New life in Vienna, Austria – Self defence for Women at the Yogaraum

Earlier this year I decided to move to Vienna, Austria, where my girlfriend lives and basically starting a whole new life here. Back in Denmark I was teaching at the FightWorld academy in Copenhagen and also had my own school in Helsingør, called BJJ3000. 

In Vienna I will be looking to start my own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in the Liesing / Meidling area. At the moment it’s difficult to find the right place so for know I will be teaching a self-defense course for women ( Selbstverteidigung für Frauen ) at the Yogaraum in Liesing. Click here to see Yogaraums facebook page and click here to see the facebook event. Here’s a link to a news item on the Yogaraums webpage (In german).

The Selbstverteidigung für Frauen will be at the Yogaraum, Hochstrasse 11/1, 1230 Wien.

 

Rolling session – BJJ Purple belt vs Judo Black Belt

A +20 minute rolling session between my twin brother Morten Maarup Pedersen as a purple belt vs a +100kg Judo Black Belt. This is from a seminar at a Judo school in Copenhagen, Denmark many years ago. Really cool to see my brothers old sparring sessions. This was a tough and long round and I’m happy we have it on video.

Check it out:

 

IBJJF European Championship 2016

Earlier this year I fought in the IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. I competed in the Black Belt Master 1 Featherweight division and ended up making it to the semifinals where I lost on a referee decision after a score of 4-4. Kinda sucks but that just how it goes 🙂

 

First Match

Pressure, Pressure, Pressure!

Second Match

What the hell happened, the guy just gave me his back?

Semifinal

Referee decision is always a bummer!

Brown belt matches from Helsingborg Open 2010, Swedish Open 2010, Nordic Open 2010 and Danish Open 2010

Here’s some old matches where I fought in the Helsingborg Open 2010, Swedish Open 2010, Nordic Open 2010 and Danish Open 2010 as a brown belt. It’s always nice to look back and then look at the present to see how your Jiu-Jitsu has progressed.

European Championship 2010

I remember having a period as a purple belt where I really disliked competing as I felt a lot of pressure and expectations on my shoulders and just feeling like the input I was getting was having a negative effect on my mental state. I just couldn’t cope with the idea that I had to perform to other peoples expectations so I didn’t really have many matches as a purple belt. I started competing again as a brown belt as that is where I somehow started to feel more comfortable and confident in my Jiu-Jitsu and also started not worrying with the expectations that I felt other people had in me. I was also in a bad mental state and had some bad habits outside of Jiu-Jitsu which really made me not live up to the potential that I probably had as I was more concerned with finding excuses as to why I didn’t need to train hard. I didn’t start Jiu-Jitsu to win gold medals or to become famous or anything like that. I lacked confidence and self-esteem and it become much more clear to me as a brown belt that only one persons expectations really mattered and that was the ones I put on myself. So I started to compete more and had quite a lot of success in the Scandinavian scene and won quite a lot of tournaments as a brown belt which all culminated when I won the IBJJF European Championship in Lisbon, Portugal, in the -76kg brown belt master division in 2012. All the matches can be found here on my blog or on my YouTube channel. Just scroll down and you will see 🙂

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It’s clear to see in these matches that I have a very tight style with a lot of pressure passing. I don’t open up to much and don’t do any advanced moves. I stick to the basics and try to make them work.

Check the matches out here!

Helsingborg Open 2010 – Semifinal in the -76 kg brown belt division.

Helsingborg Open 2010 – Final in the -76 kg brown belt division.

 

Swedish Open 2010 – Quarterfinal in the -76kg brown belt division.

Swedish Open 2010 – Semifinal in the -76kg brown belt division.

Swedish Open 2010 – Final in the -76kg brown belt division.

 

Nordic Open 2010 – Semifinal in the -76k brown belt division.

Same match with a different perspective.

 

Nordic Open 2010 – Semifinal in the -76k brown belt division.

Same match with a different perspective.

 

Danish Open 2010 vs a black belt in the Brown/Black belt open class. It’s fair to say I got smashed pretty good.

Competed at British Open 2015 this weekend

This weekend I fought in the British Open 2015 in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu side by side with my students and friends from North Wales Martial Arts Center in Rhyl and although we didnt win any gold medals, it was a great experience to hang out and see some great Jiu-Jitsu that hopefully inspired and motivated the guys from NWMA. There’s not much quality Jiu-Jitsu in Rhyl and the North Wales area where the NWMA academy is located and there is definitely a lack of black belts in the area also. In fact there isn’t any higher ranked guys around (brown and black belts) and I’m told that Rhyl and the surrounding areas is probably one of the poorest areas in Wales and Brittain in general, so its great to come here and teach both kids and adults the beautiful art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I truly believe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be a lifesaver, as it was for myself, for anyone who trains and adopts the positive mindset and problem solving attitude that is one of the awesome side-effects of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Unfortunately Jiu-Jitsu has also become more a way of making money for some people around here than it is to actually live and feel the lifestyle and have a true and honest pursuit for perfecting the technique and also teaching the true values of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There’s obviously also lots good people around here who do train and practices the art.

Mmpbjj open class opponent

So that is my goal in North Wales, to teach and show what i feel is the pure Jiu-Jitsu, and competing in the British Open is a way of showing the group at NWMA that winning or losing a tournament is not what defines you as a person, it is a way to learn more about yourself and how you react to the nerves, the adrenaline and the stress that kicks in. And I want to show that the effort you put in and the mindset in which you prepare and train yourself is what defines you. And losing is not something to be afraid of, everybody loses, especially in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament where 50% of the competitors lose their first fight. I lost both my matches this weekend but that doesn’t stop me because as I wrote, losing doesn’t define me or who I am or what I preach.  In sharp contrast to a instructor in the area who signs up to the tournaments but never shows up. The stories I  hear about this guy is just amazing and I definitely want to show that that’s not the way things work in Brazilian Jiu and in life in general.

So hopefully my friends and family is proud of me no matter what the outcome is. In the end is just a Jiu-Jitsu tournament, it’s not life or death. You have to embrace the nerves, the adrenaline and always try to make it into something positive. Obviously I know competing is not for everyone, so this is more a mindset for those who sign up. I’m not talking about winning the world championship but if you sign up and you talk the talk you have to walk the walk, win or lose doesn’t matter. Doing your best and trying is what matters. Again, win or loose we’re still back on the mats the week after to improve and correct our mistakes both as a person, as an instructor, as a Jiu-Jitsu competitor or whatever it is we decide to do or to be.

MMPBJJ British Open podium

Here’s my two fights from the weekend at the British Open in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I competed in the black belt master 1 lightweight division. First fight is from my weight class and the second one from the open class. Basically my mindset when i compete is to be aggressive, go for the submission and let my Jiu-Jitsu flow. Which I feel like I accomplished pretty well, even though i lost both my fights. I’ll be back competing again soon, this time side by side with my teammates and friends from ArteSuave and of course my students , kids and adults, from my classes at Fightworld.