10 Good BJJ Habits For White Belts To Form In 2015




Good BJJ Habits For White Belts To Form In 2015



1) Show up on time.


You should always make it a point to be on time to Jiu Jitsu, if not early. Your coach makes it a point to be on time. All of the other students are there on time as well. It is disruptive to others to show up late and you might miss out on a key detail that could change your entire game! You are paying so why not maximize the return on your investment! The person you are not paying is the drilling partner who has to catch you up mid-class. Everyone is late sometimes, but you shouldn’t make it habitual.


Showing up early also allows you time to stretch before warming up. You would be surprised how many injuries can be prevented simply by stretching your muscles before practice.


2) Eat healthier.


You are what you eat! Eating the proper foods at the proper times will give you the energy needed to power through the most grueling of training sessions. Proper eating habits will also boost your recovery times so that you can get back to the training room and feeling great as soon as possible. I could write out a proper diet here for you, but you already know what is good for you and what isn’t. Check out this article from Grapplearts.com to help get you going in the right direction.


3) Try No-Gi.


Throw on your wildest spats and your zaniest rashguard and hit the mats like a fricken superhero! Everyone is slipping and sliding. There aren’t nearly as many grips to be had. Stalling is limited. What happens is that you end up improving your Gi Jiu Jitsu because you are forced to look at your grappling through the lens of a varying mechanical movement structure. Situations progress differently in No-Gi. The knowledge of which is well worth having in your repetoire. Give it a try in 2015 if you haven’t already (If you feel strange in spats, you can keep your Gi pants on like Eddie Bravo does).


4) Wash your belt.


My anti-hate shield is up and armed. So fire away you superstitious cretins who think you will experience a loss of power by washing the piece of cloth that keeps your Gi closed. Think about it logically. You wash your Gi right? Imagine the mojo that you wash away every time you wash your Gi! The resulting mojo loss is staggering compared to what is retained in your dirty belt. If you believe in the force you understand that it comes from a source. That source loves cleanliness, trust me.


If you heed my advice and wash your belt, and your Jiu Jitsu is weakened, send me your belt and I will perform some other ritual for you that will re-infuse your belt back with the power of the gods. In the mean time stay away from black cats and walking under ladders.


5) Try some form of cross training.


There are lots of extracurricular activities that you can do in your spare time that can greatly improve your BJJ; weight-training for strength, yoga for flexibility and relaxation, kettle bells, stability ball drilling. Find something that is fun for you and do it with the intention of improving your Jiu Jitsu. It is easier to to practice different disciplines when you are married unto the BJJ lifestyle. You are never cheating, you are always enhancing.


6) Take a private lesson.


There is no better way to pick a coach or instructor’s mind, or improve faster, than with direct private lessons. It takes a level of confidence to speak out in the middle of BJJ class to ask for clarification. I imagine that every single one of us at some point has had a question that we didn’t ask out of fear of disrupting the class or being put on the spot. Private lessons eliminate this and allow you the opportunity to get very specific in terms of improving your BJJ. You can make note of your most difficult situations do deal with, and have your coach focus primarily on that. With private lessons you learn what you want to learn.


7) Attend a seminar.


If it is at your school or another school, attend a seminar! They are great fun and it gives you an opportunity to meet new BJJ friends and connections! Many of the people who have helped to expand Brazilian Jiu Jitsu throughout the world regularly come to your town! What other sport allows you to train with it’s legends and superstars the way ours does? Very few. The wealth of knowledge that can be gained from a seminar far outweighs the minimal cost. That minimal cost also serves to keep academies open, and legendary teachers eating.


8) Visit another school.


Schools have open mats for a reason! Take advantage of them. You can learn some new techniques and perspectives. You can have a competitive roll with people that you haven’t rolled with before but the added tension of competing is not present. Visiting another school, more times than not, will make you appreciate your school (and instructors) even more!


9) Learn to relax more.


Do people always tag you in any post that involves being a spaz? Are you fearful of being submitted under any circumstance? That is all fine and well but know that there is something to be learned from being able to relax on the mats. The best explanation I have ever heard about relaxing and thinking on the mats is this one here by Ryron Gracie.



10) Compete at least once.


