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What is Jiu Jitsu? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a combat sport and a martial art for people with all statures to learn how to defend themselves when attacked by great adversaries using proper techniques. For beginners, it can be a thorn in the side to differentiate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, and Tae Kwon Do. However,...
Ah, Reddit BJJ, aka subreddit or simply r/bjj. A strange fusion of everybody you've ever trained with. It's your mentor, your training partner, the guy you can't stand, and the new kid who just said something incredibly stupid. All at the same time. The...
Shoulders are big, powerful and built to carry a heavy load. They are also fragile, prone to wear and can simply give out. A good shoulder workout regimen will not only help to prevent such injuries, but it will also avail the ability to build strong and powerful shoulders. Shoulder Exercise Considerations When...
Here's the 5 Reasons Why You're Going To Be Painfully Stuck At BJJ White Belt
So, you’ve tried BJJ and you’re sold on it.  Regardless of whatever sparked you to start training, you are likely wondering what it takes to learn and level up in BJJ to earn your blue belt.   Most people aren’t training to be stuck at a BJJ white...
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BJJ vs Aikido BJJ and aikido are both grappling based martial arts that have a widespread following.  When it comes to comparing BJJ vs aikido, there are additional factors you must consider beyond other style vs style comparisons.  Overall, BJJ and aikido do share some similarities.  However, there are some...
Smart Thinking or Poor Sportsmanship? Legend has it that while backstage at UFC 1, Rorion Gracie was explaining the tournament format to the fighters one last time. Someone asked him if they were permitted to bite each other. Rorion spread his arms magnanimously and said, "Gentlemen! We're not animals." In jiu-jitsu,...
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If you’ve ever rolled with a brand-new athletic guy in BJJ, you likely had the ‘spazzy white belt’ experience.  People of all belt levels, in particular, more experienced white belts and blue belts, often complain about ‘spazzy white belts.’  New BJJ people who use a lot of strength and...
Rickson Gracie and Henry Akins
By Professor Henry Akins The training is all in your mind! For a long time in my training, like most people, I always thought I had to train with the best and the toughest guys to improve and get better.  Then one day after talking with Rickson I realized my...
How The BJJ Red Belt Became a Political Weapon That Will Change Jiujitsu History
Source: jiujitsutimes youtube A few years ago jiu-jitsu fans were given a real treat. A feel good moment that quickly made the rounds across the internet. Rickson Gracie, one of the most beloved figures in the art, was awarded his red belt, making...
Every school has its way of doing things when it comes to warm-ups. Some schools do vigorous calisthenics, some practice tumbling, and movement, and others flow roll until they're warm. While all of these have their merit, it's not uncommon for the routine to grow stale. A good...