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Category Archive: Articles, Health

Should You Train While Sick?

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...

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...

Eddie Bravo’s Tips On How To Avoid Ringworm

  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...

A Great Trick That Helps with Recovery For Grapplers

  Written by Emre Bardakci a specialist in Biomechanics. Emre is a black belt in Judo, blue belt in BJJ and has spent over 12 years in Turkey training with Turkish Wrestlers, Judokas,...

6 Unhealthy Symptoms Grapplers Should Never Ignore About Their Health

High level Grapplers and athletes can sometimes be the most unhealthy people. With the amount of hard training that they put their body through, they are usually carrying along lasting injuries and...

Don’t Fear Foot Locks: How To Strengthen & Improve Mobility for Ankles

  Having strong ankles is important for any athlete as it’s the base that will help you have balance. Every time you are attempting a takedown, passing someone’s guard or bridging,...

Dealing with “Small” Injuries- Travis Stevens

Most people will let fatigue, exhaustion, and or being out of shape take them out before they ever deal with any kind of real pain caused by a minor or serious injury. Chronic pain from a bad lower...

Applying The Wim Hof Method To BJJ/Grappling

Written by Christophe ‘Pank’ Levy, BJJ and Luta Livre black belt and head instructor of Raca Luta Academy in Paris, France. You may have already heard of this breathing method that many people...

Jiu-jitsu Rehab Series: Knee Injuries

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram.   Jiu jitsu rehab series: Knee injuries...

Judo Olympian On Keeping Fit After Lifetime of Overtraining

  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...

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...

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....