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Tom DeBlass’s Advice for Young BJJ Athletes: “Competing Doesn’t Pay The Bills”

So you’re a young BJJ athlete who wants to make a name for himself in the sport? More importantly, you want to make a living off of Jiu-Jitsu – and you’re highly motivated to make...

Tom DeBlass: “Jiu-Jitsu Is Hard, But It’s One Of The Most Rewarding Things In The World”

If you’ve been training for a while… Can you remember all of the people that started training, only to fall off the wagon along the way? Some of them trained with you for quite some time...

Tom DeBlass’s BJJ & Life Advice: “Do Not Run From Hardships”

Tom DeBlass is one of the most respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes and coaches in the world. He’s done a lot to promote the sport in the best of ways… But all of that success...

Tom DeBlass Steps Down From Being ADCC Trials Organizer

Tom DeBlass has decided to step down from his role as the organizer for the ADCC East Coast Trials. Having been associated with ADCC for over a decade, DeBlass first made his mark by winning the ADCC...

Tom DeBlass Explains Jiu-Jitsu Knee Shield Basics

If you want to improve your Half Guard game, then learning how to play the Knee Shield game is going to be very important. But no, it isn’t as simple as “getting the knee between you and...

Tom DeBlass: “One Of The Worst Things Men Have Done Was Accept Dad Bod”

Why do you train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? There is probably a multitude of factors involved… And one of them, probably, is staying/getting in shape. Which is a good thing – because...

Tom DeBlass Remembers Beast Training Partner: “For 2 Hours Straight, He Tapped Me Every 5 Minutes”

In Jiu-Jitsu, it doesn’t matter how tough or how good you are – because there is always someone better! And yes, that is true for world champions as well (or at least while they were on...

Tom DeBlass’ Advice For Smaller BJJ Practitioners: “If You Find Your Size A Problem…”

Are you one of the smallest and (possibly) physically weakest practitioners on the mat, in your BJJ team? That’s alright… You just have to approach training a bit differently than others...

Tom DeBlass On Transgender Athletes Competing In ADCC Female Divisions: “Not Allowing It”

Lots of commotion has been stirred up in the BJJ community, after a recent NAGA tournament allowed for a transgender athlete to compete in a female division. A part of the Jiu-Jitsu community is...

Tom DeBlass Gives Advice To 30+ Year-Old Men: “Age Isn’t An Excuse To Let Yourself Go”

If you’re around 25 years old or older, then you’re approaching a critical point in your development – both on and off the mats. Especially when it comes to your health. And...

Tom DeBlass: “Just Because You Got Tapped By A Lower Belt Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Deserve Your Belt”

So you’re a blue, purple, brown, or a black belt… And you got submitted by a lower belt? Maybe even by someone who is two belt ranks below yours? You shouldn’t be feeling down on...

Tom DeBlass: “Don’t Take Away The Joy You Should Be Having In Jiu-Jitsu”

Are you feeling stressed out because you’re not improving as fast as you would like in Jiu-Jitsu? Is it making you unhappy? Well, even though that is normal, you should still seek to not lose...

Tom DeBlass’ Advice For Non-Competitors: “Don’t Hold Yourself At The Same Standards”

Do you often find yourself comparing with those “monsters” on the mat… Who, even though they are on the same belt level as you are, can tap you out 9 times out of 10? (With that 1...

Garry Tonon Shares Great Advice Given By Tom DeBlass: “Who Gives A F*ck About You?”

Today, Garry Tonon is one of the most elite submission grapplers in the world. But even he had to start somewhere. Even Tonon was, once upon a time, a purple belt teaching at his coach’s...

Tom DeBlass Promoted To 4th Degree BJJ Black Belt

Tom DeBlass, one of the most recognized and respected personalities in the BJJ world, has been promoted to 4th degree BJJ black belt! The promotion took place just a few hours ago, by DeBlass’...

Tom DeBlass Praises Stem Cell Therapy: “My Shoulders Have Improved Dramatically”

Tom DeBlass has had a ton of issues with his shoulders, from all the years of competing and training hard in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The pain was so severe that he wasn’t even able to sleep...

Tom DeBlass Reveals A Gracious Message He Received From Gordon Ryan (In 2017)

Gordon Ryan is one of the most polarizing figures in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He embraces trash talk against his opponents and often times pushes it to the limit, frequently making the BJJ community...

Tom DeBlass Shows How To Defend Against The Kimura From Closed Guard

In Jiu-Jitsu the best defense is to not get there in the first place, but what happens if you’ve had the misfortune of making a mistake and got caught in a tight submission? Getting caught in a...

Tom DeBlass Shows An Easy Kneebar Setup From Butterfly Guard

Most of us get caught up using our half guard to try to control the weight and pressure our opponents are able to inflict on us, while we are desperately trying not to let them pass our guards. Last...

Tom DeBlass To Start A BJJ Anti-Bullying Initiative

Tom DeBlass, one of the most recognizable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches in the world and a veteran BJJ competitor himself, has recently announced that he’s starting a Jiu-Jitsu anti-bullying...

Tom DeBlass Reveals One Of His Biggest Regrets: “I Was Training 100%, 6 Days A Week”

When you train and when you fall in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you want to spend as much time on the mats as possible, right? And you want to give it your best every single time, pushing yourself...

Tom DeBlass: “I’ll Absolutely Mop My Floors”

Whose responsibility is it to mop the mats after a BJJ class is over? Well, there’s no “correct” answer to this question. Rather, it’s about what’s agreed upon between...

Tom DeBlass: “Tom Hardy Is A Very Solid BJJ Blue Belt”

Tom Hardy is a 4-stripe BJJ blue belt… But how good, really, are his Jiu-Jitsu skills? Well, Tom DeBlass – who’s been coaching the famous actor a couple of times, as well as...

Tom DeBlass: “Life Can be Hard – So When You Get On Those Mats, Don’t Make It Harder!”

The matter of the fact is that life can be very difficult… And that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu should be an outlet for you and your stress; not an addition to it. Nevertheless, a lot of BJJ students...