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Category Archive: Featured, Interview

Ezekiel Zayas: ‘Spain Has a Top European Level in BJJ’

  Ezekiel Zayas, from Spain is one of the top black belts in Europe. He runs his Ases Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the beautiful city of Valencia. BJJEE talked to him about his interesting BJJ journey...

Ali Magomedov: ‘BJJ Becoming Mainstream in Russia’

  BJJ is growing very fast in Russia. Moscow hosted a kids tournament on 5th of December with 480 participants 4-17 years old . In May, 2016 they are planning to make it international ....

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...

European Sambo Champion Andrey Kupreev Transitions to BJJ

    FightinglifestyleUAE caught up with top level Russian purple belt Andrey Kupreev (23 years old), during his visit to Dubai. Kupreev who trains under Alexander Faria at an affiliate...

Old Man Strength: Training Regimen of 58 year Old European Master Champion

  Lars Roskær from Denmark is 58 years old and he just won his 5th gold medal at the European Championships in Portugal, this year as brown belt just a few months after being promoted. Since he...

Chechen Black Belt Arbi Muradov: ‘Berkut Going International’

  “Martial arts help you out in life, I truly believe that.”   In his home country of Chechnya, the 29-year old Arbi Muradov is a hero. He trains the well-known Berkut BJJ Team, helps...

Rigan Machado Answers Critics on Teaching Method for Celebrities with Limited Sparring

    Rigan Machado is an 8th degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, earning his rank under Carlos Gracie Jr. He is a former Jiu-Jitsu world champion and a veteran of the ADCC....

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...

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...

Robert Drysdale On Meeting Brazilian Drug Dealers in the Favela

  Robert Drysdale is the co-Founder, together with Rodrigo Cavaca, of Zenith Team. He is not only known for his great Jiu-Jitsu game Gi and No GI. Drysdale was on the Inside BJJ podcast and he...

Couture: Ronda Got Served Some Humble Pie By Holly Holm

  Randy Couture returns to Submission Radio to give his thoughts on the latest big topics in MMA, and give and update on his Hollywood career. “The Natural” talks about Conor McGregor...

Serbia’s Srdjan Rokvic on Competing in & Refereeing Major Grappling Events

  BJJEE spoke with top Serbian grappler Srdjan Rokvic about his experience competing in and refereeing some of the biggest grappling events in the world. Hello Srdjan, can you tell us a bit...

Gabi Garcia: ‘I’m 10X World Champ Of Course I’d submit Ronda’

  Jiu-Jitsu world champion Gabi Garcia will make her pro MMA debut against Pro Wrestler from TNA Knockout Lei’D Tapa at the Rizin MMA show that will air on New Year’s Eve on Spike...

Eduardo Goncalves On Growth of BJJ in UK & His Competition Lifestyle

  BJJEE spoke Eduardo Gonçalves, aka ‘Edu’, a BJJ black belt under Francisco ‘Toco’ Albuquerque (Nova Geração). He is one of fiercest  featherweights in Europe having medalled in all...

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...

Ready To Invade Copa Podio: Tommy Langaker ‘The Norwegian Nightmare’

  One of the best BJJ competitors in Europe, Norway’s Tommy Langaker, a BJJ brown belt under the Mendes brothers, will be headed to Rio de Janeiro on January 9, to be part of Copa...

Sakuraba on Shinya Aoki NYE Fight: ‘He’s Like A Sticky Anaconda’

  Japanese MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba Kazushi Sakuraba has fought in the UFC, Pride Fighting Championships, K-1 Hero’s and Dream. He is known as the “Gracie Hunter” due to his wins over...

Rickson: ‘Kron Wants To Become The Champion of the Gracie Family’

Photo: Esther Lin, MMA Fighting.   Kron Gracie will have his second MMA fight in Japan once again, on the New Year’s Eve card of Rizin Fighting Federation. Rizin announced at a press...

Kron Gracie on NYE MMA Fight: ‘I Have To Crush Him’

  Kron Gracie will have his second MMA fight in Japan once again, on the New Year’s Eve card of Rizin Fighting Federation. Rizin announced at a press conference two weeks ago that Kron would...

Andre Galvao on Berkut Match w/ Romulo Barral: ‘In A Great Phase of my Career’

  The Berkut BJJ invitational is putting together an amazing card with 13 elite level submission only matches. The event will be held in Moscow, Russia on November 21st. The Berkut organisation...

Andre Galvao on Growth of Team Atos: ‘We Do Everything with Excellence’

    Created in 2008 by André Galvão and Ramon Lemos, Atos Jiu-Jitsu was first inaugurated in São Paulo, but soon expanded and currently has a great new facility located in California, as...

Meet The New Brown Belt Standout Horlando Monteiro

  Written by John Owning When you put together a list of the top non-black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors, GD Jiu-Jitsu/Kimura Nova Uniao athlete Horlando Monteiro is among the first that...

Brearin Land, Gracie Barra HQ Instructor & Black Belt Of Finance

  Brearin Land is a BJJ Black Belt and instructor at Gracie Barra HQ in Irvine. He is also the CEO of  a wealth management firm Irvine Wealth, and is specialised in Retirement Income Planning....

Mackenzie Dern on MMA Move: ‘To Be Woman Version of Werdum’

    With BJJ still being considered an amateur sport, many sport BJJ competitors look to transitioning to MMA.Examples of current top MMA fighters that came from sport Jiu-Jitsu: Jose Aldo,...