5 Female Celebrities Who Practice Jiu Jitsu

5 Female Celebrities Who Practice Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is mostly male dominated. However, this martial art is starting to see more and more female Jiu-Jitsu stars from Kyra Gracie to Mackenzie Dern. Also, more local Jiu-Jitsu Academies are starting to have more women in the classes than ever before. What was once thought to be an intimidating setting, has become a very comfortable setting. As  this great Jiu-Jitsu education is starting to occur everywhere, people are starting to see that everyone from young to old, weak to strong, skinny to fat and male to female are participating in Jiu-Jitsu.

 

This post began as a list of 5 female celebrities, but since starting this post, more and more female celebrities have found just how great Jiu-Jitsu is – not only for self defense, but also as an amazing workout. So we are continuing to add to this list. If you are trying to get your female friends or significant other’s onto the mat, then share this post with them. Hey… if Naomi Watts is doing Jiu-Jitsu, then why aren’t you!

 

Check Out 5 Female Celebrities That do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

Milla Jovovich – 1

Model turned actress Milla Jovovich, who is probably best known for the Resident Evil franchise spends her time between Los Angeles and New York. This woman does it all, aside from being a model and and actress she also sings. She’s fluent in English, French and speaks Russian.

 

And how does she stay in shape? She meditates and does Yoga. She has been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for some time, although it is unknown who her brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor is. But she probably takes privates. Another interesting note is that she is an advocate for the legalization of weed. I wonder if she’s trained with Eddie Bravo high?

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Naomi Watts – 2

Naomi Watts, who scared us all in THE RING franchise, can probably scare a lot of people on the mats. Naomi got started early in the world of martial arts. She competed in amateur Judo championships from 1989 to 1992, which lead for a great base for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (just ask Ronda Rousey!).

 

She currently trains regularly in Jiu-Jitsu. She also does yoga,  meditates and does a special type of fusion group class to stay in shape. She’s married to Liev Schriber and we wonder if she uses him as her sparring partner? Unfortunately, Naomi and Liev tapped out in 2016 and ended their relationship.

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Teri Reeves – 3

Teri Reeves who has been on several TV shows but is probably most widely known on the the TV show Chicago Fire, trains regularly in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She has mentioned in the past that she trains four times a week at the Gracie Barra in Encino California, where she currently holds a Purple Belt.

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Adrianna Palicki – 4

Adrianna Palicki who was a regular on the hit show Friday Night Lights got a taste for BJJ. So this may be a little bit of a stretch, as Adrianna had to learn some Jiu-Jitsu moves for her role in the Keanu Reeve’s movie John Wick. In fact they all had to learn a bit of Jiu-Jitsu. Adrianna has a very athletic background since she ran track and played basketball in high school. Hopefully, we will be seeing more of her on the mats.

Check out the video below where Adrianna is talking about her use of Jiu Jitsu in the film.

 

 

 

Eve Torres – 5

This may not come as a surprise to many of you Jiu Jitsu fans. But if you have been living under a rock, then we will introduce you to our 5th female Jiu-Jitsu Celebrity – Eve Torres. She’s a former WWE Divas Champion and in Scorpion King 4. She has the benefits of daily and private instructions as she is married to Rener Gracie.

 

You can also find Eve teaching the Women Empowerment Program at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, California.

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DEMI LOVATO – 6

Demi is a singer with many popular songs. She started on the Disney Channel and quickly rose to fame with a string of top 10 hits. We began to get a glimpse of her fiery personality when she was a judge, alongside Simon Cowell, on the short lived X Factor.

 

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She can be seen at many UFC events, so it’s no surprise that she is training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Demi’s workout ethic can be seen in the way she has gotten in shape within the last few years, and we are almost positive that a lot of this can be attributed to her training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

 

She has been seen training under Orlando Sanchez, who owns both Gracie Barra Pasadena and Gracia Barra La Canada-Flintridge. And her training doesn’t seem to be a one time fluke, as she has also been spotted visiting Renzo Gracie’s academy in New York. It seems she has caught the Jiu-Jitsu bug!

