Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

Jiu Jitsu Culture

A different facet to the BJJ Heroes website, this “Jiu Jitsu Culture” segment tries to shed light on a few of the subjects that jiu jitsu athletes and enthusiasts follow and that make grappling a unique sport.

Quotes by some of our sport’s heroes, to be recorded in our history. Some of these are inspiring and poetic, others… Not so much. After all, this martial art was built on the backs of fighting men, not philosophers.

In this piece we go through the struggles faced by the modern day jiu jitsu competitor using Breno Bittencourt as an example. Pointed by BJJ Heroes late last year as one of the top brown belts in the world, Breno Bittencourt is the face of the rising talent in our sport.

A take on some of the struggles of female athletes in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu, from lack of sponsorship to advice from some of the leading figures of the sport regarding the subject.

The “Jiu Jitsu Dirty Dozen” is a name often used to describe the pioneers of the Brazilian grappling style outside its country of origin. Find out who these extraordinary gentlemen were here.

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) “The Gauntlet”, or in Portuguese “Corredor Polonês” (Polish Corridor) often abbreviated to “Corredor”; is a traditional ritual/initiation process in which the person being initiated is whipped by his fellow training partners, who use their own jiu jitsu belts for the thrashing process.

This article is dedicated to the first 12 women outside of Brazil to reach the grade of black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Dates and achievements of these amazing grappling pioneers, as well as short bios.

A run down through the evolution of Brazilian jiu jitsu’s uniform, also known as gi or kimono. From it’s design to the popular patches and styling trends we see on the mats today.

A quick look at the villains in Brazilian jiu jitsu culture. The reasons and the consequences of the vilification of some of the sport’s biggest names, from the Gracie’s to the new schools of the sport such as Mendes and Bravo.

Parents who are Brazilian jiu jitsu enthusiasts often wonder, “when is it the right time to start my kid on BJJ?”. There are many factors to this equation, but BJJ Heroes contacted a psychologist with years of experience dealing with toddlers, children and teenagers to answer the question. Find more here.

Why Do We Call The BJJ Uniform a Gi and Not a Kimono? This is a common question, often asked by newcomers. The name derives from the Japanese roots of the martial art, especially the names applied by the judoka. Here are is a quick insight to the Brazilian jiu jitsu uniform names.

Jiu jitsu’s first ever competition in Brazilian land took place in 1915. Find here the rules, competitors, winners and implications this important tournament had in shaping the martial art towards its current formats.

For many, BJJ was the only way out of a life of certain poverty, the only way in to becoming a productive member of modern day society, this article speaks about them and about jiu jitsu as a way to make champions outside the match arena.

This article here presented, describes some of the most important female personalities jiu jitsu has had for the past few decades, women Like who helped cement jiu jitsu as a leading combat sport it is today.

A chronological account of one of the biggest rivalries in martial arts history and the events that led to it. The jiu jitsu vs. luta livre lasted for almost a century, starting in the early 1930’s until de end of the 20th century.

Fantastic text written by Protocolo BJJ and Eduardo Flexa, describing the essence of being a good coach in extraordinary circumstances. An example to follow in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The ‘Grau de Poderosidade’ was scale created as a joke by the late Great Master Carlson Gracie to define a few of his student’s characters. The term (that could be translated as: Scale of Prowess / Slickness / Arrogance or ‘Powerfulness’) was very quickly adopted by many people within the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community.

There is a famous quote in jiu jitsu that says: “jiu-jitsu é a única arte marcial que tem família” (jiu-jitsu is the only martial art that has a family), though my knowledge of all martial arts isn’t strong enough for me to attest the truthfulness of this statement, my understanding of the background and the history of the sport can certainly verify that strong family ties are what helped build this sport/martial art.

Take a walk down memory lane and read about the connection between surfing and jiu jitsu, from the confrontations between representatives of the two sports in the 1970s until the prosperous and harmonious relationship between the two sports today.

Examples and styles of tattoos used by jiu jitsu competitors and practitioners all around the world, from team tattoos to more cool and inventive ideas such as the Gonzo (from the Muppet Show) doing a mata leão on another character. Also Japanese kanji tattoos and many more.

Quick and cleaver way to protect your fingers for Judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu. If you have grappled with a gi (kimono), you will know how demanding it can be on the finger joints, on this page you will find the best way to protect your finger joints, so they may withstand many years of healthy rolling.