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Category Archive: Articles, Health, Nutrition

5 Essential Vegetarian Diet Facts For Grapplers To Consider

When it comes to making a diet plan, especially if you’re an athlete, it’s important to take a creative and dynamic approach. This involves weighing your diet plans in terms of both short term...

How BJJ Athletes Are Able To Cheat the IBJJF Worlds PED Test

In February of 2020, the 2019 IBJJF world champion and 2019 ADCC world champion Kaynan Duarte of Team Atos failed a PED test after the 2019 IBBJJF Worlds. USADA announced the news and confirmed that...

Jiu-Jitsu Nutrition For Performance: To Carb Or Not To Carb?

Written by Reid Reale BHlthSc(Hons), MDiet – Sports Dietitian and BJJ black belt combatsportsnutrition.com. Reid works with many of the best judo, boxing, taekwondo and wrestling athletes in...

Takedown While Caught In Guillotine: Cause of Numerous Horrific Injuries

There are many ways to defend a standing guillotine. The option of lifting and slamming your opponent on the ground while being caught in a guillotine is one of the more dangerous ones. As reported...

The Complete Guide To Injury Prevention For Grapplers

Guest post by Ben Whybrow Bsc (Physiotherapy), MCSP, ACPSEM. Ben is a Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist living and working in Cambridgeshire, graduating from the University of...

4 Best Ways to Recover from a Hard BJJ/Judo Training Session

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 Judo Black Belt and a  Black...

Scientitsts Measure How Body Fat % Increase Affects Athletic Performance

In a sport like Jiu-Jitsu, it’s important to compete at the ideal weight and also with the ideal body fat percentage. In wrestling, Seven percent (7%) body fat has been established by...

6 Crucial Tips to Avoid Injuries in Jiu-Jitsu

Injuries are common when training or participating in BJJ competitions. Although BJJ is a less risky sport compared to other Mixed Martial Arts, this does not rule out the possibility of getting...

Sports Dietitian Sarai Pannekoek Gives Great Nutritional Advice For BJJ Athletes

Sarai Pannekoek is a Dutch BJJ player and very well respected sports dietitian who counts many BJJ athletes as clients. In this article She gives some really useful advice for BJJ athletes: 1. Hi...

Why Does Your Neck Hurt After Jiu-Jitsu?

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. Follow him on instagram.   Considering jiu jitsu has a significant...

BJJ Black Belt Mike Bidwell’s Advice on How He Lost 47lbs/21kgs While Training Jiu-Jitsu

Written by Mike “Spider-Ninja” Bidwell is a BJJ Black Belt under Phil Migliarese and Ken Kronenberg (Team Tai-Kai / Balance). Mike is a full time Jiu-Jitsuka, blogger (check out his great...

Why Do Your Elbows & Forearms Hurt After Jiu-Jitsu?

  Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. Follow him on instagram. Ever having a nagging elbow pain that...

3 Fixes for Sore Fingers In BJJ

  Finger pain is one of the realities Jiu Jitsu and most grappling practitioners face sooner or later, especially the ones that involve a kimono and thus the gripping aspect. It is that gripping...

How Grapplers Can Strengthen Their Lower Backs & Never Have Problems Again

Guest post by Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt, MMA coach and undefeated...

Drinking Alcohol & Jiu-Jitsu: Can They Go Together?

Photo: Leon Sandoval www.heyleon.com, Instagram @heyleonmedia and Facebook.com/heyleonmedia By Stephen McGee. Everyone in life parties. Everyone goes through a party phase in their life. No...

You’re Only as Old as You Feel: The 10 Best Supplements for Men Over 40

There are many supplements out there and it’s difficult to know the right ones for you. Here are the 10 safest and best supplements for men over 40. Are you a man who is getting ready to turn...

Wrist Locks: Painful or Real Damage?

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. Follow him on instagram. The wrist is a very complex joint(s). The wrist is...

Sport Scientists Prove that Strength Training Done the Right Way Will Increase Flexibility

Some BJJ athletes will choose not to do strength training as they’d rather spend that time doing more Jiu-Jitsu. Some BJJ coaches will sometimes tell their students not to lift weights because...

5 Ways To Build Strength For Jiu-Jitsu Without Putting On Extra Weight

  When your single aim is to build as much strength as possible, you should focus on the lower rep range. In Jiu-Jitsu, strength is important but extra bulk and weight can be more of a burden...

Pilates For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Ryan Hall

You have probably already heard of Pilates. It’s is a physical fitness system which is practiced worldwide. There are over 11 million people practicing Pilates worldwide the discipline...

Got Back Pain From BJJ? These Yoga Exercises Will Help You Out

If we had to guess, then we’d probably be correct in saying that you’re experiencing BJJ-related back pain every now and then. This is no wonder, particularly due to the fact that you are...

Here’s Why Fasted Training Is What’s Missing From Your Workout Routine

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

Nutritional Tips and Tricks: How to Create a Diet Plan

Creating a nutrition and diet plan can be very beneficial. Click here for a helpful and complete guide on how to create a diet plan. Over 71% of Americans are obese or overweight. Naturally, many of...

1st Match Adrenaline Dump & Forearm Burnout: Why it Happens and How to Deal with it

 Credit image & photo: Pedja Milosavljevic / STARSPORT: Belgrade Open 2016 BJJ A competitor has just finished the first match of their day. It was a tough one that went the distance. Sweat on...