It’s the time of year for giving. I’m here to make the case today that one thing that the Mighty 600,000 should have on their wish list this year is a subscription to one or more BJJ magazines. We all have a favorite BJJ podcast but it’s nice to have something to hold in your hands with great photos and interviews with jiu-jitsu personalities. And magazines can definitely do a little better job at showing jiu-jitsu techniques than we can!
Let’s go in alphabetical order. And just to clarify, this post is about magazines whose primary mission is providing information about Brazilian jiu-jitsu, front and center. I won’t be able to do either magazine justice in a paragraph, but I can give a quick intro.
BJJLegends published its first issue in 2009. Based out of Los Angeles, California, the magazine has featured articles and interviews with BJJ and grappling stars from all over. BJJLegends is published quarterly and every issue comes with a DVD of jiu-jitsu moves and interviews. The quality is high, with heavy paper stock. A year’s subscription (4 issues) to BJJLegends is $49.99 but its editors tell me that can be found for $12.99 per copy in Barnes and Noble, amazon.com, Borders books, Hastings books/music, some BJJ academies. There are wholesale discounts for academies.
GracieMag originates in Brazil where its first issue was printed in 1996. (Trivia: It was previously known as the Journal Gracie before that time). It still calls Brazil home but has full time staff in New York and publishes all of its content both in Portuguese and English inside the same magazine. Each issue contains interviews, articles, and technique sections and is also printed on heavy, very high quality paper. A year’s subscription (12 issues) to GracieMag is $89.50. GracieMag can also be found in many BJJ academies who are part of the GracieMag Association.
If you kindly suggest to your significant other that you would like a subscription to a jiu-jitsu magazine as a holiday gift, you can remind her that it is a normal gift to give a BJJ person. Brazilian jiu-jitsu industry research that 64% of jiu-jitsu people received BJJ-related gifts during the holidays last year. Your loved one surely would not want you to be one of the minority of people who don’t get a good BJJ holiday gift, would they?!?
So my final recommendation: no matter which magazine you decide to get, SUPPORT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU MEDIA!
For full disclosure’s sake I should mention that content that originates here at The FightWorks Podcast (an occasional BJJ poll or short article) sometimes finds a home in these publications. But we received no compensation for this posting.