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07
DEC
2014

BAMMA 17
A great night of fights in Manchester last night with a stacked card that delivered the goods with Knockouts, Submissions and some all out wars!
Results Below:

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09
NOV
2014

I know that most grapplers don’t get enough sleep.  Especially because many of us train at night and after training, it can be difficult to go to sleep right away.

In the past, Harvard Health posted about sleep and I found it extremely relevant to grappling.

You see, most of the medical evidence out there recommends adults get from 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

More than 60% of adults fall short of that and I’d expect that with grapplers needing closer to the higher end of that spectrum, I would guess 70% or more of grapplers don’t get enough sleep.

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01
NOV
2014
Taking Care of your Mind is Jiu-Jitsu: Work your subjective jiu-jitsu

Anything can happen on the mat. What we experience on it not only gives us the lessons of BJJ techniques, but also great learnings we take out into our lives. Jiu-jitsu does have the power to change people’s lives. In some cases, the biggest change in the lives of some happens just on the mats.

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25
OCT
2014

I have had to have a few long breaks whilst training BJJ and have really hated the forced time off the mats.

During these times I have come up with a number of ways of coping with this time away from training.

If you have been training for a while being side lined because of an injury could leave a massive void in your life, which can have a big impact on you.

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14
SEP
2014
BAMMA 16 is in the books ending with an impressive win by Paul Semtex Daley with a great liver shot knock out in round 2 over Brazilian Marinho Moreira da Rocha.
Full Results:

Paul ‘Semtex' Daley def. Marinho Moreira Da Rocha via KO (Liver shot, Round 2, 3:40)

Tom Duquesnoy vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw ends No Contest (Groin Shot, Round 1, 0:11)

Leon Edwards def. Shaun Taylor via KO (Strikes, Round 3, 3:30)

 

 
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17
AUG
2014

Training with an old injury – don’t let it slow you down

A Great Article From Forged Fitness

One of the most common problems affecting professional athletes and those who like to play sports as a means of keeping fit is dealing with injuries. In fact, it’s possible to sprain a ligament just by falling awkwardly and it’s almost inevitable that you will sustain an injury at some point, whether you like to run, play ball or enjoy martial arts such as jiu-jitsu and judo. Old injuries can be a nuisance, however, there’s no need to drastically reduce healthy, physical activities as a result, so long as you take sensible precautions and follow medical advice.

Sometimes, childhood or adolescent injuries persist into later life and adults may be concerned about the impact sports activities will have on them. Damage tends to occur in certain areas of the body, particularly those that are weight bearing, such as ankles and knees and those that help you move flexibly, such as shoulders, elbows and wrists.

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10
AUG
2014
From MMA Fighting 

It’s a done deal.

Roger Gracie has signed a multi-fight deal with One FC on Thursday and is expected to make his promotional debut later this year. The former UFC middleweight, who will return to the light heavyweight division for his next MMA bouts, informed MMAFighting.com on Thursday morning.

"I just signed with One FC," Gracie said.

He has yet to negotiate his first bout under the One FC banner, but he’s happy with the deal he’s got.

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10
AUG
2014
From MMA Fighting 

It’s a done deal.

Roger Gracie has signed a multi-fight deal with One FC on Thursday and is expected to make his promotional debut later this year. The former UFC middleweight, who will return to the light heavyweight division for his next MMA bouts, informed MMAFighting.com on Thursday morning.

"I just signed with One FC," Gracie said.

He has yet to negotiate his first bout under the One FC banner, but he’s happy with the deal he’s got.

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03
AUG
2014
Bamma Fight Night Liverpool 
Results. 

Bamma travelled to the home of the Beatles
to put on a great night of fights
in the city of Liverpool - here are the results:

Jay Herbert Vs Mike Santon
Winner: Jay Herbert Via RNC Rd 3

Ben Dearden Vs James Reece
Winner: Ben Dearden Via ArmBar Rd2
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03
AUG
2014
Bamma Fight Night Liverpool 
Results. 

Bamma travelled to the home of the Beatles
to put on a great night of fights
in the city of Liverpool - here are the results:

Jay Herbert Vs Mike Santon
Winner: Jay Herbert Via RNC Rd 3

Ben Dearden Vs James Reece
Winner: Ben Dearden Via ArmBar Rd2
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13
JUL
2014

BJ Penn had his final MMA fight Last Sunday, July 6, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the main event of the TUF 19 Finale.

The TKO defeat to Frank Edgar in three rounds was the final note of a spectacular career that included two UFC belts in different categories – lightweight and welterweight.

But before that, he made history in BJJ as well.

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13
JUL
2014

BJ Penn had his final MMA fight Last Sunday, July 6, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the main event of the TUF 19 Finale.

The TKO defeat to Frank Edgar in three rounds was the final note of a spectacular career that included two UFC belts in different categories – lightweight and welterweight.

But before that, he made history in BJJ as well.

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05
JUL
2014
TKMMA 7 Started of with the kind of drama you dont want in an MMA event with the main event and title defence being pulled from the card at the last minute when the champ missed weight - however TKMMA pulled out a massive turn around and put on what was one of its best events to date!
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15
JUN
2014

The Three Stages of Learning Jiu Jitsu

A person encounters three different stages on his or her journey towards learning and ultimately mastering the arts of grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The first stage is the natural stage, in which a person is totally ignorant of proper technique and tactics and uses natural instinctual response to defend or attack in a grappling situation. At this stage, natural instincts alone prevail without thought process of right or wrong techniques.

The second stage is the mechanical stage, in which a person learns techniques by training, using a process that what we often refer to in BJJ as “putting the reps in.” At this stage, the person trains the mind into new thinking patterns (the mental) and the body into new patterns of action (the physical). The combination of mental and physical aspects of the learning process results in the technical development of the athlete. Unfortunately, the fluidity found in the first stage is lost and learned techniques prevail over the instinctual response. In other words, your own effort to apply the technique will inhibit your ability to react spontaneously because your mind will get caught in all the details needed to apply the technique correctly.

The third and final stage is the stage of formless form. At this stage, the grappler understands the concepts and principles behind the techniques and has cultivated his attributes to work in perfect synergy with these concepts. This results in mastery of the game where techniques flow, the grappler’s game expands, and to quote Lao Tzu, this game is now “filled with infinite possibilities.”

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08
JUN
2014
Bamma Fight Night 1 Southampton
Results. 

Bamma travelled to The coast to put on a great night of fights
in the city of Southampton - here are the results:

Damien Koryga Vs Ricky Mitchell

Winner Damien Koryga Via Standing Guillotine Choke 


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31
MAY
2014
From Fight Land

Tis the Season, or rather, tis the Week, that jiu jitsu players battle for gold at the IBJJF 2014 World Championships. Countless UFC fighters have followed this path into the Octagon, so for those choosing to watch the event live, or via stream, I sat with tournament commentator, Budo Jake, and compiled a breakdown of the top competitors (and their strength) in each of the black belt weight divisions (lightest to heaviest).
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27
APR
2014
Draculino is a legendary Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach, ChokeTV caught up with him recently in Greece and put together this stylish interview video with him and got his thoughts on Jiu Jitsu, Life and what it means to be a true Black Belt.
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20
APR
2014
Mauricio Gomes is credited with being responsble for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu taking hold as a credible martial art on the UK's shores, well known as a high ranking instructor from Gracie Barra with unique teaching skills he is also the father of BJJ legend Roger Gracie as well as an accomplished competitor himself - Mauricio Gomes has influenced many UK Black Belts along the way, but where did the UK's Godfather of BJJ learn his skills??


