Roberto Cyborg Abreu On Who He Would Like To Face at Metamoris

    Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu took a moment to catch up with Verbal Tap Podcast at the Jiu-Jitsu expo. Cyborg talks about his website (http://bjjworldchampion.com/), his goals for 2015, and who he wants to face next at Metamoris.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pAHbk66dgY&feature=youtu.be&t=5m12s

Marcus Buchecha: ‘If You Get Big Headed After a Big Title…Karma Will Get You’

    Full interview by Jiu-Jitsu Style Magazine with the champ Marcus Buchecha Almeida. You’ll struggle to find a more humble guy at the top of his game than Marcus Almeida “Buchecha“. Hear his thoughts on being considered the best in the business, defending the old school mentality and transitioning to MMA: Shout out to […]

JAG’s Newest Athlete

Introducing Tarrah Baker, Just a Girls newest sponsored athlete!Tarrah is an extremely passionate jiu jitsu female practitioner, a wife of 14 yrs and a mother to two young men 18 and 13 and is a owner / operator with her husband at their own BJJ Academy as well as having certifications in a career in the medical field.  Tarrah travels around the state of Michigan in many different communities to train with other practitioners. She started the Girlzilian Femjitsu group, w [...]

Sabbatical Update
With about 70% of my sabbatical completed, this has been one of the best experiences in my life.  So far, I have 
Ø  Hiked out west for a month
Ø  Trekked through Peru for a month
Ø  Drafted two manuscripts (one of which is at the editor’s now so it can be published next year)
And wrote this post on my way to Ho Chi Minh City, so I can spend 7 weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia.  Life is good.  Life is very good.  But if you’re interested in reading about my travels, that is another blog (www.dolphg.blogspot.com).
This is my jiu jitsu blog, and I wanted to share my progress.   While I have been largely unable to train while in remote parts of the world, I have enjoyed four non-consecutive months of training since the sabbatical began in May (and occasional training while on the road).  During this time, my game has really taken off, and I don’t recall having experienced this much of a BJJ skill increase in such a short span of time.
While I’m also taking a sabbatical from competing this year, I’ve received some really positive confirmation that my game has improved dramatically from teammates and while dropping in at gyms in small towns and big cities.  My bottom game is more aggressive and my top game is much more stable and stronger !
As I think about my progress over the past months, I attribute it to the following:
Ø  Mindfulness:  I started writing the following after each training session
o   3 things I did well
o   3 things I could improve
o   1 thing I will work on between before (and at) the next session
[Disclosure:  this was not my idea, and I don’t remember where I read about it].
Ø  Focus: I followed Lex Fridman’s advice from one of his podcasts and asked my coach for honest feedback about what I should be working on.  He said “passing guard without being swept”.  That has been the focus of my training, and my top game is the better for it.
Ø  Rest: When at home, I reliably get 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night.  I used to think that I could function well on only 6 hours of sleep, but I was fooling myself.  There is a tremendous difference in my ability to learn and improve after 10 hours of sleep versus my ability to learn and improve after only 6 hours of sleep.
KenPrimo: Common Takedown Mistake With A Single Leg Takedown

    BJJ black belt and former Div 1 wrestler Ken Primola shows a common mistake with a solution to the single leg takedown. He is assisted by BJJ black belt Stevie Linton.   Check it out:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FyzrQEi8ys    

‘Blue Beltitis’: Why Some People Quit BJJ at Blue Belt

    What is ‘BLUE BELTITIS’ According Simon Hayes instructor at Carlson Gracie UK, it’s a common disease in BJJ: “After reading many threads recently from white belts wanting their Blues i just wanted to warn you people of a vicious disease to watch out for that can easily infect people who get a belt […]

Cute Alert! Pandas Grappling with Zookeeper

    How do pandas take medicine? Apparently with a great deal of effort from the zookeeper. Not only because they refuse to open their mouth, but also because it’s hard to be heavy handed in the face of such adorableness. These 2 pandas have obviously trained some form of grappling!     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7LQS84IL4U

(Video) Josh Koscheck Sparring No Gi with Bernardo Faria

Check out the video of the roll between UFC fighter Josh Koscheck and BJJ world champion Bernardo Faria.
Wrestling vs Half Guard: