Tagged as: UFC

Demian Maia Could Be the Next UFC Champ Without Ever Throwing a Punch

Coming off a big win against a very tough Jorge Masvidal, Demian Maia finds himself in that elite “title shot” conversation. While many fans of the UFC are enamored with the striking and highlight knockouts, Demian Maia’s climb back to the top contender spot is largely due to to his world class Jiu Jitsu game.

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Mirror, Mirror: Shattering Your Negative Self Image

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Of course, your own reflection, but who are you really seeing? Recognizing yourself is more important than just identifying the face that you see in the mirror. It’s about seeing who you REALLY are.

For some people, this is not an easy task. Read More

6 Secrets to Starting the New Year Right

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? If you’re like millions of other people today, you’ve probably made at least one New Year’s resolution during your life.

As the New Year approaches, many of us have it in our minds to stop some habits and start others. Sometimes that means we stop eating eating junk food, other times we start a new hobby, and sometimes it literally means making up your mind to get in shape.

Boy, have we tried that one!

Let’s be honest, the road to replacing bad habits with good habits is not an easy one no matter how much you really want to change.

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4 Unseen Ways BJJ Changed Your Thinking

As you are walking through life, there are few things that are more important than being respected by those around you. Respect comes from your values and how you carry yourself. Have you ever wondered why you started to look at yourself differently since you started studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?  Is your head higher, are your thoughts clearer?  It’s amazing that the most valuable skills we can learn for life are learned right on the mat!

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The Living Legend: Rigan Machado

Rigan Machado, 1 of 5 brothers, was born on the 2nd of July 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today he is an 8th degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Carlos Gracie Jr. Having notable accomplishments under his belt, such as the 1996 & 1997 Weight and Absolute Pan American Championship. He also holds a record for winning 19 matches in one day by submissions. It’s no wonder he is so highly admired in the sport alongside legends like B.J Penn who says about Machado, “He is one of the best grapplers on the planet.”

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Why Is BJJ So DOMINANT?

The early days of the UFC showed the world the superiority of Grappling-specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu- over other fighting styles.  Though any individual fighter can be fallible, the only competitors who are able to succeed in mixed martial arts today are those educated in grappling, in many cases specifically Jiu Jitsu.  What makes jiu jitsu-and on a broader scale grappling-so crucial to a fighters ability to succeed or a regular Joe to defend themselves on the street?

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