• RICARDO DE LA RIVA GETTING HOOKED

    Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva Main Achievements: ❖❖World Bronze Medallist ❖❖Copa Cantao Champion FAVORITETECHNIQUE/POSITION: De La Riva Guard. WEIGHT DIVISION: Peso Pluma/Super Featherweight (64Kg – 141lbs). TEAM/ASSOCIATION: Fought for Academia Carlson Gracie, but has formed his own team as a...
  • 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...
  • Analysis: Like it or not, we’re all living in the Gordon Ryan Era

    As the thrills of the 2019 ADCC still flash in our heads, one name is being written and talked about the most. Now a 3X ADCC champion including an absolute title, Gordon Ryan is the man right now in the jiu-jitsu universe. He has all the reasons to gloat...
  • 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...
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