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Ryan Fiorenzi

What’s Wrong With BJJ

I have to say that the Gracies have made a huge contribution to my life.  I love Jiu-Jitsu.  It is one of the most amazing martial arts I have ever encountered, that I am still challenged and mystified by.  I am very thankful to them. They have helped make me a more complete martial artist and […]

Erik Paulson

Erik Paulson is an amazing person and martial artist.  He was training with Rorion in 1986,  a World Shooto Champion, Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Dan Inosanto, and Rigan Machado Black Belt.  He is an mma coach for Josh Barnett and Brock Lesnar. For anyone who has been in Jiu-Jitsu for more than a few […]

Genki Sudo

Genki Sudo is a really unique competitor.  The thing that everyone notices is that he isn’t afraid to fly!  What I really appreciate is that he doesn’t hesitate.  He makes a 100% commitment to whatever technique he is doing, whether its a flying triangle, a lateral drop, or an ankle lock. If your technique lacks […]

The Gauntlet / Belt Whipping Ceremony

The BJJ Gauntlet / Belt Whipping Ceremony For those of you who don’t know, there is a tradition in some bjj schools where students that get their next belt will get whipped in the back by all the other students. I’m not a fan of this tradition and we don’t do it at my school.  […]

What is Ginastica Natural?

What is Ginastica Natural? Students often ask me what is the best conditioning for BJJ.  My first answer: BJJ!  You will continue to develop technique as well as your conditioning, whereas if you went jogging, there is no technical benefit. Doing more BJJ isn’t always possible.  You may not be able to make it to the […]

Motivation to Train the Deep Half Guard…

BJJ Taught In Schools?

In Abu Dhabi children in grade school are learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from black belts.  Abu Dhabi is expanding their program:

100 Things You Should Do Before Reaching Black Belt

This is a Gracie Magazine post with some good advice, some bad advice (my opinion), and some hilarious advice. My favorites are #’s 29, 33. 43, 61, and 81.  Enjoy 🙂 Feel free to comment below your favorites. http://www.graciemag.com/en/2010/08/100-things-you-should-do-before-reaching-black-belt/

What’s The Best Type Of BJJ Training? Part 2

continued from part 1… If I had to choose one type of training, it would be rolling with a black belt.  And it is a specific kind of rolling.

What’s The Best Type Of BJJ Training?

If you could create the optimum training experience, what would it be like?  Would you roll all the time?  How much of the time would you spend repping techniques? I will list several different training methods and list their benefits and weaknesses: