BJJ Tour Connecticut: last day to register is this Monday, the 21st


You still have time to register for the BJJ Tour Connecticut.

This Monday, April 21, is the last day to be a part of the event.

The BJJ Tour Connecticut takes place in Bridgeport, on April 27.

Bridgeport is a charming little town by the east coast roughly one hour from Manhattan.

The BJJ Tour has the signature of Claudio França and his team.

França is the one responsible for the US Open, one of the most prestigious events in the BJJ season.

It’s decades of experience organizing top level events.

So, don’t miss out and register now.

Click here to register.


2014 WPJJC: Buchecha sweeps for last second win; Gabi confirms her supremacy


The 2014 WPJJC was a rerun of last year’s edition, as far as the black belt open class division is concerned.

Once again, Gabi Garcia and Marcus Almeida Buchecha ended up with the belts around their waist.

In the female brown/black belt division, Garcia once again had no opponents able to threaten her supremacy.

In the final match, she quickly passed the guard of Janni Larsson and cranked a kimura lock from side control.

Gabi is now a three-time open class champion in  Abu Dhabi.

In the male division, Marcus Almeida was behind in the scoreboard by three advantages and had only seconds to do something.

And he did.

Buchecha managed a last second sweep and as the clock ran out the referee awarded him the two points.

Rodolfo was in disbelief after what was his best performance in a long time against the rival.

In the beginning of the match, he almost got a guard pass and mount.

Nevertheless, the personal score between the two is 4-1 to Buchecha now.

They will probably meet next in Long Beach, California, at the end of May, at the 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

For the full results, go to

Here are the best pictures of this Saturday of thrills in the UAE.

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IBJJF launches rankings divided in belt color and age division

Buchecha, the new king of Jiu-Jitsu

Buchecha is the leader of the adult male black belt ranking

The IBJJF has expanded its athlete rankings.

From now on, it is possible to check who are the best in each belt color and age range.

The athletes are now divided within their age category for each belt color.

The rankings will be updated up to 24 hours after each championship.

Click here and check out in which position you and your friends are.

And don’t forget to register today for the most important tournament there is.

The registration period for the 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship is open.

Click here to register now.

Lifestyle: Want to Breathe Better For Jiu Jitsu?

Rickson Gracie Practises a yoga breathing technique

Rickson Gracie Practises a yoga breathing technique

The importance of proper breathing is fundamental to life – oxygen is everything!

Learning to breathe correctly will contribute to greater available energy, calm your nervous system, help strengthen your immunity and nourish internal organs.

According to physiotherapist Paula Nassif, breathing also provides a gateway, through focus and relaxation, which allows deepening meditations and healing. Anatomically speaking, there is a balance between breathing pressures that can be disrupted by stress and fatigue. Learning to focus on your breath can reduce the effects of outside influences on your health and restore equilibrium to the inhale and the exhale, making it a smooth process that brings clarity and comfort.

We can consciously use breathing to influence the involuntary (sympathetic nervous system) that regulates blood pressure, heart rate, circulation, digestion and many other bodily functions. The breath is known as prana or a universal energy that can be used to find a balance between the body-mind, the conscious-unconscious, and the sympathetic-parasympathetic nervous system. Breathing exercises can act as a bridge into those functions of the body of which we generally do not have conscious control.

By harnessing the breath, you can take control of your body, your mind, your emotions and inner spirit for any pursuit, whether you’re a world-class athlete, a businessman, or a mom.

Breathe and Balance Your Life!

Watch the video below with Rickson Gracie practicing his famous breathing technique:

Learn from MMA fighter Frank Mir about the importance of breathing for fighters:

2014 WPJJC: know who are the black belt champions crowned in Abu Dhabi

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The champions of the male black belt division and the female brown/black belt have been crowned this Thursday in Abu Dhabi.

Here are the results and the best images of the finals.

For the full results, go to

Joao Miyao beat Tiago Bravo 4-0

Miyao came up short in many attempts to submit Bravo after a beautiful berimbolo that ended with the hooks in.

Leo Saggioro beat J. Loska 6-2

Saggioro untied the match in the last seconds with a skillful taking of the back from the closed guard.

Roberto Satoshi caught Sergio Benini in a choke from the back

Satoshi reached his second gold medal in Abu Dhabi by imposing his game to Benini.

Leandro Lo beat Victor Estima by refs decision after a 4-4 tie

In a very close match, two out of three refs saw more offensiveness in Lo.

Andre Galvão beat Romulo Barral 2-0 with a sweep

Galvão got the sweep early and defended Barral’s attacks well to win.

Braulio Estima caught Tarcisio Jardim with a triangle choke

Estima used his long legs to surprise Jardim into a deadly triangle.

Rodolfo Vieira caught Luiz Panza with an armlock

Vieira put his game into action since the very beginning and passed, mounted and went for the arm.

Marcus Buchecha beat Alex Trans 2-0 with a takedown

In a tough match, Buchecha’s explosive start awarded him the win.


