This past weekend, ADCC champion Yuri Simoes traveled to England for the inaugural RAW Grappling Championship Grand Prix. After two tough matches he faced the current IBJJF European Champion, Patrick Gaudio in the final. When the dust settled, Yuri came home with the decision victory! Yuri now is now undefeated in his last 7 matches […]
In 2003, Yuri and his father went to ADCC in Brazil. Yuri, who at the time was 13 years old, turned to his father and said, “one day I will compete here”. Two years ago Yuri Simoes fulfilled that promise and would later be crowned ADCC Champion. His father, his family and his friends […]
This past weekend Professor Yuri Simoes competed in the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI) 6, a submission only event. After winning his first match in overtime via rear naked choke, Yuri faced the fan favorite Garry Tonon. Garry was previously undefeated in EBI competition being crowned the EBI 1, EBI 3 and EBI 5 champion. After ten hard fought minutes no one was declared a winner. In overtime Yuri was able to escape quicker and was declared to winner!
In the right place, at the right time, surrounded by the right people, I had my date with destiny… and it was far more surreal than I had ever envisioned it to be.
I knew going into ADCC, I would be facing the world’s best grapplers. While that is an exciting prospect for a guy with a “take no prisoners” attitude like me, it was also a huge reality check! I knew I would have to commit myself to this more than anything else in my life. The thought of having to drop 23 pounds while training harder than I ever have, wasn’t the greatest thought! The process involved in getting yourself into the best physical and mental shape of your life requires a team of dedicated and motivated individuals. I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped shaped my path towards ADCC 2015. I would like to personally thank three people who went completely above and beyond to help me prepare. Kim Terra for being my best friend, brother, and all around good vibe supplier! On those days where it was especially hard to stay motivated and positive, I could always count on Kim to lift me up. Thanks brother.
This past weekend CTA instructor Professor Yuri Simoes competed in the inaugural Five Grappling Grand Prix. In his first match Professor Yuri fought a very tough and game James Puopolo. Yuri took James down 3 times and this was the decisive factor, as Yuri came away the victor with a final score of 6-2. In his next match Professor Yuri faced former ADCC champion Joao Assis. The match was back and forth and when the timer sounded the match was a draw. After deliberating the referee’s gave the judges decision to Yuri based of his aggressiveness, submission attempts and overall performance.
Hard work, dedication and team work was the theme heading into the 2015 World Jiu Jitsu Championships. The team came prepared (huge thanks to Professor Comprido for running camp) and when it was over, no matter their individual outcomes, they never stopped working! The very next day most of the CTA athletes were back in the gym preparing for the next challenge. That challenge came in the form of the 2015 All Star tournament held in Santa Cruz, California.
This past weekend CTA instructor Yuri Simoes traveled to LA with professor Caio Terra to compete in Metamoris 5. Metamoris is a 20 minute submission only event and is considering one of the premier Jiu Jitsu events in the world. At the first match of the first metamoris ever, featured professor Caio Terra vs Jeff […]
After a very hard 2 week camp Vitor Paschoal, Yuri Simoes, Samir Chantre, Osvaldo “Queixinho, Manny Diaz, Kristina Barlan Bruno Celio, James, Benji Silva, Ryan Walsh, Kaniela Kahuanui, Mirko, Aaron Neuman, Ryan Lee, Andrew, Jyn Romualdez, Anthony Cruz, and Samya De Paula headed down to Long Beach to compete in the 2014 world Jiu Jitsu […]
Last weekend the team traveled to Irvine California for the 2014 Pan American Games (Pans). Pans is consistently the biggest tournament of the year and it held true to form again this year. Although I did not compete I went down to support the team and Jiu Jitsu. It is always great to catch up […]