10 lessons in life and BJJ with Pride and ADCC legend Ricardo Arona

In 2000, recently promoted from the purple belt to the brown belt, Ricardo Arona emerged as the star of Carlson Gracie Academy. Owner of a cold stare and a warm heart, the 21-year-old Niterói native would fearlessly get tangled with the team’s black belts, thus molding his will and sharpening his claws. One day, an…



Passer vs. guard player: Lo and Panza’s duel at the 2017 Worlds

In the lead-up to the 2018 Jiu-Jitsu Worlds, which will kick off next week, today we remember one of the semifinal absolute matches held in 2017. Leandro Lo, stronger and more offensive, was facing Luiz Panza and his sneaky leg attacks. The result: a beautiful clash of a passer and a guard player. Lo fought…



Video: Flowers’s title-winning armbar at the Brazilian Nationals

In late April, busy Jéssica Flowers of Gracie Barra Amazonas won another title. This time it happened at the CBJJ’s Brazilian Nationals. Jéssica’s path began as she signed up for the super-heavyweight division, and it ended with her facing world champion Fernanda Mazzelli for gold. With a dangerous closed guard and a good-looking sweep, Jéssica landed on top…



Watch an ex-UFC fighter win at the Paris Open

In parallel with the San Diego Open, last Saturday the IBJJF’s Paris Open was also held. Apart from Adam Wardzinski, who bagged gold both in the heavyweight and open divisions, another name drew people’s attention. Yan Cabral, a black-belt shaped by Nova União and presently the leader of Aranha Association, did not hold back. A former UFC…



Inside the mind of Xande Ribeiro

[First published in 2014.] I decided to fight the Brazilian Championship at the beginning of the month of May, as a challenge. The idea was to use the CBJJ competition in São Paulo as preparation for the Worlds in California. On the side, I would take the opportunity to shuffle it up with this younger…



Tame the butterfly guard with RGOA

You may have seen here at Graciemag.com videos of BJJ stars using the butterfly guard to take down big tournaments. It’s been done by Fernando Tererê, Vitor Shaolin, Marcelo Garcia, Renzo Gracie and others. Very versatile and efficient, the butterfly guard frightens many passers — even experienced ones — who don’t quite know how to…



Roger Gracie — a detail to avoid losing the foot lock

Ten-time BJJ world champion Roger Gracie built a phenomenal career without over-complicating things. Today the London-based teacher shows you a detail pertaining to the foot lock, a position that becomes much deadlier when one heeds his advice. In the video, produced by our friends over at Dojjo, Roger starts by ruling out the worst way…



More escapes from the turtle position at RGOA

A versatile position like the turtle can’t be covered in just one week. And so Shawn Williams and Leo Tunico this week bring some new secrets to light at Renzo Gracie Online Academy. Shawn shows two situations that involve the makikomi roll, a move that consists of trapping one of your opponent’s arms and spinning…