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WE ARE GRAPPLE CULTURE

From the Ancient Greeks to the Japanese Samurais different grappling arts have moved from the first Olympics and battlefields to dojos and academies around the world. Wrestling, Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Sambo, Grappling and MMA are now worldwide known and practiced sports. All of us practicing and enjoying them are part of a community, a culture, that we enrich with our dedication in one way or the other.

After more than seven years working on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu media market, Maggie Left and Dominik Borowyczk have come together and joined forces to create a new online platform, GrappleCulture.com

We want it to be the European media platform of reference for the grappling community. An online spot to learn, discover, discuss, get to know better and expand our knowledge and vision of the art.

This website is our way of listening and adding to the community while featuring different aspects of it. A place for sporting integrity, equality, inclusion and diversity built in Europe.

We want to create an online space not just to deliver the latest news, videos and pictures from competitions. But also instructional videos, articles, podcasts, documentary short films, training sessions, expert talks on nutrition, strength and conditioning or mental health.

A new website to better get to know the most representative figures and shine a light on the often under-showcased ones of the sport.

GrappleCulture is a platform created for the community that thinks of the supporters and the professionals alike.

WHY US? WHY THIS? WHY NOW?

What Makes Us Different?

We want to create an online space not just to deliver the latest news, videos and pictures from competitions, but also instructional videos, articles, podcasts, documentary short films, training sessions, and expert talks on nutrition, strength and conditioning, or mental health.

A new website to better get to know the most representative figures and shine a light on the often under-showcased ones of the sport.

Why This? Why Now?

After many years of covering hundreds of tournaments, gyms and seminars around Europe and the US it’s time to put all we’ve learnt to better use.

The pandemic has shown all of us a lot of the work that could be done to help the grappling community to grow stronger and, right now, we believe that more and better media outlets can help to improve the reach of our art and its benefits.

WHO ARE WE?

Maggie Left

Maggie Left is one of the sport’s most beloved photographers.

Currently working as one of the main photographers at the IBJJF, Maggie has captured some of the most iconic moments in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over the last 7 years.

Now she wants to use GrappleCulture to help telling athlete’s stories and give back to the community through her trademark emotive storytelling and high-quality content.

Dominik Borowczyk

Dominik also known as Borojitsu started photographing jiu jitsu at local Polish tournament back in 2018. Since then he is fully committed himself to document the beauty of grappling, photographing at all major events, camps and academies.

As part of GrappleCulture Dominik wants to help spread Jiu-Jitsu, while focusing on promoting European athletes and rising young stars

HOW ARE WE DOING THIS?

At the moment we are counting on our own resources to build GrappleCulture. We thought about hiring more people and creating a PPV / subscription system but we know things are tighter after the pandemic so we’ve decided to go for a crowdfunding type of business in which anyone who can/want to help can donate to our page to support the creation of more and better content. We believe in this community and your support has been massive along the years so we hope to be able to grow GrappleCulture and bring more and better content for you all! If you feel like supporting us please check our Help us out! section!

Instructionals

Espen Mathiesen Shows His Favourite Guard Pass

Today Grapple Culture has a fantastic exclusive! 2022 IBJJF European Champion Espen Mathiesen shows his favourite way to pass guard. He shows some great details on how to shut down various open guards and details his way of imposing his will on his opponent. Enjoy this video and share the

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Grappling

IBJJF Worlds 2022 Preview

Returning to the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach California after a brief hiatus, the IBJJF World Championships are set to return with a bang. New Faces and Returning Favourites The prospect of new world championship titles always brings the best in the sport to the Walter Pyramid and this year’s

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Grappling Events

Polaris 20 Squads Results – Team USA vs Team Brazil

WALES, UNITED KINGDOM – Polaris Squads returns for their 4th instalment, featuring reigning champions Team USA facing off against TEAM Brazil. The Polaris Squads format is split into two 60-minute halves and features two teams of 8 competitors (4 under 75kg, 4 under 95kg) facing off in a round-robin tournament

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Grappling Events

IBJJF NoGi European Championship 2022 Preview

Rome (Italy), is once again home to the European championships for the IBJJF. This time we’re back to our regularly scheduled event the European NoGi. This year’s event is the first European NoGi since the pandemic and the rules have changed quite a bit. IBJJF now allows heel hooks and

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