Abu Dhabi King of Mats season recap

After a successful launch in the 2018/2019 season, the Abu Dhabi King of Mats series entered the 2019/2020 season aiming even higher as the elite of the Jiu-Jitsu competition world lined up for battle. All three weight classes (lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight) had events throughout the season. The grand finale was in Rio, on November…



Live classes at Renzo Gracie UWS, compiled

Here’s the collection of live classes broadcast from Renzo Gracie Upper West Side in New York and made available for free at the Gallerr channel.



Young ATT star crowned at Copa Podio GP

At 11 years of age, a yellow-belt has begun attracting looks of admiration in the BJJ community. Jorge “Jorjão” Fernandes stood out last weekend at the under-40kg Copa Podio GP in California. The GP was rounded out by Frankie Zambada, Mick Moylan and Graham Hanley. This GP had a special flavor for the American Top…



Bianca Basílio’s tips for evolution in BJJ: ‘Don’t compare yourself’

A few years ago, Bianca Basílio kindly went on record in issue #259 of Graciemag to offer her ten favorite nuggets of advice for white-belts — the lessons she wished she had learned as a beginner. Let’s get to ’em. 1. Do not worry. The beginning may appear tough, but in time you will hone…



What mistakes do you make from the mount? Here are ten tips to help you improve

1. The mount is the supreme position, from which the BJJ player exerts ample control over their rival — and can even give themselves the luxury of resting without pressure from the ref to attack. It’s from there, with full view of the match, that they must work to finish. But it’s normal for a…



Training for Warriors: Strength and motor patterns for takedowns

[First published in 2006. Part of the Training for Warriors series, by Martin Rooney*] Training for Throws At first glance, someone might look at a jiu Jitsu match, a wrestling match, judo match, and an MMA fight and find it easy to pick out the differences in strategy and rules. In every one of these…



Propelled by Euro title, Ribamar wants to win it all in 2020

Deemed a favorite in every tournament he enters, Manuel Ribamar is currently experiencing his best phase since getting his black belt in mid-2015. A sitting IBJJF European champion, Ribamar has set out to conquer the Grand Slam — that is, to win at the Pan, Brazilian Nationals and Worlds as well as the Euros. To…



Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour dates announced for new season

The 2019/2020 season of the AJP Tour is coming to an end, but there’s still plenty of thrills to come. One big attraction is the Abu Dhabi Continental Pro series, which will feature four events on the weekend of February 29 – March 1. Oceania, Europe, Africa and South America will have its continental champions…