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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Helps Man with 150lb Weight Loss Transformation

(Curated Story via Men’s Health – “This Man Had a 150-Lb. Weight Loss Transformation After Taking Up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”) Michael Bridges didn’t hit his athletic stride until much later in life. In fact, Bridges was a self-confessed computer geek in his younger days who sustained himself on a diet of sugar, carbs, and everything not-so-great […]

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How Jiu Jitsu Helps NFL Defensive Player Jacob Martin Make the Tackle

(Curated Article sourced from Seattle Times) Jacob Martin prepared for his rookie season with the Seahawks a little differently. In July, just weeks prior to the start of his first NFL training camp, the 21-year-old defensive end and his brother — New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin — flew to Torrance, Calif., to train Brazilian Jiu […]

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250lb Bodybuilder Takes on 150lb Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt

“You can’t burpee your way out of an armbar” This is something we jokingly say all the time at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. Crossfitters, Camp Gladiators and body builders should be applauded for choosing a healthy lifestyle. Learning a fight sport certainly isn’t for everyone (Professor Mikal would disagree with me on that one) but […]

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Veteran Creates Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Community for Veterans

Ben Harrison studied martial arts most of his life. But it wasn’t until he tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that he found his passion. Call it an “a-ha” moment in his life. “It’s therapeutic for everyone,” Harrison said. “If everyone in the world did Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we wouldn’t have any problems.” The Loudon native joined the […]

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Airman Finds Himself Through Jiu Jitsu

He rises out of bed in unison with the sun breaking the horizon in the distance to make his way for war…His heart begins to pound inside of his chest from fear of the possibility to fail as soon as he gazes upon the battlefront. Once Senior Airman Collin Eddington, 374th Maintenance Squadron isochronal aerospace […]

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Maynard James Keenan Says Jiu Jitsu is the Hardest Thing He’s Done in His Life

Maynard James Keenan, the legendary lead singer for Tool recently visited Joe Rogan’s podcast “Joe Rogan Experience” and talked about many things, including Jiu Jitsu. On the topic of Jiu Jitsu, Maynard James Keenan says: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It’s the hardest. It’s the most… I’m getting snowflakey weepy. […]

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Measuring the Positive Influence of Jiu Jitsu on PTSD

Over the years Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and the positive impact it has on on mental health and specific issues has been researched and discussed. We all know that training BJJ or any martial art has been proven to have direct links to an increase in self-esteem, self-confidence, and fighting depression. Andy GonzalezAndy Gonzalez is […]

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Jonathan Lipnicki Talks About Being Bullied

You’ll recognize former child actor Jonathan Lipnicki from his movies Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little. Well, that little boy is all grown up now. He’s still making movies and at 26years of age he has also earned a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In a recent Instagram post, Lipnicki revealed that as a child and teenager, he was […]

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Mirror, Mirror: Shattering Your Negative Self Image

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Of course, your own reflection, but who are you really seeing? Recognizing yourself is more important than just identifying the face that you see in the mirror. It’s about seeing who you REALLY are. For some people, this is not an easy task. Mikal AbdullahProfessor […]

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6 Secrets to Starting the New Year Right

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? If you’re like millions of other people today, you’ve probably made at least one New Year’s resolution during your life. As the New Year approaches, many of us have it in our minds to stop some habits and start others. Sometimes that means we stop eating eating […]