This is why Knee reaping is illegal

One of the more controversial rules in today’s IBJJF competition is reaping the knee.  Make no mistake about it.  It is dangerous.  Back in the day many people were injured from knee reaps with the intent of pressuring the knee.  Modern competitive Jiu-Jitsu is a highly specialized and developed sport.  The rules in place are […]

Judo Bruins Going Strong!

The G.C. Burkhead Judo Club is going strong!  We have been meeting each Tuesday after school for an hour of training.  Yesterday there were 25 students.  We worked on our Judo Vocabulary list a little bit, worked on breakfalls quite a bit, and then we concentrated on O Soto Gari!  Several of the members are […]

Master Tsunetane Oda

Master Tsunetane Oda by Toshikazu Okada Edited by Alessio Oltremari and Hal Sharp Translated by Gary Goltz using Google Introduction The author Toshikazu Okada with Hal Sharp If one thing has characterized my life it has to be my love of Judo. I have lived many years outside of Japan because of my job, but […]

Master Tokio Hirano

Tokio Hirano (1922-1993) 8th Dan The Man Who Revolutionized Judo By Jim Chen, M.D., and Theodore Chen Hirano 7th Dan At Age 42 Tokio Hirano (5’5”, 75 kg), obtained Godan (5th dan) at age 19, is perhaps the greatest Judo technician of all time. He is probably the best known Japanese Judoka in Europe. In […]

Josh’s Principle Teachers

About Luiz Palhares 7th Degree Red and Black belt under Rickson Gracie. Master Luiz Palhares began training in 1976 with the legendary Rolls Gracie. He received his purple belt under Rolls and then trained with Carlos Gracie for a period. He has been under Rickson Gracie since 1982 and received his brown and black belt […]

Principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Philosophy: The application of traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu transcends the practice of chokes, joint locks immobilizations, throws and strikes. A true Gracie philosophy prepares men, women and children for life, showing them paths to a healthier life and the most effective use of physical, mental and spiritual strength. Eating well is Jiu-Jitsu, taking care […]

Grapple Fight Team Video

Here is a video highlighting the training at GFT headquarters in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  GFT is of the non Gracie lineage (see our history page) and has quickly risen to the top of the food chain in BJJ, Submission Grappling and MMA.  They now have affiliates all over the world and we even hosted […]