Ronda Rousey and the Power of Gameplans

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In case you were hiding under a rock, Ronda Rousey fought Liz Carmouche last night at UFC 157. She both validated her UFC Women's Bantamweight title, and made history by being in the first-ever women's match in the the UFC. And just in case you were under that aforementioned rock, despite a very spirited fight by Liz Carmouche, Ronda won the match with an armbar at 4:49 of the first round. … [Read more...]

Podcast EP11: Draculino talks about the Evolution of BJJ

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Recently I managed to catch up with Vinicius 'Draculino' Magalhães and pick his brain about the ongoing evolution of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Draculino started training in Rio in the 1980's, back in the days when many of the big names in BJJ were just young kids with blue and purple belts around their waists. Plus he's trained many great competitors in the sport, as well as having personally … [Read more...]

How Not to Break Your Neck Doing Takedowns

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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...]

Marc Laimon, the Bad Boy of Jiu-jitsu*

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Marc Laimon is ripping it up. On November 6th, 2004, he defeated Ryron Gracie in a superfight at Grappler's Quest in Las Vegas. His school, which had been open for less than a year, placed first in the same competition. As if that wasn't enough, he is also the grappling coach on the UFC reality TV show. This interview was conducted on November 13th, 2004 … [Read more...]

Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro on Top of the BJJ World An interview with a grappling legend

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by Stephan Kesting Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Riberio is ranked the number one fighter in the world under 155 lbs, and has multiple prestigious grappling titles. This interview was originally published in Black Belt Magazine (August 2004).  He currently teaches at his academy in New York City. … [Read more...]

Get Up, Stand Up!

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Why getting off the ground is a critical skills in grappling! (originally published in Black Belt Magazine) When mixed martial arts competition exploded in North America, martial artists quickly learned that most fights end up on the ground. And for years the prevailing wisdom was that groundfighting was inevitable, and if a fight went to the ground it would most likely stay there. … [Read more...]

Leglocks In MMA, Some Lessons For The Rest Of Us

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A fan recently posted a great question on the Grapplearts Facebook Fan Page (click here to visit the Grapplearts Page). Q: "Hi Stephan. Will you analyze Palhares' sick heelhooks and combinations or is it more thanks to his bull strength that he's so successful. … [Read more...]