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Author Archive: grappler z

3 Rules To Avoid The Mistake of Overtraining in BJJ

Say you just got into BJJ, and you’re loving every minute of it. You anticipate the next practice when one has just finished, and spend your Friday nights doing Stephan Kesting marathons until you...

Do You Really Have What It Takes To Open Up a BJJ Academy?

After many years of blood, sweat, and tears, you’ve finally climbed up to a brown or black belt, and find yourself wondering if quitting your desk job and opening up your own Jiu-Jitsu academy...

Do You Suck at Wrestling? Try This Guard Pull To Double Leg

When you train BJJ where most of the focus is on the ground, you won’t always have time to train Judo or Wrestling as much as you’d like. It’s about making a choice: do you want to...

How to Know if Your BJJ Academy is Right for You

Sometimes BJJ practitioners may feel unhappy, unmotivated, or that their game isn’t progressing. It’s quite normal to have these feelings wash over you for a short period of time, but if it...

Evolve Or Get Left Behind: Having a Constantly Evolving Game in Martial Arts

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. It is hard to believe that not so long ago people found it easier to accept...

Improving Through Constant Failure in Brazilian 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. In BJJ we often feel like we are making two steps forward and one step...

The 3 Steps Needed for a Successful Takedown

At first, wrestling takedowns can be confusing. During my earlier years, wrestling attacks seemed like one large blur of arms and legs moving in different directions. The best wrestlers almost seemed...

How Many Techniques Should I Know 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 techniques a BJJ practitioner should know has always been...

Using BJJ To Deal With Emotional Bullying At All Levels

Bullying has become more prevalent than ever in middle schools and high schools, making kids feel anxious, isolated, and depressed. In many of these cases, concerned parents turn to “babying”...

Underestimating Your Opponent in BJJ: Why Do You Keep Doing It Over & Over Again?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. It is one thing to lose a fight or a match because the opponent is better...

Dean Lister’s Best Heel Hook Escape

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

These Are The Best Stretches for Jiu-Jitsu Flexibility

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a whole body sport, and for this reason the entire body deserves to be stretched. The most important areas to be stretched for optimal flexibility, smoother moves, and better...

Ninjutsu Master Develops System Using Kicks Against Grapplers

Yossi Sheriff, a Ninjutsu master from Israel explains how to use kicks in combination with grappling and throws to counter grapplers who clinch. Ninjutsu is system of guerilla warfare that was...

How Should Older Grapplers Pace Themselves in BJJ

Once you hit 40, you will need to make adjustments to the way you train. If you’re 40 and over and wondering how to stay on track in your BJJ class, then this article is for you.   When you...

Ever Feel 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...

Rickson Gracie Shows His Striking Method & Clinch

Rickson Gracie rarely shows BJJ techniques on film so it’s a refreshing change to see a video of him demonstrating a technique. In Rickson’s first ever official Jiu-Jitsu instructional,...

Should You Start BJJ If You’re Not In Shape?

We’ve all felt that heavy pit of anxiety in our stomachs before the middle school play — a scary rite of passage when you are a kid. In my case, I performed the famous Cyrano de Bergerac...

What Does It Take To Become a BJJ World Champion?

So what does it take to be the next Marcelo Garcia? Or a Cobrinha? How does one reach that legendary level of expertise? What are the requirements? In this article we’ll explore the fundamentals...

Should You Practice Your Guard Game or Passing?

When a BJJ practitioner has a limited amount of time to be on the mats, maximizing their training time becomes essential. In this case, is it wiser to work on your passes, or is it better to...

What’s better For Learning BJJ: Group Classes or Private Lessons?

If you’ve been training for a month, or even a few years, you may have questioned whether you should participate in group or private lessons. The quick answer to that question would ideally be...

Sometimes Technique is Not Your Problem – You’re Just Too Weak

You are able to execute a technique properly when training, but unable to set it up during randori (rolling) or during competition. What is the problem? Sometimes you have the technique down but...

Garry Tonon Defends Takedowns By Mimicking an Airplane

In this great grappling match between Garry Tonon and DJ Jackson,we can see incredible takedown defense against relentless pressure. Tonon is defending Jackson’s numerous shots by spreading his...

What Are The Main Stylistic Differences Between BJJ & 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...

Should Grapplers Be Doing More Body Weight or Free Weights Training?

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...