Jiu Jitsu Family http://www.jiujitsufamily.com Train Together, Stay Together. Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 What Change Are You Avoiding? http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/what-change-are-you-avoiding/ http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/what-change-are-you-avoiding/#respond Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:11:19 +0000 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/?p=3059 My morning run – on some days I dream up answers to all the world’s problems, or process the day before.  Others, I may simply take in all the sights, sounds, and smell of the beach and count my blessings. When I began running about 10 years ago it was all about time, distance and […]

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Finding Joy In The Open Air

My morning run – on some days I dream up answers to all the world’s problems, or process the day before.  Others, I may simply take in all the sights, sounds, and smell of the beach and count my blessings.

When I began running about 10 years ago it was all about time, distance and 5k medals, but those things no longer mean much to me.

South Florida Sunrise Brings Clarity

This past summer I dusted my running shoes off after a two-year break – just one byproduct  of some recent and significant changes in my training regimen.

The family has moved to a new bjj school, and I parted ways with my strength and conditioning coach of 8+ years. Both are hard changes that I knew in my heart should have happened a while ago, but I kept holding on.
Why? Because of the relationships, comfort, my desire to be loyal and do the right thing, and that ever so popular fear of change.
Change was scary, and  it took some time to mourn lost relationships and the familiarity of my routine.  However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I’m much better for it all.

Learning To Let Go And Embrace New Experiences

Fast forward a few months -what’s  on the other side of these changes?

I begin at least three days a week with a sunrise beach side  run.  I find my joy in the open air, beautiful view, friendly faces on the broadwalk, and the precious time to let my mind go wherever it wants.

The BJJ school gives us fresh challenges in the  gentle art with new teammates and an amazing Professor.

Our new team Alliance under Professor Carlos Rollyson

Tom and I train together more often in bjj classes  that better meet both of our  schedules and while not on the mat, climbing the tower stairs at the local nature center.
I have more time and energy.  I was coasting through a tightly scheduled life before my recent transition.  I am learning to be a little less habitual and more intentional (key word is learning),  and finding time to work toward a few personal goals that have been on hold.

Running Stairs At The Local Park Observatory

Through my new adventures in yoga,  I’m learning how to quiet the mind and be in the moment,  all while challenging my body in fresh ways.  You

So I guess you can say that these changes I avoided ended up working for the good.
I ask you what change are you avoiding, and I challenge you to make it. You may just be surprised of the good that’s waiting for you on the other side.

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Whats Hot #2 Grip Strength – Depression – Addiction – Investing In The Future http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/whats-hot-2-grip-strength-depression-addiction-investing-future/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:27:30 +0000 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/?p=2699 Welcome to What’s Hot, a collection of some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu articles from around the net. This collection talks about grip strength, overcoming addiction and depression with BJJ and how to invest in your BJJ future. Enjoy. Here’s How To Increase Your Grip Strength For BJJ BJJ Evolve Vacation There’s no doubt […]

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Welcome to What’s Hot, a collection of some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu articles from around the net. This collection talks about grip strength, overcoming addiction and depression with BJJ and how to invest in your BJJ future. Enjoy.

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Here’s How To Increase Your Grip Strength For BJJ

There’s no doubt about it, a vice-like grip for BJJ is definitely an advantage.

Not only does it help you control your opponent, it also opens many avenues for transitions as well, by ensuring that you are in a stable position. There is a popular misconception that grip strength is just hand strength, when in fact, the grip involves everything from the muscles near your elbow to your fingertips.

Think about it, when you face an opponent with iron grips, how often are you able to escape or even win the match? In fact, you’ll notice in many competitions that competitors will start the match fighting for grips. They know that whoever has the stronger grip and a more extensive knowledge of grips has a greater chance of winning the fight.

There are two kinds of grip strength used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

Crushing Grip Strength  

This is the force your hand can make when closing a fist. This kind of strength usually comes into play when you are trying to grab ahold of your opponent’s gi to take him down or establish your guard.

Static/Supporting/Pulling Grip Strength

Once the grip is established, this is when this strength is used. Static grip strength is how much the hand can hold in a grip before the resistance is torn from the finger’s grasp. This is also the same kind of strength you use when you are holding a barbell for a deadlift.


Different kinds of grips used in BJJ:

In BJJ, there are different kinds of grips utilized to control one’s opponent. Often, it depends on what you are gripping and what you intend to do with the grip.

Hook grip: This grip is used when playing spider guard, or any guard that involves grips on your opponent’s cuffs. Your four fingers act as hooks and curl into the cuff.

Pistol grip: Similar to holding the handlebar of a bicycle, this grip is often used on the pant legs or outside of the sleeves.

Two on one: Usually used for gripping the cuffs to break grips or control your opponent’s arm by using the strength of two hands to control them.

Collar and sleeve: One hand grips the lapel while the other controls the sleeve.


Below are the exercises used to build grip strength based on its application in BJJ:

 1) Controlling your opponent so you can impose your guard game

Using grippers 

Many martial artists and powerlifters use grippers to work on their crushing strength. Grippers are relatively easy to find in any sports store and come in different strength levels. Because of their portability and relatively low cost, they have become a popular tool for building grip strength.


2) Gripping and pulling your opponent close to you

Using the gi

Using the gi to build grip strength is probably one of the most useful exercises for BJJ. This is because it utilizes the friction and thickness of the gi to test your strength. You will realize that these exercises are some of the most applicable to your BJJ gi game as you will be constantly pulling on your opponent’s gi to control him/her.

Gi pull-ups

Gi pull-ups are the most popular grip strength building exercise among BJJ athletes. Pull-ups work both your pulling and crushing strength, as well as your core strength. They also work your lats and rear deltoids, strengthening your back muscles at the same time.


Modified gi pull-ups 

To make the gi pull-ups more functional, you can add the motions you would typically use in BJJ such as grabbing the lapel, finishing the cross choke or the shoulders. This will also help you practice different kinds of grips as well.


3) Holding your opponent in a static position

Using kettlebells

Not only is the kettlebell one of the best tools for improving grip strength, it’s also a great way to build overall cardiovascular endurance and explosive power.


Rope climbs

Ropes are much tougher to grip than a gi because of their thickness. Thus, they require the use of more muscle fibers and greater contraction of the finger flexors.


Using the bar

Growing up, we’ve probably swung from the monkey bars or hung from them more times than we can remember. As adults, we can also use these same exercises to build grip, upper body, and core strength. Gripping the bar requires a lot of grip strength, especially if you are moving from one side to the other. Doing so makes you hang on for a lot longer as opposed to just pulling yourself up.


Training your grip is undoubtedly beneficial for any BJJ student. It allows you to control your opponent and implement your game. As you work on strengthening your grip, remember, there is no substitute for training. To get better at BJJ, you must put in the extra time and effort to drill and attend as many classes to get better. While a strong grip would certainly benefit you, it can never replace great technique.


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Why BJJ Is The Best Medication For Depression



Why BJJ Is The Best Medication For Depression



Being a part of the bjj community you often hear about how effective bjj is when it comes to dealing with various anxiety driven disorders such as post traumatic stress, depression, panic attacks and others.

Recently a research was conducted observing the effects of bjj on veterans suffering from PTSD only to find that they’re more responsive to this type of treatment than any of the traditional therapy approaches including medication.