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06
APR
2014
EASTER DAY CAMPS
If you have kids in your family that are at a loose end during the Easter Break send them our way!! 
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08
MAR
2014

Toughest BJJ Moves to Execute

Originally posted on GracieBarra.com

Imagine if you could pull off these very very difficult BJJ moves in a tournament. Wouldn’t it be awesome? But practically speaking, you rarely see these moves executed in BJJ tourneys… but if you do you can guarantee that you will see fireworks shoot up to the sky.

Although I refuse to say that these are impossible moves, these are moves that end matches in a spectacular fashion

WARNING: the posted moves are just for discussion only. Executing these moves is NOT RECOMMENDED

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02
MAR
2014
The secret to good Jiu Jitsu is pretty simple - Turn up regularly, Train Hard with good training partners, Stretch.But what about after training? 
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22
FEB
2014

Draculino is a legend in the BJJ world, former top Bjj competitor, MMA fighter and world class coach he is also a great speaker with a humourous personality that makes you want to go to the gym and train.

Stephen Kesting from over at grapplearts.com was lucky enough to catch up with him recentl,y heres what he wrote about the interview (watch the video by clicking the link at the bottom of the page):

Recently I managed to catch up with Vinicius ‘Draculino’ Magalhães and pick his brain about the ongoing evolution of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

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09
FEB
2014

Original Source Graciemag

At the 2014 IBJJF European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Lucio “Lagarto” Rodrigues took home the gold in the black belt super heavyweight division, his tenth time at the event. In the final he met with American world champion Rafael Lovato Jr. After spending most of the time on bottom, he was able to secure the sweep, two points and the gold.

Seeing Lagarto compete is a rare occasion given that he does not travel to the World Championship and Pan American Championship. With Europeans as his way to shine, the Gracie Barra black belt represented well, proving he is still a top competitor.

During the final match with Lovato, a lot of guard were used by Lagarto, showing off his eclectic and flexible style. See what he has to say about both in this interview:

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01
FEB
2014

Another Great article from The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood Website 
Posted by Nicolas on Nov 12, 2007 in Beginner's Tips | 9 comments

I remember the first Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions – almost 10 years ago. The fear and anxiety almost completely consumed me. Amazingly, despitehorrible performances, I managed to win some of my matches through brute strength and sheer will. What I noticed was that all the training I had done and all the techniques I had learned up until that point went out the window the moment the fights began. My fear, anxiety and anger had come between me and modest amount of technical knowledge I had acquired. 
Over the years, although I have managed to gain some control over my emotions prior to competitions, and hence I have greater access to my techniques and skills, the fear and anxiety are always there – and they always will be. But my degree of control over them continues you grow, and they become more manageable. This only comes with experience however.I always urge the beginners at our academy to enter upcoming competitions. The sense of achievement gained from competition cannot be overestimated. By my own estimation, 1 minute of competition is equivalent to approximately 30 to 40 mins of regular sparring/mat time with regard to the expansion of self-awareness it allows.Below are some tips and insights that I have found to have helped me gain the most from my competition experiences:

 

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12
JAN
2014

Top 10 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Articles of 2013

With more and more people taking to the mats, Brazilian jiu jitsu was a popular topic in 2013. Breaking Muscle featured a range of excellent articles covering all aspects of the sport, including strength and conditioning for BJJ, training advice, and equipment reviews.

 

So here they are, counting down from number ten to the most popular one of the year. Which one will it be? And have you read them all?

 

Top 10 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Articles of 2013

 

I started BJJ to learn self defense. Everyone comes to it for different reasons. But what we all get out of it is similar and hugely beneficial to our entire lives.
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05
JAN
2014

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.

And for most of us, the path to those things starts by setting a specific and actionable goal. At least, this is how I approached my life until recently. I would set goals for classes I took, for weights that I wanted to lift in the gym, and for clients I wanted in my business.

What I’m starting to realize, however, is that when it comes to actually getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things.

It all comes down to the difference between goals and systems.

Let me explain.

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22
DEC
2013
An interesting article from Gracie Barra - See more over at graciebarra.com

Anatomy of a Submission Artist

I have to admit, I have not submitted a lot of guys in my short (yet fun) Jiu-Jitsu career. Being blessed with a stocky build, I can proudly say that I can mount and take guys down, and win without going for submission. But I can submit. I am able to do it. The difference lies with the number of wins via submission. So what does a fighter have to have to be able to submit guys?

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15
DEC
2013

Welterweight powerhouse Paul Daley returned to the U.K.’s BAMMA promotion for the first time in more than two years on Saturday, and while he wasn’t facing the most notable opponent, “Semtex” delivered another memorable performance.

Daley (34-13-2) knocked out Romario Manoel da Silva (23-12-1) in specular fashion nearly seven minutes into the BAMMA 14 headliner, which took place at LG Arena in Birmingham, England, and aired in North America on AXS TV and The Fight Network.

Daley started the fight with his superior striking skills to pick his shots on a game da Silva. After winning the first round, Daley settled into a rhythm in the second stanza and began to put his Brazilian foe on his heels with his trademark power shots.

Once Daley found his opening, he launched a devastating left hook that immediately dropped da Silva to the mat.

The stoppage, which came at the 1:42 mark of Round 2, gave Daley his sixth win in his past seven fights.

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23
NOV
2013

This great article was posted by Jamie in our facebook group earlier in the week.
The original post can be found here at Infighting.

Today we are going to be taking a look at the different Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belts and what they represent.

One thing that is startling to beginners to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is that the belt system is much stricter than other forms of martial arts – with it often taking over 10 years to get a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

How we’re defining each BJJ belt level today is largely based on the learning stages associated with each belt.  Each belt stage has specific indicators that determine the athlete’s mind set and skill level.

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16
NOV
2013

I found this article here by revolution bjj
some great tips for preparing for competition:

I have been competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over ten years now and can still feel some of the nervousness I felt in my first tournament. Battling and conquering this nervousness is just one of many things to address and overcome in competition jiu jitsu. If you are preparing for your first jiu jitsu tournament here are five great tips to help you prepare and come through victorious.

1.  Strategy: Having one technique that you are excellent at can be great. It might get you a lot of victories while sparring at your academy, but you are not guaranteed to use it to get gold at a tournament. On the other hand, trying to learn all the techniques in the world is not feasible and also not beneficial when you are trying to quickly think on your feet while competing. The best route is to form a strategy. Design a ‘path’ to victory and give yourself options. For example, give yourself some options when you start a match. If your opponent engages you, think of your two best throws. If your opponent is not willing to engage, think of your two best tackles. From every position develop a couple of options to use immediately. If ‘option A’ fails move to ‘option B’. Once you have developed your offensive strategy then start to develop your defensive strategy. Develop options for when you are trapped in inferior positions. Developing these strategies will give your pre-competition training focus and prepare you for the big day. 

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10
NOV
2013
TKMMA 6 FULL RESULTS

Another action packed fight card from TKMMA, the level of competition last night was fantastic with some
very skilled fighters stepping up to compete, have a look at the results below and you'll see that 6 out of the
10 fights finished with a choke submission. The main event crowned an Interim Welterweight Champion
Stuart Levitt who was also celebrating the birth of his baby earlier that morning!! Stuart will more than likely
face Matt Holland in February on TKMMA 7.

