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Jiu Jitsu champ in town to train local fighters  

Jonathan Hull
Midland Reporter-Telegram 

Maybe the last sport West Texas is known for is mixed martial arts.

But KC Windham and Jackson Burcham, who co-own West Texas MMA, would like to change that. And to do so, they've enlisted the help of seven-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros.

For the remainder of this week, Medeiros, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Brazil, will be at West Texas MMA working with the mixed martial arts school's students as a group of them prepare to compete in the North American Grappling Association's World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Dallas on Saturday and Sunday.

Medeiros' presence at the club isn't anything new, though. After all, his teachings laid the foundation for West Texas MMA.

"He's pretty much our coach," Windham said. "It's a continuing education. You never really stop learning. So he comes in, shows us new techniques and how to fix what we're messing up on."

Windham, Burcham and West Texas MMA trainer Jaime Lara made the trip to Brazil in 2004, seeking to learn Jiu-Jitsu. They had read several articles about the group Medeiros trained with and asked those guys to mentor them in the martial art.

"We wanted to get it from the source. You want to go to where the best is," Windham said. "These guys are the best. We went down to their camp and explained we don't have instructors and we wanted them to be our teachers. They said 'OK. But you have to keep up your end of the bargain.'"

Their end of the bargain is the continued learning of Jiu-Jitsu. To do that, Windham goes to Chicago, where Medeiros now has his main training center, at least three times a year and also makes a trip to Brazil for a month every year.

Also, it's what inspired Windham and Burcham to open West Texas MMA. The club had humble beginnings with a mere three to five guys training together in a barn around four years ago.

Now, there are more than 80 men, women, boys and girls of all ages who train at West Texas MMA, which is now located on Illinois St. and attendance is only growing as the sport becomes more and more popular.

"We've moved four times," noted Windham, who won his first world championship in July. "We've outgrown each place we go and we're in the process of outgrowing this place right now. It started out as a club. We just wanted to have guys to roll with and people wanted to keep taking classes. We just love Jiu-Jitsu. We love the art."

Their commitment to the craft is what gets Medeiros in their gym.

"We developed a friendship," Medeiros said. "They decided to open a gym and I keep backing and supporting them. Everyone has been doing good in competitions and are improving in their technique a lot. So I come every year to help teach."

Medeiros began training in Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 17 in 1993. He earned his black belt, signifying he could start teaching the art, in 1999 after winning the world championships as a brown belt.

Meideiros has seen the sport grow from being relatively unknown to becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

"I've seen a lot of things happen with the development of the sport," Medeiros said. "MMA has been developing well together with Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu gyms are popping up all over the place now."

Since moving to Chicago, Medeiros has begun training some of the bigger names in MMA, including Demian Maia, and perhaps the sport's most famous competitor, former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

"It's an easy deal," Medeiros said with a laugh. "He's someone who learns a lot with an open mind. He's a professional. He know he has to do what we ask him to do to improve and that's what he does. I've seen a lot of improvement with him in every single fight."

For this week, Medeiros is preparing to be a competitor instead of just a coach. The seven-time world champion will lead Team Brasa, which will include around 20 fighters from West Texas MMA, into the NAGA world championships.

This group will team with fighters from Mario Queiroga's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team in Austin to complete Team Brasa.

"With all the guys from West Texas and the ones from Austin, we think we have a good shot at being one of the top teams," Medeiros said.

Jan 03, 2011 Categories: BJJ Comprido Personal Training Program

Brazilian Black Belt BJJ CAMP  

This video is awesome! It's a video with many moments of our 5 th BJJ CAMP.

We have the dates for our next BJJ CAMP check out page!!!
Once again It will be 10 days long, but we will provide you all the support if you want to stay longer.


Brazilian Black belts have decided to open their summer house located in Búzios, the greatest watering-place in the Rio de Janeiro state! It's the place where, traditionally, they train themselves for the important tournaments.

They have decided to make a BJJ CAMP for everyone who is interested in learning Jiu-jitsu that is being taught and practiced right now in Brazil along with a lot of fun. Even better, it's going to be in the wonderful state of Rio de Janeiro.

The purpose of the CAMP is to teach the best BJJ available, hiding no secrets and with the teaching methods that have been making those guys step on the first place podiums for several years

At the Brazilian Black Belt BJJ CAMP, that take place twice a year (April and August), we assure that you will get the best possible instruction in the most exclusive Jiu-Jitsu training program in the WORLD

The house is amazing, not only for its beauty but also because it has a perfect harmony with the surroundings. Its architecture helped inspired the city's style. The architect that made the house is considered the precursor of Búzios construction. It's also located right on the beach, you walk out of the house and step in the sand. Even better, the beach (Geribá beach), is the most popular beach in the city where everyone likes to hang out.
It may sound weird, but we don't want to have a lot of students, the reason is that to guarantee a high quality standard of instruction, we limit the maximum number of students to 17. We could increase the maximum number, but we want to give something that you will get NO WHERE in the WORLD.

We are sure that no other school in the world will give you the chance to have so many TOP black belts teaching and grappling at the same class at the same time.
As we teach the concepts (the way things work), the different levels of students is not a problem. We have had students from white belts to black belts and they were all pleased at the end. We have had martial arts lovers who had never put on a BJJ gi before, but at the end they were feeling quite comfortable with BJJ.

We will be giving FULL-TIME attention during the classes, not only teaching but also rolling while correcting the mistakes. This will allow us to address everyone's BJJ needs with 100% satisfaction.
Through a high quality lifestyle, we have the intention of helping our guests make BIG steps with their techniques. We are SURE that everyone will go back home with a feeling that they have NEVER learned so much in such a short time. We are going to teach the concepts (the way things work) so it can be incorporated into your own BJJ game.
Besides the BJJ improvement, you will mix this with the best vacation of your life. Búzios is a place you will never forget, its beauty is outstanding and you will probably make plans to come back.
The accommodation: five meals a day, transportation from the airport and back and all the classes are included. The investment is only US$120 a day.

We find that to be a very reasonable, especially considering that is usually what you would pay just for a room in any nice hotel. The CAMP last 10 days
The special CAMP is made for close groups, let's say you have a group of friends who want to come to the CAMP or you want to bring your students, in this case you don't need to wait the regular CAMP, you can schedule to when is the best for your group.You choose the dates and how long you want to have it.

You make your own SPECIAL CAMP. Send us right now the best dates for you and how many students you want to bring and we can already schedule the next one

Dec 25, 2010 Categories: Comprido Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Camp Video BJJ