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Category Archive: Articles

Xande Ribeiro: ‘The Next Time Someone Passes My Guard, I’ll Become a Businessman’

Xande Ribeiro is a mythical figure in Jiu-Jitsu. He ranks high up with Roger Gracie, Jacare, Braulio Estima, Marcelo Garcia, his older brother Saulo as the best ever competitor in BJJ. – Xande been...

Weekly White Belt Advice: Closed Guard Sweeps

In the previous article of our Weekly White Belt Advice series, we’ve talked about the very basics of the closed guard – what it is, its defensive and offensive purpose and the body...

Xande Ribeiro On Why His Guard Hasn’t Been Passed in 13 Years

@fabricio.rocha.fotografia Xande Ribeiro has legendary stature – he’s been an active competitor at the black belt level since the early 00s. His  7 World titles are accompanied by many other...

Tips For Using Running As Conditioning For BJJ

  Brazilian jiu-jitsu(BJJ) is a complex martial art that focuses primarily on grappling, rolling, and fighting on the ground. Some people use BJJ training and conditioning as a way to get into...

Instructors Should Encourage Students To Find Their Own Unique Grappling Style

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. As an instructor, we must realize that it is not about us anymore, it is...

All Your BJJ Frustrations Will Be Overcome with More Mat Time

So you’ve been looking for the secret to becoming a good Jiu Jitsu player? You’ve been wanting that one element required to become a champion? It’s really simple. Mat time. The one element that...

The History And Origins Of Wrestling

Guest post by Evolve Vacation. The Evolve Vacation Program offers travelers the rare opportunity of a lifetime to combine a tropical vacation under the sun with authentic training under World...

Most Effective Ways To Develop Muscle Memory in BJJ

Written by: James Jayme. Photo by Milan Bubonja If you are familiar with Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory, it suggests that there are different learning styles. Among the seven...

Andre Galvao Explains How To Enter “Turbo Mode” In Your BJJ

Andre Galvao is one of those competitors who are never out of shape – and many even say they’ve never seen him out of shape – ever. Previously he was quoted saying there’s two...

5 Qualities Which Define a Great Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

  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...

“You’re Really Strong”: Jiu-Jitsu’s Biggest Backhanded Compliment

Photo: prestonsmithphotography.net   / instagram.com/prestonsmithphotography/ Strength, one of the attributes that most BJJ athletes are actively trying to improve upon. An attribute that is...

What You Should Know After Your First Year of BJJ

So you want to know what you will know after one year of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Or perhaps you are already past the one year mark and are wondering what you should know by now? We will discuss in this...

What Are The Life Changing Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not just a sport, it is a way of life, a lifestyle. Once you have experienced one or two classes, I guarantee you will be hooked. Have you ever wanted to start a martial...

Chess on The Mat: What BJJ Can Learn from Chess

  Guest post by Marcin Polczyk of BJJ Explorer (please LIKE his cool Facebook page) When I talk to people who start their BJJ adventure (in my opinion passing knowledge about the very essence of...

Instructional Review: Marco Barbosa’s The Pressure Passing Manual

There’s no easy way to learn how to pass the guard and improve your guard passing skills … … but there are smart and effective methods to do so. Knowing and using such methods will make a huge...

World Class Coach Vinicius „Draculino“ On The Most Effective Way To Improve in Jiu-Jitsu

Vinicius „Draculino“ Magalhães is a fifth-degree black belt under the legendary founder of Gracie Barra, Carlos Gracie Jr. A part of the „golden generation“ of BJJ, he has trained with other...

Being Afraid To Look Bad in Training Is What Hurts Your Progress

How many times have you sat out a round? How many times have you said no to a roll because the partner who offered is drastically better or worse than you?  Everyone doing bjj is at it to improve...

How San Diego Became the Mecca of Jiu-Jitsu in The USA

With the balance of power shifting in Jiu-Jitsu since 2007 with the World championships moving to Southern California, and the majority of top competitors relocating there too, a city has emerged as...

A Stretch That Will Rid You Of Sciatica, Hip & Lower Back Pain

Every jiu-jiteiro has their hips and back encumbered. The only thing that varies is the level of chronic pain and where it’s localized. But good stretching can preempt that and even help in...

UFC 1 Commentator Bill Wallace Uncovers Gracie Family’s Dirty Tactics During First Events

Karate Hall of Famer Bill “Superfoot” Wallace was a commentator on the first ever UFC event that was held in Denver, Colorado in 1993. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu shocked the martial world when a...

4 Plastic Surgeries that Help Athletes

You may think of plastic surgery as something undertaken by A-listers. There’s a stigma around this specialty. It’s often thought of as something performed on people with money to blow...

Mackenzie Dern Teaches Her World Famous ‘Chokoplata’

BJJ and ADCC world champion Mackenzie Dern let everyone in on the secrets of her unique sub – the chokoplata aka rnc transition from omoplata that seems to be working in both high level ibjjf and...

Demian Maia Teaches Kneebar Defense Which Transitions to an Arm Triangle

In Grappling arts, there is a counter attack to almost everything and the counter is very often more powerful than the initial attack. UFC welterweight Demian Maia recorded a video showing one of his...

How To Set Up The Gogoplata And Omoplata From Rubber Guard

Guest post by Evolve Vacation. The Evolve Vacation Program offers travelers the rare opportunity of a lifetime to combine a tropical vacation under the sun with authentic training under World...