• The Martial Scientist; Asaf Michaelovitz

    “To get the armbar, you need to grab the elbow and lift it to your chest. Not here (he grabs the partner’s wrist), not here (he grabs his forearm), and not here (he grabs near the elbow, the students laugh). At the elbow! It makes a huge difference.” This...
  • 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...
  • Streetwear and Jiu-Jitsu – A Short Dissertation

    Streetwear and the hype surrounding it is a fairly recent phenomenon that has been amplified through the proliferation of social media and 24/7 access to celebrities and news cycles. Fashion is highly disposable and pieces are acquired for an Instagram flex rather than long term utility which can give...
  • 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...
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo: Sweden’s Martina Gramenius going to Japan to stay on top after gold medal in Moscow season opener

    Every new season of the AJP Tour shines the spotlight on new talented competitors as they break into the big leagues. Sweden’s Martina Gramenius is the latest name to achieve notoriety after a successful debut in the 2019/2020 season opener, this past June, at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam...
  • Roberto Traven; Southern Hospitality With A Brazilian Twist

    In the sport jiu-jitsu community, when you hear of some of the elite competitors moving from Brazil to the U.S., the usual assumption is that the majority tends to flock towards the coastal regions of surf and beach communities of Southern California or the warm tropical environment that South...
  • 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...
  • Nicky Ryan – He’s Got Next Pt. 2

    (Part 2 of a 2 part series) For Part 1 of this series CLICK HERE The Crown Prince: noun – The second most important position, second to the King, and is his designated successor. If you are of the mindset that Gordon Ryan is “the King” of the jiu-jitsu...
  • Gender Roles in Jiu-Jitsu Valerie Worthington Talks Gender and Respect in Jiu-Jitsu

    For many years I believed that jiu-jitsu was a force for good. I believed that jiu-jitsu had changed my life and I believed that the jiu-jitsu community was an open, welcoming place that accepted people from all walks of life. Recently, I learned I was wrong about all of...