Happy New Year from Team Santos!

Resolution for 2012 - JUST TRAIN!

The Man Who Might Have Been King


He never looked up. Everything David Terrell did for that year — for days, weeks and months — came at a certain eye level. He hunkered down and insulated himself from the world, shutting down and shutting off everything he ever knew.Terrell raised his eyes to turn on a TV or maybe look up briefly to find something to eat in the fridge; otherwise, nothing. His eyes were fixed on the floor, groping for answers. He moped, with his head swaying back and forth as he questioned himself repeatedly: “Why did you do it? Why did you quit like that?” The drawn shades to his room were not going to provide a reply. Neither were the tussled bed sheets or the shoes and pants lying strewn on the floor. Only 24 hours earlier, he had the world in the palm of his hands. A day later, he did not want to see anyone. As for eye contact, forget it. In the subsequent days, weeks and months to follow, those few Terrell would see were greeted with a darting look, as if something or someone was ready to pounce on him.This is what happens when a dream is shattered, and there was Terrell’s, smashed and broken into tiny pieces after his loss to the late Evan Tanner at UFC 51cost him the vacant middleweight championship. He had so much to gain, so many visions he could not contain them all. Then, just like that, they all evaporated: poof.“I knew I could have been a world champion. It sucks. I just gave up [against Tanner] and just laid there. I beat myself, and for me to beat myself like that, it will probably always haunt me,” says Terrell.However, you should see the 33-year-old Terrell today. You should see the radiant smile on his face each time he runs around after his young son, Michael, his mini-me. Terrell runs the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance — which he has owned for close to 10 years — in Santa Rosa, Calif. He still trains, though he mainly trains other fighters, like David Mitchell, Nate Loughran and former Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight titleholder Joe Soto.

Congrats to Nate Diaz for a Dominating Win Over Cerrone from Team Santos!


Nate Diaz wants to fight the best, and few could argue with such a request after his performance at UFC 141 on Friday night.

The Stockton, Calif., product continually beat highly regarded Donald Cerrone to the punch en route to a unanimous decision victory at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The “Cowboy” now in his rear-view mirror, Diaz says he’s ready to make a run at the UFC lightweight championship.

“[I want to fight] the best person in my weight division,” Diaz said at the UFC 141 post-fight press conference. “Whoever they would like to give me, the highest ranked contender, that’s what I’m after. I want to fight for the championship. I just want to show the world I can fight the best fighters and beat the best fighters.”

Diaz did exactly that on Friday night, halting the red-hot Cerrone’s six-fight winning streak in impressive fashion. The Cesar Gracie product wasted no time in setting his pace, popping Cerrone with a long jab and following with crisp combinations in round one.

Team Santos No Gi Jiu Jitsu Tournament - Round 4

The Team Santos No Gi Jiu Jitsu Tournament - Round 4 is scheduled for December 17th, 2011. Charity proceeds will go to the Brain Tumor Society, find them on the web at http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/goto/teamfox. Everybody will get at least two matches, with cash prize for advanced open weight. Location is Harding Martial Arts Academy, 2556 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583. There will be competition for both children and adults. 8:00-9:30am will be weigh ins for kids and juveniles, at 10:30am matches for kids and juveniles start. Weigh ins for adults is 9:30-11:00am, with adult matches starting at 12:00 noon. The cost is $35 per competitor for preregister and $45 per competitor for the same day registration. To preregister for the event go to http://www.strongvon.com/teamsantos/. Preregistration closes on December 16, 2011 at 7:00pm. There will be a $5 spectator fee, family members will be given a discount at the door. For more info contact Jon Santos at maximus385@aol.com, or call (925)519-4459. See you there!

Spectacluar Diaz Batters Penn at UFC 137

From www.sherdog.com

Nick Diaz took out B.J. Penn and took aim at welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

The ruthless Diaz whipped into Penn with his trademark high-volume strikes en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision in the UFC 137 headliner on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. By the time it was done, Penn’s face was a bloody and swollen mess, having absorbed countless blows to the head and body from the former Strikeforce champion.

Upcoming No Gi Jiu Jitsu Tournaments

Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance No GI Jiu Jitsu Tournament Nov 5th. Team Santos No GI Jiu Jitsu Tournament sometime in December. Time to train.

Jiu Jitsu academy is not a prison. It is a training facility

People that show up to train get better period.I have seen a lot of talent while training Jiu Jitsu since 1995 some have made it to the next level David Terrell,Gil Castillo,Nick Diaz,Jake Shields,Nathan Diaz,Gilbert Melendez to name a few who became stars.
The sad part about it is those few examples are very rare!Many more with physical gifts Speed,power gave up pushed their chair back and walked away.

San Ramon Martial Arts Grand Opening

Come on down to San Ramon Martial Arts tomorrow, September 24, from 10:30am to 4pm, for the Grand Opening celebration. Start a great new hobby or fitness program at crazy low rates. Come see what we're all about and receive free training with sign up of any program, no sign up fees and free gear. Lunch will be served from 11:30am to 2:00pm, provided by Mi Pueblo in Hayward/San Leandro. #Sanramonbjj #Teamsantosbjj #graciefightersanramon .
San Ramon, CA 94583.

Should You Weightlift in Jiu-Jitsu?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Should You Weightlift in Jiu-Jitsu?
In my early days as a Jiu-Jitsu student I was told that to be good at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that I shouldn’t lift weights. I was told it adversely effects your technique because you want to use the proper angle instead of muscling through a position to be most effective.