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REBEL WILSON – 7

 

This is from last year’s training for Pitch Perfect 2 opening sequence x

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Rebel Wilson got her big breakthrough in the hit movie Bridesmaids. Since then, she’s made plenty of us laugh. She’s funny and has a great attitude. In fact she was seen with her friend going into a Jiu-Jitsu Academy on Saturday morning. We were able to identify this academy as none other than the Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills.

 

And this is what we love about Jiu-jitsu. It doesn’t matter what the shape or size you are. Wether you are male or female, everyone is welcomed into this martial art with open arms. We guarantee that she had a positive experience. Especially since the instruction level at the Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills is top notch as it is lead by Ryron Gracie.

 

MARGOT ROBBY – 8

 

 

Sometimes preparing for movie roles isn’t just learning your lines. In fact, bombshell Margot Robby took it all the way preparing for her role as Harley Quinn in the movie Suicide Squad. Margot, another Aussie, is used to hard work. Don’t let her amazing good looks fool you. At the age of 16, she worked 3 jobs to make ends meet for her family.

 

And her hard work translated to later in life. She says she spent 3 times a week training Jiu Jitsu to prepare her. In fact, she did all the stunts herself.

 

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN – 9

 

Thanks @phoenixmma_bournemouth! For my new stripe love my instructor Trevor! #trainhard @mikebegleyjj

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Many of us know her as Eleven from the hit Netflix original series Stranger Things. Born in Marbella, Spain, Milli grew up in England and currently lives in England and Los Angeles. She loves sports, in fact is a big soccer fan with Liverpool FC being her favorite team.

 

Millie trains at Phoenix BJJ in England under black belt Trevor Chamberlain. Last we heard, she was a blue belt and can’t wait to see her progress throughout her Jiu Jitsu career as she is very athletic and technical. Maybe she can teach us how to use the super powers she uses on Stranger Things to submit people.

 

ASHIKO WESTGUARD – 10

 

💦Filming a special project today with @thefloridaboy @jiujitsu_motivation thank you for teaching me some jiujitsu ❤️

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Model and actress Ashiko Westguard trained with AJ Agazarm over at Gracie Barra Pasadena. Ashiko is from Canada and is of Czech and Norwegian descent. We are not sure if she is still consistent in her training, but we sure are happy that she hit the mats.

 

Also, looking at her BJJ attire, we aren’t sure many people would be able to focus during sparring matches.

Are we missing any other female celebrities who practice Jiu-Jitsu?

 

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Hottest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Couples

Hottest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Couples

They say it’s important to date someone who has the same interests as you. And for those of us who train Jiu-Jitsu and have a significant other who doesn’t, you know the challenges that arise when you tell him or her that you are leaving to go train. And then coming back and displaying your new cauliflower ear and completely drenched rashguard doesn’t make it any easier.

 

And then there are those who date girls/guys who also train in Jiu-Jitsu. For many, Jiu-Jitsu is a way of life. You don’t just leave Jiu-jitsu on the mats. It comes home with you and it affects the way you eat, think and breathe. It really does become a lifestyle. So when your significant other also trains, you advance faster in this martial art.

 

And the added benefit of couples who train in Jiu Jitsu is that they get to spar with each… and are typically in great shape. But not all couples who train in Jiu-Jitsu are iron clad. As we began to write this article, we learned that many of our past favorite couples were no longer together including: Mackenzie Dern & Augusto Tanquinho Mendes ; Maciej Kozak & Irena Preiss and Robert & Sophia Drysdale.

 

But as in Jiu-Jitsu, if you get submitted – you tap, you learn and move on.

 

Here are our favorite and hottest Jiu Jitsu couples in 2017:

 

Eve Torres Gracie and Rener Gracie

 

 

Eve also made our previous list of celebrities who train in Jiu-Jitsu, because as many of you know she is well known for her work in the WWE. This couple is growing strong as they recently had a baby. Eve teaches the women Empowered Self Defense Program at the Gracie Academy in Torrence.

