Budo Jake’s Top Three Episodes of ‘Rolled Up!’

Budo Jake, is a self-described avid traveler and lifelong student of the martial arts, having more than 25 years of experience and training in the field. He’s lived and trained in Japan, where he immersed himself in the Japanese culture of mixed martial arts. As the CEO of BudoVideos.com, Budo Jake delivers a website that brings the best in one-stop shopping to lovers of all things martial arts: instructional videos from some of the finest names in martial arts, books, on-demand events, equipment, apparel, gear and more. There’s also his free and inspiring video series, Rolled Up, where Budo Jake travels far and wide to not only roll with and learn from the best in the business, but to find out the history, evolution and modern-day philosophies of experts in Jiu Jitsu, martial arts and more.

Here we bring you an inside look into three of Budo Jake’s’ favorite Rolled Up videos:

In Episode 36: Marcelo Garcia’s Amazing Jiu Jitsu Alliance, parts 1 and 2, Budo Jake travels to New York City to meet with five-time world champion and four-time ADD Champion Garcia, whose career in Brazilian grappling and Jiu-Jitsu is beyond impressive. In just 10 years, Garcia’s record stands at an astounding 75-11. Garcia’s impact is far-reaching and includes not only fans and peers, but students who praise him and his academy for being like a family or a brotherhood, with Garcia serving as a “father figure.” Budo Jake gets Garcia’s opinion of the ‘gi or no-gi debate,’ where Garcia proclaims, “If you try to do for both sides, maybe you will have two bad sides, so I believe you should have one side [that's] really good.” To round out a day of complete awesomeness with Garcia, Budo Jake gets schooled on the mat with what he calls Garcia’s, “gorilla grip, super-fast back takes and crushing North-South chokes.” Just another day on the road with Budo Jake.


In Episode 29: Training the Gray Areas with Braulio Estima, Budo Jake takes flight across the Pond to Birmingham, England to meet with Braulio Estima at Gracie Barra Gym. The third-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is considered one of the best competitors in the world, having won tournament championships at the ADCC, Pan American Championship and European Championship. Estima shares his fighting philosophies with Budo Jake and reminisces about a 2010 neck injury that had him paralyzed from the neck down. Following a successful surgery, Estima returned to training to fight (and win) again. Estima and Budo Jake then take to the gym to work on their ‘gray areas,’ areas of weakness in which grapplers should train to become better. Get to it!


Lastly, in Episode 31: Guam Special Edition, Budo Jake travels to the tiny U.S. Island of Guam, where island beauty is prevalent and Jiu Jitsu is found at the grassroots level in its purest form. Guam boasts seven major academies over the island’s tiny frame—just 30 miles long and eight miles wide. With some camps hosting just a simple open-air facility with an outdoor mat and a hose for a shower, the martial arts is humbly embraced with the level of respect and honor it deserves. In the lush garden paradise that is Guam, Budo Jake states, “Jiu Jitsu is the heart of the island…the pure Jiu Jitsu lifestyle actualized.” Don’t miss it!








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