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25 years Training 20 Years Coaching Part 2 of 5

2020 is a big milestone year for me. It is 25 years since I started BJJ & Muay Thai Kickboxing training and 20 years since I started coaching. Here is the next part. Feel free to like, comment and share this post.

Part 2 of 5: 1997-2000

I was so obsessed with BJJ I sold everything I had and moved to Dallas, Texas for 2.5 years and trained with Carlos Machado. I was an Occupational Therapist at the time and recruiters were hiring therapists to live and work in the USA. What an opportunity! I signed on the dotted line and in August 1997 I landed in the USA.

I trained in Redondo Beach with Rigan Machado for 6 weeks before going to Dallas. My first class I was partnered with a 20 year old Ricco Rodriguez (Future UFC Heavyweight Champion). It was train, eat, sleep repeat for 6 weeks. What a great start to my trip!

Then some bad news. I could not get my work visa stamped in my passport unless I left the USA and got it stamped in another country. My recruiting company recommended me to go to England. So off I went and had to stay there a month on a shoestring budget. I finally got my visa and came back to the USA. I arrived back on Sunday, started work on Monday and then on Monday night had my first BJJ class at Carlos Machado’s BJJ academy!

I was dead broke. I started work on a Monday and had to wait 2 weeks for my pay. Every night I went to the Supermarket and did laps eating as many free samples I could which was my dinner for 2 weeks. When I got to Carlos’ the first thing I asked was could I trained for free for 2 weeks till I got paid. Thankfully he said yes.

Carlos’ academy was in a Karate school at that time run by James Boecker. I was a white belt and all the high ranking students were all Blue Belts. I met a lot of friends while training in Dallas and still friends with hem to this day including Travis Lutter (Winner of TUF 4), Robert De Franco, Tino De Franco, Tim Burrill, Tery Corkron & Jaime Barron. We travelled all over Texas competing and also to Rio for the World Championships in 1999 and to Florida for the Pan Ams in 2000. I won a Bronze Medal at the Worlds as a Blue Belt and then a Silver Medal at the Pan Ams as a Purple Belt.

Getting back to Supermarkets I filled in an entry form for a competition in 1998 at Albertsons. I ended up winning the competition which was an all expenses paid trip to Paris for 4 days and 2 tickets to the quarter final of the World Cup. I invited my brother John. He came to Texas first and we pretty much were “Blind in Texas” for a week before going to Paris for 4 days (via New York for 3 days first). We watched France beat Italy by penalties. The next day we watched Croatia beat Germany on the big screen in the streets of Paris (My parents are Croatian).

At the end of 1999 I was chosen to be part of the RCJ Machado team to compete against the Gracies in their Los Angeles academy. It was the first time the Gracies competed in competition. There were 30 on each team and it was single superfights. It was no time limit and to win you had to win by submission or by 15 points. I won my match in about 12 minutes by 15 points in the Heavyweight (97kg) Blue Belt division. The RCJ team won most of the matches that day. I got to meet Helio Gracie (and Ed O’Neill) for the first time.

None of the above would have been possible without Carlos Machado. He took me in when I arrived in December 1997 as a White Belt up until I I left Dallas in May 2000 as a Purple Belt when my work visa expired. Carlos is my coach today 23 years later. He taught and shaped my BJJ game and made a blue print of what I am today. Since I left in 2000 I returned back to Dallas 6 times and brought Carlos to Australia about a dozen times. My students, family and friends have been able to meet my coach, mentor and friend Carlos. Looking forward to bringing him back to Australia soon.

Next week is Part 3: 2000-2002.

Coach Anthony Perosh

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Team Perosh BJJ team are back!

Team Perosh BJJ team competed last weekend in the first two comps post lockdown at ISKA on Saturday and Jiujiteiros on Sunday. Congrats to Alex (Gold), Ricky, Michael, Demi (Gold & Bronze), Christina (Gold & Silver), Mason (Silver), Breen, Cameron, Liam, Michael, Jack, Damian (Double gold), Natasha (Double gold), Isaac (Gold & Silver), Dante (Gold & 3 x Silver) and Noah on competing last weekend. It was the first BJJ comp for 10 out of 16 of them! Well done to everyone who competed in our BJJ team.

