BJJ Style vs. Gracie Mag vs. JJ Mag: BATTLE TO THE DEATH!

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A few months ago, I was chatting with my friend Seymour (aka Meerkatsu), about the best BJJ magazines.  We debated back and forth about what to look for in a BJJ magazine.

Techniques?

Advertisements?

Feature stories?

Photos?

Page count?

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I believe that every single one of these things matters and it's with this in mind that I present to you:

BJJ Style vs. Gracie Mag vs. JJ Mag

BATTLE TO THE DEATH!

Gracie Magazine

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First up is Gracie Magazine issue #179 from March 2012

Here are some highlights:

Total Pages: 92

Top Features: Fundamentals of BJJ, Gracie Diet, Terere

Contest: 0

Technique: 8

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Strength & Conditioning: 2 (including 1 advertisement)

Supplements: 2 advertisements

Ads: 45

gracie-mag-adsWith 49% of the magazine being advertisements, it was difficult to get through it all.  As a teacher, I was also really let down by the cover story.  I thought they would really delve into some serious pedagogical inquiry, but while a decent guide to teaching, it seemed like something that every 1st or 2nd year instructor would know.

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Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine

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Next up is JJ Style Magazine from the UK.  Below are thoughts on issue #7 from March/April 2012.

Here are some highlights:

Total pages: 88

Top Features: Roberto Satoshi Souza, Roger Gracie and Mauricio Gomes

Contest: 1

Technique: 14

Strength & Conditioning: 2

Supplements: 1 advertisement

Ads: 20 (4 tournaments, 1 supplement, 15 BJJ)

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With only  22% of the magazine being advertisements, the content was easy to enjoy.  What I found hilarious was that 16% of the magazines pages featured Roger Gracie.  I can understand as he was a guest editor of the issue and also the topic of the main feature.

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A very intimidating gentleman in a BJJ Style Advertisement

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Jiu Jitsu Magazine

Finally, we come to Jiu Jitsu Magazine.

jjm-inside-coverHere are some highlights:

Total Pages: 100

Top Features: Skin infections, Jeff Glover Deep Half Guard, Joao Silva footlocks and Kimura

Contest: 1

jjm-techniqueTechnique: 30

Strength & Conditioning:4

Supplements: 4 (2 were advertisements)

Ads: 25-32

Jiu Jitsu Magazine had 25%-32% of its content as advertisements.  There were 25 pages of straight advertisements, and then another 7 pages of “articles” about items that were advertised elsewhere in the magazine.  EPIC amount of techniques and great coverage of strength and conditioning.

jjm-inside-cover-zoomProbably my favorite part of the magazine was a really cool image they put together that showed on what pages you can find the cover stories.  I hate having to search for the cover story that made me buy the article.  Great work JJM!

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Summary Thoughts

Longest issue: Jiu Jitsu Magazine @ 100 pages

Longest features: Jiu Jitsu Style

Most advertisements: Gracie Magazine @ 49% of the entire amgazine

Most techniques: Jiu Jitsu Magazinebjj-style-contest

Most contests: Jiu Jitsu Style and Jiu Jitsu Magazine @ 1 each.

Most reachable via social media: Jiu Jitsu Style

Hopefully, you find this guide to be helpful in choosing a BJJ magazine to check out in the future! 

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If it was, leave a comment below!

Also, if I left any magazines out and you'd like your favorite to be featured here, please let me know!

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