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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,...
The Debate is Over At this point, denying that BJJ is essential for women's self defense feels like denying the earth is round, which is apparently actually a thing. There's simply a mountain of evidence showing that women have employed the gentle art to destroy larger, stronger opponents. Of course, there...
If you follow competitive jiu-jitsu, you were probably checking in on the IBJJF nogi Worlds this past weekend. This year brought 2500 competitors to Los Angeles, including the biggest names in the art. One of these names was Robert Drysdale, an accomplished coach and fighter. In an interview with FloGrappling,...
It's a running meme in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that the new year brings an influx of new students hoping to make good on their new years resolutions. Gym owners are fully aware of this, and savvy ones will be offering specials for new signups. If you're one of the many people...
Before the great comedians of our time perform in sold out arenas, they cut their teeth in the small clubs where legends are formed like the Comedy Store or The Improv. Unannounced and uploaded with little fanfare, that's what watching the 10th Planet In-House Tournaments feel like. The audience is small...
Nick "Chewie" Albin, the cooler older brother we never had, recently had a candid conversation on his YouTube channel about a little disscussed topic in BJJ culture: When it's time for a coach to sanction an ass whooping. You're not better than us, we're just being nice. Jiu-jitsu in 2019 works...
You may not own an academy, or even be an instructor. But from time to time, you're thrust into the position of BJJ coach. There could be many reasons. Maybe your coach got tied up in another match, or maybe you're coaching a friend, or a brand new student. Like...
With last weeks news that Netflix is making a new BJJ "origin film" people everywhere are curious to see what take on the art's controversial history the new movie will adopt. And while we have yet to see a BJJ documentary with as high of a production value as what...
maeda sensei, considered the forerunner of modern BJJ
When I herd that Jose Padilla of Narcos fame was producing a film centered around Mitsuyo Maeda, Rickson Gracie, and the origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I was pretty stoked. After all, BJJ has a pretty cool history. More than one, depending on who you ask. And that's the problem. When I read the...
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    Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Matt Mizell, Chief Instructor of Evolution Training Academy in Bakersfield, CA How often have you been watching a movie or television show, and that one epic fight scene comes on and you think, “Wow,...