Where to Get Your BJJ News
Jiu jitsu is a lifestyle... and it comes with all the bells and whistles that come with it: a community of like-minded people, central meeting places (the academy), events, places to shop, brands that cater to your interests... and news sources.
Even in today's day and age, you can still get your news from somewhere besides Facebook. Where, you ask? Check it out:
Founded seven years, ago, Jiu Jitsu Magazine basically did for the jiu jitsu community what Surfer did for the surfing community: bring high-level news and lifestyle content to your front door and the magazine rack. Not just a monthly print publication anymore, they also have a regularly-updated online site, and an app, too! And because they're based in sunny Southern California, they have easy access to ALL of the jiu jitsu greats - both based here and passing through - so they're never short on great content.
Since Austin-based FloSports entered the jiu jitsu scene, they've pretty much dominated the sports-based coverage at the major jiu jitsu promotions (think IBJJF, UAEJJF, F2W Pro, ADCC, etc). Dominated... and taken to the next level. Not only do they publish quality news and feature articles and technique videos, but they also provide live mat-side feeds, they have commentators covering the hot matches, they post ESPN-style match predictions and podcast-style commentary, they get on-the-spot interviews, create awesome highlight videos... and they do all of this on the daily.
The oldest - and "original" - jiu jitsu publication, Gracie Mag has been doing this a long time. If you do jiu jitsu - sport or otherwise - and you've never seen or heard of Gracie Mag... you're living under a rock. Both print and online, they hit all of the standard media needs: news and feature articles, technique videos, interviews, technique videos, diet and training tips and tricks, etc. Originating in Brazil, they're also the only publication on this list that's bilingual, so you and your Brazilian mat brother can enjoy the same article. Sometimes their English translations are a bit off, but don't let that stop you from getting your read on.
Jiu Jitsu Style is like Jiu Jitsu Magazine's trendy European cousin. Printed on heavy, high-quality paper, with impeccable photography and deliciously long feature articles, you might find it hard to bring yourself to read it, lest you break the binding before you carefully arrange it on the coffee table in your chic downtown flat. Although the print version is definitely the highlight, they also post a lot of content and videos (not available in the print version, for obvious reasons) on their website. Polaris fan? They've got that event covered beautifully.
Entirely online, Jiu Jitsu Times posts a much broader range of jiu jitsu-related content than the publications mentioned above. Yeah, they do sports and community news, interviews, and technique videos too, but they also dive into the MMA scene, publish results from a lot more promotions than Flo does, get commentary from jiu jitsu legends on controversial topics, post "as seen on Facebook" street jits videos, and pepper in some fun topics (What's the most "jiu-jitsu-y" animal? Let's just say the chameleon made the list).
Like Jiu Jitsu Times, BJJ Eastern Europe (or more commonly known as "BJJEE") is also entirely online, and like the others provides great jiu jitsu industry news, interviews, technique videos, gear reviews, tips and tricks, etc. But where BJJEE has really made a name for itself is in being the first to tackle any new and juicy gossip running the jiu jitsu rumor mill. Want to know who the latest "fake blackbelt" is? Or what about which jiu jitsu fighter is hating on who via social media? BJJEE has got you, man.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but these are the major ones. Whatever your media taste is, odds are there's a online or print jiu jitsu publication out there catering to it.
Read... and roll... on. Oss.