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Category Archive: Articles, Interview

Getting To Know Nick ‘Chewy’ Albin, The BJJ World’s Most Popular Youtuber

Nicholas Albin, or „Chewy“ as most of us know him, is one of every jiujiteiro’s favourite YouTube BJJ instructors. By combining useful tips, interactive and funny explanations, it is no...

BJJ Champion Tip: Overcome Competition Nerves by Pretending You are Someone Else

I was listening to a BJJ podcast and this world champion said that to deal with competition nerves, they would switch to their alter ego which was a ruthless and fierce version of themselves. Another...

How to Foster a Supportive Relationship From Your Spouse That Doesn’t Train BJJ

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Lets be 100% honest, we all know of a training partner or two who was once...

How to Find the Right BJJ Gym as a Woman

If you are a woman, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about beginning your journey in BJJ. However, there is nothing to fear. If you’re a newbie, or just unhappy in the environment you...

Should I Use My Strength and Size in BJJ?

Being physically bigger, and stronger than your opponent is always an advantage in BJJ. However, it’s very important to realize that those factors don’t necessarily guarantee a victory. A...

The Fastest Way to Get a BJJ Blue Belt

While you should never rush the process to the next belt rank — especially if you are a white belt — there are a few key elements you can focus on to make the journey smoother and...

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...

How To Use Wim Hof Breathing Method For Grappling

  If you’ve been in the bjj scene for a couple of years you’ve probably heard about the Wim Hof Method. This is a breathing method developed by a dutchman of the same name. This is a fella...

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...

Sports Psychology: Research Reveals Gi Color Doesn’t Affect Who Wins But Who Is Called First Does

Sports psychology is a somewhat young discipline. As such it’s first ventured into the group sports and avenues where team relations can actually determine the victor. But as time goes by day...

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...

How ADCC Came To Be The Powerhouse Competition It is Today

    The ADCC is perhaps the most prestigious grappling competition from it’s conception to this very date. In 1993 after watching the first UFC Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the...

Different Forms Of Sandbagging And the Influence It has on Overall Competition

Sandbagging is a term used in martial arts to denote a practitioner who competes at a skill-bracket deemed less rigorous than their actual level of competitive ability. The term is adopted similarly...

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...