New Scientific Study Measuring Positive Influence Of Jiu-Jitsu on PTSD



“When we look at the brain of a depressed person studies show that the hippocampus tends to be much smaller than average. This region in particular controls memory and emotion. And the longer the person has been depressed the smaller the hippocampus is. “

Memory is one very significant aspect of the story but first – we must deal with the initial stage.

Once a person manages to overcome anxiety enough to appear at brazilian jiu-jitsu class they are initially jolted by the threat of imminent danger. For someone who is not used to the martial arts, first class can be quite a traumatic as the degree of pain an discomfort experienced is quite new.

This jolts the fight or flight response which may give them the initial strength to start dealing with being depressed.

Chemically speaking, plenty of hormones and contact make for bursts of oxytocin, beta-endorphin, noradrenaline and even serotonin. All of these make forming bonds that much easier, but in addition to it they also help the brain self medicate. 

But there’s more to consider – if you’ve seen the video above it discusses how the deterioration of connections between cells in the brain is actually to blame for much of depression. This is another area where jiu-jitsu is of most help. Through the nature of jiu-jitsu, the mental chess sort of speak we all learn to go against our instincts and to manage ourselves in a variety of situations. This unique combo where you get more fit and at the same time you’re basically learning a new motor skill allows for your brain to flourish. When we learn a new skill we’re  essentially changing how our brain is wired on a deep level.

Through learning something new the increased neural activity actually translates to growth of myelin – so as we practice jiu-jitsu day in and out we actually trigger a pattern of electrical signals through our neurons that ends up undoing the detrimental effects of depression.

Once we’re on our way to recovery we naturally get focused on self improvement. And that’s exactly what the white belt is about. A steep learning curve provides sufficient motivation for us to improve our memory – especially at trying times.

All of this is also very efficient as such excruciating physical activity is a great way to deal with conflicting emotions.

So in practicing bjj day in and out you’re actually providing your whole being a jolt it needs – one it especially needs if you feel yourself sliding into a gloomy state! 

Understanding The Feel-Good Chemicals Released When You Do Jiu-Jitsu





On – 25 May, 2017 By Iva Djokovic

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About the author: Sam Joseph is a 2nd degree black belt, head instructor and owner of Buckhead Jiu Jitsu in Atlanta.

As a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach, most of the questions I get asked by students have to do with reaching goals. Whether short or long term goals, they have in common that they are in the future and they are impacted by what is done in the present. While there are unique goals that might be reached by navigating different circumstances, I have found a few pieces of advice that are universally helpful. They allow us to invest in our BJJ journeys today in ways that support positive future outcomes.

It may sound clichéd but committing to train regularly is the number one investment we can make in our BJJ. The key here is in how we define “regularly”. Some of us have the freedom and desire to train five plus times a week, while others have demands on our schedules that make us lucky to get in once a week – or simply do not want to train “full-time”.  Accepting the fact that the more we get on the mat, the more quickly we will progress, “regularly” in this context simply means that we train when we can.

One of my favourite “instructor axioms” is “Don’t worry about what you can’t do…focus on what you can control and it will be enough”. When we focus on the fact that we are training as much as our schedule permits, it allows training to stay a positive and fun experience. The same training will not be as productive if we approach it with the negative mindset that we should be training more. Making the choice to commit to regular training, while defining it with the correct perspective in relation to our goals/priorities/availability, sets us up for long-term success in BJJ.

The next step is to maximize the time we can spend on the mat and “taking notes” is a great way to help accomplish that. Coming through the ranks (and relocating for work a few times), I was blessed to spend significant amounts of time with great instructors like Jacare, the Yamasaki brothers, Franciso Neto, Pablo Popovitch and Shawn Williams. They were all excellent and offered unique insights and perspectives that still inform my BJJ views on and off the mat. One of the things I am very grateful for is that I started taking notes early on in my BJJ journey. I did not do anything special; I simply got a notebook and began jotting down positional details and concepts after classes. To this day, I still look back to these notes for reminders and ideas.

After every class I teach, I encourage my students to “take notes”. Today’s students have many options, including simple notebook journaling as I did, organised BJJ journals, online BJJ resources, videoing techniques with commentary, etc…. whatever works best for us in terms of retention and organisation. When we are consistent with our “note-taking”, we are making regular deposits in the savings accounts that represent our BJJ futures.

I remember hearing how Gordon Ryan often travelled with his instructor, Garry Tonon, as he was coming up the ranks. Whether Tonon was going to training, a seminar or a competition, it was likely that you would find Ryan with him, interacting and learning. Today, Ryan is one of the most exciting prospects in BJJ. Already an EBI champion with legendary matches against Keenan Cornelius and Felipe Pena, it is obvious that Ryan benefited from being mentored by Polaris, Metamoris and EBI champion, Garry Tonon. At the very least, Tonon’s investment and example helped guide him through his stages of development at a faster rate.

I see situations like this regularly in the academy. A white or blue belt connects with a senior student due to similar body-type, style, goals and/or personality and they spend time together drilling and training. This often leads to noticeable improvement in the lower belt in a relatively short period of time. While this can happen organically, I tell my students actively to seek these types of relationships as the benefits are too great to ignore.

The best thing about mentor/mentee relationships is that the mentor also wins. Staying with the Tonon/Ryan example, Garry Tonon is still an active competitor and has a stated goal of being ADCC open-weight champion. Do you think it helps Tonon that his primary training partner is a world-class grappler in his own right? Beyond the friendship, the technical improvements gained from teaching a talented pupil and the satisfaction of promoting such a talent through the ranks; in Ryan, Tonon has a teammate who can help propel him towards future achievements.

Again, I see this reflected on the academy mat. The senior student grows as he/she invests in his/her protégé. This supports their own forward momentum towards their goals and contributes to their BJJ future.

I am a firm believer that competition will significantly enhance the BJJ experience. The keys for me are: 1. Realistically approaching competition in a way that fits our lives and training schedules and 2. Processing the results in positive ways. When we view competition in the proper perspective, meaning that it is a part of the overall BJJ journey and not simply about results, it becomes a vehicle leading us to broadening our horizons in the sport, technical improvement and fun.

Coming up through the ranks at the Yamasaki Academy with David Jacobs, I got to see this first-hand. Jacobs trained regularly but it was the consistent competition schedule he kept that had huge impacts on his BJJ game and philosophies. When we went to tournaments, his experience went beyond his matches and what they exposed in terms of where he needed improvement.  Jacobs took the time to get to know other competitors and instructors and made contacts who would become friends. These friendships have allowed him to travel the world for seminars, academy visits and more competitions. Jacobs has often expressed to me that these interactions have been highlights in his BJJ journey.

Often, we focus on winning and losing when it comes to competing.  Competition can be more than that…it can be a tool by which we greatly invest in our BJJ lives in a variety of ways.

In 2012, I suffered a back injury doing an arm-drag. The pain was debilitating and, for the first time in my life, I sought out chiropractic care at Optimum Health Rehab & Wellness. My back problem ended up being a blessing in disguise. The regular adjustments helped me recover and then get stronger, while they also changed my diet using data from food sensitivity testing. Five years later, and older, I feel healthier and have more energy for life…and BJJ. That experience has taught me to enthusiastically recommend chiropractic care and dietary consulting to all my students looking to train long-term. It has also opened my mind to things like cryotherapy, acupuncture, yoga and different ways to approach diet. The point is, that taking a proactive approach to maintaining our bodies via treatment and diet, paves the way towards longevity in BJJ.

