August2017

  • Advice for New Referees

    Congratulations! You’ve made the leap and decided to become a referee. You’ve certainly read the rules and maybe even taken a certification course. Unfortunately, that is where most referee training ends. Even if you get more elaborate training, usually, important skills like ring control, commands, error correction, and customer...
  • 2017 ADCC: Stacked Roster Promises Weekend of Action in Finnland

    The 2017 ADCC is scheduled September 23-24, in Espoo, Finnland. Roughly a month and a half away from the event, the list of athletes qualified or invited features most of the biggest names in the grappling universe today. A quick look onto the list predicts a weekend filled with...
  • Elbow Injuries

    I have been working with International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation for the last 14 years covering tournaments in the entire Western region of the United States. I have been privileged to have the opportunity, and over the years, I have seen a lot of injuries. My day is only...
  • Overcoming Fear of Failure in Jiu-jitsu

    Achievement motivation is the need for an individual to show competency in a skill area. For someone practicing jiu-jitsu, achievement motivation would be a central tenet for the practitioner to behave in a way that leads to effective learning and application of the Gentle Art. Research into the psychology...
  • Accept the Matrix and Learn to Choke Like Cobrinha

    Rubens Charles Cobrinha is relentless in his mission to spread his BJJ knowledge to as many people as he can. With that in mind, he often releases nuggets of his technique in awesome videos on youtube. The latest one is this choke he calls Matrix Choke. Click play and...
  • Godoi Teaches One of the Lapel Chokes He Used to Win Double Gold at the Worlds Masters

    Black belt Roberto Godoi had a perfect campaign at the recent Worlds Masters. He won both the superheavy division and the open class. One of Godoi’s most efficient weapons are the clock chokes and its variations. He won the absolute final with what he calls the “Godoi choke”. Here, he...
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