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Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, FL

Saturday, March 28, 2015

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Independence High School, San Jose, CA

Saturday, April 11 and Sunday April 12, 2015

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Wheeler Recreation Center Field House,Bridgeport, CT

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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Kaiser Permanente Arena, Santa Cruz, CA

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Kaiser Permanente Arena, Santa Cruz, CA

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2015

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Fighter Profile: Nathan Mendelsohn
Team: Coalition 95
School: Claudio França
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor > Claudio Franca>Nathan Mendelsohn

BJJ Tour: How old are you?
Mendelsohn: I am 25 years old.

BJJ Tour: How long have you been training BJJ?
Mendelsohn: I have been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 15 years.

BJJ Tour: What belt and rank are you?
Mendelsohn: I am a black belt first degree.

BJJ Tour: From who did you receive your black belt?
Mendelsohn: I received my black belt from Master Claudio França, just like every other belt ever since yellow belt, and I received it in December, 2012.

BJJ Tour: Do you have any other martial arts training?
Mendelsohn: I started in Karate when I was four years old then switched to Ho Kuk Mu Sol when I was six and then switched over to BJJ when I was ten! Nowadays I practice Muy Thai when my schedule allows.

BJJ Tour: What got you started in BJJ?
Mendelsohn: I started training in Jiu-Jitsu sort of by chance. My father works at a restaurant that Master Franca frequents and though he had always encouraged my father to bring me in to try out jiu-jitsu it wasn’t until Claudio Franca BJJ Academy moved in right next to my house that my father finally brought me in. This sparked our interest in BJJ and my father went out and rented the first UFC. After seeing Royce Gracie dominating against so many other martial arts styles I fell in love with BJJ and the rest is history.

BJJ Tour: Have you competed in many tournaments? Which ones?
Mendelsohn: I have been an active competitor in BJJ ever since I was a kid and have competed in many major tournaments across the United States and Brazil.

BJJ Tour: What is the value of competition?
Mendelsohn: I believe competition to be the best form of training. It is much more than simply a test of your skills but actually the best way to cultivate them. You can watch in your own academy how those who compete excel much faster than those who do not. Competing against someone from another academy who is using their maximum force to defeat you is an experience that cannot be recreated in the academy. I believe it to be invaluable to a practitioners evolution in BJJ.

BJJ Tour: Who has been your toughest match? What can you tell us about it?
Mendelsohn: I have had many many tough matches but one that sticks out for me was my fight against Jackson Souza at the 2013 MMA Expo Black Belt Grand Prix. I was able to pass the monster’s guard only to have him come back and pass mine leaving the score 3-3 with 2-1 on advantages in his favor. Was a war against a top competitor that competes at least three weight classes above mine and though I lost a tough match I was still proud of myself at the end.

BJJ Tour: What keeps you driven to compete?
Mendelsohn: I am most driven to compete by the fact that it is what I love most. Obviously I enjoy the feeling of winning a tough match more than anything else but no matter the outcome I always enjoy the experience and the rush of competing no matter what. If I didn’t enjoy it so much there is no way I could dedicate myself so thoroughly to preparing for and competing in BJJ tournaments.

BJJ Tour: What is your favorite tournament or memory of BJJ?
Mendelsohn: My favorite memory in BJJ so far would have to be the moment I tied the purple belt around my father’s waist. It took him nearly ten years after I started training for him to begin training himself and since he started training he has lost over fifty pounds and is in much better shape. The purple belt to me is the hump many people have to get over in the BJJ journey. Once you’ve gotten the purple belt you are well on your way to your black belt and since my father earned that rank I have been confident he will one day make it to the black belt. Tying that belt around his waist was a very proud moment for me.

BJJ Tour: Who is your favorite fighter/competitor?
Mendelsohn: My favorite fighters are Leandro Lo and Rodolfo Vieira. Both of them have dominant, aggressive styles that rely both on strong guard work and strong passing skills with beautiful transitions. I really admire both of their styles and try to incorporate elements of both into my own style.

BJJ Tour: What tournaments can we expect to see you in the upcoming year?
Mendelsohn: I am currently recovering from a dislocated elbow and my first tournament back should be the BJJ Tour-American Cup. After that I will have to hit a couple smaller IBJJF tournaments to qualify for World’s which is my main focus for the first half of this year. Later in the year I plan to travel down to Brazil to compete as many tournaments down there as possible as well.

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