How to Take Advantage of Open Mat


  1. Show up.
  2. Drill. If you do not know what you should drill, ask your instructor what you should work on. Basic and fundamental techniques are never a bad idea. Elbow knee escape from mount, scissor sweep, or armbar from closed guard are some ideas.
  3. Roll/Spar. Utilize this time to roll/spar with your teammates. Do not be afraid to ask, “Hey, you want to roll?” Are you wanting to work something more specific? Tell your partner you want to work on guard passing and ask if they mind to work their guard.
  4. Ask Questions. Did you get caught in something? Are you missing a part of a technique? Ask questions after your roll.
  5. Recover. Use open mat to come in and stretch or use the foam roller to help relax sore or tight muscles.


Thank you everyone for coming and supporting such a great cause this past weekend. The #Roll4Relay was a great success. It was a 24 hour Roll-A-Thon, where at least 2 people had to be on the mat drilling or rolling, because cancer never sleeps. We had jiu jitsu buddies come from the Jackson area, Vicksburg, Clinton, Columbus AFB, as well as Alabama and Tennessee! WOW!

Big shout out to The Biscuit Shop for sustaining us through the wee hours of the morning with their scratch made biscuits and Fleur De Lis Flowers and Gifts for pulling the event together with purple balloons! And Hungry Howie’s of Starkville for supplying us with their awesome pizza for Friday night! #supportlocalbusiness

Also, thank you to everyone who supplied us with sustenance and water! It was greatly appreciated!


Thank you to Professor Randall Powell for coming down and showing us some Judo throws and answering our many questions!

We had a pretty solid group starting at midnight too! Thank you to Vector Jiu Jitsu for coming in and covering the graveyard shift. Kimura even decided to join in on the picture!

By 6AM, we were all pretty delirious. But we continued to have people roll and train on the mats. More people started rolling in around 10AM, but by 2PM we had a solid group rolling for the cause!

It was an exhausting day, but by the end of the Roll-A-Thon, these champs were the last standing…barely.

Here are some pics from the event.




Congratulations to Abraham Mahdi who was awarded his 4 stripe white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Friday at midnight. He plans to compete at the IBJJF World Championships in June. We look forward to seeing him dominate at The Pyramid!

Once again, thank you to everyone who came out and supported this event! We managed to raise over $400, not including donations made online and haven’t been turned in yet. We will update as soon as it comes in. The official Relay for Life of Oktibbeha County event will be August 5th, 2016! So we will continue to fundraise until that time. We will be hosting a self-defense seminar for the public in the late spring/early summer, so be on the lookout for that! In the meantime, if you’d like to donate to our cause, you can here:
Relay for Life of Oktibbeha County: Team No Limit Jiu Jitsu

Thank you!


McIntosh, Davis take love for MMA into winner’s circle

McIntosh, Davis take love for MMA into winner’s circle


Ben Wait



STARKVILLE — Jae McIntosh has always been intrigued by martial arts.


So after graduating from Mississippi State in 2012, he opened his own martial arts studio in Starkville, focusing mainly on Brazilian jiu-jitsu. McIntosh opened the No Limit Jiu-Jitsu Academy on Stark Road to continue his love from the sport.

McIntosh has 22 years of martial arts training, but got into Brazilian jiu-jitsu nine years ago and fell in love with it. He has been teaching the art form to other students, but used his knowledge and understanding of it to take the Summit Fighting Championship Amateur Welterweight belt title March 5 in Tupelo.

“After a while I started realizing the benefits of learning something a little more practical, so that’s why I started Brazilian jiu-jitsu,” McIntosh said. “I’ve always seen MMA (mixed martial arts), I never really cared to do it until I started competing in jiu-jitsu for a while. I kind of wanted to see what that competition would bring. There’s nothing to it other than the fact of getting in the cage and finding out what you can do.”

McIntosh defeated Blair Prince in a three round unanimous decision. He took down Prince at the beginning of each round and never took a hit from his opponent.

McIntosh has black belts in taekwondo and isshin-ryu, but said neither compare to his purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A native of Greenville, McIntosh played two seasons (2008-09) of football at MSU as a walk-on safety.

While attending school, he was a part of the jiu jitsu club on campus and became the president. That sparked his dream of opening his own gym.