Results:

1. Harry Byrne vs Jordan Squires
Winner: Harry Byrne via Triangle Choke
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03
NOV
2013
From the Foxsports website here
THE TOP 20 SUBMISSIONS IN UFC HISTORY

The evolving submission game first started in the UFC in 1993 and have come up with some of the most exciting and exhilarating finishes the sport has ever known. Whether it's been a hail Mary lock that saves a fighter from execution or a perfectly timed choke that ends a fight, the art of submission is just as awe inspiring as the greatest knockout and over the last 20 years we've been privy to witness some of the best finishes in the history of the entire sport. Now we count down the 20 greatest submissions of all time in the UFC.
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27
OCT
2013

A nice article by Eli Knight - Check out more articles here
Remember when MMA was called NHB? Vale Tudo? Fighting?

MMA is its own sport now complete with rules, restrictions, minutiae that makes sure the matches are more even and close and entertaining. Gone are the days of style versus style. And that is how it all started. Now, I don’t mean to say that I don’t enjoy watching and following MMA. I think it serves a valuable purpose and has done much to advance the study of martial arts in general. It’s just different now.

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19
OCT
2013

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED EARLY ON IN BJJ IS 'HOW SHOULD I START ON MY KNEES?'

Stephen Kesting recently covered this subject on his website grapplearts.com


Most BJJ classes start their sparring from the knees. This is because staying on the knees reduces the amount of space you need for each sparring pair, and that allows more people to be on the mat at the same time.

Starting on the knees also reduces the risk of injury associated with throws and takedowns.   Less throws and takedowns equals less injuries (I love Judo as a sport but don’t fool yourself – it has an incredibly high injury rate).

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13
OCT
2013

Do you know the absolute champions of BJJ?

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Gameness Admin


Amaury Bitetti (1996 & 1997)

1996 was the inaugural year of the BJJ world championship and it exposed some of its greatest champions of all time, such as Royler Gracie, Fabio Gurgel, Ricardo Liborio and Mario Sperry. The 1997 worlds added Robson Moura, Saulo Ribeiro, Joao Roque and Marcio Feitosa to the mix. But for both those years, Bitteti was able to conquer the absolute title, even though he didn’t win his own division in neither of those years. Amaury trained at the Carlson Gracie academy, a legendary school that produced some of the greatest champions of all time – namely Ricardo De La Riva, Andre Pederneiras, Murilo Bustamante and many other famous names, the list is massive. Bitteti was always seen as a phenom, even as a teenager, and he started competing in the black belt adult division at the age of seventeen. Bitteti’s legacy is forever secured as not only the first absolute champion, but the first two time absolute champion as well.

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05
OCT
2013
Two and a half years ago, Ricardo Almeida lost to Mike Pyle at UFC 128 and called it a day. After 10 years and 18 fights, the welterweight decided the time required to become a contender once again wasn’t worth the effort. Today, that loss has proven to be the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board’s gain. Along with coaching elite fighters and running a pair of jiu-jitsu schools in Jersey, Almeida is a judge serving his home state’s governing body for mixed martial arts. By his own count, he’s seen north of 30 fights from the judge’s perch—some you’ve seen, a lot you probably haven’t. Here, Almeida talks about the pressures, ethics, and responsibilities facing a former fighter who’s been charged with picking a winner when knockouts and submissions don't appear.
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29
SEP
2013
A great night of action for the 5th installment
of TKMMA - Only one fight going the distance
with half the bouts ending with a submission
and a new Lightweight Champion got crowned


TKMMA 5 FULL RESULTS

1. Marty Wolf vs Chris Bucksey
Winner: Chris Bucksey via Judges Decision

2. Roge Gayner vs Martin Thorne
Winner: Roge Gayner via TKO 37seconds Rd 1
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21
SEP
2013
Win 3 Tickets To TKMMA 5.
This Saturday 28th September Doors Open 5.45pm.

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO WIN.

1. COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
2. LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE
3. LIKE THE TKMMA FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN AT RANDOM AND NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL ON OR BY WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER.

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07
SEP
2013

4 Tips When Starting Out In BJJ

 

by Can Sönmez 

 

1. Relax

 

The biggest mistake most new people make is treating every spar as life or death, clinging on desperately trying not to 'lose', or using as much muscle as possible so they can 'win'. This is understandable, as when you start, you don't have much in the way of technique. It is therefore natural to fall back on strength. However, this is ultimately going to be detrimental, as you'll quickly get tired and it won't work when you're grappling somebody stronger or much better than you.

 

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31
AUG
2013

The word ‘meme’ was derived from the Greek word ‘mimema’ which means ‘to imitate’ as defined by Richard Dawkins regarding evolution. Taken into the world of the internet, it simply means a viral idea and today, the most common revolve around humor.

For training Jiu-Jitsu, humor is important. From the start you are put in situations that if taken out of context can be rather awkward or not make sense– that’s where a good laugh comes in. The benefits of training combine physical, social, emotional, mental rewards but in a light-hearted sense, it’s just fun. Training, competing, spending time with training partners, it’s driven by positivity.

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25
AUG
2013
By now we should all be familiar with the debunked magical recovery ratio for post-workout shakes and meals. We’ve all been told for years that anywhere from 2:1 to 4:1 carbs to protein is ideal for building muscle after a workout but this doesn’t seem to be true, based on science at least. Even protein alone seems to stimulate muscle growth and strength development just as well as a combination of carbs and protein. Since preaching that bit of truth over the last few years, I’ve gotten an interesting and related question that I wasn’t sure how to answer: What is the best recovery drink if I have multiple workouts in a day, or even over the span of a few hours?
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18
AUG
2013
Liam Wandi is a well known Bjj Blogger and has produced a great source of information on starting out in Bjj and the many pitfalls that you may encounter along the way. Recently Liam was interviewed on InsideBjj Radio show - check out his thoughts here:

InsideBJJ Interview: Nate Mendelsohn, Leticia Ribeiro and Yours Truly Feature on the InsideBJJ Podcast

 
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11
AUG
2013
I had the pleasure of refereeing at the first Immaculate Open Submission only competition at the weekend - This was my first time refereeing a sub only comp as I'm much more used to the Ibjjf style point scoring competition. 
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04
AUG
2013
An interesting subject for guys just starting out - Full Article at http://joshvogelart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/whitebeltproblems-volume-6-there-are.html

It doesn't matter what activity you do, when you get involved in something, there is a natural tendency to get really excited about the thing and want more information. For me, and many others, this takes the form of watching a bunch of videos on youtube, wanting to buy instructional videos to supplement learning (and so I can still learn at home) and reading up on the subject at my local book store/buying a bunch of books on Amazon.
 
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28
JUL
2013
Another great night of amateur, semi pro and pro mma fights and a new Light Heavy weight champ crowned tonight at TKMMA 4
FULL RESULTS HERE:

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20
JUL
2013
Win 2 Tickets To TKMMA 4.
This Saturday 27th July Doors Open 6pm.

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO WIN.

1. COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
2. LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE
3. LIKE THE TKMMA FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN AT RANDOM AND NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL ON OR BY WEDNESDAY 24th JULY.

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14
JUL
2013
You've probably heard that you can pour water over your wrists or neck to cool off quickly, but we've got the lowdown on all the body's best cooling spots, as well as the most effective ways to use them.
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07
JUL
2013
Filed in Perspective by Jay Gaulard on June 26, 2013

This is terrible. I’m going to write a post that people simply aren’t going to want to read. They aren’t going to want to read it because, unfortunately, it ends badly.

I’ll even give you the punchline to the title of this post right here, so you can close this page if you want to. Here it is: relatively speaking, you don’t get any better. And in your own mind, you may actually get worse.

Here’s what I mean, and I’ll preface this by saying that Jiu-Jitsu is a mind game that never lets go. If you’ve decided to dedicate a good portion of your life to it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. There’s never a day that goes by when someone who’s been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for any amount of time says to themselves, “Yeah, I’m where I want to be.” It doesn’t happen, and if it does, you’ve been hanging out with white belts too long.

