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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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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