Some of these suggestions may seem like “common sense” but there is power in their simplicity and how they provide building blocks for our BJJ futures. When we are consistent in doing these things, we put these blocks together and provide solid foundations for success and bright futures in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

See you on the mat!



On – 20 May, 2017 By Jiu Jitsu Style

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 How BJJ Can Be Used as a Powerful Tool in Addiction Recovery

Substance abuse is harmful enough for the body both physically and emotionally, yet addiction recovery presents even bigger challenges in both categories. At a critical point in your life when you will need an outlet for healing beyond treatment, BJJ is an excellent way to naturally heal yourself. The fundamentals of BJJ, along with the actual physical activities, can provide you with the mental and physical strength needed to overcome drug or alcohol abuse problems.

Health Motivator

When training for BJJ competitions, it is essential to have optimal balance, stamina, technique, and a full range of movements available. For those reasons, substance abuse issues will prevent you from reaching your full potential as a fighter. If you are displaying cocaine abuse signs, for example, you will be more likely to be out of shape and unable to keep up with your opponent. If you take pride in yourself as a competitor, you can harness those competitive juices to get serious about your training and leave your drug or alcohol problems behind. Although you will be training for short-term results in the ring, BJJ can improve your overall long-term health outlook by showing you the health benefits of sobriety.



Boredom Cure

The first few weeks and months for a recovering addict are especially troubling, as you will be challenged to put your life back together without an element that was once a huge part of it. Since it is often hard for recovering addicts to find interests without drugs or alcohol around, boredom is often one of the biggest culprits for relapse. With plenty of free time available and supportive relationships to build, picking up a hobby such as BJJ can go a long way in filling that void.

BJJ helps to bring much-needed structure to lives through planned training sessions, sparring sessions, and competitions throughout the week. Not only will these events take up time in a new and productive way, but they also will give you something to look forward to each and every day. You will also have the opportunity to meet plenty of new friends at classes who all share BJJ as a common interest. If you attend classes often enough and make an effort at connecting with classmates, you will have a great chance at meeting people to spend your newfound free time with.

Confidence Builder

Checking into rehab and admitting that you have a substance abuse problem can be very detrimental for overall confidence and self-esteem levels. Having the belt system as a reward for improving skill will help you rebuild your damaged sense of self-worth. BJJ will give you a feeling of purpose that may be missing, along with the motivation to make a positive difference in your life. If you feel as if you have lost direction in your life, BJJ can give you a reason to strive to get better.

BIO: Connor Hayes is a freelance writer interested in sports, fitness, addiction, and recovery. In his free time, Connor enjoys watching sports, cooking and reading.



On – 06 May, 2017 By Connor Hayes

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Marvel Heroes That Train Jiu Jitsu Part 2 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/marvel-heroes-train-jiu-jitsu-part-2/ Fri, 19 May 2017 23:51:53 +0000 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/?p=2637 The post Marvel Heroes That Train Jiu Jitsu Part 2 appeared first on Jiu Jitsu Family.


Bam!  Pow!  Smash! Zap! Tap? Part 2

Yes, super heroes train Jiu Jitsu too.  For the sake of this article, we are going to ignore the label “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” and refer to the art in it’s original form as the Japanese hand to hand art of the Samurai.  I will also include a few heroes that have Judo listed in their profiles under “Powers and Abilities”.  I used several sources to gather the information about the martial arts training of the Marvel Super Heroes.  The first resource is the “Marvel Encyclopedia” which is a hardback coffee table book covering the secret origins and back stories on the most popular Marvel characters.  The second resource is Marvel’s own Wiki on their website http://marvel.com/universe/Main_Page.  The third resource is Wikipedia which fills in any gaps the official Marvel site left out.  The fourth is a on Wikia http://marvel.wikia.com/Main_Page and looks very similar to Marvels official site but actually has more information available.  The fifth and final resource is Google images, I used this search to find actual images from the comics where the characters are displaying their Jiu Jitsu skills.

Hardcore Jiu Jitsu Players

This is the list of the eighteen hardcore Jiu Jitsu fighters that I could find in the Marvel Universe.  This list is not an official Marvel list of martial artist, but a compilation of my own individual efforts and experience reading comics for over forty years.  I know some characters will slip through under my radar.  If you know of someone that I left out, let me know and I will update the list.

Hawkeye – Clint Barton was orphaned as a child and joined the circus where he learned the art of archery. Clint was trained by the Swordsman and later by the villain Trickshot. HIs mentor led him into a life of crime where Hawkeye eventually faced off with the Avenger Iron Man. Witnessing Iron Man saves people’s lives at the carnival caused him to turn over a new leaf and pursue being a costumed crime fighter. Captain America asked Hawkeye to join the Avengers and trained him to become one of the world’s most efficient fighters.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Iron Fist – Daniel Rand traveled to the Himalayas as a child with his family. Danny’s father was murdered during the trip by his business partner Harold Meachum. While escaping the villainous Meachum, Danny’s mother fell victim to a pack of wolves. Frost bitten and left for dead, Danny was found by monks from the mysterious city of K’un Lun. These martial arts masters trained Danny to become a living weapon known as the Iron Fist. Iron Fist can summon his chi to make his fist become superhumanly powerful.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

The Falcon – Sam Wilson is well known for being one of Harlem’s most popular crime fighters. He acquired the ability to communicate with birds via the cosmic cube which was wielded by the Red Skull trying to manipulate Sam’s fate. The Skull reasoned that Sam’s idealism would appeal to Captain America and that Sam could later be manipulated to turn against Cap. Sam became the costumed crime fighter “The Falcon” and later acquired technology from The Black Panther that allows him to fly. Sam learned more hand to hand combat at Cap’s side and later took up the mantle of “Captain America”.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Moon Knight – Marc Spector is a costumed crimefighter with multiple personalities. Spector is a former heavyweight boxing champion who underwent intense training as a commando, intelligence operative and mercenary. He has acquired mystical abilities from the Egyptian God Khonshu and he uses varies weapons such as crescent-shaped throwing shruikens.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

