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Category Archive: Articles

Being Gay In BJJ…

We all know that Homosexuality is not fully accepted in Eastern Europe, as we are still more conservative than our Western European neighbors. What if if some of your BJJ training partners happened...

Strength & Conditionning For Jiu-Jitsu: Specific Circuit Training vs Basic Weight Training

  As BJJ players we receive a very good workout by training BJJ by itself. However in the day and age of :bigger, Stronger, Faster” many of us will always look for any type of advantage....

BJJ Unwritten Rule #1: What Happens In Training, Stays In Training

We are going to start a series of unwritten rules which are not real set rules but more of a code of conduct for BJJ practitioners. The first one is about what happens in training. People need to...

Rashguards: Why Do We Use Them in BJJ & The Difference With Compression Shirts

We have already established that Compression Wear Provides Competitive Advantage & Help Speed Recovery now let’s look at rashguards in Jiu-Jitsu and determining the difference between a...

Are Olympic Lifts Appropriate For BJJ?

Seeing Roger Gracie doing Olympic lifts during his preparation for his Metamoris superfight with Marcus Buchecha, make s us wonder what are the benefit of Olympic lifts for BJJ. Powering through...

Should Jiu-Jitsu Be Treated As A Sport Or A Martial Art?

Kron Gracie has said about Sport Jiu-Jitsu “Sport Jiu-Jitsu is on the decline, it’s getting worse. With Metamoris, I want people to see the real Jiu-Jitsu.” in this interview . The problem...

Want to Breath Better For Jiu-Jitsu? Use Your Diaphragm!

If you have ever rolled with a BJJ master or advanced practitioner, what is something that distinguishes them from regular BJJ players? We’re not talking about just superior technique but the...

Basic BJJ Rules To Know Before Competing

So you’ve decided to compete. There are so many competitions around and some may have different rules. What are the important things to know before stepping on the mat:...

Are Submission Only Tournaments Really Possible?

The concept of submission only BJJ tournaments is not something new. The Gracies would hold challenge matches without time limits back in the day in Brazil. Helio Gracie once fought for 3 hours. The...

Analyzing Leandro Lo’s Super Effective BJJ Game

  Leandro Lo is one of the most exiting fighters on the circuit. A black belt under Cicero Costha, Leandro made a big boom on the BJJ world when he beat the then unbeatable Michael Langhi in...

What Makes The Miyao Brothers So Good?

They’re twins born on May 11, 1992. They started training in Andirá, Brazil with Professor Adriano Carvalho of Norte Sul Jiu-Jitsu academy. About a year ago they came to São Paulo because they...

6 Ways To Heal Your Lower Back Pains

  Lower back injuries are extremely common in Jiu-Jitsu and any type of strength and conditioning training. This article by Traver H. Boehm for breaking muscle covers how to treat and care for...

Survey Results: BJJ and the Culture of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs): A Review of Online Survey Data

BJJ Legends Magazine published a very interesting about PEDs in BJJ surveying close to 700 BJJ players worldwide. Author:Matthew Corley,RPh Here is a summary of the findings: “Some numbers to...

Kyra Gracie Wants to Face Ronda Rousey In A No Gi Submission Match

Source: Tatame This would be a grappling dream match: “Ronda Rousey has been impressing the world with her MMA career. The six-win streak via armbar submissions have impressed even the...

Will No Points, Submission Only Tournaments Like Metamoris Pro Change Jiu-Jitsu?

The recent trend of Jiu-Jitsu tournaments with the no points, submission only format such as the Gracie Worlds or next month’s Metamoris Pro has brought a wind of excitement in the Jiu-Jitsu...

Testosterone Usage in BJJ: The Fine Line Between TRT, PEDs, and Natural Ways to Boost Testosterone

Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is naturally produced by our bodies. In men, testosterone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as the testis and prostate as...

You Know You Train Jiu-Jitsu When…Updated 2012 Version

This was posted was by members of the UK BJJ Underground on the Facebook  page. There are some gems here: Rob Taylor: You put on a slim fit shirt and it fits everywhere except your forearms. Andy...

Post Workout Nutrition For BJJ

A training session is always taxing on your body and you a post workout drink or fruit can really help in muscle recovery. I don’t always have a protein shake after training but always have at...

“Power Comes From The Legs”: How Strong Legs Can Help Your Jiu-Jitsu Game

Many athletes focus more on strengthening their upper body instead of focusing on their lower body. While strong shoulders, arms, chest and core are very important in Jiu-Jitsu, a strong base which...

2012 Olympic Wrestling Preview

Sport’s illustrated did a decent preview for the Wrestling, both Greco-Roman and Freestyle. Check it out and be sure to tune in to http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html  to...

Benefits Of Crossfit For Jiu-Jitsu part 2: Results After 6 Weeks

Last month, we published an article on Benefits of Crossfit for BJJ where we talked about our first impressions after training Crossfit for a two week period. I have now been training Crossfit for 6...

8 Judokas to Watch For At The 2012 London Olympics

If you’re following Judo at the Olympics you can watch the matches on streaming on this link: http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/  (Just make sure to check the schedule on the same...

Winners Never Quit – Quitters Never Win! Why You Should Never Quit Jiu-Jitsu

My good friend Carl Fisher aka the Fighting photographer, who has a great blog (check it out) wrote a very interesting piece about the rewards of not giving up when things get hard. I’m sure...

Top 3 Jiu-Jitsu Training Mistakes to Avoid

We are all looking at getting better at BJJ. Some of us (I’m the first to admit) sometimes will think about doing other sports to improve their BJJ game. In my opinion to get better at BJJ, you...