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Bittersweet first outing at a purple belt competition and a bunch of participation trophies

Bittersweet first outing at a purple belt competition and a bunch of participation trophies

After weigh ins and quick warm up, I was prepared to battle it out in my advanced absolute nogi bracket. On a side note, I was a bit taken back by how many of the competitors were wearing my Furacao ronin rashies. Anyhow, my opponent was a much smaller, scrappy wrestler.

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Got myself into quite a pickle

Got myself into quite a pickle

Well, after training in a gi for almost 8 years, I have finally earned my purple belt. How does it feel, you might ask? Same as yesterday to be honest. The belt has more of a symbolic meaning to me, than anything else. It is also a ticket of admission into the new level of competition. I remember my first comp after receiving my blue belt and it felt a lot different than competing at white belt. The opponents were largely more skilled. To say that I'm anxious to compete as a purple belt is an understatement. Will I win?...

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Competing in a master's division

Competing in a master's division

The biggest difference (and an advantage) from the adult division was that all of my rolls were slower paced and A LOT more technical than what I've seen before. Whereas in the adult division, the matches consisted of a scramble after scramble, here I actually had an opportunity to really focus on working my techniques.

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Check out the review of Ronin V1 from Gi Reviews!

Check out the review of Ronin V1 from Gi Reviews!

In order to boost our credibility, we submitted our Ronin V1 rash guards to Gi Reviews. Below is what the reviewer had to say: "Definitely a product I’d recommend both for no gi grappling and wearing under the gi as the thinness and moisture wicking made it comfortable even on hot days." "The rash guard never restricted movement at all, and never felt uncomfortable, more like a second skin fitting very close and tight." "I found that the fabric didn’t pill much under the gi.  I found the stitch quality to be superb." Check out the full review here: https://gireviews.net/furacao-grappling-gear-a-breath-of-fresh-air-on-the-gi-market/

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So what does Furacao mean?

So what does Furacao mean?

This is another question that we get quite a bit. It took us a bit of time to come up with an appropriate name to fit with our vision and philosophy. After some brainstorming and consulting several BJJ black belts, Furacao was the name that stuck. Furacao means hurricane, tornado or whirlwind in Portuguese. This seemed appropriate as our main focus is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu apparel. It is also easy to see the relationship between a whirlwind and BJJ. If you have seen an exciting match between two high level opponents, you would know that they are often fast-paced and include...

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