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BJJ News 10-7-16

BJ Penn out of Fight Night 97

Slated for yet another octagon return this month, longtime UFC veteran and former champion BJ Penn has withdrawn from UFC Fight Night 97, scheduled to take place October 15th, because of an injury sustained during training. Penn is a 5th degree black belt in

BJJ News 10-6-2016

EBI Getting a Twist for 2017

Eddie Bravo's EBI events have garnered a lot of popularity by showcasing submission-only rules and the introduction of overtime similar to what's adopted by Olympic wrestling to decide matches that are tied at the end of regulation time. He has been an innovat

BJJ News 9-30-16

UFC Veteran Gabriel Gonzaga Ready to Retire from MMA

After a long and prosperous career in the cage, long time UFC veteran Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga is ready to move on from the sport. Citing concerns about health and longevity Gonzaga has said he will not be getting back in the ring for le

BJJ News 9-29-16

Employees Getting LinkedIn to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

If you work at LinkedIn's San Francisco office not only do you have a job at one of the hottest tech companies in one of the most desired parts of the country, you get one more nearly indispensable benefit. Free BJJ classes. That's right,

BJJ News 9-28-16

How Alvarez can Win UFC 205

With current featherweight champion Conor McGregor fresh off his welterweight rubber match win against Nate Diaz things have barely settled down before the UFC announced he will be fighting Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. While some fighters like Ander

BJJ News 9-27-16

Gordon Ryan Draws Felipe Pena in Latests Super Fight

"King" Gordon is looking to cross another name off of his super fight wish list, this time in the form of one No-Gi World Champion Felipe Pena. Pena is the latest in a growing line of top level competitors to accept the challenge and th

BJJ News 9-26-16

Show Me the Jiu-Jitsu!

If you're over 30 you probably instantly recognize the phrase "Show me the money." It's the iconic expression Cuba Gooding Jr delivers to Tom Cruise in the 90's romantic comedy hit Jerry Maguire. And while Cruise and Gooding Jr were the headliners of the blockbuste

BJJ News 9-25-16

BJJ Rises to the Top in Rizin 2

BJJ was on full display as the Rizin 2 Grand Prix event began yesterday in Japan. Mirko Cro Cop started things off right and won his opening match in the 8 man tournament in the very first round against Hyun Man Myung by way of arm triangle. Myung clinched

BJJ News 9-24-16

War of the Rules

Gordon Ryan has been making a stir on the BJJ scene lately after beating Keenan Cornelius in a no time limit, sub only match and challenging numerous top level competitors to super fights with a similar rule set. It now appears that Ryan is being issued a challenge of his

BJJ News 9-23-16

Polaris 4 Update

Jackson Sousa, representing Checkmat, will now be taking on Dillon Danis of Marcelo Garcia in a no-gi, catch weight match in the upcoming submission only event scheduled for October 29. Originally Danis was pitted against Richie Martinez however that fight has since been

BJJ in the News 9-22-16

Fight to Win Pro 16 Announced

The card for Fight to Win Pro 16 was just released and it looks like their will be some exciting matches taking place, especially the main event. Headlining the October 22nd event being held in Las Vegas will be a submission-only Men's No-Gi 225 lb super figh

BJJ in the News 9/20/16

10th Planet Getting Ready to Evolve in Asia

Evolve MMA, considered by many to be the number one MMA team in Asia, has recently announced it will be establishing a joint effort with Eddie Bravo and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu to make the largest no-gi program in that part of the world. Rick Mars

BJJ in the News 9/21/16

Grappling Industries and EBI Join Forces

Think you have what it takes win an EBI event? Well you just may get your chance. Grappling Industries and Eddie Bravo will now be collaborating to help find local BJJ talent and give them an opportunity to make it to the big show. This year Grap

BJJ in the News 9/19/16

Grappling Pro Championship 8

The latest Grappling Pro a whole new scoring system consisting of 3 rounds that are 5 minutes long concluded over the weekend for Men's 170 pounds. The highlight of the event was an anticipated match between DJ Jackson and Gary Tonon. Tonon, who has been exce

