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Category Archive: Interview

2x World Champion Rafael Lovato on How He Developed His Jiu-Jitsu in Isolation

Rafael Lovato Jr discusses how he managed to develop his jiu jitsu in near isolation as there were no high level instructors readily available to him in Oklahoma during the earlier days of his jiu...

The Lineage Of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Robert Drysdale Has Exciting Updates!

The history of Jiu Jitsu is a fascinating subject, one with many implications for the present-day martial art. However, it’s also full of unanswered questions and polemics – one of them being...

Mirko Cro Cop on The Time He Put Fabricio Werdum To Sleep with a Choke

Mirko Cro Cop on Croatian TV talks about the time he choked out Fabricio Werdum. Werdum lived with Cro Cop in Croatia for 2 1/2 years, from 2003 where he taught him Jiu-Jitsu and Cro Cop taught him...

Kron Gracie On Relationship With Father Rickson: “I’ve Been On My Own Since I Was 17. My Dad Only Taught Me When I Was Very Young.”

Kron Gracie talked about his relationship with his famous father Rickson Gracie in a in depth article from Vice.com. He revealed that their relationship wasn’t always perfect and that his dad...

Keenan Cornelius Explains Why He Prefers Slow Lifting to Olympic Lifts For BJJ

Getting the most out of your BJJ workouts involves making some decisions. Problem is, when making decisions it’s very easy to choose the wrong path or maybe the longer path to where you want to be....

How Can Somebody with Average Athleticism but with Willpower Become a BJJ World Champion?

So what does it take to be the next Marcelo Garcia? Or a Cobrinha? How does one reach that legendary level of expertise when they have just average athleticism? What are the requirements? If you are...

Rickson Gracie: ‘A Black Belt Competitor is Just an Amateur Black Belt’

The belt and stripe system is the system that a coach uses to grade his students accordingly. This system is similar to the system traditional martial arts use, but very different from wrestling for...

Rickson Gracie: ‘Competition is Great But Doesn’t Fulfill The Needs of All’

Competition might not be for everyone, but I believe that competing can provide many positive things to all martial artists. It’s important to know that when I say “martial artist” that I mean...

ADCC Champion Roberto ‘Cyborg’: “There is No Right and Wrong in BJJ”

There are few people that have the know-how to alter the landscape of their given field. Every so often, someone comes through and adds a brand new wrinkle to their skill and profession that alters...

127 lbs Bruno Malfacine Proves That Size Is Not An Issue In Brazilian Jiu -Jitsu

For smaller grapplers out there in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world, things can be a little tricky when you enter competitions and step onto the mat to see that your opponent is a hulking figure, almost...

The Importance of Strategy In Your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training!

Photo: Kim Hovgaard of Aalborg Jiu-Jitsu Academy/ About Aalborg Selvforsvar & Ju-Jitsu Klub You can be the meanest, strongest guy on the mat come competition time, but does it really matter if...

Saulo Ribeiro: ‘We Should Drop The ‘Brazilian’ in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’

Our friends from Jits.fr went to train at Saulo Ribeiro’s University of Jiu-Jitsu and used the occasion to interview the legend. Since the Interview was in French, BJJ Eastern Europe translated...

JT “Spiderman” Torres: “I Don’t Show Too Much Respect To My Opponent’s. If You Let Yourself Be Impressed By Them, You Can Lose The Fight.”

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 gentle...

Caio Terra: ‘You Cannot Learn Jiu-Jitsu by Yourself. You Need Someone to Guide You’

Fightinglifestyleuae.com caught up with 9 time world champion Caio Terra during his visit to Pride Fitness Centre and SAS team in Dubai UAE for a one week training program. During this time we caught...

The Epic Moment Rickson Gracie Met Sakuraba & Why They Never Fought

2 martial arts legends met in Japan a few years ago: Rickson Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba aka ‘The Gracie Hunter’. In the early and mid ’90s the Gracie family ruled the world of MMA, and...

Robert Drysdale On BJJ Politics: “I’m Not Political. I Tell My Guys That They Can Train Where They Want & It Works Out Fine.”

  Robert Drysdale is the co-Founder, together with Rodrigo Cavaca, of Zenith Team. He is not only known for his great Jiu-Jitsu game but also for his open mindedness. In this article...

Marcelo Garcia’s Tips: How to Improve in BJJ, Gi vs No Gi & Conditioning

Great advice from World BJJ and ADCC champ Marcelo Garcia on the best way to improve in BJJ, Gi vs No Gi, conditioning etc…Transcribed by royalgrapplingacademy from a youtube interview by Matt...

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...

Jeff Glover On Why He Likes To Grapple Much Larger Opponents

Known for his unorthodox and entertaining competing style, Jeff Glover is one of the most remarkable and well-known faces of the modern day jiu jitsu game. We decided to have a brief chat with him....

Vadim Kolganov: ‘Sambo Less Complex & More Direct Than BJJ’

  Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport. The word “SAMBO” is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as “self-defense without weapons”. Sambo is...

Royler Gracie: “You Can’t Train MMA Forever, But You Can Train Jiu-Jitsu All Your Life.”

Royler Gracie  had an interview at Kings MMA. Among the subjects discussed Royler said:   “Jiu-Jitsu in my opinion is never going to stop to grow,” said Royler as transcribed by Kelsey...

Alvin Aguilar The Pioneer Of BJJ in the Philippines & Head of Asia’s Largest BJJ Team

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is booming in The Philippines, a country in Asia with over 100 million inhabitants and highly developed MMA and martial arts scene. The pioneer of BJJ in the Philippines and South...

Meet John Kavanagh, Pioneer Of BJJ in Ireland & Conor McGregor’s Coach

John Kavanagh runs the Straight Blast Gym Ireland and was the first Irish person to be awarded a black belt in BJJ. John fought in MMA to get a basic knowledge and experience of it before he moved...

Olympian Matt D’Aquino: ‘BJJ Players Should Learn Modified Throwing Techniques Instead of Judo’

Matt D’Aquino is a multiple Australian and Oceania Champion and a 2008 Beijing Judo Olympian. He has been studying Judo for over 28 years. He is a 4th Degree Black belt in Judo and a black belt...