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How Rafael Lovato Jr Developed Jiu Jitsu in Isolation

Is it possible to become a world class Jiu Jitsu competitor without regular instruction?

Rafael Lovato Jr managed just that and became arguably the greatest American Jiu Jitsu fighter of all time while only seeing his coaches (Saulo and Xande Ribeiro) four or five times a year.

In this video, Rafael Lovato Jr discusses how he managed to develop his Jiu Jitsu in near isolation, the importance of asking questions, using a journal, and setting goals to stay on track of your progress.

Jiu Jitsu instructors often talk about the importance of killing your ego when you training or competing.

As a world class Jiu Jitsu athlete, is that possible or is your ego necessary to ascend to the top?

In this short documentary by BJJ Hacks, multiple-time IBJJF world champion Braulio discusses how his ego has played a part in his success at all levels in Jiu Jitsu.

Braulio Estima: Dealing with Ego in Jiu-Jitsu by BJJ Hacks

Helvecio Penna is a Jiu Jitsu black belt with a unique story; he is over 50 and still competes in the adult division against some of the best black belts in the world.

Penna started training at the age of 31 under the famous Ricardo De La Riva and received his Black Belt he was 42. Since then he has won the Masters & Seniors World title 7 times!

Outside of competition, Helvecio also works full time and helps the kids in the slums of Rio. Life can’t get more meaningful than that.

In this short documentary by Jits Magazine, Helvecio shares his experiences training and competing Jiu Jitsu and why it’s never too late to start.

Helvecio Penna Documentary: Never Stop

Jiu Jitsu World Champion Lucas Leite Shows You this slick Roll Variation of hid Dogfight Sweep from Half Guard


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Jiu Jitsu World Champion Lucas Leite Shows You his Dogfight Sweep

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What happens if love Jiu Jitsu but keep getting terrible competition results? That’s exactly what happened to Felipe Costa.

Instead of walking away he refused to quit, went back to the drawing board and became a world champion.

In this interview from BJJ Hacks, Felipe talks about the obstacles he had to overcome and the methods he used to rise to the top.

He also describes the sports psychology tricks he applied to win tournaments and explains how he approaches his training as a smaller jiu-jitsu player.

You’ll also see rolling footage from his ‘light guys only’ training sessions, reserved for jiu-jitsu players under 73kg.

Felipe Costa: Jiu Jitsu for Small Guys & Winning Mindset For Competition

This powerful technique is based on a simple yet effective concept: the further you move your opponent’s elbows away from his body, the weaker his defenses will be.

Understanding how to capitalize on this position will quickly increase your ability to get submissions and control and dominate your opponents.

In this short video, Ryan Hall teaches some of the fundamental concepts and theory behind the open elbow.

The Open Elbow by Ryan Hall

Marcelo Garcia and Ryan Hall Talk Jiu Jitsu for 30 mins.

What It Takes To Be The Best is a short film by Stuart Cooper and features some of the greatest Jiu Jitsu players of all time including Marcelo Garcia, Keenan Cornelius, Rickson Gracie, and more …

A common question among BJJ athletes is “What’s the best form conditioning for Jiu Jitsu?”

So when a multiple time World and ADCC champion shares his conditioning philosophy it’s worth listening.

In this short video, Marcelo Garcia shares his philosophy on conditioning for Jiu Jitsu.

Braulio Estima at Marcelo Garcia’s NYC Academy

Marcelo Garcia welcomes multiple-time World Champion, Braulio Estima, to his New York City academy!

Check out this exclusive footage of Braulio teaching some of his most devastating submission secrets.

It stated in the brown belt absolute final at the 2002 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships.

Both Gracie and Jacare had demolished their respective sides of the division, with Jacare even submitting all his opponents to get to the final.

So the showdown between the two best brown belts in the world was set and the start of one of the greatest rivalries in modern Jiu Jitsu was born.

At the time, Roger was training at famed Gracie Academy, and Jacare represented ASLE (Associação Sensei de Lutas Esportivas) under Henrique Machado.

Both Jacare and Roger were already accomplished grapplers, but their styles couldn’t have been more different.

Jacare was explosive and technical while Roger was a calm and calculated grappler who can capitalize on any mistake made by his opponent.

The result was an exciting fight for the title.

2002 Brown Belt Absolute Mundials Final

Roger: 1
Jacare: 0

The second match between Gracie and Jacare took place in 2004. By now both athletes had received their black belts and were widely regarded as two of the best competitors.

Their first fight as black belts became infamous in the Jiu Jitsu world and is considered one of the most exciting matches of all time, even though nothing happened for the last two minutes.

Aware of Jacare’s amazing Judo and aggressive takedowns, he pulls guard rather early and goes for a sub attempt.

This, however, ended up being reversed as Roger turtles costing him 4 points early in the match.

