Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sub 4 Santa TEAM champions!

Congratulations Gang!!! Bringing home some hardware from the Sub 4 Santa tournament sponsored by the American Grappling Games crew. This make the second year in a row that our team has won the TEAM title in the Aggro games. Its good to see the new blood and some crafty vets rep'n the gym. You guys are awesome. Great job fellas.


White belt lightweight (155 and under)

1st- Greg Hearty (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2nd- Job Freedman

3rd- Ryan Whipple

White belt welter (156 - 170)

1st - Chris Kennedy (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2nd - Thomas Wagner

3rd - Kyle Crandall

White Belt Middle (171-186)

1st - William DaBell (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2nd - John Cates

3rd - Kyle Bickman

White Belt light heavy (185-205)

1st - Christopher Lewis (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2nd - Michael Hafen

3rd - Cole Rose

Blue / Purple light Heavy (186-205)

1st - Ben Garner (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2nd - Jason South

3rd - Jason South

Blue / Purple SuperHeavy (230 +) Merged bracket **

1st - Jeff Leir

2nd - Mat Hearty (ABSOLUTE MMA)

3rd - Ryan Williams (ABSOLUTE MMA)

----------------------------NO GI Results---------------------

Novice lightweight (155 & under)

1st - Aaron Cook

2nd - Alec Rodriquez (ABSOLUTE MMA)

3rd - Peter Crawford

Novice Middleweight (171- 185)

1st - William Dabell (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2nd - Kyle Bickman

3rd - Gerardo Magana

Novice LightHeavy (186-205)

1st - Chris Lewis (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2nd - Matt Lake

3rd - Mace Warren

Beginner lightweight (155 & under)

1st - Jason Thompson

2nd - Satao, Kensei

3rd - Greg Hearty (ABSOLUTE MMA)

Beginner welterweight (156 - 170)

1st - Chris Kennedy (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2nd - Thomas Wagner

3rd - Konrad Jones

Intermediate Heavy (206 - 230)

1st - Ma-afu Fosita

2nd - Matt Hearty (ABSOLUTE MMA)

Intermediate superheavy (230+)

1st - Cameron Grifiths

2nd - Ryan Williamson (ABSOLUTE MMA)

Team championship (methodology used for calculating the winner is that each gold medal given is worth 4 pts, each silver 3pts each bronze is 2 pts).

1st - Absolute MMA

2nd - U.C.T.C / Mori Academy (tie)

3rd - Unifed BJJ

4th - Fusion (just missed Unified by 1 pt)

Point totals by team:

48 pts Absolute MMA
36 pts U.C.T.C Tie w/ Mori Academy
35 pts Unified
34 pts Fusion Academy
13 pts Twin Falls BJJ
10 pts Midvale Mayhem
8 pts West Side Jiu-Jitsu
5 pts Mushin
4 pts Lobato
2 pts Perform X
2 pts Champion Jiu Jitsu

Thursday, December 4, 2008


9th Degee Grand Master Flavio Behring

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar
Saturday Dec 6th 10am- 2pm
1338 West 7800 South
West Jordan Utah 84088

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sylvio Behring recieves Masters Belt (7th degee)

Sylvio Behring recently recieved his 7th Degree in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Grand Master Alvaro Barreto and witnessed by Grand Masters Flavio Behring and Joao Alberto Barreto. Sylvio has always been a very postive influence in my life and I'm happy to see him get the recognition he deserves. I am excited for the day he comes to our academy. Parabens Mestre!

Recently Anderson Silva was asked about his training with Master Sylvio Behring in a interview with The following is an excerpt... "I’ve trained a lot with Master Silvio Behring, who gave me all the support on the Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is a fantastic person. For two years, I’ve been training jiu-jitsu with the gi with him, and my ground is much better."

Monday, November 24, 2008

Grand Master Flavio Behring

Saturday Dec 6th 10am- 2pm
1338 West 7800 South
West Jordan Utah 84088

Grand Masters Joao Alberto Barreto and Flavio Behring
during a demonstration at the Naval Academy in 1963.

