Month: June, 2012

How did Gracie Jiu-Jitsu get to the USA?

Have you ever wondered how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was introduced to the US? No there wasn’t a hurricane that grounded a Brazilian Asai berry laden ship ashore in Torrance California. We can thank our own American breed, born and raised Chuck Norris for that. Chuck Norris had always been a astute student of the arts. Be it Karate, Judo, jujitsu, Tang Soo Do etc. His thirst for further knowledge led him to seek out a legendary Brazilian fighting family The Gracies in Rio. Mr. Norris went to Brazil where he trained with Rickson Gracie and Rickson’s father Helio Gracie, the Grand Master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mr. Norris was so impressed with their style and technique that he invited them to conduct a seminar in Las Vegas for his Karate Black Belts. Mr. Norris flew in Rorion Gracie, Relson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rilion Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Royler Gracie, and Carlos Machado.
Chuck Norris brought the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar to the U.S. in 1988. This seminar brought about an enormous amount of publicity and thanks to Mr. Norris, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu found its place in the United States. Gracies in America

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Jiu-Jitsu and MMA in Utah is a Womans Sport

Who ever thought that Sandy Utah would be a hotspot for women’s MMA , Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu competitiors. Hidden Valley currently has 5 women who compete in these pugilistic venues and are  paving the way for other to follow. We have also added 2 new fighter to our international fight team under the supervision of our Jiu-Jitsu Master Sylvio Behring. Miesha Tate the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and the current Freestyle Cage Fighting Women’s Bantamweight Champion and  Erica Paes The woman responsible for the only blemish on the record of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is setting her sights on a Strikeforce title. So all you woman and girls out their who think MMA is just for men you are mistaken. Its for you too.



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The Mad Dash to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) in Utah

I’ve noticed that Mixed Martial Arts in Utah has started to attract more and more  people who want to learn and train in the worlds fastest growing sport. MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) schools are popping up all over the state. In any given day you’ll find new schools in Sat lake City,  West Jordan, Sandy Etc. But many trainer are so far removed from the Martial Arts that made this sport great, like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Judo. Many MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters are losing because they lack the fundamentals skills of what really makes a great MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. When choosing a school find one with competent instructors who are certified to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Judo as well as MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) .





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Steel Fist MMA Fights in Salt Lake City Utah

Congratulations to 2 well fought fights from Hidden Valleys MMA  fighters. Rachel “the Riot” came up short but fought very hard. Ryan O’meara finished his opponent in dominating fashion in 37 seconds of the very first round by rear naked choke. We’re very proud of both of you!
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Utah Boxing

I’ve noticed an alarming trend here in the state of Utah. Full time Boxing gyms are becoming a thing of the past. Most gyms in the state are open just a few hours a day and as everyone knows a few hours of training does not a world champion make. Unless Utah Boxing steps up its promotion of the sport I’m afraid Boxing is going to be relegated to some after school fitness programs.

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