After the opening exchange, Roger would find himself in another favorable position off his back securing the arm of Jacare, cranking it past its breaking point.

Unwilling to tap, Jacare spends the remainder of the match with a broken arm.

Many people believed Jacare should’ve been disqualified for avoiding the fight. However, the referee did not act and Jacare was awarded the victory.

2004 Absolute Mundials Finals

Roger: 1
Jacare: 1

The third encounter between the pair would take place in the 2005 European Championships and would prove to be the least exciting of their contests.

Much of this fight was spent standing with either competitor unwilling to commit to attacks.

Roger showed much-improved takedown defense against Jacare’s outstanding Judo and managed to land a great sweep to win on points.

However, as a rubber match it was a disappointing for both fighters.

2005 IBJJF European Championship Final

Roger: 2
Jacare: 1

In 2005, Gracie and Jacare would face each other in the final of the ADCC Absolute division.

This is the only No Gi fight between them and the most decisive outcome of all their fights.

Gracie controlled the pace of the match and Jacare seemed less aggressive than normal.

Early in match Gracie fought off adversity when Jacare took his back. However, after a failed takedown attempt Gracie was able to return the favour and take Jacares back.

From there Roger was able to secure a rear naked choke and record the only submission victory between the two.

2005 Open Class Absolute ADCC Finals

Roger: 3
Jacare: 1

The final fight between Jacare and Gracie would again take place in the absolute final of the 2005 World Championships

This match would mark the second time Jacare would beat Roger, but once again it was marred in controversy.

Roger was winning the match on points until he seemingly tripped out of bounds and Jacare was awarded the points for the takedown.

As soon as the match restarted Jacare pulled guard and stalled to maintain his point advantage.

The fight still had plenty of action in it including some great Judo from both fighters.

2005 Mundial Open Class Final

Roger: 3
Jacare: 2

So who was better?

Obviously, both fighters are amazing athletes.

Jacare possessed excellent technical skill and incredible athleticism while Gracie had an exceptional understanding of Jiu Jitsu fundamentals and the mental attitude to go with it.

Although Jacare was the smaller athlete his wins were far less convincing and often controversial.

Ultimately, the decision is yours. Watch the fights and decide for yourself. Either way the rivalry produced some incredible matches and pushed both athletes to achieve incredible things.

Note: Much of the work for this article comes from http://forum.mmajunkie.com/forum/threads/a-look-at-the-jacare-souza-vs-roger-gracie-bjj-rivalry.56597/

There is one incredibly unique thing about Kron Gracies Jiu Jitsu.

It is completely different from other high-level Jiu Jitsu competitors. Yet it no one has more subs while losing on points than Kron Gracie, not to mention he doesn’t play any definable guard.

His guard is incredibly basic. He actually refuses to play 50/50 De La Riva, etc. even when competitors put him in these positions.

Unfortunately, for his opposition, his guard is incredibly unhealthy for limbs and necks. Watch this video from Bishop BJJ to see what I mean.

The Curious Case Of Kron Gracie

Check out this awesome 30-minute video of the Mendes Bros sparring at their Academy, the Art of Jiu Jitsu, in California.

Many people believe the Mendes Bros revolutionised modern Jiu Jitsu with their innovative guard attack and guard passing games.

But how did they create such effective attacks?

In this video, Rafael Mendes discusses the process he and his brother Gui Mendes used to study and create new techniques.

Guilherme Mendes is arguably one of the best Guard passes of his generation. This short highlight shows Gui Mendes incredible pressure passing game.

Check out these awesome techniques from a recent Gui Mendes seminar in Japan. This short video Gui Mendes covers some essential top game concepts and a sneaky Triangle from the Knee Slide guard pass.

Henry Akins is known as “The Jiu-Jitsu Super Computer” because his high level of understanding and attention to detail about the gentle art.

In this video Henry explain and demonstrates the importance of knowing when to connect, as well as disconnect from your opponent and why you need to know do both.

Akins was the third american black belt under the legendary Rickson Gracie and currently teaches out of Dynamix MMA in Los Angeles.

Jeff Glover is one Americans top Black Belt Jiu Jitsu competitors. He is know for a creative and entertaining style of Jiu Jitsu among his many accomplishments are a No Gi World title and a Bronze Medal at the ADCC in 2011.

Jeff credits a part of his to stability ball training. This is allows him to practice technique without a partner and develop his balance and coordination.

Here are a three video’s in which Glover demonstrates how to use the stability ball to improve your Jiu Jitsu.

Bottom Game Development

Top Game Development

Stability Ball Exercises

Gary Tonon demonstrates the high elbow guillotine he used to submit Kit Dale at Metamoris 4.

You can see the finish from about 0:39 seconds in this highlight of Metamoris 4.

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