Come learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from a true Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Congratulations Team!! We are very proud of each and everyone of you. Thank you for all your hard work and discipline. You are all warriors. Below are the results:

Most Medals

1st: Throwdown ETC = 23 (9 gold [including 3 belts], 8 silver, 6 bronze)
2nd: Absolute MMA = 18 (9 gold [including 1 belt], 5 silver, 4 bronze)
3rd: Brigham Young University = 13 (3 gold [including 1 belt], 3 silver, 7 bronze)
4th: Fusion Academy = 7 (4 gold, 3 bronze)
4th: Champion Jiu-Jitsu = 7 (1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)

Most Gold
1st: Throwdown ETC = 9 (including 3 belts)
1st: Absolute MMA = 9 (including 1 belt)
3rd: Fusion Academy = 4
4th: Brigham Young University = 3 (including 1 belt)
4th: Westside Jiu-Jitsu = 3

Absolute Professional
1st: Court McGee (Throwdown ETC)
2nd: Dayne Aristizabal (Throwdown ETC)
3rd: Harold Lucambio (Absolute MMA)
4th: Steve Sharp (Absolute MMA)

*Harold's match with Court in the Second round was nearly 50 minutes.
*Steve and Harold were scheduled to fight for 3rd place, Steve succedded to Harold, giving Harold the 3rd place finish.

Absolute Amateur
1st: Rand Gardner (Throwdown ETC)
2nd: Sam Allen (Independent)
3rd: Phil Allred (Absolute MMA)
4th Josh Bateman (Throwdown/Champion/UVU)

*this one could have gotten out of hand quickly, mostly dirty wrestling... Phil has to learn to control his intensity and fight for the finish.

Absolute Women
Draw: Milda Shibonis (Wasatch Jiu-Jitsu)
Draw: Rebecca Rodriguez (Absolute MMA)
3rd: Julie Chamberlain (Throwdown/Champion)
4th: Jerusha Woodward (Bushi Ban)

* At 1 hour and 18 minutes of the women's final in which Rebecca's opponent, who drastically out weighed her, asked to stop the match thus forcing a draw.

Advanced: Light Weight (137-169 lbs)
1st: Eric Stevens (Independent/BYU)
2nd: Jeffrey Willingham (Throwdown ETC)
3rd: Camrann Pacheco (Absolute MMA)
4th: Damon Morgan (Unified/Westside)

*Cam definately showed the crowd some great Jiu Jitsu and his submission versatility. He continues to get better everyday.

Advanced: Middle Weight (176-188 lbs)
1st: Damarques Johnson (Throwdown/Elite Performance)
2nd: Chris Rossiter (Throwdown ETC)
3rd: Harold Lucambio (Absolute MMA)
4th: Richard Cesena (Unified/Westside)

*I'm sure if you added up all the time Harold was on the mat he was by far the most conditioned athlete on the mat that day. Some might say the most boring.... I say he gets the job done in the manner he likes to play the game.

Intermediate: Light Weight (136-159 lbs)
1st: Cameron Dansie (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Riley Petersen (Absolute MMA)

3rd: Tyler Belnap (Independent)
4th: Eddie Pelczynski (Throwdown ETC)

*Young Guns go 1 and 2. Dansie's been avoiding competition... I think he's got the bug again!

Intermediate: Heavy Weight (184-199 lbs)
1st: Ben Garner (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Zach Boskovich (Unified)
3rd: Temo Lleverino (Throwdown ETC)
4th: Josh Bateman (Throwdown/Champion/UVU)

*What most people don't know is Ben competed with spiral fractures in two diferrent toes... this man knows no pain!!

Beginner: Light Weight (130-147 lbs)
1st: Denver Merrifield-Nirva (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Nelson Lopez (Throwdown ETC)
3rd: Ryan Norman (Westside)
4th: Daniel Herbert (BYU)

* Denver really suprised me, no not really, I knew he had the ingredients already. We are expecting big things from him.

