The MMA Guru

Hi, I’m Nick aka The MMA Guru. I started training Muay Thai in 2013 and fell in love with many other forms of Martial Arts ever since, so much so that I decided to create this website to share my love of the martial arts. This site is a go-to resource for MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts. Learn more about me here.

The Most Boring Fights in UFC History

We all watch mixed martial arts because it’s super exciting. Fighters from different disciplines of martial arts compete under unified rules and test their skills against the best athletes from around the world. Every week, fans get to see crazy knockouts, highlight-reel submissions, and barnburners, but sometimes, things don’t quite live up to the expectations. …

The Most Boring Fights in UFC History Read More »

Nathalia Santoro: Fitness Model, Gordon Ryan’s Girlfriend

Nathalia Santoro is a Brazilian fitness model, bodybuilder, BJJ competitor, and the girlfriend of well known Nogi submission grappling sensation Gordon Ryan. Santoro is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil and is currently living in Austin, Texas. Santoro is probably best known as a result of her large Instagram following where she is better known as @notheysonny. …

Nathalia Santoro: Fitness Model, Gordon Ryan’s Girlfriend Read More »

The Best Women’s BJJ Gis

Women shopping for BJJ gear face somewhat of an uphill battle, as most of it is designed for men’s bodies. Some brands though, have introduced women’s cuts for their Jiu Jitsu gis, and these are the uniforms I always recommend for women who want to train BJJ. While men are typically longer in general (in …

The Best Women’s BJJ Gis Read More »

The Danaher Death Squad

The Danaher Death Squad is the name of the famous grappling team that trains out of the Renzo Gracie academy in Manhattan. The team is trained by the New Zealand born BJJ blackbelt John Danaher. The Danaher Death Squad are known for their exciting style of submission grappling, in particular their ability to attack their …

The Danaher Death Squad Read More »

What is a BJJ Red Belt?

The BJJ Red Belt is a belt that is reserved for those who are considered to have made a significant contribution to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is technically a ninth degree black belt and it is the highest possible rank that can be achieved by a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Many people presume it …

What is a BJJ Red Belt? Read More »

Who are the Richest People in BJJ?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is changing quickly. In a relatively few amount of years it  has gone from a tiny niche martial art to one of the most popular martial arts that is practiced around the world. BJJ’s dramatic rise in popularity has increased as a result of exposure through MMA, movies, and celebrity practitioners such …

Who are the Richest People in BJJ? Read More »

How Long is a UFC Event?

With the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has become a highly anticipated sporting event worldwide. As viewers eagerly tune in to witness the excitement and action, one aspect that often goes unnoticed is the duration of a UFC event. Spanning several hours, these events encompass a range of …

How Long is a UFC Event? Read More »

Mark Coleman: An MMA Legend

You may think you know the legends of MMA, the titans who once ruled the octagon with their iron fists and unyielding will. But let me introduce you to a man who defies expectations, a man who has etched his name into the annals of combat sports history. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mark Coleman: an …

Mark Coleman: An MMA Legend Read More »

The Ultimate UFC Gaming Experience: The Best MMA Games For All Platforms

In the vast realm of gaming, the ultimate UFC experience awaits enthusiasts as they step into the virtual octagon. Like a skilled fighter, these MMA games on various platforms deliver a knockout punch of excitement and adrenaline. Just as a masterful striker delivers a powerful blow, these games unleash an immersive experience that captivates players …

The Ultimate UFC Gaming Experience: The Best MMA Games For All Platforms Read More »

The Best Spats for BJJ and MMA

Whether you’re just rolling on the mats or getting ready for a competition, owning a pair of spats is essential for anyone training BJJ or MMA. Spats are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment that any practitioner can own, they’re great for both grappling and striking martial arts. “Spats” is a pretty specific …

The Best Spats for BJJ and MMA Read More »

Best Online BJJ Training Sites

Can you really learn Jiu Jitsu online? It’s a controversial topic. In my opinion: no, not exclusively. That said, watching videos online is an excellent supplement to your training at an academy. These days, most elite BJJ athletes like Gordon Ryan and Keenan Cornelius have made at least some sort of instructional content. As fans …

Best Online BJJ Training Sites Read More »

The Omoplata Submission

The Omoplata is a highly effective submission in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that targets your opponent’s shoulder. It’s been proven to be a powerful finishing move in both Gi and No-Gi competition. How does the Omoplata Work? The Omoplata is a shoulder lock submission. It relies on: There are a ton of ways to set up …

The Omoplata Submission Read More »

Hayabusa Goorudo V3 Gi Review

As a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner with many years of experience, I greatly emphasize picking the right gi for my daily training and competitions. I’ve worn countless gis over the years, with some being better than others. From the vintage old-school Atama gi to the legendary Tatami Estilo 5.0 up to Kingz Balistico, I have had …

