with him.  Whatevz...had my brown for a week when we met at the Triple Crown..I should have fought for my guard (one of my strengths) after he nullified my de la riva, but I made the mistake of turning away...UGH!!!..great job Pono..

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Aloha again!..just doing my normal afternoon of watching/studying the best in the world on the mat, and decided that this was a must see!!!!...CHEE-HOOO!!!..notice that he rolls rather cruisy with the white belts then picks it up as the opponents get more seasoned.....

Something to get the mind right...kokua n collar chokes... 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Invisible Secrets with Braulio Estima

Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite (currently competing) jiu-jitsu competitor is Braulio Estima.  His style and finishes are among the best...check this little video out..Royler Gracie was just talking about this position with our team the other day...ALOHA

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Romulo Barral Highlight

Romulo has fought em all..I like his style personally because it is similar to mine..haha..or I guess mine is a weak extension of his...enjoy...ALOHA

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Passing the ever annoying x-guard...

Here a buddy of mine, Daniel Moraes, who actually lives with my good friend Ryan Brinkman in Jacksonville, FL demonstrates how to nullify the x-guard..5-time World Champion..he might know what he is talking about..check it out..DRILL IT!!!..ALOHA

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Here is what is true about learning the x-guard, de la riva, and other advanced guards before the traditional (self-defense) closed guard...Bibiano makes quick work of the tough guy!!!..aloha!

Monday, February 22, 2010

David Camarillo trains a lot of the current UFC badasses in their jiu-jitsu and judo..check him here playin around...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

De La Riva Rules!!!

This is just another technique to add to your open guard game..check it then drill it..I know I am going to...ALOHA N TUBERIDES!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Xande Ribiero seminar (Gracie Humaita Hawaii)

All I have to say about Xande Ribiero is that meeting him was a very humbling experience...his technique is invisible.  He picked apart the De La Riva guard, showed everyone in attendance the proper way to side mount (thought I knew that already!), and a few other things that you would have had to be there for...haha!!!

As you can see there was a nice list of names in attendance to witness Xande's technical breakdown (Kai Garcia, Leif, Eric Goo, Kerry, and Rylan Lizares-not in photo)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rener Gracie schooling the Army guys...

Nowadays, the Army uses Gracie Jiu-jitsu as its main combatives curriculum..this may be why...?...

Monday, February 1, 2010


For all those out there who feel hesitant to initiate a takedown...try this one the guillotine...aloha...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


No need introduce these two guys..however they have put together some sick details for finishing armlocks....check it out..

Friday, January 15, 2010


This is a video we did today after rolling here at our outdoor faclilty..just blending wrestling and jiu-jitsu a little bit..ALOHA!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This is the result of endless drilling...this guy deserves his brown belt alright...MEAN!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I've posted many stories and videos about Andre Galvao on my blog in the past, however this video needs to be added to those...straight warrior!..enjoy..ALOHA N WRISTLOCKS!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Robert Drysdale Highlight Reel

My instructor Jason Izaguirre and I were talking about this guy the other night at class. This guy has battled the best, and is always a threat!..(only guy to ever submit Marcelo Garcia)..give a look at this highlight tape of him in action. The fight with Marcelo is at the end..via darce choke..ALOHA N DARCE CHOKES!

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Leohinzo Viera has been one of the stand-out grapplers for the last 12-15 years for sure..I have definitley tried to emulate his style, and graft it into my game. Take a peek at this...ALOHA N HEAD AND ARM CHOKES...

Friday, January 8, 2010


B.J. Penn entering a black belt judo tournament back in the day..(as a white belt)...these guys must have went home and hit the boos pretty hard that!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


This is a video of Rener Gracie against Lars Wallin..I had to post it because I know that my instructor Jason Izaguirre will be stoked to see one. (one of his favorite submissions)..DRILL IT!!!