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Category Archive: Articles, Featured, Videos

Jean Jacques Machado: ‘The Belt Cannot Be the Goal’

Jean Jacques Machado shares his philosophy of Jiu Jitsu. What’s more important than belt ranks, and how obstacles can be a motivation to become better… because in Jiu Jitsu, you will...

Who Was Oscar Gracie? Find Out In The „Closed Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil“ Documentary

Even at first glance, you will notice that the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is full of interesting things. Of exhilarating details that have played a very important role in how the Gentle Art has...

Watch: Ronda Rousey Rolls with BJ Penn in the Gi

Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight & bronze medal Judo Olympian Champion Ronda Rousey rolled in the Gi with 2001 BJJ world champion & UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ Penn at Art...

Nationwide Movement From Police Officers To Make Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training Mandatory

The potential for jiu jitsu to enable police officers to be better at their job is enormous. We often observe videos like trips and perfect stand up technique enabling men in nasty situations to...

Shaquille O’Neal Visits BJJ Academy, Taps Out 2 BJJ Black Belts

Basketball champion Shaquille O’Neal has been training some BJJ throughout the years. The retired NBA legend has trained BJJ on and off and has a decent level in BJJ. Shaq was recently seen...

Jean Jacques Machado on Rolling With Rickson Gracie: ‘It’s Like He’s Reading Your Mind’

Rickson Gracie is regarded by many BJJ practitioners as the greatest Jiu-Jitsu fighter of all time. What made him so superior? What made him so special? People who have spent time training with...

These Are The Top 10 Leglockers in BJJ today

Leglock submissions are alive and kicking! It seems like lower body attacks will not go out of fashion soon and how else could it be, when time after time we witness their efficiency on the highest...

Essential Tips For Improving Your Guard Passing Skills

Written by Masafumi Matsumoto, a BJJ black 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,...

These Are The 10 Best Takedown Artists in Grappling

Wrestling is an inevitable part of submission grappling/BJJ and a key factor in many matches on elite and amateur level. BJJ practitioners are often criticized for neglecting their takedown game, but...

Learn The Folding Pass – The Best Pressure Pass For Gi & No Gi

Pressure passing is a whole lot easier in the Gi – mostly because you can set up various grips, which give way to many passing variations. However, this is not to say that you can’t pressure...

What Does Post-Virus Life Look Like For a BJJ Academy in China?

Fighting off Covid 19 in Guangzhou, China. My name is Julien i am the head instructor of Aranha Jiujitsu in Guangzhou China the close neighboring province of Hubei Wuhan, pandemic epicenter where it...

Here’s What Your BJJ Game Will Look Like At Each Belt Level

Your overarching goal in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu should always be to become better; to progress as much as you can, while enjoying your path with the experiences and friends you make along the way. So,...

The Ideal Grappler: An Alternative Perspective

Fighting is a business now. People at the highest levels of every combat sport are pretty much done working for free (except for you IBJJF, you’re the exception for some reason.) As with all...

Roger Gracie Explains Why He Focuses On Chokes

Roger Gracie is an undisputed GOAT – greatest of all time in jiu jitsu. Just in the past year the now 38 year old Gracie family prodigy dominated over one of the biggest champions of today...

This is The Actor Who Will Play Rickson Gracie in Upcoming Netflix Movie

Brazilian jiujitsu will get its source story told by José Padilha, the film maker behind the police thriller Elite Squad along with Netflix’s crime dramatization Narcos. Padilha will lead to Dead...

Get To Know The Top Current European Grapplers

BJJ and No Gi Grappling is getting more and more popular in Europe in recent years and we`ve seen many quality fighters coming out of The Old Continent. Brazil and USA still remain the Mecca of BJJ,...

Effective Cutting Weight Strategies for Grapplers

Written by Matt D’Aquino, a 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 black belt in...

John Danaher On The Informality Of The Belt System in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

John Danaher is universally known one of the best kept secrets in Jiu-Jitsu. The New Zealand born, BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie has been praised by the BJJ community as being a master and brain...

John Danaher On What Makes Some People Progress Faster Than Others in BJJ

  John Danaher is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie, and is known as one of the best BJJ instructors in the world. The New Zealand born black belt has been praised by the BJJ community as...

BJJ Black Belt & Doctor’s 6 Step Guidelines for Reopening BJJ Academies During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 situation in the world is a very serious one; people are getting sick, oftentimes critically, and countries are attempting to fight the disease by going through extreme lockdown...

What’s Harder: Getting A Black Belt In BJJ or Becoming A Doctor? 

Photo: Dr Vuk Aleksic, BJJ black belt and surgeon . Jiu-Jitsu is effective because you can’t be a fake and train in this sport. The long hours spent live rolling means that you can openly test the...

How to Earn a Black Belt in BJJ: Surviving the Injury Onslaught

Guest post by Bill Jones, owner and head instructor at Top Level Martial Arts in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. If you would like to learn more about Bill or Top Level Martial Arts,...

Gordon Ryan & John Danaher Rolling for 10 minutes

The master & his best student rolling, John Danaher and Gordon Ryan. You can see the mutual respect. Danaher is a genius when it comes ton the sport of combat and his student Ryan, a 3x ADCC...

Japanese Judoka Go Back To Training Using Face Masks & Hand Sanitizer

The current COVID-19 situation in the world is a very serious one; people are getting sick, oftentimes critically, and countries are attempting to fight the disease by going through extreme lockdown...