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Category Archive: Articles, Interview

Felipe Costa Reveals Key Mindset Shift For Jiu-Jitsu Success

How do you approach your training sessions? Do you go pedal to the metal in every roll, trying to get the tap at all costs? Do you always play the same game and try to “win” the roll...

Dean Lister: “I Never Lost Focus On What I Needed To Do”

One of the most notable character traits of champions – both on the mats and in life alike – is the fact that they’re focused. Their focus is so strong that they won’t allow...

Draculino: “I Could Not Have Imagined That BJJ Would Become As Big As It Is Today”

The popularity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is increasing daily! More and more people are stepping on the mats, from the celebrities to the “everyday folk”. However, it wasn’t always like...

John Danaher: “The Best Students Must Bring To Me The One Thing I Can Never Give To Them”

John Danaher is widely regarded as one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches in history. It seems that almost anyone who trains under him, becomes extremely good at Jiu-Jitsu… If not great....

Ana Carolina Schmitt: “I Didn’t Always Feel Like A Champion”

Ana Carolina Schmitt is one of the top-ranking female BJJ competitors today. However, she didn’t always feel like that. It took her some time and a move to the USA to realize just how big...

Ricardo Almeida: “I Fell In Love With How Cerebral Jiu-Jitsu Is”

Why did you fall in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Chances are, there wasn’t just one reason – but quite a bit of them. The same is true for Ricardo Almeida. Before he became the first...

Kit Dale: “I Was Always A Shy And Insecure Kid”

Kit Dale is one of the world’s most entertaining Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu personalities. His funny social media videos and likable character have made him a fan favorite in the BJJ community:  ...

Caio Terra: “When I First Started Training Jiu-Jitsu, I Was Forced To Do It By My Mother”

Remember that activity that you didn’t really want to do when you were a kid, but your parents forced you to do it… And then, eventually, you grew to enjoy it? Well, such was the case...

Freddie Sykes on the Incredible Growth of Jiu-Jitsu in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has some of the biggest and best BJJ academies in the world and the growth of Jiu-Jitsu there over the past few years has been tremendous. We sat down and talked with Freddie...

JT Torres On His Love For Skateboarding: “It Was My First Love”

JT Torres is one of the top-ranking BJJ athletes in the world today… But did you know that his first love wasn’t Jiu-Jitsu – but skateboarding? As a matter of fact, Torres is...

Robert Drysdale: “BJJ Came Into My Life At The Right Moment”

How old were you when you first started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Robert Drysdale was 17… And he feels that BJJ found him at just the right moment in life. He explained why in an interview...

Nick “Chewy” Albin Reveals How He Started Wrestling: “My First Day Was Brutal”

Nick “Chewy” Albin is one of the most popular BJJ personalities all over the world and a true “Jiu-Jitsu on YouTube” scene pioneer. However, not many people know that Chewy...

Draculino: “The Most Successful Students Have Dedication, Perseverance & Discipline”

What’s the one most important trait that all successful BJJ students and athletes have? We asked Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães that question. The world-class coach first...

Caio Terra Reveals The Process For Learning BJJ Techniques Super Fast

Did you know that Caio Terra earned his BJJ black belt in just 3 years of training? Yes, that’s right. He progressed super fast. But how did he do it? Well, he had a studious approach to...

Fabio Gurgel: “Coaches Make The Mistake Of Focusing Too Much On The Competition Group”

There’re a lot of things that you need to get right if you’re to become a successful BJJ coach (and gym owner). And not a lot of them are apparent at first sight. For example, Fabio...

Trial & Error: The Method That Made John Danaher Into A BJJ Legend

What’s the one, most important thing, that you should dedicate yourself to if you want to understand Jiu-Jitsu in-depth? Sure, there’s a ton of things that will need your...

Draculino: “Jiu-Jitsu Got Way More Organized Because Of The Internet”

What’s been one of the biggest driving forces for the modern development of Jiu-Jitsu? Not just when it comes to techniques and popularity, but also in terms of the sports’...

Nick “Chewy” Albin Talks Explains The Power Of Habit For Jiu-Jitsu (And Life)

What are the two best things you could do for progress in Jiu-Jitsu and life in general? That’s right – it’s to form goals and habits that will allow you to reach them. Nick...

Dean Lister On Training BJJ Back In The Day: “More Things Broke Than Today”

What was it like to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu “back in the day”… Two, three decades ago? Well, Dean Lister thinks that it was “tougher”. And you had to travel a lot:...

Ana Carolina Schmitt: “You Must Learn How To Deal With Defeat”

If you want to become successful in Jiu-Jitsu (or in anything in life, for that matter), you’ve got to realize that you will lose a lot. Defeat will come your way. That’s the fact. And...

John Danaher Explains Why It’s Necessary To Have Goals (If You Want To Become Successful)

So you want to become successful, be it in Jiu-Jitsu or in life? Well, if that’s the case, then the first thing you need to figure out are the goals you’re going to set for yourself. John...

Ricardo Almeida Explains Why The Guillotine Choke Is His Favorite Submission

What’s your favorite submission? Well, for Ricardo Almeida, it’s definitely the Guillotine Choke. More specifically, the Arm-In Guillotine. Why? He shared in an interview with BJJEE: My...

Caio Terra Explains How To “Achieve The Best Technique You Can”

Learning and improving in Jiu-Jitsu is a never-ending process. No matter how well you can execute a given technique, there’re always ways to make it better. And that should be the goal –...

Felipe Pena’s Advice For Success: “You Need To Pay The Price”

Felipe Pena needs little introduction. He is one of the greatest BJJ athletes of all time, who won first place at almost every prestigious tournament – more than once, at some of them....