Competing one time is as valuable as months of training at the academy. There is something to be gained from preparing for competition. The tension that you feel and conquer during the buildup is worth it alone. You suddenly find yourself eating better and hanging out at the academy more. You find yourself growing closer to the other folks who compete at your academy. Your coaches work closely with you helping you improve in the areas that they see you needing work. On competition day, you find out truly where you stand at your level. You will medal, or you will not. For sure though, you will have learned many valuable lessons, and had the greatest time of your life.


More than likely you already adhere to the principled good habits above. If that is the case than great! You will be sure to have a successful year practicing our favorite sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!


As always thanks for reading!



The Famous Renzo Gracie Mugging Story Explained




The Famous Renzo Gracie Mugging Story Explained


Leave it to Renzo Gracie to turn a thwarted mugging into one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stories of all time. Renzo explains the unfolding of the events in full detail during the Metamoris 5 outtake video below.


Here are the tweets that Renzo sent out as he “reported” on his own attempted mugging:


“22nd street and 10th ave right now two guys following me, can’t help but have a big smile upon my face Im talking about a happy one ;))))


“Waiting for them… Are they really thinking I’m drunk??? They have to be kidding. Hahahaha”


“25th and 10ave ;)) they are getting closer lol ;)”


“I just stop to take a pic, they pretend they are looking at the window, can’t lie… My blood runs in a different speed, man I miss Brazil”


“JiuJitsu ;)) never leave home without it ;)) pic.twitter.com/bBJtLtVb


“Please hold there for just a couple minutes ;)) be right back”


“They are coming closer, asking for a cigarette ;)) lol can’t help but have a smile in my face. I don’t smoke. Pretend to wobble. They smile”


“Back as he runs, no chance to catch him… Even though I began to try to run after him, I realize How slow I was. F***k it :/”


“This one asks me why did I do that, pretending to be stupid, one little kick to the ribs makes him whine and apologize, as I’m writing this.”


“I ask him if he was planing to rob me, he says no. All he wanted was a cigarette, lol I can’t help but have a big smile upon my face, and ..”


“The certainty that if it was an ordinary man he would be sad about his stolen goods. F*****g c**t cries like a bitch when the tide turns…”


“I can’t help but take a pic as his nose bleeds and he wines and asks why did I do that… Like he doesn’t know the reason…”


pic.twitter.com/THjUYQkR by Renzo”


“My f*****g hands hurt, hurt like hell… pic.twitter.com/THjUYQkR


“Drove around two blocks… The other fellow disappear, I’m heading home… Angry for not finding the second one. Guess no sleeping tonight”


“I knew it ;)) yessss”


“There is basic things like you don’t come back to where the problem was.. You just don’t, I knew he would, just going around the block would be enough… Dumb f%#^ I just gave him the old style Raccoon, it has been a while since the last time I did.. Choke him out 3 times…”


“And before he woke up I did hit each eye socket at least twice, tomorrow he will wake up like a raccoon, and every time he woke up I was…”


“Whispering at his ears.. That’s what death feels like it.. Don’t do that again. My f*****g hand hurts, :/ a lot”


“Next time I will use only the elbows, damn I miss that feeling, sometimes I wonder if the easy life has been making me pic.twitter.com/aXBkOM7O


“Soft.. All those years in Brazil, without knowing if I would make it home had to count for something, I can’t lie I could have jump in a cab”


“But I could not help, I could spot them from a mile away, walking was my option, thank you mayor Giuliani, nobody carries a gun in our…”


“Beautiful state, my lucky day, their bad day… My hand hurts and @FrankieEdgar is here at 9:30am for some training, shoot damn little guy”


“Could not take a second pic guys sorry, believe I try, as I reach for my iPhone he almost took off :-/ fast mofo”




(Don’t mess with Renzo)



Your BJJ Matches That You Sent For Us To Share




Your BJJ Matches That You Sent For Us To Share


It brings us great pleasure to be able to share your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey’s with the world! Thank you for sending in your promotion pictures, competition videos, etc. It makes us feel great that you think about us during these precious moments, and we will always be here to pass your individual stories along!


This first one takes a little while to get to the ground but the finish is well worth the wait! Logan Cook Revgear World Open match 1.


The Good Fight BJJ Maryland Open Light Heavy White Belt.


