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UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar Seminar

TUF 12 FinaleFeb 1, 2014: UFC Star and Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar will be at Copa Jiu-Jitsu to share some of his favoite Octagon techniques and strategies.

Bonnar was the runner-up in The Ultimate Fighter, Season 1. His legendary match against Forrest Griffin is considered the most important fight in UFC history. Copa’s very own Mark “Mack the Knife” Daley was in his corner for the fight rematch in UFC 62.

Time: Registration: 1:00pm-1:30pm
Seminar: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Where: Quads Gym (3727 N Broadway) Street parking available

Cost: $60

Pre-registration is closed! Registration is now $60 at the door!

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Copa Wins 9 Medals at US Grappling

Copa Jiu-Jitsu performed extraordinarily at the recent tournament put on by US usg2013-1Grappling. In total, the Copa Competition Team took in 9 medals and was the 3rd highest scoring school at the tournament. Those medals were instrumental in helping the Carlson Gracie Team to First Place Team honors.

We are very proud of everyone who competed!

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Copa Jiu-Jitsu Raises $16,898 for Special Olympics

2013 Polar PlungeOn Sunday, March 3rd, 2013, 20 members of the Copa Jiu-Jitsu community jumped into the icy waters of frigid Lake Michigan. The extraordinary act was the culmination of months of fundraising for the Chicago Polar Plunge, benefiting the Special Olympics charity.

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Copa Earns 15 Medals at US Grappling

usgchicagoThe Copa Jiu-Jitsu competition team had a successful day at the U.S. Grappling Chicago tournament, Jan. 26, in Oak Lawn, Ill., winning 15 medals, including four gold medals, seven silvers, and four bronzes. Several competitors won their first gold medals under the Copa Jiu-Jitsu banner, including blue belt Milos Petrovic and white belt Ian Lue. Congratulations to the fighters.

Copa Jiu-Jitsu placed 3rd of over 30 academies in total medal points, fueling Carlson Gracie Team to another First Place Team trophy!

We look forward to watching the Copa Jiu-Jitsu team at the 2013 IBJJF Chicago Winter Open on March 9!

See below for a complete listing of Copa Jiu-Jitsu U.S. Grappling winners.

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60-Day BJJ Weight Loss Challenge – Trip’s Week 4 Blog: Balance

Copa Jiu-Jitsu provides a one-of-a-kind blend of physical conditioning and practical self-defense in a supportive and fun environment. One student chose to document his experience with our methodology over 60 days to see how quickly our system produces results. These are his unedited journal entries.

Week 4- Weight: 237 lbs

tripweek4This week I’d like to discuss a topic that most people, at least those of us who aren’t professional athletes, encounter at some point in their lives when they decide to engage in some sort of diet and exercise regimen. That is, managing our day jobs, relationships, and day-to-day responsibilities while trying to stay on top of our health and/or weight-loss goals.

I think for many who train jiu-jitsu (myself included), there comes a point when we fantasize about doing nothing but devote our lives to the study of jiu-jitsu—I’ve read stories of some of the great jiu-jitsu players in Brazil who literally sleep on the mats and work in the gym for the opportunity to train and become the stars of their sport. It’s a romantic notion, but not very practical for most of us (with the exception of those who run their own schools or those who feel there is no other means to support themselves except through training and fighting).

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Free 2-Hour Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Course


Get a free introduction to the exhilarating sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)! Come and see why BJJ is one of the fastest growing activities in the world today.

Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitus?

  • It has been proven to be one of the most effective martial arts
  • It’s a great workout that is mentally engaging
  • Meet the supportive Copa Jiu-Jitsu team and community

This course is designed to empower adults (18+) that have no previous jiu-jitsu experience.

After this course, you will know::

  • How to turn the tables in your favor when you are attacked
  • How to subdue a larger or stronger opponent
  • Techniques to escape a bad situation


Instructor Mark “Mack the Knife” Daley holds several black belts, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, and Hapkido. He has trained Secret Service, Special Forces, and Chicago Police Department personnel. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from him today!

