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Category Archive: Articles, Health

Here’s Why BJJ & MMA Athletes Are Loving CBD Oil

The use of CBD for a wide range of medical applications is gaining a considerable amount of popularity among athletes including grapplers and mixed martial artists in 2019. The recent legalization of...

Matters of the Gut: 5 Facts About Probiotics You Need to Know

Are you considering taking probiotics? Before you do, it helps to know what you are getting into. To get you started, here are some top facts about probiotics. Did you know that the probiotics...

Don’t Fear Foot Locks: How To Strengthen & Improve Mobility for Ankles

Having strong ankles is important for any athlete as it’s the base that will help you have balance. Every time you are attempting a takedown, passing someone’s guard or bridging, your...

6 Reasons CBD Oil is Great for Grapplers

Cannabidiol, the main active ingredient in CBD, has a range of medical properties that make it the perfect workout supplement, especially for guys (and ladies) involved in martial arts. Hemp oil has...

How To Apply Rickson Gracie’s Breathing Tactics When Doing Jiu-JItsu

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. If you have ever stepped on mat to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you have most...

What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil for Athletes?

As an athlete, you want to take care of your body the best you can, because your body is a pretty major part of your job. Regardless of the sport you play or physical task you must do for your job or...

How To Successfully Return To Grappling After a Serious Back Injury

Hi readers, My name is Arizona, I’m a 26 year old BJJ black belt from Scotland and I train under the Gold Team affiliation. My coach is Arek Zienkiewicz; IBJJF British National Champion and first...

Back Pain From BJJ? Try Out These 3 Exercises to Improve Your Posture & Reduce Pain

Jiu-Jitsu puts a strain on the back of up to 80% of practitioners according to some incidence reports. Do you have an issue with your back? Are you in pain? Disc herniations are much more common than...

What Do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athletes Do To Protect Their Skin?

Athletes practicing all forms of sports that involve physical contact with fellow mates should consider stringent hygiene steps for preventing skin infections. However, in particular, the Brazilian...

Brain Supplements – Do They Really Work?

Everyone dreams of an easy way to improve their brain’s memory, enhance focus, and increase overall intelligence. However, most are skeptical when a new brain supplement enters the market. It just...

This is the Blueprint To Get You Back to BJJ After Injury

Unfortunately, for athletes, injuries are inevitabilities and this is true also for people training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When a major injury like an Achilles Tendon Rupture strikes, it may mean...

Cool Down Stretches for Recovery After Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training

Stretching reduces Muscle Soreness It’s been scientifically proven that stretching after a practice reduces the level of discomfort and/or soreness on the next day twice as much as stretching just...

Doctor That Trains BJJ Answers Question: ‘Is Knee Reaping Dangerous?’

Leg/knee reaping when doing a foot lock is a very controversial topic in BJJ today. Some say that the act of reaping the leg is dangerous and can injure the knee, whilst others such as Ryan Hall say...

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...

What To Do When Someone Is Choked Out?

In Grappling arts, a choke-out is what happens when a chokehold causes a syncope, also known as a temporary loss of consciousness, at which point the choke is released. The most common...

How Do You Know if Your Mouthguard is Clean?

Regardless of the art, most martial arts have one piece of equipment in common – the mouthguard. Over the last twelve years I have trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai and Karate....

How To Heelhook Proof Your Knees

Photo: Rafael Domingos at EBI. Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. How to...

6 Ways to Boost Testosterone Levels Naturally for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

© Piotr Pędziszewski/PitBullWestCoast https://www.facebook.com/PitBullWestCoast https://www.facebook.com/piotrpedziszewskiphotography Nowadays, the topic of increasing testosterone levels has...

Eating Clean: Nutrition Plan Guide for Grapplers

For grapplers that are looking to shred, lose fat, and just basically build a lean, muscular, aesthetic physique, you’ll no doubt already be well aware of just how much hard work, motivation, and...

The Ultimate Shoulder Stretch for BJJ Athletes

Stretching reduces Muscle Soreness It’s been scientifically proven that stretching after a practice reduces the level of discomfort and/or soreness on the next day twice as much as stretching...

Top 5 Superfoods to Power up Your Jiu Jitsu

Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They...

What Happens When a BJJ Competitor Invests in a Professional Strength & Conditioning Program

Case study: Eiður Sigurðsson, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and a purple belt under Gunnar Nelson. Eiður came to me a good year ago, for rehabilitation and strength conditioning. He had decided...

Effects of Preworkouts, Energy Drinks & Stimulants on Jiu-Jitsu Performance

Every one of us likes to gain the edge when it comes to Jiu Jitsu. Some people get this edge by consuming a pre workout supplement (either in the form of stimulants, caffeine such as energy drinks,...

The Infamous ‘Rebound’ After A Competition Diet

Guest post by Mathias Jardin, a BJJ Black belt BJJ competitor and instructor from GFTeam France. Article translated from French from Jits.fr. If you have already competed in BJJ, then you have...