9 Rules for BJJ Self Defense

I recently worked with a female friend to teach her a little bit about jiu-jitsu for self defense. Obviously I believe that jiu-jitsu is super important for self defense in general, but when it comes to women who want to defend themselves, well, it’s completely indispensable.  We can argue all day about what percentage of […]

Struggling To Get Positive Results in BJJ Competitions? BJJ Mental Coach Can Help

    From BJJ Mental Coach Gustavo Dantas: Hello everyone, in this video blog, I share a message to all competitors who have been struggling to get positive results in jiu-jitsu tournaments. I’ve been there, and it sucks! But don’t give up! I share three things that you must do in order to achieve the […]

BJJ / Grappling Tips: Prevent the guard pass – Ari Galo shows how he developed the best guard ever (no hands)
How do you prevent someone from passing your guard in jiujitsu? Without using your hands? In the video below that has been making the rounds on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, Carlson Gracie black belt Ari Galo shows us his method called “Balling Guard”
That’s nice, but how does he do it? How does he move his legs and hips to nullify the passers attempts to get by? In this second video, he explains how he balls up to always be one step ahead of the opponent.
More drills: While the above is a fantastic skill to drill and add to your arsenal of guard retention techniques and strategies, check out the drill below by Ari. Initially, it look too simple but trust me as soon as you give it a go you will see opportunities to sweep, flip and even get back up to your feet. Fantastic guard skills from a reputable black belt.
Advanced jiujitsu application to the Granby roll:: Triangle choke from half guard by Ryan Hall
In the video below, we take the shoulder roll skill developed above (aka the Granby Roll) further and include it into a quick submission from the guard. Black Belt Ryan Hall shows how he caught countless opponents with his trademark submission: The triangle choke.
Why am I showing you all this, other than the fact that it’s awesome skills demonstrated by very skilled black belts…full time athletes?
Because the skill of rolling over your shoulder to recover the guard is a fundamental movement skill. We’re not looking at turning upside down necessarily. We are looking at adding a third dimension to the horizontal and vertical guard game most beginners have and thereby expanding your guard to an offensive monster!
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IBJJF Implements Mandatory Background Checks for Black Belts

    Following the recent conviction of BJJ instructor Aldo Batista Dos Santos for 12 counts of sexual abuse on a  minor, and recent other similar cases, the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu federation IBJJF has implemented mandatory background checks for all black belt  BJJ players that are applying for an academy registration with IBJJJF and USBJJF. This […]

Watch a Class with Gui Mendes at Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy: Warm Up Drill + Technique

    Graciemag was present at Rafael and Gui Mendes’s Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy . This is the fundamentals class at Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in Costa Mesa, California. Four-time world champion Guilherme Mendes starts the class with a warm up drill and then teaches a great guard pass. See how champions train:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpmBr0oWBdw#t=47

How to prepare for your first bjj competition – Part 2 – The Guard Pull

I remember the first time someone ever jumped or pulled guard on me. It happened really fast! They gripped my gi and before I knew it I was pulled to the ground in his guard and he was already setting up his first sweep or submission. I was prepared to attempt a throw and thwart his take down attempts but I had never seen this form of take down and was surprised at how effective it was. Low risk and low effort Although it’s very important to learn basic wrestling…read more

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Erberth Santos

Erberth Santos is a black belt under Luis “Guigo” Guilherme, who was considered by many, as the best brown belt in jiu jitsu during the 2014 campaign, a honorary title Erberth earned with incredible performances at the World Jiu Jitsu Championship, the…