Rolling session – BJJ Purple belt vs Judo Black Belt

A +20 minute rolling session between my twin brother Morten Maarup Pedersen as a purple belt vs a +100kg Judo Black Belt. This is from a seminar at a Judo school in Copenhagen, Denmark many years ago. Really cool to see my brothers old sparring sessions. This was a tough and long round and I’m happy we have it on video.

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Rickson Gracie interview, techniques, JJGF.com and more!

Recently Rickson Gracie has been on a interview tour to different Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu podcast like InsideBJJ, The Joe Rogan Experience, This Week in BJJ by BudoVideos and many more. The reason for all these interviews is the new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation founded by Rickson, which I personally think is fantastic. The fact that all these old school guys is coming together to do something positive for Jiu-Jitsu is absolutely amazing and I really hope that something positive comes of it and that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be stronger and more united in the future. I feel there is a need for a federation that is not driven by making a profit. A federation should be there for the community, as Rickson says, to serve, to educate and to support. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is so much more than competing at a tournament and winning gold medals. The confidence you gain from having the knowledge to protect yourself and the little details in every position that will give you an edge or advantage, against a much bigger and stronger opponent, is priceless.
Not everyone is born to be a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools should in my opinion have the option of accommodating those who want to learn the art of self-defense, which is a whole other mindset and application of the techniques, than it is going to a tournament. If you as an instructor do not know or can not teach the self-defense program I can only recommend that you learn it. Well, maybe it’s just me that is crazy as hell as I really believe everyone should learn the fundamentals of the Grace Jiu-Jitsu self-defense program.

For me Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has always been about empowering people to become confident enough to be able to protect themselves in any type of situation and being able to find comfort in the most uncomfortable positions and efficient solutions to any type of problem.

Here I’ll post some of the most interesting interviews with Rickson over the last few weeks.

Rickson Gracie on The Joe Rogan Experience

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Top 5 Oldschool Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Documentaries

Here is my top 5 oldschool Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu documentaries. I decided to put some more content on my site and what better way than to make my own personal top 5 list of my favorite old school Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu documentaries. Before I get to the list I better warn whoever reads this. I am a huge Gracie fan and have been since the first day I stepped on the mat, back in 2003, and my list will be heavily inspired from my beginning days in Jiu-Jitsu, when had I just learned about the Gracie Family. Having total lack in confidence as ayoung kid I remember being in absolute awe when I first saw what Royce Gracie did in UFC1. I stayed up all night searching for documentaries, vale tudo fights from Rio de Janeiro and whatever small piece of video with Jiu-Jitsu. So I thought I’d share some of the stuff I found which can nowadays thankfully be found on youtube, so no need to do much searching. Check out my list and please leave a comment with your own top 5 or any input you have to my list. And please share any documentaries I haven’t listed here 🙂

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