The Punisher – Former U.S. Marine Captain Frank Castle’s family was caught in the crossfire of two rival gangs. HIs wife and two children were killed and Frank vowed to punish the guilty as the Punisher. The Punisher wages a one-man war against all criminals and he does not hesitate to use lethal force. He is a skilled hand to hand combatant and an expert with most known firearms and explosives.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Iron Man – Billionaire industrialist Tony Stark constructed a life-saving suit of armor after he was injured overseas. The brilliant inventor uses his creation as the golden Avenger known as Iron Man. Personally trained in the martial arts by Captain America, Tony prefers to use his intellect rather than his fist to win a battle.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Elektra – Elektra Natchios, the daughter of a Greek ambassador studied martial arts since her childhood. She continued her training after moving to America during her college years where she met Matt Murdock “DareDevil”. After her father was killed she began training under DareDevil’s sensei Stick. She later infiltrated the criminal ninja organization known as “The Hand” where she became a deadly assassin. Her tumultuous love affair with Daredevil led to her death in his arms from a wound fighting the deadly Bullseye.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Rick Jones – Rick is a longtime fanboy of superheroes. He was the cause of Dr. Bruce Banner becoming the Incredible Hulk and assumed the role of Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. He acquired his fighting skills working alongside Cap. Rick also wore the Nega bands changing him into Captain Marvel. Rick’s radio broadcast about the Hulk being out of control led to the formation of the Avengers. Rick is now the gamma-powered hero known as A-Bomb.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Shang-Chi The Master Of Kung Fu – Shang-Chi is one of the deadliest fighters in the Marvel Universe. His skills rival the Immortal Iron Fist. He is the son of evil Fu Manchu and was trained to be a deadly assassin. Shang-Chi did not want any part of his father’s evil schemes and faked his own death on his first assignment. He would eventually run up against all sorts of martial arts menaces including the ninja clan the Hand. He has teamed up with heroes such as Spider-man, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. He is also a member of the Avengers.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Black Panther – The King of the African nation of Wakanda is T’Challa the Avenger the Black Panther. He is the ritual leader of the Panther clan which has been in power for centuries. He was taught by his father to think two steps ahead of his enemies and he ingested a heart-shaped herb which heightened his senses and increased his natural athletic abilities. He is one of the smartest men in the world and the protector of his technologically advanced civilization and it’s store of the rare metal vibranium.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Blade – Eric Brooks the half-vampire known as Blade the day walker vengefully slays vampires in the Marvel Universe. His mother was killed by a vampire known as Deacon Frost while giving birth to Blade who inherited all of a vampire’s strengths but none of its weaknesses. Blade is an exceptional martial artist skilled in several fighting arts and the use of edged weapons. He was taught how to be a vampire hunter by Jamal Afari who acted as a surrogate father. Eric has confronted legendary vampires such as Dracula and he has personally killed more vampires than any other slayer.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman – Reed and Sue Richards are half of the famous quartet the Fantastic Four. Reed like Ben Grimm the Thing studied the sport version of Jiu Jitsu known as Judo. He trained his wife Sue and together with their superpowers make them a formidable couple. Mr. Fantastic’s super flexible body makes for the perfect grappler while Sue gives new meaning to invisible grappling.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Hercules – The well-known God of Strength from Olympus is one of Marvel Universe’s best grapplers. Trained in the original Greek art of wrestling, few can match his prowess in a match much less his strength. Hercules is a member of the class 100 strength level which means he can lift over a 100 tons. Others in the power class include the Hulk, Thor and the X-Man Colossus.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

The Incredible Hulk – The brilliant physicist Dr. Bruce Banner is not much of a fighter but in the Hulk movie, Bruce can be seen studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the legendary Rickson Gracie mainly to control his anger to keep the Hulk at bay. His alter ego the Hulk has developed a unique style centered around grappling and brawling. He often incorporates throws into his battles.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Kraven The Hunter – A bad guy makes the list! This Spider-Man villain is a capable fighter and hunter. Sergei Kravinoff is a Russian-born aristocrat who is older than he appears. Kraven’s physical abilities are even greater than Captain America who is the peak of human capability. He attained these powers by ingesting a mystical potion from the voodoo priestess Calypso. His strength and senses can match that of a jungle cat. He is in his seventies which has given him plenty of time to study the martial arts and he is an experienced fighter.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Puck – This Canadian is full of piss and vinegar. His attitude is comparable to his Canadian brethren Wolverine. Born in 1914, Eugene Milton Judd was both a giant of a man and an incredible athlete. He was a mercenary who was seeking the Black Blade of Baghdad. When he found it he was attacked by the being that possessed the blade known as Black Raazar. This mystical being granted Milton with a long life but shortened his stature to only 3 foot 6 inches tall and left him in great pain. His body is compressed and now similar to rubber which allows him to bounce off objects. He is an accomplished martial artist and he is one of Marvel’s greatest fighters.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
  • Speed

Karnak – The inhuman known as Karnak has developed himself into the pinnacle of inhuman performance. He is unlike most inhumans who are exposed to the terrigen mist which give them superpowers. His parents refused to allow him to be exposed after his older brother Triton became unable to breathe except for in an underwater environment. As an inhuman his natural physiology is equivalent to the super soldier Captain America. Karnak has trained himself in the fighting arts and has a gift of being able to see the stress fracture or weakness in any structure allowing him to bring it down with a strike from his calloused hands.

  • Fighting Skill Level
  • Strength
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Actors You Never Knew Trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


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From action movie icons to superheroic stars, Hollywood is filled with A-list actors who train Jiu Jitsu. Whether it’s for a blockbuster role or just a personal fitness goal, stars have begun training in the grappling discipline thanks to ‘s recent mainstream takeover. It’s pretty surprising how many celebrities now like to spend their free time in gis.

Check out our list of actors you never knew trained Jiu Jitsu below.

Chadwick Boseman

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Since joining the Marvel cinematic universe, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman seems to have taken a liking to BJJ. Boseman has been spotted training with famed instructor to the stars Rigan Machado.

Russell Brand

Comedian, actor, and activist Russell Brand recently revealed that Joe Rogan’s podcast inspired him to add BJJ, yoga, and kickboxing to his training regimen. “Now I do kickboxing once a week. I do jiu-jitsu once a week,” Brand said on Rogan’s show. “What I’m facisnated about is these new ways of being a man.”

Millie Bobby Brown

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When she’s not using telekinesis to fight monsters and bullies as Eleven, Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown can be found on the mats honing her grappling skills. She earned her second stripe on her white belt over the summer.

Dave Bautista

star turned action movie actor Dave Bautista has a long history with martial arts and BJJ, and even has a professional MMA win on his résumé. The James Bond and Guardians of the Galaxy actor currently holds a purple belt in the art.

Scott Caan

Hawaii Five-0 and Ocean’s Eleven actor Scott Caan is a serious fiend on the mats. The son of the legendary Godfather star James Caan is a bona fide BJJ black belt.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage may be one of the zanier personalities in Hollywood (which is saying something), but the former Ghost Rider star is also among the list of celebrities who’ve trained in jiu-jitsu, and has allegedly worked with UFC pioneer Royce Gracie. He recently had to use his martial arts skills to help subdue a very angry Vince Neil.

Jim Carrey

Although not much is known about Jim Carrey’s BJJ knowledge, he’s rumored to have a brown belt in the art. Take that with a grain of salt, though, as we’ve really only ever seen his martial arts moves on In Living Color.

Henry Cavill

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Superman in a gi? Yup, Batman v Superman star Henry Cavill spent some time working on his grappling moves at Renzo Gracie’s academy in Florida over the summer.

Vin Diesel

Like his late Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker, actor Vin Diesel is an avid fight fan who’s got some BJJ experience. Walker actually introduced Diesel to his coach Rigan Machado, who helped work on some of the choreography for Furious 7.

Robert Duvall

Proving that age is just a number, legendary actor Robert Duvall and his wife are also on Machado’s list of famous students.

Scott Eastwood

Like his dad Clint Eastwood, Suicide Squad actor Scott Eastwood is also a badass. The younger Eastwood is an active BJJ student who currently holds a blue belt.

Sean Patrick Flanery

While most fans know Sean Patrick Flanery for serving up vigilante justice opposite Daryl from The Walking Dead in the cult classic The Boondock Saints, the actor is also known for his martial arts skills. A black belt in BJJ, Flanery teaches the grappling art when he’s not beating up bad guys on the big screen.