Ariadne Oliveira caught Nadia Canal with an armlock

Luiza Monteiro beat Beatriz Mesquita 6-4

Janni Larson beat Pollyana Lago 6-0

Gabi Garcia beat Dominika Obelenyte 5-0

2014 WPJJC: here’s a photo gallery with the best of the action before the finals

Gabi Garcia played gaurd in her first two matches in the +72kg division She caught both opponents on armbars Luiza Monteiro managed an early back take to beat Luanna Alzuguir in the -66kg division IMG_0693 Michelle Nicolini was fierce against Mackenzie Dern IMG_0761 She eventualy won by armbar Braulio Estima passed Lucas Leite's guard in their first round -94kg division match IMG_0864 Gianni Grippo defended well all of Osvaldo Moizinho's guard pass attempts Fernanda Mazelli IMG_0974 Gabi Garcia had her armbar very sharp this Thursday Rodolfo Vieira had some great judo moves up his sleeve Vieira finished two out of three opponents IMG_1231 Otavio Sousa going for a plastic armbar from the mount IMG_1310 Buchecha going down with Alan Ferreira Rivals since the colored belts, Keenan Cornelius and Jackson Sousa met again in the -94kg division If you wake up to this, you should've tapped Alex Trans was a paowerhouse in the +100kg division IMG_1572 Leandro Lo once again outscored Otavio Sousa in the -82kg division IMG_1656 Bia Mesquita managed a last minute advantage to defeat Marina Ribeiro in the -66kg division IMG_1678 Diogo Nogueira was Andre Galvao's first opponent in the -88kg division Keenan and Braulio had an amazing semifinal in the -94kg division IMG_1791 IMG_1819 Braulio swept for the 2-0 win IMG_2072 Lucio Lagarto used all his technique and courage to resist Rodolfo Vieira's choke Leandro Lo had a realy close match against Claudio Calasans in the -82kg division semifinal Andre Galvão gave no rest to Rodrigo Fajardo in the -88kg quarterfinal Trans outscored Rodrigo Cavaca spoiling his plans of another friendly final with pupil Buchecha Keenan worked Fabiano Boi's neck for the -94kg bronze medal Romulo Barral beat Nivaldo Lima in his first match in the -88kg division Thiago Barreto surprised the crowd against Paulo Miyao He resisted the berimbolo attacks and won by ref decision João Miyao was then the only one in the game Renato Cardoso attacking Galvão's foot in the -88kg division semifinal Galvão checks the scoreboard to secure his spot in the final João Miyao got the family's revenge against Barreto IMG_2816 Samir Chantre and Tiago Bravo had a close semifinal in the -66kg division IMG_3021


This Thursday’s thrills began way before the finals.

Here is a photo gallery with some of the best moments of the black belts in action in Abu Dhabi.

For the complete results, go to

2014 WPJJC: all set for the main attraction to come on stage this Thursday


Marcus Buchecha and Rodolfo Vieira goofing around for the press

Day 2 in Abu Dhabi saw the final day of the Kids competition and also the weigh in for the adults.

Once again, the little ones put on quite a show for the crowd.

See their final results here.

Later on, it was time for the adults to come into the FGB Arena for the official weigh in.

All the big names stepped on the scales and made the marks without problems.

As they stepped down, they would draw a number from a black box to know their place on the bracket.

The random system created peculiar situations like the one in the female -60kg brown/black division.

Finalists in 2013, Mackenzie Dern and Michelle Nicolini are set to fight in their first match.

See all the brackets here.

The last act of this Wednesday was the public draw of the open class brackets for both the female brown/black belt and the male black belt divisions.

Both brackets were full, with almost all the main athletes registering to fight for the big prizes.

Before the male brackets was drawn, a funny thing happened.

The black belt open class bracket had only one position where the fighter will have to do one fight less than the others.

Marcus Buchecha and Rodolfo Vieira had the right to choose between the two who would get that position.

Rodolfo offered it to Buchecha, but he said that they should settle it in a odds or evens game.

In the end, Rodolfo won the right for the by position with a comeback 2-1 win in odds or evens.

Watch the video of the game here.

The action kicks off this Thursday, at 9:00AM (Abu Dhabi Time).

See the schedule here.

For more info, go to

Check in Leandro Lo Miyao Bros Braulio Estima Marcio Andre Rodolfo Vieira Marcus Buchecha Buchecha and Rodolfo Stare down




Video: Rolls Gracie History Uncovered in a Documentary

In this video, watch the legend Rolls Gracie as he grows up to become the best BJJ fighter of all times according to his own family.

See Rolls’s history being uncovered, from birth until his tragic death in 1982, by testimonials of family member for the documentary “The Gracies and the birth of Vale-Tudo”.

Kazushi Sakuraba in Scramble gi

Check this out! Spotted on the news feed of our friends at Carpe Diem BJJ in Tokyo.

Sakuraba’s recent pro-wrestling storylines involve him fighting in a gi. So he wore the custom Scramble gi we made him at the gym for a photoshoot for a magazine.

How exciting! Such wow! Many fight!

Video: Study 39 Armbars and Armlocks in Less Than 4 Minutes

Jason Scully from shows you 39 different variations of arm locks in less than 4 minutes.

Watch the video now and improve your BJJ submission arsenal to use it at training tonight.

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