Monday, August 4, 2008

A story of "David and Goliath"...

An inspirational true story for the not-so-big guys out there.

It didn’t look like it would be a fair fight.

Michigan 120-pound Brazilian Jiu Jitsu captain Mandeng Tirmizi
looked up at his 200-pound opponent towering over him.

He planned his first move, and considered his alternatives if his plan should fail. Though confident in his abilities, he wasn’t sure if he could win against the largest opponent he had ever faced.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

An invitation by Mandeng

Mandeng at Arnold's, 2004.

Mandeng taking on his bigger sized opponent.

Janson and Mandeng in Singapore March '08.

I am here to invite you and your family & friends to join the class (actually it's more like a training group, with a very informal set-up, no sifu/sensei thing) ,with practices on Monday (8pm-10.00pm. You may leave anytime if its too long) and Saturday's open mat (6.15pm-7.15pm).

Anyways, just some quick info on BJJ- it's a highly effective martial arts that emphasizes grappling and ground control. In BJJ, we teach throws and takedown, submissions (joint locks and chokes), positioning and pinning, and half the class is spent on 'rolling'- that's the BJJ's lingo for sparring. There is no form or kata to be memorized, and if you're concerned about getting black eyes, worry not! This is a grappling art so no striking/hitting is allowed. In other words, BJJ is just like wrestling, but in judo uniform. This is not the main point, but in case you're curious of how effective BJJ is, well, you may always hit google or youtube for extra research.

BJJ provides excellent workouts, both for endurance and muscle strength. It is also a great de-stresser. Personally, as I am busy working full time and chasing the MBA at the same time, BJJ provides the outlet to channel my energy, it keeps me fit, and it definitely keep me sane.

Anyone, everyone, all (including children) are welcome to check out the class first before deciding. Absolutely NO previous sports/martial arts background is required - the class is tailored for beginners. Please don't hesitate to contact me at mandengg[at]gmail[dot]com for further information or any concern on fees, time, training etc.

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