• 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...
  • The Psychology of Healthier Eating for Jiu-Jitsu

    Implementing Long-Term Changes One Habit at a Time Eating well is important for general health and critical for athletic performance. If you put garbage into your body, you will put garbage out. In jiu-jitsu, eating right can have a significant impact in...
  • Three Lessons You Should Learn From Rafael Lovato Jr.’s Life on the Mats

    Rafael Lovato Jr. is probably the most accomplished male American black belt competitor of all times. He was only the second American to win a gold medal at the World championship in the gi. Other than that, he is a World No-Gi black belt champion among many other accolades....
  • Why People Quit Jiu-Jitsu

    For some of us, the thought of quitting jiu-itsu doesn’t even enter the realm of possibility. We’d go insane without our weekly fix of human chess. We continually need to challenge our body and mind, test our ego, and connect with our fellow gi wearing brothers and sisters. For...
  • 5 Tips For Parents to Help Their Kids Enjoy Jiu-Jitsu Even More

    If you already signed up your little one in Jiu-Jitsu, congratulations! The gentle art is a great tool for children to develop their social skills, stay active, build self-steem and learn to deal with uncomfortable situations. Here are five tips for parents to help their kids enjoy Jiu=Jitsu even...
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