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Our Mission

Our mission at HeavyBJJ is to provide useful, indepth information and guides for any one interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. By providing fully researching and detailed information on common bjj topics and questions, we want to give back to the bjj community since it has gave so much to us!

What Is HeavyBJJ?

HeavyBJJ is a Brazilian jiujitsu blog that covers everything from general bjj info, technique guides, training help, and even equipment guides. We research topics utilizing real data, hands on experience, and detailed reviews. Visit the blog here.

With HeavyBJJ, if you are beginner or someone considering starting jiu jitsu, you can get access to all the basic info you may be curious about before starting or in your early months of bjj training.

Our specialization can be summed up with trying to help you improve faster.

Other areas we have expertise in:

  • BJJ training
  • Weight training for bjj
  • Dieting for BJJ
  • How to learn BJJ online (and from instructionals)
  • How to prepare for your first jiu jitsu competition
  • How bjj competitions work
  • Other grappling based martial arts
  • Martial arts for self defense
  • Breaking down other martial arts styles and systems
  • Personally tested bjj gear guides and reviews

Our Story

Zack Nicholas is the creator of and has over 6 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training as well as years worth of experience in the below martial arts:

  • Wrestling
  • Judo
  • Sambo
  • Boxing
  • Muay Thai
  • MMA
  • Aikido
  • Karate

His background in weight lifting and grappling based martial arts has helped him provide insights in a variety of different martial arts and training modalities. With his love for the system and never ending journey of Brazilian jiu jitsu, his goal is share bjj with anyone who is interested.

He started out his training at the age of 13 as a tall and skinny, unconfident, and non confrontational teenager and was inspired by his father’s weight lifting training and began looking toward martial arts to give him more confidence. It wasn’t long until he walking into a BJJ gym and was hooked immediately (and started throwing up triangles from guard incessantly).

  • HeavyBJJ also has the HeavyBJJ Youtube channel that we update to include match breakdowns, competition footage, and technique guides.
  • Our Youtube handle is @HeavyBJJ.
  • Anybody with a specific questions for us can contact us through one of our social media channels or through our contact page which can be found here.
  • We can also be contacted via phone or video call by request.
  • Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy can also be found on the footer of any of our pages.

Zack Nicholas came up with the website/company name “HeavyBJJ” to represent the combination of weight lifting and jiu jitsu training and to keep in mind to always make your jiu jitsu opponent carry your weight. Anyone can have a heavy bjj game as long as they know how to make their opponent work.

About the Team

Zack Nicholas is the creator and main author/editor for all of the articles on this blog. All of our team members help with researching, writing, and business optionations that help us produce the most valuable content for our readers.

Zack Nicholas


Zack Nicholas is an avid jiu jitsu practitioner and weight lifting nerd. When not in the gym, he can be found going for walks with his wife, attempting (and often failing) to train his dog, and frequently obsessing over a specific hobby only to forget about it a week later.

Richard Levine

Chief Editor

Richard Levine is the long standing editor for HeavyBJJ. His hobbies include martials arts, sci fi books, and the occasional video game as well as any and all competitive activities.

Chris Garcia

Chief Content Creator

Chris is a versatile digital creator and manager with a knack for martial arts. She’s currently a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner under Tom de Blase. Her current favorite submission is straight foot lock from ashi garami and honey hole. Aside from that, she also practiced Tae Kwon Do for seven years and holds a brown belt.

We are expanding our team and we also have a separate email for media inquiries.

Phone, Address & Email:

  • HeavyBJJ
  • Email:
  • Phone: ‪(619) 892-8396
  • Youtube
  • Address: 1080 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 9201

Our process for reviews

Our review process for bjj gear and apparel involves researching the products in a specific category and selecting the ones we believe are the best options for our readers. Whenever possible we will purchase and use the gear and apparrel personally to better provide our full unbiased reviews.

We review bjj gear like gi’s and no gi apparel as well as other training equipment like head gear, mouth guards, finger tape, and knee sleeves.

We test these items hands on whenever possible and also review customer feedback and comments from other websites and social media platforms to get a well-rounded understanding of each product. We also hire a professional to test out the products we advise. We have a high standard when it comes to this and do not recommend a product that we do not 100% stand by.

How are ratings determined?

We use several criteria to rate the products, including value, ease of use, durability, comfort, effectiveness, and quality. We aim to provide a unique, valuable, and unbiased perspective on each product for our customers.

How we perform our research for informational articles

Our team researches, collects data, analyzes and reports on bjj apparell and gear related topics in extreme detail.

Our process for researching the blog posts and articles on our website goes as follows:

  • Defining the question or product need: The first step in researching a topic is to define the need that the bjj item is trying to fill. This helps to focus the research and guide the selection of relevant sources in terms of how effective the product is and if it actually fills that need.
  • Conducting a review: A review involves searching for and reviewing existing research on the topic usually in the form of reviews or conducted through personal use of the product or apparel. This helps to identify gaps in the existing research and provide better, more detailed reviews.
  • Developing a research design: The research design outlines the methods and procedures that will be used to collect and analyze data in order to answer the research questions.
  • Collecting data: Data can be collected through various methods, such as surveys, reviews, observations, or interviews. The choice of method depends on bjj related item and its intended use.
  • Analyzing data: Once the data has been collected (usually from mutliple review sources), it must be analyzed in order to draw conclusions and answer the research questions. This may involve using sorting through 100s or 1000s of reviews to reach common themes and pros/cons of that specific item
  • Reporting results: The final step in the research process is to report the results of research in a clear and concise manner. This typically involves writing a manuscript and submitting it to an industry expert or the founder (Zack Nicholas) for review and publication of jiu jitsu realted gear and apparel.

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Zack Nicholas is an avid BJJ practitioner who currently holds a purple belt under Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez. He has over 10 years of weight lifting experience and over 6 years of jiu jitsu training. On non-training days, he likes to spend his time with his wife and two dogs and the occasional video game.

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