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Category Archive: Articles, Interview

‘Draculino’ On How 40+ Year Olds Stay Fit & Injury Free

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães  is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fifth degree black belt under Carlos Gracie, Jr. and also at the same time a brown belt in Judo, and a Muay Thai expert. He has...

Fabio Gurgel On How He Made Alliance The Most Successful Team in BJJ History

Fabio Gurgel is a name well-known throughout worldwide Jiu Jitsu circles. He is one of the world’s most sought after coaches, responsible for the development of many beloved jiujiteiros –...

Felipe Pena On Overcoming Obstacles To Become a World Champion

Felipe Pena is often one of the first athletes a new Jiu Jitsu practitioner hears about and looks upon as a role model. And for good reason: „Preguiça“ is commonly mentioned as one of the top...

Lachlan Giles’ Tips For Balancing Training and Obligations & Importance of Details

Lachlan Giles is one of the most respected names of today’s grappling. He has earned that respect by placing 3rd at this year’s ADCC in the absolute division where he heelhooked Kaynan...

JT Torres Gives Advice On Bow & Arrow Choke & Shares a Story On Getting His Blue Belt From Royce Gracie

He is one of today’s most exciting lightweight grapplers – an athlete whose technique finesse and entertaining style have brought him to becoming a number one not just for many fans of the...

Dean Lister Gives Advice on Leglocks, Being a Better Grappler and Dating With Caution

A household name in almost any BJJ community, Dean Lister is a 2 time ADCC World Champion and, perhaps more importantly, one of the jiujiteiros who are most responsible for the last decade’s...

Felipe Costa Never Won A Gold Medal at Lower Belts & Then Became BJJ World Champion at Black Belt

In our new interview, we had a chance to speak with none other than Felipe Costa, a World Champion who is loved by almost everyone in the Jiu Jitsu community, and a competitor who won his first gold...

World Class Coach Vinicius „Draculino“ On The Most Effective Way To Improve in Jiu-Jitsu

Vinicius „Draculino“ Magalhães is a fifth-degree black belt under the legendary founder of Gracie Barra, Carlos Gracie Jr. A part of the „golden generation“ of BJJ, he has trained with other...

Robert Drysdale Shares Winning Mindset For Competition & Importance of Having a “Why” in BJJ

photocred @scorsato A black belt under Leonardo Vieira and a head coach of the powerful Zenith BJJ Team, Robert Drysdale is regarded as one of the top American grapplers of his generation and is one...

What’s Kit Dale Been Up To?

Kit Dale is one of the most beloved and recognizable jiujiteiros of today. It is through his entertaining personality, combined with a deep knowledge and understanding of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game...

The Smile Of Jiu-Jitsu: Ana Carolina Schmitt, 2019 BJJ World Champion

By winning the gold at the IBJJF World Championships in early June, Ana Carolina Schmitt has created a ripple of applause throughout the BJJ community and has become known as one of the top ranking...

Into The Mind Of Caio Terra, BJJ Black Belt in 3 Years & 12x World Champion

A 12 time world champion that got his black belt in under 3 years of training? He must be a superhuman, right? Well, kind of, but not exactly. Caio Terra is perhaps the best roosterweight in the...

Ryan Hall’s Analysis of What is the Best Martial Art for Self Defense

Ryan Hall is a UFC fighter who has submitted BJ Penn and defeated Gray Maynard. He is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Felipe Costa and one of the best featherweight grapplers in the world. A tough...

Getting To Know Nick ‘Chewy’ Albin, The BJJ World’s Most Popular Youtuber

Nicholas Albin, or „Chewy“ as most of us know him, is one of every jiujiteiro’s favourite YouTube BJJ instructors. By combining useful tips, interactive and funny explanations, it is no...

The First BJJ Black Belt in India – A Nation of 1.37 Billion People

India is well known for its freestyle grappling, also known as “Khusti” or “Phelwani,” and is also said to be the birthplace of one of the oldest forms of martial arts:...

John Danaher Goes Deep on Developing Problem Solving Mindset, Trial & Error in Jiu-Jitsu

BJJEE’s Fedja Malinovic interviewed famed instructor John Danaher and covered interesting topics such as what made him into such an articulate and experienced instructor, developing problem...

Askren: ‘For Your Son To Be a Man, No To Soccer, Yes To Wrestling’

  Current UFC welterweight and former One FC champion Ben Askren commented on football/soccer and he was not impressed by the attitude of some soccer players:   “It was really the...

Augusto Frota’s Triumphant Return To Competition After 12 Year Break & Neck Surgery

Returning to competition after a long break is always a tricky task. To be a successful competitor, you often need to have competition rhythm but sometimes willpower and high level technique is more...

BJJEE Rising Stars: Slovenia’s Nejc Hodnik, 2X European No Gi Champion

BJJEE is always looking out for rising stars, and one of them is Nejc Hodnik who trains under 2x European BJJ champion Carlos Maia of Gracie Barra Ljubljana in Slovenia. The young Nejc has been...

Roger Ver, World’s first Investor in Bitcoin On His Passion For BJJ & Brown Belt

Roger Ver is the World’s first Investor in Bitcoin startups including Bitcoin.com , Blockchain.com , Z.cash , BitPay, Kraken, Purse.io. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and a digital payment...

Carlos Gracie Jr: ‘Sport Jiu-Jitsu is a Perfected Form of Self Defense’

    Carlos “Carlinhos” Gracie, Jr. is a 7th degree Red and Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), founder of the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and is head of...

Top European Black Belt Daniel Riou On The State of BJJ in Portugal

Photo: Jits Art Daniel Riou Mendoca is one of the top black bels in Europe. He’s an active competitor under Marcelo Bernardo and Arnaldo Alves, and is an from Team BPT – PORTUGAL. BJJEE...

Rick Marshall, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Teaches at Evolve MMA Singapore

In September 2016, Evolve Mixed Martial Arts, Asia’s top martial arts organization partnered with 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu to launch Asia’s largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi program and the 10th...

Norwegian Prodigy Tarik Hopstock: ‘I Compete Happy & Excited. Never Angry’

If you’ve been following the European and World BJJ competition scene, you have probably heard of Tarik Hopstock. This year he won the IBJJF Europeans at purple belt, a title he had already won...