Jorge Valladares Top Game Jiu Jitsu Studio.


Yassin Takun vs Sahir Boodun – F1 BJJ Tournament (Mauritius)


If you would like for us to share some of your tournament matches in the future please send them to us here!



Poison’s Drummer Rikki Rockett Competing BJJ At Pan Ams




Poison’s Drummer Rikki Rockett Competing BJJ At Pan Ams


Many people do not know that Rikki Rockett, drummer of the famous band Poison is a second degree black belt in BJJ! Via his webpage:


“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a huge part of my life and has been for over fifteen years. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a form of Martial Arts originally based on the Japanese form and altered dramatically by Carlos Gracie and introduced as a school in 1925 in Rio, Brazil called, “Academia Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu”. Deeper origins might trace BJJ’s roots to Buddhist Monks in India much further back.


I met Brothers John Machado and Jean Jacques Machado in 1998 at a rally. After an introduction and short conversation they convinced me to visit their school and take a free class. I had roots in wrestling and some ground fighting skills and thought I’d do just fine. I got tapped out by their students more times than I can remember! I signed up the next day and have been an avid student ever since. I earned my Purple belt in the Machado Bros. school and supplemented my regular classes with private classes coached by Renato Magno who moved from Brazil with the Machado Brothers to teach BJJ. Later when Renato opened his own school, (Street Sports BJJ) I began training at that school and earned my black belt there. I currently hold a second degree black belt.” – Rikki Rockett


Check out Mr. Rockett competing at the 2010 Pan Ams below!



Rikki Rockett on Eddie Bravo Radio!




Risky Attacks Gone Wrong In MMA




Risky Attacks Gone Wrong in MMA


A simple acronym for life that generally always holds true is K.I.S.S, Keep It Simple Stupid.


I am just as guilty as anyone for sometimes trying to be too creative on the mats. People that roll with me, and my coach, will probably tell you that I am far more guilty than others for trying to be overly creative in terms of reinventing the Jiu Jitsu Wheel. I am not a professional MMA fighter though. The highlight video below shows how trying to show off and be creative can oftentimes land you in horrible position.




5 Easy Takedowns For BJJ White Belts




5 Easy Takedowns For BJJ White Belts


Many people who start practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu find themselves in academies where the sparring begins on the knees, versus standing up. This is because our art takes place primarily on the ground and it is also serves to prevent excessive injuries.


Because of this situation there exists somewhat of a stigma surrounding the art of the takedown for beginners in BJJ. Many who compete for the first time feel inclined to immediately “pull guard” and work for a sweep or a submission. Sometimes that stigma can be so intense that beginners who excel on the top, will pull guard out of fear, or lack of experience performing a proper takedown.


Here is a list of 5 safe and easy takedowns that you can begin to master right away. This list is intended for Jiu Jitsu in the gi. However, there is some technique spillover into no-gi for the “no-gi-centric” BJJ player. Enjoy!


1. The Double Leg Takedown



2. The Single Leg Takedown



3. The Foot Sweep



4. The Drop Seoi Nage



5. The Fake Guard Pull To Ankle Pick



There are hundreds of ways to take a fight to the floor. What are some of your favorites?



MMA 38 Years Before The UFC – Carlson Gracie Sr.




The sport of Mixed Martial Arts was thrust upon the scene in the US in 1993 with the birth of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. For the sport to debut as successfully as it did,  it had to arrive with a sense of polish and professionalism. The Gracie family for many years prior to 1993 were perfecting the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Brazil. Because of this, MMA had extremely technical combatants virtually from it’s inception. Many of those early fighters bore the last name “Gracie”.



(Carlson Gracie Sr.)


Check out this wildly vintage and rare match up between Carlson Gracie Sr. and Waldemar Santana. The fight took place in 1955 however the fight closely resembles today’s Mixed Martial Arts fighting! The similarities are amazingly uncanny!




Top 15 BJJ And Grappling Matches of 2014




Check out this incredible new compilation of the best BJJ and grappling matches of 2014!! Here is a list of the matches included!


