3 WEEK TO GO + EURO2012 Footage!

Today Wednesday 27th there is exactly 3 weeks til I board the the airplane together with my good friend and training parther Anders Rosendal. We’re flying to San Jose to spend some time training with Caio Terra and Samir Chante, Anders will be in San Jose 3 weeks and I will be there for 8-10 days. It’s gonna be super awesome! I’m also already getting excited about the Las Vegas International Open which will also serve as my first tournament as a black belt.

As I wrote in my previous entry I will be sharing some tournament footage and other hopefully cool Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu related experiences.
First thing i’d like to share is some footage from the European Open Championship 2012 where I got first place and a gold medal in the -76 kg Brown Belter Master Division. Overall I had 4 matches with 1 submission.

I also competed in the 2010 and 2011 European Open without any noteworthy success, although I had the opportunity to fight Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros in the brown/black belt +76 kg team championship in which I fought for the Danish team. A pretty awesome experience. Check out the fight below.

Michael Pedersen x Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros / EOBJJ 2011 – Team Championship (the video is private so for now you have to see it on youtube).

Now to the footage from the European Championship 2012. This is my first fight and looking back this was definitely my hardest fight since my opponent kept looking for the deep half guard which I blocked with a lot of weight and shoulder pressure. I’m not a fan of the deep half guard from the bottom but I enjoy passing from the top half guard with a tight control on my opponents face and upper body. Going in to the fight my gameplan was to look for the takedown and get the top position, luckily my opponent decided to pull guard 🙂

My second match was not so challenging. My opponent had a bye in his first fight and didn’t get a chance to get into rhythm I guess. Again my opponent pulled guard and that allowed me to follow my strategy, get the top position, pass the guard, mount and choke.

In my third fight, also the semifinal, my opponent again decided to pull guard which allowed me to do my top game again. Although this match was much harder than the previous, I felt I was in pretty good control of the pace and I score a guard pass in the beginning which definitely helped me relax, and the match time in the master division is only 6 minutes.

In the final it was the first time I really got in trouble as my opponent decided to pull guard but this time and he put me in a omaplata that I defended and from there I’ll just let you see the fight.

I actually started a video project a few months ago about Me and Ander’s trip to the EURO 2012, but somehow I never managed to get it done. The last thing in I actually need is a good intro song and to do some fine editing. Then the video is done.. Let’s see when I find the time to get it done.

That’s it for now. I hope whoever reads will enjoy reading and watching the videos.

First blog post, YAY! Going to California!!

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog which main focus will be about travelling the world training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and eating a lot of good and healthy foods!  🙂

The first trip I will be making goes California, USA on the 18th of July 2012 and I will be going for 4 weeks together with my girlfriend Sabine. The idea is to document the experience with daily updates on my blog for myself and everyone else to read. Hopefully I will get to train Jiu-Jitsu in a lot of cool academies around San Jose and San Diego where I will be staying on my trip. To top it off I will be competing at Las Vegas International Open on the 11th of August in Las Vegas.
About myself:

My name is Michael and I’m from Helsingør in Denmark. For thoose who have no clue where that is we have a cool castle called Kronborg where the history of Hamlet(Shakespeare) took place which is probably the only thing we’re famous for. 
I’m a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and I train and teach at CHOKE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Copenhagen (CHOKE ACADEMY) and I’ve been training Jiu-Jitsu for 9 ½ years under my professor Joao Pedro Dos Santos. 
My lineage, which I’m honored and proud of, goes like this – Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie Sr. > Sergio “Bolao” Souza > Joao Pedro dos Santos > Me
Here is a picture of me and my professor.

About the blog:

As I wrote above the blog will be about training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu around the world and meeting awesome and like minded people who also share my passion about Jiu-Jitsu. 
Since I still have 3-4 weeks before I leave for California I will, in the meantime, post some stories and experiences about previous trips that I’ve had and also post some tournament footage from previous tournaments. Atleast that’s the idea for now.

About the trip:

I will be leaving on the 18th of July together with my good friend and training partner Anders (brown belt) who actually came up with the idea of going to California in the first place, as he is a feather weight he planned a trip to San Jose to train with Ciao Terra and Samir Chanter, whom we will be training with for the first 8-10 days of our trip.
On the 25th of July my girlfriend will arrive in San Jose and we will take the long drive from San Jose to San Diego where we will train for two weeks, the first week with Royler Gracie at www.thegraciesandiego.com and Saulo Ribeiro at University of Jiu-Jitsu.
The second week which will lead up to the Las Vegas International Open we will try to visit a few different academies in search for some awesome Jiu-Jitsu training. So far one of the places i looked at and was advised to visit will be The Undisputed gym where Baret Yoshida teaches.

Thats it for now.

Next post will probably contain some tournament footage and some funny stories from previous visits to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Thanks for reading.

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