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30
JUN
2013

Studies suggest help with muscle recovery if you do the baths correctly.

Published
December 19, 2012

Long a practice of elites, post-run ice baths have come under a bit of--mixed metaphor alert!--fire lately, on two grounds: that regularly taking ice baths blunts some of the desired effects of training, and that there's little evidence to support proponents' claims that they speed recovery.

We'll get to the first contention later in this article. Concerning evidence for ice baths' efficacy, consider that just last week on this site, sportsmedicine doctor William Roberts wrote, "there’s no evidence base that shows their effectiveness." Two new studies add some evidence in ice baths' favor.

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23
JUN
2013
This Question Was posted recently on Yahoo answers so I took the time to answer it as its a pretty common question among people new to Bjj. How would You of anwered??

I am new to BJJ. I love the cool submissions I learnt so far but they take time to master. I played basketball before and the advice was to master 3 or maybe 4 go-to moves that complemented each other to become an unstoppable offensive player. You had no need to master them all. Does the same apply to BJJ? Should I master only a few submissions to become deadly in the ring or do I have to master them all because there are a LOT?


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16
JUN
2013

It was a great year for the UK at the IBJJF World Championships in 2013 producing for the first time ever 3 World Champions from the old country - Vanessa English (GB Nottingham) was the first to win the Gold at the contest.

Article From bjjee.com

Vanessa English is a up in coming BJJ player from Nottingham, UK who took gold at this year’s World Championships at purple belt. In this interview with BJJ Eastern Europe, she talks about her training for competitions, training with Victor Estima and what’s next in 2013:

1. Hi Vanessa, can you please introduce yourself to the BJJ Community of Eastern Europe?

Hi, my name is Vanessa English, I’m a 24 year old grappler from Nottingham, England. I train at Gracie Barra Nottingham under professors Victor Estima and Gareth Neale. I’m currently ranked #1 of my division (purple light-feather), according to the IBJJF rankings, and this year have won two major titles including the European championships and the world championships.

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08
JUN
2013

10 great fights that went (almost) unnoticed at the Worlds

By Marcelo Dunlop for Graciemag



1. Michael Langhi vs Nathan Mendelsohn

A star of Alliance and a lightweight vice-champion, Langhi had no easy time as early as his first bout. “Tanquinho had alerted me that this kid was good, but I had no idea how. I only managed one sweep and then held onto my grips as if my mother were falling off a cliff,” he joked, then added: “This Claudio França pupil has a great future ahead.”

2. André Galvão vs Abraham Messina

The surprising ultra-heavyweight Abraham, bronze in his class, started out hot in the open with wins over Max de Freitas and Renato Cardoso. Then he crossed paths with Galvão and felt the pressure of his knee bar in the round of eight.

 

3. Marcus Buchecha vs Bruno Bastos

Bruno Bastos retired from the BJJ Worlds this year and fought the open with unwavering will. He won two fights before reaching the round of eight, where he met Buchecha. The eventual champion displayed versatility as he caught Bruno in a triangle choke.

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03
JUN
2013

IBJJF World Championships 2013

FULL RESULTS:

 

Another amazing installment from the cream of the crop  in the Jiu JItsu World – and notably for the UK the most successful worlds ever with 3 Gold medals From Vanessa English at Purple Belt and Yasmine Wilson and Luke Costello at Brown.

Heres how the Black Belts Got On:

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21
MAY
2013

I found this article on a chess forum - very interesting read 
posted by Human 8128 here

 Any form of combat is simply a different expression of exactly the same thing. This holds true whether it is expressed mentally or physically. I could (and in the future might) write similar comparisons with any other combat sport. For now the two are BJJ and Chess.

1)      There is an opening, a middle game and an endgame: In an evenly fought match between two tough competitors you are likely to see all three of these phases. A small advantage from the opening might be increased or converted in the middle game with the killing stroke in the end game. Sometimes a player can win in the opening or middle game due to their brilliance and aggression. There has been many a time when the world chess champion’s preparations have been so complete that victory was known in the first few moments. I am sure there are points in Xande Ribeiro’s career where he achieved a tap out in the first minute because his opponent couldn’t handle his opening preparations.

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12
MAY
2013

TKMMA 3 FULL RESULTS

 The Third installment of the Total Knockout MMA show is in the books, A great show with some good semi pro and pro match ups. The evening kicked off with Welterweight Champ Matt Holland opening the show with a win in an exhibition K1 fight with the 4oz MMA gloves, The Champion looked very relaxed on his feet showing off his kickboxing skills, even at one stage nearly scoring an Anthony Pettis style cage kick. And the event finished with the crowning of a new Featherweight Champion Tier Blundell winning by a beautiful belly down armbar win over Stuart Mcdowell.

 RESULTS:

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04
MAY
2013

We Just Had A Great Seminar With Nicolas Gregariades at RGA Bucks - If you Missed Out Please Check Out Nics Jiu JItsu Brotherhood Website Here
its A great source of Information with some excellent videos and articles like the most recent one below:

Posted by Nicolas on May 1, 2013 in Nutrition & Conditioning | 6 comments

This is an article I wrote which was recently published in America’s premier bjj publication, Jiu Jitsu Magazine. You can order back issues and get your subscription here: http://jiujitsumag.com

 

Because my surname isn’t Gracie and I didn’t start training when I was five, I’ve had to constantly and relentlessly search for supplemental training that will improve my game and allow me catch up with my Brazilian contemporaries.

Of all the additional systems and methods I’ve used to improve my jiu jitsu ability, I consider yoga to be by far the most effective. So much so, that I’ve eliminated almost all other supplemental training from my regime. This includes, kettlebell training, olympic lifting, swimming and rock climbing. I’m not claiming these aren’t great ways to improve your jiu jitsu. I’m saying that, at this point, I get a far bigger return investing my limited time into the practise of yoga.

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27
APR
2013


The double guard pull is a hot topic right now - and this article by Ze Grappler makes some interesting points  - 
check out his website here 

 Double Guard Pull You Say? It Makes Sense? Blasphemy?

Coming from Judo and having briefly wrestled in college, I instinctually had disdain for the double guard pull when I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The thought of sitting down and conceding top position felt antithetical to my instincts and training to fight for top position, or at least outgrip the opponent and force him to sit first then work to pass.

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19
APR
2013

From GracieMag
by Luca Atalla

The fan side of almost all of us applauded the attitude of the referee to disqualify the two finalists of the brown belt adult absolute in Abu Dhabi, during the WPJJC 2013.

This is because, deep down, we all wanted to watch an electrifying fight, with comings and goings of these two great Jiu-Jitsu athletes.

It turns out that combats between two great fighters not always translate into big fights.

