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"Journaling and Jiu-Jitsu"

March 24, 2017, 9:37 am

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"Cyber Bullying: Definition and Options"

March 15, 2017, 4:41 pm

This is part 3 in our series on bullying. We hope you enjoy the presentation and find it useful!


"Notice: JiuJiuBJJ to appear on Dirty White Belt Radio this Sunday, 3/12/17"

March 10, 2017, 11:49 pm

I’m doing a thing! This Sunday I’ll be a guest on Dirty White Belt Radio! We’ll be chatting about a variety of things. I’ve never been on a podcast, so this is a first for me! Mocking other people’s pain: a rite of passage in #jiujitsu. @jeffmshaw takes it like a champ!! #jiujitsuproblems #bjj #trianglejiujitsuacademy […]


"BJJ And Strength Training"

March 9, 2017, 8:31 pm

Something many people don’t know about me is that my first college degree was in Exercise Science. That is the study of how exercise and fitness affect the human body and how to optimize those activities for a good life experience. As such, I receive and field many questions about exercise and BJJ. Often times … Continue reading BJJ And Strength Training


"How is your training coming?"

March 6, 2017, 3:31 pm

I want to check in with you guys! I have been keeping my head down, training hard. I have hit my goals for the past two months! In January I trained 10 days out of 31, and I went to one Friday class, and one Sunday open mat. In February I made it 11 days […]


"FULL FIGHT: Rashad Evans vs Daniel Kelly"

March 5, 2017, 4:19 am

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"FULL FIGHT: Alistair Overeem vs Mark Hunt"

March 5, 2017, 4:15 am

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"FULL FIGHT: Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 2"

March 5, 2017, 4:11 am

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"The Best Wrestling Headgear 2017"

March 5, 2017, 4:04 am

Have you suffered from the infamous cauliflower ear yet? If you’ve been training for a while then it has no doubt reared its ugly head. Many people see cauliflower ears as a right of passage. A badge of honor. A sign that they have put in hours upon hours on the mat and that they’ve […]

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"8 Things I learned AFTER black belt"

March 4, 2017, 8:23 am

  There’s less pressure.Once you earn a black belt, there are no promotions, no ranks, not more colors for a very long time. This takes alot of pressure off your back. Even though we like to say, “rank isn’t important,” the simple fact is we are very proud of our ranks and usually want to … Continue reading 8 Things I learned AFTER black belt


"Jr. Black Belts in BJJ???"

March 3, 2017, 10:27 am

This is bound to upset some people. We discuss Jr Black Belts and what their purpose is. Should we adopt them in BJJ? Listen and find out! Bill Jones is the head instructor and president of Top Level Martial Arts in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He has been training martial arts since 1985 and holds several … Continue reading Jr. Black Belts in BJJ???


"The Best MMA Gloves For Sparring 2017"

March 3, 2017, 3:44 am

A standard pair of boxing gloves just aren’t going to cut in when training MMA. Sure, they’re great when doing strictly stand-up fighting. In fact, they’re mandatory when doing strict striking work. But have you ever tried grappling with them? Have you ever tried training full MMA style with a pair of big, restrictive boxing […]

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"Competing BJJ in Brazil with Jake Mackenzie"

February 28, 2017, 5:58 am

Canadian born black-belt, embedded resident of Rio, and renowned half-guard practitioner, Jake Mackenzie is a certified gringo legend of jiu-jitsu competition in Brazil, competing in around 200 tournaments since his debut in 2002. He is a multiple time Brazilian National Teams Champion representing GFTeam and a 2-time black-belt Brazilian National No-Gi Champion. Jake has an … Continue reading Competing BJJ in Brazil with Jake Mackenzie


"Jiu-jitsu joe schmoe"

February 27, 2017, 4:18 pm

I recently read an article, which I’m not sure I can even link here about a brown belt that had been training for awhile , 9 years,  and had yet to win a tournament and had come to a self realization that he was just an average joe when it comes to BJJ.  I can […]


"BJJ: Transgender Athletes – No Way to Win"

February 26, 2017, 2:33 pm

Today I read about Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old transgender boy, who recently won the Texas state girls’ wrestling title. The family of Mack Beggs has said he would rather be wrestling boys, but state policy calls for students to wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates. So Beggs, a junior from Euless Trinity, […]


"Blue Belt Blues:"

February 26, 2017, 1:41 am

The newest podcast from Black Belt Tips is all about the Blue Belt Blues. Give it a watch and let us know your thoughts.


