• 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...
  • BJ Penn: The Prodigy on Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and Life

    If you’ve followed MMA or the UFC in the last few decades then you definitely have heard the name BJ Penn. BJ Penn became a household name to combat sports fans through this meteoric career in the UFC. But before that, BJ became “The Prodigy” through jiu-jitsu and his...
  • How To Get a BJJ Sponsorship

    Sponsorship by a major brand might seem to be the pinnacle of BJJ lifestyle achievements. Sponsored athletes get a ton of free gear, appear in magazine advertising and videos, and all sorts of cool publicity, and some even get paid to travel the world and compete. Trying to earn...
  • Rhalan Gracie – Pushing Through

    Challenges are a part of life. Everyday we’re faced with challenges, some so small they might just feel like routine. But other times, challenges hit us so hard that we might question ourselves on how and if we’ll ever overcome them. Right...
  • Magid Hage The Tao of Magid

    There typically are certain events in jiu-jitsu that are clearly identifiable and act as milestones in your jiu-jitsu journey. These are events like the first day you started training, the day you got your blue belt, or the first time you stepped onto a podium. Other events, however, are...
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