Felipe Preguiça teaches how to pass the spider guard in one swoop

In 2014, Felipe Preguiça taught some students from Team Moraes, in Rio, how to pass the spider guard in one swoop, and Graciemag was present to collect the details. Translated transcript: “He’ll have one leg stretched, and this other one will be on the bicep, but it won’t be applying pressure. So with this hand,…



The 7 capital sins of training, with Rafael Ribeiro — part 2

By Rafael Ribeiro *   3- All practice, no theory Theoretical training is the hours invested in studying the sport. The result of this investment is that the athlete becomes more conscious of everything they do. When things make sense and you develop this consciousness, there is a significant boost to your self-confidence. Some examples:…



Video: Sergio Capella’s detail so you don’t lose the hook sweep

Do you usually have trouble hook-sweeping? Today our friends from Laranjeiras Jiu-Jitsu Club, in Rio, bring you quite the gift, then: a detail for when your opponent sprawls and throws their weight on the legs. In the lesson, Prof. Sergio Capella, aided by Prof. Clebinho, demonstrates how to go into the hook guard to sweep.…



Light feather vs. ultra-heavy: Musumeci’s challenge at the 2020 Euros

In one of the high points of the 2020 Euros, the valiant light featherweight Mikey Musumeci, weighing around 65kg to hit the division’s limit that Sunday morning, decided to throw himself to the lions in the absolute, meaning he could face mountainous opponents weighing over 120kg. And so it happened. In the qualifiers, Mikey was…



Rodolfo Vieira teaches how to get from side control to the triangle

  Back in 2013, Rodolfo Vieira, the 2011 absolute BJJ world champion, made a video teaching Graciemag readers a no-gi technique. Enjoy it with the translated transcript below. “Hi, guys; here’s a technique I’ve been doing since I first started training for the 2013 ADCC. It’s a triangle choke from side control. From side control…



Demian Maia’s detail for easily opening the closed guard in BJJ

Widely regarded as one of the most skillful users of jiu-jitsu inside an MMA cage, Demian Maia has an exclusive lesson for Graciemag readers. In the following video, Demian explains the correct way to place your elbow on the inside of your opponent’s thigh to avoid straining the muscle — a common mistake in gyms…



Video: Rafael Mendes teaches how to get the flying triangle right

Translated transcript: “First I’ll make a grip on my opponent’s collar when the fight starts. And I’ll make another grip here on his elbow. Now, on the side I grabbed his elbow, I’ll put my foot on his hip. Then I’ll pretend I’m gonna pull guard. When I pretend that I’m gonna pull guard, he…