"Overcoming Losses and Fear of Failure"

February 24, 2017, 11:55 am

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"Classic Scraps: Pele vs Newton"

February 23, 2017, 9:34 pm

The stare down said it all. Pele’s face brimmed with confidence as if to ask “What are you doing in this ring with me?” Meanwhile, Newton’s face seemed to say, “I don’t fucking know.” Billed as a “striker vs grappler” match-up, the fight itself was both a clash of styles and personalities. Pele’s demeanor radiated arrogance; his dismissive attitude for Newton was evident. Newton on the other hand looked the part of a school nerd taking on the bully (granted, this school nerd was yoked out and a former UFC champion). Still the difference in their demeanor set up how the fight played out. Pele trying to assert himself as the superior fighter- emitting bravado, and Newton serious and collected- conscious of the task at hand. The opening bell rang, and the two fighters made their way to the center of the ring. Pele smiling, dancing, his hands down by his hips. Once within striking range he fired a swift head kick that grazed the top of Newton’s head. Considering his options, Newton threw a hard right hand and quickly closed the distance in an attempt to bring the fight to the ground. He was eventually able to get the fight into his world, where Pele showed his versatile game by throwing up an oomoplata and putting Newton on defense. A wild grappling exchange resulted, and the two men got back to their feet. After closing the distance again, “Ronin” then executed a sloppy judo throw which nearly resulted in Pele taking his back. From the top position, Newton began to advance position forcing Pele to explode back to his feet. Newton, relying on his instincts and muscle memory, recognized the scramble and quickly found himself with Pele’s arm fully extended in an armbar. Wincing and clearly in trouble, Pele pulled away from his opponent prying his arm free; then stood over his foe shaking his head disdainfully. Newton responded with a nod, knowing he had earned Pele’s respect...


"Best BJJ DVD 2017"

February 22, 2017, 4:26 am

Instructional DVD’s can be one of the best ways to supplement your usual training in the comfort of your own home. We all lead busy lives and sometimes you can’t get to class on time or you’re working late in the office and miss the class altogether. It’s a pain but it happens. You finally […]

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"The beginners A to Z of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu"

February 21, 2017, 4:59 am

If you’ve ever thought about trying BJJ then any research you might have done on YouTube, reddit or forums, generally point to it as being a very difficult and complicated sport. Yes, that is sort of true, but at the same time, it’s a sport that, for me, has changed my life and has changed […]

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"Best Wrestling Shoes 2017"

February 21, 2017, 4:22 am

Wrestling shoes have, obviously, been a big staple in wrestling gyms across the world. Mandatory in fact. If you don’t have your singlet, your head-gear and your wrestling boots on, most wrestling gyms won’t even let you step on the mat. Wrestling shoes are worn for a reason. Your foot, ankle and toes are very […]

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"DIY Balance Board & Muscle Roller"

February 20, 2017, 9:00 am

One of the best ways to get your “Mat Legs” is through balance drills. Your equilibrium and staying on your feet in combat sports (really, any sport), requires you to have basic faculties of maintaining balance. You’ve also undoubtedly sought the foam roller at your academy, or maybe you even spent money on the giant … Continue reading DIY Balance Board & Muscle Roller


"The UFC’s women’s division disappears after Cris Cyborg Santos is Cleared of Her USADA Ban"

February 19, 2017, 6:13 am

Guess who’s back in the UFC? Cris Cyborg has been cleared of her Anti-Doping violation ban by USADA after her appeal was successful claiming that the diuretic Spironolactone she was using was under medical supervision. A statement released by USADA claims: “After a thorough investigation of the circumstances that preceded her positive test,” including a review […]

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"3 Resistance Band Drills For Grappling"

February 18, 2017, 6:43 am

I’ve used resistance bands for training for over a dozen years. The right bands can add a lot of value to your training program. They are a very affordable alternative when compared to a complete weight set, durable, portable, and versatile. You can perform nearly every exercise with bands that you can perform in the gym, […]


"Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A History"

February 18, 2017, 4:09 am

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat system that puts heavy focus on grappling and ground-fighting. Evolving from Japanese roots in 1920’s Brazil, the martial art has continued to develop and be refined to this day. Though to understand a subject deeper, it is necessary to go back to the beginning. In this […]

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"Lessons in Humility"

February 17, 2017, 10:45 am

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"The Best Grip Strengthener 2017"

February 17, 2017, 10:39 am

A strong grip is vital to your grappling abilities. Whether you’re training in gi or no-gi, it’s important. We’ve all trained against that guy with the beastly grip strength. He latches on to your gi and for love nor money, you can’t shake him off. It’s like his hands are the lion and your poor […]

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"The Best Foam Rollers 2017"

February 16, 2017, 9:08 am

If you’re training hard and with consistency, you’re guaranteed to be feeling some aches and pains. Tight muscles and even tighter knots can hinder your performance. You might even come away feeling that you wasted your BJJ class. This is why foam rollers have become a common staple in any serious trainees gear bag. Foam rolling […]

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"Marcelo Garcia"

February 16, 2017, 5:04 am

Marcelo Garcia is considered to be one of the best competitive grapplers of all time. Officially retiring from competition in 2013, he has 5 world championship gold medals under his belt and has competed against a who’s-who of BJJ superstars. Including Renzo Gracie, Cassio Werneck, Alexandre Ribeiro and many more. Despite his prodigal talent and […]

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"3 Resistance Band Drills For Grappling"

February 15, 2017, 3:00 pm

I’ve used resistance bands for training for over a dozen years. The right bands can add a lot of value to your training program. They are a very affordable alternative when compared to a complete weight set, durable, portable, and versatile. You can perform nearly every exercise with bands that you can perform in the gym, … Continue reading 3 Resistance Band Drills For Grappling


"Visiting Lisbon (and the European Championhips!)"

