Finding the Right BJJ School for You

If you’re interested in starting BJJ, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will arm you with the knowledge you need to pick the right BJJ school for you. When evaluating BJJ schools, these are the key factors t...
Matt Kirtley
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Are Jiu-Jitsu Concepts Actually Helping You Learn?

A few years ago, jiu-jitsu concepts became all the rage, and for good reason. When YouTube jiu-jitsu hit a critical mass, we had no shortage of individual techniques. We could find hours and hours of footage of our f...
Marshal Carper
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Underwear Chess and Jiu-Jitsu Strategy

I learned to play chess when I was in the third grade. One afternoon when no cartoons were on television and I had finished my weekly allowance of comic books (Condorito y Barrabases) I went to my mom and told her I ...
Nelson Puentes
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How to Teach for Maximum Knowledge Retention

10th Planet Chicago after 3 hours of crucifix shenanigans. This past weekend I had the adventure of teaching two Mastering the Crucifix seminars in Chicago--a gi seminar at Chicago Martial Arts and a no-gi one at 10t...
Matt Kirtley
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6 Tips for Cross Training

I feel like every so often the idea of cross training gets brought up, especially by the jiu-jitsu personality of the moment, but we still treat it like a novel idea. Cross training should not be a fringe concept ...
Nelson Puentes
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Ariel Helwani and the State of Fight Journalism

My fight journalism career began 10 years ago with Lockflow.com. From there, I wrote for Ultimate Grappling (which became Ultimate MMA), Fight! Magazine, Victory Belt Publishing, and The Escapist. At the busiest poin...
Marshal Carper
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Predictions for Worlds

Worlds has been my favorite tournament to watch for a long time. Since I first saw videos from the Tijuca Tennis Club, to the first time I got to watch the black belt finals live from the Pyramid at Long Beach. There...
Nelson Puentes
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Adventures in Reaping Land: A Review of Reilly Bodycomb's Rdojo Camp

Back in February of this year, I got to go to the three day Rdojo Camp at Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Red Bank, NJ. It’s time that I finally wrote a review. Over those days, I shared an Airbnb rental with Nel...
Matt Kirtley
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Colosseum Kimuras

I found myself this week, on our way to a BJJ Globetrotters camp in Sardinia.We flew into Rome using a Portuguese airline with a layover in Lisbon, which allowed me to practice my Portuguese… Frango. Vinho tinto. Obr...
Nelson Puentes
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Training Partners Trump All

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a strange sport. On the one hand, it’s a highly individual pursuit. We often talk about how comparing your progress to the progress of others is dangerous because so many variables can lead to ...
Marshal Carper
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The Four Corners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

As a student or teacher of jiu-jitsu, it can help to break the martial art into four main contexts: gi, no-gi, self defense, and MMA. These categories let you to analyze the effectiveness of your training methods and ...
Matt Kirtley
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Rubbing Salt in the Wound

Last week, my phone exploded.I had been sent or tagged in a video dozens of times, which was unusual because at the time I was spending most of my day hailing cabs and catching flights. At first I thought that perhap...
Nelson Puentes
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