Hayabusa Goorudo V3 Gi Review Read More »

John Danaher: The Legendary BJJ Coach

There are many reasons why I look up to John Danaher, one of the most influential jiu-jitsu instructors I have studied. Although he did not compete professionally because of injuries, his innovative teaching style, and passion for continuous improvement set him apart. His journey is also inspiring for both competitors and teachers in the space. …

John Danaher: The Legendary BJJ Coach Read More »

Sanabul Essentials V2 BJJ Gi Review

Sanabul’s Essentials V2 Gi is one of the most popular entry level Jiu Jitsu gis on the market. Let’s see how it stacks up against the competition. Price: $$ out of $$$$$ (Up to 50% cheaper than other well known brands)Material: 100% CottonSizing: A0-A4Fabric: 350 gsm weaveWhat I like: It’s a budget-friendly entry-level gi with …

Sanabul Essentials V2 BJJ Gi Review Read More »

Gold BJJ Foundation Gi Review

Picture this: you’re on the mats, giving it your all in a heated grappling session, when suddenly, an irritating itch on your neck interrupts your flow, courtesy of your subpar BJJ Gi. Frustrating, right? Worry not, my fellow jiu-jitsu aficionados… The Guru is here with the ultimate solution to your BJJ wardrobe woes: Gold BJJ’s …

Gold BJJ Foundation Gi Review Read More »

Origin “The Path” Gi Review

Origin’s high-end, American-made kimonos have me seriously wondering if I’ve stumbled upon the elusive holy grail of gis that I’ve been seeking for so long. Boasting cutting-edge materials and exceptional craftsmanship, it’s no wonder that this gi has rapidly gained popularity among top-level competitors, making it a must-have for those who are serious about their …

Origin “The Path” Gi Review Read More »

Jocko Willink: BJJ and MMA Highlights

John ‘Jocko’ Willink is a retired Navy SEAL officer, author, entrepreneur, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt.  Early Career and Military Service Willink became a student of BJJ under Fabio Santos during his military service in Iraq. Fabio Santos trained under Rolls and Rickson Gracie, two of the most revered disciples in the sport. …

Jocko Willink: BJJ and MMA Highlights Read More »

What Is The Gracie Diet?

Carlos Gracie is a prominent figure and trailblazer within the MMA community. After mastering Jiu-Jitsu from Count Coma, another notable material arts figure. His real name is Misuyio Esai Maeda. He was a Judo representative from Japan who migrated to Brazil to spread the Jiu-Jitsu fighting style.  Gracie trained for three years with Maeda until …

What Is The Gracie Diet? Read More »

The Best Kids BJJ Gis in 2022

Is your kid starting to get into Jiu Jitsu? Then it’s super important to pick up a BJJ gi that they will actually enjoy wearing in class! Martial arts are an amazing way for kids to learn discipline, humility, and self defense. But if your kiddo doesn’t like the look and fit of their gi, …

The Best Kids BJJ Gis in 2022 Read More »

The Best Finger Tapes for BJJ

In Jiu Jitsu, the minute you put on the gi, anything can happen. All it takes is one fast unexpected move from your opponent, and your fingers or toes can get snagged and easily injured. That’s why you see most big name BJJ athletes training with finger tape. Finger tape for BJJ helps provide support …

The Best Finger Tapes for BJJ Read More »

Does Muay Thai Have a Belt System?

Most martial arts use belt ranking systems. Take Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, Karate, Taekwondo, and other Japanese and Korean martial arts for example. But, there is one martial art that is slightly different… Muay Thai is a traditional martial art practiced in Thailand, and it does not subscribe to the belt ranking system.  How Are …

Does Muay Thai Have a Belt System? Read More »

The Best Jump Ropes for Boxers

When it comes to boxing training, you want equipment that is going to help you reach the next level. You also want equipment that you can count on to last.  Jump ropes are one of the best tools to incorporate into a workout routine. They help you build strength, speed, and stamina for boxing. There …

The Best Jump Ropes for Boxers Read More »

The Best BJJ Books

To learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you need to get yourself to the mat and practice. There’s no getting around that. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t get great information from some of the best BJJ books. There’s a lot of Jiu Jitsu masters who imparted their knowledge and experience in writing. Reading their tips in …

The Best BJJ Books Read More »

Fighter Spotlight: Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko currently holds the title of the current UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion. The Peruvian-Kyrgistani athlete, born on March 7th, 1988, is a former Muay Thai fighter who made her MMA debut in 2015.  Lightning-fast Shevchenko earned the nickname “Bullet” from her kickboxing trainer after knocking out a 22-year-old opponent at the tender age of …

Fighter Spotlight: Valentina Shevchenko Read More »

Scroll to Top