• Dwane Stover; Stroke Survivor

    On May 2nd, 2018, Dwane did like he did every Wednesday. The two stripe purple belt went into his school (Inyodo martial arts) to take class and roll afterward. At the end of class, after a normal day of training and drills, Dwane felt a little more tired than...
  • Todd & Sharon Johnson

    The success that we see from jiu-jitsu can come in many forms. In this column, we typically highlight physical transformations. This month we have that and much more. Todd and Sharon Johnson both received their jiu-jitsu black belts recently, which on its own is an accomplishment worth saluting. What’s...
  • 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...
  • Brian Edwards From Good to Great

    Age: 42  |  Height: 6’ 4”  |  Starting Weight: 240lbs  |  Current Weight: 195lbs Hometown: Florence, SC  |  Home School: SwampFox Jiu-Jitsu  |  Instructor: Tim Jones Brian Edwards was a big guy (he weighed 240lbs) when he started training jiu-jitsu eight years ago. That might seem like a lot, but...
  • Natasha Steffen

    Hometown: Pinehurst TX Age: 34 Height: 5’ 11” Starting Weight: 210 Current weight: 
150 (142 lowest) The one thing you’ve got to love about children is that they’re brutally honest. While the majority of times this behavior usually springs up laughs from family and friends, there are those times...
  • 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...
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