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Category Archive: Articles

Control & Submit Your Partners with The Kesa Gatame K*ll System

Kesa-Gatame aka scarf hold is one of the seven mat holds, Osaekomi-waza, of Kodokan Judo. In grappling terms, it is categorized as a side control hold. Kesa-Gatame occurs naturally with many...

Do You Really Have What It Takes To Open Up a BJJ Academy?

After many years of blood, sweat, and tears, you’ve finally climbed up to a brown or black belt, and find yourself wondering if quitting your desk job and opening up your own Jiu-Jitsu academy...

How To Quickly Finish A Fight With a Surprise Heel Hook

Guest post by Mark Lajhner. He is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt, MMA coach and undefeated MMA fighter. You can find Mark Lajhner’s FREE MMA course Here.  ...

Jose Aldo: ‘MMA Fighters Who Haven’t Trained in The Gi Should Not Be Promoted to BJJ Black Belt’

Former UFC champion and BJJ black belt Jose Aldo is firmly against BJJ instructors promoting MMA fighters without prior experience in Jiu-Jitsu and without having trained in the Gi, straight to black...

Opinion: BJJ White Belts Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Have Their Own Style

We’ve all been there. That one shiny new white belt that just firmly believes he’s the next leglock progeny of the sport. The lonely 10th planet enthusiast. The catch wrestler. The sub...

Make The Tripod Sweep Work Against ANYONE With These Details

There are some techniques that you learn very early on, maybe even at your first BJJ class or two; but which you don’t use for too long, as it seems – after a certain level – that these...

Three Easy Ways To Maintain Back Control In BJJ

The back is there to be taken! It’s no coincidence that taking someone’s back is regarded as the most powerful position to have in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; it’s where you can pose a LOT...

Self Defense: Learn How To Defend The Dreaded Full Nelson Using Jiu-Jitsu

The full nelson (sometimes called a double nelson or a double shoulder lock) is done by performing half nelsons with both arms. In collegiate, high school, middle school/junior high school, and most...

Learn Rafa Mendes’ Unexpected Judo Reverse Triangle Setups (Sankaku Jime)

The Judo version of the triangle choke (Sankaku Jime) is a move that we rarely see in BJJ. BJJ champion Rafael Mendes likes to use these following setups  whic can be very useful in BJJ where your...

Use Your Opponent’s Escape Attempt For The Most Effective S Mount Armbar!

There’s a LOT of techniques you can learn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! In fact, there’s so many, that you’ll likely never be able to learn the most of them… But here’s the...

GAME CHANGING Details For Your Side Control By Cyborg

Details… There’s simply never enough of them! Each and every little tidbit can help you improve your game by a substantial margin; and this is equally true for escapes, submissions and...

The Most Dangerous Takedown in Judo & BJJ

Stephan Kesting teaches Kani Basami, the most dangerous throw in Judo and BJJ. kani basami was used to deliberately injure people especially in Japan. Before the technique was banned many...

With Both Hands Tied In His Belt, Rener Gracie Submits Purple Belt Training Partner

Hard to believe, but true. The grandson of Helio and son of Rorion, Rener Gracie managed the feat of submitting an opponent without using his hands. In just over seven minutes of rolling, Rener, with...

UFC Breakout Star Khamzat Chimaev Brings Homeless Man to McDonald’s

The Chechen Khamzat Chimaev is currently the UFC’s fastest rising star after he fought and won twice within a ten day period. He then went on to openly threaten Conor McGregor. Chimaev has a rick...

Here’s How This 30-Year-Old Business Manager Became A BJJ World Champion

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 On Why You Should Always Favor Strangles Over All Other BJJ Techniques

“For the choke, there are no “tough guys”. With an arm lock he can be tough and resist the pain. With the choke he just passes out, goes to sleep.” Helio Gracie Setting up no gi...

John Danaher Debunks the Claim that ‘Leglocks Don’t Work in MMA’

Leg locks in traditional Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies still seem to get a bad rap. In other similar grappling arts like Sambo or Catch Wrestling, they occupy an important place. In recent years a...

Is it Possible To Finish Strangles Using Only 3-5% Strength?

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 the...

5 Hollywood Superstars That Are Obsessed With BJJ

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...

So You Got Overlooked at the Latest BJJ Belt Promotion. What Now?

Yes, we know… That belt promotion just happened and, well, you didn’t really participate in any part of it other than, perhaps, the gauntlet or the shark tank. To put it more bluntly –...

There are 5 Different Types of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts That You Will Encounter

Contributed to BJJEE by Garcia MMA (Be sure to check out and ‘Like’ their Facebook page) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most rapidly growing martial arts in the world. Partly due to...

This Armless Arm-Triangle is as Crazy as it Sounds

Kata-Gatame/ Head and arm choke/ Arm Triangle choke is used as a hold down in Judo, and it is mostly used as a choke in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. There are many schools of thought...

Turn an Arm-in Guillotine into a Darce Choke

The Guillotine Choke and the Darce Choke support each other and are very good friends… When one fails, the other one is right there to cushion its failure, and revenge its fallen brother! That is...

When Is The Right Time To Start Competing In BJJ?

Most people start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because they want to do something which will keep them fit and healthy, because they want to learn how to defend themselves, or/and because...