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The Marcos Torregrosa Experience

3 Comments, Posted by: Roy Dean in: Seminars

It was a very inspired weekend with Marcos Torregrossa, who taught several classes at the academy, in addition to a fantastic half guard seminar.

We have been fortunate to have an influx of higher level practitioners at the dojo.  Ralph Gracie brown belt Paul Moresi joined the Academy and teaches on Saturday.  Rafael Lavato Jr. black belt Ben Baxter dropped in last week and shared his x passing skills with us.  And now Marcos.  I am excited by the new influx of information, the stylistic variances, and how it’s keeping the Academy evolving.

Professor Torregrossa was always good.  He won the World Championships as a blue belt, and is currently is a world class black belt in the lightweight division. His game is off the hook.  I was able to experience a top level, state of the art competition game.  Shiny and new.  Aggressive and sharp. 

If Kano Jiu Jitsu was version 1.0, and BJJ was 2.0, this was 2.5.  It utilized Brabo chokes, De La Riva, 50/50, spider guard, half-guard, deep-half, judo gripping, wrestling, footlocks, and advanced combinations that included the key transitions that win at the World level.  His system was numbered as well.  It was all mapped out.  Nothing was left to chance.  He knew what to go for at all times.  There is a gulf between a solid black belt and a world class competitor.  That can be difficult to believe for some, but once you feel it, you understand.  I have felt it a few times now.  It leaves an impression.

Although originally receiving his black belt from Cassio Werneck, Marcos sought out Lloyd Irvin to take him to the podium at the largest tournaments in the world.  Master Lloyd is doing that for him.  Marcos spoke with great respect of Lloyd Irvin’s personal abilities on the mat, in addition to his coaching style.  Team Lloyd Irvin are a passionate, focused team, and I’m excited that Marcos was able to find a home for his competitive spirit.

Marcos shut me down when we rolled. From the moment he grabbed my gi, I could feel the power.  And the focused intent.  He broke my grips off at will.  The force he generated with his legs was so well directed and so precisely placed that I couldn’t keep up with the threats.  There was no gap between them.  Overlapping threats.  He showed me a triangle setup that he used on me.  It was brilliant.  I cannot wait to use it.  Tricky, sophisticated, and aggressive.  There are no playful exchanges in the competition game.  Someone is winning and someone is losing, at all times.  It’s physical and psychological punishment, in a campaign to impose your will. 

Marcos is one of the most dedicated athletes I have had the pleasure of being around.  Focused intent abounds in him.  The hill behind my house is a punishing sprint.  10 trips up is hellish.  Marcos did 20 sprints to start the morning, with guard passing movements on the way down.  Then he taught a private lesson, a 3 hour seminar, which included some rolling, then went back to the house for a Crossfit workout.  Normal day.  He is conditioned, acrobatic, flexible, and precise.  Everything you need to win at the World level. The knife could not be sharper.

I’m looking forward to having Marcos return, not only to teach, but to be a training partner and keep me up to date with the latest evolutions.  Marcos is living, breathing, and training jiu jitsu for the most demanding application of the art: competition.  We thank him for sharing his knowledge with us.


  1. What a great experience this was.  Let’s talk about that body triangle…

    Kellyn from Giving a math test
    on Monday, July 18, 2011

  2. Sounds awesome.  I’ll be looking forward to experiencing this on his next visit.

    on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

  3. I’ve been a fan of Roy Dean’s style for the past two years and enjoyed his DVDs, as well as his newly-designed apps, which is where I stumbled upon Marcos in the app store. It’s great to see these two learning from one another and great to hear the humility that Roy has and the language of praise he affords Marcos. I wish these professors the very best! Oss!

    Scotty from Arcadia
    on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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