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Category Archive: Articles, Featured

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...

Keenan Cornelius Answers Critics of His ‘Helio & Rickson Have A Purple Belt Level’ Statement

A few days ago we published an article that caused quite a big stir in the BJJ community: Keenan Cornelius On Helio & Rickson Gracie: ‘Their Level Was Probably Tough Purple Belt’ Many...

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...

Keenan Cornelius On Helio & Rickson Gracie: ‘Their Level Was Probably Tough Purple Belt’

There are many stories of Rickson Gracie manhandling and submitting BJJ world champions when they came to visit him in his academy  during the 90’s. One of the names that come up are bjj greats...

Man Charged w/ stealing USD 1,3 Million To Fund Expensive BJJ Competition Habit

Aaron Baslangic, a top executive at Australian retail giant Coles, was arrested last Friday and has since been charged with multiple thefts and deceptions. It is alleged that Baslangic stole close to...

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...

World Class Coach Vinicius „Draculino“ On The Most Effective Way To Improve in Jiu-Jitsu

Vinicius „Draculino“ Magalhães is a fifth-degree black belt under the legendary founder of Gracie Barra, Carlos Gracie Jr. A part of the „golden generation“ of BJJ, he has trained with other...

Bruce Lee Scene in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Was Inspired By Gene LeBell Grappling Lee

In the the Quentin Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Bruce Lee was made to look as an arrogant martial arts actor. In one scene, Brad Pitt plays a stuntman (Cliff Booth) and beats...

Super Model Irina Shayk: I’m Obsessed With Jiu Jitsu

Irina Shayk is quite religious with her work outs, after all her livelihood depends on being in outstanding shape. Recently the super model shared: Summer with @intimissimiofficial 💚 A post shared...

Robert Drysdale Shares Winning Mindset For Competition & Importance of Having a “Why” in BJJ

photocred @scorsato A black belt under Leonardo Vieira and a head coach of the powerful Zenith BJJ Team, Robert Drysdale is regarded as one of the top American grapplers of his generation and is one...

Three Types of Gringos That Come To Train Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil

Let’s face it: each and every one of us dreams about packing our Gis and rashguards, hopping onto an airplane and landing in the beautiful country of Brazil, enjoying ourselves with rolls upon...

Jean Jacques Machado on Why Rickson Gracie Was So Good

Jean Jacques Machado speaks on years of experience training with Rickson Gracie. He was Rickson Gracie’s student from back in the days, from the time he trained under him in Brazil until when...

Rickson Gracie’s Principle On Improving Weaknesses in Your Jiu-Jitsu Game

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 the...

Jiu Jitsu Is Expensive, Time Consuming and Challenging – It’s Also The Best so Stop Making Excuses

    Often times you read about the expenditures, aches and doubts related to jiu jitsu. Some people think they’re too old, some think they’re too fat, some are just afraid to...

How to Survive as a BJJ Gringo in Brazil

  Hi! My name’s Arthur de Lustrac. I’m part of the BJJ Globetrotters, and I’ve been globetrotting for a long time, and Jiu jitsu became my latest pretext to do so. I’m 6 years into...

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...

Guy With Zero Athletic Background Makes Pro MMA Debut After Just 4 Months Training

Many martial artists and untrained people dream of testing themselves in the ultimate challenge: Mixed Martial Arts. It’s the ultimate because you have to be proficient in striking, Wrestling...

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...

KatagaRenzo: Game Changing Adjustments For Katagatame From Renzo Gracie feat Demian Maia

Kata-Gatame/ Head and arm choke/ Arm Traingle 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...

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...

Top 10 Fastest Black Belt Promotions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu History

Written By Guillaume Huni, BJJ black belt and head instructor of Kimura Academy in Serbia.   The road to a black belt is usually a long and hard one full of ups and downs. The average time to...

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...