Backstep To Rolling Toe Hold – Advanced BJJ Technique
Check out this advanced technique that won our friend Dainis Nguyen a recent competition!
The Confessions And Intervention Of A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Addict
“Over the years, my struggle with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu addiction has been well documented. Recently, I participated in a program called “Addiction” that chronicled my battle with this awesome activity. This is my story. If this video helps at least one white belt out there, I feel like this project was worth it. I want to thank all my friends and family who participated in the making of this video.” – Blogjammin
Below are some signs and symptoms to be on the look out for in terms of BJJ addiction:
David vs. Goliath Grappling: Jeff Glover vs. Sergio Farnes At Grapplers Quest
Most of us who practice BJJ know what it’s like to have to grapple with a larger opponent. It is not always easy and early on in your Jiu-Jitsu career it can prove to be quite frustrating.
In the video below grappling phenom Jeff Glover puts on a show against a grappler 3x his size.
Be ye inspired.
There Is No Universal Standard In Jiu-Jitsu For What Any Belt Means
Henry Akins is the third American to be promoted to black belt under Rickson Gracie, and has served as the main instructor for the Rickson Gracie academy. He took the position after his instructor moved back to Rio de Janeiro. Eventually he would emerge as the head coach of Dynamix Martal Arts, a prime MMA academy in Los Angeles, California. Read more about Henry in his in depth interview with OTM.com
Here is Henry’s opinion on what a BJJ belt means:
“What does a belt in Jiu-Jitsu mean? I’ve been asked some form of this question a lot lately. Like one person told me they did not feel they deserved the belt they were given, another person asked me what is the difference between a blue and purple belt and had someone else say they are a blue belt but should be a purple… I’m sure many of you have heard something similar.
The truth is: THERE IS NO UNIVERSAL STANDARD IN JIU-JITSU FOR WHAT ANY BELT IS! It is completely based on your instructor and even with the same instructor, instructors hold different students to different standards.
Sometimes these standards are based on performance like placing well in tournaments or if someone is able to submit a certain level of their training partners in training. Sometimes the standards are based on having a certain level of knowledge so a test might be given. Sometimes the standard is based on the amount of classes attended assuming that after a person has attended a certain amount of classes then they should have a certain level of knowledge.
One of the experiences I had that really made me start to think about what a belt means and who deserves one was after a brown belt test done by Rickson for 8 guys probably around 2008-2009. Rickson rewarded all 8 guys with their brown belts even though I was there and helping to grade and I felt about half the guys failed the test. Afterward I asked him why he gave the belts to one of the guys that I thought had failed and he told me this. This guy was 50 years old had been training consistently for years once a week, every Saturday. He would never achieve the level of world champion in any belt but it doesn’t mean he does not deserve to get promoted for his persistence and dedication. This was the first time it really dawned on me that the belt is not even based on performance and level or knowledge. This was a guy that was really strong, and tough, was excellent at making tiny adjustments to defend so he was tough to tap out but had almost no offense at all. He didn’t have a huge arsenal of techniques and wasn’t necessarily smooth at all either, what I thought would kind of be the standards for a brown belt, those were the standards I felt I was held to. Rickson however made me realize not everyone has the potential to reach the same level but everyone has the potential to become a black belt with hard work, persistence and dedication.
If you think about it, even within a certain school where everyone was promoted by the same instructor, even among guys with the same belt and stripes no one is ever of equal skill level and training level. Some guys are faster, some guys are stronger, some guys are heavier, some guys have great guards some have great defense, some guys have great mounts or cross-sides, but even with twins their skill level and performance will be different.”
New Human Trafficking Tactics Make Self-Defense More Important Than Ever For Women!
4 Black Belt Tricks To Finish Armbars – Part 2
This is part 2 of an awesome series by Keenan Cornelius. Get it all at keenanonline.com.
Part 1 – [click here]
BJJ Legend Caio Terra Enters Local NAGA Competition; Submits Everyone
10 time IBJJF Black Belt World Champion, Caio Terra is a legend of our sport. The Multiple world champion was promoted to black belt by Reyson Gracie and Paulo Strauch after just 3 years of training and having won everything on the local Brazilian scene. He went to become one of the most dominating fighters in rooster weight history.
Last weekend, Caio decided that he wanted to have some fun. Did he go to the beach, or go shopping? No sir, he competed in a local NAGA tournament in the expert bantamweight division against the local talent. At NAGA tournaments anyone blue belt and up can enter the expert division.
The BJJ legend had 10 matches and of course, he won all of them by submission.
He wrote on his Instagram:
“It’s not always about money, yesterday I competed at NAGA to have fun, test myself and my Jiu Jitsu. In the end 10 matches and 10 victories by submission.”
Check out the action below!
How to Prevent Injuries in BJJ – 5 Minutes With Bernardo Faria
Bernardo Faria is a 4x World_Jiu-Jitsu_Champion as a Black Belt from the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Team who holds an extensive competitive resume with titles at the world’ top tournaments such as the European Open, Pan American and Brazilian Champion. In February and March 2013 Bernardo was ranked first in the IBJJF World Ranking of all divisions. Bernardo Faria is a black belt under Ricardo Marques who moved to the Alliance team in 2009.