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Sa’idah grew up and was the only American, along with her sister, in the area. She speaks English, Arabic and some French. She had been active in sports since she was young and did gymnastics, horseback riding, taekwondo, swimming, snowboarding and soccer.
She started BJJ training in March 2015 and got her blue belt in August 2016, training under Abmar Barbosa and Isaac July Jr. in Washington, DC. A month and a half after claiming her belt, she competed and won gold in her division at the IBJJF No-Gi Pan Ams. She continues training 6 to 7 days a week to reach her ultimate goal of becoming a World Champion.
We are very excited to have Sal, and his company, Habrok Sports with us today to have a bit of a chat about his vision, drive and passion for starting a new BJJ brand. We bounce around a bit, but I hope his message comes across loud and clear. The guy has a heart of gold and a real passion for BJJ and the manufacturing business.
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UnderOath BJJ is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu apparel brand based out of Ontario, Canada. I saw an advert for one of their eye catching shirts and immediately contacted them trying to find out all of the details about them and their company. They clearly had some great designs but I wanted to find out more, so I sent some questions over to the owner Ryan to get the scoop and UnderOath sent us two shirts to check out. Questions and Answers after the jump.
First, these awesome shirts. This isn’t your average t-shirt from cafepress that was thrown together with a crappy stock graphic and cheap level fruit of the loom t-shirt, it’s well thought out. My favorite aspect of the shirts is actually the material, it’s super soft but strong. I don’t have a single shirt that feels like it.Shop for your favorite BJJ tshirts at MMA Warehouse
I’m pretty pumped to share with you a super in-depth interview with the President of Yolo BJJ, Eric York.
Eric York: I stated training in Shorin Ryu Karate in my early twenties but it just didn’t stick. It, honestly just wasn’t challenging, but one thing I did learn was the RNC (albeit, not with great detail) in one of our basic self defense classes.
About five years later I was attacked at my vehicle late one night when leaving work. I was able to duck under a swing and get behind my attacker and apply the RNC. The next day (this was back in mmmmm…maybe 1996?) a coworker who was training some submission grappling heard the story and asked me to come train with them.
I was hooked immediately.Want in on the latest BJJ gi brands? Check them out at MMA Warehouse!
1. Tell us a bit about your background with martial arts.
We are active Jiu Jitsu players, who roll for joy and competition.
As long time competitive athletes across a range of sports, we enjoy the unique challenges Jiu Jitsu presents to our bodies and our minds. With professional careers in fitness and creative design, we’ve applied our knowledge of sport and strategy to Lazy Lover Jiu Jitsu.Compare prices on your favorite BJJ gi brands at MMA Warehouse
You may have noticed some amazing new rashguards and gis that have come out lately from Fusion FG (Check out our review of their latest gi here). We even had a chance to do a pretty rad giveaway with them.
I wanted to get inside the mind behind the INCREDIBLE designs, licensing, and branding that Fusion has been doing so I got ahold of Chris Stepchuk, the mastermind behind everything they’re doing.Compare prices on various products by Fusion Fight Gear at Amazon
GiReviews: Tell us a bit about your background with martial arts.
Bob: Uh, let me think. It’s been 10+ years and a lot of experiences but I’ll try to be succinct.
I actually took Karate when I was a little kid just long enough for my parents to buy all the gear and then quickly moved onto something else; my ADHD in full force. I’m sure they were thrilled!
Formally, I began training Jiu Jitsu while a student at the University of Illinois. The club I started with was called Goshin Jitsu. It was a great intro into martial arts with knowledgeable instructors and a great group of people. They really stressed fundamentals (e.g. break falls, footwork, timing, etc), which I think is key to any endeavor.Look for your favorite BJJ gis at MMA Warehouse
I am super pumped to be able to share with you guys a quick interview that I did with Deus Fight Co. Being a man that shares their beliefs, I was really interested to hear more about how they started the company, their background, and the MASSIVE amount of charity work that they do.Don’t get left behind! Shop for the latest BJJ gis at MMA Warehouse!
This edition of our Interview Series features Seymour Yang.
I’ve known *of* Seymour for just about as long as I’ve known him. As one of the most prolific BJJ artists and bloggers, Seymour (aka Meerkatsu), is one of the most helpful and engaging people I’ve met in the online BJJ world.
It’s been my absolutely pleasure to have had him on board with my brand, Ok! Kimonos, from the beginning. So, obviously, I think it goes without saying how much I think of him if I’m willing to pay him to create (and continue to create!) so much amazing art for my brand.Show your support for Meerkatsu — shop for their products at MMA Warehouse!
Jack Colvin runs the incredibly awesome BJJ brand, Roll Supreme.
I’ve been in touch with him since the absolute start of the brand and I was really pumped he agreed to let us see behind the curtain into the inner workings of his life and Roll Supreme.Find your favorite BBJ gi at MMA Warehouse