My name is Nathan Mendelsohn and I am a Brazilian Jiu-JItsu black belt actively competing in the BJJ scene around the world. I train and teach at Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Santa Cruz, CA (one of the first places Greg Glassman ever taught Crossfit) and I train Crossfit with legendary coach Greg Amundson at Crossfit Amundson, also in Santa Cruz. Welcome to my blog where I will post a continuing “Technique of the Week” series with a new technique straight from my game every week as well as videos of my fights and stories of my travels. Hope you enjoy!
This video is of my fight in the finals of the BJJ Tour American Cup Black Belt Middleweight Pro division against David Robles. This was my first match back after recovering from a dislocated elbow suffered at the IBJJF Long Beach Pro last December, which put me out of training and competing for three months and forced me to miss the Pan Ams for the first time since I was a blue belt. It feels great to be back! The armbar I use in this match is one of my most effective weapons and will be the subject of my first Technique of the Week, coming next week!
Stay Tuned!! Ossssss