Tournament Reports

How to Watch the IBJJF Mundials, and Who To Watch Locally

The IBJFF world championship, the Mundials, is generally regarded as the most prestigious tournament for gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It’s competitors of the highest order and a who’s who of the sport’s royalty. On the podcast this week, we talk about why this is an event that every jiujitsu practitioner should attend at least once. Seeing »

What I Tell Every BJJ Competitor Before I Coach Them In a Tournament Match

Over the years, I’ve cornered a lot of my friends and training partners in hundreds of jiujitsu matches. Everyone’s style of doing this is slightly different, and I think establishing clear expectations for what’s about to happen is useful. Now that we have a crop of new white belts about to embark on their competition »

All Time Most Common Submissions At US Grappling

The world is made of probability. If you make consistently good choices, you have much better chances of getting good results. If you make consistently bad choices, you will probably end up getting submitted. Numbers can guide us on what choices are better than other choices. If you ask a human being what the best »

Toro Cup 6: Bigger and Better Than Ever

Brett Beaber v. Cory Wu at Toro Cup 6.

Posted by Dirty White Belt Radio on Saturday, February 11, 2017

Toro Cup 6 was the biggest and — in my view — best version of Toro BJJ‘s local grappling superfight cards. Featuring 22 matches, including four black belt clashes and four women’s matches, the event had something for everybody. With about 450 people in attendance, the day for a real showcase for the growth of the »

The Greatest Jiujitsu Competitors of All Time: The 1990s

Editor’s Note: We run occasional guest posts from members of the jiu-jitsu community, and would love to run more. If you would like to submit one, please e-mail us. This post is the first in a series of four posts where Revolution BJJ black belt Daniel Frank evaluates the best sport jiujitsu competitors of each »

How to Prepare for your first IBJJF tournament

For one brief, shining, day, I was a Cub Scout. There are pictures. As it turned out, there were elements about it that I couldn’t abide (conformity) even though, paradoxically, I really liked the uniforms. Yeah, yeah, I’m a paradox. The one shining lesson from scouting that has always stuck with me from those glorious »

What Were The Top Submissions of 2015?

There are two reasons I wanted to analyze all the matches from US Grappling‘s points tournaments last year. The first: examining big-picture trends can tell us a lot about what works in practice, what people are doing, what we need to be drilling and what we need to be alert about defending. The second reason »

What Makes a Good Tournament?

Competition is valuable. The experience you get from standing across from another combat athlete who is going to try assiduously to choke you or bend your joints the wrong way is hard to replicate. A tournament can either be a winning experience or a learning experience, or ideally both. Apart from the matches themselves, though, »

Preparing for BJJ Tournaments 101

It’s tournament season, and with both the IBJJF New York Open and US Grappling’s Grapplemania in North Carolina just a few weeks away, I’m sure many of you will be competing — and some of you will be competing for the first time. Since I did my first competition a little more than four years »