• 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,...
  • Working The 50-50 Guard With Felipe Costa

    50-50 is a controversial position; some people love it, some people hate it. As a BJJ competitor and coach, I prefer to leave the emotions out of it and make sure I understand the techniques. By having a good understanding of it, I can choose whether to apply it...
  • Accept the Matrix and Learn to Choke Like Cobrinha

    Rubens Charles Cobrinha is relentless in his mission to spread his BJJ knowledge to as many people as he can. With that in mind, he often releases nuggets of his technique in awesome videos on youtube. The latest one is this choke he calls Matrix Choke. Click play and...
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