Are You Afraid To Be On The Bottom While Rolling Jiu Jitsu?




Are You Afraid To Be On The Bottom While Rolling Jiu Jitsu?


Are you a blue belt in life and your ego is a black belt, and your ego has it’s knee on your belly and he’s controlling you? Or are you the black belt in life and your ego is a blue belt? – Eddie Bravo


In many Jiu Jitsu academies the sparring will start off with both practitioners on their knees. This helps to prevent injuries and gets the roll going faster. This oftentimes leads to unuseful knee fighting battles where two egos struggle with each other to not end up on the bottom.


The two videos below candidly discuss this topic and are significantly useful to white and blue belts.




Be sure to follow Eddie Bravo on Twitter, and definitely check out Charlie from the Plaza’s YouTube channel if you haven’t yet!


Anthony Bourdain’s Journey To Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt


anthony bourdain blue belt


Anthony Bourdain’s Journey To Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt


Anthony Michael Bourdain (born June 25, 1956) is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, including many years as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.


Though Bourdain is no longer formally employed as a chef, he maintains a relationship with Les Halles in New York. He is widely known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and in 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel’s culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. [Source]




Most of us learned of Anthony’s starting BJJ when we watched “This week in BJJ Episode 45 Part 1 of 2 with AJ Agazarm, Ottavia Bourdain and Roberto Cyborg” which features his wife and BJJ practitioner, Ottavia Bourdain.


A little bit about Ottavia – Ottavia was born and raised in Lombardy, Italy; she moved to NYC in 2000 and started working in the restaurant business. She’s held various positions in restaurants like Sette Moma, Café des Artistes, Le Bernardin, Orsay, Serafina, Geisha. She’s now the proud mother of a 4-year-old daughter, she travels with her husband and she’s an avid practitioner of Mixed Martial Arts. [Source]



The video above was published on Nov 2, 2013. Anyone who thinks that Mr. Bourdain “bought” his belt or feels that he only received it because of his celebrity, please take note.


On December 3, 2014 we reported on Anthony Bourdain saying he was hooked on Jiu Jitsu.


In the video below Anthony talks with Opie and Anthony about his love for Jiu Jitsu (It is a long video but the conversation starts with Jiu Jitsu.).





Every time Anthony has gotten a stripe we were there to let you know.






Anthony Bourdain trains BJJ under Igor Gracie (Team Renzo Gracie).


We can’t give enough props to Anthony Bourdain. He is truly a man’s man. If you don’t know of him, look him up, we think you will agree.


Where Jiu Jitsu Can Take You




Where Jiu Jitsu Can Take You

by Kevin Clink


In 2012 I was half-way through a diploma program at my local college when I discovered there was a Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club on campus. In the past two years I had made a lot of changes in my life. I learned to skate. I volunteered for an organization that provides social rehabilitation for consumers of mental health, where I became their Artistic Director. I took up Yoga and Meditation – including going on a ten day silence retreat. And, as mentioned, I went back to school – for the first time since receiving a degree in Philosophy over two decades earlier. Oh, did I forget to mention that I am old… really, really old? If you check out my twitter account you will see a photo of me and UFC pioneer Royce Gracie. I am older than the guy who won UFC 1 over 20 years ago. Unlike Royce, I have no martial arts background. I am not an athlete. I am not strong. I am not flexible. I am not “in shape”. I wear glasses. I am the kind of guy who used to get bullied in school. Hell, if I was a jock, I am the kind of guy I would have bullied in school!


However, I was at a point in my life that I was willing to try new things, so I tried Jiu Jitsu. And as you can image, I sucked… really, really sucked! But I loved it. I would go to class covered in bruises. When students would ask what happened to me, I would reply that my boyfriend beat me up. I received a lot of sympathy from the girls in class, which was pretty sweet!


In September of 2012 I began my work placement, so although I had finished my classes, I was officially a student for another year. The faculty advisor for the Jiu Jitsu Club asked me to be the President of the club. I began to recruit new members. I spoke to classes about the benefits of joining clubs – clubs such as ours. I created advertising for the club and made sure we were a presence at all club activities – including club fairs.


At one club fair, we were approached by a government funded group that promotes student fitness on campuses. They asked us to run self-defence classes for women. Then they asked us to speak to students in residence about empowerment and personal safety. I had done neither, but I said yes to both. Both activities were successful and we have made efforts since to connect to other like-minded clubs or organizations on campus. We were rewarded with the Club of the Year award in 2013.


We have teamed with local Jiu Jitsu academies to bring in excellent instructors. We have helped our members prepare for, and succeed at, tournaments. We put in a funding request to our student union that allowed us to buy gis for students who could not afford them. We have worked with our school’s administration – from the Office of the President, to Counsellors (to help students improve their self-confidence), to the Community and Justice Services program which paid for new mats for us to roll on. I even got to demonstrate to our College President and our Federal Minister of Sport some self-defence techniques.


Our club continues to grow. We continue to expand our reach beyond just the students on campus. I have attended symposiums on violence against women. Letters of mine, proposing solutions to these problems, have been published both in our student paper as well as in major newspapers. I correspond with and have shared ideas with experts in this area. We continue to advocate for personal safety. I rebranded our club to Sheridan Jiu Jitsu & Self Defence. I now work in the security industry, including protecting athletes at the recent 2015 Pan Am games.


This is only the beginning. But as with every beginning, there has to be a first step. My first step was attending a Jiu Jitsu class at my local college. And you can see where that has lead me. What will your first step be… and where will it lead you?


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


Conor McGregor On Mayweather – “Ronda And I Would Dismantle Him In Seconds”




Conor McGregor On Mayweather – “Ronda And I Would Dismantle Him In Seconds”


UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor was recently interviewed by The Guardian. Regarding a potential mega-fight with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, he had this to say:


Why would he take me on? If you’re talking about a fight that could generate half a billion—it’s this one. There’s never going to be another boxing fight like this. Only a cross-style match between Mayweather and me could generate that kind of interest and revenue.


So maybe it could happen. I would certainly be up for it. I am capitalising on every single opportunity. It’s a strong word, one of my favourite words: capitalise. I’m ready to capitalise on everything.


In a real fight I would dismantle him in seconds. Ronda would dismantle him in seconds—100 percent. When you don’t know how to grapple you don’t stand a chance.


For us, it’s like playing with a baby. People who don’t understand the sport cannot understand how vulnerable they are. There are always clinches and Ronda is a judo Olympian. She would throw Floyd on his head in a second. Me? I would knock him out. Cold.