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14
APR
2013
Below are the quick results on the most important divisions of the Saturday of open class divisions at the 2013 WPJJC, in Abu Dhabi.
Another success for the Tournament with some great Jiu Jitsu on display all weekend.
More Pro Cup News at GracieMag

MALE BLACK BELT OPEN CLASS
BUCHECHA Beats RODOLFO Points

Rodolfo Vieira and Marcus Buchecha Almeida met again after the epic battle at the 2012 IBJJF Worlds. With only six minutes on the clock, both fighters knew that details were the key to the gold medal. Rodolfo started in full speed and after Buchecha pulled guard he almost mounted and took the back. Almeida held the pressure and swept with a bridge when his opponent was about to mount. Losing by two, Rodolfo bravely fought back and swept back, tying the match 2-2 but ended in Buchecha’s 50/50. With less than two minutes on the clock, Buchecha went for it and scored two more points with another sweep. Rodolfo tried to come back, but Buchecha’s balance prevailed and the current World Champion almost got a guard pass when the clock signaled the end and the scoreboard granted Marcus Almeida his first WPJJC absolute title.
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06
APR
2013
I really like the Bishop Bjj Blogs - They do a great job of breaking down all things Bjj scientifically. I dont post all their stuff here so I STRONGLY recommend you check out their other stats and Blogs HERE

Here's their take on the Pan BJJ Championships 2013:

By: Tyler Bishop

The 2013 Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship is in the books. We are starting our extensive study of the event this week, and the results of the study will be up in about a month. It will piggy-back off of our 2012 studies of the Worlds and 2012 Pan. We hope to include elements of comparative analysis from year-to-year, and will attempt to see how the game may be changing this year compared to last.

 
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23
MAR
2013

UFC Q&A: ‘Jacare’ Souza discusses Vitor Belfort, Luke Rockhold, Anderson Silva

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, 33, has done well in Jiu-Jitsu, MMA and ADCC, but another step was needed to feel professionally fulfilled: to fight in the UFC.

Twice the absolute world champion and former holder of the Strikeforce middleweight title, Jacare arrives in the world’s largest MMA organization full of morale. On May 18, in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, Souza faces the dangerous Costa Philippou, a winner of five straight fights.

Coincidentally (or not) on the same card is Luke Rockhold, who took the Strikeforce title from Jacare in 2011 and kept it until the end of the franchise. The Brazilian showed interest in Rockhold as his first UFC opponent, but the American instead will face Vitor Belfort in the main event.

Jacare last fought in January 2013, when he submitted Ed Herman with a kimura in the first round at Strikeforce event farewell

Happy to not have long layoffs between fights, as it happened in Strikeforce, Souza promises to lift the crowd on May 18. And the strategy to beating Philippou is already drawn, as he revealed to GracieMag.com: good old Jiu-Jitsu. Check out the exclusive interview below.

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16
MAR
2013
This video was sent to me by my friend Paul, we were discussing the best times to try and escape from bad positions and how fighting really hard to get out is not always the best strategy, Paul mentioned this video of Ryron talking about a common misconception in Jiu Jitsu.
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08
MAR
2013
Gustavo 'Sirizinho' Pires was the Head Coach at The Roger Gracie Academy in London for a couple of years and I was lucky enough to be taught by him many times and roll with him regularly. When London proved to cold for him he eventually moved to warmer climes in the U.S and continued teaching for Gracie Barra.
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03
MAR
2013
I've always been a fan of MMA - in fact I fought pro 
MMA on a whim after less than a year training
(this horrified one of my Bjj coaches at the time)
back in 2001.
MMA has changed a lot since then
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24
FEB
2013

The 9-Year Rule: A look at career lengths in Mixed Martial Arts

Joe Rogan Mentioned this in his recent podcast with Dana White, Its a very interesting read and food for thought ----

By Zach Arnold | June 19, 2011 

Article written by David Williams

Mixed martial arts is a very young sport. While the history of the UFC dates back to 1993, established mainstream sports such as baseball and football have existed since the 19th century. Over time, those sports have evolved: the way they’re played today looks very little like the way they were played in the early years of their existence. Part of the evolution of these sports is the development of a mostly set career path. In baseball, for example, an average MLB player can expect to reach the major leagues between the ages of 23 and 25, reach his prime between ages 27 and 31, and decline afterwards, with most players retired or out of the sport by the time they reach their late-30s. Running backs in football are notorious for having short careers: most of them suffer a career collapse sometime around the age of 30.

For MMA, there doesn’t seem to be a specific age range in which fighters enter their prime or suffer a decline. Great fighters such as Wanderlei Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira are 34 and 35 years old, respectively, and both appear to be on the last legs of their careers. Randy Couture, on the other hand, didn’t even begin his career until he was 34 years old. A remarkable fact about recent high-profile MMA collapses is that there’s little consistency about what age they occur. While Chuck Liddell’s collapse took place in his late-30s, fighters like Joe Stevenson and Karo Parisyan aren’t even 30 years old yet.

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17
FEB
2013

Caio Terra On Drilling As A White And Blue Belt

 

Today we have a guest blog post from Dan Faggella who was able to interview Caio Terra on the art of drilling. 

 

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Caio Terra - one of my personal heroes in the world of lightweight BJJ. Some of his advice almost seemed counter-intuitive, but I figured every last bit was worth saving - ESPECIALLY any of his insights on training and skill development (my favorite topics). 

Drilling to Your Skill Level 

One of the first questions I asked Caio was: “What are your general thoughts on drilling for BJJ - as in - how much should someone drill compared to roll, and do you think most BJJ players drill enough?” 

His immediate response was: “...Well... what belt level are we talking about?” 

I thought that was a very interesting way to respond, but Caio followed up with the following insights:

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10
FEB
2013

A London-based Jiu-Jitsu professor, Roger Gracie is going through a special moment in life.

Having signed with the UFC in January, the 31-year-old middleweight has two months to go until the birth of his first daughter, Maya. In the meantime, Roger is planning his routine for a new stage in his career: the life of UFC athlete.

Over the phone from England, the three-time absolute world champion of Jiu-Jitsu spoke of his plans and explained the arm-and-neck choke that sent him through to the UFC and the changes to his career from here on out.

GRACIEMAG.com: First, the unprecedented. Is it true that a slippery floor tile nearly knocked you out before the fight?

ROGER GRACIE: It’s true. It was a few hours before the Jan. 11 weigh-ins for Strikeforce in Oklahoma. I was doing my last sauna and tub session to make weight and slipped, fell flat on my face on the ground. It opened up a big cut on my forehead. I was fortunate that I was already at weight when I got out of the Jacuzzi. If I’d had to sweat any more it would have been rough because of the cut. Renzo [Gracie] quickly calmed me down and went to the pharmacy to buy Super Glue. We glued my forehead together, put a discreet Band-Aid on it and went to weigh in. The Strikeforce medic was suspicious, but since it looked like an old training cut, he let it pass (laughs).

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18
JAN
2013
If you're trapped in by the snow and not able to make it to the gym this weekend, clear the furniture to oneside and try out these great individual movement drills that are great for Jiu Jitsu and conditioning in general - they may look easy but I can assure you they'll make you sweat!

click the link from my good friend Nic Gregariades over at the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood

 http://jiujitsubrotherhood.com/2009/01/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-training-animals/
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13
JAN
2013
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Photo: mmajunkie.com 

Via Bleacher Report

As Showtime Extreme opened its final Strikeforce broadcast, the first fight that fans witnessed was a middleweight contest between jiu-jitsu phenom Roger Gracie and three-time Strikeforce vet Anthony Smith.

Smith dominated the first round, which was contested solely on the feet. However, in the second frame, Gracie scored a much-needed takedown, effortlessly worked to mount and threw some ground-and-pound before securing an arm-triangle choke for the win.

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09
DEC
2012

The first edition of the IBJJ Pro League is in the books.

An old plea from gentle-art competitors came true this Saturday, December 8.

For the first time ever, the IBJJF held an event that awarded cash prizes to the champions ($5,000) and second-place finishers ($1,000).

Caio Terra, Leandro Lo Nascimento, Rômulo Barral and Roberto Alencar were the winners of the four weight classes.

