• 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...
  • 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...
  • Stateside Warriors: How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Is Being Used to Manage Post-Traumatic Stress

    Tucked away in a strip mall beneath the Arizona sun is the Universal Kioto Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts Center. Here, active-duty military, veterans, and first responders often train six days a week in the Kioto System of Jiu-Jitsu. This dedicated group of warriors are taking part in the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • John Danaher: The Squad Leader

    John Danaher is known for many things within the jiu-jitsu community: the mastermind behind no-gi wizards Garry Tonon, Eddie Cummings, Gordon Ryan, and Nicky Ryan, grappling coach to UFC Champions Georges St. Pierre and Chris Weidman, and the guy who wears a rashguard to mostly all occasions, on and...
  • 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...
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