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25 Mar

JJ Over 50

You can start doing jiu-jitsu at virtually any age. Perhaps more so than any other martial art, it is designed to give people the ability to defend themselves even if their opponent is stronger than them, more agile than them, or younger than them. Even if you’re in your fifties, you can start learning jiu-jitsu and eventually become skilled enough to defend yourself in an altercation.

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19 Mar

Why some white belts quit

Learning jiu-jitsu is a lifelong endeavor. For many white belts, they instantly recognize the draw during their first or second class and become committed to making jiu-jitsu a part of their life. It’s not just the fact that they’re learning self-defense or getting into shape or even becoming part of the community at the gym; they really love learning the technique and all the ins and outs of each move.

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11 Mar

Do I Need to Compete

One of the questions that Ryan Young of Kama Jiu-Jitsu gets asked frequently is about competing. Are there benefits to competing? Is it necessary? Does it make you a better fighter? As Ryan notes in the below video, a lot of the benefits that come from competing depend on the student.

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28 Feb

Lower Belts

Roger Gracie is a member of the IBJJF Hall of Fame and was arguably one of the best jiu-jitsu fighters active in the 2000s. While it’s not that unusual for a member of the Gracie family to become such a formidable fighter and win so many championships, what may come as a surprise is that Roger has been based in the United Kingdom since moving to London at the age of 20.

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16 Nov

Henry Akins and Matt Thornton Part I

The primary goal of jiu-jitsu is survival. To achieve this goal, one needs to be efficient. In order to be efficient, one must have a combination of endurance, confidence, and mastery of technique. As one masters technique, they learn to become more efficient and more effective. 

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16 Nov

Henry Akins and Matt Thornton Part II

There’s a fallacy that you need to constantly train with people who are better than you if you want to get better. That may be true for some people. 

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27 Oct

Jiu-Jitsu From Home

There are dozens of life events that can cause you to take a break from jiu-jitsu class. You may simply feel overwhelmed by responsibilities at work, at school, or at home. You may also need to recuperate after an illness or an injury. Then again, a big change may temporarily keep you from the gym, such as starting a new job, the birth of a child, or needing to care for a sick family member. Jiu-jitsu is important, but the health and well-being of you and your family are always more important. In any of these instances, you should simply tell your instructor that you need some time away.

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05 Oct

Henry Akins on Injuries

There is a risk of injury when you participate in any sport. In most cases, jiu-jitsu injuries are relatively minor. Following an intense sparring session, you will likely have minor bruises or scrapes. If you are just getting back into sports after years or even decades of living a more sedentary life, you will certainly experience soreness as you get back into shape.

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21 Sep

Time Management

Once you start your jiu-jitsu journey, it is an endeavor that you can continue for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter if you begin at age 6 or age 60. Anyone can start taking jiu-jitsu classes and anyone can improve with practice.

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14 Sep


Connection is a vital part of any martial art where grappling sits front and center, especially jiu-jitsu. As Henry Akins told Bernardo Faria of BJJ Fanatics in the below video, it’s one of the most important concepts to understand in jiu-jitsu because it’s always happening

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07 Sep

Developing Your Defense

Even if you have been to several classes and know a few moves, you are not really doing jiu-jitsu. You’re just using these moves in a slapdash way as you try to defend yourself and survive. Eventually, however, you begin to develop a coherent defense.

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27 Jul

Using Jiu Jitsu To Escape Being Pinned

All martial arts classes will teach students how to defend themselves should they get into an altercation. Not all martial arts are the same. There are numerous styles and within these styles there are different approaches that cater specifically to people who want to just learn the basics of self-defense or to people who want to become the next MMA superstar.

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14 Jul

The Jiu Jitsu Belt Trap

Training jiu-jitsu is like learning other skills. It does not take a lot of studying to understand the basics and to get to a point where you feel confident in your abilities. In fact, within just a few months of training you may feel as though you have a firm grip on many of the fundamentals that form the foundation of jiu-jitsu.

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28 Jun

Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals: Structure Dictates Success

Ryan Hall has become very well-known within the jiu-jitsu community and among fans of mixed martial arts because he managed to become an elite fighter very quickly. Within just five years, he went from being someone with no jiu jitsu experience to competing in some of the biggest tournaments in the world. His grappling skills are so amazing that they have earned him the nickname “The Wizard.”

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14 Jun

Losing to a Lower Belt - Navigating Your Jiu Jitsu Journey

Just because you get your blue belt doesn’t mean that you will only roll with other blue belts. Blue belts roll with purple belts, as well as white belts. As a blue belt, you will likely feel nervous when going up against a purple belt because they are a more advanced fighter than you. However, some blue belts are apprehensive about going up against white belts because they don’t want to get tapped by a lower belt.

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