Clark Gregg

Another reminder not to mess with Agent Coulson, Agents of Shield star Clark Gregg is a BJJ addict who worked his way towards black belt status.

Tom Hardy

Having starred in the MMA drama Warrior, it’s not a huge surprise that actor Tom Hardy has some skills on the mats. He’s even trained jiu-jitsu with the Royal Marines.

Charlie Hunnam

Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is yet another famous face who likes to get in some training with Machado. It’ll be interesting to see if Hunnam shows off any of his BJJ skills in the highly-anticipated flick King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Kevin James

If you’re wondering why so many UFC stars show up in Kevin James projects, it’s because the comedian and actor is a huge MMA fan who also trains from time to time. James had to work on his BJJ and other fight skills to prep for a starring role in the MMA comedy Here Comes the Boom.

Nick Jonas

As the star of the MMA drama Kingdom, you can bet that Nick Jonas has spent time on the mats over the years. Judging by his photos, the former Jonas brother has been hitting the weights too.

Scarlett Johansson


You can thank Machado for helping Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson work on her BJJ moves for her role as the Black Widow. The Russian super spy has utilized her grappling skills on several occasions, from fighting security guards in Iron Man 2 to fending off aliens in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Joel Kinnaman

After training with ‘real life Rick Flags’ for Suicide Squad, actor Joel Kinnaman has become enthralled with the grappling arts. He frequently trains in BJJ and judo.

Ashton Kutcher

One of Machado’s most recognizable students, Ashton Kutcher has become a serious BJJ practitioner and loves to rep his professor’s logo. Kutcher currently holds a purple belt.

Mario Lopez

Former Saved by the Bell heartthrob and GSP’s famous BFF Mario Lopez has turned BJJ into a family affair. The actor and TV personality likes to train with his son Nico at Gracie Barra.

Chuck Norris

Action movie icon and martial arts master Chuck Norris was one of the first people to get on the BJJ before it exploded in popularity. The bearded butt kicker has a black belt in the art (as well as many, many other fighting styles).

Ed O’Neill

No joke, Married With Children‘s Al Bundy is a black belt under UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie. Ed O’Neill earned his black belt in 2007 and called the experience, “the greatest achievement of my life, apart from my children.”

Freddie Prinze Jr.

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When he’s not getting beat up in a boxing ring by Victor Ortiz, Freddie Prinze Jr. likes to test his skills on the mats during BJJ practice. The former Scooby-Doo actor holds a blue belt in the discipline.

Keanu Reeves

As if you needed another reason not to test John Wick’s patience, star Keanu Reeves has put a lot of time into his BJJ training to prepare for the high octane role. As you’ve probably already guessed, Reeves is yet another high-profile student of Machado.

Teri Reeves

Chicago Fire and Once Upon a Time actress Teri Reeves is an avid BJJ competitor and loves to spend her free time on the mats. She currently holds a brown belt under professor Romulo Barral.

Theo Rossi

Long before he was pestering Luke Cage as Shades, actor Theo Rossi was hitting the mats to stay in shape. He told Fight! magazine in 2012 that he began training with Royce Gracie after the BJJ legend visited the set of Sons of Anarchy.

Wesley Snipes

The Blade star is mostly known for his skills in the striking arts, but Wesley Snipes also has some experience with BJJ thanks to Hollywood’s favorite grappling trainer, Rigan Machado.

Jason Statham

The action movie actor has long been a proponent and student of BJJ and the various styles used in MMA. “Any kind of martial art or discipline of that nature actually breeds a bit of peace,” Jason Statham said of MMA in a past interview. “You find any of the guys that have a certain skill within that fighting world, whether it be judo, kickboxing Thai boxing, jiu-jitsu – they’re very, very peaceful people.”

Vince Vaughn

After signing his daughter up for an anti-bullying class, Vince Vaughn caught the BJJ bug himself and decided to start training. He was recently featured in a “Gracie Breakdown” video opposite Ryron and Rener.

Marlon Wayans

He may have never gotten the chance to play Robin on the big screen, but that hasn’t stopped Marlon Wayans from working on his crime fighting skills. The comedian and actor was spotted putting on a gi a few years ago to train BJJ with Chris Light at the Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills.

Rebel Wilson

Over the years, Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has been spotted getting some time in on the mats at Hollywood gyms. Judging by her Instagram feed, though, she seems to like striking a bit more.


On – 27 Feb, 2017 By Matt Juul


Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai and MMA are catching on as exercise. By Joyce Teo

Miss Sandra Riley Tang, from the local band The Sam Willows, grapples a sparring Brazilian jiu-jitsu partner in the mixed martial arts gym, Evolve. She also does yoga and strength training. Photo: Feline Lim

Miss Sandra Riley Tang, 26, one-quarter of popular local pop band The Sam Willows, is able to grapple, choke and overpower a guy who is much bigger than her.

It helps that she has a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), a martial arts form that focuses on grappling and ground fighting.

“I’ve always liked martial arts. You get to hit things and kick things. It sounded like fun and is a good skill to have,” she said.

“When I first saw BJJ, I was like: ‘Go punch someone, come on, do something, why are you on the floor?'”

She started doing muay thai or Thai kickboxing, but became hooked on BJJ.

“It’s really something that was absolutely new to me. The more you practise, the more combinations you learn. It’s like a chess game,” said Miss Tang.

Like her, more and more young people are hooked on fighting as a form of fitness.

People have been doing martial arts for years but, in recent years, it is largely BJJ, muay thai and mixed martial arts (MMA) that have become trendy.


MMA combines combat sports from around the world. It can involve a striking discipline like boxing or muay thai, and grappling sports like wrestling and BJJ.

Mr Chatri Sityodtong, owner of a chain of Evolve MMA gyms, said his clients range from chief executives and doctors, to teachers, nurses and engineers, to students.

Although martial arts training attracts mostly men, more women as well as some children and older adults are also signing up.

“When we started, about 10 per cent of our clients were female. Now, there are more. Some days, we may get 60 per cent men and 40 per cent women,” said Mr Arvind Lalwani, who owns Juggernaut Fight Club in Hong Kong Street.

The credit for the rising popularity of MMA goes to its promoters, the biggest of which is the US-based Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), staging fights that draw crowds of at least several thousand people.

UFC, which is open to only elite fighters, will be returning to Singapore on June 17 after a three-year absence.

Mr Sityodtong is also the chairman and founder of Asia’s largest MMA promoter, One Championship. Established in Singapore in 2011, it snagged an undisclosed eight-figure sum from a consortium led by a Temasek Holdings unit last July to expand in the region.

There are also smaller events like the Singapore Fighting Championship, an amateur MMA organisation that was founded in 2014.

Today, Evolve MMA has three branches, at Far East Square, Orchard Central and PoMo in Selegie Road. It has 50 instructors and is in the midst of hiring more as it expands, said Mr Sityodtong.

Over at Juggernaut Fight Club, Mr Lalwani said classes used to draw 30 to 40 people a day, but now, there can be 60 to 80 people. The attraction of these martial arts is that they can teach one to fight, but for those who are not ready, at least one gym, FaMA, offers fitness training with some martial arts moves.

Depending on the intensity, the classes focus on body weight drills and coordination exercises, or circuit training, but always with martial arts moves from BJJ and muay thai thrown in.

