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Author Archive: grappler z

Anthony Bourdain Gets Weirded Out at Turkish Oil Wrestling Competition

BJJ blue belt Anthony Bourdain was last year in Turkey filming an episode of his TV show: Parts unknown. While he was there he trained some BJJ with Turkey’s first BJJ black belt Burak Deger...

Judo is Booming in France, with 600,000 Participating in the Sport

Judo in France is one of the most popular sports in after Football, Rugby and Tennis . The French Judo federation has 600,000 members of which 80% children under the age of 12. France is the second...

Kyle Snyder’s Search of Obstacles: A True Champion’s Mindset

Two returning freestyle wrestling Olympic champions were set to battle at the 2017 world championships. This had huge implications in the team race for the World Championships too since Russia and...

Difference Between Luta Livre and BJJ: Footlocks

Many BJJ practitioners wrongly believe that the Brazilian grappling art of Luta Livre is just a No Gi version of BJJ. This is simply not true. If you have rolled with a legit Luta Livre practitioner...

Two Guys Take On a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

BJJ detractors often say that Jiu-Jitsu won’t work against multiple attackers. 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu black belt Brandon Mccaghren Instructor at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in Decatur AL. Phalanx...

What Should Your Focus be if You’re Training Purely for Self Defense

One can never necessarily be completely “ready” for a real self defense situation, however, we can increase our odds of surviving against a violent attacker by targeting certain moves, and...

Inspirational Black Belt Promotion Speech about Persistence & Self Belief

A black belt promotion is a big deal in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It usually takes around 10 years to receive the much coveted belt and within that time frame, the practitioner has to go through all the...

What is the Difference Between Whizzer and Overhook

In Grappling, an overhook, is often confused with a whizzer. Both are clinch hold which are used to control an opponent. Nelson Puentes a BJJ black belt and Wrestler explains the how a Whizzer is...

Rickson Gracie Shows His Striking Method & Clinch

Rickson Gracie rarely shows BJJ techniques on film so it’s a refreshing change to see a video of him demonstrating a technique. In Rickson’s first ever official Jiu-Jitsu instructional,...

Khabib Nurmagomedov Dominating in NAGA World Championships

  Former Combat Sambo world champion & UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov competed in the 2012 NAGA worlds Grappling championships where he smashed his way through the expert...

UFC Champ Robert Whittaker Will Wrestle For Australia at Commonwealth Games

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is set for a formidable challenge. He will represent Australia in freestyle wrestling for the Commonwealth games which will be held on April 4th. This the...

Yoel Romero Explains Why He Kissed Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero had an impressive KO victory over former champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 221. The KO made the rounds of the media but so did Romero’s after fight antics in...

Side Control Escape – Most Common Mistakes

Top BJJ black belt Jonathan Thomas aka Macarrao gives some good tips on common mistakes when escaping side control:   I think recomposing is one of the most important aspects of your game that...

Comedian Russell Brand Training with Ryron & Rener Gracie

Comedian Russell Brand has been training BJJ for the past years and is quite fond of it. He recently even got cauliflower ear which he drained and posted it on facebook: Regram from @chriscleere #bjj...

The ‘Lezginka’: Caucasus Fighters Victory Dance is Amazing To Look At

If you follow various martial artists from the Caucasus region, you will notice that they share similar aspects. They all have a great base in grappling arts, they are very aggressive and tough and...

Do You Know The Kesa Kimura?

In Judo the scarf hold/Kesa Gatame is a popular position to pin your opponent, but for some strange reason, BJJ players see it as a risky position because they feel that you can get their back taken....

Ivan Drago’s Son Revealed for ‘Creed 2’

It looks like we’ve found the son of the legendary Ivan Drago for the latest movie in the Rocky Balbao franchise. It will be no other than Florian “ Big Nasty” Munteanu, a 27 year old...

BJJ Instructor That Promotes Kids To Black Belt Justifies His System

We recently reported that a BJJ kids academy located in Maine, USA, Stonecoast Brazilian jiu jitsu for kids, which is led by a legit  black belt Shaun Durfee, is promoting children to an unverified...

BJJ Academy in Maine Promotes Children to ‘Junior BJJ Black Belt’ Rank

It’s happening again. It’s been exactly 3 years since the BJJ community exposed the practice of promoting children to junior black belt rank. Now it’s happening again. Reddit BJJ...

BJJ Brown Belt Transgender Woman Will Face Man in MMA Bout

MMA organisation Mr. Cage 34 which will be held in in Manaus, Brazil, and will feature a unique fight: a transgender woman will face a male fighter. Anne Varieto, 21, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown...

Rickson Gracie Makes History Teaching Japan’s Defence Force

Rickson Gracie is currently in Japan where he was overlooking the annual Rickson Gracie cup, held a Jiu-Jitsu seminar and this time made history by leading the first ever Gracie Jiu-Jitsu seminar to...

How To Get The Most Out Of Techniques Shown During Training

Sometimes when we go to train we just don’t pay enough attention to the technique of the day. Sometimes we do it because we are tired, we presume that we already know the technique or because we...

Difference in Guillotine Used in BJJ & Luta Livre

  It’s interesting to see how a same technique can be done in a different way depending on the Grappling styles. We’ve already established that there is not right or wrong way to do...

Is It Really a Bad Thing To Be a ‘One Trick Pony’

  “One trick pony” (OTP) is that person from the academy that is always trying the same technique. Different types of one trick ponies can be classified in three categories. Stubborn but not...