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“Ryan Fiorenzi”

Criteria for Rank in BJJ

This is a really touchy subject.  I have seen adults act like children when it comes to getting promoted in BJJ! What creates some of this frustration is that most schools do not have a clear set of requirements for advancement.   I understand why students can get frustrated. It took my 11 years to […]

The Meaning of the Bow

In my opinion, bowing is the most important technique in all of the martial arts.  In this post I will explain what the different types of bows are why the bow is so important.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank (part 2) by Guest Columnist Eric Smith

continued from part 1… Expectations and Entitlement Paying tuition or a testing fee does not entitle anyone to a promotion. Chuck Norris flunked his first black belt exam. He didn’t complain or quit, he just made corrections without complaining and continued to train smarter and harder. Where we think we are at skill wise and […]

Interview With BJJ Legends Magazine: Machado Stories

BJJ Legends: Thanks for meeting with us. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Ryan: I am a black belt under Rigan and Roger Machado and I started training Jiu-Jitsu in 1994, just after the UFCs began. Before that I had been training Kung Fu for 7 years, earning a black sash. I opened my […]

One Secret to Increasing Your Defense 100%

John Machado told me to not be a master of kamikaze escapes.  Don’t let your arm get caught and accomplish a daring escape.  Remember that BJJ is not a sport- it is a form of self defense.  A joint lock on the street would not be done slow with control as the joint reached it’s […]