These fitness classes will help improve a person’s overall physique, stamina, functional strength, balance and flexibility, said co-founder Bruno Amorim, who holds a black belt in BJJ and is a professional MMA fighter.

Mr Hiroshi Yamada, 29, who trains in muay thai, said what he liked was the opportunity to train under world champions.

Mr Yamada, who weighed more than 95kg at one point, said the sport helped him shed 25kg. He was also inspired to change his diet and lifestyle.

“Muay thai is a fantastic cardio workout. In a one-hour class, I can burn up to 1,000 calories,” he said.

More than that, muay thai has taught him respect, confidence and discipline, he added.



As for the safety of martial arts training as a form of fitness, sports doctors say that as long as it is a combat sport, there will be an inherent risk of injury.

Also, some martial arts forms are riskier than others.

Dr Cormac O’Muircheartaigh, a sports medicine physician and director of Sports Medicine Lab in Tanjong Pagar, said more people are seeking help for injuries such as lacerations and fractures sustained during martial arts training, especially in the last two years, about the time that the sport had become popular.

“If you like the idea of combat sports, but are not prepared to take the inherent risk, then don’t do MMA,” said Dr O’Muircheartaigh.

He recommends doing BJJ just for self-defence, as the risk is less than that for a striking sport like muay thai and boxing.

Dr Fadzil Hamzah, a staff registrar at Changi Sports Medicine Centre, said MMA is possibly one of the safest full-contact sports today, because it targets the whole body, though research is limited.

“Strikes in MMA are directed at all parts of the body. In boxing, strikes are largely directed at the head, and it is the accumulation of those blows to the head that is devastating,” he said.

Ultimately, those who train in martial arts will not only develop authentic self-defenceskills, but also more courage, discipline, focus and mental strength. (Also read: 5 Ways Martial Arts Training is Good For You)

For those who say that MMA or martial arts is more for men, at least one gym offering martial arts training to men and women – Trifecta Martial Arts – was started by two women three years back. One of the co-founders had said she took up BJJ after an abusive relationship, during which her former partner once threw a bedside table.

Being empowered is important, said Miss Tang, who picked up BJJ about two years ago and does it about two to three times a week, for up to 1½ hours each time.

“And a woman who can fight is definitely sexy,” said Miss Tang, who also does yoga and strength training, and has competed in BJJ.

She said she had not suffered any injury, though she had her contact lenses knocked out by her opponent during her first competition.

“Fighting, it builds your confidence and it’s important for women to be able to fight and save themselves if needed,” she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2017, with the headline ‘Fighting fit’.


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Home Nutrition & Conditioning Jiu Jitsu – Better than Dieting


On – 09 Feb, 2017 By Nicolas

Like most women, I’ve felt pressured at points in my life to be a certain weight, to have a particular look or to act a specific way. Social media can play havoc with your confidence and self-image, and I am constantly thankful that my teenage years were without the minefield of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter etc, where my every idiotic thought and mistake could be documented for ever more.

The start of New Year is filled with a melee of ads for detox diets that will shrink you to within a wafer of your existence, guarantee a six-pack and make you look gorgeous at the same time. Or you could succumb to one of many promotions for a new sport, where you will suddenly transform into plastic man and be able to eat kale whilst standing on your head with your legs behind your ears.

The simple fact is that detox or crash diets can work, but only for the very short term. They don’t attempt to address the underlying issues of why we might eat the way we do, and they only very rarely lead to sustained weight loss. Rapid weight loss is not usually a healthy option to choose and can put intense strain on organs such as our liver and kidneys.

Health Gain Instead of Weight Loss

Rather than focusing on weight loss, perhaps we should be concentrating on health gain. Health is a complicated dynamic, and certainly doesn’t just involve weight. The World Health Organisation defines health as: ‘A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’

Complete physical, mental and social well-being may seem unattainable but, when broken down, we can at least make steps to improve each area. A lot of dietary advice that just thinks about weight, abstinence and severe restrictions almost by definition is not going to be helping our overall health if you think of the triad of physical, mental and social well-being. Something that makes us unhappy or feel guilty is definitely not good for our mental health.

But the good news is that some simple changes can improve all three areas that make up the definition of health.

For example, trying a new form of exercise may introduce you to new friends (social well-being ticked) as well as improve your physical health (second tick). Any form of exercise is known to boost mood and self-esteem, and boom, all 3 of the health boxes are covered. Exercise does not have to be expensive either. Walking is amazingly good for us, it’s free, and can be very sociable.

Jiu Jitsu Was the Key

The exercise that ticked everything for me was jiu jitsu. I started just over 2 years ago in pretty bad shape. Post-3 kids, aged 39, fairly exhausted, very stressed at work: not a pretty picture! What I soon discovered was that jiu jitsu was more than just a simple sport. As clichéd as it may sound, it presented a lifestyle to me that was very appealing.

Jiu jitsu made me want to be fitter, stronger, faster and more technical. It made me want to work harder and eat more of the right foods that would help me physically, but without the overwhelming aim of weight loss. The ironic thing is that it has made me lose weight, simply because the sessions are so physically demanding that it can be hard to keep up with the calorie input. Add our 3 children in to the mix, and I don’t seem to sit still for long anymore!

The key for me was that I didn’t know I was exercising. I wasn’t thinking about my abs, my quads, my biceps etc, but I was definitely using them all! The sessions are so varied, so dynamic and use every possible position, movement and combination of muscles.

I also noticed a massive shift in my mood. I felt calmer, happier and gained a whole bunch of awesome (very patient!) training partners. No matter how tired, grumpy or physically worn out I felt before a training session, by the end I would feel energized, physically fatigued and mentally at peace all at once.

And my nutritional input has definitely changed. There’s less sugar around, and a greater awareness of what is going into my body. None of it feels like a punishment, because I know when I’m eating healthier, I feel stronger on the mats, and it takes less time for my muscles to recover.

Not that I’m trying to convert everyone to jiu jitsu (although that would be awesome!), but the message I’m trying to get across is just ‘get into something’. Anything. But it has to be fun! If you can enjoy whatever exercise you’re doing, you will be becoming healthier.


Clare Barton is a devoted wife and mother, medical doctor and jiu jitsu blue belt. Check out her blog In the Zen Garden

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Meet The New Addition To The Family – The Jiu Jitsu Dog http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/meet-new-addition-family-jiu-jitsu-dog/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:38:39 +0000 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/?p=2518 The post Meet The New Addition To The Family – The Jiu Jitsu Dog appeared first on Jiu Jitsu Family.


Introducing the newest member of the Jiu Jitsu Family, Simba the Jiu Jitsu dog. Simba joined our family when he was 5 months old. We found him at the Humane Society and instantly fell in love with this Labrador mixed puppy.

Hunter meeting his new best friend for the 1st time.

Simba is full of spunk and has acclimated quickly to his new life with the Stewarts. The kids picked out his name “Simba” since he looked like the lion from Disney’s The Lion King. Hunter has a new best friend and takes the responsibility of attending puppy training classes weekly with Simba.

The growing pup is full of energy and can be an engine of destruction if left unattended. He enjoys playing ruffly (Rolling) with every member of the family.

Our dearly departed “Rocky” embodied the Zen philosophy of peace.

Simba brought new life to our family after we lost our previous Labrador named Rocket. Rocky had been part of our family for 15 years and it was heartbreaking to lose him. He was one of a pair of black labs that the kids grew up with, his sister “Love” passed away at the age of 10.

