How To Be On Fire With A Cool Head 

We all feel pressure during competition. Experiencing pressure is normal, and shows that you are anticipating on what is coming. Although this is part of competing, rushing into a match because you are too excited, can have you end up making mistakes and lose. Therefore, you might want to be able to control how your body reacts to feeling nervous. How can you do that? A tool called “centered breathing” might just be the solution for you! Breathe to 6-2-7 Taking Read more…

Kristina Barlaan On BJJ Brick (Podcast)

Kristina Barlaan won silver in the light featherweight division at the Worlds this year. What made it so special for her? It was her first finals at Worlds EVER. What’s more, it was her first year as a black belt! What is it like to see yourself as the underdog and how to deal with that mindset? What is her strategy as a light featherweight fighting the absolute division? And what should you do when Read more…

Cauliflower Ear – What You Didn’t Know Yet

Look either left or right at a jiu jitsu tournament, and for sure you will see someone with an ear that doesn’t look right. A cauliflower ear. It is worn with pride by some that see it as marks of battle. It is regarded with a shrug and as part of the game by others. Nevertheless, cauliflower ears seem to be embedded in the jiu jitsu scene. However, if your hair is not long enough Read more…

5 Reasons Why You Should Compete

With the competition season coming up soon, you are in need of some preparation. Never competed before? Good. Then this can be a useful read. Been around IBJJF since the beginning? All the same. We have listed five reasons why you should step on the mat and go for it! 1. Moving outside your comfort zone As much as we all like to move within the boundaries of what feels comfortable, staying within those lines will never Read more…

Emily Kwok On Grapple Arts (Podcast)

Emily Kwok has been a black belt since 2008. She is widely known for being a pioneer in women’s jiu jitsu, with her most prestigious achievements becoming World Champion Gi in 2007 and World Champion No-Gi in 2010. Nowadays, Emily lives in New York and trains and teaches at the Marcelo Garcia Academy. Besides that, she is a consultant ánd a mom! In this podcast from grapplearts.com, Emily talks about being the only woman on the Read more…

How To Pack Smart (Travel Tips)

Summer times call for summer travelling. Yet that is not the only occasion to learn how to pack your bag. Ever been packing for a jiu jitsu tournament, wanting to bring your gi, favourite hoodie, a bunch of t-shirts and pants, extra running shoes, toiletries, (maybe a foam roller too?), and positively hoping to bring an extra gi for open weight? All in one hand luggage bag? Since that will never happen unless you pack Read more…