Article on BJJ Politics

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reading a good deal about our election, so on a slightly less depressing note let’s talk about a different kind of politics- jiu jitsu politics. It’s a topic that’s still quite divisive and has some weird customs and factions, but less likely to make you feel dejected about the future.

Anyway, check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article About the Rise-And Fall of Metamoris

Hey everyone,

Bishop BJJ has an article about exactly what the heck has been going on with Metamoris- from a promising (albeit oddly named) event, to…whatever the heck it is now.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Article Highlighting BJJ in Brazil

Hey everyone,

There’s an article in Bloomberg with some nice photos of people training in Brazil. If nothing else there are some pretty sweet photos of people training- check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Metamoris 7 Results: Wait, this Happened Already?

I’m going to chalk this up to being up to my eyeballs with work, but I had no idea that Metamoris 7 actually happened.

Anyway, apparently it totally did happen, and it sounds like Tonon caught Ralek Gracie in a toe hold to kneebar submission. Good for him.

Anyway, check out BJJ Heroes for all of the results, and have a great day everyone!

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Renzo Gracie’s Birthday Wish: a UFC Fight

So Renzo Gracie apparently has an interesting wish for his 50th birthday: to have a UFC fight.

No, not go to a UFC fight- to be IN the fight.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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EBI All Female Card

Hey guys, EBI’s next event it seems will be an all female card. Neat.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Enson Inoue Re-Promoting Himself to Black Belt

Last week we heard about how Enson Inoue de-moted himself to purple belt because he didn’t feel his skills had evolved with the times, and that it would be more beneficial to work from purple back up to black.

Apparently he spoke to his Sensei John Lewis who offered this key piece of advice to him, ” The comparison is a doctor you reviewed his masters or Ph.D. 20 years ago. Once you receive it, it cannot be undone. Even if medicine has evolved, if the DR. wanted to be updated to the latest medical practices, he would just seek further education.”

I wholeheartedly agree with this statement, and so did Inoue, because now he is back to black belt.

Check out the article on it, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday: Puppy Picture Edition

Eh, it’s not really a “Happy Friday” to be honest. There has just been a lot of depressing news lately, so in response I looked for the cutest puppy picture I could find, and here is the fruit of my labor:

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Have a good weekend everyone.

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Article on Jiu Jitsu’s Mecca

hey guys, BJJ Heroes has an article asking where is Jiu jitsu’s Mecca- according to past tournament results, apparently the answer is either in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, which makes sense, since (according to Helio Gracie’s Wikipedia page) the first Gracie Academy was in Rio, and in my mind Mecca not only refers to the popular place for something, but also a location that provides history to a particular…thing.

Anyway, check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Article on YouTube and Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu Time has an article about the upsides and downsides to YouTube and the jiu jitsu community: it’s a complicated relationship, to say the least.

On the one side, for the seasoned practitioner it’s a fantastic way to explore other techniques from some of the highest caliber athletes in our sport. Even if you can’t exactly pull off the same technique with the same precision, it opens your eyes to new possibilities and hopefully something that will dovetail perfectly with the rest of your game.

On the other hand, for newer students, it’s a bit like trying to drink from a firehose- there’s a dangerous allure to fall down the rabbit hole or information that’s out there, any literally anyone can post anything on YouTube, which is why I often tell new students “Sensei YouTube is not your friend.”  I would trust more if they went somewhere like BJJ Library, where you know all of the videos are taught by experienced bjj practitioners, and not some dude who’s been teaching “street style” jiu jitsu for the past 6 months.

Anyway, check out the article and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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