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Category Archive: Articles, Strength & Conditioning

How to Deadlift and Avoid Back Pain If You Train BJJ

Why Deadlifts for BJJ athletes? Deadlifts are arguably the exercise with the biggest ‘Bang For Your Buck’ and translates the best for jiu-jitsu in terms of functional strength. It radically...

8 Basic Rules For Building Muscle

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

Top 5 Best Exercises for Grip Strength for Grapplers

Why is Grip Training Important: Grip training is where it all starts, going back to the fundamentals. The first point of contact in any fight is the grip. How can you win a fight if you can’t hold...

Sports Scientists On How Weight Training Is key In Preventing & Rehabbing Injuries In Contact Sports

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a multidimensional sport. The activity demands a high level of strength, power, endurance, and flexibility. This has led to a rise in certain training practices by many...

The Strongest Grapplers of All Time

Helio Gracie believed superior technique could overcome all other disadvantages but in an effort to be at the top of their game – these jiujiteros put some serious effort into strength and...

How To Improve Flexibility For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Written by Mike “Spider-Ninja” Bidwell is a BJJ Black Belt under Phil Migliarese and Ken Kronenberg (Team Tai-Kai / Balance). Mike is a full time Jiu-Jitsuka, blogger (check out his great...

Marcelo Garcia Explains in Detail Why He Doesn’t Do Any Strength & Conditioning

BJJ Legend Marcelo Garcia talks in detail to Stuart Cooper about the reasons why he never did strength and conditioning for more than a period of 8 months. Marcelo doesn’t lift, doesn’t run.  He...

Five Activities To Make Your Jiu-Jitsu Evolve During the Quarantine

With the whole world still affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Jiu-Jitsu community has suffered greatly from the lack of daily training and competitions almost every weekend. Here is how you...

Give This BJJ Workout A Shot And Get WAY Stronger Than Your Teammates

Choosing a right approach to weight training and, in general, working out in order to improve your Jiu Jitsu is no easy feat. There are so many options to choose from that it’s easy for your...

Foam Rolling: Here’s Why Every Grappler Needs To Do It

If you’re really dedicated towards becoming better in BJJ, then you should already know that it’s not just the training that will get you there. You need to incorporate other things as...

Ex-Navy Seal Commander & BJJ Black Belt Jocko Willink on How To Avoid Injuries in BJJ

Hooray, you just made a decision to start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! BJJ will introduce great things to your life, such as: better health, stronger self-confidence, awesome friendships, the...

Do Grapplers Need Bench Press?

Written by Matt D’Aquino, a multiple Australian and Oceania Champion and a 2008 Beijing Judo Olympian. He has been studying Judo for over 23 years. He is a 4th Degree Black belt and a black belt in...

10 Best Stretches For Jiu-Jitsu

Flexibility is so important in Jiu-Jitsu because it really makes all the vast number of techniques much easier to do (for ex gogoplata, inverted guard etc..). Increasing flexibility is going to help...

10 Best Strength Building Exercises For Fighters

Strength is your base and everything is build on top of it. In order to improve at other physical attributes and in your overall performance you must build strength. Funk Roberts goes through the...

Strength Training For Jiu-Jitsu? Not as Simple as You Think!

By Peter Lakatos -Strength coach for Carlson Gracie Hungary & StrongFirst Master instructor In the future you will read a lot of articles on various BJJ magazines and sites on strength training,...

Good, Better, Best-Drilling The Berimbolo Sweep

There is a saying from NBA legend, Tim Duncan, that I absolutely LOVE: Good, better, best; Never let it rest till your good is better, and your better is best! Isn’t that the coolest thing you’ve...

Nicky Rodriguez Shares His Training, Weights, and Nutrition Routine That Makes Him So Dominant

ADCC silver medalist Nick Rodriguez has taken the grappling world by storm. The division III wrestler only took up BJJ training 2 1/2 years ago, and in a record time reached the impressive silver...

Here’s How To Perfect Your Pull-Ups

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

Why You Should Strength Train For Jiu-Jitsu

Guest post by Will Safford, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach who trains under Andre Galvao in San Diego, CA.  He received is purple belt in December of 2013 and competes occasionally in...

Fundamentals of Strength Training for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Written for BJJEE by Vladimir Popovic, black belt judo, black belt bjj, master degree in sport science and exercise. Strength and condition coach, specialty – martial arts. While strength training...

The Legend Masahiko Kimura’s Amazing Training Routine

Masahiko Kimura)was a Japanese judoka who is widely considered one of the greatest judoka of all time. (5 ft 7in 170 cm; 85 kg, 187 lb) He was born on September 10, 1917 in Kumamoto, Japan. In...

Why You Must Master The Single Leg Squat For BJJ

Guest post by Will Safford, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach who trains under Andre Galvao in San Diego, CA.  He received is purple belt in December of 2013 and competes occasionally in...

This Exercise Is Arguably The Best One For Grapplers

Guest post by Mark Kislich from www.Judoperformance.com There are many, many useful exercises for this sport, but in my opinion nothing beats the king of all lifts: the DEADLIFT. Why? Simple....

The Complete Guide To Injury Prevention For Grapplers

Guest post by Ben Whybrow Bsc (Physiotherapy), MCSP, ACPSEM. Ben is a Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist living and working in Cambridgeshire, graduating from the University of...