Two Seminars with the Grand Master
Pacific Top Team in Corona CA, had a terrific weekend, hosting two seminars by Grand Master Francisco Mansur, who was accompanied by his student Master Joe Moreira. Thank you to everyone who attended — from schools across Southern California — to pay respect to the incredible wisdom Master Mansur had to offer.
The day began with a seminar for children. You could feel the excitement in the air as the children gazed in amazement at the Grand Master. They were meeting a legend, a living piece of Jiu-Jitsu history.
“He’s like the Yoda of Jiu-Jitsu,” one excited student realized.
The entire kids class treated him with immense respect. Master Mansur started with fundamental line drills, then moved to a progression of takedowns before ending with submissions from the mount. The students expressed their amazement at the little details the Grand Master shared with them. After technique, he then played his famous cowboy game.
“I was born and raised in a farm and I grew up watching cowboy movies. I am a cowboy at heart.” Grand Master took his place in the center of the tatami with his lasso as the children started to run in a circle around him. One by one he started to lasso each student. The sound of the laughter and screams of excitement filled the academy.
When the game finished, every student sat down in front of Grand Master Mansur. Professor JP took his place beside the grand master: it was time for the belt promotions. One after the other the students were called up, each with a look of excitement on their face as they saw their new belt in the Professor’s hands.
“A new belt is a lot more responsibility,” the Grand Master told each student after their promotion.
Each student laid down on their backs as Mansur entered their closed guard and signed their belts. After the seminar, the students lined up at the end of the tatami, hardly believing their belts with the Grand Master’s signature. As these children pursue their journey in Jiu-Jitsu and become adults, they will look back at these pictures and their belts, and tell the next generation about the time they met the Grand Master Mansur, the legendary red belt who learned from Helio Gracie.
Once the kids’ seminar finished, Grand Master Mansur called the adults onto the tatami.
Again, the seminar began with fundamental line drills and solo drills.
“Hip escapes, shoulder rolls and break falls are things that you should do every class. We use these movements every time we train.”
After drills, Grand Master showed submissions from guard and mount. The small details for each technique Mansur showed, which only 60+ years of training Jiu-Jitsu can teach you, were phenomenal. They are what made all the difference. Grand Master touched many subjects during his seminar such as his own personal faith, philosophy, history of Jiu-Jitsu and his own history as well. To end off the seminar, he showed a self-defense technique against the guillotine.
When everybody was lined up, a special belt promotion was given to Vince Lyons, who received his purple belt. Grand Master Mansur enjoyed the seminar and said next time will be a 3-hour because 2 was just too short. When the seminar ended, Grand Master took pictures with every student and signed their belts, as did the ever-gracious Master Moreira. This was an amazing experience, to have two Jiu-Jitsu legends in the academy at the same time, teaching and sharing with us.
“I love to see kids training Jiu-Jitsu, the next generation of Jiu-Jitsu. I am very old. One day I will not be here anymore. But when I see you, the next generation, practicing Jiu-Jitsu I feel very happy. In this way I feel I will never die.”
– Grand Master Francisco Mansur