Joe Rogan On How To Improve Your Jiu Jitsu




Joe Rogan On How To Improve Your Jiu Jitsu


In this excerpt from the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast #688, Joe lays out what he believes is the best way to improve your Jiu Jitsu.


“You’re supposed to be building muscle memory, but the real way to do it after you do that is to practice on people with a limited amount of proficiency. Just to choke the s–t out of ’em. That’s the way to ultimately get better is to practice on people who aren’t quite as good as you.” – Joe Rogan



Mat Maturity: What Is It?




Mat Maturity: What Is It?


On occasion you’ll hear me throw out the term “mat maturity” during a conversation pertaining to how someone carries themselves on the mats. Though it can represent a range of things to me, it primarily suggests that a practitioner has a fair amount of control over their emotions while rolling (live wrestling). It also suggests that they can “tone it down” for newer ranking students while working with them.


A good example of someone I consider to have a great deal of mat maturity and self control is someone that does not aim to retaliate on the mats after being submitted or put in bad positions. Stepping things up to keep a roll session ‘interesting’ is one thing, but going after someone for validation purposes is another. Retaliation is often a sign of insecurity, as one generally only retaliates on the mats to reiterate their skill set and dominance to others or themselves.




In my opinion, the only time you should be “retaliating,” if you will, in the practice room is if you are a competitor prepping for a competition in your respective field, or an instructor is encouraging you to step it up as a means to push through mental blocks that you may be experiencing when rolling. At the end of the day, our training and journey isn’t just about us as individuals. It is, or at least should be, a cooperative effort for us all to reach our goals through collaboration.


By: Coach George | York MMA Academy



The Top 10 Places To Go For Funny Jiu Jitsu Memes




The Top 10 Places To Go For Funny Jiu Jitsu Memes


An Internet meme (/ˈmiːm/ meem) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu memes have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. It is to the point now that it is nearly impossible to have a successful BJJ blog unless there is a talented meme maker on board. Because of this, funny memes pop up every single day! It seems that the memeing possibilities are endless in our sport because of the perplexedly confounding nature of BJJ. Mostly though, BJJ memes are popular because they express our shared experience. We all go through the same growing pains and rights of passage (and usually it is a funny and ironic experience!).


In my opinion these are the top 10 places to go for the best in Jiu Jitsu meme entertainment. The list is in alphabetical order to avoid bias in rating.


1. BJJ Girl – Emma Valdez has blown up in popularity! She brings her personality and style to her page and she has also been experimenting with BJJ memeing. Her memes have a unique style and are recognizable at a glance. Her memes are both funny and inspirational.




2. BJJ Hour – These guys have a great Jiu Jitsu podcast and also make hilarious memes. The BJJ Hour team is comprised of Stephanis Koukis, Michael Mihas, Kody Tuttle and Tommy Costa. I encourage you to check out all of their content!




3. BJJ Mojo – Joe is from southern California and makes funny memes on a daily basis. Mojo is among the first to get into making video memes about Jiu Jitsu. Definitely worth checking out!




4. BJJ Problems – The original BJJ meme maker. BJJ problems is who I drew inspiration from years ago. The frequency of their memes might not be as high as others but the quality is always very high!




5. Jits Grips – Their photographic memes are super funny but they really shine with the video memes! Really good stuff here. These guys sell a product designed to develop your grip strength as well. Definitely check that out if you haven’t already.






6. Jiu Jidiots – The super funny Karl Penn has a trademark style of meme that is more nutty and “idiotic”. The result will surely make you chuckle during your social media prerusings.




7. Jiu Jitsu After Dark – Another great podcast with great memes as well! As the name implies you will get that “after Jiu Jitsu beer” feeling, even if you don’t drink! The comedy is that good!




8. Jiu Jitsu Times – Veteran meme maker Todd Shaffer brings a big dose of flavor to the hottest BJJ page on the internets. The most BJJ news out there, with a daily dose of hilarity!




9. Verbal Tap Podcast – Kevin Phillips and Raf Esparza also have a “grade A” podcast and great memes! Those guys are growing in popularity and the recognition is well deserved!




10. White Belt BJJ – Yours truly. Nothing more than a blue belt posing as a white belt. I assume that if you are reading this you know my memeing style!




Please check out all of the 10 BJJ meme makers above! I’m sure they, like myself, take great pleasure in taking the edge off of our difficult sport through meme entertainment.


Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!


Modified Bow And Arrow Choke With Kneebar Combo + 10 Second Wins




Modified Bow And Arrow Choke With Kneebar Combo + 10 Second Wins


Our friend Dainis Nguyen sent over some fresh new videos for us to check out. The first video is a combo that Dainis has come up with and is successful using. It is a modified bow and arrow choke with kneebar attack. The two videos after that are recent tournament videos of Dainis scoring 2 wins with an average of about 10 seconds. That’s enough to make Ronda Rousey jealous!


Follow Dainis Nguyen on Facebook if you like the combination of Judo and BJJ!







Ok one more video!! This last one is a sweet technique video that Dainis filmed specifically for!



Hope you enjoyed the article! Have a great day white belt BJJ!


Nathan Mendelsohn’s BJJ Technique Of The Week – Bow And Arrow




Nathan Mendelsohn’s BJJ Technique Of The Week – Bow And Arrow


This new technique video is by our friend and Coalition 95 black belt competitor Nathan Mendelsohn. This week’s technique is a bow and arrow choke setup from the side mount. There are lots of details for white belts!