February 15, 2017, 12:52 pm

This blog will see a collection of first’s: my first adult holiday, first trip to Lisbon, first IBJJF tournament, first European championship, first Gracie Barra competition camp, first competition at Blue Belt and the first month since my promotion at the Annual Gathering 2016.  I started writing this blog on a plane at 35,000 feet on the … Continue reading Visiting Lisbon (and the European Championhips!)


"Dillon Danis"

February 15, 2017, 4:30 am

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and protege of the acclaimed Marcelo Garcia, Dillon Danis has been making waves in the grappling world. Training and competing primarily out of the Alliance Academy in New York, the young athlete has earned himself prestigious trophies, critical praise and adoring fans with his energetic and hard-nosed style used on the […]

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"BJJ: Competition, Attitude, and Insecurities"

February 14, 2017, 7:00 am

I have decided I will compete. My instructor bullied me into it. Here was our conversation: Jiu Jiu’s note: I showed Diego the picture to make sure he was okay with me posting it. He responded by saying: The point is not that competition just makes you improve; it’s that it makes you improve fast. It […]


"Becoming a Part-Time Grappler"

February 13, 2017, 5:56 pm

I have been training jiu-jitsu for nearly eight years now –  for the bulk of that time I was lucky enough to have trained everyday, like most cats who find this wonderful sport my desire was unquenchable. At the age of thirty I sold everything I owned and quit my full-time job as a high … Continue reading Becoming a Part-Time Grappler


"WATCH: Holly Holm vs Germaine De Randamie"

February 12, 2017, 4:25 am

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"WATCH: Ronaldo Jacare Souza vs Tim Boetsch – FULL FIGHT"

February 12, 2017, 4:19 am

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"WATCH: Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson – FULL FIGHT"

February 12, 2017, 4:12 am

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"WATCH Rodolfo Vieria vs Zarylbek Daniyar"

February 12, 2017, 4:00 am

Rodolfo Vieira took to the cage last night for the very first time against a Kyrgyzstan fighter by the name of Zarylbek Daniyar. But how did the multiple-time world champion fair in his first round? Check it out.

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"Veganism is not a black and white idea."

February 11, 2017, 11:20 am

If a person is both vegan and anti abortion, which do you hear first ? So goes the joke...

The main reason I know for abstaining from meat or animal derived products is harm reduction. This is based on utilitarianism. The view that the pain and suffering the animal goes through from inception to slaughter outweighs the pleasure we derive from consuming it. This conclusion is a bit more intuitive if we factor in the amount of meat we consume as well as how much of it is thrown away or misused. But then, all this is a question of degrees. It doesn't have to be an all or nothing thing. 

I am all for feeling gulity of consuming meat when I could have chosen a nutritionally equivalent plant-based meal. I doubt this position is original, but it nonetheless deserves some thought. For example, in arctic climates, agriculture is impossible, so meat is the only source of nutrition. I can hardly see someone seriously propose veganism to people living like Inuits (used to, or maybe still do). The same for people raising their own pigs and chicken then consuming them once a year. The only time a year they actually do consume meat. It's not unheard of to both enjoy the meat and feel sad at the loss of the animal you hand fed.

Edge cases apart, I also have no beef with occasional consumption of meat, even in modern societies. 

On the "harm spectrum", we have bio and/or organic food. This is not bullshit. For meat products to qualify as organic, there are measurable standards to be enforced. It can be argued that organic grown animals suffer less than non organic ones. 

Then there is the plain distinction between animal products and animal meat. I feel less remorse when eating organic products compared to organic meat. The following are all things to factor in when choosing your next meal.
  1. Animal...


"Hard Work Profile: Tom Brady"

February 11, 2017, 7:00 am

Love him or hate him you can not deny him. He is arguably the greatest Quarterback of all time in the National Football League (NFL) After having faced a 4-game suspension for “deflate gate” the prior year, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl LI comeback, which is one of the most … Continue reading Hard Work Profile: Tom Brady


"Drilling & the meaning of a black belt (to me)"

February 10, 2017, 4:53 pm

There are black belts and there are Black belts. Trust me. Whereas a few short years ago I couldn't tell the difference between a purple and a back belt, now I can quantify the difference between a black belt and a great one. In addition to regular class time add another 1 to 2 times more drilling time, as well as strength and conditioning.

I can't even imagine how good I could have been by now, had I dedicated serious drilling time to the techniques that work best for me. On top of some 2000 hours of mat time, I could have another 4000 in drilling. But of course, drilling is boring compared to a regular class. Who can seriously dedicate 20-30h a week of their time just in jiujitsu only?

And there are black belt champs. I seriously wonder what their secret is. More drilling ? More rolling ? An even stronger mind ? Talent ?

Regardless, what unites the three black belts is their experience and ability to teach. The least common deniminator of black belts should be, in my opinion, the ability to learn and teach by themselves.

I wonder what my jiujitsu will look like in 5 or 10 years from now ? Some of the athleticism will be gone. I will have to rely even more on technique.