Beginner: Middle Weight (161-168 lbs)
1st: Chris Kennedy (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Brian Iversen (Unified)
3rd: Kipp Sorensen (Unified)
4th: Eli Steele (Throwdown ETC)

*Chris just returned from a mission recently and has been on the mat since he got home. Those guys didnt have much of a chance.

Beginner: Super Heavy Weight (217-241 lbs)
1st: Phil Allred (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Greg Loebel (Paul Tom Academy of MMA)
3rd: Troy Hunt (Paul Tom Academy of MMA)

*Phil pulled a beautiful Peruvian neck tie to wrap up his division.

Novice: Light Weight (144-159 lbs)
1st: Eric Tobler (Throwdown ETC)
2nd: Matt Cannon (Absolute MMA)
3rd: Ezekiel Merrizam (BYU)
4th: Peter Crawford (BYU)

*Cannon gets it done, one more in the young guns crew.

Novice: Middle Weight (170-185 lbs)
1st: Edson Lima (Hybrid)
2nd: Samneta Kem (Independent)
3rd: Erik Peet (BYU)
4th: Bret Gold (Absolute MMA)

*This was Bret's first competition and enjoyed every minute of it.

Novice: Cruiser Weight (193-198 lbs)
1st: Michael Hagen (Fusion)
2nd: Chris Lewis (Absolute MMA)
3rd: Stephen Gillmore (UVU)
4th: Patrick Glazebrook (Paul Tom/BYU)

*We learned quickly that Chris was going to listen to his coaches as we walked him through completing a kimura for the first time ever.... ever including training.

1st: Tony Ventrano (Fusion)
2nd: Michael "STUMP" Brown (Absolute MMA)
3rd: Steffen Soller (Fusion)
4th: Brian Patterson (Bushi Ban)

*Stump worked his way to the finals by dominating his opponents. Lessons learned.
*edited after speaking with Stumper, Tony was the better man that day*

Women: Welter Weight
1st: Rebecca Rodriquez (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Miyo Strong (Absolute MMA)

3rd: Stephanie Jensen (BYU)
4th: Meagan Brandley (BYU)

*the ladies of ABSOLUTE going 1 and 2!! Miyo's first time on the competition floor in almost 10 years. If Rebecca gets your neck, its good night! I wish I had 10 more just like you two.

Kids: Feather Weight
1st: Nathan Malloy (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Jakob Weist (Champion)

*Nathan choked one opponent completely unconscious in one of his 8 or 9 wins.

Kids: Light Weight
1st: Jordan Wolfgramm (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Tyler Baxter (Champion)

*Jordan is often times the smaller one in most of his matches, He difinately showed his A game.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Window Stickers!!!!!!!!!!!

We have new window stickers available.


Friday, November 7, 2008

7800 South Construction

Hey Gang..

There is a lot of construction going on right now on 78oo south just east of the gym near Gardner Village. Please try to avoid it and take alternate routes if thats your daily routine in getting here on time. If your coming from I15 or I215 try 7200 South westbound to 1300 West and south bound to 7800 South. Remember that West Jordan PD and Midvale PD love to radar along any route exiting the freeway. So drive safely and get to the gym on time.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Master Flavio Behring Returns Saturday Dec 6th

The "Young Samurai"

Flavio Behring and Helio Gracie in the 1950's

Saturday Dec 6th 10am- 2pm
1338 West 7800 South
West Jordan Utah 84088

We are excited to welcome back Master Flavio Behring to our gym. As most of you know he has a special place in all of our hearts for his dedication to the growth of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 60+ years. Come meet a true legend and one of my most favorite people in the world. More information to follow as his visit gets closer.



Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Champion Challenge

Regional No-Time-Limit Championships

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Who: All grapplers, wrestlers, Jiu-Jitsu and Judo competitors

Location: Throwdown ETC (1640 South State Street), Orem, Utah

When: Saturday, November 15, 2008

Weigh-In: Weigh-in will be held the night before from 4:00pm to 8:00 at Throwdown ETC or at the event starting at 8:30am

All Divisions are usually Double Elimination except Absolute Divisions which are single elimination

Register by October 31 and Save $20+

The Schedule posted below is just an estimate, please check back regularly for updates at

Absolute Preliminaries:
Tentatively 9:00am-10:00am (no weigh-in, must register by Nov 14)
Absolute Women: all women, no weight classes
Absolute Amateur: novice to intermediate men, no weight classes
Absolute Professional: intermediate and advanced, no weight classes $1000 Cash Prize*

Special Divisions:
Tentatively 10:00am-11:40am (weigh-in closes at 9:15am)
Kids (age 7-12)
Teens (age13-17)
Women (age 13-Adult)
Masters (age 35+)

Novice Men:
Tentatively 11:40am-1:50pm (weigh-in closes at 10:55am)
Novice Men: <>

Beginner Men:
Tentatively 1:50pm-3:00pm (weigh-in closes at 1:05pm)
Beginner Men: <>

Upper Divisions:
Tentatively 3:00pm-4:15pm (weigh-in closes at 2:15pm)
Intermediate Men: 2-5 years
Advanced Men: 5+ years

Absolute Finals:
Tentatively around 4:00pm
Absolute Women: all women, no weight classes
Absolute Amateur: novice to intermediate men, no weight classes
Absolute Professional: intermediate and advanced, no weight classes $1000 Cash Prize*

*Cash prize is based on number of competitors at the tournament up to $1000. **Competitors must be weighed-in 45 minutes prior to their division starting. We recommend players weigh-in the night before from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, or plan on weighing in at least one hour prior to your event.

(September1-October 31): $40 for one division, $65 for two or more divisions

On-Time Registration (November 1-November 13): $50 for one division, $75 for two or more divisions

Late Registration (November 14-15): $60 for one division, $85 for two or more divisions

All Absolute Competitors must register by Friday, November 14; Absolute Matches will be posted online Friday night. No One will be able to register for the Absolute divisions Saturday at the event.

Spectators: $10 Adults, $3 Kids 4-12, under 4 is free

If you would like to volunteer or referee call Michael at (801) 636-4136 or email

The following competitors qualified for this event and therefore may pre-register (before October 31) free of charge please call or email Michael at the number above, you will be asked to help referee during the event. You may only register for the event(s) in which you qualified

Teens (teens must still be age 17 or younger and may only register for the teen division, additional divisions is $25)
Abram Allred
Collin Teague
Piotr Sauerbronn

(register for Women and Absolute Women, additional divisions is $25)

Julie Chamberlain
Rebecca Rodriguez

Men (register for Professional Absolute and Advanced Men, additional divisions is $25)
Derek Downey
Court McGee
Hank Weiss
Marc Brewer
Benjamin Anderson
Dayne Aristizabal
Steve Sharp
Sejin Seol
Camrann Pacheco
Harold Lucambio

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008


photo courtesy of Miyo Strong


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Coach Davies "Renegade Training" Seminar

For those of you who were wondering were I was last week, I was invited to attend a seminar hosted at Throwdown ETC in Orem. I had a chance to meet some new people in the strength and conditioning industry and spend some time with some old friends.

Mr. Davies is the founder of Renegade Training International™, which is known for its ground breaking approach to human performance and the leading influence in the entire notion of what has been loosely termed as “functional training”.

To read more about Coach Davies and Renegade Training click here


Saturday, October 4, 2008

ABSOLUTE FIGHTERS recover from tough losses

Steven Siler vs. Camrann Pacheco: The lightweight title bout was fireworks both standing and on the ground. Siler and Pacheco let it all out with kicks and punches, swinging for the fences and landing some solid shots between them. When the fight went to the mat, the fans were treated to some really good, technical jiu-jitsu, a barrage of heel hooks, arm bars and escapes. Siler came out on top with a choke in the first round to claim the belt.

Steve Sharp vs. Rad Martinez: The featherweight title fight had splashes of excitement, but there was an awful lot of Martinez using his wrestling skills to maintain control, even if he wasn't doing much to finish the fight. To his credit, Sharp landed some nice elbows from the bottom, but overall the five-round fight was decided by Martinez's smothering ground game. The judges gave Martinez a unanimous 49-46 decision.

