Ronald Mann establishes, wins para jiu-jitsu tournament in Los Angeles

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Ronald Mann, who lost the bottom half of his left leg in a motorcycle accident 22 years ago, won the gold medal in para jiu-jitsu and split bouts against able-bodied opponents during the Sept. 23-24 UAEJJF Grand Slam at The Los Angeles Convention Center.

Mann, 45, organized the para jiu-jitsu portion of the competition with the UAEJJF (United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation), training out of the Rockville-based Yamasaki Academy belonging to instructor Fernando Yamasaki.

Competing at 85 kilograms (approximately 188 pounds), Mann submitted Chad Vandelgoot of St. Paul, Minn., in 75 seconds with a “mounted cross-collar choke” in para jiu-jitsu and overcame his able-bodied rival, Khalid Aldamaki of the UAE, 6-4, despite suffering a dislocated jaw.


Diop kicks his way to professional fighter

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At first glance, Keemaan (pronounced “k?y?-m?n”) Diop is a typical young man who has lived in Silver Spring, attended school and taken various courses, wrestled a bit and made friends. However, whereas other students aspire to become a lawyer, doctor, or other profession, the soft-spoken Diop aspires to become a professional Muay Thai kickboxer.


County police train with Brazilian martial arts

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MCPD Academy Martial Arts TrainingMontgomery County Police learn takedown techniques with a Brazilian martial arts expert. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

ROCKVILLE – Since he was two-years-old, Rener Gracie, heir to one of the martial arts’ greatest dynasties, has studied the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

He’s the son of Rorion Gracie—co-founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and grandson to Helio Gracie—founder of the Gracie style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. Rener Gracie now travels the country teaching his family’s techniques to law enforcement and military personnel.

Last week, Gracie, 32, held a weeklong Gracie Survival Tactics Course at the Montgomery County Police Academy, teaching his methods to 20 different law enforcement agencies and 94 officers, including those from Montgomery County Police, the U.S Marshal Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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