"The Best MMA Shorts 2017"

February 10, 2017, 4:33 pm

NoGi and MMA shorts are becoming more and more popular for all types of martial arts and physical training, infact it’s not uncommon to see someone walk around with a pair of Tapout or Venum shorts. MMA Shorts are designed to be durable, move with your body and look good. While some designs share similar […]

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"The Best BJJ Belts 2017"

February 7, 2017, 4:35 pm

There are hundred of companies that are now develop BJJ apparel including BJJ Gi’s and Belts. Before belts were a simple construction of fabric folded over a core and sewn together but these days belts can be made from gi material and even hemp. The main difference between BJJ belts and normal martial arts belts, […]

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"Becoming a Jiu Jitsu competitor"

February 7, 2017, 7:55 am

This is just my opinion on starting competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Feel free to add or share your thoughts at the bottom if your experience varies. Stepping on to the competition mat for the first time can be a scary experience. At least it was for me. There’s no timeouts and you can’t pause if … Continue reading Becoming a Jiu Jitsu competitor


"Competing BJJ in Brazil"

February 6, 2017, 6:10 pm

Part 6: The Bizarre Nature of Competing in Brazil During my time in Brazil I spent many a weekend hauled up in huge gymnasiums and sports halls eating terrible acai and watching so much jiu-jitsu that everything eventually fades into obscurity. A typical day if you’re there with your team can last a resolve testing … Continue reading Competing BJJ in Brazil


"Everyday Things That Could Help MMA Training"

February 6, 2017, 6:59 am

Here at Attack the Back we are all about MMA and BJJ. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at, we want to hear from you and we want to help you. We are completely focused on all areas of the sport, from professionally to amateur and everything in between. The growth of the sport from […]

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"Strength Training 201: Overload Lifts"

February 5, 2017, 5:16 pm

I’ve been a fan of Overload movements for a long time. Why? I’ve always referred to it as building the infrastructure. Think of any successful endeavor and you start with having a solid foundation. This applies to athletic endeavors, planning projects, or learning, really, anything. In JiuJitsu and strength training, once you begin to put … Continue reading Strength Training 201: Overload Lifts


"The Best Grappling Dummy Reviewed 2017"

February 5, 2017, 5:34 am

When people think of grappling dummies, people automatically turn their noses up at the idea, however when it comes to solo drills at home, there is no better substitute. What is a Grappling Dummy? A grappling dummy is a human-shaped training device that can help professional and amateur fighters hone their skills without hurting their […]

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"The Best BJJ and MMA Rash Guards 2017"

February 4, 2017, 4:43 am

Rash guards were originally designed and used for surfers to wear underneath their wetsuits to stop any chaffing when they got wet, as the surfers started moving into the the grappling culture, so did their rash guards. Before rash guards Jiu-Jitsu was normally done topless or with cotton t-shirts in the humid Brazilian gyms. Under […]

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"Garry Tonon Faces AJ Agazarm in The Gi"

February 3, 2017, 3:40 am

Fight to Win has scaled the heady Jiu-Jitsu heights and has brought us some of the best Jiu-Jitsu matches in 2016 and this Friday’s looks to be an absolute barn burner. After a huge number of pullouts last minute F2W have had to reshuffle their card and has brought us an absolute howler of a […]

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"Elite Sports Ultra Light BJJ Gi Review"

February 2, 2017, 7:10 am

Elite Sports are a relatively unknown Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, however that doesn’t make their gear any less quality. Looks and Construction The Elite Sports gi is a modern looking competition kimono that is lightweight and durable for multiple summer training sessions. The gi jacket comes reinforced in al the right stress points and comes with seam […]

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"Best Balance and Wobble Boards 2017"

February 1, 2017, 6:06 pm

Today we’re talking about the best balance and wobble boards that will help you improve your grappling game and build you a rock solid core. This is a list of our favourite balance and wobble boards for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Check it out! Linked with balance sports such as surfing and skateboarding, balance boards are the […]

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"BJJ: Identity vs Activity"

February 1, 2017, 11:00 am

About a month ago, there was a survey circulating called “Women in Gaming, 2016.” I am a gamer, and I passed it along to the gamer women. A friend of a friend remarked that she didn’t feel she was a gamer. I think there is a strong parallel to any kind of hobby or sport that […]


"The Best BJJ Books 2017"

January 31, 2017, 8:03 am

If you were a white belt back in the 90’s you will remember the lack of resources for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With YouTube at least 10 years away, BJJ practitioners would be looking at books to help expand their knowledge outside of the gym. But there weren’t many books to help the novice learner. The […]

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"Amassing a Jiu-Jitsu Army"

January 29, 2017, 6:28 pm

Sunday afternoon in Warsaw, Poland, I found myself being driven out of the city by brown belt and owner of Academia Gorila, Marcin Polczyk, we were heading to one of his affiliate clubs for a spot of afternoon training. The Sabbath is usually reserved as my day of rest, but the promise of a post-rolling … Continue reading Amassing a Jiu-Jitsu Army


"Dillon Danis misses weight ahead of Submission Underground 3 matchup"

January 29, 2017, 4:02 pm

Tonight sees Dillon Danis square up against AJ Agazarm in a bout at Submission Underground 3. In usual fashion Agazarm calls out Danis on Social Media ahead of his bout. Read what he has to say below. The bout is still scheduled to go ahead tonight. Who have you got to win?

