Testosterone, Steroids, MMA And Brazilian Jiu Jitsu




We have all heard the stories of BJJ and MMA fighters, both male and female, getting busted using steroids. Sometimes we are surprised and other times not so much. Why do these athletes feel compelled to take performance enhancing drugs? The answer is testosterone.


Testosterone injections can make male rats more aggressive in marking their territories, cause castrated red deer to grow antlers, and induce female rhesus monkeys to screech like males.



To put it simply, some athletes believe that taking synthetic anabolic steroids will propel them to the next level. The hope is for stronger muscles, increased aggression and faster recovery times.


In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we are taught to focus on technique rather than strength, and leverage rather than force. However some athletes at high levels of competition feel that technique becomes relatively equal on the mats and in the cage, therefore strength and athleticism become important again. It is one thing to beat an athletic, unskilled fighter with technique and leverage. That changes completely once both competitors are the same size and generally drink from the same pool of knowledge. 


The question for these athletes than becomes, to cheat? or not to cheat?


Both men and women produce testosterone naturally, but under normal conditions women only possess about 10% of what males have.


In my researching of this article I found that, ironically enough, studies are now showing that men having low levels of testosterone can be a tremendous health risk. If testosterone levels decline, various symptoms may arise. Men may experience fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido, decreased mental sharpness, loss of motivation, mood swings or irritability and declining muscle mass. Research has linked declining testosterone values to several chronic diseases and risk factors, including heart disease and vascular disease. Lower testosterone also correlates with worsening blood sugar levels in diabetics and decreased heart strength. Other studies have shown worse heart function in men with lower free testosterone levels. Finally, there is an overall increased mortality rate among men with lower testosterone values. One study has even shown that certain men with lower testosterone levels may be at risk for more aggressive prostate cancer than those with higher testosterone levels. [Source]


These health issues will certainly degrade and lessen one’s abilities to perform well at Jiu Jitsu and MMA.


READ ALSO: Ways That Jiu Jitsu Brings Family Closer Together


What are the risks involved with taking synthetic steroids or PEDs? Men may develop prominent breasts, shrunken testicles, prostate gland enlargement, infertility and impotence. Women may develop a deeper voice, an enlarged clitoris, increased body hair, infrequent and/or absent periods. Both men and women may experience baldness, severe acne, liver abnormalities, increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol), high blood pressure, heart and circulatory problems, rage, violence, depression, and drug dependence. Use among teenagers can inhibit future growth. [Source]


[WARNING] The video below is graphic and disturbing but it shows how harmful steroids can be.



It is clear from research that steroid and PED abuse can lead to a host of other problems. It is also clear that having low testosterone can pose significant health risks. The bottom line is talk to your doctor and have your levels checked regularly. There is a ton of information, articles and other blogs out there about steroids and testosterone in BJJ and MMA. This article is simply my non-expert opinion on the matter. WBBJJ.com doesn’t condone any illegal activity whatsoever, especially black market injectable drugs.


Are there ways to boost your testosterone naturally? The answer is yes! I suggest checking out this great article from a fellow BJJ practitioner to see how.


Also get the truth about over-the-counter testosterone boosters here.


UFC Champion Anthony Pettis Earns His BJJ Brown Belt




UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis earned his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt yesterday from Daniel Wanderley, head BJJ coach of Roufusport MMA.


Anthony has recently submitted Jiu Jitsu Black Belts Benson Henderson (UFC 164) and Gilbert Melendez (UFC 181) in the octagon.







Check out a video of the champ grappling below!



Congratulations for earning your Brown Belt Anthony Pettis! Keep up the hard work! Oss!


“Jesus Didn’t Tap.” Christian Churches Begin Supporting MMA


“Jesus Didn’t Tap.” Christian Churches Begin Supporting MMA




In a seemingly unlikely turn of events hundreds of churches have begun encouraging members to beat each other up because ‘men are made for combat’. You cannot make this stuff up folks. Christian MMA is on the way.


According to RawStory more than 700 evangelical US churches now integrate MMA (a combination of Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Thai Boxing) into their ministry programs. The phenomenon has even been featured in a recent documentary film, 2014’s Fight Church.





This tactic has been used in the past to bring men to the Church. Again according to RawStory, “The notion that MMA and Christianity are compatible bedfellows is loosely based on the ideology of Muscular Christianity, a mostly-male, Victorian-era movement that linked the gospel with physical and mental toughness. Two leaders of the movement – Charles Kingsley, a clergymen and scholar, and Thomas Hughes, a celebrated Victorian era author (and boxing coach) – sought to counter the perceived feminization of Church and to attract men to the faith.”


I’m sure the thousands of women who do BJJ and MMA are loving hearing this…


What do you all think about this one? See you on Sunday?



(Sometimes memes do come true)


Risky Attacks Gone Wrong In MMA




Risky Attacks Gone Wrong in MMA


A simple acronym for life that generally always holds true is K.I.S.S, Keep It Simple Stupid.


I am just as guilty as anyone for sometimes trying to be too creative on the mats. People that roll with me, and my coach, will probably tell you that I am far more guilty than others for trying to be overly creative in terms of reinventing the Jiu Jitsu Wheel. I am not a professional MMA fighter though. The highlight video below shows how trying to show off and be creative can oftentimes land you in horrible position.




MMA 38 Years Before The UFC – Carlson Gracie Sr.




The sport of Mixed Martial Arts was thrust upon the scene in the US in 1993 with the birth of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. For the sport to debut as successfully as it did,  it had to arrive with a sense of polish and professionalism. The Gracie family for many years prior to 1993 were perfecting the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Brazil. Because of this, MMA had extremely technical combatants virtually from it’s inception. Many of those early fighters bore the last name “Gracie”.



(Carlson Gracie Sr.)


Check out this wildly vintage and rare match up between Carlson Gracie Sr. and Waldemar Santana. The fight took place in 1955 however the fight closely resembles today’s Mixed Martial Arts fighting! The similarities are amazingly uncanny!