BJJ Seminar at Hans Hutton academy in Munich Germany

Hans Hutton- Learn the Jiu Jitsu Art of fighting

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has rapidly increased in the last few years, since UFC started hosting shows outside the USA, overall in Europe. A lot of youngsters have fallen in love with this incredible martial art. One can call it a combat sport or a self-defense mechanism and its basic technique is to grapple the opponent on a ground fight. Hans Is one of the pioneers nonBrazilian to teach  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Germany

The Martial Art form of Jiu Jitsu

Most of us have seen fighters or wrestlers who are tall, muscular and are known for their powerful mean punches. In such fights, what happens to the fighters who are small and aren’t that powerful. Well, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or the BJJ is an art form where a smaller fighter can tackle a much stronger assailant by using techniques that take the fight to the ground and are then fought by using joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the stronger opponent. Today, it is not only a martial art form but it is also considered as a competitive professional sport that promotes physical endurance, fitness and character building in young people.

Martial Arts and Hans Hutton

Hans Hutton who started his career in jiu-jitsu in the early 2000’s when he met Prof. Renato Migliaccio at one of Renato’s tours to Europe since them they continue the friendship and the BJJ relationship, prof. Renato has been twice to Mr. Hutton Academy in 2015 and it has been a pleasure for both to share knowledge and BJJ stories together.

Learn from the master

The Hutton Academy is the first one to open a center in Munich for the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Under the expert guidance of Hans Hutton, the academy has state of the art facilities, professional coaches and provides any BJJ lover the right space and ideal conditions for learning. The Master mentor is now himself a black belt in BJJ under Grand Master Mansor and also in Luta livre under Daniel Dane. If you aspire to be a coach in this martial art form the Hutton academy provides certified training for BJJ. They train you to become a professional teacher and coach in 10 sessions and upon completion of this rigorous program, the pupil is awarded an official wing diploma.

Walk into the Hans Hutton academy and you will find a lot of students say what this art form has done to them. Many have improved their flexibility and strength. Some have seen physical changes in their body whereas some have seen overall health benefits. It is indeed a lifestyle change and the lessons they have learned is very critical in everyday life as well.


City Thong – Flowing Arts Jiu Jitsu

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at City Thong, Vienna

Our fourth stop in Europe and third in Austria was at an amazing kickboxing gym called city thong, a great gym with great atmosphere and culture that teaches kickboxing to competitors and non competitors in Vienna, and now offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes.

Sampa graduated instructors Martin Guggi and Mario are there now responsible to teach safe and legit Brazilian jiu jitsu to competitors and regular people, and make sure sampa style of teaching is being honored.

Prof. Renato taught a great 3 hours seminar for over 40 Brazilian jiu jitsu students and attendees. It was a bless. Students learned takedowns, guard passes, submissions and transitions.

The Brazilian Martial Art form of Jiu Jitsu or BJJ has taken the world by storm especially the European countries where youngsters are getting trained to compete at the highest level. This martial art form requires extreme dedication and intensive training to evolve from a beginner belt to a Master practitioner. There are many young people who want to train but do not know the right school or the right approach to this art form. That is why The City thong sports clubs in Vienna, Austria focuses primarily on making this martial art form accessible and known to the public.

Training at City Thong

A student of Martial arts especially the BJJ requires flexibility, agility and muscle power to grapple the opponent. The Training provided at the City Thong club has experienced teachers who have coaching and practical experience for many years. There are trainers who have been personally trained by Prof. Renato Migliaccio from Sampa like Martin Guggi and Mario who brought the Sampa Brazilian Jiu jitsu style and culture  to Austria. If a student’s goal is to gain success in this martial art form then City thong is the place to be. You can also join the club if you aren’t looking to compete seriously but want to learn the art form to keep yourself fit and healthy. The club has flexible training methods for students of all age groups.

Facilities at City thong

The City Thong sports club is equipped with an area which is suitable for training in Martial arts. The well laid out area equipped with weight machines makes it ideal for any student who wants to give a serious shot at this art form. A martial arts student needs to have an all round personality and the club with all its trainers and the equipment helps you to achieve that. A lot of professional athletes started their careers at City thong and some of the best Austrian MMA fighters were coached there. This has led to a lot of youngsters taking this sport seriously and achieving professional success.

Students of the club                               

There are students who train twice a week for learning the sport and there are some who train all week for overall development. The BJJ is also considered as a great stress reliever and helps elevate one’s mood. City thong focuses on offering its students quality sessions rather than quantity. The BJJ is a ground fighting sport and hence students are taught fixing and grappling techniques as well as throws. City thong enhances a students learning and is committed to his progress. Students feel that their entire journey in the club is smooth and fun as instructors adhere to the teaching style, have a clear understanding of the sport and use their creativity to leverage a student’s learning curve.

The Jiu Jitsu is often compared to chess and is called the game of human chess. It is truly an interesting way to improve one’s fitness, as you are not alone in the journey. Whether you want to lose calories or learn defense techniques its truly a win win sport and helps you evolve into a complete fitness enthusiast.