1. Metamoris 4 – Keenan Cornelius vs Vinny Magalhães


2. IBJJF Worlds 2014 – Marcus Buchecha vs Keenan Cornelius


3. IBJJF Worlds 2014 – Felipe Pena vs Andre Galvao


4. Metamoris 4 – Saulo Ribeiro vs Rodrigo Medeiros


5. IBJJF Worlds 2014 – Otavio Sousa vs Leandro Lo


6. Metamoris 3 – Eddie Bravo vs Royler Gracie


7. Metamoris 4 – Andre Galvao vs Chael Sonnen


8. IBJJF NO-GI Worlds 2014 – Keenan Cornelius vs Yuri Simões


9. World Pro Jiu Jitsu 2014 – Marcus Buchecha vs Rodolfo Vieira


10. World Pro Jiu Jitsu 2014 – Andre Galvao vs Romulo Barral


11. Metamoris 5 – Keenan Cornelius vs Yuri Simões


12. Metamoris 5 – Roberto Satoshi vs Jake Shields


13. IBJJF Worlds 2014 – Leandro Lo v Keenan Cornelius


14. World Pro Jiu Jitsu 2014 – Andre Galvao vs Rodolfo Vieira


15. IBJJF Worlds 2014 – Michael Langhi vs JT Torres


Enjoy the video below!




Ways That Jiu Jitsu Brings Family Closer Together


Ways That Jiu Jitsu Brings Family Closer Together


Anyone alive today will tell you that there seems to be a pronounced decline in family cohesiveness and togetherness. This is not my personal opinion (because I have not been alive long enough to see the progression take place) however it doesn’t take more than a short stroll through the history books and TV media to see that the family unit is indeed becoming further and further separated. Volumes of research have been produced on the topic and there are statistical warehouses of data that can be examined for exact numerical figures.




For this article though I would like to primarily focus on how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brings families together. Throughout this past year tons of parents have sent in their pictures, videos and stories of how they are enjoying their BJJ Journey with their children and loved ones. After having received so many fan and follower submissions I began thinking about Jiu Jitsu and the familial bond, and this is what I have come up with.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is primarily for self-defense, but it is also a game and a sport. Parents want their children to be safe and to be able to defend themselves. Children want these same things, but they want to play games and enjoy sports as well. Jiu Jitsu satisfies all of these needs in one fell swoop. Boys, girls, men and women can all benefit from and be successful with BJJ, and all of these rival factions can compete against each other. This is one of the main factors influencing BJJ and familial togetherness, is the fact that they can do it together, and yet against each other. Life is full of ironies.



(Dad enjoying last roll with his son as a white belt)


Sometimes a parent will take their child to Jiu Jitsu for such a long time that their own curiosities are awakened. Perhaps they decide they would like to be a more knowledgeable coach for their child. Perhaps they want to make sure that their child doesn’t become physically able to discipline them, instead of the other way around. “No Dad. I was telling you that I am borrowing the car, not asking.” Conversely on other occasions, the child may come to watch Dad or Mom do BJJ, and then they become curious and interested. The bottom line is, it’s hard to watch a room full of people doing Jiu Jitsu, without eventually wanting to try it out for yourself.



(Mom and daughter BJJ team)


Now that the family is doing Jiu Jitsu together, there is always something to talk about! There is always something to relate to. It is never a drag to go on vacations together because vacations usually revolve around BJJ tournaments!


The same holds true for BJJ couples. Inevitably your Jiu Jitsu practicing mate is going to insist that they try out a move on you. You realize that if you don’t learn to love this martial art, your relationship with this person is probably doomed because of their obsession. Every time you go to hug your boyfriend or girlfriend, they will be vying for double underhooks or some strange sequence of positioning that you do not understand. Sometimes they may even inadvertently go for the submission win and eventually you will find yourself saying, “I should really learn how to defend that.”



(First father/son blue belts at my academy)


The family that does Jiu Jitsu together, stays together. They enjoy their time together. They share a vast amount of commonalities. Everyone eats healthy, lives a healthy lifestyle and lives happily ever after.


What do you think? Do you know of any families like the Gracie Family? Where practically everyone does Jiu Jitsu?


Check out some more pictures that we have been sent below!



(Daniel V. and 10 year old daughter’s white belts)



(Coach “PA” George McGinnis and son)



(Brent A. with his daughter, son and Relson Gracie)