Video: Shaquille O’Neal Training Jiu Jitsu Takedowns With Nate Diaz




Video: Shaquille O’Neal Training Jiu Jitsu Takedowns With Nate Diaz


UFC veteran Nate Diaz recently posted this video to his Instagram account.


Training with my dude @shaq at @6levels gym @dethrone

A video posted by natediaz209 (@natediaz209) on


Below is a video of Shaq using his takedown skills against fellow NBA legend Charles Barkley!



It’s scary to think of an athlete that is more than 7 feet tall and more than 300lbs who has MMA, Jiu Jitsu and Judo skills!




UFC Couple Rose Namajunas And Pat Barry Receive BJJ Promotions




UFC Couple Rose Namajunas And Pat Barry Receive BJJ Promotions!


Via Shell Shock MMA on Facebook:


Congrats to UFC Strawweight Fighter, Rose Namajunas and her fiancée former UFC fighter, Pat Barry. On Saturday at the 303 Training Center in Westminster, CO, Professor Tony Basile awarded Rose with her purple belt in BJJ and Pat with his blue belt.


Congrats to UFC Strawweight Fighter, Rose Namajunas and her fiancée former UFC fighter, Pat Barry. On Saturday at the…

Posted by Shell Shock MMA on Sunday, August 9, 2015


Congrats Rose and Pat! You are two of my favorite fighters!


New Petition Seeks To Ban Jiu Jitsu For Kids




New Petition Seeks To Ban Jiu Jitsu For Kids


A gentleman named William Murphy of Sarasota, Florida is petitioning the U.S Congress using a initiative to “Make applying choke holds or joint lock submission holds to children under the age of 12 in sporting events illegal”.


Murphy asserts that:


A large national industry has emerged that charges money for children to engage in MMA style, submission grappling style, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or Judo style matches that allow children under the age of 12 to apply chokeholds to other young children. If the referee is poor, this can result in permanent harm to the child. Even if the referee stops the match quickly, children’s brains are still developing, and deliberately cutting off the blood supply to a child’s brain is a dangerous and ridiculously negligent practice.


These same tournaments often allow children to apply joints locks to the wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles, or neck until the child “submits” from the pain of the lock. If these locks are applied with too much force or for too long, lasting damage to the child’s joints can occur.


Other grappling sports such as Folkstyle Wrestling have long ago labeled these moves as “Potentially Dangerous” and not suitable to be applied to children. Judo similarly has long ago made chokes and armlocks illegal to apply in competition for kids under the age of 12.


These children are not old enough to drive, do not have the judgement necessary to apply these holds with due care or recognize when holding out too long before tapping could cause them permanent harm. Young children are entered into these tournaments to please their parents and win trophies for their coaches, and do not have the capacity to “opt out”. They are sometimes encouraged by their parents or coaches not to “tap early”.


These tournaments and all the fundamental skills they have to teach could still fulfill their function if chokeholds and submission holds were made illegal for children under the age of 12, and the matches were decided by the points scored from takedowns, positional controls, and transitions (almost all of these tournaments already have such point systems in place that allow a match to be won even in the absence of a submission hold).


Most disturbingly, as children become trained to apply these holds routinely, they are more likely to apply these holds in situations where there is no parent, no coach, and no referee present when they are fooling around with their friends. Coaches should be training children not to apply these holds and stressing their potential danger, not training children that they are go to moves during wrestling matches or altercations with other children.


Applying chokeholds or submission locks to children under the age of 12 should be illegal for all of these reasons as they provide no societal good, put a vulnerable population at risk of harm, and could lead to an increase of children choking other children when adults are not present to provide a stoppage to such holds, if they are drilled as “go to” moves during their regular practice.




Murphy attached this YouTube video to the petition:



The petition currently has 40 supporters.


Kids Highlight Las Vegas Gi Open – Jiu Jitsu World League

Sometimes we think that the kids are kids… but they train, fight, dream… just like the big guys. We are proud to introduce first highlight video of our small fighters from the "Jiu Jitsu World League Las Vegas Gi Open". Enjoy it as they did. Also be prepare for the next challenge, The Fight Club in the beautiful Huntington Beach on August First. Have fun and create epic moments!More info and register at:

Posted by Jiu-Jitsu World League on Tuesday, June 16, 2015


It’s Finally Here! BJJ Library Champion AJ Sousa Vs Xande Ribeiro!




It’s Finally Here! BJJ Library Champion AJ Sousa Vs Xande Ribeiro!


The first BJJ reality show comes to a conclusion with this final match. AJ Sousa fought multiple matches against his housemates in order to earn the honor of having a match with Jiu Jitsu legend Xande Ribeiro.


