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Category Archive: Articles, Health

Flying Submissions… Just Don’t Do Them

You’ve probably seen the video in which a grappler, trying to do the Flying Armbar, falls down and seriously injures his neck… A horrific incident, one which everyone is extremely sad...

High Protein Diets For Grapplers– Your Ultimate Guide

When it comes to important macronutrients, you’d struggle to find a more beneficial example than protein, and for very good reason as well. Not only does protein help to maintain and produce new...

What is The Ideal Weight For Jiu-Jitsu?

If you’ve already competed three or four times, chances are you’ve already given thought to weight classes and where you should keep your bodyweight at for optimal performance. The truth is there...

Successfully Grappling Well Into Your 40’s And Beyond!

There’s a stigma in sports that once you hit a certain age, you begin to lose your skill and can no longer escape.  We hear it all the time in basketball, football, baseball, mixed martial arts...

New Study: Fast Food Just as Good as Supplements for Workout Recovery

  After a tough grappling training, many athletes will take energy bars, protein powders, or recovery drinks as a quick after workout meal. In their mind,  these supplements will provide...

8 Small Diet Changes to Turbo Charge Your Jiu-Jitsu

  If you want to reach peak performance in your Jiu-Jitsu, you will need to not only train like a champion, you will also have to eat like a champion. That means NO JUNK FOOD. Junk food can...

How To Increase Flexibility & Make Your Guard Impassable

Most BJJ players tend to focus mainly on strength and conditioning rather than flexibility. Flexibility is so important in Jiu-Jitsu because it really makes all the vast number of techniques much...

Long Term Effects of A Lifetime of Grappling 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...

Rickson Gracie on Using the Principles of Jiu-Jitsu to Live Your Life

  We were talking last week about Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle and what it truly meant . One part of living the lifestyle was applying the principles of Jiu-Jitsu in your everyday life. Master Rickson...

How To Stop Feeling Tired at BJJ & Boost Your Energy Levels

Photo by Daria Kochetkova- Tebezvonu Ever had that type of day where you just felt like sleeping for hours and hours, lacking the focus to do anything productive? We’ve all been through those type...

6 Unhealthy Symptoms Grapplers Should Never Ignore About Their Health

High level Grapplers and athletes can sometimes be the most unhealthy people. With the amount of hard training that they put their body through, they are usually carrying along lasting injuries and...

What Affects Your Cardio During Competition?

Photos by Nec Bezmma Nomen Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. Endurance for...

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....

Do Grapplers Really Need Nutritional Supplements?

Photo by Tebezvonu. 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...

Workout Supplements You Need To Pack In Your Gym Bag

When people initially turn to workouts, they get extremely overwhelmed by the fact that there is so much out there they don’t know and understand. This is one of the reasons they get scared...

Travis Stevens On Dealing with “Small” Injuries

Most people will let fatigue, exhaustion, and or being out of shape take them out before they ever deal with any kind of real pain caused by a minor or serious injury. Chronic pain from a bad lower...

Travis Stevens On How He Overcomes Injuries Through Mental Strength

Dealing with injuries is something almost all athletes struggle with. I spent most of my career injured or in pain! Overcoming injuries to getting back to your original form is another problem a lot...

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

Photo BJJ Pix Nowadays, the topic of increasing testosterone levels has become quite popular mainly because men tend to experience testosterone reduction as they age. This sex hormone is commonly...

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...

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...

How To Play Spider Guard Without Destroying Your Fingers

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 that...

Common Jiu-Jitsu Skin Diseases & Treatments

Due to constant skin-to-skin contact, infections of the skin are a common and unfortunate part of Jiu-Jitsu. The prevalence of such conditions has changed the way many people look at the sport, and...

Eddie Bravo’s Tips On How To Avoid Ringworm

  Due to constant skin-to-skin contact, infections of the skin are a common and unfortunate part of Jiu-Jitsu. The prevalence of such conditions has changed the way many people look at the...

3 Helpful Beverages to Drink at Jiu Jitsu Class and 2 You Must Avoid

We all know that kid who shows up to the gym with a Kool Aid Jammer or whatever other ridiculous drink, then complains about being tired halfway through. There’s a correlation there. Certain...