The Thrilling Spectacle of the 2023 World BJJ Competitions

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The year 2023 brought with it another edition of the highly anticipated World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Worlds). This prestigious event, organized by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), showcased the best of the best in the grappling world. From standout performances to unexpected upsets, the 2023 Worlds captivated fans worldwide and left an indelible mark… Read more »

The Yin-Yang Balance: Yielding and Assertiveness in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Competitions


In the world of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) competitions, achieving success requires a delicate balance between yielding and assertiveness. This dynamic interplay between these two qualities forms the foundation for effective strategy and performance on the mat. In this blog post, we will explore how finding the right equilibrium between yielding and assertiveness can lead to… Read more »

Tips for Sparring Taller Opponents


Tips for Sparring Taller Opponents  When it comes to sparring with a taller opponent, many martial artists often find themselves at a disadvantage. However, with the right mindset and approach, you can learn to use your opponent’s height to your advantage. In this article, we’ll share some tips to help you spar more effectively with… Read more »

Harnessing the Power of Jiu-Jitsu – Combat Stress and Embrace Inner Calm


Jiu Jitsu and Stress In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become an unwelcome companion in the lives of many people. The constant demands of work, personal relationships, and other responsibilities can leave us feeling overwhelmed and emotionally drained. However, amidst the chaos, there exists a powerful tool that offers not only physical strength but also… Read more »

Dealing with Adversity – Using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu On & Off the Mat

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that emphasizes ground fighting and grappling techniques. Originating from Japan, it was developed and refined in Brazil by the Gracie family in the early 20th century. BJJ has become increasingly popular around the world and is known for its effectiveness in self-defense and as a competitive sport. However,… Read more »

The Committed Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner

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  Always works hard Can produce a little extra Can make things happen Stays in the game regardless of the score Sees criticism as helpful feedback Is not afraid to fail Recovers well after a mistake Is a team player Never misses a practice Makes the right choices every day The Attributes of the Committed… Read more »

How to Hit the Heavy Bag Like a Pro

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Working on the heavy bags can be surprisingly difficult and even intimidating when you first start boxing. Oftentimes people are not sure how to approach the bag, what strikes to throw, how to set a pace and, as a result, tend to get nervous or avoid it all together. So, here are a few tips… Read more »

Which Martial Art Type Are You?


There Are Many Reasons People Train in Martial Arts. These 5 different reasons are what make the difference between your black belt next-door neighbor and the Filipino legends who defended their country when it was being invaded by the USA.   Being the neighborhood black belt is great. Black belts have a high level of… Read more »