Anthony Bourdain Earns Fourth Stripe On BJJ White Belt


Earlier this month we ran the story about Anthony Bourdain being hooked on Jiu Jitsu. Well this past Tuesday the chef, actor, author and white belt earned his fourth stripe! It seems that it won’t be much longer before this excellent chef is served up a blue belt! Congratulations Mr. Bourdain! Keep up the hard work!! Oss!



Anthony Bourdain – 4 stripe white belt



Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain


Anthony was introduced to BJJ by his wife, Ottavia Bourdain. Mrs. Bourdain revealed how she got her celebrity husband interested in the sport when she was interviewed on “This Week in BJJ”.



Crazy Beatdowns Issued During BJJ Promotion




Wow. The crazy beatdowns that take place during this academy’s promotion day make me scared to run this story!


The guys up for this BJJ promotion are all blue, purple and brown belts. The attackers are given boxing gloves to wear and the person up for promotion is bare-knuckled, but clearly not allowed to strike. The action that ensues is pretty intense. Combatants mimic street fighting whilst they plow into walls and sometimes onlookers. People in the back are hollering “Knees! Knees!” over top of coach’s instruction. This is obviously intended to create an intense, real world fighting rush so that if a real fight was to occur, the student would be ready.


Please do not assume that I think that this style of promotion is wrong. I am merely saying that the videos are definitely interesting to watch (to say the least)!





White Belt Challenges Grandmaster Relson Gracie




Sometimes white belts have bad ideas. But that’s okay because you are a white belt. However sometimes a white belt’s ideas can go horribly awry…


Today’s epic white belt bad idea goes to this one stripe white belt who thinks that he can take on an epic Grandmaster of BJJ. In this case it is red belt Relson Gracie. How about a show of hands from those who think the white belt wins this one. Go ahead. I’ll wait. (crickets)




Ashton Kutcher To Compete At New Jiu Jitsu Event




Ashton Kutcher is a TV and Movie Mega Star that holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Rigan Machado. Any reader of this page will tell you that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners are very serious about belt ranks. Earning a belt rank in BJJ takes years for the avid practitioner, let alone the casual practitioner, therefore the rapid advancement of anyone causes eyebrows to be raised. In this video from 2010, Ashton admits that he had not had any formal martial arts training up to that point. Because of this statement (and the fact that it seems Ashton is still struggling with tying the belt), some have begun calling his skillset into question. I personally am not included among the naysayers. Rigan Machado is well respected in the Jiu Jitsu community and is not one known to “sell belts”.


Well it seems that Ashton is revving up the engines to compete at the Jiu Jitsu World League Championships on January 17th, 2015. He has been seen recently posing with Machado, and a poster promoting the event (which is among the first of it’s kind to pay it’s athletes). Those are some solid indicators that Ashton Kutcher is ready to prove to the world, that his grappling prowess is on par with that of his acting’s.


Interviewer: “Are you any good at Jiu-Jitsu?”


Ashton: “No, I’m not…Even if I was, I would never say that because some guy could just come up to me in a bar and try to test me. That usually happens when you’re a celebrity. People want to fight you (laughs).”


In regard to the tying of his belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players at the higher levels often utilize baiting tactics and other deceptive movements to catch their opponent off guard. Could it be that Ashton is actually very good at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? and that the novice tying of the belt is intentionally done to lull his opponent into a false sense of invincibility?


You didn’t think about that one did ya? Go Ashton!



TMZ Sports Full Episode 2/13/14: Ashton Kutcher — Jiu-Jitsu Badass


Check out Ashton’s BJJ workout routine from Men’s Fitness.



Rare Helio Gracie Footage!



(Grandmaster Helio Gracie)

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Rare Helio Gracie Footage!


Grandmaster Helio Gracie was born October 1, 1913 and passed January 29, 2009. He is credited with being one of the founding fathers of our beloved sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Helio was not physically a large man. His lack of an imposing physical stature caused him to make adaptations to the Jiu Jitsu that he had learned from his older brother Carlos. Eventually his adaptations would allow for the smaller person to be able to defeat the larger person. Before Helio Gracie, “size mattered” in terms of combat sports and self-defense.




This “David and Goliath” theme would be revisited in 1993 when the most unimposing of Helio’s sons Royce, would herald the popularization of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States at UFC 1.



(Helio Gracie’s son Royce Gracie fighting at UFC 5)



Thankfully video camera technology was around to chronicle the rise of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and thankfully it is all available on YouTube for the world to witness. Much of the footage below is quite rare and would probably have gone largely unseen were it not for this age of video sharing. That being said I hope you enjoy!