If you enjoyed that technique check out this tutorial that Nathan made for us!



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Iraq Vet, Triple Amputee Joey Bozik Competes At The IBJJF Dallas Open




Iraq Vet, Triple Amputee Joey Bozik Competes At The IBJJF Dallas Open


This video is so inspirational. So many people complain and make excuses. People like Joey Bozik do not know the meaning of the word defeat. Check him out competing as a white belt at the most recent IBJJF Dallas Open!


This video was filmed by Mike Calimbas and TXMMA staff for Visit them on Facebook at



Jiu Jitsu for everyone!


IBJJF Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Rules For Dummies




IBJJF Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Rules For Dummies


The IBJJF rulebook is extensive, thorough and lengthy. It can be quite tedious to mull over when you are starting to compete as a white belt. This article is intended to simplify the most pertinent rules into an easy to digest format.






If there is no submission and the score is a tie the referee will choose the winner. There will never be a draw. Bouts will be decided by: 1-SUBMISSION, 2-DISQUALIFICATION, 3-UNCONSCIOUSNESS, 4-POINTS, 5-ADVANTAGES.




Submission occurs when a technique forces an opponent into admitting defeat by:


– Tapping out with hands, feet or verbally.

– The referee can stop the match if he believes a submission is going to cause harm to a competitor if they refuse to tap.

– A coach can call a fight to end.

– If a competitor cries out in pain the referee can end the match.

– Requesting a time out for pain is the same as tapping.




You can be disqualified from a match by:

– using foul language, immoral acts of disrespect, biting, hair pulling, eye poking, and attempting to injure genitalia.

– using fists, knees, feet, elbows or head with the intention to hurt or gain unfair advantage.

– if your kimono rips and you are not able to change it in a set amount of time.

– not wearing undergarments under your pants.

– running out of the ring to avoid tapping.


Fouls Not As Serious



– On the first offense the offender will be given a verbal warning. On the second offense the offender’s opponent will be given an advantage. On the third offense the offender’s opponent will be given two points. After the third offense the referee may disqualify the athlete for any further fouls.

– Kneeling before having taken hold of opponent’s kimono.

– When either of the athletes run to one of the extremities of the ring to avoid combat.

– When the athlete avoids engaging by taking off his kimono or by allowing it to be taken off with the intention of stopping the fight to allow himself rest.

– When the athlete inserts his fingers inside the sleeves or pants, or with both his hands on his opponent’s belt.

– When the athlete stalls the fight.




One of the 2 opponents is defeated after losing consciousness by any of the valid moves: strangling, pressuring, take downs, or accidents in which the opponent has not committed any foul worthy of disqualification.




It is considered an advantage when the athlete attempts but does not complete any of the fundamental moves of the fight; i.e. sweep, take down, submission etc.

– Advantages through takedowns: When there is a visible loss of balance in which the adversary nearly completes the takedown.

– The one on top will earn the advantage by being on the offensive, trying to dominate his adversary’s guard (pass the guard). For the referee to consider it an advantage, the athlete that is on top must come close to passing the guard, forcing his adversary to exert energy to regain position e.g. half guard, almost immobilizing, etc.

– The one underneath will earn the advantage if he almost sweeps his opponent, putting him in a dangerous position, as well as when he attempts a lock that forces his opponent to defend.

– Advantages will be awarded during ground fighting if the athlete attempts a technique and puts his adversary on the defensive.




– Wrestling shoes or any type of shoes, headgear, shirts under the gi (except for girls) and any kind of protectors that can alter the outcome of the match in any way are not allowed in competition. No cups are allowed.


Illegal Moves






– The kimono must be washed and dried with no unpleasant odors.

– Toe and fingernails must be cut short and clean.

– People with long hair must keep their hair from interfering with there opponent or themselves during the match.

– Athletes are not permitted to paint their hair with spray and may be disqualified by the referee.


The Kimono


– Constructed of cotton or similar material and in good condition. The material may not be excessively thick or hard to the point where it will obstruct the opponent.

– Colors may be black, white or blue, no combined colors (white kimono with blue pants, etc.)

– The jacket is to be of sufficient length down to the thighs, sleeves must reach the wrist with arms extended in front of the body. The sleeve should follow the official measures according to CBJJ and IBJJF, from the shoulder to the wrist.

– Belt width 4-5cm, with color corresponding to rank, tied around the waist with a double knot and tight enough to secure the kimono closed.

– Athletes are not permitted to compete with torn kimonos, sleeves or pants that are not of proper length, or with t-shirts underneath the kimono (except in the female divisions).

– Athletes are not allowed to use painted kimonos.


In my opinion those are the most important rules to know. There are many more rules to the game though, all of which can be found here.


Also check out this great video from Felipe Costa where he walks the competitor through the IBJJF Rulebook.



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The Most Basic Side Control Escape + 2 Sneaky Submissions




The Most Basic Side Control Escape + 2 Sneaky Submissions


Sean Smith, BJJ Black Belt and Head Coach of Ultimate Martial Arts Academy in Cradley Heath is here filmed by the Warrior Collective giving a tutorial on different ways to cope with and work against larger, heavier opponents when stuck in bottom side control in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The video also features two sneaky submissions from bottom side control!


As a white belt this should be one of the very first escapes that you learn.