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BJJ in Qatar and the rest of the Middle East

BJJ is a growing sport out here in the middle east and nowhere more so than in Qatar. BJJ in Qatar was introduced by two or three individuals about 5 years ago. Before this the only martial arts were really Judo, Karate and Taekwondo which I’d say lack effectiveness on their own. There was some […]

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Now as I said buying BJJ and MMA gear has been a nightmare for me in the last five years or so. Living in Qatar has meant not really having access or even anyone who really knew what to look out for. The market for martial arts is extremely young out here. My first GI […]

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BJJ and MMA equipment for the middle east.

It was time….

If you were anything like me you might have done the following : 1) Buy a judo GI 2) Buy a GI that shrunk to a 10 year old. 3) Buy a karate kimono that ripped on first use. 4) Buy a rash guard which frayed within weeks. 5) Buy a GI that didn’t shrink […]

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Qatar BJJ and Desert Force

For those of you who know me you’ll know I’m based in Qatar a small Emirate in the Gulf. BJJ unlike in Abu Dhabi has little if any support from the sporting authorities and much of what has been established has been down to the committed few – well done – you know who you […]

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The Grappling Creed – Lloyd Irvin

Lloyd Irvin really shines once yu start digging under the surface – as part of the grappling creed he says: “I believe that the mind of a Grappler contains the Greatest of all forces….. I believe in the I DO, as well as the I AM. I know that the grappler who will take advantage […]

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Bodybuilder v BJJ

Got a crazy strong guy in the gym with zero technique the only way to get him is to wear him out… this raises the question what do you do once the guy gets some techniques under his belt ? Ok he still might not be as good as you but he’s damn well stronger […]

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The Haters – Talking C**p and Spreading It

According to The Online Slang Dictionary, the definition of a hater is as follows: Hater (noun):   A person who disapproves of something A person who is jealous One who “player hates” that is – disapproves of players A person who criticizes something Examples include: “Tyler is always gets more ….” “Man, my idea […]

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Which is a Bigger Accomplishment – an Armbar or a Triangle?

Once you’ve passed the newbie stage and travelled down the road a bit in your BJJ career, you start to work out what you’re good at – I’m still trying to answer that question ?!  Which submissions do you favour? Do you like playing from the top or bottom etc.. Now the difference between an […]

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Metamoris a New Arena for a New Generation of BJJ

Roger Gracie (white gi) fends off his aggressor Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida in the October 14 debut of Metamoris. Image courtesy Metamoris. Massive event huge publicity overwhelming success. Getting some big names on the mat through special invites in a submission only format was simply genius.  20 minute rounds would seriously test the best of us […]

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Getting Older

BJJ can be quite safely practiced over forty if you adhere to several safeguards. I know quite a few guys who are nearing the big four zero and are saving themselves from injury by just being very careful. Under forty you shouldn’t really have too much of a problem with the young punks that walk […]

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