MMA is a sport that continues to grow in the United States and is becoming more and more popular each year. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is seen more and more in the sport.

“It plays a phenomenal role,” McIntosh said. “It’s very, very important to have a ground game. It keeps you safe for one. I can say happily that I’ve never been hit significantly in a fight because Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an incredible form of self defense. You learn to take fights to the ground. The ground game is one place where strength, speed and athleticism doesn’t play a role. It’s kept me safe.”

McIntosh wasn’t the only one from his gym to have success at the Summit Fighting Championship. McIntosh’s pupil Brandon Davis beat Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Thomas Vasquez in a unanimous decision in a professional fight. Davis said it was the biggest win of his professional career and is his third in a row.

Davis had a winning amateur record and won two title belts. As a professional he is 4-2.

McIntosh and Davis have been training for six years now and it has really helped Davis in his career.

“Everything I’ve learned has been from him and our coaches in Jackson and Atlanta,” Davis said. “For the most part it’s been really good. I’ve learned a lot from him. We get each other better.”

In McIntosh’s eyes, the win was a big confidence boost for Davis. He expects good things to follow for Davis as he is waiting on an opponent for the Summit Fighting Championship Featherweight July 30 in Tupelo.

“I see a lot of potential,” McIntosh said. “He’s still young in his pro career. He’s done well so far. He did incredible as an amateur fighter. Now since he’s been a pro fighter he’s had some tough fights.”

Although McIntosh and Davis have had success in MMA events, that’s not what his academy is about. McIntosh said only 10 percent of his students compete in MMA.

He is mainly focused on teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu because it can be learned by almost any person and it is very practical. Called the “gentle art” because there are no strikes thrown, Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses on grappling and ground fighting.

McIntosh said many people that come to his gym are there to get in shape or are trying to learn self defense.

“We’ve had every interest come through the door,” McIntosh said. “I’ve had a rape victim come through the door, assault victims, spousal abuse victims, I’ve worked with many police officers from the Starkville police department, many military personnel. We have a wide list of people who just want to pick up a new hobby, stay at home moms, stay at home dads and college professors. It’s just like a melting pot.”

McIntosh teaches a kids class for ages 5-12 and then teaches another class for those that are 13 years or older. His gym is an affiliation of his head profession Jarrett Becks who has a gym in Jackson.

McIntosh has had to use his training working as a security guard and as a bouncer. He worked both jobs when he opened the gym and said there were some nights that when he had beer bottles and punches thrown at him.

“If they throw the punches, I take them to the ground, I pin them there and I just let the cops come get them,” McIntosh said. “I don’t let them up until the cops get there.”

McIntosh’s win is simply just an achievement. He doesn’t view it as the beginning of a professional career in MMA.

He said he has never considered competing professionally in MMA because his love from Brazilian jiu-jitsu is so strong.

“What I’ve always viewed more so as a passion for me is the Brazilian jiu-jitsu itself,” McIntosh said. “Winning the belt was a great thing, but as soon as I got done with the MMA fight it was back to training jiu-jitsu to get ready for the world championships in that.”

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Ben Wait reports on Mississippi State University sports for The Dispatch.

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How to be a Good Training Partner

There are many things to be conscientious of when trying to be a good training partner. For instance, washing your gi! No one wants to be paired with that guy or gal who has the stinky gi. So, make sure you wash it AT LEAST once a week and if you only have 1 gi and train multiple times a week, hit it with some Febreze before class. Reminder: Wash your gis cold and hang dry. DO NOT BLEACH. If you are looking for something to take stains out, try OxyClean or Tide Sport. Gain detergent helps with smell.

A few other housekeeping tips:
Don’t come to class sick. (Enough said.)
Trim your talons (nails). (Enough said.)
Remove make up before rolling! Sweat and make up doesn’t mix for a healthy clear face, and no one wants makeup stains on their gis!
Wear appropriate training gear. Appropriate fitting compression shorts, opaque (not see through) spats/yoga pants/leggings, steer clear of low cut rashguards to prevent wardrobe malfunctions.
Wash your training gear.
Cover cuts and any open wounds.

