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Gordon Ryan: “You Don’t Become The Best At Something By Thinking Like Everyone Else”

There can be many reasons for someone’s success, in BJJ and other areas of their life alike. Talent, background, knowledge, persistence and drive… However, what makes those who are truly...

John Danaher Explains How To Select Your Favorite BJJ Techniques

As you make progress in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll soon develop an inclination to select a set number of techniques… And make them your own. In other words, you’ll want to become...

Gordon Ryan: “Teaching Is Something I Love Doing More Than Anything”

You’ve been training hard, paying a lot of attention to how to perform techniques properly, and have been trying to improve at each and every training session with maximum focus…...

What To Do When Your Student Opens Up A New BJJ Academy… And Steals Your Students?

You’re a BJJ instructor, coach, or maybe even a professor. You put your heart and soul into teaching your students, into making them grow as athletes (and, in the process, as people) –...

Joining A New BJJ Academy? Make Sure To Follow These 2 Rules

So you’ve been training for a while in your “home academy”… But, for one reason or another, you’ve decided to change things up a bit – and start training in...

Kristian Woodmansee: “The ADCC Does Way More For The Sport Than IBJJF”

Kristian Woodmansee, a BJJ black belt under Andre Galvao, is a 2018 IBJJF Pans no gi championship and no gi World Championship bronze medal winner. Today, he is retired from competition and leads the...

Instructors: Students Shouldn’t Have “Undying Loyalty” To You & Your Academy

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is more than just a martial art. Those mats are more than just a space where you’ll learn new techniques and become healthier; rather, they’re also a place where...

Brian Glick: “Prioritize High-Impact Work In Your BJJ Training”

There are a lot of techniques you could work on in your BJJ skillset. And there are a LOT of things you could focus on during training – so many of them, in fact, that you’ll never be...

Ana Carolina Schmitt: “Always Seek To See The Positive”

The path of Jiu-Jitsu, albeit exciting, is rarely an easy one. Fatigue creeps up on you, injuries surprise you when they’re least expected, and the motivation for training often fades in...

Caio Terra: “Jiu-Jitsu Is Not The Healthiest Thing To Do When You Do It Too Much”

If you want to succeed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – whatever “success” means to you – you’ll need to be willing to push through a lot of hard work and quite a bit of...

Lachlan Giles: “People Who Improve The Fastest Have A Goal In Mind & Take The Time To Drill”

Lachlan Giles is one of those BJJ athletes that you just can’t help but to appreciate and respect. Not just for all of his successes on the competition scene, but also because of his general...

Gordon Ryan: “There’ll Be Less And Less Brazilian ADCC Champs In The Future”

Gordon Ryan is known for his outspoken behavior. It’s safe to say that a lot of times, he shares his opinions just for fun – in order to get a reaction from the audience (or from an...

Dean Lister: “All Those Difficulties In Life? It’s All Just A Test”

Dean Lister is one of the most admired and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes of all time. A 2x ADCC Champion and one of the early pioneers in versatile Leg Lock use, he is one of the names that...

John Danaher’s Advice for Young People: “You’re Not Special”

If you’re a young person who’s just starting to make his/her way in the world, getting good advice can be worth more than gold. And if you’re someone who trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,...

Pay Attention To These 2 Things In A BJJ Academy

Do you want to start training… Or have you already been a part of a BJJ academy for some time now, but are considering whether or not it has what you need? As in – you’re thinking...

Don Frye: “I Didn’t Need Jiu-Jitsu Because It Is Just Watered-Down Judo”

Don Frye is a mixed martial arts legend. Known popularly as “The Predator”, he was one of MMA’s earliest well-rounded fighters. That well-roundedness helped him win the UFC 8 and...

Gordon Ryan on Trash Talking: “It’s A Fun Thing To Do In My Free Time”

Gordon Ryan, Georges St-Pierre, and John Danaher were all recent guests on the popular Lex Fridman Podcast. In it, the four discussed many interesting ideas, anecdotes, and perspectives; one of them...

Should You Face Crank Your BJJ Training Partners?

The Face Crank… It’s legal in a lot of competitions and tournaments worldwide – and it’s effective, to say the least. Anytime your opponent defends their neck by tucking their...

Should You Be Able to Earn a BJJ Black Belt Without Wearing a Gi?

There’s not a lot of things that get BJJ students as fired up as “belts”. That is, the color of the belts they wear, as well as the progress towards their next promotion. And, while...

Old School Mindset in BJJ: 4 Reasons Why It Needs To Change

You’ll often hear Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners refer to some techniques as “old school” and “new school”. That is, the techniques which are a bit older in nature...

Are Warm-Ups (Hip Escapes, Running, Pushups…) Useless in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Warm-ups… You’ve probably done them hundreds and thousands of times. The running, the forward and backward rolls, the Hip Escapes, the pushups and squats; the list goes on and on....

Jeff Glover: “Shoot A Double Leg? Motherf*cker, Are You Crazy?”

No matter how good you are in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu… There will always be something you can work on. And yup, that’s true even for world champions and elite-level grapplers – such as...

Nick ‘Chewy’ Albin: “Claiming That You Don’t Have Enough Time Is Just An Excuse”

Let us guess – you would love to improve better in BJJ, but you simply don’t have enough time? Sure enough, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t “everything” in your life; you have...

“I’m a BJJ White Belt… Why Don’t They Want to Roll With Me?”

So you’ve just begun training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You’re a BJJ white belt and you’re so eager to train, to learn, and to meet both the coach(es) and your training partners in the...