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Category Archive: Articles

Catch Everyone with Braulio Estima’s Spinning Kneebar

Braulio Estima pulled off an epic spinning knee bar from spider guard a few years back at the world championships (which he won). It’s often thought that leg locks are the “great equalizer” of...

Avoid Submissions with These Blast Double Takedown Set Ups in BJJ

Double leg takedown is probably the most utilized and high percentage takedown in MMA. And it is not only used in that sport, but also in many others like freestyle wrestling, BJJ, grappling, sambo,...

John Danaher On The Right Way To Drill Techniques in Jiu-Jitsu For Maximum Skill Acquisition

If you’ve been practicing BJJ for awhile, you’ve probably heard/used the phrase: “Drillers are killers”. Indeed, drilling for BJJ has been found to be effective by many students, especially...

4 Tips To Make Friends FAST In A New BJJ Academy

So you just came to your new BJJ academy! Perhaps it’s your first training session ever, or you made a transfer from another academy to this one; or you may be travelling and decided to get in...

John Danaher Black Belt: BJJ World Champions Should Only Be At Black Belt

The arbitrary nature of the bjj belt system has established a reality where there is a big number of competitors who can all claim they’re World Champions. But sure there even be such thing as...

John Danaher Goes Deep Into The Value of Training with Lower Belts

Carlson Gracie said: “If you want to be a lion, you have to train with lions” Many people understand that as meaning that all your training should be with people that can defeat you and that will...

Opinion: Why Co-Ed Classes Are The Best Way For Women To Improve in Jiu-Jitsu

Being a member of a gym in Eastern Europe you get to wondering often what it would be like to be able to practice with more females, or just a smaller number of ginormous men really. In the modern...

John Danaher’s Brilliant Analogy on Why You Shouldn’t Be Trying To Win Every Single Roll at the Academy

Tapping people out is, you could argue, the very essence of BJJ. After all, you’re here to learn how to control and submit as many training partners as possible, right? So, getting those taps is...

Joe Rogan Guillotines Strange Guy During Heated Argument That Turned Physical

Joe Rogan is mostly known as a podcast host (the mega popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast), a stand up comedian, UFC commentator but most people do not know that he also has a legit combat sports...

Using Submission Threats To Obtain Better Positions in BJJ by Rafael Lovato Jr

Uhhh, soooo… You’ve been training BJJ for a bit, and there is (still) this one thought that keeps troubling you: position or submission? Should you go for the position first, before you attempt a...

How Long Does It Take For Your Body To Digest Food?

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...

5 Ways To Level Up Your Push-Ups

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...

John Danaher Shares Some Epic Stories from His Bouncer Days & His Beginnings in BJJ

John Danaher is known as one of the best instructors in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. The New Zealand born, BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie has been praised by the BJJ community as being a master and brain of...

John Danaher Explains Why He Has Never Competed in Jiu-Jitsu

John Danaher is known as one of the best instructors in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. The New Zealand born, BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie has been praised by the BJJ community as being a master and brain of...

John Danaher on Why Roger Gracie is the Undisputed Greatest Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner of All Time

10x BJJ World Champion and ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion Roger Gracie has been a BJJ competitor for 20+ years.  4 years ago at Gracie Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Gracie announced his retirement...

Catch Them with These 3 Triangles when they Try To Pass Your Guard

You know what they say – if you want to win big, sometimes you have to risk big as well! High risk=high reward, and that is often a very true statement in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sometimes, you’ll...

Robert Drysdale’s Remedy For Fear of Competing in BJJ

Someone recently wrote that the number of active BJJ competitors in some countries are declining, and so the obvious question to ask is what underlying factors might be behind a practitioners...

John Danaher on What is the Best Martial Art for the Streets

Street fights are unlike your gym sparring or drills in that they are very chaotic. They are spontaneous, they have trigger points and bad things can happen in an instant. There are however certain...

Gordon Ryan To Face Shinya Aoki in a Cage Grappling Match

A few months back 3x ADCC chanpion Gordon Ryan announced that he had signed with MMA organization ONE Championship for an MMA and cage grappling contract. He has stated that an MMA career is possible...

John Danaher Disagrees with Joe Rogan about Dangers of Wearing a Tie in a Street Altercation

John Danaher is known as one of the best instructors in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. The New Zealand born, BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie has been praised by the BJJ community as being a master and brain of...

Can a Robot Defeat Gordon Ryan in a Grappling Match? John Danaher Gives an Epic Analysis

Can a talented group of engineers design a robot that can defeat Gordon Ryan in submission grappling match? This is the question that BJJ black belt and AI specialist Lex Fridman asked Ryan’s...

After Submitting a BJJ Black Belt, GOT’s The Mountain Tries To Grapple with Gunnar Nelson

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson aka Thor is an Icelandic World’s Strongest man world champion and actor. He played Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones for five seasons....

10 Small Lifestyle Changes For A Healthier 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...

BJJ 101: The Gogoplata

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...