Who do you think wins? The answer lies within.



Epic Eddie Bravo Invitational 4 Countdown Video (Submission Only)




Epic Eddie Bravo Invitational 4 Countdown Video (Submission Only)


EBI returns to The Orpheum in Downtown LA, Saturday, August 15 featuring 16 of the best “Featherweights” on the planet, including the return of EBI 145 Pound Champion Geo Martinez, plus Leg Lock King Eddie Cummings, Berimbolo Master Joao Miyao, Crucifix Assassin Baret Yoshida, WINNER TAKE ALL! Winner gets paid $5,000 for each submission he gets in regulation, $0 for each match he wins in OverTime, 20k and then compete in ADCC 2 weeks later in Sao Paulo Brazil. Both Geo and Cummings submitted all of their opponents at the ADCC trials. Plus teen prodigies Grace Gundrum vs Jessa Khan, Cora Sek vs Alyssa Wilson, & Kyra Batara vs Brazilian star Talita Alencar! This is gonna be nuts!


If you think you have what it takes to win EBI 4 send resumes to [email protected]


This 12 minute countdown video definitely has me pumped up! The live stream will be provided by so there is no reason to miss out on this one!



Why I Started Training Jiu-Jitsu & How That Has Changed




Why I Started Training Jiu-Jitsu & How That Has Changed


I started training BJJ 2 and a half years ago. My reasons behind training have since changed and evolved as my knowledge and maturity in the art has increased. I began training Jiu-Jitsu because I was interested in Mixed Martial Arts and I had aspirations to compete in the sport. So my cousin and I looked around and found a friend of ours who had a No-Gi submission grappling class every Thursday in his garage. I would rather not give out his name so I will just call this instructor, Tom. Tom had trained Jiu-Jitsu whilst he attended college in Auburn, AL. He was never officially belted but has been around the sport for around 15 years; he knows the basics and had the capacity to teach beginners. Tom was a good man and didn’t even charge for the classes. He taught me my first Americana, and how to escape mount. However, I could only train with Tom for so long before my growth would cease. So after a year of training with Tom it was time for me to search for a new school to train at. After researching schools in the area I found Joshua Cheek, and the I’mmortal Jiu-Jitsu family.


My coach, Cheek, is a purple belt under Jason Keaton a 2nd degree black belt out of Columbus, GA. Cheek has helped me understand myself and transform my stiff uncoordinated movement to a smoother slightly less sloppy version of that. I am nowhere near great but the progress I have seen from myself, both on and off the mats, is something that I am incredibly proud of. I still have a lot to learn though. Not only has Cheek given me a more structured curriculum but also he has given me a deeper understanding of Jiu-Jitsu and a new perspective on training.


I have still not given up my dream of competing in Mixed Martial Arts, but it is not my sole reason for training BJJ now. I am focusing more on my Jiu-Jitsu because I have fallen in love with it. I plan on becoming a BJJ black belt, and no matter how long it takes I have set my sights on improving my understanding of this wonderful art. My intentions went from using Jiu-Jitsu as a tool to accomplish my dream of competing in MMA to me using myself as a tool to become an even greater martial artist.


My point for writing this article is to show newer students of Jiu-Jitsu how your goals might evolve as you mature in your BJJ journey. There is a chance that your goals will never change, and that is not a bad thing at all. It is also not a bad thing if your goals change. It is completely natural and healthy for you to do so. Think about it. When you were a child you most likely had aspirations to be an astronaut or a princess, but later on in life your goals changed. Jiu-Jitsu is the same way, you may start Jiu-Jitsu with the goal of becoming the world’s greatest fighter, or you could have started just with the goal of reaching your blue belt. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either of these goals, they are both admirable and I encourage you to reach them. No matter what your goals are, now or in the future never forget to train and train respectfully; and always allow the reasons why you train to change, and be not discouraged. Oss…


This article was written for by Cason Roberson.


First Jiu Jitsu Tournament Experience (Long Read From A White Belt)




First Jiu Jitsu Tournament Experience (Long Read From A White Belt)


I am a white belt, 2 stripes. Been at this for 6 months. I am 34 years old and train 3 times a week. I have a 3 year old kid and a wife.


I heard there was a submission only tournament coming up soon so I checked the website, saw the weight classes and decided right then I needed to get out of the heavy weight division. I was 232 when I started in March (250 at the beginning of the year) and when I decided to sign up I was 213. WELL that gave me 2.5 weeks to get below 205.


I weighed in at 201. I overshot a little but was NOT in the monster class so that was good. Considering there was a few absolute gigantic human beings in that class, and one from my school who constantly works me.


