The historic fight of Roberto Gordo and Wallid Ismail with Carlson as ref

The leader of Start Jiu-Jitsu, in the U.S., Roberto Gordo was once a fierce competitor. With his half-guard, feared for its atypical aggressiveness at the time, Gordo amassed admirers and competitive rivals on the mats. In one particularly memorable match, Gordo took on the equally fearsome Wallid Ismail. The duel, marked by Gordo’s technical superiority…



The best detail for finishing via americana, with Braulio Estima

Today we have a special lesson for you. Exclusively for Graciemag readers, ADCC champion Braulio Estima teaches an indispensable detail to keep in mind if you are to successfully employ the americana lock. Check out the English-language video here:



Worlds: The sushi that nearly cost Malfacine his 10th title

At least once a year, California turns into the international capital of Brazilian jiu-jitsu with the hosting of the IBJJF World Championship. In 2018, a huge number of great athletes showed up at the Walter Pyramid looking for gold — but lots more happened among friends and colleagues before the Worlds proper. Some fighters almost…



Carlos Holanda teaches how to pass the lapel guard

Carlos Holanda, the leader of Carlos Holanda Academy in Manaus, today opens his door to teach you a simple, effective option against the lapel guard. Even with the guard player already wrapped with the lapel, Holand teaches a detail to overcome this, break the grip and safely reach the side. After isolating the opposite leg with…



2018 Worlds: All champions defined

It’s a wrap at the 2018 IBJJF World Championship, with Leandro Lo winning the men’s absolute title and Tayane Porfírio winning the women’s. Here’s what went down in each final. Women ROOSTER Rikako Yuasa (Shinagawa) def. Serena Gabrielli (Flow), 6-2 LIGHT FEATHER Amanda Nogueira (GFTeam) def. Talita Alencar (Alliance), 1-0 adv. FEATHER Karen Antunes (Checkmat)…



Rodolfo Vieira returns to the cage next month in Australia

Having won his first three MMA bouts on Brazilian soil, Rodolfo Vieira is now headed Down Under to try to extend his undefeated record. The long-time guard-passing (and more recently, ground-and-pound) ace  will be tasked with winning at ACB MMA 88 on June 16 in Brisbane. His opponent is Jacob Holyman-Tague, a local fighter. A more experienced…



The lessons of Rolls Gracie, who died young and changed the history of BJJ

[First published in 2010.]       It was a windless weekend in Visconde de Mauá, a region of Rio de Janeiro known for its breathtaking valleys and waterfalls. Not a hang glider could be seen in the sky. Even so, Rolls insisted on taking flight. “Hey, champ. Lift the wing so I can adjust…



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…