An Introduction to Amateur MMA Fighting



Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Has Origins in Japan

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pic
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Drawing on his years of service in the acquisitions arena, Big Sur, CA, resident Frank Chenault leads Chenault Enterprises, a merger and acquisitions company he founded. Outside of his professional pursuits, Frank Chenault trains in the martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

The origins of Brazilian jiu-jitsu date back to Japan as a form of Kodokan judo, or ground fighting. The practice was taken to Brazil by practitioners and eventually emerged as its own martial art and sport. It was given the moniker Brazilian jiu-jitsu to distinguish the method different from others of the same or similar name but separate lineages.

According to Black Belt magazine, the Gracie family created the Brazilian version of jiu-jitsu. The Gracies received their knowledge and training from Esai Maeda, who was stationed in Brazil as chief of a Japanese immigration colony. While in Brazil, Esai Maeda became friends with Gastao Gracie and taught his son jiu-jitsu.

Gracie’s son Carlos eventually opened a school in Brazil with his brothers. The school was the first of its kind in Brazil. Helio, another Gracie brother, altered the techniques to fit his smaller size. These adjustments led to what is known as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Brother Rorion brought the techniques to the United States, where it became popular within the mixed martial arts (MMA) community.

In addition to serving as a form of defense, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has several other benefits, including its ability to enhance discipline, physical fitness, and mental clarity.

When to Visit Tahiti for Surfing



Longtime business leader Frank Chenault is the former acquisition director of the Quantum Group and current head acquisition director of his own Big Sur, CA-based company, Chenault Enterprises. In addition to his business endeavors in CA, Frank Chenault of Big Sur is a professional surfer who has traveled to such locations as Tahiti to surf and compete.

Although Tahiti’s surf spots stay fairly crowded with locals and visitors throughout the year, certain seasons are better than others for catching great waves.The island’s seasons run opposite those in the United States. Summertime lasts roughly from November to March. During this time, the island may experience some North Pacific swells; these swells are typically the same ones that hit Hawaii a few days before and are noticeably smaller from their travel. As Tahiti moves into fall, surfing opportunities start expanding. Between March and June, winds blow offshore and there is minimal rain.

Winter lasts roughly from June to August and is one of the best times for surfing in Tahiti. Breaks along the south and southwest coasts are mostly reef breaks, and the waves are powerful and hollow. These strong waves stay around until around October. However, spring brings slightly calmer waters, and the waves start coming less frequently; moreover, Tahiti experiences its rainy season during spring.

Saving the World’s Oceans through Ocean Sanctuaries

Ocean Sanctuaries pic
Ocean Sanctuaries

Frank Chenault of Big Sur, CA, is a professional surfer and the owner of Chenault Enterprises, LLC, where he serves as the CEO. A lover of long coastlines and rugged ocean waves, Frank Chenault supports Greenpeace in its mission to save the world’s oceans.

The world’s oceans support life in several ways, including by providing clean air, playing a role in crop growth by making rain, supporting both small and large species of animals, and regulating climate change. Additionally, fishermen and countless others around the world depend on the ocean for their livelihood.

While a lot is known about how oceans support life, these vast territories of water still hold plenty of mystery. For example, it is estimated that the oceans harbor 500,000 to 5,000,000 species that have yet to be discovered. In fact, less than 5 percent of the world’s oceans have been explored. Nonetheless, the future all of the ocean’s species, as well as for billions of people inhabiting the planet, is threatened by overfishing and ocean destruction.

Today, Greenpeace is working to save the planet’s species by advocating that 40 percent of the oceans be designated as ocean sanctuaries. These protected areas will include vital breeding and feeding grounds for millions of fish and other marine life. This will ensure that the oceans have an opportunity to recover from various destructive industrial practices.

A Brief Look at the Accomplishments of Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater pic
Kelly Slater

Frank Chenault of Big Sur, CA, is an experienced acquisition director and founder of Chenault Enterprises. A professional surfer, Frank Chenault spends his free time remaining active throughout the Big Sur, CA, region. He also enjoys supporting other professional surfers such as Kelly Slater.

Kelly Slater is considered by many to be the most popular, accomplished, and influential professional surfer of all time. Over the last two decades Slater has captured a record 11 World Surf League championships, including five straight from 1994 through 1998, and an unprecedented 19 SURFER Poll Awards. He is the only professional to concede the top spot on SURFER Poll and later reclaim the No. 1 position. Slater is viewed not only as an elite competitive surfer, but an innovator who uses his free surfing time to explore the limits of surfing.

Longevity is another component of Slater’s decorated career. As recently as February 2016, Slater captured the Volcom Pipe Pro. He has achieved a number of additional top 5 finishes for the year and has not finished a season ranked lower than No. 9 overall since 1991.

Surfrider Foundation’s BWTF Improves Beach and Coastal Water Quality


Blue Water Task Force pic
Blue Water Task Force

A resident of Big Sur, CA, Frank Chenault is the former acquisition director of the Quantum Group and current owner and head acquisition director of Chenault Enterprises. As part of his long-time connection with Big Sur, CA, and his passion for the ocean, Frank Chenault supports several environmental organizations, including the Surfrider Foundation.

Dedicated to protecting oceans and beaches around the world, the Surfrider foundation maintains several programs and initiatives, including the Blue Water Task Force (BWTF). A volunteer-run program, the BWTF provides water testing, advocacy, and education to citizens around the world. The program maintains more than 40 water testing facilities in such areas as Virginia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and California. These facilities seek to discover and address water quality problems in their communities by measuring bacteria levels at freshwater and marine beaches. Recorded bacteria levels are compared to federal water quality standards to ensure that local communities are not encountering poor-quality water.

Since the BWTF’s inception, the organization has had a great deal of success in raising public awareness about water pollution. The program has identified several beach and coastal water pollution problems and has worked with local stakeholders to create and implement effective solutions.

Further, many state and local governments have created water quality monitoring programs based on the results from BWTF efforts. These programs seek to advance the BWTF’s work by filling in data gaps and improving public knowledge about water quality.

World Class Waves at Taapuna in Tahiti


 Papeete, Taapuna
Papeete, Taapuna

Frank Chenault of Big Sur, CA, is the acquisition director of his own company, Chenault Enterprises. When he’s not working, he enjoys traveling. Frank Chenault has visited many destinations, but is particularly fond of Tahiti. He is an avid surfer, and loves Tahiti for its people, energy, and waves. His favorite surf spot is Taapuna.

Located near Papeete, Taapuna features world-class waves. The area is crowded during weekends and sees a fair amount of surfers throughout the week. Although it offers consistent waves through most of the year, many surfers consider winter to be the best time for surfing. Taapuna is easy to find and well-suited for surfers who are experienced.

Taapuna boasts good, hollow surf regardless of the tides. The area is considered to be the original Tahitian “tube garden,” and most swells range from three to 10 feet. Winds in the area blow south, southeast, northeast, and east. Meanwhile, swell angles face either northwest, southwest, or west, and they break on the left when over a submerged reef. Despite its good surf, Taapuna is not without its dangers. Surfers must watch out for sharks and fire coral, along with rip tides.