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Category Archive: Articles, Health

Understanding The Feel-Good Chemicals Released When You Do Jiu-Jitsu

Written by Gloria Coccoli, BJJ practitioner and widfery student. She started training Jiu-Jitsu at Ground Pressure Team Messina in Italy. Check out her great blog aroundtheju. I’ve never...

BJJ & Yoga: The Perfect Combination?

Photo: Emma Pursey What do you do to supplement your grappling training? You can lift weights, run, go swimming, rock climbing and much more… If you want to take it one step further and also...

BJJ Black Belt Doctor 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...

The Importance of Proper Hydration For Jiu-Jitsu Athletes

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...

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,...

The Truth About Stretching. Will it help Your Jiu-Jitsu?

Admit it.  You don’t actually stretch enough.   Improved athletic performance – You may not realise this, but stretching before you work out can actually greatly improve your athletic...

Stretching Before Or After a Workout? Benefits of Doing Both

Exercise and physical fitness in general should not be taken for granted and they most certainly should not be taken lightly either. Exercise, sports, fitness, and physical activity in general,...

12 Reasons Why The BJJ Lifestyle Is The Fountain Of Youth

You don’t stop training Jiu-Jitsu when you get old, You get old when you stop training Jiu-Jitsu. Do you grappler, want to feel forever young? Very simple. Train Jiu-Jitsu, live the Jiu-Jitsu...

Top 5 Superfoods to Boost 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...

8 Best Fat Burning Foods To Boost Your Jiu-Jitsu Performance

Have you ever wished that eating right would help you lose weight? Combined with regular BJJ training, these super foods will help you shed the pounds and become a better grappler. There is however...

3 Ways to Protect Your fingers When Training BJJ and Judo

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...

Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Keeping Your Gut Healthy

We are what we eat. What we choose to put into our bodies is just as important as our physical training. So what about the organ of our body that runs the show?   There are many myths and...

How a 5X World Champion Cuts Weight For BJJ Competition

Guest post by 5x BJJ World Champion Bernardo Faria, who is known for his half guard. He achieved a phenomenal double gold medals in the BJJ Mundials in 2015.  Cutting weight for BJJ is very...

How To Avoid Lower Body Injuries By Developing Hip Flexibility

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...

Neck Strengthening Exercises For Judo & BJJ

  When you start bjj you begin to notice how soft you were previously. This especially applies to the neck as most people in modern age spend a lot of the time working by a computer screen or...

Effective Sports Massage Therapy for Grapplers Before Competitions

Immediately prior to sporting events, athletes undergo massage therapy in order to have their muscles and joints prepared for the rigorous and challenging undertakings that are about to transpire. It...

Bulletproof Your Knees For BJJ With These 5 Stability Exercises

Look, chances are that we probably don’t have to tell you about how important it is to stay as injury-free as possible in BJJ – especially when your knees are considered. For, once the...

Olympic Coach Has 5 Injury Prevention Tips For Grappling Arts

Written by Mark Kislich, an Olympic Performance Coach and Judoka. You can visit his site here: Grapplershealth.com . Mark has also come out with a great DVD set: Bulletproof Your Shoulders for...

Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle – How Mark Lost 200 Pounds Through BJJ

When Mark started training BJJ eigth years ago, he weighed 500 pounds, and through training & dedication, he lost around 200 pounds. We often hear that BJJ is for everyone. We think so too, but...

Does Stretching Reduce Injury in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

When it comes to a warm up stretching routine, most people don’t actually do either before they exercise at all, whilst puts them at a much higher risk. However, there are also multiple benefits...

Gracie Family Best Kept Secret: Breathing Method When Doing Jiu-Jitsu

If you have ever rolled with a BJJ master or advanced practitioner, what is something that distinguishes them from beginners in BJJ? It’s not just superior technique. It’s the way they...

Mind & Body: How to Best Recover from Extreme Training Sessions

Guest post by Vladimir Popovic, black belt judo, black belt bjj, master degree in sport science and exercise. Strength and condition coach, specialty – martial arts. A large number...

Dealing with Constant Back Pain In BJJ

Back pain can be a major issue for many people.  It affects about 80% of the population.  Having back pain can make it difficult to train or compete.  One of the main causes of back pain is poor...

Sore Muscles After BJJ? Here’s What You Can Do

So, your muscles hurt, don’t they? Of course they’re sore, after you decided to put into action that 3 and a half hours per day, 6 days per week BJJ training schedule… Even though...