BJJ in the News 9/17/16

Fastest Submission in UFC Featherweight History

If you went to the fridge or hit the restroom at the start of the Skelly / Blanco fight last night it was over before you got back. Chas Skelly scored the fast submission ever for the UFC Featherweight division finishing Blanco within a blaz

BJJ in the News 9/16/16

Ortega Out of UFC Fight Night 96

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Brian Ortega has withdrawn from UFC Fight Night 96 due to an injury sustained during training. Ortega is ranked 10th in the 145 pound division and was scheduled to fight Hacran Dias on October 1 in Portland, Oregon. Ortega s

BJJ in the News 9/15/16

Olympic Judo Champion Coming to BJJ

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison is getting ready to retire from competitive judo but she's not going to be sitting on the couch in her free time. She said she wants to stay active now that she's done competing and BJJ would be a good fit.

BJJ in the News 9/14/16

Fight to Win Pro 12

Flograppling will be streaming the 12th installment of Fight to Win Pro this Saturday September 17 from Phoenix, AZ. The submission only event looks to have a promising card with over 25 matches taking place across varying belts and weight classes. There will also be

BJJ in the News 9/13/16

Woodley Ready for Maia

Tyron Woodley, current welterweight UFC Champion wants Maia to get a shot at his title and says he can shut down Maia's ground game. On his latest podcast, Woodley says there is no way Maia will get him down and take his back and he would do whatever it took to get

BJJ in the News 9/12/16

Former WWE Champ Makes Octagon Debut

CM Punk, of WWE fame, made his professional MMA debut over the weekend at UFC 203. Punk apparently had no prior martial arts experience before taking this fight and dedicated the last six months to get ready for the bout. While he may have trained har

BJJ in the News 9/9/16

Gordon Ryan Super Fight Annonced

Gordon Ryan is keeping himself in the BJJ spotlight after recently defeating Keenan Cornelius in an epic 80 minute match followed by Ryan calling out the Marcelo Garcia Dream Team. He will be facing ADCC Absolute Champion Claudio Calasans at the upcoming G

BJJ in the News 9/8/16

24 Hour BJJ Rollathon Helps Raise Money for Girl's Orthodontic Surgery

Newly promoted blue belt Ryan Staite used his BJJ knowledge for more than beating his opponent this weekend by organizing a 24 hour rollathon to help raise money for his coworker's daughter, Tahlia Murray.


BJJ in the News 9/7/16

MMA Judge Helps Police Constable

This incident happened a year ago but footage has only recently made it on to the internet. A police constable responded to a call of a man riding his bike and acting unusual in the center of York, England. The man became confrontational upon questioning

BJJ in the News 9-6-16

Teenager Beats Black Belt in Competition...Again!

If you haven't heard of Roberto Jiminez yet you soon will. This 16 year old jiujiteiro is making headlines again for defeating a black belt to win his latest tournament. This is no fluke either. Reportedly this is the fourth time he's de

BJJ in the News 9-5-16

Death Squad Marches On

A super fight just announced for yet another Danaher Death Squad member Eddie Cummings. This time he will be going up against Geo Martinez of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. The match will be a nogi, submission only with no time limit and will take place at Grappling Indust

BJJ in the News 9/4/16

Barnett Victorious

Josh Barnett was able to overtake the former heavyweight champion in yesterday's UFC fight night 93. Arlovski got the better of the striking exchanges and even managed a takedown in the first round. The second round was going much the same way when Barnett was able to

BJJ in the News 9-2-16

UFC Fight Night 93

Fight Night 93 will take place tomorrow in Germany with Josh "The Warmaster" Barnett (34-8) facing off against Andre "The Pitbull" Arlovski. Weigh-ins were held today with Barnett coming in at 256 pounds and Arlovski coming in nearly 20 pounds lighter at 238. Both men

BJJ in the News 9/1/16

Following in Brock Lesnar's Footsteps

Another one of WWE's stars is making the crossover from wrestling to MMA. Former WWE Champion CM Punk aka Phillip Jack Brooks will be making his octagon debut at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall. Punk retired from the WWE in 2014 and announced back in Dec

