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Author Archive: BJJEE

3 Ways to Improve Your Jiu Jitsu Outside of the Academy

Guest post by Tyler Bishop, BJJ black belt and instructor at Gracie Humaita St. Louis  & editor at bishopbjj.com.   Have you ever said to yourself, “there are only so many hours in the...

Saulo Ribeiro Shares His Mindset To Compete At World Championships

  Saulo Ribeiro is one of the most successful competitors and jiujitsu instructors. He is now more devoted to passing his knowledge onto his students in his academy called University...

Finally Make the Inverted Arm Bar Work For You With These Missing Details

The inverted arm bar or In the ude gatame is typically known as one of the hardest armbar to execute in grappling. Marcelo Garcia is one of the rare competitors to make it work regularly at the...

Renzo Gracie’s Cross Choke-Armbar Trap from Closed Guard

Learn how to apply Renzo Gracie’s cross choke-armbar trap from the closed guard. It all starts with a cross grip on the collar and dropping the elbow to force a reaction. You then chain many...

Renzo Gracie’s Ezequiel From the Back

Sode guruma jime (“sleeve wheel constriction”) is a type of Judo chokehold, which compresses the opponent’s trachea or the carotid arteries. The technique can be executed from a variety of...

2 Mistakes Most People Make With The Kimura & How To Fix Them

Guest post by David Avellan, an ADCC bronze medalist. Avellan has defeated many of the world’s best grapplers, such as BJJ Black Belt World Champions Rafael Lovato Jr., Tarsis Humphries, Amaury...

Renzo Gracie’s Lethal Armlock Against a Turtled Opponent

Learn with Renzo Gracie how to attack a lethal armlock without exposing yourself to get hurt. Renzo shows how he developed a variation of the specific angle by jumping over and using his body and...

Should You be Allowed to Ask Black Belts to Roll?

Each BJJ academy has their own set of specific rules. Some schools require students to face the wall while tying their belts, or to ask permission to go to the toilet or to have a sip of water. A...

7 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Do Grappling Sports Instead of Team Sports

Grappling sports (Wrestling, Judo, BJJ, Sambo etc..) are great activities for kids, – much more so than team sports such as Basketball, Baseball, Soccer and Hockey. If you are contemplating...

Breaking a 235 Pound Man’s Gi Grip

There’s no doubt about it, a vice-like grip for BJJ is definitely an advantage. Not only does it help you control your opponent, it also opens many avenues for transitions as well, by ensuring that...

Highest Percentage Sweep in BJJ: Blast Double From Butterfly Guard by Jon Satava

The butterfly guard and the sweeps derived from this guard can be some of the easiest techniques to begin mastering early on in our jiu jitsu career. Butterfly guard can be one of the first styles of...

Just How Good is Joe Rogan in Jiu-Jitsu? Jean Jacques Machado Answers The Question

Joe Rogan has long been one of the most influential people in the bjj community and out of it. The 52 year old stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts color commentator, podcast host, and businessman...

Despite 8 Herniated Discs, Rickson Gracie is Back to Rolling Again

There are many stories of Rickson Gracie manhandling and submitting BJJ world champions when they came to visit him in his academy  during the 90’s. One of the names that come up are bjj greats...

Caio Terra On Being Weak in Lifting Weights But Strong in BJJ

If Jiu Jitsu was a test of strength, we could just have a set of weights at the door – and a contest as you come in to see who is strongest, and then go home having never touched the mats. Now...

Jean Jacques Machado on Why Rickson Gracie Was So Good

Jean Jacques Machado speaks on years of experience training with Rickson Gracie. He was Rickson Gracie’s student from back in the days, from the time he trained under him in Brazil until when...

Is it Possible To Finish Chokes with Only 3-5% Strength?

Guest post by Henry Akins, 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...

Rickson Gracie: “When you train, you should put more emphasis on learning than on competing with your partner.”

  Rickson Gracie advises on how to train and roll. He emphasizes the fact that Jiu-Jitsu practisioners should focus on the thecnical side first without using their physical assets. In the words...

Rickson Gracie’s Principle On Improving Weaknesses in Your Jiu-Jitsu Game

Guest post by Henry Akins, 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...

The Strange Case Of Grapplers Giving Themselves Cauliflower Ears

Cauliflower ear often seems like some mythical force when a white belt first falls in love with Jiu Jitsu. It’s a big problem, but it’s never really discussed in depth by professors and only...

What Exactly is a BJJ ‘Mat Savage’?

If you follow Jiu-Jitsu on social media, you have probably heard the term ‘Mat Savage’… ‘Mat Savage’ was invented by the excellent BJJ black belt Michael Mihas AKA Mr...

How to Survive as a BJJ Gringo in Brazil

  Hi! My name’s Arthur de Lustrac. I’m part of the BJJ Globetrotters, and I’ve been globetrotting for a long time, and Jiu jitsu became my latest pretext to do so. I’m 6 years into...

Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Accidentally Gets Choked Out In Front Of Class

In Grappling arts, a choke-out is what happens when a chokehold causes a syncope, also known as a temporary loss of consciousness, at which point the choke is released. The most common...

Beware: ‘Old Man Strength’ In Jiu-Jitsu is Real

‘Old man strength’ is real. It is usually acquired by men and women around the age of 40. If you are above the age of 40 and reasonably healthy, you will get it. It can be used to do hard...

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,...