We look forward to many adventures with this spirited puppy who is growing at an alarming rate. If you want to share your Jiu Jitsu pet with us, browse to our Jiu Jitsu pets page and submit your pictures and story by clicking here.

Simba and Jen ringing in the New Year

Hunter & Simba Best Friends Forever

Simba’s Favorite Toy

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Drill, Roll and Star Gazing http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/drill-roll-star-gazing/ Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:13:03 +0000 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/?p=2485 The Journey It has been seven and a half years since our family was introduced to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lifestyle. Many people have come and gone during those seven years. So many that I have begun to forget all of the names and faces that have traveled on and off the mats. Those that have […]

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The Journey

It has been seven and a half years since our family was introduced to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lifestyle. Many people have come and gone during those seven years. So many that I have begun to forget all of the names and faces that have traveled on and off the mats. Those that have stayed have become like brothers and sisters to us. We are fortunate to have an extended Jiu Jitsu Family that we can always reach out to if we ever needed help.

The Benefit

Spending Time Together Off The Mat

Spending Time Together Off The Mat

The bond in our own family has grown stronger than ever before. Our relationships are tighter and we even seem to spend more time together as a family. Having a common interest like BJJ helps build a strong relationship between husband and wife, parents and children and sibling to sibling.

The Lifestyle


Jen Searching For Jupiter

Jen Searching For Jupiter

We make sure to spend quality time together off the mat. Family get togethers, walks on the beach, karaoke parties, movies and working out together.

Tonight after class we dusted off our old telescope we had for years and spent some quality time searching the sky for Jupiter, Saturn and the moon. We do not know much about astronomy but it was fun navigating the stars using a free app and to just spend the time together as a family. Jiu Jitsu is the common denominator for our family. The lifestyle is enjoying the time we have together.



Logan Focusing On The Moon

Logan Focusing On The Moon

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Things to keep in Mind During Your Jiu Jitsu Journey http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/things-to-keep-in-mind-during-your-jiu-jitsu-journey/ Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:04:23 +0000 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/?p=2404 Fighting is scary.  However, if you master it then it teaches you many things.  You learn to work harder, it teaches you lots of patience, makes you all confident and Jiu Jitsu is one example of such sport.  It is a rare sport, which changes your life completely.  It is more about good and healthy […]

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Jen going for the arm bar on Logan

Fighting is scary.  However, if you master it then it teaches you many things.  You learn to work harder, it teaches you lots of patience, makes you all confident and Jiu Jitsu is one example of such sport.  It is a rare sport, which changes your life completely.  It is more about good and healthy way of living.  Here are few tips, which make your Jiu Jitsu journey more easy and comfortable.

  1. Keep Yourself Germs Free

Jiu Jitsu is an intimate sport and all the germs are its best companions.  Practicing good hygiene is the only way to protect yourself from the germs .All these bacteria lead to various types of skin infections such as ringworm, staph, impetigo, fungal infections and many more Natural soap bar treats skin infection</a> so you can make this habit to choose natural bar as your bathing partner.  Make sure to wash your gi regularly after the training session.  Clean gi leaves good impression on your partner.

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  1. Make Fitness Your Best Friend

You can do well in the sport only if you keep good health.  Dieting is harmful.  Do not cut sugar and carbohydrates from your diet plan completely as the body requires them in certain amounts.  You can add supplements to your diet in order to make it a complete balanced diet.  Do not forget to rehydrate yourself after the exercise.

  1. Motivation Maintains the Rhythm

Attend all the training sessions regularly.  Your motivation  ultimately results into the consistency. It maintains the rhythm of your sport.  Exercise regularly and make it a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises as this sport is a rare mix of these two.  Focus on the right postures while doing work out as wrong postures can trouble your legs, muscles, or neck.

  1. Consistency is the key

Consistency is the key to success in every sport.  It helps in transforming your habits.  Focus and consistency play a vital role in making your performance rank one and your journey long lasting.  Make your surroundings productive and remove the distractions in order to stay focused throughout your journey in this sport.010113

  1. Practice, Practice and Some More Practice

The more you practice the sport, the more you will learn it.  With every mistake, you confront your new weakness and learn a new technique.  Your moves improve with practice. Follow the instructions of your instructor religiously.  It is possible that you will not see the immediate results but with time, you yourself will feel sense of refinement in your each move.

Make all these points a part of your routine, nourish yourself, drill and make the Jiu Jitsu art an immense part of your life.




Author Bio:

Evie Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage others to rediscover their lifestyle and get inspired for organic living.

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The More Subtle Experience http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/the-more-subtle-experiences/ Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:24:43 +0000 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/?p=2393 I think it’s safe to say that winning matches and collecting the resulting medals are fun parts of every tournament. Sometimes though, things don’t go our way. But that’s okay – through the years I’ve personally learned to appreciate the more subtle tournament experiences. I’m talking about witnessing the team bond grow little stronger, the kids’ confidence […]

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Coach Carlos helped Hunter warm up before his match. Unfortunately things didn't go his way, but he's ready to start training for the next competition.

Coach Carlos helped Hunter warm up before his match. Unfortunately things didn’t go his way, but he’s ready to start training for the next competition.

I think it’s safe to say that winning matches and collecting the resulting medals are fun parts of every tournament. Sometimes though, things don’t go our way. But that’s okay – through the years I’ve personally learned to appreciate the more subtle tournament experiences. I’m talking about witnessing the team bond grow little stronger, the kids’ confidence boost a little higher, and the coaches leading their students in a way that makes you proud. Congrats to all of the ATP BJJ RMNU students who competed yesterday. You all deserve the gold for stepping out of your comfort zones and stepping on the mat.

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Seven Ways To Get Out Of A Rut http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/seven-ways-to-get-out-of-a-rut/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:39:05 +0000 http://www.jiujitsufamily.com/?p=2361 Stuck In A Rut Nothing is worst than being stuck in a rut.  I know, I have been stuck in one more than once.  I began questioning if I even liked training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu anymore.  What happened to my passion for the art?  Why was I starting to feel anxiety about going to class? […]

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Stuck In A Rut

Nothing is worst than being stuck in a rut.  I know, I have been stuck in one more than once.  I began questioning if I even liked training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu anymore.  What happened to my passion for the art?  Why was I starting to feel anxiety about going to class?

Beware of the downward spiral!

Beware of the downward spiral

 The downward spiral

I was in a downward spiral which is a depressive state where you get more and more depressed, but can not figure out why.  It took some soul searching to figure out why I had this crushing weight of depression hanging over me.  The thing is,  it is not all directly related to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.




Possible Contributing Causes


If you are like a good majority of Americans, you work a job that consumes the majority of your time every day.   Add in a daily commute through traffic where you are immersed in a constant stressful state of mind.  Studies have shown that commuting through heavy traffic is similar to the stress soldiers feel during combat and sometimes leads to psychological disorders up to ten years later.

There is nothing like the rat race to spike your stress level

There is nothing like the rat race to spike your stress level

If you commute in a major city you could be stuck sitting for extended periods of time which wreaks havoc on the body by inhibiting blood flow to the legs and placing stress on the lower back.  Office workers face similar problems when they get to work and end up sitting at a desk for hours on end.  Mix in the physical stress of the mental anguish that can sometimes occur due to office politics, projects and deadlines.