Rener Gracie is a black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and has been practicing Jiu-Jitsu since he was in diapers. But apparently is also a black belt in having some GAME for being able to lock in Eve Torres into a marriage submission! Rener is extremely likable and you can’t get enough of him explaining his Renergy Sandwich or special Acai Bowl which he has down to a science.

 

 

Andre Galvao and Angelica Galvao

 

 

Andre is a highly decorated Jiu-Jitsu competitor with ADCC and World Championships medals under his belt. He has submitted some really high level Jiu-Jitsu players including Roberto Abreu at the 2015 ADCC Superfight. He now heads the ATOS Team in San Diego California.

 

 

Angelica first started training back in 2003. She was a blue belt at the time and was winning a couple of small tournaments. In 2004, she met Andre and a year later they found out they were expecting a baby. Angelica took a break from BJJ and tried to come back to the sport but couldn’t give 100% so ended up taking a longer break.

 

 

In 2010, they all moved the the United States and opened up a small school. Angelica returned to Jiu-Jitsu with an emphasis on bringing more girls to the mat. She quickly rose to the top and became a black belt. Not only is she an inspiration in the Jiu-Jitsu community, but she also a great example of how it’s possible to juggle being a mom and a champion.

Santeri Lilius & Emilia Tuukkanen

 

 

Santeri is a great Jiu-Jitsu competitor from Europe. He was one of the youngest brown belts in Finland and received his black belt in 2015. He now teaches at Roger Gracie Malaga.

 

Emila, who is also from Finland, is a two-time European Champion. She started Jiujitsu in 2011 and is currently a Brown Belt. She also serves as an instructor in Malaga Spain under Pablo Cabo.

 

 

Monique Ricardo and Eddie Ricardo

 

 

Eddie had an early start in the world of martial arts. He started when he was only 6 years old and practiced Karate, Capoeira. When he was 15 he moved the United States, where Carlos Machado took him under his wing and began to train him. After 10 years, he was awarded his black belt. He was then given his 1st degree black belt by Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. He now teaches at Cobra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Plano, Texas.

 

Monique started as a fitness model and earned a lot of recognition in that field. She won a lot of competitions and was even named one of top 10 hottest fitness girls of all times by Flex Magazine.

 

After meeting her husband, it didn’t take long for her to want to get involved with the martial art. She received her purple belt after two years and became a World Champion in 2010. She is currently a Black Belt.

Tyler and Jena Bishop

 

Tyler is an eight time state champion and earned his black belt in 2014.

 

Jena received her black belt in 5 years and is a 12 time Pan and World medalist.

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They live in San Diego and teach under the Gracie Humaita banner.

 

Have we left out any other 2016 Power Jiu-Jitsu Couples?

Controversial Sexy Jiu-Jitsu Girls Calendar

Controversial Sexy Jiu-Jitsu Girls Calendar

Female Jiu-Jitsu practitioners are the minority in this martial art and sport. It can definitely be intimidating for a woman to train with a bunch of guys. But the truth of the matter is, whenever female students attend classes where it’s mainly male dominated – they are treated with respect.  However, there are academies that have designated classes just for female students, which is great, because this gives them the opportunity to train with opponents their own weight and strength.

 

And in walk the female Strela team out of Russia. These girls are so into Jiu-Jitsu, that they have put together a beautiful Russian calendar. And it’s creating a lot of controversy in the social media Jiu-Jitsu community.

 

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Are these girls just models or do they actually practice Jiu-Jitsu? The answer is they actually practice and compete in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.

 

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The Strela team was founded by Dimitry Selivakhin and they are one of the top competition teams in Russia. As of now, it looks like not only are they making a name for themselves on the mat, but also online.

 

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So what do you think, is this calendar too sexy and controversial? Is a step back or a step forward for female BJJ?

 

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More photos and information on how to order can be found on their Facebook page. Order a copy if you would like to support them.

