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Author Archive: Iva Djokovic

Travis Stevens: If You’re Only Working Hard When Someone’s Watching You, You’re Not Doing It Right

    Travis Stevens is a man of many gifts but perhaps the one to admire the most is his work ethic. The Silver Olympic Judo medalist has put in 6 hour work outs for a number of years to get...

Matt Hughes Back To Doing jiu-jitsu Just 2 Months After Car Wreck

    Matt Hughes is back on the mat! Just two months following series of injuries stemming from a train hitting his truck in Illinois. Footage of Hughes rolling was posted by his friend Tony...

To Stand & Pass or Stay on the Knees & Pass?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs cascao bjj hard knocks out of Las Vegas nv.   Often times during a jiu-jitsu battle, the majority of the time is...

Kayla Harrison on depression, suicidal thoughts and being saved by Judo

    In bjj it’s quite common to hear practitioners to say BJJ saved my life. But when it comes to public figures and judo it’s perhaps a little less prominent. Kayla Harrison...

Mauricio Gomes On How He Raised Roger Gracie To Be A Champion

  Mauricio Motta Gomes is one of the 6 figures to be promoted to the rank of bjj black belt by the legend Rolles Gracie whose life was cut short in a tragic accident. Rolles Gracie was always...

Why You Should Commit To the Art and Your Coach and Not Promotion

written by Nick Chewy Albin of chewjitsu.net   What does time have to do with a BJJ Belt Promotion? Our buddy Edward recently sent in a message asking for advice on the subject of what time has...

The story of First Televized MMA Match, a Judoka and a Boxer

    While the Gracie family had long been facing challengers the first televised Mixed Martial Arts match was actually one of Gene Lebell. The Ronda Rousey judo mentor was pitted against...

Olympic judo star Was shot in the foot by a Ricocheted Bullet in Cambrils

    While the whole world reels from the attack in Barcelona new news are constantly emerging. The latest bit, relevant to the grappling community – is that British Olympic judo...

Polaris 5: Results, Mockery and Controversies

    Polaris just concluded the latest edition of the event. In a much anticipated duel the event featured the match everyone has been gearing to see for the last year – Garry Tonon vs...

Dillon Danis Gets Up Close And Personal With Tonon’s face at Polaris 5 Weigh In

picture cred: @garrytonon   Polaris 5 is on fire. Just ahead of the scheduled grappling matches came the weigh ins. Which were uncharacteristically dramatic. Take a look:   🎶SOUND ON🎶...

Judo Coach Describes Coming Face to Face With Barcelona Attacker

    A british man came face to face with a terrorist as he was shot dead by the police in Cambrils after the horrendous Barcelona attack this past Thursday. The man in question is British...

Werdum Bout Scheduled For UFC 216

    In an interesting turn of events Fabricio Werdum will be next dueling the un-retired and often hilarious Derick Lewis. Lewis announced retirement earlier in the year following a loss...

3 Helpful Beverages to Drink at Jiu Jitsu Class and 2 You Must Avoid

We all know that kid who shows up to the gym with a Kool Aid Jammer or whatever other ridiculous drink, then complains about being tired halfway through. There’s a correlation there. Certain...

Karate Kid Pranks Jiu-Jitsu Students by Issuing Challenges

  More than 30 years after Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence faced off in one of cinema’s most iconic showdowns, The Karate Kid is making a comeback. This time he’s ready to...

Woman Utilizes MMA Training To Prevent A Man From Abducting Children On Playground

    This past Tuesday a woman in Canada found herself in a situation where she was fighting for a child’s life. The woman in question is Chelsi Sabbe who works at the Tiny Treasure...

Pass Proof Your Half Guard

written by Nick Chewy Albin of chewjitsu.net   Do you have trouble with the Cut Through pass when you play Half Guard in BJJ? The Cut Through, Knee Slide, whatever name you like to call it, is...

Demi Lovato Recommends BJJ As A Way To Improve Confidence & To Deal With Mental Issues

    Demi Lovato has been quite outspoken about her affection for jiu-jitsu among other things. The young pop star has taken a liking to a variety of mixed martial arts and can be seen...

IBJJF Grand Prix Late Day Roster Change: Xande Ribeiro In

      IBJJF Grand Prix has had a tough time coming together this year. Following the biggest sensation Roger Gracie backing out, the event has hit another snag. Mahamed Aly,...

Wrestling GOAT, Alexander Karelin: Age Cheating Is Destroying The Sport

    Alexander Karelin is one of the all time greatest Greco Roman Wrestlers. Karelin’s antics earned him a spot on our list of greatest grapplers. Still he is now going on the record...

Transformers: Biggest Weight Cutters in Grappling

  Weight cuts are quite risky torturous methods of gaining advantage in a fight. We’ll list some cliff notes for those unfamiliar with this practice. Many sports feature weight categories....

BJJ Black Belt Hal MacDonald helps Police officer Detain Suspect Following Scuffle

    It seems like every day we hear about a jiu-jitsu student that has found themself in a position to assist a member of the Law Enforcement. The latest case was Rodrigo Resende Academy...

MMA Amateur Rondel Clark Succumbs To Injuries From Last Bout

    Amateur MMA fighter Rondel Clark lost his life 3 days after suffering a technical knockout loss at Cage Titans 35 in Plymouth, Massachusets. Boston Globe confirms Clark was carried...

Javi Vasquez Reveals Struggle With Colon Cancer, Is Asking For Help

    Javier Vasquez had a long and respected MMA career but he’s still very very private. The former son in law of Rorion Gracie was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 41. This has...

Travis Stevens Explains Why He Won’t Be Transitioning To MMA

  The USA’s Travis Stevens, probably the hardest working judoka around, has taken home a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic games. Travis Stevens when asked why he focuses on the Ground Game...