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"The Rear Naked Choke"

January 29, 2017, 5:27 am

It has been called the ‘king of chokes,’ Mata leao (or Lion Killer in Portuguese), hadaka-jime in Judo, or the submission that can bring a man closest to death. The most deceptive and deadly submission in any jiu jitsu practitioner’s arsenal: The Rear Naked Choke. Specifics The rear naked choke (RNC), also known as ‘the […]

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"Staying Motivated: 5 Tips"

January 26, 2017, 9:41 pm

At the time of writing this, I have trained martial arts for 33 years. That is to say, I started in 1984 at the age of 5 and have trained regularly in one art or another since that time. It’s only an estimate; but in that time I have seen hundreds of people start their … Continue reading Staying Motivated: 5 Tips


"The Best Competition Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi’s"

January 26, 2017, 5:36 pm

When you’ve started to find your feet in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the next thing to think about is the stresses of making weight and competing. Competing in any sport can be one of the most difficult experiences in anyone’s life, but when you make that a combat sport, increase the stress by tenfold when you have […]

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"White belt bite’s his way out of submission at 2017 Europeans"

January 25, 2017, 4:34 am

Refereeing has been put under the spotlight at this year’s European Championships in Lisbon. Earlier a video went around showing a white belt slamming his opponent unconscious. Now a video has come out where someone bites their opponent to escape a submission. White Belts, you be crazy sometimes. Check out the video below.

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"The Best Cheap Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi for Beginners"

January 24, 2017, 3:24 pm

When you first start Brazilian jiu jitsu the amount of gis available for the beginner can sometimes feel overwhelming. Brazilian jiu-jitsu gis come in all shapes, unfamiliar sizes and even colours so, even before you get your card out of your wallet, there are a whole load of things to consider. However as a beginner […]

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"Showing Up: Is it really the key?"

January 22, 2017, 10:56 pm

Stick around Jiu-Jitsu long enough and you’ll eventually hear the quote, “Show up! That’s the key to getting better at Jiu-Jitsu. Just more Jiu-Jitsu.” Not too long ago, however, a jiu-jitsu friend of mine wrote me a PM and said, “Hey Bill , just curious, is showing up really the hardest part. People always say … Continue reading Showing Up: Is it really the key?


"Competing BJJ in Brazil"

January 22, 2017, 8:22 am

Part V: When to Admit You’re an Old Dude This blog had its genesis in 2013 when I quit work and went to live in Rio with the sole intention of training and competing in jiu-jitsu full-time. I had the misfortune of turning thirty prior to my arrival in Brazil, and it didn’t take long … Continue reading Competing BJJ in Brazil


"JiuJitsu Journey: Michael Whalon"

January 21, 2017, 7:57 pm

Michael Whalon is a Blue Belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu under Eric Dino Lineage (Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Garcie -> Carlos Gracie Jr -> Ryan Gracie -> Mario Yokoyama -> Roberto Yokoyama -> Eric Dino -> Michael Whalon) He is an active competitor and is also an active duty member of the United States Marine Corps. … Continue reading JiuJitsu Journey: Michael Whalon


"The Armbar"

January 21, 2017, 6:06 am

Let’s face it. Every Jiu Jitsu practitioner is looking for something to add to their arsenal. With a multitude of ways to mangle, suffocate and disable an opponent, it can sometimes be prudent to go back to basics and apply an ancient, yet powerful submission: The Armbar. Known as the cross armlock in Judo, or […]

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"The Best Mouthguards for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu"

January 20, 2017, 1:41 pm

Top Buy – Sisu 1.6 Aero Guard As grapplers, we often get a couple of accidental knocks to our face, but nothing is worth getting your teeth knocked out for. Mouthguards do exactly what they say on the tin, guard our mouths and teeth from accidental and intentional strikes to the face. If you’re looking […]

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"BJJ: Bullet Journaling"

January 20, 2017, 11:00 am

Jiu Jiu’s note: This was written BY Jiu Jiu FOR You should be reading this at! I’ve been having a problem with a content theft, so if you do find this entire entry elsewhere, please let me know. My friend, Jayne Fury, introduced me to Bullet Journaling. I looked into it in the […]


"Jiu-Jitsu: The unexpected benefits"

January 19, 2017, 4:44 pm

In this podcast, we explore 5 completely unexpected benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training! What do you think? Let me know what unexpected benefits you encountered in the comments! Bill Jones is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer. He is the head instructor at Top Level Martial Arts in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Contact … Continue reading Jiu-Jitsu: The unexpected benefits


"5 Great Self Defense Tips"

January 18, 2017, 6:09 pm

We have recently started a weekly Podcast at Top Level Martial Arts in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio! Here’s one of our recent installments with 5 very useful self defense tips! Enjoy: Bill Jones is a Pedro Sauer Black Belt and the head instructor of Top Level Martial Arts in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He specializes in Kids … Continue reading 5 Great Self Defense Tips


"World’s first Ezekiel Choke pulled off in the UFC"

January 17, 2017, 8:23 am

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"Make Your Home Jiu-Jitsu"

January 15, 2017, 12:05 pm



"Dominyka Obelenyte seminars in Durham, NC!"

January 10, 2017, 10:26 am

Hey all, I’m posting regularly at now, but this is exciting enough that I want to make sure EVERYONE sees it. It’s a great opportunity for NC people to train with the best around. You can register here. See you there!