Rousimar Palhares’ Violent Attack On John Fitch’s Knee




Things did not go well for John Fitch last night at World Series of Fighting 16. His opponent, welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares is notoriously known for his leg lock submissions. Palhares was controversially banned from the UFC for holding leg attacks for too long after the opponent had tapped. Holding on to a leg attack has far lengthier potential ramifications than holding on to a choke for a moment too long. Most times your opponent is going to safely wake up from a choke, but a knee bar or heel hook held too long means surgery and many months of recuperation. This latest attack looked painful, but was released in a reasonable time.


Check out the nasty Knee Bar below!


Rousimar Palhares John Fitch



Will Ronda Rousey Ever Face Gabi Garcia In MMA? No.




Will Ronda Rousey Ever Face Gabi Garcia In MMA? No.


UFC Bantamweight Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey caused quite a stir in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community when she declared that she could defeat any woman in the world in BJJ. Jiu Jitsu pundits took to the internet to voice there opinion about such an audacious statement. Many female BJJ stars came out to express their opinion on the matter. Most (perhaps all) of those Female BJJ champions who responded would beat Ronda at pure gi Jiu Jitsu. If I was a gambling man, my money would be on Ronda scoring the first take down though, regardless of the outcome. Ok, that is a lie… I do like to gamble on occasion.




There was one BJJ woman champion (and IBJJF Hall of Famer) whose name quickly rose to the top of the list, to be the most probable of defeating Ronda. Her name is Gabi Garcia. Gabrielle Garcia stands at 6’2″ compared to Ronda’s “meager” 5’6″. It would in theory be tremendously difficult for Ronda to defeat Gabi considering Gabi’s size and skill set. It would not be long before Ronda retracted her statement.




Excitement flared when Gabi Garcia announced that she was training to compete in MMA. Individuals began tweeting and commenting that Gabi was coming after Ronda. This is an impossibility unless a “superfight” was made, which would allow for a cross-division MMA fight (that is if any sane athletic commission would sanction a fight with such a weight disparity). Ronda fights at 135lbs, while Gabi claims the lightest weight she could make is 191. Sorry guys, but it’s not happening (and sad for us because Gabi doesn’t plan on competing in the gi for a while).






Jiu Jitsu World League Is Paying Athletes, New Ruleset




Jiu Jitsu World League Is Paying Athletes, New Ruleset


The Jiu Jitsu World League has entered the world and it could be a very well be one of the best things to happen to Jiu Jitsu in a long time. The organization’s founder, Mr. Machado stated during an interview with that he wanted to professionalize the sport. Basically his idea is that if Jiu Jitsu tournament winners were paid, they would feel less compelled to move onto other sports like MMA, where the athletes are paid. Their website boasts a 12 city tour and $250,000 in prize money to award. That is not chump change.



There will also be new rules implemented into the Jiu Jitsu World League. Most noticeably is the situation regarding takedown scoring. In the IBJJF a takedown is worth 2 points. To encourage more takedowns, and less “guard pulling”, takedowns will be divided into two for scoring schedules. “Low takedowns” will be worth 2 points still while “high takedowns” will net 4 points.



(JJWL Complete Scoring System)


It seems that the IBJJF is going to have some stiff competition in the future with the Jiu Jitsu World League, the Jiu Jitsu Global Federation and other Jiu Jitsu events like Metamoris Pro.


What do you all think? Will the IBJJF be dethroned as the premier body of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or are we too accustomed to the IBJJF and it’s event style?


Below you will find all of the information you need to know, and that is currently available, about the Jiu Jitsu World League.







Anthony Bourdain to PBS “I’m Hooked on Jiu Jitsu”




During the latest episode of Charlie Rose: The Week, chef/author/TV personality Anthony Bourdain revealed his new addiction to the world at large; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Anthony is among the growing list of celebrities to make this claim. All of us who practice BJJ know that it is the most legitimate martial art that exists today. Celebrities continuing to share their love of the sport through well-established conventional media outlets will raise awareness and cause our sport to grow at a greater rate, which will further serve to legitimize our sport in the eyes of the world.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s appeal is spreading primarily because it is (1) a healthy sport to practice, (2) it teaches self-defense that is equally applicable to men, women and children, and (3) it is plain, outright fun. Jiu Jitsu primarily takes place on the ground, however punches, kicks and takedowns are also taught as part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s self-defense curricula. 



Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain


Anthony was introduced to BJJ by his wife, Ottavia Bourdain. Mrs. Bourdain revealed how she got her celebrity husband interested in the sport when she was interviewed on “This Week in BJJ”.