BJJ Blog of the Year 2008 Contest

by Caleb on November 20, 2008

Well I mentioned that we would have news on our annual BJJ Blog of the Year Contest this week and I meant it! I am particularly excited about the big leaps we are making in this year’s contest over those from previous years.

As last year, the Mighty 600,000 (that is YOU!) will vote in a poll that we will post here on the site to determine the winner. However, because the number of Brazilian jiu-jitsu blogs out there has grown so much in the last year, I expect we will receive a lot of nominations and I don’t want to put a list of a gazillion options up there. I think we can narrow the candidates down to a handful of really good blogs that you can vote on. How will we determine our final candidates? Judges.

OUR JUDGES

  • BJJ purple belt & Southern California’s busiest Brazilian jiu-jitsu, submission grappling and MMA photographer, AliciaPhotos.com‘s Alicia Anthony!
  • BJJ black belt & Editor in Chief of Gracie Mag Luca Atalla!
  • BJJ black belt & Senior Editor of ADCombat.com and author of over one dozen books on Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kid Peligro!

BJJ bloggers, I hope you have been working hard this year because the prizes this time around are unbelievable. I don’t know if we could ever do any better than this!

PRIZES

First Place:

  • A highly sought-after Brazilian jiu-jitsu gi from Padilla & Sons, to be shipped when they receive their new inventory in January
  • An autographed copy of The Gracie Way from Kid Peligro
  • A one year subscription to Gracie Magazine
  • Any photo you want of the amazing BJJ and Grappling photos at AliciaPhotos.com printed at 8 inches by 10 inches
  • A copy of the newly released DVD, Renzo Gracie Legacy

Second Place:

HOW TO NOMINATE A JIU-JITSU BLOG

Simply post a comment on this page with the link to the blog(s) that you think should be considered for Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blog of 2008 before December 11. After that, the judges will look things over and return a list of the final candidates. Shortly thereafter we will post the poll for everyone to vote on the winner. Final voting will end December 29!

If you are a BJJ blogger, feel free to ask your readers to nominate your blog here!

UPDATE DECEMBER 11: NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! THE BLOGS NOMINATED BELOW HAVE BEEN FORWARDED TO OUR JUDGES FOR REVIEW! STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO VOTE FOR THE FINALISTS!

{ 45 comments }

Mike O. November 21, 2008 at 8:07 am

Slidey’s Training Log: http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/

Slideyfoot keeps his blog updated regularly with some great info on his BJJ training. He has great articles for beginners along with some great reviews :-)

Steve November 21, 2008 at 8:23 am

Martial Farts: http://martialfarts.fightlinker.com/

I read and enjoy so many blogs, but Martial Farts has a good mix of humor and real BJJ content. I always enjoy his posts.

John Will’s log: http://bjj-australia.blogspot.com/

I’ve learned a ton and been given much food for thought from this blog.

And finally BJJGRRL: http://bjjgrrl.wordpress.com/

I really get a kick out of her posts. It’s interesting to hear many of the same challenges from a female perspective, as well as the things that she has to deal with that I never did. It’s another take on the situation.

lIke many of you, I subscribe to dozens of BJJ blogs and enjoy them all. These are just a few that jump to mind this morning.

Steve

Mike Baltierra November 21, 2008 at 10:20 am

http://www.stevebjj.com

always a good read – updated regularly

Jennipher Lorence November 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Love this blog. He always has so much to say that is so philosophic that makes you think afterwords. From talking about his many travels, to talking about goals he trying to accomplish. You can tell he really working hard to follow his dreams. This on just stands out to me.

Jennipher

Kenya November 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I enjoy reading pesadelotriangulo’s blogs, for the most part, because it’s current and always up-to-date. He keeps his reader’s informed on not just the art of brazilian jiu-jitsu, tournament dates, photos, various techniques to use (very helpful tool and very informative), and the high’s and lows of the art, future goals, etc…

Valencia November 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Keep updating your blog and remember that…”A good coach will make his students see what they can be rather than what they are.”

Jett Ray November 21, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Steve’s blog posts seem relevant for the Martial Artist who is not only training for jiu jitsu mastery, but one who is continually allowing himself to be transformed so that his character fits hits level of mastery. Through his blog, he shows a great respect for the Art and his mentors. I like the fact that he remains humble, even after great victories, but also shows tremendous strength of will, tenacity and focus.

