Carlson Gracie statue will have hand out to greet people in Copacabana

The first image of the statue in honor of Carlson Gracie has been published. The sculpture will be installed in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Copacabana thanks to an initiative by friends and students, who have a plan on how to raise the funds required. Already given the go-ahead by the Secretariat of Conservation…



The winners of the 2019 Curitiba BJJ Pro

Even before the Brazilian Nationals and World Championship were turned into events with cash prizes, the worldwide BJJ Pro circuit was already making its champions richer. And last weekend it kept doing so in Curitiba, Paraná. Winners of the men’s four weight divisions and the women’s absolute got paid. At ultra-heavy, Helton José (Atos) beat…



Video: Ygor Rodrigues chokes Daniel Neri at the Rio Fall Open

At the 2019 edition of the IBJJF’s Rio Fall Open, held last weekend in the old Brazilian capital, Ygor Rodrigues did a great job in the lightweight division. Fighting for the gold medal against Daniel Neri, after working with pressure on top he managed to take the back and attack, finishing with a bow-and-arrow choke.…



Video: Matheus Gabriel teaches a swift triangle attack

How do you react when you pull guard at the same time as your opponent? To Matheus Gabriel, a champion at the 2019 IBJJF Pan, one viable, effective option is to finish right away. In this swift technique, he focuses on the correct grip to maximize the pressure. Then a quick hip projection put him…



Video: Gilbert Durinho’s guillotine-sharpening workout

As the masters of Brazilian jiu-jitsu say, the guillotine is much more a matter of subtlety than force. But, often, we come across really resistant opponents who must be tamed through a long, persistent squeeze — one which inevitably sucks up a whole lot of energy. To get his body used to this sort of…



Video: In 90 seconds, Eldar Rafigaev secures double gold at the Poznan Open

Held last weekend, the IBJJF’s Poznan Open, in Poland, gathered the region’s best on the mat, and some high-speed submissions caught the audience’s attention. Eldar Rafigaev, a black-belt of Jungle BJJ, has an arsenal of precise leg submissions, and here the Moldavian again got to open his toolbox and dig out some cool stuff. In…



Fellipe Andrew and Cláudia do Val win quadruple gold at the Floripa Open

Two days of fighting and four gold medals. That sums up the campaigns of Fellipe Andrew (Zenith) and Cláudia Do Val (De la Riva) last weekend at the IBJJF’s Floripa Open. Fellipe and Cláudia began their victorious weekend in classical BJJ. To Fellipe, gold was first struck in the super-heavyweight division, where he beat Aloysio…



Interview: Levi Jones-Leary already feels like a world champion

BJJ’s new generation sure is coming in hot. After shining in the brown belt and kicking off 2019 with gold medals at the Euros and recently at the Pan, young black-belt Levi Jones-Leary, known as Levizão (or Xanadu, if his mom gets a vote), is unwavering in his quest for glory in the gentle art…