To read more about the Throwdown Showdown II

Friday, September 26, 2008


Steve Sharp made cutting to 155 easy. Razor sporting the new fight colors.

Camrann is looking good at 145. He has his cut down, no weakness in his method. Big things happening.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Absolute Grapplers win at Throwdown Grappling Competition

Congratulations Gang!!

Most Gold

1st: Throwdown ETC = 4
(1 beginner, 2 novice, 1 kids)
1st: Fusion Academy = 4
(1 intermediate, 1 beginner, 1 teen, 1 kids)
3rd: Absolute MMA = 3
(1 advanced, 1 beginner, 1 masters)

Advanced Open-Weight
1st: Harold Lucambio (Absolute MMA)
2nd: Fritz Borchardt
(Paul Tom’s Behring Jiu-Jitsu)
3rd: Marc Brewer
(Throwdown ETC)
4th: Cody Udy
(West Side Jiu-Jitsu)

Intermediate Heavy-Weight
1st: Noah Jenkins (Fusion Academy)
2nd: Ma’afu Fosita
(Ultimate Combat)
3rd: Jared Coleman
(Taggard Combat Grappling)
4th: Ben Garner
(Absolute MMA)

Beginner Light-Weight
1st: Riley Petersen
(Absolute MMA)
2nd: Denver Merrifield-Nirva
(Absolute MMA)
3rd: Drake Mattingly
(Paul Tom’s Behring Jiu-Jitsu)
4th: T.J. Clyde
(Fusion Academy)

Novice Light-Weight

1st: Ryan Norman
(Westside Jiu-Jitsu)
2nd: Mathew Cannon
(Absolute MMA)
3rd: Eric Tobler
(Throwdown ETC)
4th: Jake Chappell
(BYU Jiu-Jitsu)

Novice Middle-Weight

1st: Justin Taggert
(Throwdown ETC)
2nd: Josh Miller
(Westside Jiu-Jitsu)
3rd: Konrad Jones
(Mushin Self-Defense)
4th: Edwardo Rivera
(Absolute MMA)

Masters Light-Weight (age 30+)

1st: Harold Lucambio
(Absolute MMA)
2nd: Jerry Ku
(Paul Tom’s Behring Jiu-Jitsu)
3rd: Richard Cesena
(Westside/ Unified)
4th: Eli Steele
(Throwdown ETC)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Anderson SIlva interview on Spike TV

Anderson Silva interview on Spike TV

Great video about the UFC Champ. In this video is the legendary BJJ Master Sylvio Behring (Master Flavio Behring's son). I recieved my BJJ Black Belt from Sylvio Behring in 2003. He is an important personality in Jiu Jitsu and a strong influence in my life. I'm happy to see him get some recognition for his hard work and dedication to the growth of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Anderson said it best... "Its very important to respect everyone from the white belt to the black belt because thats how you get some place". It's not a coincedence to see the champ wearing a gi and training daily in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. See you on the Mats!


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Evan Tannner

We were shocked this week to find out about the passing of Evan Tanner. He was a good friend of the gym and he will be missed. Evan was a beloved man in the MMA world with many friends and fans. We considered it a very fortunate turn of events that led Evan to train at our gym. It had been several months since he had been back but I know that all who were fortunate enough to work with him when he was here remember it fondly and are saddened by the loss. I have included some pictures of sparring sessions from a few of his trips to Salt Lake City when he was working on his return to the UFC.

Click on a picture to see an enlarged version

I really like this picture from Evan sparring with Ben Fu
And the takedown

Here he is signing an autograph for the gym

This is Evan giving some advice to Steven "Razor" Sharp


Thursday, September 4, 2008

ABSOLUTE FIGHTERS compete for Throwdown titles

Lightweight Title (155)
Steven "Razor" Sharp (ABSOLUTE MMA) vs. Rad Martinez

Featherweight Title (145)
Camrann Pacheco (ABSOLUTE MMA) vs. Steven Siler

Light Heavyweight Title (205)
Ben Fuimaono (ABSOLUTE MMA) vs. Jordan Smith

other ABSOLUTE MMA fighters TBA

Buy your tickets today at the gym (the proceeds help the fighters) come out and support our team.


