Sunday, November 2, 2008

Street Sports Kids Martial Arts Program

Professors Renato Magno and Ricardo Wilke have designed a chidren's jiu jitsu program offered on Monday and Wednesdays from 5 - 6 PM. Additionally, Street Sports also offer a juniors program for teens (13 - 17 yrs) from 6 to 7 PM.

About the program:

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a very practical and comprehensive ground fighting system invented in Brazil and now gaining popularity around the world. Brazilian jiu-jitsu emphasizes "technique over strength" and not anger or aggression.

Children learning jiu jitsu will gain valuable self defense skills, and additionaly increased discipline and confidence, physical fitness, self esteem and focus. Jiu jitsu can help kids deal with stressful situations without getting emotional and can position them not only become great achievers in martial arts, but in every aspect of life.

In a safe and nurturing environment, Street Sports kids learn how to deal with punches, kicks and other wrestling holds by using their opponents weight and momentum to their advantage. They will also learn how to gain advantageous positions using throws, take-downs and other wrestling-like controls. Children that learn jiu jitsu will be able to defend themselves in real world self defense situations even against much larger opponents.

If you have a child between the ages 8 and 13 or a teenager, stop in for a free introductory class!

Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Photos:

US Open BJJ Results

Congrats to Street Sports athletes Scott Singer, Adam Treanor and Reuben Lomeli on their performances at US Open XII.

Adam Treanor won bronze at brown belt while Scott Singer took home the bronze at purple. Way to go guys!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Jiu Jitsu Tournament On October 25th

Street Sports Black Belt, Chris Lisciandro, is running a tournament at his school in Sherman Oaks on October 25th and 26th, 2008.

The tournament is open to white, blue and purple belts and is an excellent opportunity to gain some competiton experience. See the flyer below for more details.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

US National Jiu Jitsu Championships Results

Congrats to Street Sports blue belt Mike Ripberger for winning enough matches to take home a bronze at the US National Championships in Carson, California last Saturday.

Street Sports would also like to salute team members: Sangmook Bae, Anthony Genova, Adam Treanor, John Rickel for competing and showing some great jiu jitsu on the mats!

Also, congrats to Joel from Street Sports Sherman Oaks, who took home a silver for his efforts!

Tournament Photos:

Mike on the medal stand

Mike about to fight

Mike getting the mount & the choke

John looking for a sweep

John after a fight

Adam on the feet

Adam looking for a sweep

Joel on the medal stand

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

John Rickel Wins Silver Medal at NABJJ

Congrats to Street Sports black belt John Rickel for winning silver recently at the North American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Nationals!

Check out John en route to victory.

Foot Grab

Hee Haw?

Side Mount

Faixa Preta - Jiu Jitsu Comic

Our friend John Machado is being featured in what we believe to be is the first ever comic about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Based on some of John's true life stories, the comic is actually set in the future. The series is penned and drawn by veteran videogame character designer Chadwick Coleman. If you're into jiu-jitsu and comics, look for it in a store this summer!

The Story of the Movie "Redbelt"

This video will allow you to go behind the scenes into Street Sports Jiu Jitsu to discover the inspiration for David Mamet's epic movie "Redbelt". Included are interviews with fighters Renato Magno, John Machado and Randy Couture.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kenny Bond Awarded 1st Degree Black Belt

Kenny Bond was recently awarded his 1st degree on his black belt by Renato on Saturday, August 23.

Many hardcore California bjj fans know Kenny well, tut for those of you that don't,
Kenny has been a black belt for five years and as many competitors have found out the hard way, he is the master of the bondo-plata (patent pending).

Apologies for my terrible camera phone pics, but they're all I got.

The Stripe

With younger brother, Tim Bond.

Random "Bondo" grappling videos for your enjoyment:

Grappler's Quest 2003

No Gi Pan Ams 2003

Grappler's Quest 2007

Versus Joe Camacho

Arm Barring Len for the 3,000 time

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2008 No Gi Mundials Results

Congratulations to Street Sports competitors on their performance at the 2008 No Gi World Championships (Mundials)! Street Sports brought a very small group, but walked away with quite a few medals.

Tim Bond - Black Belt Silver Medal
Tim won silver in his first Mundials as a black belt in the Heavyweight Masters category!

