Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Clark Gracie

by Ryan Fiorenzi on March 28, 2013

A lot of people are talking about the match between Andre Galvao and Buchecha in the 2013 Pan Ams.  It was great, but I enjoyed the ending to the match between Clark Gracie (“Mr. Uma Plata”) and Marcelo “Lapela” Mafra.  The end of the match starts around the 12:00 mark, where Clark is down by 2 points.



BJJ Strategies


I was teaching a class the other night and was about to start rolling with one of my students.  Before we started he said, “Submit me as much as you

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Defense Strategy


What is the best outcome for you escaping a submission? You may know a lot of armbar escapes from the guard, for example, but which one is the best? Obviously

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Butterfly Guard 2

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Butterfly Guard

When you try to execute the basic butterfly sweep, one of the several ways they can try to stop the sweep is to lean the opposite direction.  Here is a

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Butterfly Guard 1

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Butterfly Guard

Butterfly guard is one of the most versatile guards in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  I did this basic sweep wrong for years until the legendary Rigan Machado fixed it. Make sure you

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Advice For White Belts


Being a beginner in Jiu-Jitsu is exciting, but can be tough.  You get tapped a lot, and often you won’t have success with the new techniques you are learning.  So

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Interview with Kris Shaw, Founder of BJJ Legends Magazine


From left to right: Jocelyn Chang, Cindy Omatsu, Leka Vieira, and Kris Shaw. Kris Shaw is the Founder and Editor of BJJ Legends Magazine.  She has competed a lot and

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The First Submission


In most BJJ classes you work technique, then start rolling.  For some people, the first submission landed sets the tone for the rest of the rolling.  Meaning, some people fall

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Ricardo De la Riva


For me, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not a sport.  It is an art that has a sport aspect, as well as a self defense aspect.  But for me, it is an

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The Double Guard Pull


Many of the living Jiu-Jitsu masters are upset about the current state of their art. They feel that Jiu-Jitsu is a self defense art, and they don’t feel that modern

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