Robert Drysdale, who submitted Marcelo Garcia to win the 2007 ADCCs and came in second place at the 2007 BJJ Mundials behind London-based Roger Gracie, will be holding a training camp open to anyone in anticipation of the 2009 Brazilian jiu-jitsu Pan-Ams from March 16th to the 26th at his gym in Las Vegas.
It is likely that the major power houses of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, like Alliance, Gracie Humaita, and Gracie Barra are all holding their own training camps for members of their teams to take as many gold medals as possible at the Pan-Ams, which will be held at Cal State Dominguez Hills from March 27th through the 29th. But it is very uncommon for a group like the one assembling in Las Vegas to open its doors to jiu-jitsu practitioners from anywhere (there will be a fee for training, which also includes hotel, and transport).
Although Drysdale himself will not be competing in the Pan-Ams, he will be training and providing instruction for those who are competing. Some of the black belt jiu-jitsu practitioners who will be present at this camp include:
- Michele Nicolini (Drysdale’s wife)
- Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros
- Andre Galvao
- Bruno Frazzato
- the Mendes brothers, Guilherme and Rafael
- Cameron Diffey
- Ramon Lemos
While Drysdale has stated that more names are expected to be added to the powerhouse list above, UFC fighter and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Frank Mir is expected to throw the gi on and train a bit. Jiu-jitsu brown belt Sonny Nohara, formerly of Marc Laimon’s Cobra-Kai and now under Robert Drysdale’s banner, will also be present.
As some readers will note, several members of the team known as Brasa will be present at this camp (Galvao, Comprido, Nicolini, Drysdale himself). However, with the geographic dispersion of its original members, and differing priorities (like Demian Maia’s focus on mixed martial arts, for example) Brasa effectively ceased to operate as a team last year.
If you are interested in preparing for the 2009 Brazilian jiu-jitsu Pan-Ams in Las Vegas, you can contact the gym here.