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Category Archive: Articles, Videos

4 Finger Pull Back Counter To Rear Naked Choke Defense

Guest post by David Avellan, an ADCC bronze medalist. Avellan has defeated many of the world’s best grapplers, such as BJJ Black Belt World Champions Rafael Lovato Jr., Tarsis...

How To Improve Your Jiu-Jitsu With A Stability Ball

    Jeff Glover is known for his amazing cat like balance and agility. The fact is that he’s been training with the stability ball (AKA Swiss Ball) for over 10 years. Stability ball...

Learn Rafa Mendes’ Unexpected Judo Reverse Triangle Setups (Sankaku Jime)

    The Judo version of the triangle choke (Sankaku Jime) is a move that we rarely see in BJJ. BJJ champion Rafael Mendes likes to use these following setups  whic can be very useful in...

Pedro Sauer: The Ultimate Side Control Escape

Escaping the sidecontrol is one of the biggest challenges any beginner faces and it’s paramount to mastering bjj or even just saying you have rudimentary skills. Coming out of side control is no...

Weird Monkey Exercise That Cures 99% of Shoulder Pain

  If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain, orthopedic surgeon John M. Kirsch, M.D, has a simple solution: Ape style Dead Hangs. This exercise can reshape the space in the shoulder, strengthen...

What are GOOD & BAD Reasons for Competing in Jiu-Jitsu

  “Jiu Jitsu was designed to make you quit. Jiu Jitsu will find your weakness. Jiu Jitsuwill show your true colors. You can not fake jiu jitsu”. -Saulo Ribero. Motivation: It is...

The Oil Sheikhs Of Jiu-Jitsu & Combat Sports

How gulf state royalty has been using combat sports as a political tool and what it means… Is their support and sponsorship a positive thing for combat sports? The UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoon Bin...

4 Ways to Roll with Lower Belts in BJJ for BJJ Competitions Prep

Are you a higher belt in BJJ (Purple Belt, Brown Belt, Black Belt) and you’re wanting to train effectively with your training partners who are lower belts in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu? This is this...

Why Your Guillotine Choke Sucks

Guest post by David Avellan, an ADCC bronze medalist. Avellan has defeated many of the world’s best grapplers, such as BJJ Black Belt World Champions Rafael Lovato Jr., Tarsis...

10 Common Mistakes in Your Grappling Game

Starting a demanding sport like Brazilian jiu-jitsu is very difficult. Regardless of talent, most of us have been guilty of making some of these mistakes, some even repeatedly! This is why BJJ...

Renzo Gracie On Why Many Grapplers Fail To Finish in The back

Many consider “the back” position the most dominant position in all of jiu-jitsu and are willing to give up any position to take the back.   “The Back” is considered by many the golden...

Mexican Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Part 2

Mexican Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is better than regular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because of the emphasis on secrecy. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu used to be very effective because no one knew how to defend against it....

Renzo Gracie Unveils Secrets to His Infamous Arm-in Guillotine

  Learn how to apply Renzo Gracie’s most feared submission hold (the arm-in guillotine) and listen to his memories of the Pride debut on October of 1997. “We used to extend our legs...

Pressure: This Is Why It Works In BJJ

Guest post by Evolve Vacation. The Evolve Vacation Program offers travelers the rare opportunity of a lifetime to combine a tropical vacation under the sun with authentic training under World...

Understanding the Danaher Death Squad Back Attack System

  Here is the bodylock/ straight jacket system made famous by members of Danaher death Squad. Remember to go on the underhook side not to the so called strong side, the overhook:   Eddie...

Tricks and Tips for Making the Transition from Gi to No Gi

Gi and No Gi are the 2 forms of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gi Jiu Jitsu is grappling with the use of a traditional Gi, which allows you to grab the clothing of your opponent. No Gi is grappling without the...

8 Tips For MMA Beginners

Photo: Leon Sandoval www.heyleon.com, Instagram @heyleonmedia and Facebook.com/heyleonmedia   Guest post by Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade,...

Travis Stevens Blasts Gofundme Beggars: ‘Get a Job’

Crowdfunding or Gofundme Crowdfunding is the collection of finance to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd”—usually made online by means of a web platform. With...

How Many Times Can Jake Shields Tap Out a Part Time Grappler in 2 mins?

The difference between a recreational grappler and a pro is huge. In this video, an average grappler, Josh Hayes wanted to see how many times MMA great Jake Shields could submit him in 2...

Should I Quit Gi BJJ and Do 10th Planet ? (Frustrated with Grips)

Do you ever get frustrated with the Gi in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu ? I’m sure you probably do, and if you don’t, give it time. For me with my wrestling background and my incessant desire to...

Double Leg Takedown: 6 Most Common Mistakes

  Guest post by Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt and multiple...

How to Counterpunch Like Conor McGregor

  Guest post by Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt, MMA coach and...

How To Successfully Transition From BJJ to MMA

Guest post by Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt, MMA coach and undefeated...

How Not To Be A ‘Spazz’ in Jiu-Jitsu

  Photo credit: Kim Hovgaard, Jiu-Jitsu Aalborg   Spaz: Someone who is hyperactive, or overly energetic. Freaking out, twitching, temporary loss of control of mind and body. An...