Kristian Salo November 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Active blog with a good writer

Matt November 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Definitely a great blog. Very informative, and you’ve just got to love that even though he has a great many victories, stays as humble as ever.

Elijah November 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Mine, just started. :)

Dee November 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm

I read the pasadelo triangulo blog by Steve Austin and it teaches me more about the art than I already knew great blog.

http://www.pesadelotriangulo.blogspot.com

Starbucks the austinite socialite November 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm

http://pesadelotriangulo.blogspot.com/

Great writer and active blog.

Matt November 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Last 7 comments seem a bit strange, no?

I enjoy http://murasakibjj.wordpress.com . Quality over quantity.

Rosie November 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm

This is a great blog: http://www.gringabjj.com/

Scott November 21, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Great blog, active and lots of cool BJJ info

Christopher November 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Philippine BJJ community site: rollapalooza.tv

Steven Brown November 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I read Steve Austin’s blog (Pasedelo Triangulo) and it is the bomb. He gives not only a glimps into bjj, but also a view of the tournament scene and more importantly a real life look at the strugles on continuing training and life in general. It is good to get a clear look at that side of someone’s life in order to help you through your own struggles, especially while training.
http://www.pasedelotriangulo.blogspot.com

Pudpad Noy November 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm

http://rollapalooza.blogspot.com/index.html – The best blog chronicling the Philippines budding grappling scene. Nuff said

Ben November 22, 2008 at 3:32 am

http://www.bjj-asia.com

No doubt about it. One of the most active blogs on the web. Contributes a lot to growth and cohesion of the growing BJJ scene asia in general and South East Asia specifically.

slideyfoot November 22, 2008 at 4:36 am

Ones I’ve enjoyed over the past year, starting with the obvious big contenders:

http://www.aesopian.com (who I would expect to win again this year, though Val came close)
http://jiujitsubrotherhood.blogspot.com (the addition of video is very promising)

Then there are some lesser known ones which deserve a mention, as they’ve been consistently interesting:

http://chasingtheblue.blogspot.com (I especially liked the thing Al did on Rickson a while ago)
http://www.georgetteoden.blogspot.com (the quadruple female specific gi review was especially cool)
http://bjjgrrl.wordpress.com
http://jadonbjj.blogspot.com

Some old favourites:

http://fraquellibjj.blogspot.com
http://www.stevebjj.com
http://martialfarts.fightlinker.com
http://www.bjj-asia.com (those interviews talking about the history of some Asian BJJ academies were great)

And one for the future, if it keeps getting regular updates:

http://www.blogoplata.wordpress.com (already some thoughtful stuff in there)

Also, tried posting that up before, but the Fightworks site doesn’t seem to like my a hreffing. Hopefully that’s not going to result in a huge load of double posts from me. Ahem.

Kell November 22, 2008 at 7:20 am

The best by a longshot……

http://www.pesadelotriangulo.blogspot.com

Evo November 22, 2008 at 10:30 am

steve’s blog indeed truly a great read for BJJ enthusiast
http://www.pesadelotriangulo.blogspot.com

J November 22, 2008 at 10:59 am

Just take a look, and you will agree.

Papa Muerte November 22, 2008 at 11:03 am

The best BJJ Blog!!!

Shaun M November 22, 2008 at 11:48 am

http://www.stevebjj.com/

always good to read, remains very humble and informative.

Dave November 22, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I vote for Pesadelo’s site – because – drumroll – I read it. Not to mention, I see him at every tournament I go to, etc. and he’s always friendly – even though he trains with the enemy. We are both older and have messed up backs and neck’s too, so we have something in common.

Mike November 23, 2008 at 12:39 pm

http://www.pesadelotriangulo.blogspot.com
This is a great blog. When I read it, I feel like I was there sharing the experience with him. Whether a jiu-jitsu player or not, it is an enjoyable read and is updated regularly…I love the Pesadelo Triangulo logo too.

Martial Arts Mom November 23, 2008 at 5:22 pm

http://www.stevebjj.com/

I love his blog. Always well informed, insightful, well written and entertaining.

