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Category Archive: Articles, BJJ News, Videos

Guy Taps To “Oil Check” In BJJ Competition Match

The “butt drag,” often referred to as an “oil check,” is a controversial yet legitimate move in wrestling. For those unfamiliar, an “oil check” involves inserting...

Flashback: When a BJJ Instructor Demoted His Student From Brown to Purple Belt

Demoting a student in Jiu-Jitsu is extremely rare. Under normal circumstances, everyone earns their belt through hard work and dedication. However, a few years ago, a BJJ instructor in Brazil made...

Royce Gracie Explains Why He Won’t Wear a Coral Belt But instead Wears a Blue Belt

  For the past few years, Royce Gracie has been wearing a dark blue belt in honour of his father Grandmaster Helio Gracie.     After the death of Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Royce...
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Renzo Gracie’s 100% Success Toe hold From Half guard

Leg locks have revolutionized the landscape of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, offering practitioners of all sizes a potent weapon against larger and stronger opponents. Among the various leg locks, the toe...

“Let’s Just Roll Light”: How To Stop Jiu-Jitsu Becoming ‘P*ssified’

  ‘Jiu-Jitsu Transforms Cowards into Men, Chickens into Stallions’ Carlos Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is growing at an amazing rate worldwide. More people are training in all corners of the...

What is The most Powerful Grip in Judo & BJJ?

Neil Adams, a judo world champion and 2x Olympic silver medalist, discussed the power of grip in judo during a conversation on Lex Fridman’s podcast. Adams illustrated his point by sharing...
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Judo Black Belt Screams in Pain & Taps to Knee on Belly against BJJ Blue Belt

The convergence of different grappling arts has led to intriguing encounters, blurring the lines between traditional disciplines. The International Judo Federation (IJF), recognizing the surging...

Marcelo Garcia Names His Jiu-Jitsu Mount Rushmore; Leaves Out Gordon Ryan

In a recent captivating episode of the BJJ Fanatics podcast, the revered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu icon 5X ADCC Champion Marcelo Garcia made headlines when he unveiled his personal Mount Rushmore of BJJ....

Watch: Shaquille O’Neal Takes Down & Grapples with Charles Barkley

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, is a well-known UFC enthusiast, has been training in Jiu-Jitsu since 2000, initially under Royce Gracie and later with Jonathan Burke in Florida. His martial...
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Kosen Judo: Similarities & Differences with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  What is/was Kosen Judo? Kosen judo  was a refinement of Kodokan Judo that was developed and flourished at the Kōtō senmon gakkō technical colleges in Japan in the first half of the...

Differences Between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Japanese Ju Jitsu

  Gary King has trained in both arts and makes a comparison of the two and their different applications. Gary King started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the late nineties. Initially he focused on...

Police Officer Tries To Arrest A Resisting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

DenverMartialArts.com in conjunction with LightningKicks.com and Centurian Modern Law Enforcement Subject Control utilizing modern hand to hand combat tactics to train police on real world scenarios....
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Developing Transitions: The Secret of all the Best BJJ Competitors in the World

The transition between standing techniques and ground techniques are rarely taught in BJJ. This is a small window of opportunity that is often neglected in BJJ. Capitalising on this moment is a...

Can You Bite Your Way Out Of An Armbar? Biting vs Armbar in BJJ

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense, certain scenarios often prompt interesting questions. One such scenario, presented in this video, delves into the effectiveness of biting as a countermeasure...

This is Why Clinch Takedowns Work Best Against Stronger Opponents

Upper body throws and takedowns look cool for the audience (and it’s DEFINITELY not fun for the guy landing on the mat) but that’s not why. There is real strategy going into this game plan!...
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The Awkwardness of Training with the New Guy in BJJ Class

Welcome to the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where the mats are sweaty, the gis are crisp, and the newbies are… well, hilariously clueless. It’s just another day at the dojo, and our...

14yr Old Girl Submits 25yr Old Man In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is hand down the best martial art for women! The happened a few years ago, but it was uploaded yesterday. In a remarkable display of skill and technique, a 14-year-old girl...

Grapevine BJJ Leglock from Mount: Legit Move?

An Instagram video went viral showing a leg lock from mount in the grapevine. In BJJ, the grapevine position generally involves the practitioner on top in the mount position intertwining their legs...
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Rickson Gracie on Cultural Differences Between Brazilians and Japanese

The legend Rickson Gracie talks about the difference in cultures between the Japanese and Brazilians. We also dive into the critical aspect of learning for this white belt generation, and the JJGF...

How To Escape The Worst Position in MMA: Side Control Crucifix

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 medallist in...

The Difference Between Rickson & Helio Gracie’s Style of Jiu-Jitsu

Kron Gracie, the son of Rickson Gracie talks about the difference between the styles of Jiu-Jitsu of his grandfather, Helio Gracie and his father Rickson Gracie. For Kron, Helio Gracie should be...
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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...

The ‘Exorcism’: Nasty Elbow+Knee On Chest Combo- Hugo Fevrier

Here is a nasty position that will open many submission opportunities: The Exorcism, a painful combo of elbow and knee on chest. It is named ‘Exorcism’ because it makes the opponent feel...

Carlos Gracie Jr: ‘Sport Jiu-Jitsu is a Perfected Form of Self Defense Jiu-Jitsu’

Carlos “Carlinhos” Gracie, Jr. is a 7th degree Red and Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), founder of the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and is head of the Gracie...