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Category Archive: Articles, Featured

How Strict Should BJJ Class Be–Chill or Like Military Training?

When it comes to how strict a class should be, what do you think is reasonable? How strict should the instructor be in your bjj class? Does your own academy present a laid back atmosphere or is it...

Wrestle-Jitsu: Bulgarian Wrestler’s Way Of Reversing Side Control

Have you ever tried to pin or control a top level Wrestler in side control? It’s no fun at all… Check out this interesting take on how a top-level wrestler would go about escaping side...

Rafael Mendes Rolling w/ 280lbs Black Belt Shows Us The Blueprint Dealing w/ Ultra Heavyweights

When Rafael Mendes retired last year from competitive Jiu-Jitsu at the tender age of 27, he left many BJJ fans baffled. In this period he accumulated 6 world bjj titles. Rafael Mendes hasn’t...

Your Amateur Mindset is Holding You Back in BJJ; Here is How Professionals Think & Improve

Guest post by Gracie Barra Black belt, Tyson Andrew Johnson, Sr I saw something recently about the difference between an amateur and a professional that made me think about Jiu Jitsu. Actually,...

You Need To Add Adam Wardzinski’s Unstoppable Butterfly Sweep To Your Game

Adam Wardzinski is one of the premier Polish black belts making his name known in the world of BJJ. Poland, with a cultural love of grappling, has produced over 300 black belts and Adam Wardzinski...

5 Types of People That Will Never Make it in BJJ

Perhaps you have already noticed a trend in your gym. A lot of people come, a lot of people leave and very few do stay consistently over the years. In time, it’s these few that usually form the...

Tom DeBlass Has a Message to the Students Who Have Left BJJ

The dropout rates in bjj have long been considered very high. Commonly most academies at any given time have about 50% of class populated by white belts – beginners who opted in for the course...

Gracie Barra On To Cleaning Up Ralph Gracie Academy: Mission Is To Provide High Quality Classes With a policy of No Drinks Nor Drugs, No Cursing

Earlier this week we reported that Kurt Osiander has parted ways with his longtime gym – Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu In San Francisco. While Osiander’s wife explicitly said Osiander was fired...

Ralph Gracie: ‘Kurt Osiander Wasn’t Fired. He Left Our Team After 25 Years’

Some stunning changes come from the way of the bjj Mecca – San Francisco. So what just happened there? Osiander has been very popular for a number of years. Recently Osiander went on the...

Ralph Gracie Fires Kurt Osiander After 25 Years

Some stunning changes come from the way of the bjj Mecca – San Francisco. So what just happened there? Osiander has been very popular for a number of years. Recently Osiander went on the...

BJJ Black Belt Champ Returns To Jiu-Jitsu After Near Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Raphael Forti is a Brazilian BJJ champion who in 2017 had the misfortune of being in a motorcycle accident that made him wheelchair bound. This life changing disaster didn’t discourage the...

Kyra Gracie’s Great Detail To Finish The Omoplata

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...

ACBJJ’s President Sick Of Boring BJJ Matches; Threatens To Stop Future Events

Last weekend’s ACBJJ event in Moscow was ACB’s 14th event. An amazing card was set up with some world class BJJ athletes, top Eastern European grapplers and high level MMA fighters. ACB...

Halle Berry Spotted Training BJJ For John Wick 3

Halle Berry is the latest A lister to have joined the ranks of actors practicing the gentle art. Berry has been preparing for John Wick 3 alongside Keanu Reaves who is a an honorary judo black belt...

Vitor Belfort – Suddenly Jacked Again

In jiu jitsu a jacked look is nothing new. For years and years we’ve been seeing veterans such as Pablo Popovitch, Galvao, Barral and many more. However when someone who has been looking rather...

Beware: ‘Old Man Strength’ In Jiu-Jitsu is Real

‘Old man strength’ is real. It is usually acquired by men and women around the age of 40. If you are above the age of 40 and reasonably healthy, you will get it. It can be used to do hard...

Summer Camp With Geo & Richie Martinez (10th Planet) in Cyprus

The BJJ & Beach Camp is a top class seminar that combines world class jiu-jitsu instructors with the excellent weather and beaches of the Mediterranean in a package deal that makes it possible to...

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...

Geo Martinez’s Advice For Struggling Blue Belts

When you are a BJJ blue belt, you have reached a respectable level where you are no longer a total beginner but you are somewhat in a strange place. The blue belt is usually the belt level where you...

You’ve Been Doing It Wrong: Here’s a Brilliant Way Of Draining a Cauliflower Ear

Chances are that if you practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you know someone whose ears look like a tortellini. Cauliflower ear is caused when the ear receives a blow that shears away the ear’s cartilage...

Craig Jones: Nobody Cares About Gi Jiu Jitsu

Craig Jones first came to prominence after eliminating heavy favorite Leandro Lo at ADCC. Since then he’s had his own bjj study as well as shared plenty of controversial attitudes including...

Why Being Happy is the Best Mood For Training

Every time when we go to train we feel different. We run on different emotions and body sensations, but they are always in tune. For example, if our dominant feeling is tiredness, then we can’t...

Neiman Gracie: People Want Me to “Humble” Dillon Danis

Dillon Danis has been making waves for the better part of last two years. The Bellator MMA Fighter has been spectacular in his megalomaniacal approach ever since he started associating with Conor...

Purple Belt Bouncer Intelligently Uses Jiu-Jitsu To Neutralize Aggressive Individual

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling sports such as Wrestling and Judo are great tools for bouncers as they are able to control an unruly individual without having to strike. Holding someone down while...