Esdras Junior talks evolution of BJJ in U.S. and sets goal: ‘Gold at the Worlds’

Esdras Junior, 29, dreams of being black-belt world champion. With that in mind, the Paraíba-born fighter decided to spend a season in the U.S. training under Osvaldo Queixinho and Samir Chantre, following an invitation from a close friend. Esdras, who has been practicing BJJ for 13 years, has already noticed an evolution in his game…



Training for Warriors: Don’t overlook your butt

[First published in 2010. Part of the Training for Warriors series, by Martin Rooney*] One of the most important steps in man’s coming to rule the earth was going from being a quadruped to walking on two legs. Just think how much more energy your body would spend as a result of the increased muscle…



Renzo Gracie Online Academy is 55% off until Friday

Sadly, we’re still living a health crisis in much of the world, and, in many countries, gyms remain closed.    We know the importance of continuing one’s BJJ studies. That’s why I, alongside the Gallerr team, have decided to offer a 55% discount to any user who wants to keep learning BJJ even without being…




Professor Cristyan Martins details the value of Jiu-Jitsu in developing healthy young people

Cristyan Martins, professor at our GMI Evolução Jiu-Jitsu, left Maringá, in Paraná, to fight some of the big IBJJF tournaments in the United States. The black belt was caught on the counter by the pandemic, and decided to stay there waiting until the championships be back. In this chat with GRACIEMAG.com, the professor commented on…



AJP Tour: Registration open for local, int’l events in 2020/2021 season

As the world starts to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic, the AJP Tour gets ready to kick off the 2020/2021 season. Following all safety and health guidelines from local authorities, the AJP is gearing up with scheduled local, national and international events. The registration period is open for several events and athletes can sign up…



Strengthen your abs and lumbar region with these exercises you can do at home

Today we bring you GFTeam’s Alex Souto Maior, who has a PhD in physiology and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, teaching three simple exercises particularly useful to BJJ fighters wishing to strengthen their abs and lumbar region. For each exercise, Alex’s recommendation is the same: do three or four sets of the maximum number…



Exclusive: ADCC 2021 will have two trial events in Brazil in Feb.

For fighters currently in quarantine, some optimistic forecasts are starting to pop up in the BJJ world. One involves ADCC 2021. The world’s biggest grappling event is set to take place in Las Vegas in the second semester. The trials that determine which fighters get to compete — usually held in some of the biggest…