About Me

Knight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

I have trained in various martial arts most of my life, but none of them hold such a place in my heart as jiu-jitsu. Since studying BJJ, I have found a vehicle to understanding life around me better. I see the technique in everything now, and strive to do things more technically, more efficiently. Life is precious, and so much time and effort is wasted, leading to feelings of regret and remorse. So, when something comes along that helps you appreciate and make the most out of life, you treasure it and refine it as an art. This is what jiu-jitsu means to me.
I don’t expect that everyone will feel the same about training. For different people, different activities and arts may be more aptly suited, but for those I can reach with jiu-jitsu, I will spread the word and the beauty of it as best I am able. I believe in showing not only the movements and techniques, but the underlying principles and theory in my best effort to convey a wholistic approach to training. It’s the journey that counts, and I want those I help on that journey to get the most benefit out of it.
My approach is to get individuals immersed into jiu-jitsu, through showing the techniques and principles and helping them find their way of making jiu-jitsu their own. Helio Gracie, the co-creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, is often credited with modifying traditional jiu-jitsu and thereby making it better. I believe what he did goes even further, in that he actually made traditional jiu-jitsu modifiable. He made it so that everyone could learn this beautiful system of self-defense. Helio stands as an example of personal refinement through jiu-jitsu, and it is my honor to train under his son and my mentor Royce Gracie.
I am passionate about jiu-jitsu, and I do my best to put this passion to work in every lesson I teach, whether to the elementary school girl with a bully problem, or the seasoned athlete preparing for his MMA fight. I have the knowledge and experience to customize the training for maximum benefit to the individual. I believe, as Helio Gracie believed, that if everyone knows jiu-jitsu, the world will be a better place.

– Eli Knight

  1. OODA says:

    Looks good! Look forward to more technique posts and your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment….

  2. Shane Gatewood says:

    Hey just wanted to tell you I really enjoy your blog. I had a chance to met Royce at the last seminar at Three Rivers and it was phenomonal. All of you guys were great and made us feel right at home. Keep up the good work and I’ll keep reading and learning. Thanks.

  3. Mike Keller says:

    Your blog is truly inspiring. Prior to training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, I had competed as a runner for 30 years or so. One of my favorite authors was George Sheehan, a runner, cardiologist, and “philosopher”. He was a well known writer, speaker, and thinker in running circles. My favorite book written by him was entitled, “Running and Being”. It was a reflective opus that related adventures in running to life.

    Eli’s blog has a similar tune. It is not merely about physical martial art techniques, but is more transcendent. It encompasses character development, the emotional side of sport, and even the spiritual journey. With no disrespect to Dr. Sheehan, rather praise, Eli’s blog in my mind could be also thought of as “Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Being”.

  4. Hey Eli,

    My name’s I’ve been a reader of your blog for
    a while now.

    I blog at http://www.ScienceofSkill.com and I’m going
    to be writing a series called:

    “The Top 12 Sites for BJJ Nerds”

    I’m including your site, but I always like to
    contact an author before just blogging about
    your site. Plus, with a lot more traffic going to
    my site it’ll mean more eyes on your blog

    Is it alright if I ask you a few questions for a
    brief article?

    All the best, talk to you soon,

    -Daniel Faggella

    • Stephen Kim says:

      Daniel, love your youtube videos. I’ve been collecting and organizing youtube videos for the past year and I have to say yours are some of the best and most detailed ones out there. The foot lock videos and inverted guard videos are particularly great. Please keep’em coming.

      – Stephen Kim http://www.bjjcollective.com

  5. Chewy says:

    I like the logo. My gym uses a horse inspired logo. Not a chess inspired logo but its the whole horse thing. Cool blog and videos btw.

  6. Stephen Kim says:

    Hi Eli,

    My name’s Stephen Kim from bjjcollective.com. Our site is basically a database / search engine for good bjj technique videos on youtube (yours included). Anyways, I just wanted to let you know I love your videos. Big fan of Dan Faggella as well. If you’re interested, we’d love it if you check us out. The categorization of moves is extremely detailed and we’d love your feedback. Our facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/bjjcollective

    Best regards,


    • eliknight says:

      Thanks, Stephen. I will definitely check out your site and fb page. I’m always excited to see professional and intelligent people add to the BJJ community.

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