BJJ Science: Research on mental and physical benefits of Jiujitsu

Are there quantifiable physical or physiological benefits of BJJ?  Surf the internet, and you will undoubtedly hear practitioners claim they lost weight with BJJ or how BJJ improved their lifestyle in one way or the other. It’s true that we love to tout jiujitsu’s benefits, but are any of these claims backed up by research […]

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BJJ Belt System: Everything you Need to Know

Belts are an important part of Brazilian jiu jitsu culture. They demonstrate one’s ability, competence and time on the mat.  In this article, we explore the history and significance of BJJ belts and the criteria for achieving the next belt rank. History of the BJJ Belt System The martial art belt ranking system has its […]

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Don’t Quit: Beating the BJJ Blue Belt Blues

Achieving a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu is an important milestone. At the belt promotion ceremony, there are often tears and high fives among classmates who reach the achievement together.   Yet, a few weeks later, you may be surprised to look around the gym and wonder where all the newly minted blue belts have […]

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Is BJJ Good for Self Defense?

Will you be prepared to defend yourself in a street fight if you train in Brazilian jiu jitsu? The short answer is probably if you are familiar with how to adapt BJJ to a situation involving striking.  No one wants to find themselves in a physical altercation. Unfortunately, you don’t typically look for fights, they […]

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Grappling Martial Arts Styles in MMA

Grappling has been a part of the modern mixed martial arts since the early days of the UFC in the 1990s. Although there are dozens, if not hundreds, of grappling styles throughout the world, only a few have been successfully utilized in MMA.  These four styles of grappling have had the biggest impact on MMA […]

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Judo Throws and Takedowns are great for BJJ

What are the Easiest (and most effective) Judo Throws to Learn for BJJ?

Throws are an area of BJJ (and MMA) that most players neglect until tournament time. Because some BJJ players focus so strongly on the ground game they neglect takedowns from standing.  In this article we identify how to learn Judo takedowns and provide an overview of the basics of the best throwing techniques to learn […]

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First Time Rolling in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Are you just starting BJJ and want to learn how to roll? Rolling is an essential component of modern Brazilian jiu jitsu training. It is important that you grasp how it works and how to do it safely. Once you understand rolling culture, you will be on you way to becoming a better grappler. You will […]

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What is Combat JiuJitsu?

Combat Jiujitsu is a form of submission grappling that allows certain striking techniques (i.e. open palm slaps) in an effort to be more reality based and encourage matches to end in submission. The term Combat Jiujitsu came to recent prominence in when Eddie Bravo featured combat jiu-jitsu matches at the Eddie Bravo International (EBI) grappling tournament a […]

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Find the Best Mouthguards for BJJ

Safety is essential in any form of Martial Arts. Whether it is MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The most vital part of your body that you need to protect is your face. From chipped teeth to broken jaws and head traumas, a small mouthguard will help you avoid all these problems and […]

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Washing and Caring for your BJJ GI

What is the best way to clean your BJJ GI? In this guide we explain everything you need to know about washing and maintaining your bjj gi.  Quick Navigation After-Class BJJ Gi Washing ProceduresHow to Remove Blood from a BJJ GiBest Detergent/Chemicals to use to Wash your BJJ GiHow to Wash Dark Colored GisHow to […]

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