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Category Archive: Articles, Interview

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...

Fabio Gurgel: “The More Respect There Is, The More We Will Have True Jiu-Jitsu”

Fabio Gurgel is a world-famous BJJ professor, as well as a CEO and head coach of the greatly reputable Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Team. However, it isn’t just because of the skills that are taught that...

Caio Terra’s Key To Success: “I Studied Jiu-Jitsu, Instead Of Just Drilling It”

Caio Terra is one of the best roosterweight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes in history. He is a 12x world champion who earned his black belt in just three years of training. But how did he accomplish...

JT Torres: “I Was Promoted To Blue Belt By Royce Gracie – That Was Crazy!”

Jonathan “JT” Torres is one of the most successful contemporary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes. However, as everyone else at an elite level, he was once a white belt. And then, one day, he...

Kit Dale: “Do Jiu-Jitsu Professionally Only If You Love The Journey”

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been experiencing exponential growth in the last couple of years; both on the amateur and professional scenes alike. So, it’s not just that a lot of people are rolling...

Caio Terra: “When I First Started BJJ, I Was Forced To Do It By My Mother”

Every Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student has a different story so as to why they’ve started training. And the same is true for elite-level BJJ athletes; such as Caio Terra, who is a 12x world champion...

Buchecha: “My Whole Life I’ve Been Passionate About Jiu-Jitsu And I Worked Hard”

What’s the secret ingredient to success? Well, there isn’t just one, but there are two ingredients: passion and hard work. In other words, you’ve got to be passionate about whatever...

John Danaher’s Advice to Coaches: “Students Need Both Direction & Details In Training”

It’s not easy being a BJJ instructor. And it’s especially not easy when you want to put in the extra work, which will make it possible for your students to become the best that they can...

Kit Dale: “The Most Important Lesson Is That Perseverance Pays Off”

If there’s one thing that training and sticking to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will teach you… It’s that perseverance pays off. That, if you keep going – no matter how talented you...

Draculino: “There’s No Magic Formula In Jiu-Jitsu”

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães needs little introduction. A sixth-degree BJJ black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr., Magalhães has trained with legends such as Roberto Gordo, Tinguinha,...

Felipe Costa On Becoming Good In BJJ: “Be The First To Arrive & Last To Leave”

Felipe Costa is one of those BJJ competitors and coaches that almost everyone in the Jiu-Jitsu community has a good word to say about. And for good reason; his demeanor towards others is filled with...

Kit Dale: “There’s No Right Or Wrong Technique, Just A Right And Wrong Time To Execute It”

Sooner or later on your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey, you’ll come to realize that merely knowing how to do a technique isn’t enough… But that you also have to know when to do it. And...

Robert Drysdale: “Going To The Gym Was As Natural As Sleeping”

Almost everyone who continues training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after the first couple of months (and years) has come to, in one way or another, fall in love with Arte Suave. If you’re one of those...

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

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães is a 6th degree BJJ black belt under the legendary Carlos Gracie Jr., and the first person to open a Gracie Barra academy outside of Rio de Janeiro. He is...

Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida: “It’s Not About Being A World Champion”

When all is said and done… When you’ve passed through your life, the titles and accomplishments you’ve earned along the way won’t matter much. Sure, they’ll...

Dean Lister On Making Progress In BJJ: “I Was Never Shy To Ask Questions”

Do you want to make progress in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Then you need to ask questions. For, the road to improvement is paved with asking your instructor (and your training partners) how to do things...

JT Torres Shares Secret Details on Improving Your Bow & Arrow Choke

When you get to the nitty-gritty of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll start understanding just how many details go into making a technique work. Sure, when you’re training against less...

Ana Carolina Schmitt: “Always Seek To See The Positive”

The path of Jiu-Jitsu, albeit exciting, is rarely an easy one. Fatigue creeps up on you, injuries surprise you when they’re least expected, and the motivation for training often fades in...

Caio Terra: “Jiu-Jitsu Is Not The Healthiest Thing To Do When You Do It Too Much”

If you want to succeed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – whatever “success” means to you – you’ll need to be willing to push through a lot of hard work and quite a bit of...

Fabio Gurgel: “There’s No Big Secret – You Have To Work Hard, Be Loyal And Honest”

If you’re a BJJ coach/instructor/professor, then you’re probably on the lookout for ways to become better in your job. So, it would be wise to listen to the “tips” from the...