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Legendary Leo Castello Branco Promoted To BJJ Coral Belt

BJJ legend Leo Castello Branco has reached yet another monumental milestone in his illustrious Jiu-Jitsu career… By being awarded the coral belt! Branco had spent 31 years as a black belt...

Kyra Gracie: “Women Weren’t Valued In The [Gracie] Family, They Were Prohibited From Training”

As the granddaughter of Robson Gracie – and niece to Ralph, Ryan, and Renzo Gracie – Kyra Gracie grew up in a conservative family in Rio de Janeiro, where martial arts were considered a...

Royce Gracie Criticizes BJJ Competition: “It Doesn’t Work That Way”

Royce Gracie isn’t particularly “in love” with the present state of competition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Why? Because he doesn’t believe it portrays a true picture. According...

Baret Yoshida Is The First ADCC Hall Of Famer – To Compete At ADCC Trials

Baret Yoshida has just written his name in the book of grappling history yet again – this time by becoming the first participant to compete at ADCC Trials… After already becoming an ADCC...

Joe Rogan Talks How His Instructor, Jean Jacques Machado, Overcame Disability On The Mats

Did you know that the legendary BJJ competitor and coach, Jean Jacques Machado, was born with a disability? That’s right. He was born with a rare genetic condition that left him with only a...

Will Ricardo Arona Return To Submission Grappling Competition In 2024?

It’s been 15 years since Ricardo Arona last competed – defeating Marvin Eastman at the Bitetti Combate 4 event, back in 2009. Since then, there has been nothing but rumors about the...

Ricardo Arona: MMA & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Legend – As Remembered By His Friends

Ricardo Arona remains a legendary figure in MMA and Jiu-Jitsu, even though he hasn’t competed in many years. His last fight was in September 2009, where, at 31, he defeated Marvin Eastman at...

Legendary Ricardo Libório To Be Promoted To BJJ Coral Belt

Ricardo Libório, one of Carlson Gracie’s top students, will be receiving a coral belt in Jiu-Jitsu next Sunday (March 17th) – at a special event held at AABB da Lagoa main hall, the...

Vinicius „Draculino“ Magalhães Explains Why BJJ Is Better Today Than It Used To Be

What do you think about the state of the present-day Jiu-Jitsu evolution? Is it better or worse than what took place a few years or even decades ago? Well, the legendary Vinicius „Draculino“...

BJJ Veteran Confirms That Gracie Family Purposefully Withheld Details From “The Outside World”

Fabiano Iha, a seasoned figure in BJJ and MMA, recently shed light on one of the most controversial secrets in all of Jiu-Jitsu history: the Gracie family purposefully withholding technique details...

BJJ Legends Helio “Soneca” Moreira and Roberto “Gordo” Correa Promoted To Coral Belt

Two great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends have recently been promoted to the rank of a BJJ coral belt – Helio “Soneca” Moreira and Roberto “Gordo” Correa! They were promoted...

Carlson Gracie Jr. Reveals Who Was The Toughest Gracie Of Them All: “He Didn’t Run From Anyone”

In a recent conversation on the “Connect Cast” podcast, Carlson Gracie Jr. – son of the legendary Carlson Gracie – shared an intriguing insight into his father’s view of the...

Enson Inoue Explains Why He Demoted Himself To Purple Belt: “There’s No Humility In This”

MMA legend Enson Inoue has recently revealed why he chose to demote himself from BJJ black belt to purple belt back in 2016… And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with...

Alexandre ‘Soca’ Freitas: “It Doesn’t Matter How Good We Are In Jiu-Jitsu…”

With a career spanning over three decades, Alexandre “Soca” Freitas has become a legend in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – not just for his competitive achievements, but also for...

Bibiano Fernandes Thinks Back To The Time When He’d Sleep On The Mats: “We Trained A Lot”

Bibiano Fernandes – 5th-degree BJJ black belt – has a journey from the mats of Manaus, Amazonas, to the global stage that is a story of determination and skill. Fernandes is currently...

MMA Legend Marco Ruas Reveals Why Jiu-Jitsu Champions Struggle In The Octagon

MMA legend Marco Ruas – often hailed as the “father of MMA” – shared some of his insights on the “ConnectCast” podcast… On why some of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu...

Keenan Cornelius “Proves” That “American Jiu-Jitsu” Is Older Than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Yeah, we know what you’re thinking… “American Jiu-Jitsu”, really? But yeah, really, that’s a real expression – that Keenan Cornelius has “proved” that...

Rorion Gracie Reveals Why There Are So Many Names With “R” In The Gracie Family

Have you ever noticed that the names of the members of the Gracie Family, for the most part, start with the letters R, C, and K? It’s a bit peculiar, right? So, why is this the case? The...

Rickson Gracie: “Money Can’t Buy The Most Important Things In Life”

Rickson Gracie is regarded by many as the greatest BJJ practitioner of all time. But, even despite his numerous successes, Rickson came to understand that the most important things in life cannot be...

Khabib Talks Royce Gracie: “Even If You’re Small, You Can Beat Bigger Guys”

Despite his infamous “If Sambo was easy, it would be called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” T-shirt, Khabib Nurmagomedov has a ton of respect for the Gentle Art. For example, in a “Muslim...

Dean Lister: “It Was Tougher Back In The Day”

Things were a whole lot different back when Dean Lister started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For example – you could slam people without an issue! Lister shared how it used to be, in an...

Craig Jones On Rickson Gracie: “He Was Doing Cold Baths Before Podcasts Were Invented”

Respect for Rickson Gracie and what he has done for Jiu-Jitsu is universal in the BJJ community. Everyone is grateful for his contributions to the Gentle Art – including Craig Jones. Jones...

Journalist Compares Rickson Gracie & Gordon Ryan: “Rickson Is The Absolute ‘King’ Of Jiu-Jitsu”

Marcelo Alonso is a journalist who specializes in martial arts – and he has recently participated in an interesting “Connect Cast” episode. During it, he spoke about the comparison...

Robert Drysdale: “Professionalization Of BJJ Made The New Culture Around It Less Appealing To Me”

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is rising in popularity by the day… And that means that, through its professionalization, some of its “grassroots” aspects are slowly fading away. Robert...