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Category Archive: Articles, BJJ News, Videos

Selfie Stick Self Defense Being Taught by Martial Arts School

Learning how to fight with the popular picture-taking device could help tourists fend off potential pickpockets according to the a self defense school in Russia. Forget ninja stars or nunchakus as...

Perfect Posture To Keep You Safe From Submissions From Henry Akins

  Henry shows some game changing concepts on the importance of proper posture when in your opponent’s guard. He emphasises the use of hips much more than arms. For him, proper posture will...

Flashback: 17 yr Old Nate Diaz in Unsanctioned Fight With Grown Man

Check out this unsanctioned Vale Tudo fight from 2002 with Nate Diaz still in his teens fighting a grown man. Nate and his older brother Nick started their career fighting in these underground events...

The Top 5 Strength & Conditioning Tools For Grappling

Written by Jason C. Brown, a BJJ player and strength and conditioning coach. Be sure to check out his website  BJJWorkouts.com   A lot of people suffer from paralysis by analysis, always...

Can You Go Straight To The Ground In Judo?

In Judo, there are 4 ways to get an ippon and end the match: – A throw landing cleanly on the back. – A pin. – A choke. – An armlock. If you notice, 3 out of 4 ways are on the...

John Danaher: “BJJ Players Will Never Reach Their Full Potential Unless They Cross Train In Other Grappling Arts.”

John Danaher is universally known one of the biggest brains in Jiu-Jitsu. The New Zealand born, BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie has been praised by the BJJ community as being a master and brain of...

BJJ & Yoga: The Perfect Combination?

Photo: Emma Pursey What do you do to supplement your grappling training? You can lift weights, run, go swimming, rock climbing and much more… If you want to take it one step further and also...

BJJ Black Belt Promotion Turns Out To Be a Beautiful Marriage Proposal

  Getting promoted to black belt in BJJ is a big deal and a very emotional and nerve wracking experience. Now, combine that with an ever more emotional marriage proposal and you are sure to cry...

The Power of Jiu-Jitsu: Rooster Weight Defeats Ultra Heavyweight in Brown Belt Match

It is not uncommon to see a shorter athlete combating a much bigger and taller opponent in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Anyway, it is widely believed, and Royce Gracie proved it in the early UFC events, that...

How To Add The Offensive Ura Nage To Your Takedown Game

Photo by : Tamas Zahonyi / IJF   Ura nage in Japanese terminology means the rear throw. It is one of the original 40 throws of judo developed by Jigoro Kano. Worth noting, it’s classified as a...

Fabricio Werdum’s Powerful Anaconda Choke Variation

BJJ & MMA star Fabricio Werdum shows an easy variation to the popular anaconda choke. For the regular anaconda choke, you roll to the same side of the arm that you are trapping, so your...

Black Belt Advice: How do I Get To The Next Belt in BJJ?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is far from being as serious and strict as other forms of martial arts. The main reason is probably due to the fact of it being a martial art/sport that has mostly been developed...

(Flashback)The Grappling Match That Almost Started a Riot: Paulo Filho vs Cacareco

  Remember the historic grappling match between Paulo Filho and Alexandre Cacareco Ferreira that happened in Rio de Janeiro in the early 2000’s at the Copa Cyclone Submission. Cacareco is...

Guy Enters MMA/BJJ Gym & Starts Acting Very Strange

A guy was acting very strange at MMA/BJJ academy Premier Combat Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Good thing the guy at the entrance dealt with him the right way and didn’t let him try a class…

How To Avoid Overtraining in Martial Arts

  How do you know if you’re overtrained in martial arts? – Lack of enjoyment during class – Slight fevers – Series of injuries  – Delayed reaction times –...

The Epic Moment Rickson Gracie Met Sakuraba & Why They Never Fought

2 martial arts legends met in Japan a few years ago: Rickson Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba aka ‘The Gracie Hunter’. In the early and mid ’90s the Gracie family ruled the world of MMA, and...

Sometimes Technique is Not Your Problem – You’re Just Too Weak

You are able to execute a technique properly when training, but unable to set it up during randori (rolling) or during competition. What is the problem? Sometimes you have the technique down but...

Garry Tonon Defends Takedowns By Mimicking an Airplane

In this great grappling match between Garry Tonon and DJ Jackson,we can see incredible takedown defense against relentless pressure. Tonon is defending Jackson’s numerous shots by spreading his...

Travis Stevens On Why He Chose Judo Instead of Wrestling, BJJ or Baseball

Judo Olympic silver medalist and BJJ black belt Travis Stevens is an elite athlete with a tremendous mindset. He could have succeeded at any sport where he would have focused it on. He talked to...

Jimmy Pedro and Saulo Ribeiro’s Set Ups For Kouchi Gari/Drop Seoi Nage Combination

Jimmy Pedro and Saulo Ribeiro work on a setup to get the grips you need to go into a ko uchi or seoi nage combination of throws. Jimmy Pedro is multiple time Judo Olympic medalist while Saulo Ribeiro...

How to do the Infamous ‘Waki Gatame’ Armlock Standing and on the Ground

Waki Gatame is an armlock from Judo, Hapkido and traditional Japanese Ju-jutsu systems, but it can also be used in on the ground BJJ! It is one of the official 29 grappling techniques of Kodokan...

How To Do The Canto Choke, Judo/BJJ Choke By Flavio Canto

Flávio Canto is a Brazilian judo champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who won the bronze medal in the – 81 kg division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He previously competed...

The Saint of Crackland – A Jiu-Jitsu Story

Novos Sohnos, a unique social project in Sao Paulo, Brazil is changing children’s lives by teaching them jiu-jitsu and all the values that accompany it. The project is located in Sao...

Ground and Pound vs Grappling Experiment feat. Garry Tonon & Gordon Ryan

  In BJJ, you are always taught how to defend yourself from the bottom position, but you are rarely taught what to do when somebody is on top of you and punching the life out of you. When you...