Thursday, February 15, 2007

Saulo Opens The University of Jiu-Jitsu (UNIJJ)

On Feb. 10th Saulo held the grand Opening of The University of Jiu-Jitsu. The address of the new University is: 3350 Sports Arena Blvd Suite H2 in San Diego, Ca. 92110. Contact info should be directed to the SRJJA main site here.

According to Andreh Anderson on the Atama BJJ Forums, the black belts in attendance included Kid Peligro, Saulo & Xande Ribeiro, Alvaro Romano, Eduardo Rocha, Paulo Guillobel, Cleber Luciano, Steve Maxwell, Royler Gracie & Pezao (a Fabio Santos BB).

Pics from the grand opening can be seen here (courtesy of Aliciaphotos).

Saulo and Xande told me that the new University will be run just like an actual university. That is, there will be a particular cirriculum to include Judo and Portuguese lessons and there will be semesters. The vision of the University is to take a total beginner from the white belt to black belt level in 6 years time. The student will also be proficient in Judo techniques as they apply to BJJ, BJJ and Gracie Family history and will have a working knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese - particularly the terms most relevant to BJJ and competition. There is a Kodokan black belt that teaches the Judo classes and a Portuguese language instructor on site.

Fightworks Podcast did an interview with Saulo regarding the opening of the UNIJJ and what it's all about. Click here to go to the Fightworks site to download the interview (#52). Also, subscribe to their iTunes Podcast to catch these interviews as soon as they're available.

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