Suzy November 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I nominate Georgette’s blog for I am certainly learning very interesting things over there – I may even “roll” myself ;0)

http://georgetteoden.blogspot.com/

Jiujitsu365 November 24, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot: MyBJJBLog http://mybjjblog.com/ I forgot the older name of his blog.

Grappling-With-Life November 24, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Jiujitsu365 is one of those Blogs that I look for each day when I log on. It definitely deserves consideration!

http://jiujitsu365.wordpress.com/

Lanxon November 24, 2008 at 7:08 pm

i voted for pesadelo cause his blog is the best…he shows the ups and downs of the BJJ life in an out of the gym..He i s a really down to earth cat and cant wait to meet him when he rolls through st.louis…http://www.pesadelotriangulo.blogspot.com

Jiujitsu365 November 24, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I enjoy a couple of new blogs as of late:
Grappling-With-Life
JiujitsuFighter
Ground Boxer

Some of the veteran sites:
Steve’s BJJ Log
Slidey’s Training Log
Conceptual BJJ
Jujitsu Blog

Camarao November 25, 2008 at 8:40 am

A vote for http://www.bjj-asia.com

A nice site covering the growing BJJ scene in Asia with sincere effort and no politics.

Sheri L. November 25, 2008 at 10:01 am

I can literally feel the pain, and experience the blood, sweat, and tears of J.’s love affair with BJJ. Although J.’s Blog is fairly new, his honest words with trial and tribulations speak to all with the same love of BJJ.
Check him out at http://grappling-with-life.blogspot.com

forlogos November 25, 2008 at 10:02 am

was Martial Farts mentioned yet? http://martialfarts.fightlinker.com/

great blog about training in Japan

MarkWeb November 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm

http://www.bjj-asia.com

Single handedly gives visibility to an entire region’s worth of BJJ (SE Asia + China + Hong Kong + Guam + Japan + Indonesia).

Plus the interviews and general perspective on BJJ make it of interest to those not in the region.

For how to do it, http://www.aesopian.com remains superb, although it hasn’t been as relentlessly updated the last year as it was in the past.

For endless whining and complaining that never ceases to be inspiring (yes, whining and complaining and making it all so human can be inspiring), Valerie’s Vision Quest 2006 blog. It was probably more interesting when it was about her endlessly roaming to visit new academies, but we all gotta grow up and settle down someday.

For the most impish, impetuous, full of newbie enthusiasm blog, with endlessly boring laundry lists of that days techniques (that grrll doesn’t forget a thing!), plus seemingly unrelated articles on death penalty cases, Georgette Oden’s blog.

Conan November 25, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Although the blogs already nominated are also at the top of my list, I thought I’d add a few that I check out regularly:

http://shogunhq.blogspot.com/ (Zhoozhitzu do Graugardo)
http://www.roydeanacademy.com/ (Roy Dean Academy)
http://jiujitsu365.wordpress.com/ (Jiu-Jitsu 365)
http://grappledunk.wordpress.com/ (Grappledunk’s Slightly Soggy Blog)

m November 27, 2008 at 2:38 am

http://punchkickchoke.blogspot.com

Punch kick choke is always a fun one- lots of MMA stuff, but very no-gi BJJ oriented.

Sankakushime November 28, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Great grassroots blog! Very informative and really entaertaining, it’s a great read. Everyone should definitely check them out.

BrainFuelledBJJ November 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm

The usual favourites of course, but I like the blogs which are a bit different from the rest so blogs like:

ConceptualBJJ.com
Aesopian.com
John Will’s blog.

BJJUSA1972 December 3, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I’d vote ConceptualBJJ, Aesopien and John Will too, plus Jiujitsu356 and Steve BJJ.

Good Luck guys.

Jim Benson December 4, 2008 at 9:43 am
Adam Adshead December 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for those who have put me forward, it’s massively appreciated :)

I’ve got to put forward:

Jiujitsu 365
Zhoozhitzu do Graugardo
Martial Farts
Wanna Roll?
Aesopian
John Will

And loads more!!

All the best guys and girls!
Adam Adshead – ConceptualBJJ.com

Helena December 10, 2008 at 7:36 am

“On my Way to Brazil” (www.metrobloggen.se/2brazil)
For his dedication, self-distance and because he is my man :).
Thank You!

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