This was an awesome week. Team Randori had the chance to travel to Aurora Colorado and train with one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Schools in the state. Portela BJJ is run by Shawn Portela, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt, founder and Lead Instructor for Portela Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Shawn began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu nearly seven years ago after quitting a boring white-collar job in the satellite communications industry to pursue his drams of being an entrepreneur and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor. Having led a competitive, athletic lifestyle prior to becoming a full-time professional, Shawn longed to incorporate sports and health back into his everyday lifestyle. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provided Shawn with that opportunity. If you ask him to describe what his academy specializes in he will tell you that their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is meant for everyone regardless of age, gender, size or fitness level. The basis of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art is to promote the concept of a smaller, weaker individual defending and/or submitting a bigger, stronger aggressor by using proper technique and leverage. By taking the fight to the ground, an individual can use positional control or apply a submission, such as choke holds or joint-locks, to subdue an assailant. As a combat sport, self-defense system or martial art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be the most effective grappling and martial art, in the world. So if your in the area be sure to check em out. You wont be sorry.