Got an hour and a half? Here’s a full seminar by Leo Vieira

Watch the full BJJ seminar taught by Checkmat leader Leonardo Vieira at Evexia Festival in Las Vegas, where the 2016 World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship was held by the IBJJF.



Thalison Soares ready for 1st Euros as black-belt: ‘Faster, smarter’

Thalison Soares made a splash in 2019, winning every tournament in the brown belt — which resulted in him getting promoted to black. But now this talented Cicero Costha representative wants much more as he kicks off his first season among the sport’s elite. His next engagement is the 2020 European Championship, slated to begin…



10 reasons to put on the gi and practice BJJ in 2020

1. Get in shape: BJJ is a full-body workout, an activity you can’t stop doing. You will lose weight while having fun. 2. No more stress: Unlike activities whose goal boils down to expending energy, BJJ offers a dynamic that involves strategy and fine tehnique. As you seek to learn moves and beat friends, like…



Organize your own jiu-jitsu drilling class, part 2

By Erin Herle [Continued from here.] Drilling outside of class is like doing your homework. Working on technique, situations, your weaknesses are all important and can be done outside of class. We often don’t allow ourselves to play with weaknesses when training in class and the time allotted for technique is used for a new…



After perfect campaign at No-Gi Worlds, Pedro Marinho is the man to beat in the brown belt

A classic fighter with a game focused on neck finishes, Pedro Marinho is in the process of writing his name in the brown belt division. At this year’s No-Gi Worlds, in California, the Gracie Barra Westchase athlete won a title with four wins — two by submission. “I was loyal to my choices. I left…



Three exercises to warm up your guard before training

Eduardo Carriello, the black-belt leader of Gracie Barra Oval in London, never starts a training session without a good dose of warm-up to loosen up the muscles and get his body good and ready to go. In the following video, Eduardo shows somes moves for guard recovery, hip escapes, points and other maneuvers — all…



Video: Zé Mário Sperry and his student Milton Vieira go at it — hard

If you’re looking for a good example of longevity in BJJ this fine Sunday, look no further. José Mário Sperry was the very first absolute ADCC world champion, way back in 1998. That’s 21 years ago, meaning he has since added the age of a brand-new world-class black-belt to his 32 years of those days.…



Video: Gracie Barra Westchase shows all you can have in a premium jiu-jitsu school

If you’re trying to find your next level Jiu-Jitsu school, say no more. Our friends from Gracie Barra Westchase, in Houston, Texas, have all you need in a martial arts academy, with Jiu-Jitsu, MMA and many more fight classes, besides the convenience of a full-service lockerroom. Check out the video and see what’s included in…