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01
DEC
2012
From the part time grappler: http://parttimegrappler.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/rickson-gracie-about-positions-in-bjj.html

Master Rickson Gracie shared some fantastic insights on the positional strategy of Jiu Jitsu during his seminar in Amsterdam. Most jiu jitsu practitioners are familiar with the famous "Flow with the Go"*
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18
NOV
2012
What Keeps You Coming Back? For Me It Was Finding Out How Little I Knew About Fighting.

Kev Capel.

It's such a common story now that you can almost feel peoples eyes roll when your answer to how you got into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is: 'Well I saw skinny Royce Gracie kicking everybodys ass in the first UFC's and thought I better Learn that stuff!'
It's certainly a big reason why people started Bjj between 1993 and 2003 and even if it isnt UFC 1 still pushing people to BJJ academies around the world The UFC is still continuing to act as a great marketing tool for the Bjj community (especially with big supporters of Bjj like Joe Rogan being able to vocalise how it can be or should be used in MMA), but its probably fair to say that the UFC Legitimises other arts too, notably wrestling has enjoyed credit for many a success in the octagon and Karate and Muay Thai have also had there moments.
But what interests me at the moment is not necassarily what inspired people to try Bjj but what keeps them coming back for more.
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11
NOV
2012

A Recent Interview With Caio Terra By Graciemag.com

GRACIEMAG: You’re the first and only five-time No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu world champion. But your first titles came at light featherweight, and now you’re down to roosterweight. What happened?

CAIO TERRA: I did an experiment on my body. I know my body well, and knew I could drop a bunch of weight without suffering, and ended up weighing 54 kilos, two less than what I needed to be to make roosterweight. And I wasn’t even thirsty or hungry! I even felt I could have dehydrated, but everything worked out well. I have no intention of making this weight again, but I thought it was interesting to discover that I can make 54 kg with no problem and still be just as nimble.

The half-guard has proven to be a dangerous weapon, and when you were on top you seemed to ignore it, both in the final and the semifinal…

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04
NOV
2012

Winning, Losing, and Keeping Score in Training

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Lex

I truly believe that to improve in jiu jitsu I have to knock the idea of winning or losing in training out of my silly ape brain. There are several reasons for this:

  1. I will feel shitty on days when I “lose” more than I “win”.
  2. I will avoid new techniques in training because they will make me “lose”. Or I will do those techniques at 50% so that it’s clear to my opponent that I’m not really trying.
  3. People who are not keeping track of this won’t want to train with me because this mindset is contagious.
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27
OCT
2012

Bleacher report put up the list. Anyone Missing?

Source: Bleacherreport.com

Few fighters have what Eddie Bravo refers to as “the third option”—the ability to pull guard and pose a very real threat of ending the fight.

Given the dominance of wrestling in MMA, one would expect those who do not boast a wrestling pedigree to develop an offensive bottom game. However, surprisingly few fighters possess the kind of guard that would give pause to the many proficient wrestlers who populate the sport.

With that in mind, here is a rundown of the 10 most dangerous guard players in MMA today.

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21
OCT
2012

GRACIEMAG.com’s mission is clear: to arm Jiu-Jitsu practitioners with tips, positions and fresh news and points of view so they’ll show up at the academy for training all the wiser and better prepared.

Our goal is to be by your side 24 hours a day to help in your evolution on and off the mat. To forge ahead firmly on our journey, the same one shared by our readers, today we flipped through past issues of GRACIEMAG and dug up the following pointers for speeding up your evolution in training.

Give them a read and share them with your buddies at the academy. And to not miss out on any more tips of use to your Jiu-Jitsu, subscribe to GRACIEMAG. Click here to subscribe with a discount.

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13
OCT
2012

Starting BJJ Over Forty

I found this good little article about starting Bjj when you are over forty, we have quite a few guys who started training with us that are over forty and I'd be interested to know your thoughts on it?
Article via http://www.revolutionbjj.com

40 is not the new 20, contrary to what you may have read on the internet.  However, it’s also not the end of your active life.  Here are some incredibly helpful tips I’ve compiled from my older students as I’ve worked to guide them through a long and luxurious career of jiu jitsu well into their 50s.

Pick a training schedule that works for you

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to train every day, or even 3 or 4 days a week.  2 days a week is the sweet spot for grapplers over 40; it provides enough training to get constant information and to see steady progress, but also enough rest time.  Make sure the 2 days you pick have enough time in between them so that you can rest (for example, Wednesdays and Sundays would be ideal).

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06
OCT
2012

GracieMag Recently interviewed Roger Gracie on his upcoming superfight and return to Strikeforce in 2013 - for more great stories go to http://www.graciemag.com/

GRACIEMAG: You’re in the main event at Metamoris Pro on the coming 14th in San Diego, where you’ll be taking on current absolute champion of the world Marcus Vinicius “Bochecha” in a 20-minute match where points won’t count. How are you training for that?

ROGER GRACIE: I’m doing all my training in London, where I live. I spent ten days in Mexico with my cousins doing a Gracie Adventure Camp, and we trained a lot together there. I managed to sharpen up my game. The best part of it was training with Renzo in the gi.

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29
SEP
2012

Source: Tatame (Translated from Portuguese): Ten times world champion of Jiu-Jitsu, Roger Gracie is one of the greatest names in the history of the gentle art in competition. He has missed the last two World Championships, by being more focused on his MMA career, where he has five wins in six matches. But who is longing to see “Rojão” in action in kimono will have a great opportunity, since the “finishing machine” is back and will face none other than Marcus Buchecha, current world  and absolute champion.

The ‘dream superfight’ will happen at the Metamoris Pro event and will be a 20 minutes fight. The fight will be without points  and if at the end of the 20 mins, there is no submission,then it will be ruled a tie. Check out the exclusive interview below where Roger talks about his fight with Buchecha, evaluates his going down a weight class in MMA, among many other subjects:

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23
SEP
2012

Source Breakingmuscle.com

Andrew Read wrote a great piece about the 4 basic strength exercises for grapplers. The most important aspect of the article is this: The only way to improve Jiu-Jitsu performance is to practice the key skills of Jiu-Jitsu. So unless your sport is lifting you will not benefit from more time lifting in place of more time working on Jiu-Jitsu.

“Let’s imagine two fighters, one very experienced yet weak, the other unskilled but strong as an ox. You know who wins that fight, don’t you? It’s the skilled guy. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen an overweight guy who gets out of breath putting his shoes on choke the lights out of a new guy who looks like he’s been carved from stone.

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15
SEP
2012

This article addresses the idea of complementing your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training with another Martial arts discipline. Preferably one of the Striking Arts such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Muay Thai etc. The idea being to improve your ability to both strike effectively and become more aware of the nature of striking attacks that you may have to one day face and defend against!

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08
SEP
2012
A Saw Tooth Progression
By Kev Capel
 
While chatting with a friend and student after rolling we got on to the subject of progression and like most people that train Bjj he wanted to make sure he was on the right track and making improvements. 'How do you feel you're getting on?' I asked. 'Well it's a saw tooth progression as you know' - he replied. I'd never heard this term 'a sawtooth progression' before but it was obvious what it meant, Imagine an upturned carpentry Saw and you have a steady upward incline but with lots and lots of small ups and downs on the way up and I feel it's one of the best phrases to describe the Bjj journey for most people. 
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01
SEP
2012
By Kev Capel

known quantity - definition: 
someone whose character, personality, and behavior are recognized and understood.

