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Category Archive: Articles, Strength & Conditioning

7 Best BJJ Specific Kettlebell Exercises

    Written by Joey Alvarado, creator of Kettle-Jitsu   7 BJJ/MMA Specific Kettlebell Exercises For core/hip strength I’ve seen quite a few articles out there on this topic. But...

Tabata Intervals – The Most Efficient Cardio for Combat Sports

“If you are tired you’re not strong, if you are tired you’re not fast, if you’re tired you don’t have good technique, and if you’re tired you’re not even smart” Dan Inosanto. In...

One Simple Exercise To Improve Posture and Decrease Injuries For BJJ

This technique is one that can be performed anywhere. Its simple, quick, and if done correctly can help balance out the muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back to improve posture and muscle...

3 Fundamental Core Exercises You Need In Your BJJ Strength Program

Development of core is an essential part of the physical attribute for every MMA and BJJ practitioner. Though, the unfortunate thing is that core training is often overlooked by most of the combat...

Stretching Before a Workout or After? Benefits of Doing Both

Exercise and physical fitness in general should not be taken for granted and they most certainly should not be taken lightly either. Exercise, sports, fitness, and physical activity in general,...

Build Your Guard & Takedown Power: 6 Great Squat Variations

  Many athletes focus more on strengthening their upper body instead of focusing on their lower body. While strong shoulders, arms, chest and core are very important in Jiu-Jitsu, a strong base...

What Affects Endurance in Grappling Sports

Photo: by Nec Bezmma Nomen. Written for BJJEE by Vladimir Popovic, black belt judo, brown belt bjj, master degree in sport science and exercise. Strength and condition coach, specialty – martial...

The Most Important Factor For MMA Conditioning…It’s Not What You Think

  What is most important for getting in shape for MMA fights? It’s not what you think. Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy  and of mmacoach.net, talks about the...

Why Am I So Exhausted After BJJ & What To Do About It

So you always feel wiped out after Jiu Jitsu? Always sore the next day barely able to perform? In this article we will analyze some of the factors that cause you to be wiped out after Jiu Jitsu (both...

Can You Become More Explosive + Sprinting VS Long Distance Running for Grappling/MMA

A right timed explosive burst in a fight can sometimes make a big difference between winning or losing. Can you become explosive like Tyrone Woodley or Anthony Johnson? And what is better for MMA,...

8 Best BJJ Flexibility Exercises

Photo: Emma Pursey. A Sport like BJJ demands a high degree of flexibility to perform a wide range of techniques, both defensive and offensive. And, if you are just starting then stretching can be...

10 Bodyweight Jiu-Jitsu & Grappling Workouts

  Guest post by Will Safford, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach who trains under Andre Galvao in San Diego, CA.  He received is purple belt in December of 2013 and competes...

How To Develop Elbow-Snapping Strength & Power in your Armbars

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram. Armbars are a complex movement that utilizes the...

3 Ways to Develop Explosiveness for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    A right timed explosive burst in a fight can sometimes make a big difference between winning or losing. Almost anybody can be explosive. It really doesn’t take amazing...

2 Simple Ways To Kimura Proof Your Shoulders

Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram.   The most common complaint I hear on the mat...

How Does An Increase In Bodyweight Affect Combat Conditioning?

    In order to become the best jiu-jiteiro you can be it’s not enough to just attend class day after day – you need to maximize strength, power, flexibility, balance and...

How To Become A Stronger Grappler Training Only 90 Minutes Per Week

How will you love to describe yourself? As a grappler? or as a strength trainer? If you contrive to be successful on the mat you better figure it out here fairly promptly. There are lots of basic...

Marcelo Garcia is the Exception: Why 99% Of Top BJJ Athletes Strength Train

  Guest post by Will Safford, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach who trains under Andre Galvao in San Diego, CA.  He received is purple belt in December of 2013 and competes...

A Grappler’s Guide To Improving Your Weakest Link: Flexibility, Strength, Conditioning…

  Written for BJJEE.com by the awesome BJJ Athlete Strength & Conditioning – BredaS&C Check out their facebook page   Armour, chain-mail a bulletproof vest. That’s what your...

25 Best Kettlebell Exercises For Grapplers

    In this kettle bell video, coach Funk of FunkMMA shows you the best kettlebell exercises for grapplers.   1. 2-Arm Kettlebell Swings 2. Double Kettlebell Swings 3. Suitcase Swings...

How Grapplers Should Approach Strength and Conditioning

Unlike the striking arts such as boxing, kick boxing or Muay Thai where practitioners exert a direct force over their opponents to score a knockout, the grappling arts are more about manipulating...

How Grapplers Can Strengthen Their Lower Backs & Never Have Problems Again

Guest post by Mark Lajhner, founder and chief instructor of Kaizen MMA Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a Judo black belt (Serbian national team member), BJJ purple belt, MMA coach and undefeated...

5 Valuable Types of Powerful Deadlift Exercises

Guest post by Paul Vandyken, founder of RigorFitness.com There are many different types of deadlifts and I will be going over just a few of them. The purpose of this post is to share with you what I...

5 Biggest Strength & Conditioning Mistakes Grapplers Make

  Written by Jason C. Brown, a BJJ player and strength and conditioning coach. Be sure to check out his website  BJJWorkouts.com   Getting the most out of your BJJ workouts involves making...