 

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Photo Credits: Kseniya Nikitina

Dream Jiu-Jitsu Central Tournament

Dream Jiu-Jitsu Central Tournament

Jiu-Jitsu tournament events such as Metamoris and the Eddie Bravo Invitational are fantastic. We love how they don’t focus on the point system and the matches are geared towards the submission. Even though there have been some great matches, we here at Jiu Jitsu Central would like to propose what our dream line-up would be for our first Jiu-Jitsu Central Invitational.

 

Of course, it wouldn’t be easy getting the names below, so if Ralek Gracie and/or Eddie Bravo want to take our ideas below – go for it. We would be thrilled!

 

Below is the 5 match line-up for our dream Jiu-Jitsu Central Invitational tournament:

 

MATCH 1 – ANTHONY BOURDAIN VS ED O’NEILL

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To open up our tournament, we want to start with a playful match up. Anthony Bourdain has gotten very serious with his Jiu-Jitsu training. Officially, he’s a blue belt under Igor Gracie. He’s hooked on Jiu-Jitsu, thanks to his his wife, Ottavia Bourdain, who also trains.

 

Many of you know that Ed O’Neill (or as many people still remember him, Al Bundy) is a black belt under Rorion Gracie. He’s been training with Rorion for over 18 years.

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So why do we like this match-up? Even though Bourdain is a blue belt, he’s about 10 years younger than Ed. Anthony has the advantage that his wife also trains Jiu Jitsu, so he gets to practice at home. Anthony regularly visits Jiu Jitsu schools while he is traveling, whereas Ed continues to take privates. There is something to be said about training with different opponents and body types.

 

Even though we believe Ed would submit Anthony Bourdain, we do think it would be a very interesting match up to see how a more experienced older belt, takes on a slightly younger opponent.

 

MATCH 2: RONDA ROUSEY vs. MICHELLE NICOLINI

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Despite having loss to Holly Holm, Ronda is an amazing athlete and ferocious competitor. She is outspoken, which turns many people off. But that has also lead to her success, because it gives her confidence. In typical Ronda Rousey fashion, at one point she said she could beat any female Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in gi or no-gi. It didn’t take long for the female Jiu Jitsu champs to respond. One of them being Michelle Nicolini.

 

Michelle is a decorated Jiu Jitsu fighter. She’s a black belt under Robert Drysdale and has won several major tournaments including ADCC. She’s no joke.

 

Ronda is a black belt in Judo and trains regularly with Rener and Ryron Gracie. We know she can hold her own, because we have seen her spar with BJ Penn where she holds more than her own in that sparring match.

 

MATCH 3) EDDIE BRAVO vs. ROYCE GRACIE

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Eddie Bravo, the bad boy of Jiu-Jitsu, is someone we believe has actually done more good than bad. Sure he smokes a lot of weed. But who cares? Well… Royce Gracie does.

 

Eddie is renowned for beating Royler Gracie in Abu Dhabi in 2003. This was big. It was the first time an American Jiu Jitsu practioner had beaten Royler. Not only that, but Eddie was a brown belt. Eddie knew this was big, and he milked it for everything it was worth. Rightfully so. Eddie’s specialty is no-gi, and he is very outspoken about this.

 

In 2014, Jiu-Jitsu maniacs were lucky enough to witness the rematch between Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie. And although it was determined a draw, Eddie did dominate that match using his tricky electric chair technique. However, maybe even more interesting than this match, is what happened afterwards in the locker room.

 

Royce went to the locker room, where Eddie Bravo was throwing up, and starts arguing with him. Royce told Eddie he didn’t like what he said about his family throughout the years. And Eddie starts yelling back at Royce until Jean Jacques Machado intervenes.

 

Who else would love to see this match up?

 

MATCH 4) SPENCER PRATT AGAINST ASHTON KUTCHER

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Spencer Pratt, most known for being on MTV’s The Hills, and Heidi Montague’s husband, trained at Rickson Gracie Academy. Even though he has that bad boy persona, he did show a softer side to him in Marriage Boot Camp, where he actually took one of the other Marriage Boot Camp guests on a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu date. He’s been training for years and there is even footage of him competing in a tournament.