"Competing BJJ in Brazil"

January 6, 2017, 11:51 am

Part 4: Being ‘Gringoed’ When seeking advice from anyone that has competed in Brazil, the chances are, you will be informed about the likelihood of being ‘gringoed’. For the uninitiated the gist of this concept is, referees unfairly discriminating against non-Brazilian competitors. Unequal treatment could manifest itself in a litany of ways such as failing … Continue reading Competing BJJ in Brazil


"It's All Coming Up Millhouse..."

January 4, 2017, 6:26 pm

​The longer I train Jiu-Jitsu, the easier I'm able to notice my own progression. I remember my first ‘breakthrough’ very well. It was the day that I realised that hip escapes, or shrimping, were a huge part of Jiu-Jitsu. Up to that point it had just been an annoying warm-up that occasionally reared its head as a technique. I realise now that it's likely the technique that I use more than anything else. Another thing I noticed was a distinct shift in awareness when rolling and d [...]


"Onward to"

January 4, 2017, 11:10 am

Hi folks! After several years of keeping the blog here — and a year or two of doing podcasts and comics — we have a fancy new website designed to keep all of the content together. It also has a new events calendar for jiujitsu and MMA events in the Carolinas and beyond, which should... Read more.


"Check your Ego at the Door?"

December 29, 2016, 2:36 pm

“The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That’s pride fucking with you. Fuck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps” Marsellus Wallace After seven long weeks away with broken ribs I was back on the mats. My enforced exile had given me plenty of time to obsess over a perceived atrophying … Continue reading Check your Ego at the Door?


"5 “Simple” Steps towards Success"

December 28, 2016, 5:00 pm

Keep It Simple I am a simple man. I love my family and my friends. I love my JiuJitsu. I love Strength Training. I love Protein & I love Coffee. I could survive on these things alone. It’s all I need. Let me break it down to my reality. In “Why Do You JiuJitsu?” I talked … Continue reading 5 “Simple” Steps towards Success



December 26, 2016, 6:33 pm

Hi everyone, I just wanted to post a reminder that the blog has moved to  Thank you for your support here, but please head over to the new page. Thanks again, Andy


"My Goals for 2017"

December 22, 2016, 10:01 pm

This time last year I was seriously unhappy, massively unhealthy, unbelievably unfit and fat (as you’ll be able to see from the picture on the right with the purple background).   So taking inspiration from Barney Stinson who says in How I met your mother: “When I am sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead” so I … Continue reading My Goals for 2017


"Competing BJJ in Brazil"

December 20, 2016, 8:39 am

Part III: Cheaper Than Protein If you spend any time training in Brazil you will notice that a lot of dudes appear inhumanly shredded and have the strength to uchi-mata a bison. You will probably conclude without a great deal of pondering that these bodies have not been attained by chicken and rice or the … Continue reading Competing BJJ in Brazil



December 18, 2016, 9:08 pm

  There comes a time when you know you aren't getting out alive anyway, you have nothing to lose, there is no way to survive and your brain shifts. You don't think about winning, you don't think about not losing, because death is a foregone conclusion. And something clicks and you decide to leave a mark. To leave so much forensic evidence, there is no way the threat will escape. To make this the worst day of his life. To cause as much pain and damage and horror as you can in the limited time you have left. This is hitting rock bottom and embracing rock bottom.
And it is one of the most powerful survivor mindsets there is. Very few people want to pay the price to stay engaged with a victim who has touched this level, the full-blown lizard brain.   -Rory Miller

Thursday BJJ in Bellevue: We worked on X guard and the tripod sweep. X guard is something I have worked very little of, but would like to persue more, as I need to develop a bottom game. Tripod sweep has been a nemesis. I clearly recall the first time I saw it as a white belt, I was nearly brought to tears of frustration with the multiple steps and the need to keep Left and Right straight. Still struggling with it some.

Thursday BJJ in Bellevue: all spars. I got a tripod sweep On Danny. He complimented me on it even before I told him that was the first tripod sweep I have ever gotten live.  I sparred with two of the female white belts that I had previously taught my favorite mount escape, and refreshed them on it. I mounted poor Jenna over...


"Holiday Gift Guide: 2016"

December 18, 2016, 11:37 am

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with jiujitsu and have been for years. On the podcast this morning, Betsy O’Donovan — someone with a wider array of interests, a bigger brain, and two stripes on her white belt — joined me to provide a different perspective on what would make great holidays gifts this season.... Read more.


