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Mat Time Is Important But Real Progress in BJJ Comes From Something Deeper

“It’s not about the number of hours you practice, it’s about the number of hours your mind is present for the practice.” – Kobe Bryant The number one answer to most people’s question of...

How Does Working at a BJJ Gym Compare To an Office Job?

Almost anyone addicted to jiu jitsu has at some point considered throwing it all away and leading the BJJ lifestyle. Is it do-able? What is it really like? I’ve spent 2 years working at my gym and...

What Are The Life Changing Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not just a sport, it is a way of life, a lifestyle. Once you have experienced one or two classes, I guarantee you will be hooked. Have you ever wanted to start a martial...

Three Types of Gringos That Come To Train Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil

Let’s face it: each and every one of us dreams about packing our Gis and rashguards, hopping onto an airplane and landing in the beautiful country of Brazil, enjoying ourselves with rolls upon...

How BJJ Can Be Used as a Powerful Tool in Addiction Recovery

How BJJ Can Be Used as a Powerful Tool in Addiction Recovery Substance abuse is harmful enough for the body both physically and emotionally, yet addiction recovery presents even bigger challenges in...

Top Three Reasons for Children’s Belt Testing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

If your academy is like many others, the children Jiu-Jitsu curriculum has different belts and roughly follows the IBJJF guidelines for these belts. Belts are awarded when the student display’s a...

Advice for BJJ Beginners Nervous About Getting Smashed

Jiu-jitsu is an inherently social activity. There aren’t any really good ways to learn it by yourself. You can try practicing on a grappling dummy in your garage, but that will only take you so...

The Positive Side of Getting Crushed in Training

I have spent well over half of my Jiu-Jitsu career rolling in classes made up primarily of people with substantially less experience than me (I live in a small town). In theory, it’s a dream. When...

Feeling Burned Out With Life? Jiu-Jitsu Will Bring Out The New You

BURNT OUT? TRY JIU JITSU If you’re reading this, chances are you have suffered from – or know someone who has had a burn out. I can assure you that I will not provide you with a textbook,...

Submissions: Bending Without Breaking

MMA competitors often tough out submissions for much longer than their BJJ counterparts. This is especially apparent with things like leg locks, where the elite grapplers sometimes tap before the sub...

The Question You Should ask When You Lose

What could I have done differently? It’s the obvious question to ask, but answering it honestly requires an objective self-analysis that a lot of people would rather not do. Still, if you want to...

Why you Should do More Positional Rolling

When studying a subject, it’s always best if you can find information as close to the source as possible. In history, if you can find direct information from someone that experienced the event,...

The Importance of Humility and Respect

At its highest levels, respect is becoming a dinosaur in combat sports. Athletes are going to greater and greater extremes to promote themselves and the matches they’re in. If you’re not saying...

Be Grateful For All Your Training Partners; They Make You Better

If you do jiu-jitsu, I’m grateful to you. If you’re a world champion, blazing a path ahead for everyone behind you, I’m thankful for you. If you’re a white belt, struggling through your first...

10 times IBJJF champion predicts submission win at Brave 16

Bruno Malfacine has turned his attention towards professional mixed martial arts after his landmark 10th world title win at IBJJF world championships. Malfacine will have his third professional fight...

I Hate Jiu-Jitsu, But I’ll Never Quit

It isn’t uncommon to go through periods of disliking jiu-jitsu if you train for any length of time. There will be times where the pressure of competing, of living up to your belt, or meeting your...

The Filthy Lie Of Fundamental Techniques

What do you define as a fundamental grappling technique? For most BJJ practitioners this usually includes the arm bar, the kimura, and the triangle, usually all from guard and followed by side...

Improving Your Hip Mobility For BJJ

While BJJ is all about the hips, its amazing how poor most people’s hip mobility is. I can almost hear the creaking joints every time I roll with people. But, you can fix it and fix it fairly...

The Ultimate Shoulder Stretch for BJJ Athletes

Stretching reduces Muscle Soreness It’s been scientifically proven that stretching after a practice reduces the level of discomfort and/or soreness on the next day twice as much as stretching...

How to Eat Like Royalty While Staying in Fighting Shape

Anyone who works out hard and tries to stay in great shape knows how important the kitchen is when it comes to getting cut. You can spend all day lifting weights, rolling on the mats, doing cardio,...

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...

1st Match Adrenaline Dump & Forearm Burnout: Why it Happens and How to Deal with it

 Credit image & photo: Pedja Milosavljevic / STARSPORT: Belgrade Open 2016 BJJ A competitor has just finished the first match of their day. It was a tough one that went the distance. Sweat on...

How BJJ Can Be Used as a Powerful Tool in Addiction Recovery

  Substance abuse is harmful enough for the body both physically and emotionally, yet addiction recovery presents even bigger challenges in both categories. At a critical point in your life when...

Santa Claus vs Santa Claus BJJ superfight

From BJJ instructor Antti Alatalo: We had a friendly superfight between 2 (!) Santa Clauses here, in Malta. This massive superfight was organized by local Bjj Academy – Arete Brazilian...