 

The reason we like this match up is because Spencer Pratt actually called Ashton Kutcher out. In fact, he wanted to be placed on a Metamoris card. Check out the tweet below:

This would be a great match, because Ashton Kutcher has been training for several years and is a purple belt under Rigan Machado. He also has a wrestling background so he could probably get Spencer to the mat.

 

MATCH 5) MAIN EVENT – RENATO LARANJA vs. NATE DIAZ

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And for our main event. We have two very entertaining characters. On one hand, we have Renato Laranja, who at one time was an undefeated 27x champion. He probably has more titles under his belt by now. He got his black belt in 4 years and there is footage of him easily defeating Eddie Bravo. Renato has a huge Brazilian Jiu Jitsu following, and that’s because he tells it as it is. There is no filter to this man.

 

As many fans as Renato has, Nate Diaz isn’t one of them. There was a very awkward confrontation between the two of them at a conference.

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Nate as we all know is an impressive UFC fighter. However, his Jiu-Jitsu is also top notch, being a black belt under Cesar Gracie.

 

This would be one of the most entertaining fights of our Dream Jiu-Jitsu Central Invitational. Security guards would have to be placed at a close distance to this match in case Nate decides to throw a punch.

 

If you like our new tournament idea, let the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community know!

Jiu Jitsu in Real Street Fights

Jiu Jitsu in Real Street Fights

If you train Jiu-Jitsu, it’s sometimes easy to forget that this is a real martial art, because many of us  have so much fun sparring in class without considering the real street aspect applications. And that’s where the debate between sport Jiu-Jitsu and self defense Jiu-Jitsu happens. However, regardless of the type of Jiu Jitsu that you practice, just knowing Jiu Jitsu can help you with any real life fight.

 

Watching real street fights is immensely useful in your Jiu Jitsu journey. It shows you that people who don’t practice Jiu Jitsu don’t react the same way your sparring partner in class reacts. And it reminds you that you should be developing your Jiu Jitsu game to be more street applicable – in case you need it.

 

There are always lessons to be learned in watching fights. Of course, it’s a lot easier pointing this out when watching a fight, instead of being in one. We have chosen 5 videos of real street fights where one of the fighters is using BJJ.

 

WARNING. The videos below, do contain violence. If you can’t handle watching street fights, then don’t proceed. And we definitely don’t condone fighting on the streets.

 

1) BLUE COLLAR WORKERS FIGHT

This fight starts with the Jiu Jitsu guy on top, and is swept. We aren’t sure if the other guy knows any Jiu Jitsu, but it does seem he has some experience because he does have some good base and was able to defend a few attacks.

 

As the Jiu Jitsu guy gets swept, he starts to take some punches, but does an amazingly great job and protecting himself by hiding under his opponents thigh. Then he is able to recover guard and briefly throws his opponent off base.

 

While he’s in the guard, he maintains great hand control of his opponent, which avoids the punches. Eventually, you see the Jiu Jitsu guy go for a kimura and it’s broken up.

 

 

LESSONS LEARNED

The Jiu Jitsu guy did an incredible job of blocking punches and getting seriously hurt. However, one punch is all that would have been needed to knock the Jiu Jitsu guy out. Keep in mind just how difficult it is to maintain your base. Our Jiu Jitsu guy should have mounted his opponent, but it seems that becuase of an early scramble, our Jiu Jitsu guy was on the bottom.

 

 

2) TRIANGLE CHOKE ON THE STREET

In this fight, our Jiu Jitsu guy is taking a lot of hits. It’s hard to see the damage he’s taking though, because of the angle. However, he does a good job of breaking his opponent down and holding him.

 

Eventually, he ends up getting a triangle. However, he doesn’t quite have the angle in order to get the choke, and to make things worse, his opponent falls to the side. It’s here that you actually see the damage our Jiu Jitsu guy has been doing from the bottom.

 

Instead of finishing off the choke, the Jiu Jitsu guy decides to just keep punching. Unable to get the triangle choke, he stands up and soccer kicks his opponent.

 

LESSON LEARNED

It’s not clear how experienced in Jiu Jitsu the bottom guy was. He wasn’t trying to lock in the triangle choke, which would have been the best thing to do.

