Gabi, Leandro Lo, Miyao, Braga Neto: our list of favorites at the 2019 Pan

This Thursday, March 21st, marks the kickoff to another explosive edition of the Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship. Four action-packed days will unfold at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. — and there’s no shortage of strong black-belts. World champions like Leandro Lo, Gabi Garcia, Paulo Miyao, Isaque Bahiense, Mahamed Aly, Shane Hill-Taylor, Michael Musumeci,…



Interview: Elizeu Capoeira explains the jiu-jitsu detail that gave him the win at UFC Wichita

In nickname, “Capoeira.” On the ground, high-quality BJJ. That is Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, 32, who hasn’t lost in the UFC since 2015 and has been furiously chasing the limelight in the under-77kg division. Last weekend at UFC Wichita, in Kansas, Elizeu Capoeira (21w, 5l) submitted a tough Curtis Millender in round 1 after a…



White-belt chronicles: Do you remember your first week of BJJ?

[ By Eduardo “Dudu” F.* ] I I never pictured myself training BJJ, because I don’t have that much strength. Not even my strength of will is anything to write home about. I’m kind of like Bartleby, a character who would lazily say, “I would prefer not to.” Nevertheless, off I went. First class, wearing…



Abu Dhabi Grand Slam crowns champions in London

[Press release.] The 2018/2019 season for the black belt division in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour is over. The final competition day took place this Saturday, March 9, in London, England. It was a day like no other for the crowd in the Copper Box Arena and also for those watching all over the…



Video: Karen Antunes’s flying armbar from the L.A. BJJ Pro

Karen Antunes, a sitting IBJJF world champion, has once again shown her refined technique. This time it was at the Los Angeles BJJ Pro, held last weekend in Azusa. Before entering the absolute division to compete for the 1,500-dollar prize, Karen fought in the featherweight division, whose final she reached opposite the experienced Kristina Barlaan.…



Marianas Pro San Diego: Win a trip to compete in Guam

[Press release.] Felipe Pena, Keenan Cornelius, Isaque Bahiense, Tanner Rice, Tarsis Humphreys, Talita Alencar, Kristina Barlan, Michael Liera Jr, Mike Fowler… These are a few of the huge names that have made history competing at the Marianas Open, in Guam, in the past years. The next name on that list can be your name. All…



Video: Roberto Roleta in a special fight at SJJSAF’s Brazil Open

A renowned BJJ teacher, Roberto Roleta donned the gi to fight an athlete with special needs this month in a SJJSAF event in Rio de Janeiro. His match with purple-belt Diogo Oliveira (Fadda JJ) was part of the event’s opening ceremony, where BJJ personalities took on special-needs athletes in a celebration of the sport’s potential for integration,…



Roberto Cyborg’s kata-gatame pressure from the mount

It’s already a tradition for Roberto Cyborg, a teacher living in Florida, to throw himself headfirst to fight the younger black-belts in most editions of the Miami Open. This month he again shone in the tournament, winning titles in his weight class and the absolute, with one interesting detail taking place in the latter. To…