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Keenan Cornelius was recently at the BJJ globetrotters seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark and rolled non stop with 7 black belts.

The Black Belts are:
Daniel Bertina (Carlson Gracie Team)
Christian Graugart (BJJ Globetrotters)
Lorenzo Fraquelli (Roger Gracie)
Daniel Márquez (Alliance)
David George – aka Nogidavid (De La Riva)
Oli Geddes (Roger Gracie)
Kari Gunnarsson (BJJ Globetrotters)

Here’s the video:


Although there are BJJ communities on every social media channel/site possible, there isn’t a true ‘BJJ Social Media.’

One cool new site is out to change that.

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I messaged the creator, Josh, to get more information….

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This is a long video, but if you listen to Wanderlei Silva’s example of Renan Barao, you’ll understand what he’s saying.

I’ve seen this stuff go down firsthand and it’s exactly as Wanderlei describes it.  Fighters are pushed to their breaking point and when they burn out, they’re cast aside.

When I first graduated college, I lived in a small basement apartment. I couldn’t afford cable so I just watched Pride dvds on repeat.

Wanderlei was literally all that I watched for 6 months (and a big reason I made these shirts) so the video below is special to me for a lot of reasons.

Take a minute after watching and leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Dear BJJ athlete looking to be sponsored,

You’re doing it wrong.

And you’re wasting your time.

getting sponsored in bjj

Your dream is to get sponsored and be successful in BJJ, right?

Here’s how:

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A week ago, I outlined a challenge to you to live a more minimalist life.  The challenge was to give away at least one item every day for the next 30 days.  The goal is that, by having fewer things to distract us, we’d be better able to focus on the things that truly matter.


Here’s how my first week went down…

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Keep your goals and expectations realistic.

Just because your child is good at BJJ now doesn’t mean she will excel (or even participate) later in life.

Is your goal to develop a well-rounded adult?

Or, are you hoping to have college paid for through sports?

If you believe your goal is helping your child earn a college athletics scholarship (maybe in judo or wrestling) or compete in BJJ professionally, you
may want to dip your toe in the cold pool of reality with these numbers:

  • First, the most simple math: There are nearly 7 million boys and girls who play high school sports. There are only 126,000 NCAA student-athletes who receive either a partial or a full athletics scholarship.  That means about 1 in 56 high school athletes will have the opportunity to translate their athletics success into financial assistance.
  • According to the NCAA’s most recent data, only 126,000 out of the estimated 350,000 NCAA student-athletes received either full or partial athletics scholarships.
  • In all but the most high-profile sports, scholarships are divided up and spread among many different student-athletes.

What this means in terms of BJJ is that it’s HIGHLY unlikely that your child (just by statistics and numbers) will be a world champion at any belt level.

Even if paying for college is your goal, you might want to focus on your child’s biology scores instead of her scissor sweep. If you compare total funds available for academic scholarships vs. athletics scholarships,  you’ll find that much more money is available for academics.

In fact, some educators have estimated  hat there are 30 times more scholarship dollars available for college academic scholarships than there  are athletics scholarships.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love for my son to be the next Cobrinha, but I’m not putting all of my eggs in that basket  ^_^


Here’s a helpful assessment tool to help you decide whether you’re doing everything you can to support your child in BJJ, or any sports for that matter!



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Parents often debate about whether or not their kids should specialize in one sport or play multiple sports. Which is truly better for kids?

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ok kimonos kids youth bjj grappling 2If you’re a parent of a BJJ kid, which by reading this, I assume that you are (or will be!), there are a few things that you really need to watch out for when encouraging your child to take up the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I’ve identified 4 “red flags” that should really serve as a warning to parents that they aren’t releasing their children to participate in the sport!

Parents, here’s a few things to keep an eye on:

1. You’re living out your dreams – Are you trying to live our your athletic dreams through the performance and success of your child?

2. You’re too involved - If you run a Facebook, Twitter, ang blog page for your 6 year old child and try to share in their success, you may need to step back and reassess.

3. You’re trying to be the coach – At a certain point, your child will know more about the sport than you do. If you’re still trying to coach them past this point, you might be doing more harm than good.

4. You’re way too serious - You might just be way too serious about something that should be FUN. Here’s some symptoms:

  • You’re nervous before his/her child’s game.
  • Your child bounces back after their loss faster than you do.
  • You take notes and film every match and force your child to review them with you.
  • You scream and verbally berate referees and officials at competitions.

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