• Garry St Leger Sweep the Leg

    In the movie “Forrest Gump”, one of the many iconic phrases uttered was “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”. That about sums up my experience when I traveled to NYC and visited the iconic Renzo Gracie Academy. Whenever I travel to...
  • No-Gi Finishes With Vinny Magalhaes

    Fresh off of his ACB BJJ victory over Gordon Ryan, we look back when Vinny was kind enough to spend an afternoon with us. He showed us some great sequences of attacks. In this video clip (available now on iRoll.tv) Vinny shows us a clever toehold from the 50/50...
  • None Shall Pass!

    JJM is always looking to bring you, our readers, the latest and greatest of all things jiu-jitsu and we know how everyone loves new and unique guards. Over the course of just over a year Yuri Simoes has conjured up a new, innovative version he calls the Body X-Guard....
  • “Invisible Jiu-Jitsu” Weight Distribution with Henry Akins

    The concept of invisible jiu-jitsu was taught to Henry over the years by Rickson Gracie. What Rickson coined as the term “Invisible Jiu-Jitsu” is actually based on two concepts, weight distribution being one and being in connection with your opponent the other, larger part. In interviews Rickson talks a...
  • CONTROLLING AND FINISHING YOUR OPPONENT

    Playing the Trujitsu Game with Matt Baker MATT BAKER IS A LONG TIME FRIEND OF THE MAGAZINE. HE’S A SECOND-DEGREE BLACK BELT UNDER JEAN JACQUE MACHADO. Over the years, he’s been developing what he calls Trujitsu. According to Matt, it is a foundation of basic rules and concepts that...
  • He’s Got Your Back! – Felipe “Preguiça” Pena

    The Portuguese term “Preguiça” roughly translates into “lazy” or “sloth” and just happens to be the nickname of one of, if not the hottest rising star in jiu-jitsu. If you’ve watched Gracie Barra’s Felipe Pena compete, you’d know that his nickname is far different from his character, as he’s...
  • She’s Back! The Triple Bump With Cyborg

    Born Cristiane Justino Venâncio, she is better known as Cris Cyborg, or just “Cyborg”. That is the name that she has found most of her fame with and for good reason.  Cristiane’s fighting style is every bit how you would imagine a Cyberdyne Systems’ Cybernetic Organism Model 101 to...
  • Mastering Spider Guard: With Mauricio “Tinguinha” Mariano

    Baseball has “Buck” Showalter, basketball has Larry Brown, football has Bill Parcells, and boxing has Emanuel Steward.  All leaders and “hired guns” in their respective sport who put things in order to create a formula for success to take established programs to the next level. Jiu-jitsu has its equivalent...
  • The Lapel Choke with Keith Owen Never Look at a Lapel the Same Again!

    Keith Owen is the first to admit that his jiu-jitsu is best known for self-defense. A Pedro Sauer Black Belt, Owen’s style and instructional focus stays true to the Helio Gracie lineage that defines the training philosophy of the Pedro Sauer Association. Like most of Sauer’s black belts, however,...
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