Commuting is only one stress point.  Career changes that impact financial status can also pile on a heap of stress onto your life.  Making less while paying out more in taxes and insurance every year while trying to compensate for the rising cost of living is difficult.

How you are going to pay the rent, mortgage or buy groceries trumps most other problems.

In recent years many workers have faced lay offs due to the economy.  It does not matter how well they performed their jobs, it is just a numbers game and employers must adjust to declining revenues by cutting employees.

Those who have lost jobs struggle to find employers who are hiring and the workers left behind worry about their own job security.  Add the responsibility of supporting a family during an economic downturn just adds an additional layer of stress.


The definition of overwhelm is to bury or drown beneath a huge mass; give too much of a thing to someone.  Pile on household chores, mowing the yard, fixing appliances, car repairs, doctor appointments, church and family commitments.

We have all been there

We have all been there

Everyone deals with this kind of stuff, it is life.  Physical training and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be used as a healthy escape from the stress of every day life but trying to balance your personal life while maintaining a consistent training schedule can be challenging.


It goes without saying, if you are not healthy your training is going to suffer.  Eating good, exercising and getting plenty of sleep are critical to success on the mat.  If any of those are out of whack your jiu jitsu is going to stagnate or regress.  This includes any injuries that are keeping you from performing at 100%.


Any kind of relationship issues easily follow you onto the mat.  It can take your head out of the game and consequently your skills on the mat suffer.  How well you get along with your coach and team mates can also effect your mental attitude on the mat.


BJJ is a mental game



This is a hard one for most to admit.  Fear can often dictate our actions.  When you are in that downward spiral fear creeps in and gets you questioning your abilities letting self doubt set in.


The Seven Ways To Get Out Of A Rut

  1. Rest – This is one of the best ways to unwind from the daily grind and give yourself a reboot.  Time off will allow you to heal any nagging injuries and lets your mind relax by taking a step back.  This might mean taking some serious time off to clear your head and find your center.

    Take a break

    Take a break

  2. Set small goals to get some wins – Nothing builds confidence like a win.  Even small wins help pull you out of a slump.  Make a small achievable goal such as pulling off a sweep you have been working on or escaping a position that you normally get stuck in.  Even small life style changes like giving up your favorite guilty pleasure or going to bed an hour earlier can make a difference in your mental health.

    Set small attainable goals

    Set small attainable goals

  3. Simplify – Side step overwhelm by simplifying your life and your procedures.                                                                                      “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”  ~Bruce Lee Get rid of the excess clutter in your life.  Develop some systems and processes that you can stick to that will help you automate your progress.  Example, you want to develop some strength but are limited on extra time to work out.  Add a simple workout twice a week using the most productive exercises such as basic compound movements like the Squat, Press and Pull ups.
  4. Confront fear – Fantasy Expectations Appearing Real (FEAR).  Reframe how you think about fear.  Yes, attempting an armbar from guard might mean your opponent will seize the moment to pass your guard.  So what?  What is the worst that can happen?  They pass your guard, mount and submit you?  It is small potatoes in the grand scheme of things.  Leaving yourself vulnerable is sometimes the only way to truly grow in life and in BJJ.


    Let go of your pride and conquer fear

  5. Let Go Of Pride – Fear goes hand in hand with pride.  How does it feel to get tapped out by lower belts or some one with less experience than you?  It happens.  You can move on and thank that person for exposing a weakness in your game or you can allow it to get inside of your head causing more doubt and fear.
  6. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone – “Open up your game”!  How often does your coach shout that at you?  You are never going to progress in BJJ if you do not try moves that are uncomfortable for you.  Always playing it safe cripples your progress and is a major contributor to sucking you into a rut.  When you become stagnant you cease to grow.  If you are a top only player, force yourself to play guard only for a month and your skills will begin to take off.


    Get out of your comfort zone

  7. Keep Showing Up – Consistency is king.  Half the battle is just showing up to class.  Like the 12 step mantra of “keep coming back, it works if you work it.”  People come and go in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, it takes grit to hang in there and progress though the ranks.  The bottom line, that can only happen if you show up to class and train hard.


 “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”  ~Bruce Lee

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Tom rolling with team mate Buzz.

What do you do when your team falls apart?  About eight months ago our coach decided it was time for a change.  With a heavy heart he decided to close the gym and move out to California for a fresh start.  I can not blame him, the gym had hit hard times and he was going in debt just to keep the doors open.  It was hard on everybody, especially the kids.  Hunter and Logan have spent the last six years growing up in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym.  Our coach Marcelo had a huge impact on their lives and our team mates were like having a bunch of cool Uncles that watched out for them.  South Florida is populated with plenty of BJJ schools and our team mates split into all different directions, making choosing a new school a difficult decision.  Some of us migrated to our original training location which is a Crossfit gym where Jen works out.  Marcelo began his school there before venturing to new locations.  The mats were still in place and the owner was interested in bring BJJ back into the gym.  He hired Carlos, one of our team mates, to be the new instructor.  Carlos is a talented brown belt and has done a great job taking on the role of professor.  A few of our team mates stayed with us and the school continues to steadily grow.

Jen and Logan Take Down

Logan and Jen fighting for a take down at an exhibition for the new school.

It is sad when you lose the camaraderie of a team.  Your team mates become like brothers to you, years we have spent rolling around on the mats and sharing conversations about our lives.  It is disappointing that we could not all stay together, but I understand the situation.  We will keep meeting new people and developing relationships to build our new team.  We were a Nova Uniao school and now we have become affiliated with Nova Uniao alumni, Robson Moura, who will train monthly with Carlos to help him grow in the art.




Juan Bacca, Robson Moura, Carlos Palacio

Juan Bacca, Robson Moura, Carlos Palacio

It is kind of strange to be back in the gym where we started our BJJ journey.  Odd is not having your team mates bantering back and forth and making stupid jokes, or talking about the UFC fights from last weekend.  Imagine the smoke monster from “Lost” just gobbled up three quarters of your gym and you are left with just a few survivors, that is how it feels.  The adult class is separated into beginners and advanced.  There are not many of us in the advanced class and it sometimes feels like a private class, which can be a good thing.  The downside is you lose some of the energy that might be present at a more populated gym.  That will change as some of the beginners grasp the fundamentals and move into the advanced class.

Carlos, Hunter and Juan after Hunter’s belt promotion.

I am very Happy with my son Hunter’s progress on the mat since we started training here.  We now have a much larger kids class and he is thriving with more partners to train with.  He is also the most experienced kid which is forcing him to step up and help the younger ones.  His confidence has grown considerably and he has developed more confidence on the mat.  Carlos has a background in wrestling and has really been working with Hunter on his take downs and No Gi training.  Wrestling has also has helped Jen and I fill in some of the holes in our BJJ game.  We never wrestled before starting BJJ and some aspects of the training can make you feel like a white belt again.

Jen’s Crossfit coach, Juan, is the owner of the gym and also a purple belt who has years of experience in BJJ.  Jen loves that we are back at her Crossfit gym which makes it more of a symbiotic relationship between her two passions BJJ and Crossfit.  Logan has also been bitten by the Crossfit bug and is rapidly increasing strength and stamina.



jen crossfit

Jen working on her power.


Logan squat

Logan improving her strength with the squat.




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