The day Rubens Cobrinha passed Rafa Mendes’s guard to win in Jordan

The year was 2008. The event was the Capital Challenge in Amman, the Jordanian capital, organized by black-belt Zaid Mirza. Many big stars were present, like Fabricio Werdum, Braulio Estima and Caio Terra. But the man who stole the show was Rubens Cobrinha (Alliance), who defeated Rafael Mendes (Atos) with a guard pass. Watch a…



How to bounce back from the biggest beating life can hand you, with Rickson Gracie

To practice BJJ is to learn — little by little, day by day — to harden yourself to be able to withstand what life throws at you. That’s what we learned from Master Rickson Gracie, a fighter who became synonymous with invincibility, boasting a record of 11 bouts and 11 wins in MMA – not…



Exclusive: B.J. Penn remembers winning BJJ world title

A former champion of two divisions in the UFC and a Hall of Famer of the organization, B.J. Penn will be fighting at UFC Rio this Saturday against fellow veteran Clay Guida, but in a chat with Graciemag he remembered the best day of his life: winning a black belt title at the 2000 IBJJF…



Hiago George, a winner at this year’s World Pro and Brazilian Nationals, talks about his wins

Hiago George made his first steps on jiujitsu at his hometown in Cícero Dantas, in Bahia. His train routine consists on training every day since he was a white belt. All these training put the prospect in a place that he could set some goals for his career. With the mindset of being the best…



Brazilian Nationals 2019: Final black belt results

The 2019 Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship is in the books. The first big CBJJ event to pay out cash prizes, the Nationals, held in Barueri, welcomed over 7,000 fighters, making it the biggest competition ever held by the federation. This Sunday, the adult black-belts stepped on the mats to see who deserved to be champion.…



Guto Pereira analyzes fight against Erberth Santos

Star of the new generation of Jiu-Jitsu, Gutemberg Pereira, 25, has learned to reconcile his competitor career with his life as an entrepreneur. While not on the mats, where he trains and teaches classes, the black belt is swapping the kimono for a computer to run his academies in Toledo and Ohio, United States. His…



Video: João Gabriel Rocha’s bow-and-arrow from Abu Dhabi World Pro 2019

Three days of fighting culminated in another title in the career of João Gabriel Rocha, the Soul Fighters black-belt who topped the under-110kg podium at Abu Dhabi World Pro 2019. In the final duel for the gold, João faced local star Yahya Al Hammadi, but the encounter didn’t last long. After pulling and hook-sweeping —…



Travis Stevens teaches three takedowns

[First published in 2014. Scroll all the way down for plain text.] tomoe nage It’s important to step to the outside with the left foot and very important that you bring your right foot to your crotch, and when you lie down on your side make sure your head lands close to your opponent’s foot.…