May2018

  • 2018 Worlds: Rodrigues, Clay win blue belt open class titles on day 1; other results

    The 2018 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship kicked off this Thursday, May 31st, at the Long Beach Pyramid. It was the 12th edition of the event in Long Beach and the 23rd overall. Blue belts and white belts dominated the mats throughout the entire day. The highlight of the program...
  • The Advantage of Advantages

    The Advantage of Advantages (And Their Disadvantages)

    We’ve all been there…the last 30 seconds of a finals match between two super evenly matched competitors; one opens up to go for the kill the other goes to pass the guard… ADVANTAGE! The patient (and less aggressive) competitor wins the match, not by points or submission, but by...
  • Anatomy 101 for the Jiu Jitsu Athlete

    Master the art of jiu-jitsu and you have mastered the science of anatomy. Understanding how the body moves and knowing what positions make us strong, and our opponents weak, is what jiu-jitsu is all about. Equally important is to know our anatomy and understand the components of the musculoskeletal...
  • No Cavemen Allowed: The Danger of Instincts

    Whenever I introduce a new student to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I gently temper expectations. I try to explain that jiu-jitsu is a long journey. I talk about how the learning curve may feel impossibly steep and I let them know that the nature of experimentation is that they will fail;...
  • The Ultimate Guide to Smoothies

    Are you constantly hearing about juicing and smoothies from everyone in the gym, office or on the ever-trusty resource that is the Internet? That is because they are big right now and like every other food craze, there are the misconceptions that because it’s healthy, all variations are healthy....
  • Cauliflower – Good For More Than Just Ears

    When you hear the term “superfood” thrown around, the first items that come to mind are maybe acai, almonds, avocados, quinoa, kale… the list goes on. One common vegetable you’ve probably been eating since your parents used to force it on you that does deserve to be on every...
  • Flow States – Optimizing Your Jiu-jitsu Experience

    The state of optimal mental and physical performance a person experiences when “in the zone” is also known as a “flow state”. Flow states are reached when an athlete or performer has reached a peak state of total immersion and enjoyment with laser focus in a task. In a...
  • No-Gi Finishes With Vinny Magalhaes

    Fresh off of his ACB BJJ victory over Gordon Ryan, we look back when Vinny was kind enough to spend an afternoon with us. He showed us some great sequences of attacks. In this video clip (available now on iRoll.tv) Vinny shows us a clever toehold from the 50/50...
  • ACB 13: Buchecha, Lo New Champions; Vinny Stops Gordon; Other Results

    The Long Beach Pyramid was the setting this Saturday, May 5, for another insanely stacked card in the ACB series of Jiu-Jitsu events. ACB 13 featured 14 matches leading to two title fights in the middleweight and heavyweight divisions. Here’s how the two belts changed hands. Heavyweight  Marcus Buchecha...
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