Twice this week I was asked 'but why should I learn Bjj as opposed to say Krav Maga?' and twice I felt like I failed to really give a good sound reason why you should train BJJ. Not good considering I'm a gym owner! Dont get me wrong I came out with all the old classics:
1. Its a great lifestyle as well as a martial art
2. 90% of fights go to the ground
3. Didnt you see UFC 1?
etc etc but the guys asking me the question were'nt the normal walk in enquiry, both were friends who know me quite well.
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25
AUG
2012
Avoiding the Unavoidable
by Kev Capel

'Stay away from his guard he's got a good Triangle' - This may sound like sensible advice on the surface but in truth it may not be the best way to approach things.
Ronda Rousey just won her 6th fight in a row with her trademark armbar against Sarah Kaufman- 'you'd think she'd train some armbar defences right?!' commented one guy on the internet forums, And she's not the only fighter with a trademark move, Hendo's right hand, Rogers choke from the mount and Aldo's low kick are just a few examples of traps that people struggle to find a way of avoiding.
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17
AUG
2012

The story of grandmaster Carlos Gracie, the first Gracie to ever learn Jiu-Jitsu


 
The Gracies’ first archenemy was no Japanese, but one tough native. In the early 1900s, little Carlos, grandson of a Scottish immigrant who had set up his home in Para, Belem’s capital, didn’t think twice before challenging a wide-eyed, sharp-nailed opponent. One would often see the kid play catch with an alligator that lived in the river nearby. Gracie would always take the edge: curious and owner of a keen sense of observation, Carlos had noticed the reptile couldn’t see under water, only swam in a straight line, and had to stick its head out in order to make turns. By simply getting out of the direction of the animal’s teeth, Carlos would always win.

This and many stories were rescued by daughter Reyla Gracie and will for the first time appear on the book where she wishes to tell the story of the man born September 14th, 1902, and the first family member to make contact with the martial art that, in all of the blooming century, would be bound to the name Gracie. Jiu-Jitsu, thus, was Carlos’s life (and vice versa) ever since his father, Gastao, trying to canalize the energy of the boy who seemed limitless, made him learn a new fight style with a Japanese friend of his, Mitsuyo Maeda, a.k.a. Count Koma. At 14, thus, Carlos began a saga that, to the whole world’s surprise, would pervade academies and rings across the planet.
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11
AUG
2012
The Olympics are a hot topic right now and the discussion about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu featuring as a sport in future Olympics is not a new one. Polls often show that alot of people would like to see Bjj in the Olympics but there is also alot of experienced practitioners that have voiced concern about the possibility of the sport aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu being tainted to keep the International Olympic Commitee happy.
Having felt the excitement of London 2012 first hand at the Greco Roman finals and been impressed by the TV coverage from the BBC and found myself watching sports that I wouldnt normally get to see on the big screen, I have had time to reflect on my view on Bjj being an Olympic sport.

There is some valid reservations about Bjj entering the Olympics and some great articles with good reasoning as to why Bjj isnt ready to be an Olympic sport yet, and The FightWorks Podcast recently inteviewed the Head of Graciemag Luca Atalla on the subject. He too had reservations about Bjj entering the Olympic Games, he confirmed without question that Bjj will not be on the menu in Rio but the extra exposure to Brazilian Culture may create some interest in our art. But at the moment Luca feels the UFC and MMA is the best advert for Bjj.
I'll Break down the main points here that are holding Bjj up, 
1. Lack of Gender Equality
2.lack of International exposure
3.No Anti Doping
4.Similarity
5.Dominance
6.Poor refereeing
7.Rule changes to please the IOC
8.Vertical Sport
9.Not Visually Pleasing
10.Political Pull of other Martial Arts

These are the main sticking points 
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04
AUG
2012
I heard about this Interview on the Joe Rogan Podcast and thought I'd Share it:

by Maynard Keenan

Balance. This simple concept seems to be the underlying answer to all questions posed to Rickson Gracie (pronounced Hickson) this morning. Rickson, a native of Brazil, is one of the older brothers of Royce Gracie (three-time champion of the popular pay per view event "The Ultimate Fighting Championship"). With a record of far more than four hundred straight wins, Rickson is considered to be the most formidable of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. Steve and I asked at great length what, in his opinion, made it possible for him to achieve such a status. Much to my pleasure, it had nothing to do with being a three hundred pound hairy ape on steroids. It had nothing to do with lifting weights till you achieve stretch marks or eating any and everything all day long. Nor did it have anything to do with hatred, psychosis, or whateveraphobia. It did, have everything to do with balance.

Rickson: Jiu-Jitsu is like a philosophy. It helps me learn how to face life.

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29
JUL
2012

Mauricio's UK Bjj History

There was never a specific aim to start UK BJJ, i just wanted to teach people as well as id been taught

- Mauricio 'Motta' Gomes

If ever there was a model for the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle then Rolls Gracie was it, son of the founder, Carlos Gracie, and an instructor at the Gracie Academy, his passion for life and Jiu Jitsu was unquestionable - inspiring people on and off the mat everywhere he travelled. Rolls is widely credited with introducing many new aspects to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu including wrestling and open guard techniques. Before his untimely death on the 6th June 1982 he had promoted just 6 black belts (commonly referred to as the famous five) these were:

Mauricao 'Motta' Gomes, Ronaldo 'Jacare' Calvacanti, Marcio 'Maccarao' Stambowsky, Nicin Azulay, Paulo Conde and Talarico.

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21
JUL
2012

By Guillaume Huni

There is no denying that Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu is nowadays very respected in the worldwide martial arts community. It has proven it's effectiveness in combat over the years with success in the UFC, Pride and other MMA events. Nowadays it is widely recognized as a important part of MMA.


Jiu-Jitsu is effective because you can't be a fake and train in this sport. The long hours spent live rolling means that you can openly test the effectiveness of your skills against a resisting opponent.
Going through the ranks is a long and tough process which weeds out the people who are not 100% commited to to Jiu-Jitsu. Ryron Gracie  said that "Only 1% of people that train Jiu-Jitsu will get their black belt". That has got me thinking:  Is a black belt  in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the hardest black belt to achieve in all martial arts? And also, what is a the value of a BJJ black belt?



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14
JUL
2012
So What Happens If Two of the Greatest Grapplers meet? People often fantasise about what would happen if two of the greatest in any sport might meet, some sports like football and rugby you will often see these match ups on a fairly regular basis but in fighting its much rarer. This is probably because true greats dont come along every day also the window of time that someone can stay in their prime is much smaller in combat sports and with weight groups making some fights even less likely its a wonder that we ever see two greats in their prime fight!
What would happen if Muhammed Ali fought Tyson or even more recent Anderson Silva Vs GSP or Anderson Vs Jon Jones - all up for debate but back in 2004 Two Greats in their Prime did meet, in the Tijuca Tennis Clube in Rio Roger Gracie 10 times Black Belt World Champion (7 weight 3 Absolute) faced off against Marcelo Garcia (multiple world champion and multiple ADCC champion) in the Absolute Tournament - I believe it was the quarter or semi finals......... 
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08
JUL
2012
Written by Kev Capel

What is your place in Bjj? Occasional Practitioner or future world Champion?
I was told by a training partner that his friend has just given up practicing Bjj just short of recieving his Blue Belt - By all accounts this guy was a slightly above average learner with a strong likelyhood that if he stuck at Bjj he would achieve the rank of Black Belt barring any serious injuries by the 10 year mark or perhaps quicker either of which are notable lifetime achievements. When asked why he quit his answer was simply 'I'm never going to be a World Champion so whats the point!' - my initial thought was 'well not with that attitude he wont!' it didnt give me reason to pause and think straight away but after a while it slowly started to bother me a bit that someone could give up a pursuit that has helped me become a better person over the years not to mention that I've seen it do the same for many others just because he wasnt going to be one of the best in the world at it....  
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30
JUN
2012

