Top Five Diet Tips for BJJ

Stephan Teaching a Jiu-Jitsu seminar

I often get questions about diet and nutrition from grapplers and martial artists.  People want to eat correctly because they think it will make them more effective in BJJ class, allow them to recover faster after training, and provide them with better health overall. Well, it's true.  What you eat can have a HUGE effect on your performance. … [Read more...]

The Truth about Supplements – Everyone is Lying to You

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When it comes to supplements for BJJ, or any other sport for that matter, almost everybody giving you advice is lying to you. Or at the very least, deluded by wishful thinking... And just to alienate even more people, by the term 'supplements' I'm including most vitamins, minerals, ergogenic aids, pre-workout drinks, post-workout shakes, homeopathic medicine, herbal concoctions, chinese … [Read more...]

How to Train BJJ, even with an Injured Arm (Drill)

Training BJJ with an injured arm

This article and video are about how to train and continue to make progress in BJJ when you're dealing with an arm injury. Now I hope that you go through your entire BJJ career without ever suffering a single injury. But this is a contact sport, and therefore you're probably going to get a little banged up from time to time. … [Read more...]

20,000 lbs of snow and the true meaning of self defense…

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This is a rather rambling post; in the words of Mark Twain, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." First, and most importantly, I really hope that you had a great Christmas (or alternate celebration of your choice).  And that you got to spend time with friends, family and loved ones. Next, congratulations on surviving the Mayan Calendar Apocalypse!  … [Read more...]

How Not to Break Your Neck Doing Takedowns

broken neck MMA

There's no getting around it, all contact sports are inherently dangerous.  And it's hard to have more contact in a sport than in MMA. Now it's true that MMA might not be the most dangerous contact sport - that dubious title could arguably go to boxing or pro football - but in the past few years there have still been been some very, very serious injuries in MMA related to takedowns... … [Read more...]

Torn ACL Info for BJJ / MMA / Judo / Grapplers FAQ (ver 1.2)

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Stephan's Note: The following FAQ was first published on the mma.tv forum by 'The Stewed Owl.'  I thought it was so valuable that I contacted the author and asked him if I could republish it on Grapplearts.  He kindly agreed, so here it is! This FAQ is a work in progress, since the topic of ACL injuries comes up so often. I will refine it and add links when I have time, including the posted … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Ears in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

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Stephan's Note: this is a collaborative article, the material c0ming from a number of sources.  TheFightworkPodcast says: Chances are that if you practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you know someone whose ears look like Baret Yoshida’s. Cauliflower ear is caused when the ear receives a blow that shears away the ear’s cartilage from its overlying perichondrium. Liquid fills the new space between the … [Read more...]