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Category Archive: Articles, Interview

Fabio Gurgel: “A Coach Shouldn’t Feed The Athlete’s Ego”

What makes for a good Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach? Well, Fabio Gurgel believes that there is no “big secret”. You have to invest time and effort into your craft, plus provide opportunities...

Dean Lister’s Advice For Young Grapplers: “Relax And Don’t Give Up”

So you’d like to become a professional submission grappling athlete? That’s a great goal. And, as it is the case with any great goal, it’s a good idea to listen to the advice of...

Ricardo Almeida: “Don’t Be Lazy – Try To Work Around An Injury”

If you’ve ever been injured in BJJ, you know how frustrating it can be – because it inhibits your ability to train properly. However, something strange happens sometimes as a result of...

Draculino: “BJJ Was Almost Marginalized – People Used To Think That We Were Thugs”

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães is a sixth-degree black belt under the legendary founder of Gracie Barra, Carlos Gracie Jr., and also a coach of many world champions. He has seen a lot...

Jeff Glover’s Advice For The Younger Generation: “Injuries Don’t Bother You When You Are In Your 20’s”

If you’re in your 20’s and you’re training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu… You might be tempted to train as much as possible, as hard as possible, and as often as possible. And, while...

John Danaher Shares Two Demands That All Successful Coaches Have To Satisfy

So you want to become a successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach? Well, if that is the case, then you should definitely be taking notes from one of the most successful BJJ coaches of all time –...

Zoltan Bathory: “I Hired BJJ Black Belts For Band Security So I Could Train On The Road”

How dedicated are you really to training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu… Especially when things like work get in the way of everyday training? Well, Zoltan Bathory – founder and rhythm guitarist of...

Fabio Gurgel: “Jiu-Jitsu Is A Constant Evolution”

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a live organism – it keeps changing and evolving as the years pass. Even just five years ago, it’s been quite a bit different from what it is today… Let alone...

Felipe Pena: “I Was A Little Chubby 15 Year Old Boy… I Did Not Like Sports At All”

Everyone’s got to start somewhere… Even the biggest of champions had to, such as Felipe Pena – who, self-admittedly, didn’t really like sports before he started training BJJ....

“Jiu-Jitsu Is Not An Easy Lifestyle, It’s A Difficult Lifestyle” – Caio Terra On Success In BJJ

No matter how much you love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, if you want to succeed in it as a competitor… It’s not going to be an easy path. Far from it. Caio Terra knows that well. As a 12-time...

Ricardo Almeida On BJJ Instructionals: “At The End Of The Day, You Still Need A Professor”

The rise of BJJ instructionals has given way to a lot of progress for many Jiu-Jitsu students worldwide, hobbyists and professional athletes alike. The world-class knowledge is now right there, one...

Lachlan Giles On Becoming A Successful Competitor: “A Problem Solving Approach Played A Large Part”

How do you become a successful competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Sure, there are many facets to success; such as training hard, being consistent, resting properly, and so on. However, a lot of it...

Draculino: “A Lot Of People Think That They Know The Basics, But They Really Don’t”

How good are your basics? Hmmm… Probably not as good as they could be, right? Working on your fundamentals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a must for the sake of your improvement. And if...

JT Torres: “Don’t Skip Stretching After Jiu-Jitsu Training”

JT Torres is one of the most accomplished lightweight BJJ athletes of his generation, who’s won ADCC and IBJJF titles. He’s also an owner and a head coach at his Essential BJJ academy;...

Zoltan Bathory: “I Didn’t Get My Black Belt Because I’m A ‘Celebrity'”

With the rise of famous actors, musicians, and other celebrities training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, some “everyday” BJJ practitioners question whether or not the celebrities get promoted based...

Felipe Pena: “Being An Athlete, Especially In Brazil, Is Very Hard”

Almost every successful person has a come-up story that was full of obstacles and doubters… And it’s no different for the vast majority of BJJ competitors – including Felipe Pena....

Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez: “The Only Way I Could Train More Often Was To Drill Moves With My Girlfriend”

Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez is a 10th Planet black belt under Eddie Bravo, as well as a top-ranking competitor. Today, he is also an owner and head coach of the “10th Planet Freaks...

Zoltan Bathory: “I’m Good Friends With Almost All The Guys I Ever Fought”

Competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best things you could do… Not only because you can improve your BJJ by tenfold afterwards (progress gets easier once you notice your mistakes)...

Zoltan Bathory: “I Love And Live Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”

Zoltan Bathory, founder and rhythm guitarist of heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, is also a lifelong martial artist – a Judo and BJJ black belt. In an exclusive interview for BJJ...

Buchecha: “I Don’t Like The Rulesets For Gi Competition”

Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida doesn’t need too much of an introduction. He is a 13x world champion and a 2x ADCC gold medal winner; now also a successful mixed martial arts fighter...

Ricardo Almeida: “Some Days Are More Painful Than Others… But Get Back To Work & Get Used To The Pain”

As great Jiu-Jitsu is for your body… It can also wreck havoc on it, especially if you’re not training in a smart way. For that reason, you need to approach training from a longevity...

Robert Drysdale: “Professionalization Of BJJ Made The New Culture Around It Less Appealing”

Everyone experiences difficulties on their BJJ journey. Both the amateur and professional athletes alike; as well as the most elite among them. World champions, too – such as Robert Drysdale....

John Danaher: “I Owe Everything To My Students”

John Danaher is a phenomenal, perhaps even the best BJJ coach of today. And one of the things that make his coaching success particularly interesting is the fact that he has never competed himself....

Fabio Gurgel: “I Was 15 Years Old When I Understood I Wanted To Live Off Jiu-Jitsu”

Not many people can claim that they’ve found their life purpose when they were teenagers. However, Fabio Gurgel is one of them. Now a CEO and head coach of the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Team, Gurgel...