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Category Archive: Interview

Jiu-Jitsu superstar, Marcos Buchecha Almeida; “I’m focusing on the Worlds”

Buchecha’s biography from BJJ Heroes Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Cavaca with an impressive resume. Before completing his twentieth birthday...

Exclusive interview with WPJJC gold & silver medalist and Russian cop, Lena Zenkevitch

Lena with Michelle Nicolini 1.Hi Lena can you please introduce yourself to our readers? Konichiwa everybody!  My name is Lena “Kimatsu” Zenkevitch. I live and train in Vologda, Russia, together...

Rodolfo Vieira: “Roger is the one who has three world absolute titles, so I want to win four!”

Rodolfo Vieira did it again! The action at the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship has come to a close in Abu Dhabi. Rodolfo Vieira took front and center as the big standout of the event, for...

Braulio Estima: “Nick Diaz’s Jiu-Jitsu is very good. He doesn’t focus on points but on submissions. This is going to be a great fight!”

Triple world champion of Jiu-Jitsu, Braulio Estima won the ADCC championship last year, beating Ronaldo Jacare in the superfight of the event, which was held in England. The current focus of...

Interview with Carlos “Carlao” Santos the man who developed Jiu-Jitsu to make it a state sport in the Emirates

“Carlao” is a 3-time World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu heavyweight champion. Carlos’s Jiu-Jitsu career started in 1993 at the famous Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro,...

Bosnian BJJ black belt, Slaven Planinic, talks to us about his journey in BJJ and his love for Filipino Martial arts

1. Hi Slaven can you please introduce yourself to our readers?  My name is Slaven Planinic 39 years old,from Mostar,Bosnia and Hercegovina,owner and head coach at Inosanto Mixed Martial Arts –...

Hristo Hristov, president of the Bulgarian BJJ federation talks about the big plans for BJJ in Bulgaria

Hristo Hristov (black gi), dimitris Tsitos, & some of his students 1. Hi Hristo can you please introduce yourself to our readers? My name is Hristo Hristov, BJJ purple belt from Sofia, Bulgaria....

Exclusive interview with Polish BJJ ace, Piotr “Bagi” Baginski

1. Hello Piotr, can you tell the Eastern European BJJ community about yourself and your journey in bjj? My name is Piotr Baginski and I live In Szczecin – Poland. At present I work as a full...

Adem Redzovic talks about his successful Chicago academies, his Bosnian roots and how religion helps him in Jiu-Jitsu

Adem with his brother Eddie Hi Adem, can you please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us about your journey in Jiu-Jitsu? My name is Adem Redzovic, my parents were both born in the former...

Exclusive interview with the owner of M Kimonos, Luciana Machado Simon

Thanks to our friends from BJJ Heroes for the original interviewLuciana Machado is the proud owner of the famous M Kimonos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brand. MKimonos was arguably the first brand to become...

Interview with BJJ globetrotter, BJJ black belt Dimitris Tsitos from Greece who has competed/trained/lived in 6 continents. Part 2

Dimitris in Brazil You can find part 1 of the interview here   Dimitris fighting MMA in Sout Africa 4. What countries left you the best impressions (BJJ wise and lifestyle) I don’t want to be...

Interview with BJJ globetrotter, BJJ black belt Dimitris Tsitos from Greece who has competed/trained/lived in 6 continents. Part 1

Dimitris in Bali, Indonesia 1. Dimitris can you please introduce yourself to our readers? Hi, my name is Dimitrios Tsitos and I am 32 years old. I was born and raised in Athens, Greece, were I also...

Edson Ricardo Alemao talks about BJJ in Montenegro

1.Hi Edson, can you present yourself to the Eastern Europe BJJ community? Hi, my name is Edson Rodriguez Ricardo Alemao, coach of Equipe Fabricio in Podgorica, Montenegro, BJJ second degree black...

Xande is back! Xande Ribeiro talks about his competition goals in 2012, his new school,and shares some wisdom about Jiu-Jitsu

1. Xande, first of all congratulations on winning the San Diego trials. What can we expect from you competition wise in 2012? Xande and Saulo Ribeiro training in Hawaii After couple years strugling...

Christos Markez of Gracie Barra Greece speaks of the growth of BJJ in Greece

1. Hi Cristos, can you please introduce yourself to our readers? Hello my name is Christos K. Markez, i started training martial arts with Kung Fu at the age of 12 in total i trained around 8 years,...

Exclusive interview with Vale Tudo and Jiu-Jitsu legend Jorge Pereira (Rickson Gracie black belt)

1. Jorge, can you tell the Eastern European BJJ community about yourself and your journey in bjj and Vale Tudo/MMA? I’m Jorge Pereira , 48 years old , from Rio de Janeiro – Brasil ....

Carlos Maia of Gracie Barra Slovenia, on training with the greats at GB Rio, getting his law degree and his black belt in the same year, and his schools in Slovenia & Macedonia

Carlos with Master Carlos Gracie Jr 1. Hi Carlos, can you please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us about your journey in Jiu-Jitsu? My name is Carlos Maia, I am a 2nd degree black belt,...

Guilherme & Rafael Mendes give us an insight about their goals for 2012, their training & conditioning regimen, nutrition, and their opponents

Guilherme (left) and Rafael Mendes (right) 1. Hi Rafael and Guilherme, it’s a great honor for us at bjjeasteurope.com to have you on our humble website. You have many fans in Eastern Europe!...

Turkey’s Ertan Balaban talks us about why he’s putting his promising MMA career on hold and refocusing on BJJ

Ertan Balaban (Center)  Ertan can you please introduce yourself to our readers?  Hello, my name is Ertan Balaban I am 29 years old and I am from İstanbul, Turkey. I started to train martial arts...

Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller visits Copacobana BJJ academy in Poland

Our friends at grapplerinfo.pl recently had an interview with Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller during his seminar at the Copacobana academy in Warsaw. Franjinha is one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu...

Rio Grappling Club Poland’s Mariusz Koziej talks about the BJJ scene in Poland, running his academies and the growth of the RGC network

Mariusz (left) with Nenad Latincic (blue gi) and Robeto Atalla 1. Mariusz, can you tell the Eastern European BJJ community about yourself and your journey in bjj? Hi My name is Mariusz Koziej I’m...

Head coach of 2012 European Juvenile team champions, Željko Vuković talks about how he built his successful youth program from the ground up

1. Hi Zeljko, can you please introduce yourself to our readers? BJJ club Triangle (Rio Grappling Club Croatia) Hi guys, I’m from Đakovo, Croatia. I started training training traditional...

BJJ’s main man in the Czech republic, Jungle BJJ’s Fernando Araujo talks about how he spread the “Jiu-Jitsu gospel”

We had the pleasure to talk with Fernando Araujo who leads the Jungle BJJ (http://junglebjj.com/), the first BJJ academy in the Czech Republic. Fernando is a 2 time State Champion, National Circuit...

Clark Gracie talks about making his mark in the black belt, his childhood, his academy and also about the problem of steroids in BJJ

Clark Gracie is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under his father, Carley Gracie. Clark is also the grandson to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie. In keeping with the family trade, Clark Gracie became a...