At the 2020 Pan, Rafael Lang proved that jiu-jitsu is the art of overcoming

In December 2013, Professor Rafael Lang suffered a serious motorcycle accident, fracturing his spine and hips. He was almost paralyzed. The recovery was slow. One month in the hospital, one month in bed at home, one month in a wheelchair, three months walking with a walker. The doctors told Lang that he could not compete…



MMA Studio Secrets gives tips to motivate students to return to training in gyms

Following on the mission of expanding the business of Jiu-Jitsu teachers, MMA Studio Secrets shared with its followers some more tips in this complicated period of a pandemic: How to bring your students back? According to local safety standards, most academies in the world have partially returned to their activities. Many students, however, have not…



Rigan Machado teaches guard exercises to do alone

Rigan Machado teaches great moves for anyone wishing to sharpen up their half-guard, even without a training partner handy



‘Jiu Jitsu,’ starring Nicolas Cage, premieres in November

The movie Jiu Jitsu, directed by Dimitri Logothetis and filmed in the course of  2019 and 2020, is almost ready to go, and its release is scheduled for late this year. The production company says the film will be available on Nov. 20 in U.S. and Canadian theaters. Logothetis, who directed the two most recent installments…



Atos’s Pablo Mantovani on leading a jiu-jitsu team in Abu Dhabi

The quarantine period has boosted the life of the young Pablo Mantovani, just 25 years old. Traveling to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where he was going to compete in the main tournament in the land of Sheikh Tahnoon, the World Pro, the Rio Grande do Sul native saw his life…



X-guard sweep from the open guard, and more with Rafael Costa

So your opponent opened your guard and stood up. How about making a grip on one sleeve and another on the end of their opposite pant leg? This is how Rafael Costa starts to transition to the x-guard. Note how he steps on the passer’s left leg, opening space to reposition himself. The guard player’s…



Bibiano Fernandes teaches how to pass guard and end up on the back

A jiu-jitsu black-belt and MMA fighter with a career full of triumphs, Bibiano Fernandes has three IBJJF world championships and two Dream FC belts, and is the current bantamweight king of One Championship. He got where he is by developing a range of positions to bring fear to the heart of any guard player. Today…



Hitting new ‘bench’ marks: Use a simple tool to become stronger

[First published in 2013. Part of the Training for Warriors series, by Martin Rooney*] Having trained high level Jiu-Jitsu players for years, I know that if you are focusing your attention on the mats, you will not always have a lot of time (or energy) for outside training in the gym. This, however, is still…