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Category Archive: Articles, Featured

Lucas Leite On His Secret For Beating Bigger & Heavier Opponents

Lucas Leite is a multi-time world champion with first place finishes at the Gi, Nogi, and Grapplers Quest world championships. Leite started training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu when he was 12 years old...

Confessions Of A Guard Player: Guard Players Hate These 4 Moves

Guest post by Masafumi Matsumoto, a BJJ brown belt from Japan who has been travelling the world, training, competing and working as a translator. ‘Masa’ is known for having a very good guard,...

3 Game Changing Half Guard Tips from Tom DeBlass

It’s no secret that Tom Deblass’ favorite position is the half guard. It’s a position he has been using since he was a blue belt nearly 15 years ago. Since then he has been refining...

Rose Namajunas: ‘I Would Like To Test My Jiu-Jitsu with Mackenzie Dern’

UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas was recently on the UFC unfiltered podcast where she was asked about what she thought about mackenzie Dern’s performance and her missing weight...

Squeeze the Juice Out: Tap Them With a Body-Lock Triangle

Many of us will get to to our training partner’s back and immediately focus on securing a choke or armbar. There is an easier option that many forget: The body triangle submission. Yes,...

People Will Forget Champions; Building A Successful Team is More Important

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs cascao bjj hard knocks out of Las Vegas nv. “The medals don’t mean anything and the glory doesn’t last. It’s...

Dominick Cruz on Mackenzie Dern: ‘It’s basically cheating’

Over the last week we’ve seen a mixed bag of Mackenzie Dern comments. on one had she’s undoubtedly a star on the rise with that shining performance against Amanda Cooper. Still her...

5 Mistakes To Avoid on Competition Day

(Photos: IBJJF) Written by Matt D’Aquino, multiple Australian and Oceania Champion and a 2008 Beijing Judo Olympian. He has been studying Judo for over 23 years. He is a 3rd Degree Black belt and a...

Danaher Shows Powerful Attack Series from Ashi Garami & Inside Sankaku Positions

At a sold out jiu jitsu seminar at Dynamix MMA in Los Angeles, CA, John Danaher demonstrated a powerful attack series from the cross ashi garami & inside sankaku positions. The Japanese term ashi...

How To Do The Savage Loop Choke From Side Control by Alexandre Vieira

Lapel chokes are some of the cleanest, most efficient submissions you can secure when training jiu jitsu in the gi. The loop choke is one of the deadly subsets of those lapel chokes. The thing that...

How Grapplers Should Approach Strength and Conditioning

Unlike the striking arts such as boxing, kick boxing or Muay Thai where practitioners exert a direct force over their opponents to score a knockout, the grappling arts are more about manipulating...

Why Does It Take Around 10 Years To Get A Black Belt In BJJ?

Why does it take so many years (for the average practitioner) to get a black belt? This is quite complicated but let’s consider a few factors. The average time it takes someone to reach black...

Improve Your Cardio For BJJ Without Extra Cardio

Photo: Mike Kalika One of the most elusive things that everyone who steps on the BJJ mats is looking for, even beyond their next stripe or belt promotion, is good cardio. Think back to the first time...

Wrist Locks, Secret to Attacking the Giants

When people think of “Dirty tricks” in jiu jitsu, they are often referring to moves that are much easier than the effect they accomplish would imply. Moves that are simply beyond the pale of what...

How To Omoplata Everyone From Every Position

The omoplata may be the most underrated submission in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is not utilized often at the highest levels of bjj but it is an excellent submission. We have seen omoplata’s executed...

5 Tips To Improve Your Half Guard by Bernardo Faria & Tom Deblass

Guest post by 5x BJJ World Champion Bernardo Faria, who is known for his half guard and smashing passing style. He achieved a phenomenal double gold medals in the BJJ Mundials in 2015. Be sure to...

Craig Jones Shows how he took Lo’s back & Submited Him at the ADCC

Craig Jones is the biggest name in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu right now. Whether or not he is the best is irrelevant, Craig is the newest name on the scene and has taken the BJJ community by storm. Many...

How Much Of Your Jiu-Jitsu Is Influenced By Your Instructor?

Ever wonder what influence your instructor will have in the long term over your Jiu Jitsu? If you will become technically similar to him, perhaps have the same or better success? In this article we...

10th Planet Coach & Former UFC Fighter Arrested For Sexually Abusing Underaged Girl

Gerald Strebendt (39), instructor of 10th planet Eugene and former UFC fighter has been arrested today (Wednesday) for allegedly sexually abusing an underaged female student. This is not the first...

A Kosen Judo Class at Kyoto University Looks Exactly Like Modern BJJ

Kosen Judo is not a lost art, because people still practice it. 7 national universities in Japan (i.e. Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Osaka, and Tohoku universities) have Judo clubs that...

The Dark Side: Building Yourself A Lethal Leg Lock Game That Will Make You Feared by All

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years and paid zero attention to BJJ competitions and trends, you have no doubt watched the incredible rise in attention that the lower...

Three of the Best Back Takes from Guard

When becoming a guard player, it is crucial to have a wide arsenal of attacks from different guards.  One of the most important elements to becoming a tricky guard player is learning back takes from...

The Reverse Half Guard Version 2.0 Will Confuse, Trap & sweep Your Opponent

The half guard position has been going through a renaissance lately primarily through the popularity and prevalence of half guard being used by world class practitioners like Bernardo Faria and Tom...

Geo Martinez Responds To AJ Agazarm With Maturity and Poise

While AJ Agazarm has been all about the WWE approach to his jiu jitsu career a subtle approach does sometimes work. While Denny Prokopos threw child like tantrums to Agazarm’s gauntlet Geo...