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Category Archive: Articles

Aleksandr Karelin’s Amazing Work Ethic

    “I train every day of my life as they have never trained a day in theirs.” -Alexander Karelin Source: Bad Ass Of The Week “Alexander Karelin is the single most...

Young Bulgarian Grappler Paraplegic After Freak Accident Needs Our Help

    Our friends from MMA-Bulgaria.com and BJJ instructor Ivan Milchev from Bulgaria is reaching out to the BJJ community asking for her help for young 18 year old BJJ player Mihail Nikolov...

The Swiss Grappling League Headed by 2 Grapplers Originally from The Balkans

    The Swiss Grappling league is an established tournament league that is growing every year. We sat down with its creators Patrik Berisha (right in picture) and Ivo Colic (left), who both...

Know Your Jiu-Jitsu Lineage, & Non Gracie Lineages

      Tatame magazine published a interesting diagram which traces the roots ofJudo/Jiu-Jitsu or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/ BJJ in Brazil. It not a very known fact that there were other sources...

BJJ Unwritten Rule #2: “Be An Example For Lower Belts. You’re Never Too Good To Drill the Day’s Technique Like The Others.”

The First Unwritten Rule was:  What Happens In Training, Stays In Training Sometimes, when professor shows a simple or basic technique, some higher belts will skip drilling. They may think that...

Paulo Miyao: “I Like Having No Front Tooth Because a Warrior Can’t Have a Body Without Scars”

  Twin brothers Joao and Paulo Miyao are passionate about Jiu-Jitsu. Their life is restricted to the mats,and all they do is eat, sleep and obsessively train. It’s quite hard to tell the...

The development of Luta Livre and Vale Tudo in Brazil  – Part I –

  Copyright (2014) by Dipl. Sportscientist  Maciel Welko & Elton Silva. Unauthorized use, reproduction, translation, modification, distribution or duplication, in whole or in part of this...

Want to be more explosive for BJJ? This little tip might help…

      A right timed explosive burst in a fight can sometimes make a big difference between winning or losing. Almost anybody can be explosive. It really doesn’t take amazing...

Preparing for Palhares-How Alan Belcher Out Grappled Rousimar Palhares

    For Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fans alike, there are certain names that should be rather recognizable. For instance, ask an MMA fan if they know who the Mendes Brothers...

Victor Estima: “When I first Started Training, My Instructor Master Ze Radiola Was Just A Purple Belt.”

    BJJ World Champion, Professor Victor Estima is charismatic and full of energy; with a constant smile that reveals an extremely dedicated and intelligent athlete. In this video, he talks...

Claudio Calasans & Yuri Simoes On The Importance of Their Judo For Their BJJ Game

    Written by Andre Sato (Judo black belt and BJJ brown belt from Brazil) for BJJ Eastern Europe. Nowadays Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training level is very high, however, few people work on...

Actor Channing Tatum: ‘Wrestling The Most Painful Thing I’ve Ever Done’

    The American actor as wrestling legend Mark Schultz in upcoming movie Foxcatcher, a real-life murder tale centered on an Olympic wrestler, his sponsor and his brother. Mark Schultz...

(Updated) Exposed: Cleus Reamico, Fake Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in The Philippines

Photo: Cleus Reamico in the center “If it looks like shit, smells like shit, and feels like shit, you don’t have to actually eat it to know it’s shit.”   There is a person in the...

Controversial Biography of Carlos Gracie Finally Released in English

    The book Carlos Gracie – The Creator of a Dynasty,which was published in Brazil only in Portuguese, was written by the daughter of the late master, Reyla Gracie (Roger...

BJJEE Profile: Flavio Canto, Brazilian Olympic Judo Medalist With A World Class Ground Game

      Flávio Canto is a Brazilian judo champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who won the bronze medal in the – 81 kg division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece....

Josh Barnett: ‘Jiu-Jitsu Is With The Gi, Without a Gi, It’s Whatever Else. For No Gi, Catch Wrestling Is The Way To Go’

    UFC heavyweight and Metamoris heavyweight champion Josh Barnett is rumored to be defending his belt 2013 ADCC champion Roberto Cyborg Abreu at the next Metamoris event. In this lengthy...

Most Common BJJ Warmup: A Huge Risk For Knee Injury

    In most Jiu-Jitsu schools, one of the traditional warm-ups involves sitting down and pulling the foot in circles to ‘loosen’ up the ankle, followed by knee circles. (Knee...

(Video) Cinderella Story: Homeless Man Fighting For an MMA Championship Title

Ex-Bellator fighter Matt Major has had a very rough few years. He once fought Alexander Shlemenko and Bert Cooper in Bellator . He went through some hard times and ended up homeless, sleeping...

Old School: The “Dirty Dozen”, The First 12 non-Brazilian Black Belts

    The BJJ Dirty Dozen are the first 12 non-Brazilian students to receive Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While in Brazil Jiu-Jitsu has been around for almost 90 years, the rest of the...

“European Dirty Dozen”, The First European BJJ Black Belts

      By: Guillaume Huni The “European Dirty Dozen” are the first 12 Europeans to receive Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I had to do some hardcore investigative...

The history of Wrestling before the development of Luta Livre

Written by Dipl. Sportscientist and Luta Livre instructor Maciel Welko  of RFT Deutschland Introduction In order to understand and describe the sport of Luta Livre, it is important to start with...

German Kumite (Submission Only): Eldar ‘Yakuza’ & Hannah Rauch Victorious

    The 2014 German Kumite challenge is done and dusted. This is a submission only, no points invite-only competition which regroups the best blue and purple belts in Europe. Blue belts...

Judo Gene LeBell: “Wrestling is The Ancestor of Jiu-Jitsu, Judo & Sambo.

      Gene LeBell is an American Judoka, instructor, stunt performer, and professional wrestler born. He has also worked on over 1,000 films and TV shows.  In 2000, the United States...

BJJ Training Report, Havana Cuba: Russian BJJ Champ Opens First Ever Academy

    Written by Russian BJJ blue belt, Alexander Fedotov. He is a good friend of BJJ Eastern Europe and is a IBJJF Rome Open gold medalist as well as London Open silver medalist.  My name...