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Category Archive: Articles, Health

8 Ways To Avoid Getting Injured in Jiu-Jitsu

Photo credit: Kim Hovgaard of Aalborg BJJ   Injuries are always going to happen if you train in Jiu-Jitsu. It’s part of the journey. How does BJJ stack up with other martial arts in terms...

What is The Ideal Weight For Jiu-Jitsu?

If you’ve already competed three or four times, chances are you’ve already given thought to weight classes and where you should keep your bodyweight at for optimal performance. The truth is there...

High Protein Diets For Grapplers– Your Ultimate Guide

  When it comes to important macronutrients, you’d struggle to find a more beneficial example than protein, and for very good reason as well. Not only does protein help to maintain and produce...

3 Fixes for Sore Fingers In BJJ

  Finger pain is one of the realities Jiu Jitsu and most grappling practitioners face sooner or later, especially the ones that involve a kimono and thus the gripping aspect. It is that gripping...

Why & How Leg Breaks Happen in Combat Sports

  Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. One of the most gruesome injuries in...

Breath Control in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  Breath control in BJJ, Judo and Grappling. Breath control is a majorly overlooked component. Breath control in function of short- and long-term recovery, lactic acid tolerance, pain...

One Simple Exercise To Improve Posture and Decrease Injuries For BJJ

This technique is one that can be performed anywhere. Its simple, quick, and if done correctly can help balance out the muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back to improve posture and muscle...

Stretching Before a Workout or After? Benefits of Doing Both

Exercise and physical fitness in general should not be taken for granted and they most certainly should not be taken lightly either. Exercise, sports, fitness, and physical activity in general,...

Should You Train If You’re Feeling a Bit Sick?

  Should you still train, lift or do conditioning if you’re feeling a bit sick like there’s a cold or a flu coming on?  

Top 5 Superfoods to Power up Your Jiu Jitsu

  Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes....

Shoulder Stretching: A Well-Defined Path For Power Packed Muscles

Apart from a well-defined chest, a pair of broad shoulders defines the torso. Thus, a lot of men spend a hell lot of time working on their shoulders. The problem arises when no proper shoulder...

Going Down A Weight Class? Very Low Body Fat Leads to Erectile Dysfunction

In a sport like Jiu-Jitsu, it’s important to compete at the ideal weight and also with the ideal body fat percentage. In wrestling, Seven percent (7%) body fat has been established by...

Common Jiu-Jitsu Skin Diseases & Treatments

Due to constant skin-to-skin contact, infections of the skin are a common and unfortunate part of Jiu-Jitsu. The prevalence of such conditions has changed the way many people look at the sport, and...

How To Play Spider Guard Without Destroying Your Fingers

Finger pain is one of the realities Jiu Jitsu and most grappling practitioners face sooner or later, especially the ones that involve a kimono and thus the gripping aspect. It is that gripping that...

Do You Know if Your Mouthguard is Clean?

Regardless of the art, most martial arts have one piece of equipment in common – the mouthguard. Over the last twelve years I have trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai and Karate....

How to Deal with Soreness After BJJ training

Written by BJJ black belt Nick ‘Chewy’ Albin of chewjitsu.net Should you train through your soreness in BJJ? Do you get experience soreness after BJJ training and you’d like to find a way...

Recovery & Supplementation After Knee (ACL) Surgery

  Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia, talks about how to recover from an ACL reconstruction and what supplements he suggests you take. He had...

How To Crankproof Your Neck For Grappling

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. In brazilian jiu jitsu, a martial art where many...

How To Heelhook Proof Your Knees

Photo: Rafael Domingos at EBI. Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. How to...

How To Stop Feeling Tired & Boost Your Energy Levels

  Ever had that type of day where you just felt like sleeping for hours and hours, lacking the focus to do anything productive? We’ve all been through those type of days at least once in our...

Overcoming Anxiety about BJJ Training after a Knee Injury

  Written by BJJ black belt Nick ‘Chewy’ Albin of chewjitsu.net   Getting back to BJJ after an injury always sucks and there is often a period of nervousness associated with it. No one...

2 Simple Ways To Kimura Proof Your Shoulders

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram.   The most common complaint I hear on the mat...

Facts About Vegan Energy Diet For Fighters With Durable Strength

A vegan is someone who doesn’t consume anything that comes from an animal including dairy. This statement also differentiates a vegan from a vegetarian. Vegans are not considered to be healthy...

Doctor That Trains BJJ Answers Question: ‘Is Knee Reaping Dangerous?’

  Leg/knee reaping when doing a foot lock is a very controversial topic in BJJ today. Some say that the act of reaping the leg is dangerous and can injure the knee, whilst others such as Ryan...