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Category Archive: Articles, Featured

These 10 UFC Fighters Went Straight to Black Belt in BJJ

The BJJ black belt is a very prized possession in the martial arts community. It is arguably the most difficult belt to achieve in martial arts. The road to a black belt is usually a long and hard...

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....

Quick Tips for the Big Three Lifts For BJJ

Guest post by Will Safford, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach who trains under Andre Galvao in San Diego, CA.  He received is purple belt in December of 2013 and competes occasionally in...

Combat Jiu-Jitsu Innaugural World Championship Announced

    Eddie Bravo tried several times to integrate this particular ruleset. The first time he tried it several years ago he hasn’t managed to gain much of an audience. However since...

Exercise: The Original Path to Character

Guest post by Sam Yang. He is a brown belt under Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles Maciel and writes about martial arts and philosophy at MustTriumph.com Physical exertion was and still is the...

Motivation For Combat Sports: Extrinsic VS Intrinsic

Guest post by Mark Lajhner founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy  and of mmacoach.net. Mark is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), Wrestler, BJJ purple belt, MMA coach...

“Belts Don’t Matter”: Jiu-Jitsu’s Biggest Hypocrisy

Guest post by Bill Jones, the head instructor and president of Top Level Martial Arts in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He has been training martial arts since 1985 and holds several black belt ranks, including...

The Greatest Brothers In Martial Arts

Guest post by Evolve Vacation. The Evolve Vacation Program offers travelers the rare opportunity of a lifetime to combine a tropical vacation under the sun with authentic training under World...

Here’s Why Roger Gracie Is Undoubtedly BJJ’s Greatest Of All Time

Guest post by Evolve Vacation. The Evolve Vacation Program offers travelers the rare opportunity of a lifetime to combine a tropical vacation under the sun with authentic training under World...

What Would Happen If You Trained As Much Standing As on The Ground?

Guest post by Neil Adams MBE, an English judoka who won numerous Olympic and World Championship medals in judo representing Great Britain. Adams was the first British male to win a World title, and...

Should BJJ Black Belts Also Be Role Models Off the Mats?

Photo: Joshua Halvatzis, Goliveco at Frota Academy in Zurich, Switzerland. So, we keep hearing about all of those “abnormal” belts promotions- guys who promote themselves, a public...

Eddie Bravo: Demian Maia Should’ve Pulled Guard

    In the aftermath of much anticipated Demian Maia title shot there are many speculations as to what the bjj ace could’ve or should’ve done differently. But one suggestion you...

Why You Should Know About Rickson Gracie’s Connection Principle

    SBG Black Belt Cane Prevost was just one of the many black belts that were there to learn from one of the greatest bjj practitioners of all time Rickson Gracie. Rickson Gracie’s...

Marcelo Garcia: When you see someone begin to be a irresponsible on the mat or not passing good energy I think the instructor has to try to see to that

  Marcelo Garcia is another outstanding competitor. There are many who consider him best pound-for-pound Jiu-Jitsu practitioner on the planet today. His athletic accomplishments are paired with...

We Need To Stop Racism Against White Belts in BJJ

Written by Claire-France Thévenon for Jits.fr (translated from French) When you start to read this article, you’re probably expecting to read a feminist thesis on anti-white racism…This...

Prankster Challenges BJJ Instructor in Front Of Whole Class

  Barone, a famous Brazilian Youtube prankster went to BJJ legend Marco Barbosa’s academy in Sao Paulo and challenged him during a belt promotion. Barbosa has over 30 years as a black belt...

Steve Maxwell Mobility Conditioning for Combat Sport Seminar in Sarajevo, Bosnia September 23rd

Steve Maxwell  will be coming to Sarajevo, Bosnia and he’s ready to share some knowledge! The seminar’s theme is: Mobility Conditioning for Martial Arts & Combat Sport. It will be held...

Chris Haueter On Evolution Of the Closed Guard

  Chris Haueter (Rigan Machado)  Chris is best known for his innovative teaching style and conceptual coaching ability and naming of new positions as the art rapidly developed in the mid...

Little Known Facts (Outside of Japan) About BJJ Pioneer Maeda

  Guest post by Nobuo Yagai, Rigam Machado’s only Japanese BJJ Black Belt. Conde Koma, as many know, brought the art of JiuJitsu to Brazil during the years of 1916-1921.  Due to language...

Annoying Things That You Can Say & Do To a Higher Belt

Guest post by Uros Culic from Serbia, a BJJ black belt under Ricardo Vieira and FILA Grappling World Champion who has been training, teaching and competing for the last 10 years. Uros is one of the...

New BJJ Study Indicates Grip strength Endurance As Most Significant, Recommends Forearm Exercise

    Jiu-jitsu is a very young sport. As such there’s often not enough scientific research when it comes to certain effects and varied approaches. In many academies the rolling time...

Travis Stevens To Face ADCC Champion in Jiu-Jitsu Sub Only Match

MARKUS SCHREIBER/ASSOCIATED PRESS Travis Stevens will be competing again in a BJJ superfight and this time against a BJJ world and ADCC champion: Yuri Simoes. FloGrappling broke the news first: 2016...

How To Roll With Higher Belts That Make You feel Powerless

Photo: Leon Sandoval www.heyleon.com, Instagram @heyleonmedia and Facebook.com/heyleonmedia Guest post by Masafumi Matsumoto, a BJJ brown belt from Japan who has been travelling the world,...

Roger Gracie And Buchecha Square Off To a Submission Victory at Gracie Pro

    Metamoris had it’s ups and downs but one definitive upside was a really cool match they put together – the one between GOAT Roger Gracie and a fierce modern age king of absolute...