Marijuana In BJJ

Marijuana In BJJ

If there was any substance that has more controversy surrounding it than steroids, it has to be marijuana. Between the legalization of its use recreationally in Colorado and Washington and the medical legality in many states there are so many gray areas. In this article I wish to discuss the place it has in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu whether it is in competition, the lifestyle, or all of the above. For nearly a decade Eddie Bravo has […] Read more »

The BJJ McDojo

The BJJ McDojo

Recently I wrote an article wherein I theorized about why it might be that BJJ has not taken off in the U.S. the way one might have thought it would have given its obvious awesomeness (if you missed that article, read it at BJJ In The USA).  I pointed out a few evident enough factors that are likely contributors to the above-mentioned reality, and I suggested that these were in no way all of the […] Read more »

Cleanliness In BJJ

Cleanliness In BJJ

This is one of the most serious topics when it comes to keeping people on the mat and training. As Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners we want to spend as much time as possible on the mat training as much as possible. When it comes to losing time on the mat, there is one thing that sidelines us more than injuries; that’s infection. Staph Infection, the two words that any grappler fears the most. Staph is scary […] Read more »

The Complete No Gi Guide to Head & Arm Chokes

The Complete No Gi Guide to Head & Arm Chokes

We are always on the lookout for the best BJJ products and DVDs given we specialize in BJJ videos. This is especially true when it comes to instructional material that’s for sale these days. As you know, instructional videos can be a very valuable tool to help you learn new grappling tips and techniques. However, with so many thousands of DVDs and other paid membership site style videos available these days, it can often be […] Read more »

Worst BJJ Nightmare And What You Can Do

Worst BJJ Nightmare And What You Can Do

So imagine this…You grab your gym bag, jump in your car, turn on whatever music gets you amped, and drive to your BJJ academy, eager to get your roll on.  As you arrive, however, you notice a sign in the window: “Closed for business.”  If most of you are like me, you’d probably hope you were dreaming, and that this was but a nightmare from which you would soon awake.  Sadly, however, it is an […] Read more »

BJJ – Better Late Than Never

BJJ better late than never

Some might call it mid-life crisis, the gray itch.  Whatever you want to call it, sometimes we middle agers get inspired to do something that might seem crazy to casual onlookers, and perhaps even to our friends and family members.  For me, it wasn’t dance lessons or sky-diving, and on my budget it sure wasn’t a convertible; it was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I always hated traditional forms of exercise.  Even as a child I hated running […] Read more »

How To Master Your Guard

How To Master Your Guard

Perhaps you missed the first time when Rafael Lovato Jr.(RLJ) managed to pack hours and hours of instruction into his Science of the Game Online Training Portal and as a result, your Jiu Jitsu today isn’t where it could be because of you missing it? Well, I am proud to say that Rafael has gone and done it again! For those of you that still are in the dark about Rafael, I would like to […] Read more »

Golden Key To The Achilles Lock

Golden Key To The Achilles Lock

If you want to not have to fight for thirty seconds or a minute messing around with their leg and squeezing so hard that the veins in your neck start to pop out-I’ll show you something that will give you a crazy increase in pressure and thus submissions. The “golden key” to your Achilles lock success comes from your extension. Let me explain. Your ability to get a super tight bit, a perfect grip and […] Read more »

Spit Balling A Game Plan When Rolling

Spit Balling A Game Plan When Rolling

We all like to see progression in anything we do. If we don’t see progression we normally at some point lose interest and stop doing whatever it is that we do. I have a theory that I put into practice that has helped me keep my love of jiu-jitsu and that is to find someone better than you to role with. Keep in mind that each training session isn’t to simply be the best guy […] Read more »

Female Fighters Unite to be Inspired

Female Fighters Unite to be Inspired 04

Written by Phuong Huynh (March 4, 2014) On March 1, 2014, Evolve Training Center in South San Francisco held its 2nd Bay Area edition of Inspire, an all female open mat, led by 2x Pan Am Champ, Kristina Barlaan. One hundred and twenty women between the ages of 13 to 68, representing 62 academies, traveled from as far as Texas, came together for possibly the biggest female open mat to date. Ms. Barlaan initially started […] Read more »

Why Touching Your Toes Is Important For BJJ?

Why Touching Your Toes Is Important For BJJ?

In my time in BJJ I’ve noticed an almost epidemic level of people who can’t touch their toes. You have high level guys with amazing BJJ specific flexibility yet they struggle with one of the most basic of all human movements. If you can’t touch your toes it will affect you both on and off the mat in a lot of negative ways. From increasing the strain on your lower back to compromising your balance […] Read more »

The Black Belt Blueprint

The Black Belt Blueprint

With everything in life, it seems to be a lot easier when there is a guide on how to do it, from something as simple as changing the oil in your own vehicle to learning how to groom yourself to be the next black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There are obstacles that we face in our continuous journey up that steep mountain to the black belt and then back down. Now it seems you don’t […] Read more »