Couple of weeks back, we drove to LA to pay homage to our friend that past away.
We stopped by Selfie Town. It’s near Vanity Village and really close to Douche Bag Canyon (Simon Rex ref).
Next stop was Boasting Sushi with Alyssa + Mom.
After the funeral, we decided to check out a tournament thrown by the NABJJF. It’s supposed to compete with IBJJF. They want to grow Jiu-Jitsu to the next level but it wasn’t a very “next levely” lay out. I wasn’t even sure if that was their first event but I’m not hating. Just different from my perspective.
Just know this, when these kids turn blue belt, they are going to be able to kick your ass and invent something new to add to the game.
Out of nowhere, our boy Famous James was competing.
Alyssa + The Mendes Bros’ student relationship is on some next level stuff. These guys are celebrities of our sport but here they are, busting their asses, running around and coaching their students. Bravo Gui + Rafa.
This was after Alyssa winning her division after moving up to a heavier division.
Today we encountered much more than anticipated. We had over 130+ people come out to support our charity event for Toys for Tots, hosted by Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu & WANT VS NEED at their infamous “Marathon Roll”.
We can’t thank enough the people that came out. Even parents brought their kids and hung out.
Also, special thanks to our sponsors. But I wouldn’t even call them sponsors, more like Family- Bear Shoyoroll, BudoDave & BudoJake, Tony Amigleo & Jay Pizo.
Over a year ago, the company started as a business. But before all of this, it was just a hobby. We’ve decided that we were going to invest in the community & the people and not products. We’ve strayed away from making and pushing products throughout 2013 and I think we’ve done a fair job of INVESTING IN PEOPLE! What more could we ask for ending our 2013 like this? Head to our FACEBOOK page and see the rest of the photos.
Thank you to all of our supporters. WANT VS NEED x JIU-JITSU BATTLE will be doing some crazy shit for 2014.
Produced and Edited by yours truly…
Super thankful to Dave & Jake (Budovideos) for letting us cut up the recent highlight videos for them.
Here at WANT VS NEED, we’ve been blessed to work with so many companies and people that we wanted to host an event that allows us to give back. Especially to our future. What better way to Train With Everyone + Fundraise for the kids?
Sponsors: Shoyoroll / BudoVideos / Moskova / Albino & Preto / Shurfit / WANT VS NEED
Couple of weeks ago we went to check out the first Five Grappling event held in California. Past events were held in locations around the country but this time they came to Anaheim. There has been lots of buzz about it and they have sponsored two of our Jiu-Jitsu Battle events so we wanted to show our support.
The concept and their rules was refreshing from that of the norm. Example, if both players pull guard and one comes up, they get two points. I don’t agree with the two points but it makes it exciting since one has to pass or sweep. I would only give 1 point since the guy that came up hasn’t really done anything.
The one half of FG, Paul Henson. He has given us so much support for our event and always takes care of us.
Our Golden Child, Alyssa had a superfight and won by triangle armbar.
Maxx Lee blingin’ out. This dude is the future of our sport.
Riccardo is the matchmaker for Five Grappling. Super cool dude. Here he is with the champs, Carbullido, Liera Jr., and Tye Rotulo.
I hung out with the boys all day so Trill was the one that took the photos. I know they suck but he isn’t exactly a photographer. Dude is our accountant.
The attention to detail, the iconic photos and decorations, being surrounded by Mendes Bros’ success is amazing. They should make this place a museum.
Here’s Rafa showing the guys how to drift an AE86. All jokes aside, Rafael & Guilherme Mendes are some of the most decorated & prominent Jiu-Jitsu players of our time. What a great story. If you work hard, win some prestigious events, you can change your life. Through it all, making a better living not just for themselves but the people they are surrounded by and changed their lives for the better.
We were also there to shoot Mason Monsevais, one of the Mendes Bros’ homegrown champions and the #1 Light Feather Blue Belt in the world (IBJFF ranking). Before there wasn’t a future for Jiu-Jitsu players. Some of them move on to MMA to make money but I think the Mendes Bros have shown that with the right people behind you and hard work, you can make a living from Jiu-Jitsu.
Invest in people, not products.