Sex before a BJJ fight — yes or no? Helio Gracie gives the final word

On a pleasant afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, while he had lunch, a black-belt was sharing with a white-belt friend the benefits of practicing BJJ: “To this day I am impressed with how our art helps the students — with coordination, with gaining physical power, with cardio, with relationships, with conquering things…” After chewing some…



Isaque Bahiense gunning for Leandro Lo’s throne at Copa Podio

Isaque Bahiense of Alliance has some extra motivation for Copa Podio’s Lightweight GP, set to take place this Saturday in Sao Paulo. The 21-year-old wants to make history and seize the throne left empty by Leandro Lo, the last lightweight champion. Isaque is in the yellow group alongside Celso Venícius, Delson Pé de Chumbo, Wellington…



Herbert Burns thinks of new challenge following first MMA loss

Herbert Burns had never tasted the bitter taste of defeat. Defending his invincibility and looking for a chance to fight for the One Championship featherweight belt, he faced Russia’s Movlid Khaibulaev in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 10. After three rounds, Burns saw his foe’s hand raised, and a streak of six wins wasn’t going to…



Obelenyte wins double gold at Atlanta International Open

Two-time absolute BJJ world champion Dominyka Obelenyte was the big winner at the Atlanta International Open 2017, which took place over the weekend. The Fabio Clemente BJJ representative snatched double gold, winning both the super-heavyweight and the open division — the latter with a win over Jaqueline de Moraes of Checkmat in the final. Helton…



Mackenzie Dern to step back into Legacy cage in March

ADCC champion Mackenzie Dern has a date and opponent defined for her next MMA appearance. She will be a part of Legacy Fighting Alliance 6, on March 10, facing Katherine Roy. With two wins in her record, Dern will face an expert boxer in Roy, who has one win in MMA. The organization Legacy Fighting…



“Big Dog” Almeida’s thoughts on how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu impacts your life [video]

Filmed by Samuel Rivera, “Embraced” is an insight from BJJ black belt Ricardo Almeida into how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu changed himself, and what’s the impact of the martial arts on people’s life, in general. Watch the short documentary above and read the transcript below: “I’ve been a black belt for almost 20 years now. A black…



Leandro Lo and Tayane Porfirio win double gold at 2017 Euro; see the results

It’s all said and done at the 2017 European Championship. The event, which shook the Portuguese city of Odivelas, ended this Sunday with the finals of the weight divisions and the absolutes. Leandro Lo won the men’s open over Cláudio Calasans (Atos) by 4-0. He also took down the heavyweight division over Tanner Rice by…



Xande Ribeiro, Marcio André, Bia Mesquita and Nathiely Jesus shine at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam

The second and final day of the Abu dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, this Saturday, January 14, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, offered all the thrills the crowd was hoping to experience. World class Jiu-Jitsu was displayed by some of the best black belts in the world as they fought as hard as they could…