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Category Archive: Articles, Featured, Strength & Conditioning

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...

What You Need To Lift At Home

  Guest post by Andrew Lewis of blackmetalbarbellstrength.com  If you choose to forego the standard method of strength training in a commercial gym and decide to get a home gym, you’ll...

10 Best Bodyweight Exercises For Grapplers

  by Funk Roberts – FunkMMA.com There are benefits to all bodyweight exercises for fighters, yet some are more beneficial than others when it comes to developing the strength and conditioning...

A Grappler’s Guide to Losing Weight Without Losing (Too Much) Muscle

    This article will examine the smart way to go down in weight without it affecting your muscle mass. Losing fat without losing muscle is difficult to do but can be achieved if done...

4 Best Equipments for Quickly Building Strength for Grapplers

  Strength training is one of the most important parts of an overall health and fitness program. Building strength helps to enhance and preserve your bone and muscle mass, no matter your age....

New Scientific Evidence Points To Static Stretching Causing A Loss In Strength

    Much can be said about the benefits of stretching – there are at least a couple reasons to do it!  And sure there’s been scientific evidence that stretching reduces the level of...

Don’t Fear Foot Locks: How To Strengthen & Improve Mobility for Ankles

  Having strong ankles is important for any athlete as it’s the base that will help you have balance. Every time you are attempting a takedown, passing someone’s guard or bridging,...

So You’ve Decided To Get Stronger. What Now?

Guest post by Andrew Lewis of blackmetalbarbellstrength.com  After understanding why strength is important and understanding that becoming strong is desirable, there is a difficult next step:...

Old School Jiu-Jitsu Workout Routine

  There are benefits to all bodyweight exercises for fighters, yet some are more beneficial than others when it comes to developing the strength and conditioning attributes needed to be an all...

3 Simple Fixes To Improve Your Cardio For BJJ

    Endurance is the most important physical attribute you can possess, and there’s nothing worse than gassing out on the mat.  BJJ black belt Stephen Kesting of the excellent website...

Watch: Marcus Buchecha’s Bodyweight Workout

  Here’s the workout: 20 Seconds each exercise Forward/back squat Donkey kicks Low prisoner jacks (Repeat 4 rounds)  

Build Stronger BJJ Grips with Farmers Walk

  Written by BJJ black belt Nick ‘Chewy’ Albin of chewjitsu.net When I started talking about making strength training for BJJ videos. One of the most common messages I received concerned...

Marcelo Garcia’s Tips: How to Improve in BJJ, Gi vs No Gi & Conditioning

    Great advice from World BJJ and ADCC champ Marcelo Garcia on the best way to improve in BJJ, Gi vs No Gi, conditioning etc…Transcribed by royalgrapplingacademy from a youtube...

How To Strengthen Your Neck Like Rickson Gracie

  Guest post by Dr Kickass, Mike Piekarski, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Former MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Follow him on instagram.   Having a strong neck is essential...

Strength Training: Five Things You’re Doing Wrong

  Guest post by Andrew Lewis of blackmetalbarbellstrength.com  If you’re doing any form of weight lifting to get stronger and more healthy, there’s a short list of things...

Scientitsts Measure How Body Fat % Increase Affects Athletic Performance

    In a sport like Jiu-Jitsu, it’s important to compete at the ideal weight and also with the ideal body fat percentage. In wrestling, Seven percent (7%) body fat has been...

Keenan Cornelius on Why He Prefers Slow Lifting to Olympic Lifts For BJJ

    Keenan Cornelius in an interview with Stephen Kesting of Grapple arts, talked about his strength training. Keenan on strength and conditioning for Jiu-Jitsu stated:   Stephan:...

4 BJJ Conditioning Secrets Every BJJ Player Should Know

Photo: Marko Stupar Guest post by Jason C. Brown of  BJJWorkouts.com 4 BJJ Conditioning Secrets Every BJJ player should know. Here’s my list. There are really no secrets where BJJ Conditioning...

Watch: Judo Olympian Travis Steven’s Ankle Pick For BJJ

    It’s impossible for any serious BJJ practitioner to have too many throws in his/her arsenal. That’s because you might have a hard time getting some opponents down with certain...

Debunking Common Misconceptions About Strength Training For BJJ

  Guest post by Andrew Lewis of blackmetalbarbellstrength.com There are several factors that determine the success (ability to submit and not be submitted) of the jiujitsu practitioner:...

How To Use Olympic Lifts For Grappling

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 occasionally in...