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Category Archive: Interview

Polish BJJ Champion, Karolina Zawodnik on BJJ in Poland, Crossfit and Training in Denmark

1. Hi Karolina, can you please introduce yourself to the BJJ community of Eastern Europe? Name, age, BJJ rank, where you train, where are you from, main bjj achievements etc Hi, my name is Karolina...

Demian Maia: “My plan was to grapple, and submit Dong Hyun Kim”

Source: Tatame “Demian Maia’s welterweight debut in the UFC, this Saturday, at UFC 148, was a big one. The Brazilian defeated South Korean Dong Hyun Kim, via TKO, as he took his opponent...

Interview with Roger Gracie black belt, Cesar Lima during his seminar in Macedonia

1.Hi Cesar can you please introduce yourself to the Eastern Europe BJJ community? Hi, my name is Cesar Lima, 34, leave in London since 2002, I’m a black belt under Roger Gracie, 2xEuropean...

Montenegro’s Boris Zunjic on why he moved to New York to train at Renzo Gracie’s academy

1. Boris Hi can you please introduce yourself to the BJJ community of Eastern Europe? My name is Boris Zunjic, I’m from Montenegro and am 35 years old. I am a member of the club Equipe...

Pan Am 2012 champion Yuri Simoes : “Nobody is invincible, everybody can be defeated”

Our friends from grapplerinfo.pl recently had a interview with Yuri Simoes. Be sure to also check out our interview with Yuri where he talks about his past and BJJ journey. 1. Hi Yuri, can you...

Sweden’s Janni Larsson, World and European Gold Medalist: “BJJ is the love of my life”

1. Hi Janni, can you please introcuduce yourself to the Eastern European BJJ community?  My name is Janni Larsson. I’m a 25-year-old Swedish girl that lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. I moved here...

BJJ legend Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros: “I’m not retiring completely. I just won’t be competing at the worlds.”

Biography from BJJ Heroes3x World Champion (1998 – Brown Belt, 1999 & 2000 – Black Belt Absolute Division), Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros is a historical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt...

Polish grappler Asia Kiki (Joanna Ogrodnik): “I like challenges, I’m a Psycho”

1.Asia can you please introduce yourself to the Eastern European BJJ community?  My name is Joanna Ogrodnik, BJJ purple belt since 2010, I train now in wrestling club LKS Dąb Brzeznica and I work...

Robert Drysdale: “Gi is my favorite. The possibilities are endless. Gi is like an Xbox 360, No Gi is an Atari..”

Some questions in this interview were taken from Robert’s interview with Cagepotato Robert Drysdale is an 1/2 American 1/2 Brazilian Grappler, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion and ADCC open...

The prodigy of Polish MMA & BJJ, Marcin Held: “If BJJ would pay as much as MMA, I would stay in BJJ”

Marcin Hel is a Polish brown belt with numerous titles, and he also a professional MMA fighter with a 13-2 record . 1.Marcin, can you please present yourself to the BJJ Community of Eastern Europe...

DJ Jackson (Team Lloyd Irvin): “I won’t be satisfied until I am a black belt World champion”

DJ Jackson is one of the most exiting competitors around these days. He recently won Gold at Brown belt at the Worlds and is looking to take the MMA world by storm! 1. How did you first start...

Worlds 2012 big star, Marcos Buchecha: “I never fight to a draw. Either I lose or I win. I prefer to take chances”

Marcus Buchecha was the big name of the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds, held in California. The athlete of Checkmat won the Ultra heavyweight, submitting Leo Leite and winning the decision in the absolute, in a...

4x World Champion Bruno Malfacine: “I feel like this is my first Worlds!”

Bruno Malfacine, current bantamweight world champion, enters into action in the 2012 Worlds in search of his fifth gold medal, and thus extend his record. A veteran of the World Championships, the...

BJJ pioneer in Sweden: Marcelo “Yogui” Santiago: “Sweden is one of the powerhouses of European BJJ”

Source: grapplerinfo.pl 1  -Could you tell us how your adventure with BJJ started? How did you get involved in BJJ? First thank you guys for the oportunity to share a litle of my life. The first...

Owner of the nastiest footlock in Jiu-Jitsu, Victor Estima: “I am in the best shape ever”

Source: http://www.graciebarra.com/ Victor Estima is not only lighting up the competition scene having won some of the major BJJ tourneys in 2011 but he is also busy as the Gracie Barra Regional...

Mendes Brothers talk leg locks, competing in the absolute, and who is better between the two brothers in the gym

Source: http://www.mendesbros.com/ You are both pretty young and you have already achieved great success in jiu-jitsu both with the gi and without the gi. You medaled in the most prestigious...

BJJ’s next big star: Roberto “Satoshi” De Souza: “We have World Class BJJ in Japan”

Satoshi Biography taken from BJJ Heroes Satoshi beat Michael Langhi and JT Torres to win Europeans 2012 Roberto Satoshi, also known as Roberto “Toshi”, is one of five successful grappling...

Germany’s top BJJ player, Johannes Wieth: “I only go for gold, there is no 2nd place for me”

1. Hi Johannes, can you please introduce yourself to the Eastern Europe BJJ community?  Hi, my name is Johannes Wieth. I am 33 years old and i live in Munich, Germany. Some of my accomplishments in...

Rodolfo Vieira talks his preparation for the Worlds and his judo training

Weight and Absolute Champion in 2011, Rodolfo Vieira comes ready for the Worlds this year, since the athlete from GFTeam shined in Abu Dhabi Pro, beating Roberto Tossa in the final of weight and by...

BJJ Eastern Europe rising stars: Slovenia’s Djordje Kesić

1. Djordje can you please introduce yourself to the Eastern EuropeanBJJ community?  Hi, my name is Djordje Kesić and I’m a purple belt under Rodrigo Carvalho, Akxe BJJ.I train at Fight Club...

BJJ Eastern Europe stars: Croatia’s Matko Kvesic

1. Matko can you please introduce yourself to the Eastern European BJJ cmmunity?Hello to all readers of BJJEE, props for the very good and actual BJJ website!Matko Kvesic, brown belt, training now...

BJJ Eastern Europe rising stars: Serbia’s Uros Domanovic

1. Uros can you please introduce yourself to the Eastern European BJJ community? My name is Uros Domanovic 19 years old. I’m a BJJ purple belt and I train at Zerjal Team in Belgrade, Serbia. So...

BJJ Eastern Europe rising stars: Croatia’s Aša Nadarević

1.Asa can you please introduce yourself to the Eastern European BJJ community? Hi , my name is , I’m 21 years old and currently training as a blue belt under Dubravko Čolić and Ilija...

Xande Ribeiro and the “key” to stopping Rodolfo Vieira

Translated from Portuguese from Erik Engelhart’s article in Tatame 2 times Absolute world champion black belt, Xande Ribeiro spent some time without competing because of a series of injuries...