"Graduation to Blue Belt"

December 17, 2016, 1:55 pm

I was graduated to Blue Belt, Faixa Azul, by my professor, Braulio Estima, today in front of the Annual Gathering at Gracie Barra Birmingham in front of Professor Victor who was teaching and 19 Black Belts. I am also so honoured, humbled and touched that my instructors and coaches thought highly enough of me to award … Continue reading Graduation to Blue Belt


"Getting Back To Center"

December 16, 2016, 7:01 am

It’s been four months since I’ve written so let me bring you up to speed.  My wife has turned the corner on her treatment with a combination of half doses of prescribed medications and … Source: Getting Back To Center


"Superbetter and Jiu Jitsu: You are Stronger than you Know"

December 12, 2016, 6:27 pm

A friend loaned me the book Superbetter by Jane McGonigal. I decided to write about how the ideas connect to jiu jitsu, so I’ll be writing this up as I’m going. The idea behind the book is that you can use the science of games to help yourself get stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient. Please feel […]


"Coping without Jiu-Jitsu in Colombia and Ecuador"

December 11, 2016, 2:59 pm

Seven weeks off the mats after my ribs did me the disservice of breaking, I was forced to find an alternative to jiu-jitsu, something that would counterbalance my insatiable desire to consume pizza without compounding the injury. Unable to find a better option whilst traveling in South America, I ended up doing something I detest, … Continue reading Coping without Jiu-Jitsu in Colombia and Ecuador


"Why Do You “JiuJitsu”?"

December 7, 2016, 5:00 pm

3 Ingredients to Steamroll Towards Success You hear the stories from people all the time if you are already involved with JiuJitsu.  It’s described as “life changing” by many. But…..why? If I could boil it all down, it’s about 3 primary things for me: 1) It’s about being curious about Human Potential, 2) the discipline to chase Self-Mastery and 3) the drive to quest … Continue reading Why Do You “JiuJitsu”?


"Getting Around..."

December 6, 2016, 8:36 pm

​Shortly after officially signing up at Gemina MMA I was out for a week due to work and another week due to being ill. Since taking several months off between gyms it seems as if my outlook on missing training has changed. Previously I’d have been mad because I’d be missing training and therefore not improving at the pace I wanted. Now I’m only annoyed because I want to be training, and not due to any pressure I place on myself. I now realise that the Gym and Jiujistu it [...]


"Competing BJJ in Brazil"

December 6, 2016, 5:48 pm

Part 2: The Most Difficult Part Looking through my notes the other day, I worked out that I’d competed ninteen times during the calendar year I spent in Rio; only three of these occasions were outside of the city. Rio is home to a plethora of federations and organisations that hold competitions. This is by … Continue reading Competing BJJ in Brazil


"Christy is awesome"

December 4, 2016, 8:16 pm

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom   -Anais Nin

Thursday lunchtime BJJ, in Bellevue, all spars. Nelson!!!! I love Nelson. Seriously, I would marry Nelson if he wasn't already happily married.   I taught my favorite almost-never-fail front mount escape to two different women. Note- remember to front mount them next time I roll with them and make sure they do it.

Friday women's class in Bellevue. All drills. Standing guard passes, SGP to KOB. Lying under partner and holding the belt, hiking butt up so that one knee is in hir crotch and the other foot is wrapped around hir hip. (oof!) This weird thing where you put one hand on your partner's knee and the other on the floor and hop from one side of hir guard to another. It was really easy and even somewhat fun (like a dance move) RIGHT UP UNTIL Carlos came over and stood right behind me so that I had to sidle instead of hop. THAT MADE IT A HUNDRED TIMES HARDER!!!!!  (Also.... even though he continues to look at me funny whenever I try to say anything to him in Portuguese, he did understand when I muttered, "Eu nao gosto voce,"  ("I don't like you"))

I was really impressed with Christy, who is just coming off a bout of food poisoning. Breakfast was the first meal she had eaten in three days. Then she went skiing. Then to the women's class. Then she ran into the bathroom to puke. Then she did the second class. I told her that she is one of my jiu jitsu...


"“7” Second JiuJitsu Challenge!"

December 2, 2016, 8:27 am

The “7″ Second JiuJitsu Challenge (powered by HEAVYWEIGHTBJJ.COM aka Hw3 BJJ) is a social media video contest like no other! Full rules to the contest, explained below. This page includes all submission rules & contest rules. Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) The success or failure of this contest lies solely in YOUR hands. I will announce … Continue reading “7” Second JiuJitsu Challenge!


"Life Without Jiu-Jitsu"

November 29, 2016, 2:25 pm

“I chose not to choose life: I chose something else” Mark Renton As I come up to six weeks without training jiu-jitsu as a result of breaking my ribs while rolling with one of Terere’s young lions, this was the longest break I’d had in seven and a half years. Kicking it in Colombia and Ecuador … Continue reading Life Without Jiu-Jitsu


"BJJ: The Mind F*ckery of Improving"

November 28, 2016, 7:00 am

Newsflash: When I started BJJ, I never expected to be good. I never expected even to be okay. I fully believed that I would stay a white belt, eating paste in the corner, making everyone feel better about themselves because “Well, at least I’m better than Jiu Jiu!” I was happy and satisfied with this […]


"Reflections on Nottingham Open 2016"

November 28, 2016, 4:32 am

Carlos Gracie Jr says there is no losing in Jiu Jitsu. You win or you learn. At the Nottingham Open 2016 I had one match at Masters 1 (31-35 yr old) White Belt Ultra Heavyweight (100.5+kg) and came out with a Bronze Medal. I pulled guard, and my opponent went straight to mount because I … Continue reading Reflections on Nottingham Open 2016


"Poverty, Pigeons & Peace: A View from Colombia’s Capital"

