Having heard so much about a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Class, you are likely very thrilled about taking your first class. You might even have a few expectations in mind. The class itself might be a little different than what you expected so you should be aware of what will occur the very first class you take…. Read more »
Portland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques: The Guillotine from the Guard
The Guillotine Choke is a popular move in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because it is not only highly effective, but can also be used in every possible situation. Add in the fact that it looks spectacular and requires relatively straightforward technique, and you will understand why every Portland, OR Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training facility will expound… Read more »
Portland Jiu Jitsu training: from a student’s perspective
Some people have asked me why I decided to train at a Portland Jiu Jitsu school instead of going to the gym and have a quick run to stay in shape. Because I would like to have the ability to express myself and have an article to point friends and family towards so I can stop answering… Read more »
Looking for a BJJ School
A BJJ school is easy to find, but finding the right one can be a challenge. Thanks to the popularity of the UFC and other MMA leagues, it seems that every guy who knows how to apply a triangle is running a BJJ school out of his house. Here are some criteria that can help… Read more »
Self Defense: Does Size Matter?
I’m Small – Can I still Protect Myself Against Larger Opponents? Do you weigh anywhere between 125 and 145 pounds? Do you bench less than 150 pounds? Are you worried that your small size is going to affect your self-defense capabilities? Well, throw all of those worries out the window because none of that matters…. Read more »
Recent Terrorist Attack Thwarted with Jiu Jitsu!
Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler were on a train from Amsterdam to Paris when a man armed with an AK-47 rifle with nine magazines and a box cutter started attacking passengers. The trio took the terrorist to the ground, disarmed him, and subdued him, with no loss of life. Spencer Stone, a… Read more »
BJJ Training In A Gi For Real-Life
How BJJ Training Can Simulate A Real-Life Self-Defense Situation Many newer grapplers often wonder: does gi training simulate real-life self-defense situations more than no-gi training? The short answer: it depends. Unless you live on the beach, chances are good that our physical altercations are almost always going to include attackers who are wearing clothing. These… Read more »
Don’t Abuse Your Self-Defense
Don’t Abuse Your Self-Defense Abilities Just because you’re an experienced and efficient grappler, doesn’t mean that you should go as far as to break an opponent’s arm or leg during a physical altercation. After all, 99% of the attackers that you’ll ever face in life will likely have no experience in BJJ. Some may have… Read more »
Top 3 Punch Block Counters That Every Grappler Should Know
BJJ is inherently a self-defense sport. Due to the massive amount of media exposure that BJJ receives for its tournaments, it can be hard to remember this. And since it’s a self-defense sport, there are three very important punch block counters that you have to learn. #1: Punch Block + Hip Throw This technique is… Read more »
What if I Feel like I’m Getting Burnt Out with Jiu Jitsu?
What if I Feel like I’m Getting Burnt Out with Jiu Jitsu? Getting Burnt Out with Jiu jitsu. As with most things in life, there may come a point when you don’t feel like you have anything else to give to your Jiu Jitsu career. What should you do when this happens? Should you give… Read more »