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Category Archive: Articles, Health, Strength & Conditioning

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...

Complete Guide To Knee 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...

According To A Finnish Study, No Surgery Produced The Same Results As Knee Surgery

According to a recent Finnish study (Finnish Degenerative Meniscal Lesion Study (FIDELITY), patients who underwent arthroscopic partial meniscectomy — knee surgery — had the same recovery...

8 Tips for Staying Injury-Free in Jiu-Jitsu

Guest post by Will Safford C.S.C.S a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach who trains under Andre Galvao at Atos Jiu Jitsu.  He received is purple belt in December of 2013 and competes...

5 Common Nutritional Mistakes Made By Fighters

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...

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...