Jim Lawson

Jim Lawson is a US Marine Corps veteran, jiu-jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Teixeira, who loves to travel and teach jiu-jitsu to anyone who will listen. He has a lot of other experiences and credentials but who really cares about all that. He’d love to keep in touch with you. You can stay in touch with him either through email or on his social media (where his numbers could really use a boost).
  • Kenny “Ken Flo” Florian His Own Brand of Flow

    Meraki (adjective) – This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. Insert Kenny Florian and his business partner Jason Hunt. Together they opened...
  • Who Is Rodrigo Teixeira?

    Many people may not recognize the name, Rodrigo Teixeira. But that is no indication of his contribution to the jiu-jitsu community. Rodrigo has been involved in the jiu-jitsu scene for over 25 years. He has shared the mats with the who’s who of jiu-jitsu either in competition, with the...
  • Relson Gracie Arrest Update; Relson Released From Custody. Awaits Trial in Brazil

    As was previously reported on various news outlets, jiu-jitsu red belt Relson Gracie was arrested this past weekend and indicted for drug trafficking by Brazilian authorities in what was reported as transporting skunk and marijuana derivatives on the Presidente Dutra Highway while in transit on an interstate bus. There...
  • Presenting the Art Within the Art; Henrique Kraychete

    To many who are uninitiated to the art of jiu-jitsu, it is common that once you tell them that you are a practitioner in the art the first thing they may spring into is the stereotypical karate stance or some sort of extravagant pose straight out of “Kung Fu...
  • RICARDO DE LA RIVA GETTING HOOKED

    Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva Main Achievements: ❖❖World Bronze Medallist ❖❖Copa Cantao Champion FAVORITETECHNIQUE/POSITION: De La Riva Guard. WEIGHT DIVISION: Peso Pluma/Super Featherweight (64Kg – 141lbs). TEAM/ASSOCIATION: Fought for Academia Carlson Gracie, but has formed his own team as a...
  • The Dichotomy of Freedom

    “Freedom ain’t free”. A short, simple statement that serves to put on display the idea of irony. Now, the path to freedom will have a different look for many people. There is a key ingredient of sacrifice. This can be a sacrifice of time, which can keep you away...
  • Happy Birthday Marines! Yellow Footprints and Black Belts.

    Semper Fidelis. The Latin translation for the term “always faithful”. Or more simply put, “Semper Fi” by our men and women who fill the ranks of the United States Marine Corps. Whenever those words are uttered it serves as a constant and overt reminder to the core values of...
  • Meet India’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pioneer; Arun Sharma

    The martial arts are truly an international community. However, the term “martial arts” is such a broad title that varies in popularity according to region. One thing is for sure though, the “Brazilian” expression of jiu-jitsu is rapidly growing all over the globe, and with that continues to grow...
  • For the Kids, But They’re Not Kidding

    The term triumph is defined as “a great victory or achievement”. In every story of triumph and breakthrough, it can be easy to forget that there is always a back story that predates that particular moment.  There is the unheralded side of the story that likely involves a group...
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