BJJ in the News 8/31/16

The Secret to Maia's Success

Maia gave fans a little bit of an insight as to how he has been doing so well in the octagon as of late only absorbing 13 significant strikes in his last four bouts. In a short interview following the UFC on Fox event he credits his training philosophy with hi

BJJ in the News 8/30/2016

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam

The UAEJJF (United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation) will be kicking off the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in Los Angeles, CA this weekend before moving on to Rio de Janeiro, London and Tokyo. They will be holding both gi and nogi divisions for adults with three age groups,

BJJ in the News 8/29/16

New Rising Star on the Jiu-Jitsu Scene

Making news over the weekend is Nicky Ryan who turns out to be Gordon Ryan's younger, 15 year old brother. Nicky went to compete at the Gracie Nationals this weekend and had planned to compete in the Men's Black Belt division but instead took up

BJJ in the News 8/28/16

It was a showcase event for BJJ at UFC on Fox 21 last night with Maia stealing the show. It took the BJJ black belt only 1:52 to finish the former interim champion Carlos "The Natural Born Killer" Condit by way of submission. After feeling each other out on the feet for only about 20 seconds, Maia

BJJ in the News 8/26/16

There's a lot going on in the BJJ world this week. The IBJJF Masters Worlds is continuing full steam. Notably wins came from Raphael Lovato Jr. (Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu) winning the Black Belt Super Heavyweight division defeating Elliot Kelly by choke. Ultra Heavyweight Vinny Magalhaes (Vinny Magal

BJJ in the News 8/25/16

Whanganui, New Zealand will hold its first ever Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament this fall. Gladiators in Gi will take place October 15 at the Springvale Stadium. Entry fees are $30 for kids and $50 for adults and there is a $500 prize for both men's and women's absolute divisions. The tournament i

BJJ in the News 8/23/16

Nate Diaz is still not done stirring things up. Following his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 via decision Diaz has now set his sites on McGregor's coach, Dillon Danis, for his next potential match up.

The Notorious One had brought in Danis to help him improve his ground fighting, take d

BJJ in the News 8/22/16

The ADCC has announced they will be holding a super fight between Renzo Gracie and Matt Hughes during their World Championship weekend, September 22-24, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. This won't be the first match for Gracie and Hughes, they fought before in 2010 at UFC 112 where Hughes won via KO. Th

BJJ News 8/19/16

The much anticipated UFC 202 Diaz vs McGregor rematch is slated for tomorrow night. Both fighters made weight today with Diaz coming in at 170.5 and McGregor at 168. McGregor is fighting up two weight classes again for this bout compared to his usual weight at 145.

Both fighters face possi

How Should I Roll to Progress the Fastest?

If you’ve been bitten by the BJJ bug you probably can’t enough. There are so many submissions, positions, escapes and sweeps too learn it’s like a never-ending cornucopia of knowledge. And you probably want to learn as much as you can, as fast as you can so you can go from getting tapped to doing

How to Roll with Someone Much Better Than You

If you’re lucky, your academy lots of students with varying abilities. Ideally a school’s belt population looks like a pyramid where the most students are white belts and the fewest are the upper belts.

This provides the perfect environment for continuous and steady improvement duri

Why BJJ Dominated the UFC Early Days Part 2

In the previous post I talked about how BJJ being an applied martial art played a big part in the success of Royce Gracie in the early UFC’s. But BJJ isn’t the only martial art that trains with fully resisting opponents. Boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and judo all are sparring-intensive disciplines

The Four Phases of Learning a Technique in BJJ

One thing everyone struggles with when starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is remembering all of the steps involved when learning a new technique. This is multiplied by the fact that not only are new players trying to remember the technique they just saw but the three other ones the instructor showed earl

Why BJJ Dominated the UFC's Early Days

It was over 20 years ago that the United States got its first look at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ as it’s come to be known. The first UFC debuted on November 22, 1993 and showcased eight martial artists hailing from variety of backgrounds to settle one question: What style was the best? Back then



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