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Ryan Fiorenzi

How To Keep Improving Your BJJ

I have noticed over several years of teaching that some students progress faster than others.  This can be a blessing or a curse… some of the students that progress very fast get used to the exhilaration of learning fast and inevitable, the learning curve slows down.  When this happens, they often lose interest and stop […]

Two Wolves

I find BJJ to be lacking in deeper philosophy that you will find in other martial arts.  Many refer to BJJ as a sport rather than an art. Here is one of my favorite stories. There is a story of a Native American grandfather talking to his grandson. He explained that we all have two […]

What To Do When You Get Tapped By A Lower Rank

What To Do When You Get Tapped By A Lower Rank First of all, do not do any of the following: tell the person who just tapped you that you’re injured. explain that you weren’t going 100%. roll again and start coaching them to let them know that you weren’t going 100% the whole time. […]

How to Roll Fluidly

This video is of Marcelo Garcia and Ryan Hall demonstrating a different type of rolling.  They are mainly going for positions, not submissions.

Roger Gracie Gomes

Roger Gracie Gomez is a great Jiu-Jitsu practitioner,  and is a calm and humble person.  This compilation video is nicely done. Notice Roger consistently uses basic techniques for success.  Many of his submission victories are cross chokes from the mount!

Are Leg Locks Part of Jiu-Jitsu? Part 2

continued from part 1… 4) Higher level practitioners do them and not lower level because most BJJ practitioners are not good at leg locks.  If they are a brown belt, their leg locks are normally at blue belt level.  Beginners may be told that they will learn them when they are higher rank, but in […]

Are Leg Locks Part of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

There is a bit of controversy on this topic.  When I started training and I was originally under the Gracies, I was told that leg locks are: 1)  dangerous 2) on kneebars you turn your back, and turning your back is really bad 3) if you train them your guard passes will suffer 4) that […]

History of Jiu-Jitsu (Part 2), Maeda and the Gracies

continue from part 1 Information in this article was taken mostly from a book that I recommend, mostly for it’s history section,  “Mastering JuJitsu” by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has it’s roots in the Gracie family, but the Gracies learned from Mitsuyo Meada (1878-1941), “Count Coma.”  He was doing mixed martial arts […]

History of Jiu-Jitsu Part 1 (Before the Gracies)

For years I had only heard about the history of Jiu-Jitsu from the Gracies. Rorion Gracie said that his father Helio was the driving force behind most of the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu from what they learned from Count Koma. In the Machado’s  schools (my teachers) and in other circles, there is talk about the older […]

How A Black Belt Can Hurt You

Having a belt system in any martial art has several purposes.  One is that students know who to trust as far as who to learn from.  Belt color will let you know to trust the darker colored belts and to take advice from white belts with a grain of salt.  There are white belts in […]