This is a one-time event and space IS limited to 30 people. RSVP on our Facebook event or email jim@copabjj.com to reserve your spot today.

See you on the mat!

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60-Day BJJ Weight Loss Challenge – Trip’s Week 3 Blog: The Mental Game

Copa Jiu-Jitsu provides a one-of-a-kind blend of physical conditioning and practical self-defense in a supportive and fun environment. One student chose to document his experience with our methodology over 60 days to see how quickly our system produces results. These are his unedited journal entries.

Week 3

Weight: 243 lbs

So, the weight loss slowed a bit this week. I only lost 1 pound. The diet didn’t change, but the workouts were a little lighter this week than normal (I was able to do 3 classes, but I wasn’t able to do Wednesday night, and the school was closed Saturday for the US Grappling Tournament, at which Team Mack the Knife had a great showing: 15 medals total).

As promised last week, I’ll touch on the mental aspect of not only training jiu-jitsu, but the overall lifestyle change (diet, sleep, etc.).

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60-Day BJJ Weight Loss Challenge – Trip’s Week 2 Blog

Copa Jiu-Jitsu provides a one-of-a-kind blend of physical conditioning and practical self-defense in a supportive and fun environment. One student chose to document his experience with our methodology over 60 days to see how quickly our system produces results. These are his unedited journal entries.

Week 2

Weight: 244lbs

As promised, I’m going to discuss how diet will play a part in the weight-loss challenge. This was tough for me, because I’m really not sure I’ve ever learned how to eat properly. As a kid, I was rail-thin, and could eat pretty much whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, and not gain an ounce. As I worked my way through my 20’s, my eating habits remained the same while my waistline expanded. Exercise helped, but it couldn’t remedy the effects of what I was putting my body through due to poor dietary
choices. I’ve tried Weight Watchers a few times, but found that the constant “point counting” and measuring was tiresome, and didn’t really change what sort of foods I was choosing to eat. I also tried several New Year’s resolution diets, where I’d do great for a week or two, making all my own rabbit food. This would ultimately end miserably when I’d return home from work after a tough day and grab my phone and credit card and order out.

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60-Day BJJ Weight Loss Challenge – Trip’s Week 1 Blog

Copa Jiu-Jitsu provides a one-of-a-kind blend of physical conditioning and practical self-defense in a supportive and fun environment. One student chose to document his experience with our methodology over 60 days to see how quickly our system produces results. These are his unedited journal entries.

Starting Weight, 254 lbs


At the beginning of the New Year, I was approached by Copa BJJ coaches Jim Neitzel and Mark “Mack the Knife” Daley to consider a proposition: commit to training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at least 3 times per week while maintaining a healthy diet for a total of 60 days. The purpose of this experiment was to gauge how effective Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is in helping individuals lose unwanted weight (gimmick free: just a healthy diet and hard training).

My guess is that I was selected for a couple of reasons—first, I had been out of the gym for a couple of months due to a family tragedy and the constraints of my job. Second, as a result of being away from the gym, I had put on several extra pounds that I was not at all happy about. Mack and Jim asked me how much I weighed, and more importantly, how much I wanted to weigh. I told them I was walking around at between 250-260 lbs, but as I am only 5’ 11”, I would like to get down to 200lbs at some point. Jim told me about a company that shares space in the gym our jiu-jitsu school operates out of (Quads Gym) called “DexaFit”. As Jim explained it, DexaFit uses state of the art imaging technology to provide a comprehensive breakdown of one’s body composition. This imaging technology has been used by professional athletes and weekend warriors alike to educate them on how muscle mass is distributed through their bodies, what percentage of their mass is stored as fat, and even measures bone density levels. Jim stated that Copa BJJ wanted to partner with DexaFit to do a “Before and After” experiment, where I got to be the guinea pig. As someone who wanted nothing more than the right motivation to shed pounds, I jumped at the opportunity.

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