 

3) AFTER SCHOOL BJJ FIGHT

This looks like an after school fight. Our Jiu Jitsu guy goes in for a takedown, but gets hit at the same time. Even though he’s kicked, he manages to go to the ground. There is a quick scramble, and the Jiu Jitsu guy ends up on the bottom and pulls his opponent in the guard.

 

Right away, an arm bar is pulled, but the guy on top stands up and slams the Jiu Jitsu guy. This slam defends the arm bar, and now makes the guy on top even more pissed and he starts throwing punches. The Jiu Jitsu guy is able to control the arms and pulls off another arm bar and it seems that eventually he does end up breaking his opponent’s arm.

LESSONS LEARNED

This Jiu Jitsu guy did have some take down knowledge and wanted to get to the floor right away. However, he should have been aware of the kicks, luckily that one didn’t end the fight. This is a good lesson when trying to take an opponent down on the street. Be aware of kicks.

 

Also, be aware of the slams. In a street fight, if you don’t let go, there is a good chance you land on your head and the fight ends up there. Luckily, they were on grass, so the Jiu Jitsu guy was ok.

 

4) DAVID VS GOLIATH JIU JITSU FIGHT

This is a David and Goliath fight. After a heated argument, the bigger guy tackles the smaller Jiu Jitsu guy. Immediately, the BJJ guy goes to his back and is able to sink in a rear naked choke. The bigger guy panics and begins to throw punches to the back, and the Jiu Jitsu guy lets go of the choke.

 

At this point, the bigger guy is able to capitalize on this, and starts to stand up. The Jiu Jitsu guy sees this, and uses his weight to go back to the ground in order to sink in the rear naked choke once more. The bigger guy seems like he’s out, and the Jiu Jitsu guy mounts him and starts to throw punches. Eventually he gets up. What’s shocking now, is that the bigger guy also gets up. Eventually the fight diffuses.

LESSONS LEARNED

The interesting thing about this fight is how it ends. Even after being choked out and punched, the bigger guy is still able to get up and confronts the Jiu Jitsu guy again. We always think about what happens during a fight, but not after. If this happens to you, make sure you have an escape route planned.

 

 

5) FIGHT ON THE BASKETBALL COURT

This fight has been pretty popular in the internet realm. In fact, Ryron and Rener Gracie used this fight in one of their Gracie Breakdowns. We have included this, just in case you missed it, because it’s a great example of Jiu Jitsu being used in a regular street fight.

 

The Jiu Jitsu guy is in the green shirt. Another basketball player begins to argue with him and you can see the heat escalate – and finally the non BJJ guy throws a punch. Luckily, the BJJ sees this coming. As the punch is thrown, the BJJ guys goes to the floor by pulling guard and is able to get to the opponents back. However, he decides to thrown some punches instead of working for the rear naked choke, and the non-skilled opponent is able to turn into him.

 

The BJJ guys then attempts going for an arm. It was very loose and the opponent slams him. Not hard enough because this leads to another scramble where our BJJ guy ends up in the 50 50 position. It’s at this point that the Jiu Jitsu guy tells him he will break his knee and the fight eventually gets broken up.

LESSON LEARNED

We are told that this BJJ practitioner is a purple belt. One of the biggest lessons to be leaned here is holding onto an advantageous position. With the adrenaline pumping, it’s natural for you to want to inflect damage to your opponent and also to start punching. However, had the BJJ guy secured the back position, holding onto the backpack position and calming the opponent, he would have eventually been able to sink in a choke. Especially since MMA gloves aren’t involved.

 

Just remember, if you ever are in the unfortunate position of getting into a streetfight, you don’t have to throw punches or if you are lucky – receive them. That’s what’s so fantastic about Jiu Jitsu, is that you can win the fight by choking your opponent or even neutralizing them. In a real fight, there will be adrenaline pumping and your opponent isn’t going to react the way they do in class, so it’s always a good idea to spar in class and have your partner react like they don’t know Jiu Jitsu.