Adam Treanor - Brown Belt Gold and Silver Medal
Adam took home two medals. Gold in the brown belt senior middleweight category and silver in the absolutes!

Charles Martone - Purple Belt Silver Medal
Dr. Charles was just promoted to purple belt after winning gold at the Pan American championships. Amazing to win at the mundials in his first competition at purple!

Tim Bond Photos:

Charles Martone Photos:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Renato Magno Seminar: Sat Aug 16th 2008

Renato Magno will be giving a seminar at at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club in Sherman Oaks on Aug 16th at 12 noon. For 3 hours, Renato will be sharing technique and strategies that have made him and his students champions. Register today for only $100!

Street Sports on TV: "The Unit"

Congrats to Street Sports students Galen Tong and Hugh Fitzgerald for landing roles on an upcoming episode of the tv show "The Unit". Both of these guys also had a roles in the movie "Redbelt" as well.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Renato Magno Awarded 4th Degree Black Belt

Renato Magno along with several other leading jiu-jitsu black belts were recently honored at the 2008 Jiu Jitsu Mundials during a belt ceremony.

At this time Renato was awarded his 4th degree black belt--quite a feat! This puts Renato with a very elite few who have demonstrated this significant level of expertise in competition and who have also contributed to the growth of the jiu-jitsu community world wide.

Click on the pictures from the Mundials ceremony for a larger version.


Renato Puts on Seminar for NYPD

Renato Magno and John Machado were in NY not too long ago and they were given the opportunity share their expertise with the NYPD. The seminar was conducted with the NYPD's tactical traning unit and focused on adapting jiu-jitsu for law enforcement personnel.

Police officers often must employ very different tactics when using jiu jitsu to end a confrontation and Renato has been refining jiu-jitsu with this special vocabulary for years.

Renato would like to thank the NYPD for such an important opportunity.

If you are interested in jiu jitsu or other ground fighting law enforcement defense tactics, please contact Renato about a seminar using the email above.

Black Belt Magazine on Redbelt The Movie

Black Belt Magazine recently interviewed David Mamet, writer and director of the movie Redbelt (and a Street Sports purple belt) about his involvement with Jiu Jitsu, training at the academy and his inspiration for the film.

Street Sports in Masters Magazine

Masters Magazine: The Making of Redbelt

In this issue of Masters Magazine they do a great job of getting some back story on Renato Magno and Street Sports jiu jitsu and some of the inspiration for the film Redbelt.

From the article, "Renato Magno is the product of elite teachers born in Brazil during a time when Gracies and Machados trained and surfed together as a big Brazilian family. Renato's background as an outstanding athlete, holding medals in judo and jiu jitsu, combined with his gregarious personality make him the 'diplomat of martial arts'. Don't be surprised if, while training at Street Sports, some of the biggest names in the martial arts industry stop by just to say hello."

Renato Magno in Fight! Magazine

Fight! magazine was in the Street Sports Gym to talk with Renato Magno about choregraphing the fight scenes in the movie Redbelt. The magazine also highlights Danile Inosanto, world famous martial artist, who sometimes trains jiu-jitsu with Renato. Click on the images for a larger version...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Street Sports in Gladiator Magazine


Street Sports was featured in another recent issue of Gladiator Magazine for a story on the making of "Redbelt". In the article, David Mamet (the writer/director) was asked about some his inspiration for the film's characters to which he answered, "Well sure, the first of course, was my teacher Renato Magno and then Dan Inosanto was also a person who inspired me because I had a chance to train with Dan. Then of course, there were aspects of the Gracie and Machado families that I found very interesting".

Monday, June 16, 2008

Street Sports in RealFighter Magazine

RealFighter magazine recently delved behind the scenes into the making of the film Redbelt and talked to some of the key players in the martial arts world responsible for bringing the realism to the screen.

From the article:

"Mamet is a fine choice to lead the charge of MMA into the moviegoing mainstream. Over the past several years, he has earned a purple belt under Renato Magno, a BJJ instructor in Santa Monica, Calif. (In one for the "Fact is Stranger than Fiction" file, Mamet was reportedly introduced to BJJ by his rabbi.) According to Magno, Mamet walks the walk: "His jiu-jitsu is very technical and he did some boxing and grappling before. He has some good chokes and armbars," says Magno who appeared in Mamet's movie "Spartan" and helped choreograph the fight scenes in "Redbelt".