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Category Archive: Articles, Health

Do I Have To Be Extremely Flexible To Have Success with the Rubber Guard?

The Rubber guard sometimes referred to as Mission Control is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu technique, which involves the practitioner ‘breaking down’ the opponent into the rubber guard, while maintaining...

Prevention is More Effective Than Escaping Positions & Submissions

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv.   There is always one point in the class where the black belt asks his...

Rickson Gracie Facing an Alleged 6X Russian National Judo Champion

Here’s an interesting video from the infamous ‘Gracie in Action’ tapes. Rorion Gracie narrates his brother Rickson Gracie’s challenge match with someone he calls a 6x Russian...

Tom DeBlass’ Recipe For What It Takes To Build a Successful BJJ Academy

Photo: Garden State Photography- Mark Ward Although quality of instruction, membership prices and the overall look of the BJJ gym matter, a good atmosphere by itself can keep students coming. A...

Ben Askren Compares Training in Wrestling & BJJ

Askren was a guest on the Joe Rogan Podcast where he criticised the training methods of BJJ schools and what he sees as a lack of drilling. He also talked about the lack of sense of doing 5 minute...

Bruce Lee Scene in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Was Inspired By Gene LeBell Grappling Lee

In the the Quentin Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Bruce Lee was made to look as an arrogant martial arts actor. In one scene, Brad Pitt plays a stuntman (Cliff Booth) and beats...

Bruce Lee vs. Judo Legend Gene LeBell in 1967

UFC president Dana White once described Bruce Lee as the Godfather of MMA because of his highly evolved way of exploring various combat sports. Lee trained in grappling with famous stuntman and Judo...

Roberto Cyborg Teaches His ‘Cyplex’ aka Suplex

Suplex in Wrestling is Ura nage in Japanese terminology, meaning the rear throw. It is one of the original 40 throws of judo developed by Jigoro Kano. It’s classified as a rear sacrifice technique....

Surviving The Arm Triangle with SBG’s Matt Thornton

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...

How To Roll Like a Savage While Avoiding Cauliflower Ear

To some jiujiteiros having “cauliflower ear,” or in more scientific terms, a perichondrial hematoma, can be a badge of honor, but to others it can be their worst nightmare. Here are a few tips to...

Let John Danaher’s Half Guard Masterclass Transform Your Half Guard Game

The use of half guard and all of its variations is more and more popular right now in the BJJ community. The half guard was first popularized by Roberto “Gordo” in the 90’s. The half went from...

The Big Difference Between BJJ and MMA Mindset

  There are many differences between bjj and mma, some of the main ones being quite literal in terms of punching but there are also other more subtle differences like: MMA uses a smaller number...

I’m An Assassin BJJ Nerd, And You Can Be Too

I am not a natural athlete. At school I was in the C team reserves in rugby, did not compete in any of the sports day events, and I have never been particularly strong, fast, or fit, and that was the...

3 Ways to Improve Your Jiu Jitsu Outside of the Academy

Guest post by Tyler Bishop, BJJ black belt and instructor at Gracie Humaita St. Louis  & editor at bishopbjj.com.   Have you ever said to yourself, “there are only so many hours in the...

How To Become Un-Submittable in Jiu-Jitsu

There are multiple things you have to learn when it comes to your defense plan in Jiu Jitsu: escapes, counters, proper posturing, etc. If you are having a problem with your defense and you’re...

Saulo Ribeiro Shares His Mindset To Compete At World Championships

  Saulo Ribeiro is one of the most successful competitors and jiujitsu instructors. He is now more devoted to passing his knowledge onto his students in his academy called University...

Weekly White Belt Advice: Closed Guard Basics and Breaking The Posture

The closed guard is often times the first position a beginner Jiu Jitsu practitioner learns about and starts practicing. Therefore, in the next couple of White Belt Advice articles, we’ll take...

Finally Make the Inverted Arm Bar Work For You With These Missing Details

The inverted arm bar or In the ude gatame is typically known as one of the hardest armbar to execute in grappling. Marcelo Garcia is one of the rare competitors to make it work regularly at the...

Renzo Gracie’s Cross Choke-Armbar Trap from Closed Guard

Learn how to apply Renzo Gracie’s cross choke-armbar trap from the closed guard. It all starts with a cross grip on the collar and dropping the elbow to force a reaction. You then chain many...

Renzo Gracie’s Ezequiel From the Back

Sode guruma jime (“sleeve wheel constriction”) is a type of Judo chokehold, which compresses the opponent’s trachea or the carotid arteries. The technique can be executed from a variety of...

2 Mistakes Most People Make With The Kimura & How To Fix Them

Guest post by David Avellan, an ADCC bronze medalist. Avellan has defeated many of the world’s best grapplers, such as BJJ Black Belt World Champions Rafael Lovato Jr., Tarsis Humphries, Amaury...

Muay Thai Champion & Supermodel Mia Kang Takes Up Jiu-Jitsu Hoping To Transition To MMA

After news broke out that Supermodel Irina Shayk was into Jiu-Jitsu: Super Model Irina Shayk: I’m Obsessed With Jiu Jitsu Supermodel Mia Kang believes now is the right time to take on another...

Renzo Gracie’s Lethal Armlock Against a Turtled Opponent

Learn with Renzo Gracie how to attack a lethal armlock without exposing yourself to get hurt. Renzo shows how he developed a variation of the specific angle by jumping over and using his body and...

Super Model Irina Shayk: I’m Obsessed With Jiu Jitsu

Irina Shayk is quite religious with her work outs, after all her livelihood depends on being in outstanding shape. Recently the super model shared: Summer with @intimissimiofficial 💚 A post shared...