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Kickboxing For BJJ

Why BJJ Students Should Also Take Kickboxing Classes

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a physically demanding grappling art that will help you build strength, physical endurance, and cardio. It’s no surprise that even life-long athletes in other sports feel both physically and mentally exhausted after trying even one BJJ class. In fact, many jiu-jitsu students soon find that they don’t need to supplement their time

Martial Arts Sparring

Should You Train Jiu-Jitsu For Sport Or Self-Defense?

Jiu-jitsu is often touted as a great martial art for self-defense. Learning to grapple is an effective way to protect yourself, especially with so many street fights ending up on the ground. When applied properly, the techniques you learn in BJJ class can help you stay safe while controlling your attacker. The catch, however, is

BJJ Is The Best Martial

BJJ Is The Best Martial Art For Getting In Shape

When searching for an effective and maintainable way to get in shape, it helps to find a type of exercise that you enjoy. There are many people who love lifting weights or going for a jog around the neighborhood, but many other people quickly become bored with traditional exercise. Martial arts can be a fun

BJJ Black Belt Time

How Many Years Does It Take To Earn A BJJ Black Belt?

It’s no secret that earning a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu takes a serious investment of time, effort, and discipline. BJJ is a martial art with a seemingly endless number of techniques to learn, with sweeps, submissions, guards, and guard passes all taking years to learn and refine.  Unlike many martial arts, jiu-jitsu can’t be

How To Omoplata

BJJ Fundamentals: How To Do An Omoplata

The omoplata is a fundamental jiu-jitsu submission that looks flashy, but will become relatively simple with time and practice. While the mechanics of this submission lead some BJJ athletes to claim that the omoplata is low-percentage, elite athletes like Clark Gracie have proven that it can actually be an effective technique at even the highest

BJJ Performance Testosterone

Boost Your BJJ Performance with Testosterone

Boosting T levels is a topic that arises for most athletes due to the incredible host of benefits that come with higher testosterone levels. This is especially so for men over 30 who may start to notice the effects of declining T levels. For those who practice BJJ, a sport that requires a lot of

Triangle Choke Guide

Devastate your Opponent by Mastering the Arm Triangle Choke

The ‘arm-triangle choke’ is a core submission of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that is simple to learn but is also incredibly effective and powerful. This technique is taught to white belts early on in their training but can take a long time to grasp all setups and variations fully. However, this choke carries a high submission

Jiu-Jitsu Belt Level

What To Expect at Each Jiu-Jitsu Belt Level

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the journey from white to black belt is a long one, typically taking at least a decade to achieve. Belt color isn’t just a symbol of your progress in BJJ, though — it’s also an indicator of the expectations and responsibilities that jiu-jitsu students take on after they get promoted. As much

Gi vs. No-Gi BJJ

Gi vs. No-Gi BJJ: The Ultimate Guide to a Successful Transition

The gi is synonymous with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), among other martial arts. Most commonly seen in white or blue, the uniform is one of the first things you will receive upon joining a dojo. To receive your gi and belt is a form of initiation and is regarded with great respect and honor. Purists and

How To Do A Triangle Choke

BJJ Fundamentals: How To Do A Triangle Choke

The triangle choke is one of the most common and effective fundamental submissions in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA. Many students learn it within the first few weeks of starting BJJ, and both beginners and elite athletes alike often use the triangle to submit their opponents from a variety of positions. Whether you’ve never seen a

Spinning Baseball Bat Choke

How to Master The Spinning Baseball Bat Choke

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective grappling martial arts and one of MMA’s most successful styles. In fact, the UFC wouldn’t be what it is today without the contributions of Hall of Famer Royce Gracie, one of the most influential figures in MMA history. BJJ is a grappling system based on takedowns, submissions,

Jiu Jitsu Leg Locks

The Best Fundamental Leg Lock Positions In BJJ

Once a controversial submission subset in jiu-jitsu, leg locks are now becoming part of the norm in the grappling world. Though leg locks have been a part of BJJ and submission grappling for ages now, they’ve been popularized in recent years by the success of athletes like Eddie Cummings, Lachlan Giles, Garry Tonon, and Gordon

The Armbar

The Armbar: Three Millenniums of Devastating Submission 

The armbar is one of the most ancient and powerful submissions known to man. Dating back thousands of years, this arm lock variation is one of the most used in the UFC and has a high submission success rate. Also known as a cross arm lock in Judo, or Ude Hishigi Gatame in Japanese, it

BJJ Guard Tips

 5 Tips For A Better BJJ Guard

Having a developed guard is crucial for a well-rounded skill set in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A good guard game is beneficial for both defense and offense, and practiced guard players can simultaneously work on defending themselves while moving toward transitions and submissions that can help them defeat their opponents. The problem, of course, is that many

Rear Naked Choke Guide

Everything You Need to Know About the Rear Naked Choke

The rear-naked choke (RNC) is one of the most dominant techniques in submission grappling. A fundamental of BJJ, it is widely considered to be one of the most effective chokeholds ever. Its increasing fame is mainly due to it being the single most common submission used in the UFC, finishing twice as many opponents as

Muay Thai and Kickboxing For Weight Loss

How Muay Thai & Kickboxing Can Help You Lose Weight

Trying to lose weight is a struggle that many people are familiar with. In fact, 49 percent of adults surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 2013 and 2016 had tried to lose weight in the previous twelve months, whether for health, appearance, competition, or other purposes.  While there are many