Another tip for being a good training partner is to give the right resistance when drilling. Of course, this can be difficult when you first start out, but understand when drilling you want to give a little resistance so you are not falling over or having arms like a limp noodle. You also want to make sure you are not giving too much resistance where they can’t get through the technique. They need to be able to go through the movements of the technique.  A couple of concepts you can remember when going through techniques, is generally, you don’t want to end up flat on your stomach (keep your knees underneath you), you want to use your hands as posts, and you want to keep your knees up and elbows in (frame) if you are on your back.

Pay attention to the techniques being shown and how both people are moving. Not only for you, BUT also for your partner. If you are not paying attention to how you should also react in the drill, this will waste your partner’s drill time.  Jiu Jitsu is a lot about counter movements and reacting based off your opponent’s movement, so it’s important to understand both sides.  Also, communicate with your partner, too. Are you feeling pressure where you should be? Let them know. Did they nail the technique right? Let them know and encourage them.

One of the most important responsibilities to being a good, conscientious training partner, is being a good rolling partner. No one wants to roll with the spaz, the hulk, or the ego. If you are rolling with a smaller person, remember, dropping all your weight could potentially injure them. It takes time to understand your body movements, but if you keep this at the forefront of your mind, it will help also help reduce injuries for yourself and your partner. Tap early and tap often. If you are caught in an armbar, and it is clearly extended, don’t fight the pain or pressure, tap and reset. It is better to learn from it than be out for 4 to 6 weeks. If you are in a dominant position, you should also be attacking, not pinning that person down for 5 minutes; neither you or your partner are really progressing. I believe Saulo explained it best:

You may ask, “how can a brown belt take advantage of training with a white belt?” The brown belt benefits by fine-tuning his timing and sharpening his submissions. How can a white belt progress? By feeling how a good student can put him in danger and then working the escape. That’s the only way for him to train escapes as a white belt. Just be careful to remember that when practicing escapes, the top person cannot frustrate his opponent by holding him/her. The top person should always attack so that both students can progress.”-Saulo Ribeiro, Jiu Jitsu University

Jiu Jitsu is an individual sport, but you need training partners to make you better. So be a good training partner!




Seminar with Alec Baulding


Monday, March 14th, we had two very special guests on that mats with us.  Blackbelts Alec Baulding and Jeffrey Cummings, of Alliance Atlanta, stopped by to share some of their tips and techniques from passing the guard via leg drag.  They also stayed and answered some questions about positions, techniques, competing, and the jiu jitsu journey itself.  It was a please to have them!  Alec and Jeffrey were road tripping their way to Irvine, California for the IBJJF Pan American BJJ Championships. We wish them the best of luck!


Here are some videos from the seminar.

Warm Up

1st Step to Breaking DLR

1st Leg Drag

Leg Drag Option 2

Leg Drag Option 3

Leg Drag Counter to Option 1 and Back Take

Leg Drag to Counter Back Take



AGF New Orleans

On Saturday, March 12, Christi Jaeger competed at the American Grappling Federation’s New Orleans BJJ Championships. She had some very tough matches and came out with silver in her division and silver in absolute.







It was also the first tournament No Limit brought a crew to work for a tournament. Instructors, Jae McIntosh and Jessica Dobbs, both refereed matches while students, Sophia Seltzer-Hill worked the weigh in tables, and Andriel Love and Christi both worked as ring coordinators. Much respect to workers who work and compete the same day at tournaments!




So, next time you are at a tournament, be patient with the ring coordinators and referees! And ALWAYS show respect. You are representing your academy.

Congratulations Christi on representing No Limit so well!


SFC Tupelo

On March 5th, owner and head instructor of No Limit Starkville, Jae McIntosh, alongside professional mixed martial artist, Brandon Davis, stormed the SFC cage that Saturday night leaving with two wins and a belt.



With a simple game plan of takedown and control, reflecting his Jiu Jitsu and wrestling experience, Jae McIntosh won a decisive victory over Blair Prince.

Jae McIntosh Amateur Welterweight Title Fight
Video by: Christi Jaeger


It certainly seemed like Starkville ran Tupelo that night.




It was a battle back and forth of striking and cage control, but Brandon Davis showed he was the better fighter, landing some significant strikes on Strikeforce and Bellator veteran, Thomas Vasquez, earning him a unanimous decision win!

Brandon Davis vs. Thomas Vasquez Co-Main Event
Video by: Christi Jaeger

Congratulations to our fighters, Jae and Brandon!