• SJJIF World Championships Brought the Heat

    Elite competitors from around the world had their opportunity to test their skills and represent their teams for a chance to win the gold medal. There was representation from all around the globe as athletes from Japan, Mexico, and Brazil all made their way to the Long Beach Convention...
  • 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...
  • Brackets For This Weekend’s SJJIF World Championships Have Been Released

    Long Beach CA – Men and Women, boys and girls from different corners of the world will all be gathering and representing their academies at this weekend’s Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF) World Championships, taking place at the Long Beach Arena. Many of the athletes who have earned their rankings...
  • The Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF) World Championships Puts International Talent Front and Center

    The SJJIF (Sports Jiu-Jitsu International Federation) is a premier organization that hopes to revolutionize the sport of jiu-jitsu by introducing it to the Olympic stage.  Founded in 2012 by João Silva, Patricia Silva, Samuel Aschidamini, Edison Kagohara, and Cleiber Maia, the SJJIF aims to be much more than the...
  • 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...
  • Catching Pain With Erik Paulson

    We hear it all the time, “keep an open mind”. I think it’s safe to say that Minnesota native Erik Paulson is among the crop of people that continually keeps an open mind towards the subject matter of the combative arts. Having been around martial arts virtually his whole...
  • Her M.O. is the Gold Standard: Bald Strong Mona Bailey

    It is a very common adage within our community to imply that technique conquers strength. However, there is what can be considered the counterpoint to that notion, that strength itself is the technique. In the case of Houston native Mona Bailey, the latter is most definitely the method of...
  • Allow Him to Reintroduce Himself: Tim Spriggs

    Evolution is paramount in life. At its core it’s an implication on what we view and consider, “improvement”. To look at what an 1890’s era TELEphone looks like in relation to a CELLULAR phone of today. You would think that they serve two completely different purposes. However, that’s not...
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