• 2018 Worlds: Buchecha gifts title to injured Lo; Tayane dominates Nathi to win open class; other results

    The 2018 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship wrapped up this Sunday at the Long Beach Pyramid. The black belt finals were the highlight of a thrilling day of Jiu-Jitsu. In the open class division, Tayane Porfírio claimed her second gold medal in two years, once again beating Nathiely de Jesus...
  • No Cavemen Allowed: The Danger of Instincts

    Whenever I introduce a new student to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I gently temper expectations. I try to explain that jiu-jitsu is a long journey. I talk about how the learning curve may feel impossibly steep and I let them know that the nature of experimentation is that they will fail;...
  • Flow States – Optimizing Your Jiu-jitsu Experience

    The state of optimal mental and physical performance a person experiences when “in the zone” is also known as a “flow state”. Flow states are reached when an athlete or performer has reached a peak state of total immersion and enjoyment with laser focus in a task. In a...
  • Keeping A Jiu-Jitsu Journal

    If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. –Benjamin Franklin   STUCK IN A RUT? Have you ever had goals that you wanted to achieve, but never quite did? Lost motivation for training, competing or staying healthy at times? Ever felt stuck at a certain level or...
  • 5 Mindset Lessons World Champion Mackenzie Dern Can Teach You

    Mackenzie Dern won it all. Practically born on the mats, the 24-year-old has made her transition to MMA after insanely active and successful run in BJJ. Two-time world champion as a black belt, ADCC champion and WPJJC open class champion, Mackenzie has a lot to teach for those who...
  • 5 Lessons You Should Learn From 4X Black Belt World Champion Dominyka Obelenyte

    Dominyka Obelenyte rose to the top of the women’s black belt division like a rocket in the past two years. Now a 4X world champion, including back to back titles in the absolute division, the Lithuanian-American is still 21 years old. After her flawless campaign at the 2015 Worlds,...
  • Overcoming Fear of Failure in Jiu-jitsu

    Achievement motivation is the need for an individual to show competency in a skill area. For someone practicing jiu-jitsu, achievement motivation would be a central tenet for the practitioner to behave in a way that leads to effective learning and application of the Gentle Art. Research into the psychology...
  • 70 Years and Counting

    Words and Photo Credit: Rob Norbutt   Starting at the Gracie Academy in 1947 under Helio and Carlos Gracie, Grand Master Flavio Behring has been practicing jiu-jitsu for close to 70 years. At almost 80 years old he is the oldest Red Belt still actively teaching seminars on a...
  • How to Relax for More Effective Jiu-Jitsu

    Being calm and relaxed is one of the most challenging aspects of learning and practicing jiu-jitsu. For the majority of the population, jiu-jitsu is a great way to alleviate the stresses of everyday life, getting good exercise, and learning something new in the process. Another way that some people...