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Category Archive: Articles

BJJ World Champ Ffion Davies’ Game Changing Details To The Arm Triangle

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...

Stop The Leg Drag Pass With This Small Detail

The leg drag is one of those passes that are taught in beginner classes, but that are used on regular basis by superior athletes at high-level competitions. And why is that? Because it’s simple...

Weekly White Belt Advice: An Introduction to The Series!

Being a BJJ white belt is far from easy. The surroundings are new, the pressure – not just the psychological one, but the one from being inside your training partner’s side control as well...

How to Improve in Wrestling as a BJJ Newcomer

For the latecomers to BJJ and grappling in general, one aspect of the sport can sometimes prove itself to be even more difficult to understand and do well than jiu jitsu: wrestling. Most of the...

How Do You Know When A BJJ Academy Is Right For You

  Picking a good place for yourself to practice is almost as important as deciding to do bjj as a bad choice can seriously hinder your journey. There’s many different factors you should be...

Using Power Breathing for More Powerful Choking Submissions

Written by Jason C. Brown, a BJJ player and strength and conditioning coach. Be sure to check out his website  BJJWorkouts.com BJJ Training: Breath Work for BJJ- Power Breathing for Better BJJ...

Undercover BJJ White Belt Tim Kennedy

UFC vet Tim Kennedy, a BJJ black belt & US Army Ranger pulled off a great prank at a Gracie Humaita BJJ academy, he went in undercover as a BJJ white belt. Watch the face of the students when the...

How To Set Up The Legendary ‘Helio Gracie Choke’

For the choke, there are no “tough guys”. With an arm lock he can be tough and resist the pain. With the choke he just passes out, goes to sleep. Helio Gracie It was said that Grandmaster...

Why You Should Always Strive To Be On Top When Grappling

Guest post by Belgian BJJ black belt Wim Deputter, head instructor at Brasa Team Belgium.  https://www.instagram.com/wimdeputterbjj/ Photo: BJJ Freaks. Always strive to be On Top I don’t...

Judo Olympian On Keeping Fit After Lifetime of Overtraining

  Guest post by Neil Adams MBE, an English judoka who won numerous Olympic and World Championship medals in judo representing Great Britain. Adams was the first British male to win a World...

8 Ways To Avoid Getting Injured in Jiu-Jitsu

Injuries are always going to happen if you train in Jiu-Jitsu. It’s part of the journey. How does BJJ stack up with other martial arts in terms of rate of injury? It has often been said that...

Financial & Emotional Sacrifices You’ll Make To Get Your Black Belt in BJJ

Written by Brearin Land, BJJ Black Belt and instructor at Gracie Barra HQ in Irvine. He is also the CEO of  a wealth management firm Irvine Wealth, and is specialised in Retirement Income Planning....

Augusto Frota, From Swiss Banker to Pro MMA Fighter To BJJ Instructor & Businessman

Last year, Augusto Frota made a triumphant return to BJJ competition after not having competed in over 12 years. The former Shooto Europe MMA champion and BJJ black belt was focused on growing his...

How To Maintain Strength When Cutting Weight For Jiu Jitsu Competitions

    In this article we will talk about a couple of strategies that you can employ in order to maintain your strength while  cutting weight for a BJJ tournament. Exercise selection. When...

Beach Bodyweight Workout For Grapplers

Guest post from BJJ and MMA athlete Andy Tiet who goes through an awesome BJJ and MMA beach workout. Training in the sand or at the beach can hep improve agility, balance, power, muscle gains and...

BJJ Girl Shares 3 Easy Hairstyles For BJJ Competition

Long hair and Jiu-Jitsu don’t always go well together. If you don’t want any hair troubles, while rolling, the best is to have the most popular haircut in BJJ: the shaved head (minus the...

Xande Ribeiro On How To Never Get Your BJJ Guard Passed Ever Again

Xande Ribeiro has legendary stature – he’s been an active competitor at the black belt level since the early 00s. His  7 World titles are accompanied by many other different ones. The 38 year...

The Smile Of Jiu-Jitsu: Ana Carolina Schmitt, 2019 BJJ World Champion

By winning the gold at the IBJJF World Championships in early June, Ana Carolina Schmitt has created a ripple of applause throughout the BJJ community and has become known as one of the top ranking...

Into The Mind Of Caio Terra, BJJ Black Belt in 3 Years & 12x World Champion

A 12 time world champion that got his black belt in under 3 years of training? He must be a superhuman, right? Well, kind of, but not exactly. Caio Terra is perhaps the best roosterweight in the...

Dean Lister: I Will Not Give a Brown Belt to Anyone Who is a D*ckhead

  Dean Lister is a worldly martial artist – including speaking a variety on languages including Portuguese, rudimentary French and even some Croatian (thanks to being Mirko CroCop...

Black Belt: The Only People Who Should Care About The Patch on Your Back are Biker Clubs & Street Gangs

Politics have always been one facet of the lifestyle in jiu-jitsu. For this part of the subculture a term Creonte was created. Carlson Gracie came up with term “Creonte”   Creonte was the...

Prankster Challenges BJJ Instructor in Front Of Whole Class

  Barone, a famous Brazilian Youtube prankster went to BJJ legend Marco Barbosa’s academy in Sao Paulo and challenged him during a belt promotion. Barbosa has over 30 years as a black belt...

“Excuse Me, Professor, But You Forgot To Promote Me.”

Guest post by Jason Bright of Genesis Jiu-Jitsu “Excuse me, Professor, but you forgot to promote me.”   This is a sentiment I am sure most everyone has felt at one time or another...

How BJJ Can Be Used as a Powerful Tool in Addiction Recovery

How BJJ Can Be Used as a Powerful Tool in Addiction Recovery Substance abuse is harmful enough for the body both physically and emotionally, yet addiction recovery presents even bigger challenges in...