Master Julio Cesar Pereira of GFTeam Shares Knowledge in Columbus

Master Julio Cesar Pereira visited Ronin Training Center in Columbus, Ohio, on May 19, 2019, where he shared some of his more than 35 years of knowledge gained at the black-belt level with fellow GFTeam members. A coral belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a two-time world champion at the black-belt level, Master Julio was also accompanied by long-time student Vito Oliveira, who has earned masters champion at IBJJF Worlds every year since 2016.

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Jake Mackenzie Supports GFTeam at True Believer

Regarded as “one of the top North American grapplers of his generation,” Jake Mackenzie recently visited True Believer Jiu Jitsu to share his game and support his teammates from GFTeam. All proceeds from the event went to support GFTeam members from Brazil to travel and compete in this year’s IBJJF World Championship.

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April Competition Recap

Students and coaches from True Believer Jiu Jitsu were busy in late April with several competitions. Some traveled to New York to compete in the IBJJF Spring International Open 2019, while others remained in Pittsburgh to compete in the local Grappling Industries submission-only event. Regardless of where individuals competed, True Believer Jiu Jitsu is proud of each competitor for representing the tribe and taking on the challenge of competing in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Visits True Believer Jiu Jitsu

True Believer Jiu Jitsu recently partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh to share in the gift of friendship and spread positivity through the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The event took place at True Believer Jiu Jitsu in Lawrenceville, where a group of 19 mentors and mentees from Big Brothers Big Sisters came together with volunteers from True Believer to learn about the martial art.

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Sinistro Brings the Fire to True Believer Jiu Jitsu

The week of February 4, 2019, Francisco “Sinistro” Iturralde came to Pittsburgh to host The Connection Camp, a three-day seminar comprising multiple two-hour sessions per day. The students of True Believer Jiu Jitsu truly seized the opportunity to learn from a special talent — with some students recording more than 12 hours of training with Sinistro over the three days.

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Broken to Barbell Hosts Jacob Miclot of True Believer Jiu Jitsu

Jacob Miclot, head coach and owner of True Believer Jiu Jitsu, was recently featured in Broken to Barbell, a podcast dedicated to fitness and mental health. During the discussion, Miclot talked about his personal journey, the origins of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and its growth in Western Pennsylvania, and his own life lessons from the martial art.

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Make It Inevitable: Lessons from Jacob Miclot’s Path to Black Belt

Miclot received his black belt from Gutemberg Pereira on behalf of Julio Cesar Pereira in January of 2018, under the Grappling Fight Team (GFTeam) mantle. As with anyone who achieves the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Miclot had valuable insights to share from his journey.

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