November 25, 2016, 8:37 am

It was always difficult leaving Rio, saying goodbye to all my friends and family invariably sucked. Although, the fact that I wasn’t able to train any jiu-jitsu due to the inconvenience of broken ribs, made things a little easier, it felt like I was just hanging around watching everyone else have all the fun. It … Continue reading Poverty, Pigeons & Peace: A View from Colombia’s Capital


"Happy Thanksgiving 2016"

November 24, 2016, 9:31 am

Today Mr Jiu Jiu and I invited a few folks over. One soldier whose family is far away, and my BJJ instructor, who is from Brazil. Thought this would be a good time to list some things I’m thankful for! Feel free to add yours to the end! I have a gym that I’m regularly […]


"No Apologies: How Connor McGregor Exemplifies Trump's America"

November 24, 2016, 12:01 am

McGregor thrives in Trump’s America. A man who truly doesn’t give a fuck and understands his worth knows no limits. He can say what he wants, offend groups of people, and break all the rules so long as he shows up on game day- when it’s all on the table. Both of these men have basked in the silence of their critics. With all the rules broken, and all the bridges burnt these two have taken us to some new place in history where we don’t know what happens next. We are in unprecedented times with an unprecedented champion.

We are living in one of those rare moments in time when the fight game’s chaotic history is synchronized with to the chaotic time it exists in. Like Ali and shit. These moments, when the world looks to athletes for the answers, exist in other sports too. However, when a fighter sits center spotlight, it’s special since fighting is the ultimate expression of freedom from rules and conventionality. Part of Ronda Rousey’s appeal, for example, is that she breaks conventional wisdom’s take on women and femininity. She is a badass but still shows her vulnerability, there are no standards for her to abide. She’s a cage fighter, and without the weight of social expectations on her back, Ronda is free to be herself even when it means being a bitch and to apologize to absolutely nobody.

And that is where America is right now- fully independent of conventional wisdom. The next president will be a foul mouthed megalomaniac who has offended a lot of people, and isn’t fucking sorry. To that point, MMA has Connor McGregor, the foul mouth megalomaniac holding two belts simultaneously, asking for a piece of the company pie. Unprecedented.

By being so bold as to threaten not to return to fighting without being set up for life, McGregor is redefining the relationship between promoter and fighter. The position he finds himself will surely have enormous effects on the UFC...


"Old School Jiu-Jitsu with a Twist of Eccentricity"

November 20, 2016, 5:47 pm

After finishing training at 10 pm, getting up the following morning to attend a 7.30 am session was a tough ask. But taking a class with legendary teacher, ninth degree red belt, Mestre Paulo Mauricio Strauch was an opportunity too good to let tiredness or a broken body get in the way of. Achieving his black belt from … Continue reading Old School Jiu-Jitsu with a Twist of Eccentricity


"Takeoff, crash"

November 19, 2016, 7:37 pm

People comfortable with high levels of violence have learned to skip steps in escalation. -Rory Miller

Thursday and Friday BJJ last week- I did it, but was too lazy to write it up.

This Thursday I had to take my dog to the vet- she had a cauliflower ear just like her mommy! So I only got to class on Friday (Kirkland). I only did drills because I just got tattooed the night before (shouldn't have been in there at all... it hurt.... but I just couldn't bear skipping).

Someone got on my case while ago for sticking my *bottom* knee in while trying to replace guard from under side control; I'm not sure why my brain wants to do that, but it does, so I have been trying to break myself of it. Tonight we did a technique wherein you *do* stick your bottom knee in first (HA!) and then swing the top one over the back of the opponent's neck, and attack that arm with a figure 4. Made them summersault, then go belly-down and lock the shoulder. I need to avoid getting so anxious about controlling the person that I can't deal with the figure 4, and I also need to cope with my instinctual reluctance to do *anything* beside let go of everything and try to jump on top once they summersault. You actually have to belly-crawl AWAY from them a bit to get that lock, and they really can't get out, even if my caveman brain is yammering that they are loose and flopping and getting ready to get up and smash me.

I know I have been bad about blogging lately. I had some kind of epiphany last month where I went down to the River and...


"Navigating 64 Squares in Colombia’s Capital"

November 18, 2016, 9:21 am

“I stay on the 64 squares, while patrolling the center/ Trading space from material, the time zone, I enter” Gza There was always chess going down in the centre of Colombia’s capital, Bogota. At a number of different points throughout the city tables were set up and cats would have them packed out. Even the … Continue reading Navigating 64 Squares in Colombia’s Capital


"3 Tips to Sharpen Your Skills"

November 17, 2016, 7:00 am

Practice Makes Habits Rolling is one of the most exciting forms learning in the academy. It accelerates your ability to learn.  How? All of the stimulus involved with the dynamics of JiuJitsu come to bear whether you train for Self-Defense, or for Sport. One of the many vast benefits of JiuJitsu is the ability to develop … Continue reading 3 Tips to Sharpen Your Skills


"They’re All About Duty"

November 16, 2016, 12:42 pm

Note: This is a guest post I did for JiuJiteira, a new online community intended to promote events that feature female JiuJiteiras and encourage both men and women training together. Jiujitsu has much in common with musical theater, specifically Gilbert & Sullivan. No, really. Besides being subcultures that inspire completists to obsession, the themes in... Read more.