Brad McRae vs. Greg Carpenter (ABSOLUTE MMA)

Greg Carpenter got a takedown against the fence out of the gate and landed in side control with Brad McRae on his side and his back against the fence. McRae really couldn't get out or defend himself that well because of the position. Carpenter left the side mount and took McRae's back, slid in a rear naked choke and fought to get the arm under the chin. McRae tapped out at 1:12 of the first round.

To read more about Greg and his comeback click here.

Monday, July 28, 2008


photo courtesy of Miyo Strong

Cage News – Light Heavyweights, Lightweights and Featherweights

The crew hammered out the current local rankings in the quest to find Utah’s very best. Once again the lists are loaded from top to bottom with prime talent.

145 Featherweights

1. Steve Siler

2. Travis Marx

3. Camrann Pacheco (ABSOLUTE MMA)

4. Lance Gorman

5. Casey Beckstead

Another testament to the level of MMA in Utah, most of these guys could be competitive against the best from anywhere. The list is solid as is, but insiders predict a meteoric rise by the exciting number 3 on our list. Camrann Pacheco.

155 Lightweight

1. Birddog

2. Steve Sharp (ABSOLUTE MMA)

3. Shane Brenner

4. Rad Martinez

5. Dustin Collins

All of these lightweights are currently active and ready to hammer out their respective standings.

170 Welterweight

Maybe not as deep as the middleweight class, the welterweight still brings us some of the most exciting and dynamic fighters we have ever seen locally. Lucky for us, the pecking order is more clear, and all five of these fighters are still active locally, but with at least three of them looking ready to make the big jump, now is the time to catch these guys live.

1. DaMarques Johnson

2. Chris Kennedy

3. Mike Arrant

4. Nate Gerrard

5. Harold Lucambio (ABSOLUTE MMA)

205 Light Heavyweights

1. Ben Fuimaono (ABSOLUTE MMA)

2. Hank Weiss

3. Jordan Smith

4. Sean O’Connell

5. Cole Rose

All of these fighters are currently active and ready to fight it out to either claim their rightful spot or cement their current standing.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Elite Fight Night

taken from

Absolute MMA fighters go 2-0 in Jeremy Horns Elite Fight Night. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our fighters and a great night of fights.

Camrann Pacheco vs. Lance Gorman

Pacheco lands a hard couple of inside leg kicks. Gorman scores with a jumping knee and eats another couple of hard leg kicks. Gorman drops to the mat and Pacheco is all over Gorman. Pacheco is hammering down with both fists. Ref John Jordan steps in at :49 after Gorman has no answer for Pacheco’s “monkey strikes,” as the announcer puts it. Great fight!

Steven Sharp vs. Shane Brenner

Round 1: Steve Sharp comes out to a huge ovation. Wow, everyone is on their feet here cheering for Sharp, who comes out in a ninja suit and rips off the head gear to show is trademark pink hair with a black Mohawk. They’re still standing and cheering here. Brenner takes the center of the cage. They exchange some tentative strikes. Sharp lands a hard outside kick to Brenner’s right leg. Sharp lands a few strikes and Brenner’s leg either buckles or got kicked, I couldn’t tell. Joe Riggs steps in to stop this fight, as Brenner is down holding his leg, which doesn’t look good. At :39, Sharp gets the victory. In Sharp’s victory speech he says Brenner came in with an injury and made it worse. Brenner, sitting on the ground, thanks everyone and confirms the previous injury.

