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You know you've made your mark on the BJJ world if you have a move named after you. I'm not talking about some random submission, but a move that has become a fundamental part of the art. The De La Riva guard is a position that you'll see over and over nowadays. Competitors like the Mendes Brothers, Samuel Braga, Michael Langhi, Keenan Cornelius, Cobrinha and countless others rely on this guard. I've never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. De La Riva as he rarely comes to the states, but I sent a few quesitons down to my friend Lineu Oliveira who conducted the interview. Read, learn, and appreciate one of the legends of BJJ - Ricardo De La Riva - Carlson Gracie black belt, great competitor & instructor, and creator of the De La Riva guard!
Actor, Mixed Martial Arist, bodybuilder, pro wreslter and now Purple belt, Dave Bautista gets the jump from blue by Cesar Gracie.
Congats to Dave Batista on the purple belt, at least we know that belt is real!
Can you imagine having to compete against him at your next tournament?
And if you want an idea of how Cesar teaches, check out his 6 DVD set; Gi less jiu jitsu
Many who practice BJJ have thought that going to a gym to lift weights would bring about a magical change in their Jiu-jitsu. That in just a few short months, membership at a local “Fitness Center” would be the catalyst that would shoot them up through the belt ranks and have them knocking on the door to Black Belt status.
Last month, Vladislav Koulikov's new instructional series "Sambo Jiu-jitsu Fusion" was released. The set features throws, takedowns, groundwork and leglocks that work GREAT in a BJJ or Submission grappling setting. Those tough Russians know a thing or two about fighting!
It’s been almost 7 years since the first Nogi Worlds, and it’s nice to see these two warriors still competing and dominating in the Jiu Jitsu Game.
When you think of Lucas Leite, the first that usually comes to your mind is a guy with a tricky half guard and a guy that is willing to go up against virtually anyone. When you think of Cyborg, you think of his high altitude Tornado sweeps. I had totally forgotten that Cyborg would also rock a badass mowhawk!
The 2013 season has quickly come and gone. And just in case you didn't hear, two of the greatest of all time, Robert Drysdale and Rodrigo Cavaca, joined forces to create a new powerhouse BJJ Team. Zenith BJJ turned heads with impressive performances in some of the toughest events of the year!
One of the most common questions I get asked is about sponsorship. BJJ instructors and athletes all around the world want to represent a brand and there is a lot of confusion as to how it all works. So for the past two months I've been pouring everything I know about BJJ sponsorships into an e-book and it's now available!
We all know that BJJ is great for self defense and most of it that train see the benefit for women to learn Jiu Jitsu as well. Unfortunately, a lot of women are hesitant to train BJJ for so many obvious reasons.
The crew at Ocean County Jiu Jitsu came up with this clever and well produced commercial spot that should help convince women to take up an interest in BJJ. The commercial is well done but the approach might be somewhat controversial. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below.