We called on General Fábio Gurgel, famous for the wringer he puts his adversaries through, to illustrate the December cover story, “The enigma of passing guard”.

The leader of Alliance shared his talent with us on 10 pages in which he explained the nitty-gritty of the position, both in theory and in practice.

Keeping with the same theme, over-99kg champion of ADCC 2009 Fabricio Werdum commands the Training Program on guard passing and collaborates in turning readers into aces when performing the move.

Ever-present at the big tourneys on the IBJJF calendar, GRACIEMAG offers up complete coverage of the 2009 No-Gi World Championship. In the Long Beach Pyramid, Roberto “Tussa” Alencar was the big name, and in an interview he revealed how he trains specifically to get the finish in the waning moments of the match. Read and find out who else stood out.

Martin Rooney makes it to the milestone of 100 articles published in GRACIEMAG and calls readers’ attention to the importance of details.


In the GMA section our associates see action at the Renzo Gracie Invitational, GMA Emerson Souza speaks of the importance of sponsorship in Jiu-Jitsu, Rafael Oliveira demonstrates a position and much more.


GRACIEMAG long ago made a commitment to divulging the regionalization of Jiu-Jitsu and has been doing just that with every issue. This month, we flew to Arizona to keep up with the work of GMA Gustavo Dantas in putting together one more competition in the state.

Beyond that, we witnessed yet another installment of the traditional US Open, in California, the initiative of another GMA, Cláudio França.

We close out the series of competitions with the Miami Open, which marked the return of IBJJF events to Florida, where the first championships in the USA were held. Furthermore, there’s special coverage of yet another event in the Gracie Barra competition circuit. Subscribe now and decipher the pass code at home

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