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Category Archive: Articles

“I am on the mats all the time, so why am I not making progress?“

„I am on the mats all the time, so why am I not making progress?“ That just might be the biggest woe and worry of the seasoned Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Simply put, after a while, a BJJ plateau...

Using The BJJ Half Guard To Easily Sweep Wrestlers by Lachlan Giles

When you train Jiu-Jitsu, facing a wrestler can be a daunting task. They have great grappling conditioning, are very scrappy, have great base, and are very aggressive. Wrestlers have strength,...

Robert Drysdale: Has Maeda Promoted Brazilian Students to Black Belt?

BJJ history is full of undiscovered secrets, of interesting twists and turns! One of them rests on the discussion of whether or not the legendary Mitsuyo Maeda has promoted his Brazilian students to...

How the Mind is Affected by Martial Arts

Practitioners of martial arts frequently testify to the many ways in which Aikido, Taekwondo, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu improve their lives. For many, the focus is on physical strength and flexibility...

3 Attacks From X-Guard You Need To Know

While it was once the most cutting edge guard in all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), the X-Guard went through a temporary phase of obscurity as it was overlooked for some of the more dynamic open...

The 3 Best Positions To Set Up The Guillotine From In BJJ

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of mixed martial arts, even those who have never practiced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) are becoming increasingly familiar with the art’s submission holds. As...

Finally Make That Scissor Sweep Work For You with this 2 on 1 Grip by John Danaher

The scissor sweep is usually the first ever sweep you are taught in your first Jiu-Jitsu class. You may have repped it many times, but be honest how many times were you able to apply against someone...

Want To Do Better At BJJ? Change The Way You Think!

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

3 Attacks From Single Leg X-Guard You Need To Know

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

Shinya Aoki Has 5 Submissions From Back Control To Show You

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

‘Draculino’ On How 40+ Year Olds Stay Fit & Injury Free

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães  is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fifth degree black belt under Carlos Gracie, Jr. and also at the same time a brown belt in Judo, and a Muay Thai expert. He has...

Dave Camarillo on Training With Rickson: ‘Was Like Trying To Move a House’

    Dave Camarillo is a Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Ralph Gracie though he moved away from Ralph’s academy to form his own style which he branded as “Guerrilla Jiu...

Vitor Belfort: ‘When Carlson Promoted Me To Black Belt at 17, Everyone Criticized Him’

    Vitor Belfort first got into Jiu-Jitsu through Carlson Gracie. Initially, he was training with one of his students, who told him that he “needed to train with Carlson,”...

Five Underused Ways to Improve Your Jiu Jitsu

  Jiu Jitsu provides an amazing outlet to those of us who have made it a part of our lives. It is well documented how Jiu Jitsu applies both inside and outside of the training academy. In this...

Kobe Bryant’s Drilling System for BJJ – A Measure of Quality

    Israeli BJJ practitioner Itamar Marani discusses how he applies Basketball champion Kobe Bryant drilling system to the BJJ drilling system. Interesting concept:   Hey guys, hope...

That Time when ADCC Champ Jon Olav & Sergey Kharitonov Entered a BJJ competition in Thailand

2003 ADCC champion and MMA fighter Jon Olav Einemo (who had beaten Roger Gracie) and PRIDE fighter Sergey Kharitonov were in Thailand training their striking and decided to test their grappling...

Catch Wrestling Mixed with Voodoo in the Congo

Wrestling is the world’s oldest sport. Every country in the world has their own type of Wrestling. Wrestling first made an appearance in primitive cave drawings as far back as 15,000 years ago....

4 Ways To Surprise Your Opponent By Passing Straight To Mount

  Passing straight to mount is a great option that saves you all the trouble of having to pass by half guard or side control in order of get to mount. You also get 7 points in a competition...

Disrespect the Legs: Learn Secrets of Carlson Gracie Pressure Guard Passing System

  “Don’t panic. Don’t rush. Just crush.” Carlson Gracie students are known for their pressure and smashing style of passing the guard. Daniel Bertina is a Carlson Gracie...

Danaher’s Game Changing Detail Will Boost Your Armbar’s Success Rate

How many times have you set up an armbar from closed guard, only to have your opponent lock their arms and stack you, eventually freeing their arm? If this scenario seems familiar then you should...

New Batman Robert Pattinson is Training Jiu-Jitsu with Rigan Machado

  Over the years jiu jitsu has become the refuge of many A listers – among them Guy Ritchie, Ashton Kutcher, Chuck Norris, Paul Walker, Scarlet Johanson and others. Looks like one of the...

That Time Helio Gracie Choked Out Chuck Norris

  In this original interview for Bloody Elbow by Team One Productions, BJJ Black Belt Chuck Norris relates the story of the first time he met and trained with the legendary Gracie family in...

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris training together

In this video,  we can see the two martial arts and hollywood stars Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme training together for a German TV program in 1984. In the footage, Van Damme is holding...

3 Arm Triangle Variations You Need In Your BJJ Arsenal

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...