26 Mar First White and Red Belt in Central Coast SERGIO PENHA Seminary.
Sergio Penha visits Gracie Central Coast
Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Sergio Penha is in Australia for the first time and shared his years of knowledge with the students at Gracie Central Coast yesterday.
Sergio Penha is one of the very few 8th-degree red and white coral belts in the world- A rank that can only be obtained after having a white and red after 38 years!
Penha is famous for going straight from purple to black belt and giving Rickson Gracie one the most difficult matches of his career. Penha has also taught countless mixed martial arts fighters including, Kazushi Sakuraba, Stephan Bonnar and Frank Mir.
Simply being in the presence of Penha it is easy to see why he is so highly regarded in the jiu-jitsu world. Penha holds a wealth of information and this was on full display during his seminar at Gracie Central Coast.
Penha comes from the ‘old school’ style of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the techniques he showed were simple to follow yet highly effective. This means that no matter your ability level, you will be able to effectively implement the techniques shown by Penha into your game. As is the case with all techniques, the devil is in the detail, Penha effectively conveyed this to all the students in attendance.
One of the great things about learning from legends such as Penha is not only the techniques shown, but the philosophy and hard work that underpins it all. Penha spoke of the discipline that it took to get to the level he is today, often spending nine hours a day on the mat. For Penha, his love of jiu-jitsu he admitted is obsessive. Penha likened jiu-jitsu to a drug, it gets more and more addictive the more you do it. This is something I believe a lot of jiu-jitsu practitioners can relate too.
Penha will be in Sydney for another week and doing seminars all around the city. I highly recommend you attend to learn from a true legend of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. You are guaranteed to learn something that you can implement into your own game.
By “James Averis”