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Author Archive: grappler z

Essential nutrition and supplements for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Like other other mixed martial arts, BJJ is a very challenging sport. But in order to be fully immersed in BJJ, it’s vital to be leading a healthy lifestyle. Although taking supplements is not...

Game Changer: Putting 100% Commitment in Your Offensive Grappling Techniques

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. One thing that really separates a great competitor from the rest of the...

Feeling Like Quitting BJJ? This Will Put Everything Into Perspective

I would need many pairs of hands to count how many times I wanted to quit BJJ, or anything else for that matter for which I’d put in a great deal of effort and did not receive the results I was...

Instructors Should Encourage Students To Find Their Own Unique Grappling Style

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. As an instructor, we must realize that it is not about us anymore, it is...

How To Roll Like a Savage While Avoiding Cauliflower Ear

To some jiujiteiros having “cauliflower ear,” or in more scientific terms, a perichondrial hematoma, can be a badge of honor, but to others it can be their worst nightmare. Here are a few tips to...

Powerful Concept For Beating A Better Grappler Than You

How do you beat someone bigger, better, and stronger than you? Is it even possible to win against an opponent who seems to have more advantages? While the obvious answer seems like “no”, never...

The Biggest Mistakes in Jiu-Jitsu Competitions

There are many mistakes BJJ students make with respect to competition. They range from putting a lot of emphasis on a bout, even if it’s not at a black belt level. Any tournament you do has its own...

How To Do Rickson Gracie’s Impressive Breathing Exercises in 3 Steps

We’ve all seen Rickson’s impressive breathing exercises in the documentary Choke. What Rickson is doing is called a ‘Kriya or internal’ cleaning exercise.  It’s a self...

Tips For Big Grapplers Going Against Smaller Opponents

If you’re the bigger guy on the mats, you definitely want to have rolling partners who stick around, and you probably don’t want to come across as the bully,  just focused on going for the top...

How to Foster a Supportive Relationship From Your Spouse That Doesn’t Train BJJ

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Lets be 100% honest, we all know of a training partner or two who was once...

How to Find the Right BJJ Gym as a Woman

If you are a woman, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about beginning your journey in BJJ. However, there is nothing to fear. If you’re a newbie, or just unhappy in the environment you...

Should I Use My Strength and Size in BJJ?

Being physically bigger, and stronger than your opponent is always an advantage in BJJ. However, it’s very important to realize that those factors don’t necessarily guarantee a victory. A...

The Fastest Way to Get a BJJ Blue Belt

While you should never rush the process to the next belt rank — especially if you are a white belt — there are a few key elements you can focus on to make the journey smoother and...

How To Make Your Kids Fall in Love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

So you want your kids to continue training Jiu-Jitsu? You want Jiu Jitsu to grow on them and make them love it? There are a few things you can do in order to ensure your kids enjoy rolling with you....

This Bicep Slicer Counter Can’t Be Stopped

The bicep lock or bicep slicer is a terrible submission to caught in. The technique is a compression lock where the biceps is pressed into the humerus. The opponent usually uses their own shin or...

3 Tips For Wrestlers Transitioning To MMA

Guest post by Evolve Vacation. The Evolve Vacation Program offers travelers the rare opportunity of a lifetime to combine a tropical vacation under the sun with authentic training under World...

8 Proven Ways to Improve Your Jiu-Jitsu

Taking your BJJ skills to the next level requires you to step out of your comfort zone, and sacrifice or compromise some elements in your daily routine to stay on top. It can range anywhere between...

4 Things BJJ Girls Need To STOP Doing

Photo: William Burkhardt of BJJPIX  Wrestling, BJJ and MMA are combat sports that were developed by men and initially for men to prepare for battle or in a sports setting, for competition. If you...

Body Weight or Free Weights Training For Grapplers?

Body conditioning is important for keeping up endurance levels, promoting a healthy cardiovascular system and toning up. But most importantly, it enhances performance on the mats. Hitting the gym...

Should Getting Your Blue Belt Take Longer?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a belt system that is longer and harder to get...

Can You Still Train BJJ With A Knee Injury?

Injuries will definitely take a toll on your body in any sport, but they can be debilitating in high-impact Jiu-Jitsu. For this reason, it’s important to differentiate what is considered high-risk...

Khabib Nurmagomedov & His Crew Play “Dagestani” Basketball

Khabib Nurmagomedov and his crew warm and cross train by playing what the call ‘Dagestani Basketball’ which is a mix basketball, rugby & grappling. Will Harris Productions spent time...

Easiest Way To Get Submissions At Tournaments

Ever notice when you roll it’s really hard to get a submission at the beginning and end of the match? This is common among BJJ practitioners, especially during tournaments. If the competition is...

How to Keep Yourself from Burning Out in BJJ

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. The amount of people that stick with BJJ from white belt to black belt is...