To read more about Steven "RAZOR" Sharp click here

Monday, July 14, 2008

Champion's Challenge VII Results

Champion's Challenge VII Results (May 31, 2008)


Kids (age 7-12)
1st: Tyson Davis
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
2nd: Ashton Lewis
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
3rd: Shaylie Brewer
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)

Teen Boys (age 13-18)
1st: Shimomura Kenta
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
2nd: Collin Teague
(Fusion Academy, Eddie Edmunds)
3rd: Piotr Sauerbronn
(Fusion Academy, Eddie Edmunds)
4th: Yilong Zou
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)

Beginner Light-Weight
1st: Sam Kem
(Rad Martinez)
2nd: Josh Siyavong
(Rad Martinez)
3rd: Denver Merrifield-Nirva
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley)
4th: Thomas Williams
(Stick & Bones BJJ, Chuan Donell)
5th: Piotr Sauerbronn
(Fusion Academy, Eddie Edmunds)
6th: Rachel Chantry
(BYU Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)

Beginner Middle-Weight
1st: Mario Garcia
(Academy of MMA, Paul Tom)
2nd: Eli Steele
(Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Ricky Lundell)
3rd: John Curtiss
(Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Ricky Lundell)
4th: Yilong Zou
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
5th: Julie Chamberlain
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
6th: Levi Lloyd
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley)

Beginner Heavy-Weight
1st: Ben Garner
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley)
2nd: Trevor Windhorst
(Behring Jiu-Jitsu, Paul Tom)
3rd: David Hamblin
(Behring Jiu-Jitsu, Paul Tom)
4th: Jerry Bowling
(Behring Jiu-Jitsu, Paul Tom)
5th: Collin Teague
(Fusion Academy, Eddie Edmunds)
6th: Timothy Carr
(BYU Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)

Intermediate Light-Weight
1st: Camrann Pacheco
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley)
2nd: Simon Ioane
(Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Ricky Lundell)
3rd: Sejin Seol
(Behring Jiu-Jitsu, Paul Tom)
4th: Shimomura Kenta
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
5th: Chaun Donell
(Fusion Academy, Eddie Edmunds)
6th: Race Sawyer

Intermediate/Advanced Heavy-Weight
1st: Marc Brewer
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
2nd: Ben Garner
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley)
3rd: Jared Coleman
(Throwdown, Griffin Raynaud)
4th: Benjamin Anderson
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
5th: Seon O’Donnell
(Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Ricky Lundell)
6th: Kyle Cross
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley)

Absolute Open-Weight Women
1st: Rebecca Rodriguez
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley)
2nd: Julie Chamberlain
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
3rd: Erin Sais
(BYU Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
4th: Rachel Chantry
(BYU Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)

Absolute Open-Weight Beginner Men
1st: Jared Coleman
(Throwdown, Griffin Raynaud)
2nd: Trevor Windhorst
(Behring Jiu-Jitsu, Paul Tom)
3rd: Eli Steele
(Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Ricky Lundell)
4th: Cabeb Robinson
(BYU Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)

Absolute Open-Weight Advanced Men
1st: Dayne Aristizabal
(Throwdown, Griffin Raynaud)
2nd: Steve Sharp
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley)
3rd: Marc Brewer
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
4th: Sejin Seol
(Behring Jiu-Jitsu, Paul Tom)
5th: Benjamin Anderson
(Champion Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Pease)
5th: Camrann Pacheco
(Absolute MMA, Rob Handley

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Flavio Behring Seminar 05/17/08

Photos courtesy of Miyo Strong

2008 Behring Jiu Jitsu Promotions

Absolute MMA- Behring Salt Lake City, Utah
Rob Handley- 2nd degree Black
Camrann Pacheco- Purple
Mike "Stumper" Brown- Purple
Mike Hayman- Blue
Ben Garner- Blue
Rebecca Rodriquez- Blue
Kyle Cross- Blue

Oakdale MMA- Behring Oakdale, California
Tom Theofanopoulos- Black
Bill Theofanopoulos- Brown
Mike Bailey- purple
Ian Dimberg- blue
Rob Kutzman-blue
Frankie Juarez- blue
Brice Wells- blue

Academy of Mixed Martial Arts-Behring Orem, Utah
Paul Tom- Black
Trevor Tom- Purple
Nathan Tom- Purple
Sejin Seol- Blue
Joe Lakhani- Blue
Ray Mattingly- Blue
Drake Mattingly- Blue
David Hamblin- Blue

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Grand Master Flavio Behring

Hey Gang,

We are pleased to have Grand Master Flavio Behring in the Gym for the next few weeks, it is a special time for everyone to come out and support our family and team.

