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Author Archive: BJJEE

The First BJJ Black Belt in India – A Nation of 1.37 Billion People

India is well known for its freestyle grappling, also known as “Khusti” or “Phelwani,” and is also said to be the birthplace of one of the oldest forms of martial arts:...

Instructors, This Is Why Your Students Will Leave You

Photo: Joshua Halvatzis, Goliveco  For BJJ coaches out there – and especially for those that are the owners of their gyms as well – it is of vital importance to retain students. After all, it...

Neck Bridging: Is it Safe?

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. Neck bridging: Is it safe? The neck bridge has...

Three Rules for Rolling From SBG’s Matt Thornton

Guest post by Matt Thornton, founder of Straight Blast Gym International, an association of over 35 gyms worldwide engaged in training athletes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and mixed martial arts....

What Really Happens To Your Grappling Performance When Taking St*roids

(Picture of Paulo Miyao, who was banned for 2 years by USADA for testing positive for PED’s) St*roids can be good for some people. They can actually do wonders for them if they are used...

Stand Up Mistakes: 5 Reasons Why Your Opponent Takes You Down

  There are a few common mistakes that Judoka/BJJ players make that give their opponent an opportunity to throw them. If you can minimize these mistakes then you will last a lot longer in...

Beautiful Roll Between BJJ Black Belt & Grappling Dog

  Kano the dog rolling with his master, BJJ and Judo black belt Bryan Mendez. Kano is wearing a Dog Gi.

What Is My Gym’s Level Like Compared To Other BJJ Gyms Around The World?

Photo: Marlon Le Tho, Rxwdy Vision Whenever people find out that I have traveled to a lot of countries and visited different gyms around the world, they often ask me … “What is my gym’s level...

Renzo Gracie Explains The Surprising Origin Story of The ‘Shaka’ Sign in Jiu-Jitsu

Photo: Gallerr If you’ve been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu long enough, you have probably noticed many practitioners using the Hang loose/Shaka Symbol everywhere, when posing for pictures, when...

Renzo Gracie On How To Open The Closed Guard of a Stronger Opponent

Renzo teaches details of adjustment, grips and positioning to help you open the closed guard of a heavier and stronger opponent without having to muscle. He shows a fine detail regarding how to place...

Full Time BJJ Instructor: Your Dream But Can You Take The Hardships?

Guest Post by Professor Jorge Britto of Toronto BJJ.  Photo by Joey Simoes 📸 @shotbyjoe Working full time as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor is a dream, however if you decided to pursue this...

Strengths and Weaknesses of Major Grappling Arts

  ‘Grappling’ refers to techniques, maneuvers, and counters applied to an opponent in order to gain a physical advantage, such as improving relative position, escaping, submitting,...

Should I wear a cup when I roll in BJJ?

Athletic cups. Some decide to wear them in training, some choose not to or simply don’t care. While in training you are allowed to wear one, you have to remember that in BJJ competitions, cups are...

Fabio Gurgel on ‘Creontes’: Everybody Is Free To Train Wherever They Want

Considered one of Jiu-Jitsu’s most controversial topics, changing teams during a BJJ practitioner’s career  has coined the infamous term: Creonte. Back in the day, BJJ (in Brazil), was...

Large Man Blown Away by Smaller Female BJJ Black Belt’s Skills

The first time you try Jiu-Jitsu is always a very humbling experience. You get manhandled by usually much smaller training partners and you either want to quit or you are blown away and have a moment...

Using BJJ Techniques From the Internet (Avoid These Mistakes)

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. For most people who enter into the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the art...

Mistakes to Avoid When Training BJJ and Crossfit Together

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Crossfit is it’s own demanding sport, requiring a person to be well...

Grapevine Leglock from Mount: Legit Move?

1 day ago, an Instagram video went viral showing weightlifter Kortney Olson submitting a man with what she calls the soul catcher, a strange leg leg from mount in the grapevine. A video posted by...

Top Reasons Why 99% of People That Start Jiu-Jitsu Will Never Reach Black Belt

By Guillaume (Gile) Huni, BJJ black belt and head instructor of Kimura Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. If I ask 100 students, “How long would you like to train jiu-jitsu?” The majority will...

BJJ Mythbusting: Is It Ever OK to Cross Your Ankles In Rear Mount?

  In BJJ, beginners are taught very early to NEVER cross their ankles in the rear mount. BJJ blackbelts Rob Biernacki and Stephan Kesting debunk the myth that it’s always a mistake to...

BJJ For Non-Flexible People with Rickson Gracie Black Belt Henry Akins

  Henry Akins is the third American to receive a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt from legendary fighter Rickson Gracie. Akins trained under Rickson Gracie for 15 years. Akins became the head...

Learn The PERFECT Triangle Set Up From Keenan Cornelius

If you’re looking for the perfect triangle choke set up, then why not learn it from the master. Keenan Cornelius states the triangle choke to be one of his all-time favourite submissions because...

Abu Dhabi King of Mats travels to Tokyo for a full day of battles featuring eight of the best lightweight competitors in the world

After the tremendously successful heavyweight bracket in Moscow this past June, the Abu Dhabi King of Mats (ADKOM) is now on its way to Japan for another full day of matches. This time, the...

How To Effectively Use The Wrestling Cradle in BJJ

The cradle is a basic technique in amateur wrestling. Its name refers to the move’s similarity to the way a person holds an infant in their arms. The wrestler performs the cradle by grabbing...