I show up early, support the one kid of a teammate that was competing and was starting to get nervous. There was a few of the tykes I was glad I didnt have to face. Holy shit they are fearless.


My teammates start in the blues and purples and I am watching feeling scared now. I also now know how easy some of my friends were taking it on me. NOW I have doubts.


The little white belts start getting called and I know then I need to check the brackets posted. I tried sizing up the guys in rules meetings but I am not finding ANYONE my size. Now the fear starts to roll in that I am going to get moved up. Nope. I was right. I was having a hard time because there was just me and one other white at that range that were going for Gi.


Some of my friends are at the brackets and I hear “That’s cantreed right there”. So I turn around and see the guy I am rolling with. He has an inch on me, maybe more. But by the look of him, I have multiple t-shirts older than him. So I introduce myself and tell him it’s my first comp. Find out he is actually younger than MOST of my clothes that I have just thrown out because of weight loss.


Only takes about 15 minutes and its my turn. I remember removing my socks and stepping on the mat. It was squishy. Would really consider it soft compared to the mats at my gym. I get to my place, am informed this would be unlimited time because its for the gold, loser gets silver. I am stoked. I get a medal. It had dawned on me before but now its real. Now I can’t look at him. I kneel down to stretch my knee ligaments out prepared to be in guard for at least a bit before this guy sweeps me or takes me to the deep end of my cardio and drowns me.


I still cant look at him. I am looking at the ground. Hands tap. Heart pounds then stops. I hear my breathing and my coaches and teammates. Arms in elbows tight. The guy looks a bit hesitant. I am freaking out. I haven’t done much stand-up. Hurt my shoulder trying just recently. But I can’t feel it.


SO f–k it… I shoot. I grabbed a leg. Shoulder in, push and boom I am in top half. Top half guard. Something 6 months ago I barely knew what it was. I go for paper cutters. He is trying to gain guard and gets it. I bring my foot up and pin his arm. Wiper back leg out and break guard. I pass to half. I am ok with half. Paper cutter again. He is just letting me get that grip. I feel my heart again. I have got it. We grip fight for a few seconds but this grip is going NO WHERE! Cat 9 hurricane could blow through and it will be just me and this gi. I get light and pick up my hips. He rolls me.


I am devastated. I get guard and try to break posture. The guy leans up… and up… too high. I hip bump him and sweep him back down. He nails half pretty quick. But its almost quarter… I am high on him. So I slip my hand under his head and I hear my professor “I like what you are thinking… do that!” He turns his head away from me and I lock the Ezekiel and push. Took a second or two but he tapped. We hugged. I probably hugged him harder than I should but I wanted to cry. I had accomplished something I was not sure I could do. I did something that seemed crazy away of my abilities.


He tapped. I won. I won gold. I won the weight cut. I won the fear of competition. I won in front of my family. I won.


Then the pain in my forearms set in. The breathing was wrecked. The nightmare of having to do that again jumped in my head. I knew I would have been worthless if I had. I thanked everyone I could see. My coach hugged me for at least a minute. My professor said he was so proud. I felt like a kid. Being that fatherless kid most of my childhood these actions and these words were not doing well for my manly accomplishment because I was breaking.


Podium time. I am standing on top. I kneel down for my medal and it’s really real. I hug the guy next to me, I hug my mother who as embarrassed as I was she showed up I was so happy she did. I hugged my teammate/rolling partner for basically the whole of my bjj training. I hugged the other guys coach.


Then I thought about what I needed to do next. Learn armbars, better sweeps, takedowns, work cardio and forearms apparently. MAYBE stay at this weight just gain some more strength? Either way, compete again. Cause that was such a damn rush. Losing might have taken some of the shine from it, but I am a zero ego kind of guy. I don’t think I would have been to down on myself.


Either way, first comp, first win, first gold medal, won’t be the last of either, and still more firsts to come!


– Thank you S. Reed, a JJ Machado White Belt from Knuckle Up Jax for allowing us to share your story!


Grip Fighting For BJJ White Belts – Part 1 – “Standing Position”




Grip Fighting For BJJ White Belts – Part 1 – “Standing Position”


When you first start out in Jiu Jitsu it can be easy to overlook the importance of grip fighting both standing and on the ground. We are so excited to get a sweep or land a submission that the art of grip fighting might seem boring.


As you progress you begin to realize that grips are imperative to have a knowledge of, if you wish to advance further in Jiu Jitsu.


Our good friend Nick “Chewjitsu” Albin of Derby City MMA made this video specifically for you white belts of! Thank you very much for the video brother! Nick has a wealth of Jiu Jitsu tutorials on his YouTube channel so be sure to subscribe!



Stay tuned to for part 2 – “Grip Fighting On The Ground”, coming soon!


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