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Category Archive: Articles, Health & Nutrition

Essential nutrition and supplements for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Like other other mixed martial arts, BJJ is a very challenging sport. But in order to be fully immersed in BJJ, it’s vital to be leading a healthy lifestyle. Although taking supplements is not...

Roger Gracie Rolling with GSP No Gi & Gi

Back in 2011, the GOAT of BJJ Roger Gracie trained with then UFC champion Georges St Pierre Gi and No Gi. Roger was quoted as saying about the experience to Graciemag: Training with him is great. We...

Stopping The Knee Slice Pass Before it Even Starts with Xande Ribeiro

Knee slice is one of the highest guard passes in BJJ. It works really well against bottom half guard players that like to either play knee shield or to drop their shield play a Lucas Leite style...

Five Things You Learn On The Mat That Apply To Life

So many of us love Jiu-Jitsu because of the benefits we derive from being on the mat. From the camaraderie, the health benefits, to the competition aspects and more. But one of the most amazing...

How To Develop Your Jiu-Jitsu Brain On & Off The Mats

  By Mike “Spider-Ninja” Bidwell, a BJJ Black Belt under Phil Migliarese and Ken Kronenberg (Team Tai-Kai / Balance). Mike is a full time Jiu-Jitsuka, blogger (check out his great...

Get Out Of The Dreaded ‘Superhold’ with a Simple Tip From Xande Ribeiro

When you play half guard, the worst thing you can do is letting your opponent get passed all of your line of defenses (feet, knees, arms) and smashing you with a tight head and arm control. This is...

Game Changer: Putting 100% Commitment in Your Offensive Grappling Techniques

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. One thing that really separates a great competitor from the rest of the...

Start Taping Everyone At The Academy with Tarikoplata; No One Can Stop It

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is limitless. It is constantly evolving and with the internet, new techniques are readily available to even the newest white belts. This makes the sport of BJJ evolve even faster...

Stop Telegraphing Double Legs. This Misdirection Double Will Be Your Winning Move

Once you’ve gotten a bit more comfortable with wrestling and once you’ve learned a couple of basic takedowns, it is time to turn towards practicing „The Sweet Art of The Feint“; that...

Lightning Fast Ankle Lock Submission – Mikey Musumeci

Mikey Musumeci is a 3x IBJJF World Champion representing CTA (Caio Terra Association) and is the only American to hold 3 world titles in the gi. Mikey has competed against the biggest names in the...

Review: Cage Hunter App, the Uber of MMA matchmaking

Guest post by Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt and multiple medallist...

Keenan Cornelius Shows How To Adapt The Straightjacket Back System For The Gi

Back control in Jiu Jitsu is a very powerful position. If you have been training for a while, you have probably heard about the straightjacket back attack system made famous by the infamous Danaher...

Feeling Like Quitting BJJ? This Will Put Everything Into Perspective

I would need many pairs of hands to count how many times I wanted to quit BJJ, or anything else for that matter for which I’d put in a great deal of effort and did not receive the results I was...

Xande Ribeiro: ‘The Next Time Someone Passes My Guard, I’ll Become a Businessman’

Xande Ribeiro is a mythical figure in Jiu-Jitsu. He ranks high up with Roger Gracie, Jacare, Braulio Estima, Marcelo Garcia, his older brother Saulo as the best ever competitor in BJJ. – Xande been...

Weekly White Belt Advice: Closed Guard Sweeps

In the previous article of our Weekly White Belt Advice series, we’ve talked about the very basics of the closed guard – what it is, its defensive and offensive purpose and the body...

Xande Ribeiro On Why His Guard Hasn’t Been Passed in 13 Years

@fabricio.rocha.fotografia 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...

Tips For Using Running As Conditioning For BJJ

  Brazilian jiu-jitsu(BJJ) is a complex martial art that focuses primarily on grappling, rolling, and fighting on the ground. Some people use BJJ training and conditioning as a way to get into...

Instructors Should Encourage Students To Find Their Own Unique Grappling Style

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. As an instructor, we must realize that it is not about us anymore, it is...

All Your BJJ Frustrations Will Be Overcome with More Mat Time

So you’ve been looking for the secret to becoming a good Jiu Jitsu player? You’ve been wanting that one element required to become a champion? It’s really simple. Mat time. The one element that...

The History And Origins Of Wrestling

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...

Most Effective Ways To Develop Muscle Memory in BJJ

Written by: James Jayme. Photo by Milan Bubonja If you are familiar with Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory, it suggests that there are different learning styles. Among the seven...

Andre Galvao Explains How To Enter “Turbo Mode” In Your BJJ

Andre Galvao is one of those competitors who are never out of shape – and many even say they’ve never seen him out of shape – ever. Previously he was quoted saying there’s two...

5 Qualities Which Define a Great Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

  Guest post by Henry Akins, the third American to receive a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt from legendary fighter Rickson Gracie. Akins trained under Rickson Gracie for 15 years. Akins became...

“You’re Really Strong”: Jiu-Jitsu’s Biggest Backhanded Compliment

Photo: prestonsmithphotography.net   / instagram.com/prestonsmithphotography/ Strength, one of the attributes that most BJJ athletes are actively trying to improve upon. An attribute that is...