The Smiling Warrior / by Josh Izenberg

A new project, which we're working on for the sheer joy of it, is a short profile documentary on the rise and fall — and rise — of an indefatigable Brazilian jiujitsu teacher, Mauricio "Rizzada" Ferrandis. 

Rizzada means "smiling" in Portuguese and indeed, Rizzada had us smiling the entire weekend with his infectious good humor. An incredible feat for a man who endured a motorcycle accident that crippled his left arm, and almost ended his career. But Rizzada is teaching himself to be a one-armed fighter, and we're rooting for his comeback.