• 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...
  • 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...
  • Giving Back To Kids

    This month’s Success story is something a little different. It comes to us from Annie and David Iturrino of Mount Dora/Eustis BJJ Academy in Eustis Florida. Annie is a brown belt while David is a black belt. During November of 2014, Annie was diagnosed with cancer. Over the path of...
  • Jamie Wright: From Heavyweight to Featherweight

    We all say jiu-jitsu will change your life, and in many instances that’s very true. Many of the benefits we discover after beginning jiu-jitsu are relatively hidden to the outside world or not immediately recognizable. However, when a woman standing just five-feet, two-inches tall manages to lose 56 pounds,...
  • Brian Burnham: From Drugs to Dedicated

    Drug addiction is a serious issue that plagues many members of our society. Today, it takes a backseat to other problems, but drug addiction still remains a concern. Brian Burnham of Baytown, Texas, was once one of these addicts. His five year addiction to opiates had him stealing to...
  • 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...