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BJJ tips for beginners and black belts alike. This category covers all tips related to BJJ training, etiquette, and more.

Preach it, John!
Years ago, before I trained in BJJ, I was an avid UFC fan. I used to religiously watch "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show in it's first few seasons. In one episode Tito Ortiz was coaching a fighter during a match. He kept screaming "UNDERHOOKS!!" again and again. It was pretty...
BJJ transfer students
The BJJ Transfer Student Although I wish I could train under the same instructor from white to black belt, life has moved me around over the years. The upside of this is that I've visited quite a few BJJ schools. I've really dialed in what I want from a school,...
If you're like me and came up in a traditional school of jiu-jitsu, you were probably taught a couple of guard fundamentals. For passing, it was tried and true techniques like the double under-hook pass and the knee-slice pass. On the bottom, you started with closed guard. Posture control,...
The Small Person's Jiu Jitsu starter kit
Jiu-Jitsu started as a small man's game. If you've been training for more than a day, you've probably had about a dozen people tell you jiu-jitsu was made by smaller people, for smaller people. If you happen to be smaller yourself, you might feel some pressure. You're expected to be...
Have a Guard for Every Range
Guard Passing: The Art Within the Art Passing the guard is probably the most complex aspect of jiu jitsu. Basically an entire martial art in and of itself. Being in someone's guard is a very dangerous place. You have to focus on passing while also avoiding a litany of attacks...
Improve Your Open Guard Game Tonight You're officially in the open guard once your closed guard has been broken. There are a couple of strategies at your disposal once your opponent begins passing. Maintain Distance Setup sweeps Setup Submissions To keep the person from passing, you'll need to create distance with...
One of the absolute best jiu-jitsu instructors out there Henry Akins and he can help you get better at jiu jitsu. And I don't care what color your belt is. Those who know Henry, will say without any hesitation, that he's one of the most gifted jiu-jitsu professors they've ever met. He...
If you’ve seen the movie City Slickers, you know where this is headed. Billy Crystal plays a man struggling with life’s challenges. In an effort to figure things out, he and his friends sign up for a cattle drive. During the drive, Crystal is talking with the rough and rugged Curly,...
Supplements aren't anything new. Fitness seekers, athletes and competitors in nearly every sport have used supplements at some point to get bigger, stronger and better. In fact, the world of health and fitness supplements has never been bigger and there is seemingly a supplement for everything. One report cited some impressive statistics...
Jiu jitsu is an up close and personal sport. Rolling with your opponent means a lot of rubbing against that competitor—and that can mean a lot of things rubbing off on you, things you don’t want like MRSA, ringworm, athletes foot, and even a type of herpes. Prevention is vital,...