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Polaris 5 – The Main Event & Behind The Scenes

It’s Thursday Night and it’s sat somewhere in Sailsbury waiting to get going after everyone has stopped slowing down to look at Stone henge. My bus is due into London for 10pm and I’m scheduled to get to my friend’s house for 11pm. I have a full day of work the next day, so why […]

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Kurt Osiander

A brazilian black belt under Ralph Gracie, Kurt Osiander is a well known and respected figure within the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. His face is well known among the online BJJ community too with his youtube series ‘Move of the week’ and his outspoken and direct personality that comes through in his videos. Born in […]

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Sisu Mouthguard Review

Originating in the USA with founders from Sweden, SISU (a Finnish concept) is one of the most thoroughly researched and technologically advanced mouth guards on the market. With a concept of less mouth guard and more protection, SISU guards really are state of the art. About Due to it’s unconventional nature, it is best to […]

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Best Weight Vest 2017

The fitness industry is constantly changing and one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment in recent years has been the weighted vest. They provide an excellent way to passively build muscle, similar to wrist and ankle weights, but they are most commonly used to increase the intensity and demands of a workout. Best […]

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Garry Tonon – Fighter Profile

A Brazilian jiu jitsu blackbelt under Tom deBlass and Ricardo Almeida, Garry Tonon is one of the most popular nogi competitiors in the Jiu Jitsu world at the moment. He has earned multiple titles for his teams over recent years and is known by most as a leg locking submission specialist. He gained his current […]

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Best Plyometric Boxes 2017

If you’re looking to furnish your home gym with a brand new Plyometric box then look no further. This list aims to help you find and choose the best Plyometric box for you and your training needs. Best Plyometric Boxes Rep 3 in 1 Wood Plyometric Box The rep 3 in 1 Plyometric box comes […]

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Tensions Flare at Polaris 5 weigh Ins

Polaris 5 is set to be one of the biggest Jiu-Jitsu events in the world, held in the sold out Indigo at O2 arena, the show has doubled it’s capacity as well as doubled it’s excitement. Last night at the weigh ins, the pressure gauge got turned up a couple of dials in two of […]

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Best Finger Tape Reviewed 2017

Being both an accessory and a piece of protective equipment, finger tape is an absolute essential to any Jiu Jitsu practitioner who is training regularly, especially in the gi. Below is a list of the five best finger tapes on the market right now. The Best Finger Tape Reviewed TapTape – Fission 0.3 Finger Tape […]

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Jiu-Jitsu Warm-Ups – Lame or Awesome?

The Jiu Jitsu Laboratory’s feature focus on warming up for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu started with a look at your opinions on the warm-up and its effectiveness. Today we’ll begin examining the issues surrounding the warm-up in BJJ class – starting with the easiest: should you warm-up? It’s a clichéd observation that higher-belts will often skip […]

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Roberto ” Cyborg” Abreu

Roberto Abreu’s story is one of triumphing over adversity. Abreu came up in the countryside near Campo Grande, Brazil. With little exposure to Jiu Jitsu, the future heavyweight standout was nonetheless drawn to the martial arts, practicing Karate, Judo and Capoeira. Like many tough rural kids Abreu grew up fighting, which led to his introduction […]

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Polaris 5 Predictions

Polaris 5 is almost here and it brings with it a host of exciting matches between some big names that many fans will be tuning in for. The event is also set to host one of the biggest grudge matches in Jiu Jitsu right now with Garry Tonon taking on Dillon Danis, as well as […]

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The Best Interval Timer 2017

No Jiu Jitsu gym is complete without a strong and robust interval timer. Often hidden in plain site, many people purchase the first timer they see and give it minimal consideration. The five timers featured in this list were picked for their individual qualities such as vibration, types and sounds, durability, convenience and ease of […]

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Best Knee Sleeves For Weight Lifting 2017

Power and explosiveness are paramount to your BJJ and MMA success. You can have excellent cardio and unlimited endurance but if you don’t have the explosive power to shoot for a double when it’s there then it’s useless. It doesn’t matter how far you can run or how many miles you can cycle for, this […]

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Tatami Fightwear Gi Reviews 2017

Tatami Fightwear are one of the world’s leading brands in Jiu-Jitsu Fightwear. Sponsoring athletes such as Michelle Nicolini and JT Torres, Tatami provide gear such as rash guards, nogi clothing and MMA gear. Today we look at 3 of our favourite Tatami gi’s at 3 different price points. Tatami Nova Gi Review With an ever […]

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The Jiu-Jitsu Gift Guide (Updated 2017)

You have a friend that enjoys Jiu-Jitsu? Their birthday is coming up and you have no idea what to buy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We guarantee they’ll be more than delighted with our choices as the list is carefully compiled to provide you with the best yet sensibly priced items adored by most […]

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Jiu Jitsu Warm-Ups Are Not Conditioning or Technical Drilling

Warm-ups are not conditioning or technical drilling, although they can (and should) incorporate aspects of conditioning and drilling. Every Jiu Jitsu instructor at one point or another thinks about what the best warm-up for their students are. Some tend to stick with the same warm-up routine that their instructor taught, while others adapt the exercises […]

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Pressure: On top with Guilherme Mendes

Driving past the blinding lights of the Richmond airport on our way back to Vancouver following a Friday night training session, the topic of conversation turned as it inevitably does to Jiu Jitsu. Guard passing was on our minds as the usual heavyweight destroyers were brought up. My training partner Cedric made the astute observation […]

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The Wristlock

The wristlock is an under-utilized weapon in Jiu Jitsu. Some people think that they are lower-percentage beginner tricks. Some think they are “cheap.” While some Jiu Jitsu practitioners tend to regard with suspicion anything that seems like the fancy, orchestrated techniques of traditional martial arts such as Aikido. However,  several high-level Jiu Jitsu black belts have kept the […]

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The Best Speed Bags For Boxing 2017

Anyone can chuck on a pair of gloves and hit a heavy bag as hard as they can.  They might not look very good or be able to display any discernible technique, but anyone can do it. A speed bag however… It takes skill to hit a speed bag and keep that rhythm. There are many attributes […]

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The Pareto (80/20) principle and progress: playing the percentages in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

In 1906 an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto identified that 80% of all of the land in Italy was owned by a mere 20% of the people. Pareto’s work may have had little impact outside of the field of economics had it not been for Joseph M. Juran, a prolific management theorist who rediscovered Pareto’s […]

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