Foundations of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
What exactly are the Foundations of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? With Bernardo Faria as your tour guide, you're going to get a guided tour through the techniques that every good jiu jiteiro should know before they spend their time learning all of the fancy moves the youngsters are using today.
The Foundations are the techniques that are tried and true. They are the ones that win championships at the highest levels, why? Because they work and have always worked against all types of BJJ athletes and competitors.
No Gi Pressure Passing
If there was a Mount Rushmore of Pressure Passing, Bernardo Faria would be up there smiling. In this series, Bernardo brings all of his secrets to his Pressure Passing game to the NO GI world. The translation and adjustment is minimal and you'll find the same principles are highly applicable in the No Gi game.
No Gi Half Guard
In No Gi Half Guard Bernardo Faria breaks down all of the techniques that made his half guard one of the most feared on the competitive circuit. Known primarily as a Gi player, Bernardo shows how universal his principles are so that as you develop your No Gi Half Guard, you are also developing your gi game as well.
Side Control Setups and Submissions
In Side Control Setups and Submissions, Bernardo Faria opens up his entire playbook of side control positioning tips and submission secrets. Since this is Bernardo Faria, you know you're getting a healthy dose of how to create pressure while you're in side control. Once you've got them feeling all of your weight, you will begin seeing submission opportunities open up at every turn. Control their escapes and watch the hope leave their eyes as you set up your next iron-clad submission.
Being able to transition our minds from applying individual, disconnected moves and see the flow of jiu jitsu from start to finish is one of the key signs that you're truly developing. Let Bernardo Faria show you connections you may never have even thought of in Transition Mastery.
Mount Attack Encyclopedia
The mount is the most dangerous position in BJJ, but truth is, many people never fully develop their mount attack games for a number of reasons. Maybe they have difficulty getting to the mount. Or perhaps once they've achieved mount, they have difficulty maintaining it. They never have the 'ride time' built up that allows them to explore and develop a submission attack game from that position.
Bernardo Faria is here to help you with all of these things. He's going to get you to mount faster, keep you there longer and show you how to strike fear in the heart of your opponents and get them tapping faster than ever before.
Intro to BJJ
For brand new students, stepping onto the mats can be overwhelming. In this volume, Bernardo Faria introduces the new student to everything they need to get started and begin their BJJ journey to black belt on the right foot.
The mind and mindset is an often under trained resource. The BJJ journey is filled with obstacles that we must learn to overcome in order to be successful. Who better to learn mindset advice from than someone who built his mindset through a long career of competitive success and 5 world championships.
Bernardo Faria is from a town in Brazil called, Jiuz De Fora, it is in Minas Gerais States, for a point of reference it is about 2 hours from Rio De Janeiro. Bernardo started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2001. He was just 14 years old and was influenced to train by one of his brothers friends, they used to play fight and Bernardo found that he was always on the losing end, so he decided to take up bjj. At just 14 years old and after about 1 year of training, Bernardo recalls knowing that this was what he wanted to do for the remainder of his life.
Bernardo has 2 brothers, one of them is a highly respected engineer and the other is a highly respected doctor, when he decided that he wanted to train and compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a living you can imagine that it did not go over so well with his father. Bernardo trained under Ricardo Marques from white until black belt so he could stay near home and attend college. His dad told him if he received his degree he could do whatever he liked. In 2008, already a black belt under Ricardo Marques, he finished college receiving a degree in business. He still wanted to be a Black Belt World Champion and his first coach and mentor, Ricardo Marques, encouraged him to move to Sao Paulo to train under Fabio Gurgel. Bernardo is lucky to have had a coach who knew that in order to reach the pinnacle of the sport he had to move, with his newly attained degree, the freedom to move from his father and the encouragement from his coach, Ricardo Marques, Bernardo made the big move to Sao Paulo to train under Fabio in 2009.
Bernardo moved to Fabio Gurgel’s academy at a perfect time because he would train and live with many other future Black Belt World Champions. Bernardo shared a room with many familiar names in bjj that included Bruno Malficine, Michael Langhi, Sergio Morales, and Leo Nogueira. Training under Fabio Gurgel paid off after just 1 year when Bernardo managed to win his first Black Belt World Championship in 2010, he also won the Pan Americans in his weight and open class in that same year. He stayed training under Fabio Gurgel from 2009-2013, in his time there he managed to win his first Black Belt World Championship and he also won the Europeans in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and the Pan Americans weight and open class in 2010 among other prestigious titles. In 2013 Bernardo decided to make the move to America and started teaching and training full time at Marcelo Garcia’s Academy in New York City.
After his big move to New York City Bernardo continued to establish himself as one of the best to ever compete by winning the World Championships as a black belt yet again in 2013, and in 2015 he managed to win his weight at the World Championships and the Open Weight class. This is the most prestigious title that anybody can attain in bjj. In his time at Marcelo’s Bernardo also became one of the head instructors. This is where he realized that he also has an incredible ability to teach. Relaying information in a manner that anybody can comprehend is extremely difficult but Bernardo is excellent at it. Bernardo moved from New York to Boston in 2017 where he is working on opening his brand new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in the Bedofrd, MA, and area. He has also become extremely passionate about business and marketing over the last year and has announced his retirement from competitions for the time being. His new goal in life is much more selfless, he wants to be the best instructor he can be. Bernardo’s new goal is to help others attain their goals regardless of what they are, whether they want to be better at their job, in Jiu Jitsu, in competition’s, or anything, Bernardo just wants to open his academy and help people be the best they can be.
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