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“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...

Advice for White Belts: Don’t Stress About What Your Coach Thinks of You

If you’re a white belt (or even a blue belt), you might find yourself wanting to impress your higher-ranked training partners as you roll. You might want to do this even against your coach, by...

BJJ Black Belt vs. White Belt – Learn From These White Belt Mistakes

Does a white belt stand any chance against a black belt in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match? Hardly so, unless the black belt is severely injured and/or has both of his legs and arms tied up. However,...

Ana Carolina Schmitt’s Advice for Women Starting BJJ: “Do It For Yourself”

Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is difficult. No matter how excited you are about it as a beginner, you will soon find out that not everything is sunshine and rainbows. And, in those moments, it’s...

Fabio Gurgel: “BJJ Beginners Should Be Taught Self-Defense Before Anything Else”

Imagine going to your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, being clueless so as to what BJJ actually looks like. You kind of have an idea that you’ll learn things that have to do with being able to...

How To Avoid Injuries When Rolling with Spazzy White Belts?

Learning how to deal with those new spazzy white belts in BJJ… Can be a rather difficult task. Although you should have the patience for them (we were all beginners once, weren’t we?),...

Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez’s Advice for White Belts: “Become a Good Teammate”

The world of Jiu-Jitsu can indeed be a confusing place when you’re a white belt. There’s just so much information out there, so many techniques that you don’t know how to use…...

Watch: BJJ White Belt Wins NAGA Expert Division

Most people are average when it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They make average progress and put in average training effort. Which is great – as most people don’t have any grandiose goals...

Caio Terra: “Have Fun – With Time, Everyone Gets Promoted”

Being focused on the journey rather than the destination is one of those sayings that are more than true in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Especially when you’re not seeing the results you wanted to...

4 Closed Guard Sweeps Every BJJ White Belt Needs To Know

If you’re a BJJ white belt, then you should focus on learning the basics first. That is: if you focus on learning a couple of techniques reasonably well from every major position, you’re...

Mikey Musumeci Explains the Most Important Concepts and Position for White Belts

Mikey Musumeci is among the best BJJ competitors in the world. He holds four IBJJF World Championship gold medals and is undefeated in the submission-only and ADCC ruleset this year. He has achieved...

Security Guard Uses Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Subdue Confrontational Man

Knowing even just a little bit of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can take you a long way in dealing with threatening situations. While it’s good to mix BJJ with other (striking) martial arts if you want...

What You Should Know Before Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Congratulations! You stopped overthinking and you took a leap of faith – you’re going to have your first Jiu Jitsu class tonight! Awesome, well done! However, there are some rules that you...

Should You Help Out A White Belt… If You’re A White Belt, Too?

Let’s say that you’re a white belt, drilling a move or in the midst of rolling with someone… And you see an another white belt struggling with a technique – be it your own...

What To Do If You’re a BJJ Blue Belt – And You Get Destroyed by a White Belt?

First of all, well done – you’re a blue belt and you’re still training! You haven’t quit, and that’s a huge achievement in and of itself… But what if, just a couple of...

These Things You Should Know After ONE MONTH Of Jiu-Jitsu

eginOne month of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t a lot. As a matter of fact, if you’ve been training only for one month, then you shouldn’t expect too much from yourself… But still,...

When Is It Too Late To Start Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Photo by Daria Kochetkova Photography. IG: Tebezvonu. Perhaps you’re in your mid to late 20s. Or in your 30s, maybe in your 40s. Heck, you might be in your 50s – or 60s even! Whatever your...

What Should BJJ White Belts Focus On… If They’re Terrible In Jiu-Jitsu?

Your BJJ journey might not get off to a good start. Unless you’ve been involved in some other form of grappling (such as Wrestling or Judo) and if you aren’t extremely talented, then your...

It’s Your Obligation to Smash Lower Belts in Jiu-Jitsu

If you’re a higher level BJJ belt, it is likely the case that you often go easy on the lower belts. And probably for a good reason – you don’t want to get their spirits crushed and...

How Should You Roll With An Overly Aggressive White Belt?

Every BJJ academy has one, if at least from time to time – that overly aggressive white belt, whose life’s mission seems to be to go ultra-hard with everyone, 110% of the time. Sure,...

Which Techniques Should You Learn FIRST As A BJJ White Belt?

It’s so easy to get confused as a white belt in BJJ! There are a lot of techniques out there, and you’re excited about ALL of them. Choosing which ones to learn first… Can be a...

10 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Your Blue Belt

So you would like to get your blue belt in BJJ, eh? That’s fantastic! But… Are you aware of the things that you should know first – before you get promoted? Here are 10 things that you...

The Number One Rule Every New BJJ White Belt Has To Follow

Photo by Daria Kochetkova Photography. IG: Tebezvonu. You’ve just begun training BJJ, haven’t you? We’re certain that you’re simply amazed by all of the creativity and...

A Simple Takedown Plan For BJJ White Belts That Works GREAT!

When you’re a BJJ white belt, there are a lot of unknowns! How are you supposed to transition from one position to another, what are you supposed to do when you pass the guard, how to solidify...