Bruno Bastos, eyeing sixth title at No-Gi Worlds, celebrates success in Texas

About to open his own gym in Midland, Texas, black belt Bruno Bastos hasn’t taken a moment to rest. Two weeks ago, he was leading his team during the No-Gi European and Rome Open in Rome, Italy. With about 8 representatives, the Lead BJJ team was still able to win seven gold and two silver…



The results and the dramatic ending of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro

Brazil lives and breathes Jiu-Jitsu. The fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro, this weekend of November 1-3, at the Arena Carioca 1, in Rio, was yet another opportunity for Brazilians to show their love for the sport. The final day of the 2019 ADGS Rio reserved the grand finale for…



Queen of Mats: Luiza Monteiro claims title undefeated in Rio

Long live the Queen! Brazil’s Luiza Monteiro had a nearly perfect campaign this Friday, November 1st, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to become the first ever lightweight Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats. With ten years of experience as a black belt, Luiza imposed her game on much younger opponents to finish three out of four…



Remastered: The top 3 mistakes even BJJ pros make that can ruin your training

[First published in 2010.] One day, a curious teenage daughter asked her mother, “Mommy, why do you always cut off a third of the loaf of bread before baking it?” “Because that’s what you’re supposed to do,” responded the mom. “I just don’t understand why you can’t bake the whole thing,” said the young girl.…



Did you see Demian Maia submit Ben Askren at UFC Singapore?

In the clash of styles that was the main event of UFC Singapore, held last Saturday, BJJ came out on top. Demian Maia, representing our gentle art, faced the Olympic wrestler Ben Askren, and the confidence in his technique gave the Brazilian the win. Askren was doing better in the fight, with three rounds of…



Rodolfo Vieira, Nicholas Meregali and more confirmed for Spyder Invitational Final

After a series of grand events in previous seasons, the Spyder Invitational BJJ Championship is back — this time with the most explosive line-up since Spyder BJJ’s inception. The show, slated to take place on November 23 in Seoul, South Korea, will feature two GPs with well-known BJJ champions as well as some talents from…



Renan Pitanguy, master of surfing and BJJ, has died in Rio de Janeiro

Arpoador Beach is mourning today. “Pipeline, Renan! Pipeline!” his surfer friends yelled as Renan Pitanguy, in the ring at Maracanãzinho stadium, faced Eugênio Tadeu in 1984 in his most famous match — in that same event where Fernando Pinduka, Marco Ruas and Marcelo Behring shone. After decades of many giant waves and the purest BJJ,…



Interview: Fepa Lopes on what to expect from BJJ Stars this Saturday

In addition to an electrifying GP, with eight stars in search of a prize of 100,000 reais, BJJ Stars on Saturday, October 19, will have five other fights with potential to bring down the house at Hebraica Club in São Paulo. Event organizer Fepa Lopes spoke to the GRACIEMAG team and commented on the card…