Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Ricardo de la Riva compares new and old BJJ rules, advises newcomers

A pupil of Carlson Gracie, Ricardo de la Riva has shaped many champions as a teacher, among them former Pride and UFC champion Rodrigo Minotauro and his brother Rogerio Minotouro. At 51, de la Riva continues to teach and shape new talents at his Copacabana, Rio gym. He talked to Graciemag to share some advice…

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The day a BJJ teacher graduated his own mom to brown

Elaina Botelho Soares is crazy proud of her son, BJJ black-belt Vinicius Vieira, of Kioto Gym in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. The admiration is such that she made a decision: after spending decades teaching her son about life, it was time to learn from him — on the mats. “My entire family trains,” says the…

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Video: Rafael Lovato Jr. rolls with Marcelinho Garcia in N.Y.

A sparring session between two BJJ world champions is something to pay attention to. Two thousand seven champion and current World Master Championship title holder Rafael Lovato Jr. paid a visit to five-time world champion and four-time ADCC winner Marcelinho Garcia in New York, and you get to see how it went down in the…

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John Danaher, Marcelo Garcia agree to end hostility between their students

Standouts of professional BJJ competitions, the athletes under John Danaher and Marcelinho Garcia have been exchanging some harsh words online about each other, and last weekend they had a non-competitive confrontation during the North American ADCC trials in New York, leading Garry Tonon, of the Danaher Death Squad, to send out a challenge to Dillon…

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Exclusive: Erberth Santos will represent Atos at 2017 BJJ Worlds

Erberth Santos will have some serious help in his next attempt at winning absolute gold at the BJJ World Championship. After losing the 2016 final to Marcus Buchecha, Santos will now have behind him Atos Jiu-Jitsu, the gym led by André Galvão. In an exclusive interview with Graciemag, Santos cleared up the fact that his…

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NY BJJ Pro champion Otavio Sousa ponders why more athletes don’t fight for money

Three-time BJJ world champion Otavio Sousa added another title to his résumé last weekend as he beat the field of the New York BJJ Pro, an event held by the IBJJF that gives out cash prizes. The Gracie Barra black-belt emerged as the middleweight victor and pocketed 4,000 dollars. Soon afterwards, Sousa talked to Flograppling.com…

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Garry Tonon on Dillon Danis rivalry; “more than happy” to fight him in MMA or BJJ

Tensions are high between Marcelinho Garcia’s pupils and the Danaher Death Squad. The rivalry, which has been going on for a while online, reached critical status last weekend as the ADCC’s North American trials took place. After Mansher “Munch” Khera beat Oliver Taza in a final, Gordon Ryan, a teammate of Taza’s, went to greet…

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Dominyka Obelenyte, João Gabriel, João Miyao, Otavio Sousa shine at New York BJJ Pro; see more results

The New York BJJ Pro, an event held by the IBJJF featuring cash prizes, took place on the night of November 19 at the Nat Holman Gym (CCNY), in New York. Dominyka Obelenyte stole the show by winning double gold. João Gabriel Rocha defeated Mahamed Aly in the ultra-heavyweight final. Otavio Sousa beat Marcos Tinoco…

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Tom DeBlass, Mansher Khera secure spots at ADCC 2017; check out the other winners of the North American Trials

The next edition of the ADCC will be held in 2017 in Helsinki, Finland, and the trials are already in full swing around the globe. The North American qualifier took place this Saturday. Tom DeBlass stood out by beating the field above 99kg, whereas Mansher Khera bagged a spot under 77kg. Notable absentees included Garry…

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Yuri Simões on second no-gi world title, plans to move to MMA

In ten editions of the No-Gi Worlds, only one black-belt has won two adult absolute titles. Yuri Simões achieved this feat Nov. 6 in California when he defeated Murilo Santana. He also became a two-time champion in his weight class, ultra-heavyweight. In an interview with Graciemag.com, he talked about his triumph. “It was awesome,” he…

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