Best 5 MMA Comebacks With Jiu Jitsu Submissions

Best 5 MMA Comebacks With Jiu Jitsu Submissions

MMA is what it is today, thanks to Jiu-Jitsu. As many know, the UFC was created by Rorion Gracie as a way to test Jiu-Jitsu against  other martial arts. In the early days, Jiu-Jitsu was the clear winner. As more and more fighters began to realize that without Jiu-Jitsu, their MMA game would be severely lacking, many began to focus on Jiu-Jitsu, thus leveling the playing field.

 

Nowadays, being an amazing Jiu-Jitsu practitioner doesn’t guarantee you a victory. However, it’s always great to see Jiu-Jitsu win fights. Below are our 5 favorite MMA comebacks that were won last minute thanks to Jiu-Jitsu. Enjoy!

 

1) Frank Mir vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira / Submission: Kimura

 

Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira were the co-main event at UFC 140, which took place Dec. 10, 2011. The two had fought 3 years earlier and Mir had defeated Nogueira due to technical knockout. In this fight, Nogueira put on the pressure quickly in the first round and punched Mir. Mir turtled up and Nogueira kept pounding him – it almost looked like Mir was out. Then Nogueira decides to go for a guillotine. It all looked lost for Mir, but he was he was finally able to escape. The crowd goes nuts and he grabs Nogueira’s arm for a kimura. They then began to roll over several times which was awesome while still holding the kimura, until finally Mir got some stability and started cranking on his arm. Nogueira’s arm ended up breaking!

 

2) Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin / Submission: Arm Triangle

 

Shane Carwin was coming off a win of Frank Mir for interim heavyweight champion and was ready to face the current champ, Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 July 3, 2010. During this time, Brock was suffering an illness so had to pull out of previous fights due to his condition. In this fight, Lesnar survived a first round massacre. The ref almost stopped the fight several times, as Shane Carwin continued to pound Lesnar. As the 2nd round began. Lesnar is all bloodied up. He takes Carwin down and goes from full mount to the side in order to sink in the arm triangle. Amazing comeback.

 

3) Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche / Submission: Armbar

Ronda was a heavy favorite in this UFC 157 on February 23, 2013. The important thing to note, is that this was the first women’s fight in UFC history. Ronda comes out super aggressive, as always, and begins to pound  on Carmouche. While on the ground, Carmouche ends up taking Rousey’s back and sinks in a choke. We had never seen Rousey in this much danger before. This choke was in deep and anyone else would have tapped out. Rousey refuses and ends up shaking Carmouche off her back. Rousey was very lucky. Then she ends up controlling the rest of the match, holding Carmouche, in her judo side control and eventually gets the armbar.

 

4) Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman / Submission: Kimura

Kevin Randleman was set to face off Fedor Emelianenko in Pride Critical Countdown 2004 on June 20. In this fight, Kevin Randelman was a heavy underdog against Fedor, a true MMA legend. Kevin initially goes for a quick takedown. From there, he does one of the most amazing suplexes we have ever seen in MMA history. Fedor falls right on his neck. How Fedor survived remains a mystery, but in true Fedor fashion, he remains calm with no expression in his face. From there Fedor turns it around. He gets on top and gets a kimura!

 

5) Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen / Submission: Triangle Choke

This match took place Aug. 7, 2010 at UFC 117. Dana White wasn’t happy with Anderson Silva’s performance at UFC 112 and told the press that if he fought the same way – he would cut him. Chael Sonnen, like always, talked some great trash leading up to this fight. And maybe the combination of Chael’s trash talking, and Dana’s threats affected the way Silva fought. MMA fans around the world were in shock as Chael was winning all 4 rounds. Anderson Silva seemed indestructible up to this event. However, in round 5, as Chael kept pounding Silva, Silva must have prayed to the Jiu-Jitsu Gods, because out of nowhere, he pulled off a triangle. This was perhaps one of the greatest comebacks in history thanks to Jiu-Jitsu.

 

As you can see, it just takes one submission to end a fight. Remain calm and wait for your opportunity.