Grand Master Flavio Behring is a legendary martial artist and an elite Gracie Jiu Jitsu instructor. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Last year he was promoted to 9th degree by Grand Master Joao Alberto Barreto and the Confederation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, making him one of only a handful (literally) of 9th degree's still teaching today.

He is internationally known as a walking encyclopedia of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and teaches seminars around the world. He has been involved with the history and development of Gracie Jiu Jitsu since 1947.

Learn authentic Gracie Jiu Jitsu from Helio Gracie’s student of 60 years. Obtain techniques handed directly from Helio Gracie to Flavio Behring and now to you. Come enjoy the spirit of a young samurai.

Monday, May 12, 2008

J Burk's thoughts on Hazelett

J Burks thoughts on Hazelett

In off-TV action, the welterweight theme continues in a highly-anticipated bout between Josh Burkman and Dustin Hazelett, both of whom are looking to get back in the win column after competitive defeats to Mike Swick and Josh Koscheck, respectively.

"Dustin Hazelett is a tough kid, and from what I hear has great game on the ground," said Burkman, 20-5 overall, 6-3 in the UFC. "To tell you the truth
I haven't watched film on him and I probably won't. I don't think he'll be able to fight me like he's fought other people. My coach Rob Handley has watched his fights and I'm confident in the game plan he will come up with. As far as me, I'm just gonna watch film on (Mike) Tyson. I'm knockin this dude out."

For those of you that don't know Josh has been in Las Vegas training with USBA Champion BJ Flores, Striking Unlimited and Extreme Couture. He will be returning to Salt Lake City to finish up his camp at the beginning of June for his fight with Hazelett, June 21st on Spike TV.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Valery Fedorenko, Rob Handley, Ivan Denisov, Marty Farrell

Kettlebells TEACH athleticism. They can develop speed, power, explosiveness, endurance, precision, balance and all kinds of other attributes athletes desire, including pure strength, but you have to understand how this is done with this particular tool. Method is everything!


Wednesday, April 30, 2008


The American Kettlebell Club Classic takes place in Las Vegas, NV on May 3rd 2008. This Competition is open to all Kettlebell Lifters in the USA and is free of charge to both competitors and spectators. The AKC Classic is a National Competition contesting the traditional lifts of Jerk, Snatch, and LongCycle for American Lifters.

If you haven't noticed already Coach Rob Handley has training daily for several weeks preparing for this competition. The workouts are an amazing feat of strength endurance and mental fortitude. He has already posted almost double the numbers since last years National Competition, and continues to push the threshold of 10 minutes in both the Jerk and Snatch.
Saturday is the day, so we'll update you later.

Throwdown Showdown

145ers Camrann Pacheco vs. Casey Beckstead
Throwdown Showdown in Orem, Utah April 18th 2008

The gang's all here....Steve Sharp, Camrann Pacheco, Rob Handley, Levi Lloyd
(nobody knew which camera to look at)

In an unfortunate injury-shortened fight that started off with a furious pace, doctors called the bout between Casey Beckstead and Camrann Pacheco after Pacheco accidentally sliced Beckstead's eyelid while the two battled in guard on the ground. This is a matchup that will get another chance once the injury heals.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Steven "RAZOR" Sharp
WFC ARMAGEDDON Denver, Colorado April 12, 2008

Josh "the Peoples Warrior" Burkman, Steven "Razor" Sharp, Rob "Coach" Handley

Steve Sharp Vs Mat Ver Halen for the WFC Lightheavyweight championship. Sharp controlled the action for all of round with positional dominance and GNP while Ver Halen was kept busy defending strikes. Round two saw Sharp again controlling the ground action. After several submission attempts and lots of good elbow strikes Sharp sunk in an armbar for the submission victory at 3:07 of round two. Sharp is still the WFC Lightweight champion.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko

Emelianenko has been considered the best heavyweight fighter in the world. Its not a coincidence to see kettlebells at the feet this champion. Emelianenko has been renowned for his hardcore old school training.