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Category Archive: Articles, Interview

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...

Lachlan Giles: “People Who Improve The Fastest Have A Goal In Mind & Take The Time To Drill”

Lachlan Giles is one of those BJJ athletes that you just can’t help but to appreciate and respect. Not just for all of his successes on the competition scene, but also because of his general...

Dean Lister: “All Those Difficulties In Life? It’s All Just A Test”

Dean Lister is one of the most admired and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes of all time. A 2x ADCC Champion and one of the early pioneers in versatile Leg Lock use, he is one of the names that...

Richie ‘Boogeyman’ Martinez: “Breakdancing Helped My Jiu-Jitsu”

Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez, a 10th Planet black belt under Eddie Bravo, is known for his entertaining style and unorthodox moves. And one of the most important things that aided him in...

Nick ‘Chewy’ Albin: “Claiming That You Don’t Have Enough Time Is Just An Excuse”

Let us guess – you would love to improve better in BJJ, but you simply don’t have enough time? Sure enough, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t “everything” in your life; you have...

After 6 Years Training BJJ in Abu Dhabi Davor Markovic Opens Academy in Montenegro

BJJ black belt Davor Markovic of Montenegro has an interesting BJJ journey. Back in in 2015, already a brown belt, he packed his bags to go train and teach BJJ in one of the best places in the world...

Draculino: “The Technical Level of Today’s Jiu-Jitsu is Way Higher Than It Used To Be”

Vinicius „Draculino“ Magalhães is a world-class coach who developed athletes such as Romulo Barral and Samuel Braga; and is known as a first person to open a Gracie Barra academy outside of Rio...

John Danaher: “Philosophy & Strength Training Helped My Jiu-Jitsu Development”

If you wish to fulfill your BJJ potential, then just training Jiu-Jitsu won’t cut it. Sure, it’s the most important aspect; but you’ll need to supplement it with other things if...

Lachlan Giles: “There Are Many Facets To Being A Good Coach”

You’ve been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a long time, haven’t you? You’ve invested years into it and, actually, you became quite good… So much so that you’re now a...

Dean Lister Shares Leg Lock Advice: “Don’t Focus Specifically On Heel Hooks”

As per the most recent news shared by the ADCC, Dean Lister has been inducted into the ADCC Hall Of Fame! And no wonder; he’s a 3x champion and an athlete with the highest submission rate in...

Ana Carolina Schmitt’s Advice for Women Starting BJJ: “Do It For Yourself”

Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is difficult. No matter how excited you are about it as a beginner, you will soon find out that not everything is sunshine and rainbows. And, in those moments, it’s...

Fabio Gurgel: “BJJ Beginners Should Be Taught Self-Defense Before Anything Else”

Imagine going to your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, being clueless so as to what BJJ actually looks like. You kind of have an idea that you’ll learn things that have to do with being able to...

Felipe Costa: “People Who Never Compete Tend To Make The Gym Their Competition”

What do you focus on the most in training… Do you focus on trying out the newly taught techniques, even though you’re aware that they won’t work immediately? Or do you resort to...

Kit Dale: “BJJ Is A Lot More Simple Than People Tend To Think It Is”

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes often have a tendency to complicate things way too much. Learning 10-move setups that won’t work if one thing goes wrong… Unsurprisingly isn’t the...