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Author Archive: grappler z

Finding The Right Jiu-Jitsu Game For Your Body Type & Personality

A Grappler’s game starts to develop after around 4 years of training or around a purple belt in BJJ. However, that doesn’t stop a white or blue belt from experimenting with different things....

Should You Master Both Sides in Jiu-Jitsu or Just Focus On The Dominant One?

Mastering both sides in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers several significant benefits, both for personal development and strategic advantage in competition. Here are some key points to consider:...

How Can You Get Really Good at Jiu-Jitsu When Only Training with White Belts?

Photo by Daria Kochetkova Photography. IG: Tebezvonu. What happens when a purple belt has to roll with a white belt? What can the purple belt, or any other higher belt ranker, possibly get out of...

The Main Stylistic Differences Between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Luta Livre

Many BJJ practitioners believe that Luta Livre is just a No Gi version of BJJ but that can’t be further from the truth. Any BJJ grappler that has had he chance to train in a legit Luta Livre...

How To Tell If You Absolutely S*ck at Jiu-Jitsu

Guest post by Henry Akins, the third American to receive a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt from legendary fighter Rickson Gracie. Akins trained under Rickson Gracie for 15 years. Akins became the...

Developing Leadership Skills Through Training Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has already proven to be one of the best sports for an all-rounded, full body workout. But in some ways, it is far more important for building life-skills and strong leadership....

How to Keep Yourself from Burning Out When Training Jiu-Jitsu

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...

Should I Be Using Dangerous Jiu-Jitsu Submissions in Training?

Heel hooks, calf slicers, and neck cranks are all deemed dangerous submissions and prohibited from competition by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), a non-profit that hosts...

Kickboxing World Champion Takes The Challenge, Grapples Senegalese Wrestlers

Senegalese wrestling is a folk Wrestling style that is indigenous to the country of Senegal in Western Africa. They main goal of a match is to take the opponent down or push them out of the area....

Powerful Concept For Beating A Bigger, Better Grappler Than You

Photo: prestonsmithphotography.net   / instagram.com/prestonsmithphotography/ How do you beat someone bigger, better, and stronger than you? Is it even possible to win against an opponent who...

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...

How Much Should You Rest After a Tough Week of Jiu-Jitsu Training?

Photo by Daria Kochetkova Photography. IG: Tebezvonu. After an intense week of training when the weekend rolls around, you’re likely feeling burned out. So how much should you be resting every...

Training BJJ Twice a Week and Getting Better is Possible

Photo by Daria Kochetkova Photography. IG: Tebezvonu. Believe it or not, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu two to three times a week has lots of advantages. Whether you have a busy work schedule, family...

How to Breathe When You’re Trapped on the Bottom in BJJ & Getting Crushed

How do you breathe when you’re being crushed on the bottom? Like if you’re on the bottom and you’re just getting smashed and you can’t breathe, so how do you do it? Stephen...

The Art Of Muay Thai Clinch Takedowns, Foot Sweeps and Trips

In boxing, fighters are separated when they clinch; in The Thai striking art of Muay Thai, it is allowed. They launch strikes from there and also wrestle to set up foot sweeps or trips. If you ever...

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...

What Should Your Focus be if You’re Training BJJ Purely for Self Defense

One can never necessarily be completely “ready” for a real self defense situation, however, we can increase our odds of surviving against a violent attacker by targeting certain moves, and...

Pro BJJ Tip: Focus Less On Collecting Techniques & More On Combinations

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Less number of techniques and more combinations It’s Time to Use...

Double Leg Takedown, Should a BJJ Guy Drop his Knee?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. There are a handful of techniques that crossover into countless martial...

Should Getting Your Blue Belt in BJJ 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...

Jiu-Jitsu: The Art of Making Yourself Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. There are some old school lessons from Helio Gracie out there that still...

Sometimes it’s Not Your Conditioning That’s The Problem, it’s Pacing

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. So many scenes are played out in training and competition where matches are...

Choosing The Right BJJ Academy That Will Make You Improve & Make You Happy

Picking the right BJJ school is like finding your significant other (yes, seriously). You have to try it, love it and then remain faithful. Your BJJ school can either make or break your experience in...

You Are Not a Jiu-Jitsu Belt. Separating Your Skill Level From Your Belt

Has the race for belts ruined martial arts? In explaining some of the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts to people who know little about the subject, I invariably get responses that go...