SUSPENDED – LEARNING TO BITE MY TONGUE!

SUSPENDED – LEARNING TO BITE MY TONGUE!

I’ve seen online over the past several months the talk about my competition status and have had many questions posed to me about the same. I feel now is the right time to address these inquiries. Let me start at the beginning. Over one year ago I competed in the 2015 European Championships. My quarter final match against a Brazilian opponent (pictured above) – someone I knew quite well – ended on points in favor of my adversary. During the match several things happened, including when we rolled out of bounds, but he had a hold of the lapel around my neck. Because the official deemed that as a ‘legitimate’ submission attempt he was awarded two points, and the lead. I passed the guard and secured the back of my opponent which would have awarded me an additional 7 points and the lead, but I was not awarded the points due to the discretion of the official and time ran out. That, however, is not what upset me. As I stepped off the mat and was walking towards the other side of the gymnasium, I saw my opponent walking towards me, grinning and boasting about his win. I looked at him in disgust, still fuming with frustration and said in Portuguese, “Congrats, your Jiu Jitsu is really beautiful…you just have one position.” I specifically said that because the same exact thing happened in the 2012 PanAm Brown Belt Final against him. Feel free to take a look (here). After I said that, we both said some things in the heat of the moment that were offensive to each other...
AJ VS. Karo Results from Metamoris Underground

AJ VS. Karo Results from Metamoris Underground

I really appreciate all the positive comments regarding my match with Karo. After 20 minutes it ended in a draw. A lot of you are calling this match the most exciting in the history of Metamoris and although I can’t say whether that is true or not, it is always something I always strive for when I step on the mat. This match happened in two days notice and I don’t say that for an applaud or a pat on the back, I say that for those of you who are reserved in your approach to competition. I believe the mat is where you learn the most about yourself, and the art. When you challenge yourself and step outside your zone of comfort, you experience things beyond fathom. Give competition a try. Regarding the intensity during the match: you can speculate and say I was a jerk or an ass, but for me I like engagement from my opponent and sometimes that means I have to push to be pushed back. We could have easily set ourselves on cruise control and sometimes your opponents accept that, but that wouldn’t have been worth my time nor your money. Prior to this match I was aware of the controversy regarding Metamoris and their athlete payment issues, but the money was not the driving force. I believed in the matchup between us both, the clash of styles, and what it would represent for the BJJ community. What Ralek and Metmaoris are doing for the grappling community is ground breaking and just like anything you start from the ground up it is going...
Metamoris – SUB ONLY, AJ VS Karo!

Metamoris – SUB ONLY, AJ VS Karo!

On August 14th, 2015 AJ Agazarm will face Karo Parisyan in a 15 minute/submission only grappling match. AJ stepped in for an injured JT Torres to face Karo this Friday for the Metamoris Underground. AJ is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Eduardo de Lima and Carlos Gracie Junior. He is among the most exciting American submission-only grapplers and is a champion several times over. See it live exclusively on All Access at Metamoris.com The card includes: AJ Agazarm VS Karo Parisyan Pedro Munhoz VS Jeff Curran Gezary Matuda VS Chelsea Leah Stephen Martinez VS Josh Hinger Moku Kahwai VS Evandro...