NABJJF L.A. Open Part 1 – No Gi

Hey guys, so this past weekend I competed in the NABJJF’s L.A. Open and decided to challenge myself by doing no gi as well. I train almost exclusively in the gi, but I figured that I’ll probably pick up something that will better me by doing the no gi division so I went for it and had a great time. I got to meet some new Checkmat teammates that I only knew through facebook pics and I also learned a lot.

Like I’ve said before everything is a process and this just showed me that I’m taking steps in the right direction towards next years World Championships.

Thanks to everyone who was there, to everyone who I’ve been training with this past month in California and everyone out there who’s been sending messages of support and good vibes.

On a side note I want to say again that I’m truly surprised and humbled by the messages I receive sometimes from people and although I never really gave any thought to how starting this blog might affect those outside my immediate circle of friends and family, it’s awesome to hear that people have been able to gain something from following it. Hearing these things always gives me great joy. Thank you!

Hope you guys enjoy the video and a special shout out to Brandon Grayson who will surely watch this video tediously and then send me a message saying that he’s got my number now and that he thinks he can beat me…

P.S. If you know Brandon and his trash talking ways leave a comment to show him your love. lol





Copa Do Brasil – The Process Continues…

So as those of you who are following the “Itamar Marani BJJ” Facebook page know, I competed in the “Copa Do Brasil” last week and things didn’t go so well. This is a post about the competition itself and how things were in the immediate aftermath.

Oddly enough I really enjoyed making this video and I’m really looking forward to making the next one where I’ll share my insights from this experience with you guys.

On a side note it’s really nice to receive all these messages of support from everyone and I just wanted to say thanks!

Hope you enjoy!

Guest Post – How to tape your fingers for BJJ and Judo

For a little change of pace I’m going to share a video done by someone else. Every once in a while I plann on sharing content that isn’t mine as long as I believe that it’s worthwhile either for BJJ or just life in general. If anyone ever wants to do a guest spot let me know!

My good friend, Dan Simmler, was nice enough to make a video explaining how to properly tape your fingers for BJJ and judo. I’ve started to tape my fingers like this and others in my academy have followed suit. It’s great because it protects the joints but still allows your finger to bend properly. I definitely recommend it.

Dan is a black belt in BJJ, and has trained extensively in Sambo and Judo. He is also the head coach of the Abusado Team in Worcester, MS.

Check out his blog at WWW.DANSIMMLER.COM.

The Rio De Janeiro State Championships

Hey guys, sorry for not posting this past weekend but things were a little crazy. I was able to finally find an apartment and move in while also competing on Sunday. I also started a little blog fan page at that I update daily with cool photos, videos and such…

Anyway here’s the next episode “The Rio De Janeiro State Championships”.  Hope you guys enjoy it!

P.S. I’ve been getting a couple requests for subjects that people want me to do an episode about and I plan on doing most of them fairly soon. So if any of you guys have a request I’d be happy to hear it!