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Category Archive: Articles

Top Three Reasons for Children’s Belt Testing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

If your academy is like many others, the children Jiu-Jitsu curriculum has different belts and roughly follows the IBJJF guidelines for these belts. Belts are awarded when the student display’s a...

What’s the First Thing A Brand New Blue Belt Should Work On?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Getting your blue belt is a huge accomplishment. Outside of receiving your...

6 High Percentage Ways To Escape a Triangle Submission

There are many ways to counter a triangle choke. There is the early escape, the middle escape and the late ‘Hail Mary’ escape. Saulo Ribeiro explains about how to escape from your...

Why Do Some Grapplers Progress So Much Faster Than Others?

For anyone who has spent some time on the jiujitsu mats, through time it will inevitably become (sometimes painfully) obvious that there are people who are simply making faster progress than others...

Using The Lockdown & Its Options To Overcome More Experienced Opponents

Created by prominent flat-earth proponent Mr. Eddie Bravo, the Lockdown system is an IBJJF legal half-guard series of techniques that offers multiple defensive and offensive options from the guard....

The Smart Way To Deal With Toxic People in BJJ

For most martial arts practitioners, the tatami is a sacred place where people gather to learn and practice in a safe, friendly and respectful environment. Often times, we bow before entering, giving...

Is it Really Better to Have an Instructor Who Is A BJJ Champion?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. When choosing an instructor, we all want to have this image of them as...

The Dark Side: The Darth Fader Front Headlock Escape

In Jiu-Jitsu the best defense is to not get there in the first place, but what happens if you’ve had the misfortune of making a mistake and got caught in a tight submission or a bad position?...

How To Escape A Fully Locked-in Anaconda Choke

In Jiu-Jitsu the best defense is to not get there in the first place, but what happens if you’ve had the misfortune of making a mistake and got caught in a tight submission? Being stuck in a...

How To Convince Your Friends And Family To Start Training Jiu-Jitsu

We know you love Jiu Jitsu and we know you think of the guys at the gym as a second family, but would it not be nice if your family at home would do Jiu Jitsu? If most of your friends started Jiu...

When You Roll With Someone That You Don’t Know….

Guest post by Belgian BJJ black belt Wim Deputter, head instructor at Brasa Team Belgium.  https://www.instagram.com/wimdeputterbjj/ Whenever I roll on training with someone I don’t...

Advice for BJJ Beginners Nervous About Getting Smashed

Jiu-jitsu is an inherently social activity. There aren’t any really good ways to learn it by yourself. You can try practicing on a grappling dummy in your garage, but that will only take you so...

Top 10 Excuses People Use To Not Try Jiu-Jitsu & How To Counter Them

The benefits of Jiu-Jitsu are numerous: self defense, increased fitness, health, social skills, self confidence, humility, ego killer, camaraderie etc…However, not everybody will understand...

BJJ Black Belt & Bouncer Kevin Gallagher On Using BJJ On The Job To Avoid a Close Call

Kevin Gallagher has a long history in the sport. Like all legitimate black belts he took a while to achieve the prestigious rank. Along the way he got quite a few close calls in his side career of...

Tom Hardy Figurine Sold To Help Out REORG Jiu-Jitsu Foundation

Tom Hardy has gone above and beyond to help out the REORG Jiu-Jitsu Foundation. The REORG Jiu Jitsu Foundation launched, in association with The Royal Marines Charity. Their mission is to provide a...

UFC champion Jessica Andrade robbed at gunpoint in Brazil

Jessica Andrade hasn’t had her UFC title for long yet she still managed to attract the attention of some robbers in Brazil. The UFC champion went through a scary situation in Niteroi on...

Judo Iranian Style Counter to Single leg Attack

Every technique, takedown or throw has a counter. It’s a question of timing and recognizing the movement and applying it. Sometimes the counter is more powerful than the attack. This is the case...

How To Face A Judoka In a BJJ Match

Guest post by Evolve Vacation. The Evolve Vacation Program offers travelers the rare opportunity of a lifetime to combine a tropical vacation under the sun with authentic training under World...

You Are Not a Belt. Separating Your Skill Level From Your Belt

Has the race for belts ruined martial arts? In explaining some of the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts to people who know little about the subject, I invariably get responses that go...

Seth Daniels Has Disk Replacement In His Neck

Seth Daniels just had a disk replacement in his neck. According to his own account: Today I’m having 2 disks In my neck replaced c5 and c6 I’m more nervous for this surgery than usual one way or...

TLI Champion Shane Hill-Taylor Is Out Of Worlds Due To Appendicitis

One of the only bjj competitions to offer significant cash prizes from the IBJJF are the World Championships. Still looks like USA bannerman Shane Hill-Taylor will be very sad to miss this unique...

Garry Tonon Bows Out Of ADCC

Garry Tonon is over the moon with his treatment at ONE FC so he’s not looking to slow down his mma career any time soon. The affable grappler turned mixed martial arts fighter recently revealed...

Wrestle-Jitsu: Pretty Simple Single Leg Takedown Entries & Finishes

The single leg take down is one of the first two takedowns that beginners learn in BJJ/Grappling. The reason for this is because it is relatively simple to understand and, like the double leg, it...

Make Them Fly By Switching Sides in Your Butterfly Guard

The butterfly guard and the sweeps derived from this guard can be some of the easiest techniques to begin mastering early on in our jiu jitsu career. Butterfly guard can be one of the first styles of...