• 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...
  • Rhalan Gracie – Pushing Through

    Challenges are a part of life. Everyday we’re faced with challenges, some so small they might just feel like routine. But other times, challenges hit us so hard that we might question ourselves on how and if we’ll ever overcome them. Right...
  • Little champions: 5 benefits kids will get from training Jiu-Jitsu

    You have probably read many times the famous Kelly Slater quote on memes all over the internet. The 11X surfing world champion who’s also a BJJ blue belt famously said: “Put your kids in Jiu-Jitsu before any other sport.” With the 2017 IBJJF Pan Kids scheduled for this Saturday,...
  • Three mindset tips you should learn from Rafael Mendes

    Rafael Mendes won it all. Six times black belt featherweight champion and two times ADCC 66kg champion, the youngest of the Mendes brothers is still not done. In almost a decade competing as a black belt, Rafael was able to  fight some of the most respectful opponents you can...
  • 15 Things you Will Discover During your First Year

    Like the first time you learn any new skill, there will undoubtedly be a learning curve. Before Michael Phelps became the fastest person in the water, he had to learn to swim. Mike Tyson had to learn how to throw his first punch before knowing how to throw one...
  • 5 Lessons You Should Learn From Cobrinha’s Incredible Jiu-Jitsu Career

    Rubens Cobrinha is synonymous with excellence, hard work and great results. At 37 years old, he’s been competing (and winning) at the highest level since 2006. It’s not easy to stay on top of the game for 11 years, but Cobrinha seems to have a lot of gas to...
  • Five Lessons You Should Learn From Marcelo Garcia’s Approach to Jiu-Jitsu

    For many people, he’s the Greatest of All Times, GOAT for short. Marcelo Garcia is celebrating another birthday this Tuesday, January 17. The 4X ADCC champion and 5X black belt middleweight world champion is virtually retired from competitions for some time now (the last time he stepped on the...
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