Anthony Bourdain to PBS “I’m Hooked on Jiu Jitsu”




During the latest episode of Charlie Rose: The Week, chef/author/TV personality Anthony Bourdain revealed his new addiction to the world at large; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Anthony is among the growing list of celebrities to make this claim. All of us who practice BJJ know that it is the most legitimate martial art that exists today. Celebrities continuing to share their love of the sport through well-established conventional media outlets will raise awareness and cause our sport to grow at a greater rate, which will further serve to legitimize our sport in the eyes of the world.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s appeal is spreading primarily because it is (1) a healthy sport to practice, (2) it teaches self-defense that is equally applicable to men, women and children, and (3) it is plain, outright fun. Jiu Jitsu primarily takes place on the ground, however punches, kicks and takedowns are also taught as part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s self-defense curricula. 



Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain


Anthony was introduced to BJJ by his wife, Ottavia Bourdain. Mrs. Bourdain revealed how she got her celebrity husband interested in the sport when she was interviewed on “This Week in BJJ”.





Beautiful Blue Belt Promotion Story


People sending us stories like this is part of what makes doing WBBJJ worthwhile. Life is known for presenting many challenges. I am so appreciative to BJJ for being the requisite solution to all of them.





Beginner Class: Headlock and Kesa Gatame Escapes




In this new video for beginners Adem Redzovic of Chicago Jiu Jitsu walks us through week 8 of his CORE Program. Included are:

Headlock Escape #1 – Take The Back
Headlock Escape #2 – Reverse Position
Kesa Gatame Escape



(Bonus Video) While you are at it you should check out this video from Adem. It is literally one of the videos that has helped my open guard game the most.




Chael Sonnen Devoted To The Gi, Advice From Nate Diaz




Chael Sonnen interviewed Nate Diaz for his new talk show recently. At the end of the conversation the two discussed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gi. Below is the transcript:


Chael Sonnen: I am retired, but I’m staying active. I don’t want to gain too much weight. I don’t wanna lose my shape so I’m staying active in the gym. I joined a Gracie Barra gym, Coach Fabiano Scherner, and I’m doing gi Jiu Jitsu on a nightly basis.Every night we go in at 6:30 and we’re doing gi training. Is that good? Is that gonna help me if I close my eyes at night and see myself as an MMA fighter? Am I gonna benefit from the gi? I know you’ve trained a lot in gi. Am I gonna benefit from the gi or is it a totally different sport? Because right now I’m feeling like it’s a different sport.


Nate Diaz: Oh it’s completely different, completely different. But I like the gi. I still train in it. I trained gi yesterday. I’ll fight for a little bit of time, but I’m gonna do martial arts, Jiu Jitsu and stuff, forever. You know what I’m saying? I enjoy Jiu Jitsu. One thing that people don’t understand is that in MMA people will call you out and they don’t train in the gi and these things. The fight starts when you run your mouth, right away. It’s like, “I wanna fight this guy.” Well you know what? Be careful for what you wish for. They’re like, “I don’t do the gi.” Then you go out to a club in Vegas, or where ever you’re gonna go, and there’s this fighter talkin’ s–t and calling you out. That’s when you forget that it’s winter time and you’re wearing a jacket and pants (laughs). Now you’ve never trained in a gi right? You might just get thrown down 10x easier with clothes on then without ’em so..


Nate Diaz: I dig the whole gi thing. I’m a martial artist. I think that it’s a fun workout as well, since you want to workout and be athletic. But, it is a different type of workout. If I don’t want to burn-out, get tired and overtrain when I’m trying to lose weight or something, I’ll put the gi on. It slows down the motions, let’s you get a little bit of a recovery workout. Not that it’s not hard. It’s hard too, but it’s slower than wrestling. I think it’s a good idea to train in the gi always.


Chael Sonnen: Alright well that’s encouraging. You’ve inspired me.




One would think that by the time you were a Purple Belt you would have a solid idea if you were going to benefit from the gi or not. You would also have actualized that BJJ is indeed a different sport. Oh Chael...




Remembering Fast and Furious Star Paul Walker (Brown Belt)




It was on this fateful day one year ago that we lost a great man. Paul Walker was not only a BJJ Brown Belt and beloved star, but he was also the founder of Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), an organization that assists victims of catastrophic events that occur around the world. He was 40 years young.


Paul Walker was widely known for his starring role in the Fast and Furious Franchise. It was lesser known that he was among the many stars who practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He had made it to the brown belt level before his untimely death in an egregious car accident. He was awarded his black belt posthumously.


He may be gone, but his name lives on in honor!


Slap? Bump? Nope. Double Leg!!




The desire to win is intrinsic to human nature, however sometimes it can manifest itself in rather malodorous ways. All of us who practice Jiu Jitsu share a general camaraderie with one another to the extent that when we face an “opponent”, we can see in their eyes someone who has wrangled with the same hardships that we have. That mutual recognition bequeaths us treat each other with a mutual level of respect; generally speaking.


One of the first lessons we share with the brand new white belt is the slap-and-bump before beginning combat. It is a simple gesture that represents the notion that, “We are friends, and now we do battle.”


In this recent BJJ match that went to sudden death overtime, one of the competitors in the heat-of-the-moment, forgot our code of sportsmanlike conduct. I’m sure it was a spur of the moment error and accidental, however this video can serve as a lesson to white belts, that winning, is not worth a loss of honor.



What do you think? Was this a deliberate unsportsmanlike action or a heat-of-the-moment accident?


They Don’t Make Jiu Jitsu Commercials Like This Anymore




Spreading the word about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu used to be done in a manner that varies greatly from today’s internet marketing strategies. Jiu Jitsu spread by word of mouth via the testimonials of those who either saw Gracie Challenge VHS tapes, or by those who witnessed the challenges in person. The video below is a prime example of this martial arts propagation methodology. In the video Gracie Jiu Jitsu Legend Pedro Sauer shares a bare-knuckle brawl with gargantuan bodybuilder Lance Batchelor. I don’t want to spoil the video for you, but I will tell you that Lance would not be doing any “Mr. Utah” competitions for a few weeks after the fight.


BTW I love the time stamp of 8:56 in the morning. “Wake up fellas. There is a fight to be had today.”



What are some of your favorite Gracie Challenge videos?