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Jiu Jitsu in Belgium and a Long-time Friend

BJJ Seminar Tour:

Sixth stop over at Belgium’s BJJ Yaware and Academy of MMA

The next halt in our Europe tour was Belgium, a country famous for its medieval towns. Located in the Flemish region of Belgium, is a small municipality of Brakel. This is where my friend, also a student of mine, resides.

Let’s acquaint ourselves with Evert Deweer and the Yaware Academy

Evert Deweer has played a prominent role in developing the martial arts streak in this part of Belgium. Evert is the Head Instructor at the BJJ Yaware and Academy of MMA. An IBJJF certified black belt, Evert is also appointed as a qualified martial arts instructor at the Flemish Trainer School.

Evert along with his team members has set up this flourishing academy. With the experience of over 20 years, they offer martial arts training  and now around ten years offering BJJ to men and women of all ages. Evert emphasizes the need for a safe and educationally sound learning.

Evert and the Yaware Academy have gone ahead and organized many international tournaments. Belgium National Pro Jiu Jitsu championship held in Abu Dhabi being one of them. This championship is a part of the UAE JIU-JITSU FEDERATION.

At Evert’s institute we produced some amazing BJJ instructors. This included two young and dynamic men, Miguel Vallee and Wesley Muddy. Both of them accomplished black belt holders. They are also official BJJ trainers and referees.

The Techniques we worked on at Evert’s place

Half Guard Bottom Control,  Half Guard sweeps, Half guard reversals, Back Takes from Half Guard  and a few submissions from half guard bottom, all techniques mastered by Prof.  Roberto Gordo Correa and later passed on to Prof. Renato Migliaccio that eventually brought it to Belgium. A very cool lineage.

Together we polish these techniques and gave a finishing touch to the moves of these trainers.

As the session came to an end, we held black belt examination for one of the trainers. In this assessment, an old time student by the name Marc Vanslembrouck was a Black Belt receiver. An enthusiastic supporter of the school, Marc is also a top coach of BJJ for youth in the institute.

We had a great time imparting our knowledge to this vibrant group of men and women. To watch these students take the art of Jiu Jitsu on a world platform gives us an immense satisfaction. We leave Belgium with a resolve to come back soon and build more bonds through the art of Jiu Jitsu and the Sampa BJJ style of teaching.

If you like to participate in our classes and be part of our association, please call 626-419-2480.

Rendezvous with Jiu Jitsu in the Alps

Our subsequent seminar in Switzerland with my friend Marius

After the BJJ seminar in Belgium, The next stop we made was in Aarau, Switzerland visiting my dear old friend Marius Maissen. Part of our excitement was borne from visiting Aarau for Jiu Jitsu after a long time. But our main attraction was the independent institute New Legacy Aarau newly set up by my friend Marius.

Our contribution to Marius and Aarau

At the recently conceived New Legacy Aarau, we worked on making sure the Sampa Brazilian jiu Jitsu style or approach to the art is being used/developed and honored at the new legacy martial arts.  Our goal is making jiu-jitsu students to understand that the mutual benefit is the secret to growth. Besides that we worked on techniques of Side Control Maintenance, Side Control Escapes and Attacks from Side Control. These methods can be described in short as:

  • Side Control Maintenance: This stable position is all about immobilizing your opponent and preventing yourself from slipping back into their guard.
  • Side Control Escapes: These escapes are performed by alleviating the pressure on our rival’s shoulder and conducting a series of twist and under hooks.
  • Attacks from Side Control: The goal here is to control the head and arm, then driving the knee into the opponent’s hip to turn his spine enough to scoop up the inside elbow.

Our attempts to perfect these styles had an extremely positive effect on the students. We proudly promoted three students to blue belt, one to purple belt and another to brown belt. It makes all our efforts worthwhile training a batch of such talented students. We congratulate each of them. Also, we give our best wishes to Marius for building a flourishing BJJ institute in Aarau.

To Gi or No-Gi

Marius has always been fonder of the No-Gi training method. This method involves getting hold of the body’s natural handles such as the neck, wrist, elbow, knees to coerce a submission. Yet, old school masters of martial arts have often preferred the Gi method due to its technicalities. The Gi routine consists of holding the partners sleeves, collar, or pant legs to gain a controlling position over the rival.

The most natural difference between the Gi and No-Gi style is the usage of the attire Gi or Kimono. This is the clothing worn in the martial arts world. It facilitates grappling among aficionados of the Gi style. Having been a doting No-Gi trainer, it was a daunting task to convince Marius to train with the Gi.

A gem in the martial arts world- Marius Maissen

Marius is a phenomenal martial arts champion. He has won accolades in tournaments all over Germany and Switzerland. His mastery is not restricted only to BJJ but he has also been a title holder in Mixed Martial Arts and Thai Boxing. Marius has 10 years of training under his sphere.

He has focused on training the young talent in the last five years. From personal experience as a social scientist, Marius has always been aware of weaker people being abused by the stronger ones.  As a coach, he makes sure to induct only those who would respect the art and not misuse it.

Marius has previously trained in the No-Gi style under the guidance of our institute. Even so he has been practicing for the last four years on the Gi style to attain a complete black belt. We would like to compliment him on his hard work and wish him all the best for his new endeavor.

If you like to participate in our classes and be part of our association, please call 626-419-2840.