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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BJJ Relationships: She Had Me at “DQ”

Hillary and I have been married for two years, and yesterday was our wedding anniversary. About 4 years ago, we met at a Grapplers Quest event, which is weird because there’s a video of the first time I ever saw my w...
Nelson Puentes
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Arctic Jiu-Jitsu: The Birth of BJJ in Greenland

A few weeks ago I was talking with my friend Christian Graugart to coordinate details about a BJJ Globetrotter camp in Italy, on the Island of Sardinia. I was looking forward to some sun and to working on my surfing ...
Nelson Puentes
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Smoked Fish and Single Legs in Reykjavik

As I type this, I am sitting on a plane on my way to Greenland for a BJJ Globetrotter camp. Since there are no direct flights from the U.S., Hillary and I flew into Reykjavik, Iceland yesterday and had a little over ...
Nelson Puentes
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Building Your Style

When I work with newer students, I often hear some variation of the question “How do I develop my style?” or “What should I specialize in?” This seems to be a natural progression in jiu-jitsu learning. After a few we...
Marshal Carper
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Tap Cancer Out: The Panda Connection

In the mix of big tournaments taking place, like the Abu Dhabi Pro the week prior and the Eddie Bravo Invitational taking place the same day, you may not have heard about a very special tournament: Tap Cancer Out. Hi...
Nelson Puentes
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Becoming a BJJ Houdini

Every white belt has asked a black belt for help only to hear this annoying answer: “Don’t get there in the first place.” You want to scream “I WOULDN’T BE ASKING IF I COULD’VE AVOIDED IT, NOW WOULD I!?” Still, the a...
Matt Kirtley
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The Poetry of Jiu-Jitsu

When you’re born and raised in Chile, Pablo Neruda is kind of a big deal. Wikipedia describes Neruda as a “poet-diplomat,” but for kids in Chile he was a staple of early childhood reading. If you live and Chile and c...
Nelson Puentes
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Just Be Cool, Man: The Dangers of Getting Angry in Training

Hey, Chris Ulbricht from Garden State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Red Bank, New Jersey here. I wanted to share with you some thoughts I had on the disadvantages of getting angry and upset during training. I’ve see...
Chris Ulbricht
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