Epi 156 BJJ in China with Andy Pi

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Andy Pi. Andy is a pioneer in bringing jiu-jitsu to China. He also won the first televised MMA fight in China. There is a lot of ground covered in this interview as we talk about jiu-jtisu in China.andy-pi

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu in 1994
  • His MMA that was the first fight on broadcast TV in China
  • Early Jiu-Jitsu in USA and China
  • Jiu-jitsu in Beijing
  • A critical look at Jiu-Jitsu in China
  • MMA compared to self-defense
  • ADCC in China
  • People doing Jiu-Jitsu for fun
  • Kids doing Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why instructors are a big factor in determining if students stick with grappling
  • New students avoiding injuries
  • The idea of “go hard or go home”
  • A lesson on checking your ego


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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Gi, No Problem ADCC

With the excitement of ADCC around the corner I made 2 of these sign pictures. One with the year and one without the year. I also have an ADCC 2013 competitor list. This is going to be an amazing event.

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ADCC Will take place on 19th & 20th October, 2013

Beijing Di Tan Sports Centre, Beijing, China

Bráulio Estima vs. André Galvão
Fabio Gurgel vs. Zé Mario Sperry

Under 66kg

1. Rafael Mendes (current champion)
2. Rubens Cobrinha
3. Justin Rader
4. João Miyao
5. Augusto Tanquinho
6. Marcio André
7. Robert Sabaruddin
8. Darson Hemmings
9. Mark Ramos
10. Uruka Sasaki
11. Timo Juhani Hirvikangas
12. Nicolas Renier
13. Jeff Glover (injured)
14. Darren Ueyoyama

Under 77kg

1. Kron Gracie
2. Otavio de Sousa
3. Leozada Nogueira
4. DJ Jackson
5. Lucas Lepri
6. Leonardo Vieira
7. Eduardo “Teta” Rios
8. AJ Agazarm
9. Tero Pyylampi
10. Gary Tonnes
11. Sotaro Yamada
12. Youngnam Noh
13. Kamil Mitosek
14. Leandro Lo
15. JT Torres

Under 88kg

1. Rousimar Toquinho
2. Claudio Calasans
3. Rafael Lovato Jr
4. Keenan Cornelius
5. Michael Langhi
6. Oskar Piechota
7. Josh Hayden
8. Shinsho Anzai
9. Doorwang Jeon
10. Lukasz Michalec
11. Victor Silvério
12. Romulo Barral
13. Lucas Leite

Under 99kg

1. Dean Lister (current champion)
2. Rodrigo Cavaca
3. Rodolfo Vieira
4. Leonardo Nogueira
5. João Gabriel Rocha
6. João Assis
7. Jon Olav Einemo
8. Tomazs Narkun
9. Alan Drueco
10. Adam Sachnoff
11. James Puoppolo
12. Yukiyasu Ozawa
13. Kamil Uminski

Over 99kg

1. Vinny Pezão (current champion)
2. Marcus Buchecha
3. Roberto Cyborg
4. Bernardo Faria
5. Fabricio Werdum
6. Orlando Sanchez
7. Alexander Trans
8. Michael Wilson
9. Jared Dopp
10. Robby Donofrio
11. Hideki Sekine
12. Janne Pietialainen
13. Ricardo Evangelista

Women’s under 60kg

1. Kyra Gracie (current champion) withdrawn from the event for unknown reasons
2. Ana Michelle Tavares
3. Mackenzie Dern
4. Luanna Alzuguir
5. Caroline Anthony
6. Kristina Barlaan
7. Seiko Yamamoto
8. Michelle Nicolini
9. Laura Hondorp

Women’s over 60kg

1. Gabi Garcia (current champion)
2. Fernanda Mazzelli
3. Yurika Nakakura
4. Thaysa Silva
5. Brea Gibert
6. Annie Ramirez
7. Marysia Malyjasiak
8. Luiza Monteiro
9. Carol DeLazze