Archive for February, 2013

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.

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!

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.).