Name: Nikki Nik Age: 30 Rank: Blue Belt Number of years training: 1 year, 8 months “What got me into Jiu Jitsu was Rhonda Rousey!” When Nikki recounts her introduction to the sport, it all started in a Buffalo Wild Wings during UFC fight night. Plastered across a large LED screen, the former judoka Olympic [...]
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The world of combat sports can be intimidating and even daunting for an individual to approach. For some, simply conceiving the idea of giving it a try induces nervous laughs and quick dismissal from the conversation. Further still, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a combat sport that is primarily a ground-based martial art has been dominated [...]
Dominate verb dom·i·nate \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt \ 1: rule, control 2: to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on 3a: to be predominant in b: to have a commanding or preeminent place or position in Saturday June 23 the troops were gathered, and Diego Bispo Academy went to war. Endurance was called upon; stamina, grit, and a focused resolve to accomplish the goal. When the dust [...]
“I have never done anything with such hunger and drive, and that makes whatever happens, win or lose, worth it!” Work ethic, dedication, consistency, balance, and drive, qualities many strive for and characteristics that when possessed can achieve much. This is the not-so-secret sauce, the formula that has guided Diego Bispo Academy’s newest Brown Belt [...]
“Do what you love. Love what you do.” If you’ve trained at Diego Bispo Academy for any amount of time you’ve heard the name “JQ.” At 6’4 and 245lbs of ankle reaping, half guard sweeping mass, he’s hard to miss. Although many of his teammates, who have succumb to the four-finger mat tap under [...]
Diego Bispo Academy Shows Up Saturday May 12 kicked off the Virginia Beach Open, New Breed Ultimate Challenge. As the contenders prepared their minds and primed their bodies for battle on the mats, several kids joined the DBA team ranks, making their first appearance in the competition arena. Fueled by the encouragement of teammates [...]