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The Top 5 Tips From BJJ Star Mackenzie Dern Improving Your Jiu Jitsu

By Moses Marasco / November 29, 2016

Mackenzie Dern won it all. Practically born on the mats, the 23-year-old is making her transition to MMA after insanely active and successful run in BJJ. Two-time world champion as a black belt, ADCC champion and WPJJC open class champion, Mackenzie has a lot to teach for those who want to emulate her results. We […]

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How To Do The Americana/Keylock 5 Super-Cool Different Ways

By Moses Marasco / November 26, 2016

The Americana / Keylock from side control is perhaps the simplest submission a beginner can learn. But the basic Americana does not end there! Today, Jiu-jitsu Times showedsome lesser-known and some unorthodox ways to attack the shoulder joint with the same essential joint lock. Here they are… Surprise BJJ attack – submission from underneath side control This […]

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TED Talk: Building A Better World With Jiu Jitsu! FT. Miesha Tate

By Moses Marasco / November 10, 2016

In his Ted Talk, journalist and BJJ black belt Frank Curreri says that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, also known as ‘The Gentle Art’ can build a better world… He even has professional UFC fighter and fellow jiu jitsu black belt Miesha Tate drive his point home, demonstrating moves and techniques on the floor during the talk…

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Why You Shouldn’t You Feel Bad About Tapping Someone in Training

By Moses Marasco / September 20, 2016

Tapping in training is important. No one should be hesitant to tap in training. Not every exercise needs to be a struggle for victory and if you’re spending your energy on trying to win instead of trying to learn then you need to step back and reexamine your approach to training. When your partner taps […]

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What Makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training So Hard? (And Fun)

By Moses Marasco / September 13, 2016

Why is jiu jitsu so hard? Here is what I think makes the art so difficult (and incredibly fun) (or better yet Challenging). Real feedback every night. Every class is typically ended with a live rolling session. This is usually several rounds of grappling with various opponents including everyone from the lowest white belt to blacks belts. If […]

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Judo Throws: Which One Work For BJJ & Which Ones Might Cause Problems

By Moses Marasco / September 6, 2016

So, for judo in BJJ, there are some throws that may or may not “work/transfer over”… Sumi gaeshi being probably the closest possible thing to a “perfect” throw for Jiu Jitsu. Given the sometimes overly defensive BJJ posture of bent at the waist, that is used by some BJJ practitioners… This throw is sometimes quite easy to […]

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Osoto Gari: The Most Effective Judo Sweep & Why

By Moses Marasco / September 3, 2016

O-Soto-Gari. It’s different if you have perfect circumstances with momentum and positioning to effortlessly perform a hip throw or different sweep, but all else being equal, I’d say O-Soto-Gari. O-Soto-Gari (“Large Outer Reaping”) gives you maximum leverage and allows an easy synergy between upper and lower body, coordinating all your strength without requiring perfect timing, […]

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Do You Like Jiu Jitsu & Want A Couple Thousand Bucks?

By Moses Marasco / August 25, 2016

2016 SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Gi & No Gi Prizes The SJJIF will be awarding up to $40,000.00 USD Prize to its Black Belts champions as follows: Bracket with 12 or more competitors Bracket with 8 to 11 competitors  Brackets with 4 to 7 competitors Black Belt Male Adult Gi Divisions: Rooster $1,000 […]

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Gumby’s Column: Some thoughts on Olympic Judo (from an American BJJ’er)

By Gumby / August 9, 2016

*I watch the Olympics because I love grappling. I will be following Judo and Wrestling in part for my own enjoyment, in part because I understand and appreciate the hard work and sacrifices these athletes make and partly because I am trying to learn.   *That being said, I recognize that the Olympics Judo and […]

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