• Hug A White Belt.

    Why Newbies are the Most Important People in the Sport When a new student steps onto the mat for the first time with a sparkling white belt tied incorrectly around his waist, he’s at zero. He has no technical knowledge. No mat sense. No fighting experience. And no real...
  • Make This Your Best Year Ever!

    In the immortal words of Bruce Buffer, “IT’S TIME!” Or at least it’s that time of the year when the majority of individuals have come up with resolutions for the next 12 months in order to improve their personal lives in some aspect. With that in mind, here’s our...
  • Jiu-Jitsu Parent Keeping Kids on the Jiu-Jitsu Path

    When I was a kid, we were inspired by Bruce Lee, The Karate Kid and of course, Rocky. Nowadays, as I think about kids and martial arts, I often wonder, what do they watch that would inspire them to train? There’s no more Bruce, Daniel-san, or Rocky Balboa. It...
  • Jiu-Jitsu Photography 101

    So, you’ve decided (or been talked into) photographing the next jiu-jitsu tournament. Whether it is on the grand stage of the World Championships or on the small mats of your local academy, here are some pointers that should help improve both your technique and understanding of both arts. This...
  • 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...
  • Advice for New Referees

    Congratulations! You’ve made the leap and decided to become a referee. You’ve certainly read the rules and maybe even taken a certification course. Unfortunately, that is where most referee training ends. Even if you get more elaborate training, usually, important skills like ring control, commands, error correction, and customer...
  • Find Your Nemesis

    In Guy Ritchie’s 2000 film Snatch, a gangster named Brick Top offers up his definition of nemesis. He says that nemesis means “a righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent.” Even though I loved the film, I never quite understood that part. It wasn’t until I started...
  • Attack the leg lock from closed guard with Hannette Staack

    7X black belt world champion, among many other titles, Hannette Staack is one of the most accomplished grapplers of all times. Here she teaches a simple and great way to attack the leg lock as the opponent stands up to open your guard. Watch and go practice....
  • How To Become A Social Media Black Belt

    There is no doubt that social media has become a ubiquitous presence in today’s world. Every business pretty much used at least one social media platform to interact with their audience. This is a good move for businesses, as it is important for them to move with the times...