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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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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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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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Erberth Santos and the foot lock that won the Floripa International Open

Erberth Santos again got to the top of the podium. At the Floripa Open, held by the IBJJF last month in Florianopolis, Brazil, the Almeida JJ athlete faced Dimitrius Souza (Alliance) in the final of the absolute division. After containing Dimitrius’s lunges, getting up and working on top, Santos opted to bring the match into…

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Keenan Cornelius teaches the krab guard

Keenan Cornelius continues to innovate and share his discoveries on his YouTube channel. This week, the Atos black-belt created a guard dubbed the krab. Similar to a half-guard, Keenan swaps the half-guard hooks to apply pressure on his foe’s legs. He says the technique is ideal for those who dislike playing the open guard. Check…

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The armbar used to secure Dimitrius Souza’s absolute gold at the No-Gi Brazilian Nationals

After a stellar 2015 performance, Dimitrius Souza came back with the same thirst to fight in the CBJJ’s No-Gi Brazilian Nationals this year. In the absolute final, the Alliance fighter faced young black-belt Max Gimenis (GFTeam). Souza worked effectively, slid to the back and finished on the arm. Enjoy the full fight in the video.

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Jonathan Satava: learn to move from deep half-guard to X-guard

Jonathan Satava is a black-belt under Marcelo Garcia who recently won the No-Gi Pan. Here he shows a transition from the deep half-guard to the X-guard. Enjoy.

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