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Category Archive: Articles

World Champion Lucas Lepri Names The Top 5 BJJ Players That Inspired His Game

    Alliance black belt, Lucas Lepri is a multiple world champion at lightweight. He will be conducting a BJJ camp in Serbia this summer. In an interview with tatame, the 3x Pan American...

Marcio Andre: From Orphan Born In Rough Neighborhood To BJJ World Champion

    At just 19 years old, Márcio André is considered one of the rising stars of the Jiu-Jitsu world. However, nothing came easy for the kid from the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. He is a...

Words Of Wisdom from Steve Maxwell about: S&C for BJJ, Nutrition, and Overtraining.

    Steve Maxwell, world famous BJJ black belt and strength and conditioning coach of Saulo and Xande Ribeiro sat down with MMA fighter from Serbia, Mark Lajhner and discussed many issues...

Being An Offensive Grappler From A Defensive Position With Renato Migliaccio

    Always looking for the finish in BJJ can be easier said than done.  At times, it’s downright impossible to be able to do!  However, recently I came across a video from 2008 of...

Analysis: Keenan Cornelius & Paulo Miyao Battle For Brown Belt Supremacy At The 2013 World Championships

    There are few men as unique and different in their approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as the young brown belt, Keenan Cornelius.  The master of everything inverted, Cornelius always...

Anaconda Choke off of the Arm Drag With Alan Belcher

      Alan Belcher is a top UFC competitor and is recognized as one of the best submission grapplers in America. His new “Immunity Course” is built to teach ANYONE how to...

Alan Belcher Breakdown: Takedown Defense to Back Take

    Alan Belcher is a top UFC competitor and is recognized as one of the best submission grapplers in America. His new “Immunity Course” is built to teach ANYONE how to beat...

Crowdfunding in Bjj

  Crowdfunding Crowdfunding is the collection of finance to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd”—usually made online by means of a web platform. With...

The Controversy Surrounding The Rafael Mendes-Luiz Panza Roll @AOJ

Last week, Rafael Mendes published a video of him training with 2014 Pan Super heavyweight champion Luiz Panza. In the roll at the Art of Jiu-Jitsu academy, Panza apparently seems to be rolling...

Marcio ‘Pe De Pano’: ‘The Pan Open Weight Final Was awful. They Stalled For 10 Minutes.’

    BJJ legend ‘Marcio Pe de Pano’ Cruz has been away from the BJJ spotlight for the past few years. He is currently a Professional MMA fighter. The 2 time absolute (2002/03) world...

UFC’s ‘Russian’ Fighters: ‘We Lived In Tents With Soldiers Shooting At Us. In The Cage, It’s Just A Man. There’s Some Perspective’

    The Russian invasion of the UFC is happening. For Many of these tough fighters, fighting in the UFC is not that hard compared to what they’ve lived through back home. MMAJunkie...

Top 5 BJJ Competitions In South East Europe

    South East Europe is truly a region where Jiu-Jitsu is growing very fast. There are so many countries tightly connected and it is very easy to travel from country to country. It’s...

Jiu-Jitsu Plays Central Role In UFC Gym’s 106 Worldwide Branches

    Translated from Portuguese from Tatame magazine The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the main MMA organization today. Their activities are just restricted to hosting events. In Brazil,...

Gilbert ‘Durinho’ Burns: ‘When Passing The Guard, You Have To Impose Your Game’

  Gilbert ‘Durinho’ Burns is a two-time World No Gi champion and Jiu-Jitsu coach of Vitor Belfort. Durinho  is one of Brazil’s promises in mixed martial arts, however, he does...

Is Breast Size An Issue In Women’s BJJ?

  I was reading an article from ESPN The Magazine’s ‘The Body Issue’  and the subject was women athletes and how they deal with having breasts in competition. The article...

A Blow By Blow Account Of The Rickson Gracie vs Yoji Anjo Closed Door Fight

Japanese pro wrestling superstar Nobuhiko Takada had been calling out the legendary Brazilian fighter Rickson Gracie, who did not even acknowledge him. Yoji Anjo, a famous pro-wrestler back in Japan,...

Learn How To Develop Superior Grip Strength for BJJ From Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro

Establishing good grips in BJJ and Judo is so important as very often when you dominate the grip battle and establish your dominant grips you can control and dominate your opponent. I personally work...

The Champ Is Back: The Return Of Fernando Terere

  By Xandão Barros (BJJ black belt owner of Spartan Floripa BJJ Team in Florianópolis Island, South Brazil) The Champ is back!! Wooop Tererê!!! The Rooster crows. It’s six in the...

Escaping Side Control Against Bigger Stronger Opponents

One of the things about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is being little isn’t easy. Yes the system is designed around a weaker opponent beating a stronger, but there’s times it’s hard to see that, such as...

13 Years After Winning The BJJ Mundial, BJ Penn Returns To ‘Tijuca Tennis Clube’

  Awesome video from Brazilian TV showing BJ Penn’s return to the Tijuca Tennis Clube where he triumphed 13 years ago, and became the first non-Brazilian to win the Mundials at black belt....

How To Spot A Steroid User In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Whether we like it or not steroids and performance enhancing drugs are very present in BJJ competitions world wide. In the years that I’ve been training BJJ (all over the world) I have seen...

2014 Europeans: Fernando Tererê Takes Gold & Silver At Master

  The legend is back. With two submissions in three fights, Fernando Tererê became the Master European middleweight champion of Jiu-Jitsu, held in Lisbon, Portugal. The 2x world champion...

2014 IBJJF European Open Championship Preview & Predictions

From the 23rd to the 26th of January at the Casal Vistoso municipal sports complex, in Lisbon, Portugal, the Europeans will kick off the 2014 Ibjjf season. ...

Effects Of Anger On Jiu-Jitsu Performance & How To Channel It To Conquer

  “Anger is a gift”  Rage against the machine By Guillaume Huni Having a bit of a bad temper and a short fuse, I’ve recently been doing some research on effects of anger on...