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Category Archive: Articles, BJJ News, Featured

Sean Strickland’s BJJ Teammate Speaks Out On Him Throwing his Black Belt in the Trash

UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland’s recent decision to throw his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the garbage can has generated significant discussion across various online platforms....

What Are The Long Term Effects of A Lifetime of Jiu-Jitsu Competition Training

There’s a certain romantic notion attached to some of the biggest legends of grappling. When we think about them, we think of their victories, of their struggles and of inspirational moments that...

Tiny Female Judo Black Belt Olympian Grapples White Belt Male

Dojo storming is all the rage today but it’s quite special to see someone ready to take on a huge challenge and keep an open mind. Such was the case with Norwegian judoka – the first ever...

Are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Affiliations Just a Ponzi Scheme?

The sheer number of the number of BJJ gym affiliations there are is truly incredible. How does a consumer even choose? The list is massive – the very uncompleted list: 10th planet Jiu Jitsu,...

270 lbs Big Dan Manasoiu Loses Arm Wrestling Match to Female Champ

A professional grappler recently engaged in two friendly yet competitive arm wrestling matches against an accomplished female champion in that sport. Dan Manasoiu, a 23-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu...

WATCH: Navy Seal Takes on BJJ Black Belt UFC Vet in Jiu-Jitsu Match

In a unique matchup at the High Rollers: Cops vs Stonerz Jiu-Jitsu tournament, MMA veteran Jake Shields faced off against former Navy SEAL Mitch Aguiar. This tournament is known for its distinctive...

John Danaher’s Analysis Settles the Whole Gi Against No Gi Jiu-Jitsu Debate

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 being a...

Jiu-Jitsu is Booming in France: Adidas Sponsorship, Pro Events & Huge Tournaments Fuel The Growth

Jiu-Jitsu is booming in France. Already last July, The France Championship 2023  was an extraordinary success, with a passionated team, a professional organization, a very athletes oriented staff...

Blind BJJ Black Belt Grapples with Blindfolded BJJ Black Belt

Nicolas Plessis should be an example for all of us. This French BJJ black belt is a frequent competitor who has competed in his native France, at Europeans, and in Brazil. Nothing out of the ordinary...

BJJ Blue Belt Submits BJJ Black Belt in Tournament, Casually Shakes it Off

In a BJJ competition, anything can happen. You will often see surprises, especially in the No Gi divisions where some competition mix the belt levels. It’s not uncommon to see a blue belt face a...

Which Martial Arts Black Belt Takes the Longest Time to Achieve?

Jiu-Jitsu is effective because you can’t be a fake and train in this sport/martial art. The long hours spent live rolling means that you can openly test the effectiveness of your skills against a...

Rickson Gracie On If Bruce Lee Was a “Legit” Fighter

Ask any martial artist, no matter if it’s a Judoka, kickboxer, or a BJJ practitioner, who their martial arts heroes are, and, especially for the older ones, it is most likely to be Bruce Lee. Bruce...

Be Humble: You Think You’re Good at BJJ Until You Train with Someone Who is Actually Good at BJJ

In every BJJ gym, you will find somebody who has a developed skillset but is cocky or arrogant. Why is that? Instead of being humble about their skills or accomplishment they are full of themselves....

How To Tell If You Absolutely S*ck at Jiu-Jitsu

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...

From Tom Hardy to Mark Zuckerberg: The Incredible Rise in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s Popularity

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a relatively young and ever-expanding. The growth of MMA has shined a light on bjj for the average American male who can’t wait to learn and then tell all his friends about...

The Different Belt Systems Used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

In BJJ, few published guidelines or standards determine when a practitioner is ready for promotion; the criterion is generally determined by individual instructors and/or academies. There are actual...

BJJ Legend On Doping in Jiu-Jitsu: ‘I Saw a Guy on PEDs Die on the Mats. Was it Worth it?’

Doping in Jiu-Jitsu has become such a big issue. Recently, six Brazilian athletes were suspended by USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) after being caught in tests carried out at the IBJJF Worlds Gi and No...

Sean Strickland Throws His BJJ Black Belt in the Trash: ‘Wasted 10 years of My Life Wanting a Piece of Fabric’

UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland’s recent decision to throw his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the garbage can has generated significant discussion across various online platforms....

Magician Criss Angel Promoted to ‘Purple Belt in MMA’ on Stage by Frank Mir

Criss Angel, real name Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos is an American magician, illusionist and musician. He is often referred to as one of the world’s most successful illusionists, generating...

Why are the New Generation of the Gracie Family Not Dominating in MMA & Jiu-Jitsu Anymore?

If you train Jiu-Jitsu or even MMA it is because of the Gracie family. The Gracie were the ones who popularized MMA and Jiu-Jitsu to the masses when they created the UFC back in 1993 in the US....

Fight Scout, the Revolutionary App That Will Change BJJ & Combat Sports Forever

Meet Fight Scout, the awesome new app changing the game in combat sports worldwide. It’s not just any app – Fight Scout is a super cool platform made for all Martial Arts and Combat Sports,...

Female Jiu-Jitsu World Champions Explain Why They Have an Onlyfans Account

For those that have been living under a rock, OnlyFans is an ultra popular subscription-based website where people that create content can charge out a monthly fee for fans to access exclusive...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Star Nicholas Meregali Discusses Potential Match Against Gordon Ryan

By defeating Felipe Preguiça by submission at UFC Invitational 5 in Las Vegas last Sunday, Nicholas Meregali further cemented his status as one of the premier names in no-gi jiu-jitsu today. He has...

Meet The Second Ever Non-Brazilian BJJ Coral Belt

Roy Harris, accomplished American martial artist is often mentioned as a part of the “BJJ Dirty Dozen“, the first group of 12 non Brazilian men to have been distinguished with the rank of black...