Coach AP

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UFC 254 1

UFC 254 – Tai Tuivasa wins by KO!

Big congrats to Tai Tuivasa on his win at UFC 254 last weekend! Tai has been training BJJ & Wresting at Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts for this fight. He executed his game plan perfectly. Well done!

Coach AP

MMA at Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts

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Subversion 3

Subversion Sub City 3 BJJ Results

Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts student Michael De Marco lost by decision at Subversion Sub City 3 in his super fight. He fought a very good BJJ Brown Belt one weight division up. It was a close and tough match and Michael did his best. He’s ok and will be back at training soon!

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MMA Thailand

Team Perosh MMA fighter Harry Smith wins in Thailand

Team Perosh MMA fighter Harry Smith won his amateur MMA fight in Thailand. Click below to see all of the action. Well done Harry. Looking forward to your return to Team Perosh.

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Fought amateur MMA in Thailand last night got the win via Ezekiel Choke. Dude was tough as nails no way he was tapping. Thanks to Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts and Trent Girdham for all I know, only getting better each time. And shout out to Kevin, Claudia and Tomi for cornering.🙏🏼

Posted by Harry Smith on Sunday, 1 March 2020

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Abu Dhabi Continental Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Team Perosh Five Dock had 7 students compete and win 4 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze at the Abu Dhabi Continental Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship – Oceania last weekend in Sydney. Michael De Marco, Damian Iacono, Dante Barbenera and Isaac Herodotou won gold, Frances Bavaro and Kobe Harb won silver and Aryan Singh won bronze. Well done to everyone that competed! Thank you to everyone who came to support.

Coach AP

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AGIG

Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG) BJJ competition

Team Perosh students Emma Hunt and Jayda La Fleur competed in the Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG) BJJ competition last Sunday in Sydney. The competition has gi and nogi events for girls and only awards gold medals. Emma won gold in her gi division. Both had wins in their gi and nogi divisions. Well done!
 
 
 
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Events BJJ Initiator Crown Results

Team Perosh MMA Five Dock had 26 students win 10 gold and 12 silver medals and 6 bronze medals at the Events BJJ Initiator Crown competition last weekend in Sydney.

Gold to Giorgio Repice, Breen Howlin, Alex Kelly, Michael Craig, Alek Barsic, Damian Iacono, Kobe Harb, Jake Lapi, Isaac Herodoto & Dante Barbanera. Silver to Mason Elias, Anthony Valore (Double), Julian Tsitsos, Wayne Fotheringham, Breen Howlin, Johnny Di Biase, Aryan Singh, Benjamin Lim, Peter Georgelos, Davide Eboli & Elyse Lapi. Bronze to Robert Feng (Double), Alex Kelly, Roman Fotheringham, Alexei Fotheringham and David Lim.

Congrats to the great results from Team Perosh affiliate academies Kemps Mixed Martial Arts, Pure Jiu-Jitsu, Movement Martial Arts, Elite Martial Arts and Giant Martial Arts. Extra special congrats to BJJ Black Belt Richard Kemp from Kemp’s MMA on triple gold! An amazing effort.

Team Perosh won Best Academy and RCJ Machado came second in Best Kids team, first in Best Gi team and first in Best Nogi team at the Initiator Crown.

Well done to everyone who competed.

Thank you to everyone who came to support.

Click here for all the photos.

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Grappling Industries BJJ results

Team Perosh had 5 students win 2 gold and 3 bronze medals at the Grappling Industries competition last weekend in Sydney. Austen Cushway and Aryan Singh won Gold. Bronze went to Aryan Singh and Isaac Herodotou. Well done to everyone who competed. Thank you to everyone who came to support.
 
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European BJJ

2020 European BJJ Championship results

Team Perosh student Guy Vaccaro competed at the European IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Lisbon, Portugal in January. He had a tough first match losing to the guy who went on to win bronze and just lose to the eventual winner of th European BJJ Championship. Guy is back to training and motivated more than ever to improve and do his best at the World BJJ Championship in June in Los Angeles.

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