Posted by Kev Capel

It seems like at Rga Bucks the last couple of months has been competition after competition, with members of the team competing as far a field as L.A and Abu Dhabi or a bit closer to home in Birmingham and Hereford, we have put in a strong showing at tournaments big or small. Personally I never felt that a coach would be a deciding factor of the outcome of a fight, I often believed that all the work had been done by the time you stepped on the mat and the difference having a coach there or not was negligable - however having spoke to a number of the competitors from the club and seeing first hand the difference it makes when myself or another team mate shouts the right thing to someone in the middle of a contest it has led me to change my mind on the matter, heres a nice article written by Valerie Worthington on the subject:

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23
JUN
2012

Use your "Spidey senses"! Go from good to great in BJJ: Awareness


Source: http://www.davecamarillo.com/

Have you ever wondered what makes some grapplers great and other just mediocre? I don't but I have an idea: Awareness in other words using your "Spidey Senses"

Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers States, that it takes 10,000 hours to reach expertise.
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03
JUN
2012

Article by Nicolas Gregariades founder of  The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt System
is a far stricter than in most other martial arts. It can take upwards of 10 years to achieve the black belt. As there are only a few belts, you will spend a long time on each one. Also, your progress will not be linear. You will spend weeks or months on plateaus before being rewarded with a jump in ability. Sometimes it will actually seem as if you are getting worse instead of better. But the plateau is actually your friend and is itself an indicator of progress. It is those who have the mental strength to keep going when they find themselves on a plateau that break through to a higher level of ability.

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21
MAY
2012
The folks at bishopbjj put together this great statistical breakdown of what works in competition, they took a large cross section of the recent Pan 2012 championships looking at various Belt and weight groups, worth a look for all levels especially if your building or rebuilding your competition game 
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11
MAY
2012

This article is courtesy of Aaron Bair and Jiujitsusweep.com

A colleague recently brought up the topic on ways to survive your first year as a grappler, while i think more ways can be used these are the 10 most important ways to get going and start your career as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Of the many ways one can survive the initial training these are the 10 most important core topics, a guide for the white belt fresh from the street and onto the mat and on the road to blue belt .

click the title to read the full article

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11
MAY
2012

This article is courtesy of Aaron Bair and Jiujitsusweep.com

A colleague recently brought up the topic on ways to survive your first year as a grappler, while i think more ways can be used these are the 10 most important ways to get going and start your career as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Of the many ways one can survive the initial training these are the 10 most important core topics, a guide for the white belt fresh from the street and onto the mat and on the road to blue belt .

click the title to read the full article

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05
MAY
2012

This blog post I found on when to submit to your opponent/training partner was interesting reading check it out......

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05
MAY
2012

This blog post I found on when to submit to your opponent/training partner was interesting reading check it out......

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23
APR
2012
An interesting blog post I found about the journey of the majority of Bjj Students - My personal aim is to be a great mediocre BJJ student. While some will tell you that we all should strive to be world champions I think that’s misguided thinking for many of us.
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23
APR
2012
An interesting blog post I found about the journey of the majority of Bjj Students - My personal aim is to be a great mediocre BJJ student. While some will tell you that we all should strive to be world champions I think that’s misguided thinking for many of us.
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16
APR
2012
Kron Gracie, son of the legendary Rickson Gracie, shares his thoughts on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, how you should always strive to get better. He discusses the idea of how you get closer to “pure Jiu-Jitsu” after you have exhausted your strength and are forced to rely on leverage and technique. An impressive demonstration on breathing is also shown to students where he breaths from the diaphragm.
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16
APR
2012
Kron Gracie, son of the legendary Rickson Gracie, shares his thoughts on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, how you should always strive to get better. He discusses the idea of how you get closer to “pure Jiu-Jitsu” after you have exhausted your strength and are forced to rely on leverage and technique. An impressive demonstration on breathing is also shown to students where he breaths from the diaphragm.
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08
FEB
2012
People learn in different ways, one method that some people find useful is to mind map....
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15
JAN
2012
Royler Gracie's view on steroid abuse and the often unspoken down side to using performance enhancing substances to help you compete
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15
JAN
2012
Royler Gracie's view on steroid abuse and the often unspoken down side to using performance enhancing substances to help you compete
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07
JAN
2012
It is often argued that doing the basics well is a key to successful Jiu Jitsu and I'm inclined to agree.
I read an article a while back by Greg Glassman the founder of cross fit on what seperates almost perfect from perfect application of fundamentals.
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07
JAN
2012
It is often argued that doing the basics well is a key to successful Jiu Jitsu and I'm inclined to agree.
I read an article a while back by Greg Glassman the founder of cross fit on what seperates almost perfect from perfect application of fundamentals.
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12
DEC
2011
Its been quite a week at RGA Bucks, 4 great lessons from 4 of the best instructors in the UK and a few gradings as well!
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12
DEC
2011
Its been quite a week at RGA Bucks, 4 great lessons from 4 of the best instructors in the UK and a few gradings as well!
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06
NOV
2011
To Celebrate the Official opening of our new academy we are going to be holding 4 special seminars with some of the very best instructors in the country see click the picture on the left for details.
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06
NOV
2011
To Celebrate the Official opening of our new academy we are going to be holding 4 special seminars with some of the very best instructors in the country see click the picture on the left for details.
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24
OCT
2011
And following on from yasmines videos a chance for me to show the counters – always with thanks to Black – Eagle, Andy Roberts and the Motion Machine!!!
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24
OCT
2011
And following on from yasmines videos a chance for me to show the counters – always with thanks to Black – Eagle, Andy Roberts and the Motion Machine!!!
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01
OCT
2011
So I had a nice birthday weekend lined up for my 36th watching the Best of the best Submission wrestlers at the Adcc world championships and basically chilling out,

Then the day before I receive a call from the organisers telling me there’s been a last minute injury and can Yasmine make -60kg and will she fight-YES to both!!
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01
OCT
2011
So I had a nice birthday weekend lined up for my 36th watching the Best of the best Submission wrestlers at the Adcc world championships and basically chilling out,

Then the day before I receive a call from the organisers telling me there’s been a last minute injury and can Yasmine make -60kg and will she fight-YES to both!!
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01
OCT
2011
So I had a nice birthday weekend lined up for my 36th watching the Best of the best Submission wrestlers at the Adcc world championships and basically chilling out,

Then the day before I receive a call from the organisers telling me there’s been a last minute injury and can Yasmine make -60kg and will she fight-YES to both!!
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24
SEP
2011
We have a couple of gyms associated to us at Rga Bucks-These range from Traditional Martial Arts Clubs to MMA Teams, Thursday 22nd September I went up to The Elite Traning Centre in Leighton Buzzard who have been associated with us for a couple of months now
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24
SEP
2011
We have a couple of gyms associated to us at Rga Bucks-These range from Traditional Martial Arts Clubs to MMA Teams, Thursday 22nd September I went up to The Elite Traning Centre in Leighton Buzzard who have been associated with us for a couple of months now
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24
SEP
2011
We have a couple of gyms associated to us at Rga Bucks-These range from Traditional Martial Arts Clubs to MMA Teams, Thursday 22nd September I went up to The Elite Traning Centre in Leighton Buzzard who have been associated with us for a couple of months now
Read more
24
SEP
2011
We have a couple of gyms associated to us at Rga Bucks-These range from Traditional Martial Arts Clubs to MMA Teams, Thursday 22nd September I went up to The Elite Traning Centre in Leighton Buzzard who have been associated with us for a couple of months now
Read more