BJJ Black Belt Takes on ENORMOUS Bodybuilder

BJJ vs. bodybuilder

As opposed to your typical BJJ fighter vs. bodybuilder matchup, the enormous bodybuilder in the first match in this video actually appears to have some grappling experience! This is a good demonstration of what happens when someone with a huge strength advantage and a little technique meets a much smaller trained fighter.

And as an added bonus, this video ends with a classic BJJ vs. bodybuilder matchup: Pedro Sauer vs. Lance Bachelor. Enjoy!

BJJ vs. bodybuilder

Joe Rogan and Rickson Gracie Discuss Breathwork

Rickson Gracie breathwork

On episode 114 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan and BJJ and MMA legend Rickson Gracie of the famous Gracie family discussed the importance of breathwork. Below are some highlights of their conversation.

Rickson Gracie on How Breathwork Changed His Life

“The big change in my life was when I learned how to breathe. I started bringing more spiritual possibilities, more mental possibilities. Because what is interesting about the breathing aspect is the brain and the heart are the only organs that can give and receive information. The organs, liver, kidney, they don’t cannot do that. But when you get upset with something mentally, you bring information to yourself, immediately your brain is responding. Your heart too when you get depressed, immediately you feel in your heart, and your heart shows you. When you’re sad it’s an immediate connection. And what is amazing about that is the lung is the practical aspect within you, who are able to control or help your brain and also help your heart.

“So, through the proper breathing you can control your heartbeats. Through the proper breathing you can control your mindset and get calmer, control your panic, control your courage, control everything you need in the mental aspect and also spiritual—hope, faith, visualizations. So, all the elements in your brain, all the elements in your heart, can be much better guided, much better helped through the lungs. If you don’t know how to involve your lungs in your brain, in your breathing, you’re not able to favor your brain and your heart the way it’s supposed to be.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie

Rickson Gracie on Learning to Breathe Properly

“The first [thing] you learn about breathing is to move the upper body, the upper part of your lung. If you don’t learn, if you don’t practice, you’re never going to use the diaphragmatic breathing which involves the full capacity of your lungs. So, the diaphragm, when you learn how to move your diaphragm efficiently, you fill up your lungs in a different way. So, if I breathe right or wrong, either more or less oxygen. [It’s] up to me [whether] I use the diaphragm or not. So, when i learn how to use that I’m able to help my body with whatever it needs—mental spiritual, or physical.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Rickson Gracie

Rickson Gracie on the Difficulty of Learning Breathwork

“It’s not [too] difficult…you just have to put some attention [on it]. Because when you learn how to breathe, you start adding oxygen to your life.”

Rickson Gracie on Controlled Hyperventilation

“If I want to go diving, I need to hyperventilate…because I increase the circulation of oxygen in my body, and I increase the oxygen [in] the cells. So, I do hyperventilation for a little while, and I triple the amount of time I’m going to be under the water.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Rickson Gracie

Who is Rickson Gracie?

Rickson Gracie is a Brazilian 9th-degree red belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a retired mixed martial artist with an official record of 11-0. He is a member of the famous Gracie family.

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Jocko Willink Explains How to Get a BJJ Blue Belt

Jocko Willink blue belt

Jocko Willink is a man of many talents—Navy Seal, author, popular podcast host—Jocko does it all. In addition to these accomplishments, Willink is a BJJ black belt. On episode 73 of the Jocko Podcast, Jocko and his co-host, Echo Charles, discussed how to get a blue belt in BJJ. Blue belt is the second adult rank in BJJ at schools that do not use yellow, orange, and green belts for adult practitioners. Below are some highlights of Jocko’s and Echo’s conversation.

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Jocko on the Effects of Age and Athleticism on BJJ Progress

“There’s not a level playing field for every person. In other words, it’s not like, ‘Here are the skills required for blue belt.’ It’s not like that. It’s also not about ‘How do you as a blue belt do against these other blue belts?’

“I know this sounds a little cliché, but it’s really how good are you against you?

“Let’s say you get someone who starts Jiu Jitsu when they’re 55 and they train until they’re 62. They can only train so much. But they learn the moves and they get better. Ten years go by and there’s a chance that they’re gonna be a black belt based on the fact that hey as a 55-year-old person that started training and the moves that you’ve learned and how you’ve applied them. According to your athletic ability and your physical capability at the time, it’s been ten years which is acceptable for a black belt.

Jocko BJJ
Jocko Willink BJJ

“You might get a young guy that’s athletic who in two years will destroy [that older guy] but he’s not getting his black belt because you’re saying ‘What’s his potential? How good can you be as a black belt?’ That’s the question.

“It’s almost a compliment the longer it takes to get your belts. [The longer it takes], the better your instructor thinks you’re gonna be.”

Jocko on the Little Things That Go into Earning a BJJ Blue Belt

“There are so many little things, like the reason an instructor might be influenced to give someone [a belt.] Typically, they’re not gonna give someone a belt based solely on the fact that he taps out that brown belt, but it is influenced by that.”

Jocko Willink blue belt
Jocko Willink

Jocko on the Importance of Mindset in Earning a BJJ Blue Belt

“The belt really doesn’t have to do with how good you think you are or how good you even know you are. For example, I’m a white belt hanging with the purple belts. I’m tapping blue belts and I’m giving brown belts a hard time. So I should be a blue belt.

“It doesn’t matter at all [whether you think you should be a blue belt]. I know it sounds like an exaggeration. Your skill is evaluated by your instructor. That’s the reason why you can be at a certain level, leave [and get better], come back and still not advance. Your instructor has to evaluate you.”


When Jocko gives you advice, you better listen. If you’re still pursuing your blue belt, heed Jocko’s words, and you’ll be a member of the blue belt club before you know it!

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