How to Break Grips

After the last post, many people requested tips for breaking grips – so here we go! Obviously, this is not a blueprin...

Two Things That Are Often Forgotten to Be Taught in Jiu Jitsu

Now that most gyms in the world are open again, I wanted to take the time to name two things that are often forgotten...

BJJ Grips – Part 1

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, grips are very important. They can be used to control and move an opponent, to deny attacks and to set up attacks of your own.  This article will discuss the four most basic grips in BJJ. These are the collar grip, the cross-collar grip, the Judo-style (fore-)arm grip and the spider guard/BJJ-style arm grip. Firstly, I will describe the grip. Secondly, I will mention the points of control of each grip. Thirdly, I will mention a grip or grips that can be combined with the described grip and lastly, I will mention techniques or groups of techniques that can be done with the grip (keep in mind though that the list of techniques is by no means exhaustive).

Jiu Jitsu Belt

Unlike in many other martial arts, the Jiu Jitsu belt (mostly) directly translates to how savage you are on (and off) the mats. In other words, you usually do not only get promoted for knowledge, but for actual skill.

5 Techniques Every BJJ White Belt Should Know

Being a beginner in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be quite tough and frustrating, sometimes. However, if you learn and use the following 5 techniques, your life on the mats will be much easier!

The De La Riva Foot Lock (and Why It's Awesome!)

The De La Riva Foot Lock (also called ‘Caio Terra Foot Lock’ after Caio Terra who often successfully used/uses it ag...

BJJ Starter Kit: What Do I Need?

As with a lot of sports, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) requires its practitioners to wear certain clothes. Some things a...

5 Tips for Girls That Want to Start BJJ

In case you’re a girl and thought about trying Jiu Jitsu (BJJ): Here are 5 tips for you! This blog post has been cre...

5 Tips for BJJ White Belts

Are you a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wonder how you can improve faster? Here are 5 essential tips for you...

5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Jiu Jitsu

This article is about how you can improve your Jiu Jitsu game in 5 simple steps. The article is especially suitable ...

The Origin of The 'Kimura' Lock

We all know this lock. We all have been caught with it or used it. And we all know someone who’s really good at using it. Of course, I’m talking about the ‘Kimura’ lock. It’s not only a rather well working submission, but also a good way of controlling your opponent and transitioning between positions. It’s also usually one of the first locks a Jiu Jitsu beginner learns within the first few months of training.

Why Do We Wear a Gi/Kimono?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players wear a certain, for some people maybe unusual, uniform, called ‘Gi’ or ‘Kimono’. And that’s probably the first thing one notices when looking at a Jiu Jitsu player. But have you ever wondered why we wear such a Gi/Kimono? Where it comes from or which discipline had the first one?
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