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What Is A Community?

How many times have we used the expression Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a community? I know I have used it before, but really what is a community? By pure definition, a community is a unified body of individuals linked by a location, a mindset and/or a common interest… PLEASE that definition is so elementary; it only scratches the surface of what the BJJ community represents. … Continue reading


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Battle for NY BJJ Supremacy – Gianni Grippo vs. Mateo Maldonado

Check out this exciting match between two world champions, Gianni Grippo vs. Mateo Maldonado! This battle occurred at yesterday’s World Pro trials in NY. In addition to winning a trip to Abu Dhabi, the winner of this match gets bragging right. LOL! Enjoy the match.


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Match of the Week: Alexandre Ribeiro x Roberto Tozi

Today’s Match of the week features two champions of different generations, Alexandre Ribeiro x Roberto Tozi. This battle took place at the 2005 CBJJO World Championships. Started by Andre Pederneiras, the CBJJO was formed as a result of his belief that if BJJ wants to achieve a professional level, fighters should be paid when fighting in major tournaments. After several year and some internal issues … Continue reading


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Vintage Match: Leo Vieira vs. Renato Verissimo (1997)

Today, we feature a classic match between Leo Vieira and Renato Verissimo! This high pace back and forth battle took place at the second CBJJ Mundial championships in 1997. After winning the Mundials in 1996 as a brown belt, Leozinho was awarded his BB from Romero Cavalcanti the following year. As a brand new BB at the 1997 Mundials, he proved to the world that … Continue reading


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Match of the Week: Braulio Estima vs. Tarsis Humphreys

Today’s “Match of the Week” features two top competitors from the top two schools in BJJ, Braulio Estima (Gracie Barra) vs. Tarsis Humphreys (Alliance). This match took place in the absolute finals of the 2009 World Pro inaugural event. That tournament was a momentous event, because it was the first high profile gi tournament in which the competitors were compensated for their efforts. In addition … Continue reading


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Young Guns: Oliver Geddes

Today’s “Young Guns” features a very special interview with one of England’s newest and toughest young black belts, Oliver Geddes. Under Roger Gracie’s watchful eye, this twenty-seven year old obtained his black belt in a little over six years. Oli is one of the most active competitors in all of Europe. His titles include 2 x Abu Dhabi Pro European Qualifier, 2 x CBJJ European … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Amaury Bitetti

Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” features the very first 2x Absolute Division BB champion, Amaury Bitetti. Bittetti, a BB under the late great Carlson Gracie exemplifies Carlson’s theory on Jiu Jitsu. According to Carlson, for a person to excel in the art, a fighter should possess three attributes: 1) technique, 2) strength and 3) speed. Without these three attributes working in harmony, the athlete will … Continue reading


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Match of the Week: Claudio Calasans X. Lucas Leite

Today’s “Match of the Week” segment features an exciting battle between two highly competitive rivals in the middleweight division, who are seeking to dethrone Marcelo Garcia…. Claudio Calasans vs. Lucas Leite. This match took place almost a year ago at the 2011 World Pro Trials in San Diego. You will notice that this was clip is from a televised feed with color commentary in Arabic! … Continue reading


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Young Guns: James Harbison

Today’s “Young Guns” segment features one of the few competitors out there that has won the unofficial IBJJF Grand Slam title. In 2011, Jimmy won the Mundials, Pans, Euros and the Brazilian Nationals as a brown belt. As a result of his stellar performances, Master Lloyd Irvin awarded Jimmy his BB in July 2011. As a newly minted black belt, Jimmy has a huge road … Continue reading


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Match of the Week: Roger Gracie vs. Saulo Ribeiro (2005)

Today’s “Match of the Week” features a classic battle of two “old school” methodical competitors, Roger Gracie vs. Saulo Ribeiro. This match took place in the semi-finals of the absolute division of the 2005 Mundials in the TIJUCA TENIS CLUBE. Spoiler alert… After losing this match, Saulo knelt on the mat, folded his belt and gave it to Roger, symbolizing his kimono’s retirement. However, the … Continue reading


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