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Author Archive: grappler z

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 You Master Both Sides in BJJ or Focus On The Dominant One?

Should you be drilling, or training the non-dominant side? Or should you focus entirely on the dominant one? Although many instructors have different opinions, this article explores a couple of...

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...

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....

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...

Keenan Cornelius: ‘How Your Instructor Taught You To Open Closed Guard is WRONG’

BJJ black belt Keenan Cornelius released a video where he discredits the classic way of opening closed guard: knee in the middle, isolate a leg and push back. Keenan stated: “The way that your...

3 Most Important Tips for Struggling BJJ White Belts

As a white belt, you often feel tons of mixed emotions about your journey in BJJ. I often find myself wondering when I’m going to get my next stripe, or even belt. But that’s not really the point...

How To 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...

Two Grapplers Take On a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Jiu Jitsu has definitely proven itself against every layman and especially so for the members of the law enforcement. However bjj is often begrudged lack of efficacy for more opponents than one. Are...

Ways for BJJ Practitioners to Capitalize on Pure Wrestlers

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Lets start by saying that wrestlers are the hardest opponents to deal with....

Should Women in BJJ Train More Often with Other Women Than with Men?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Lets be honest, BJJ historically has been a man dominated art. Times are...

How Often Should You Roll to Win & Roll to Learn in BJJ Training?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Out of all the training aspects that come along with practicing BJJ, not...

How Often Should a BJJ Competitor Train? Andre Galvao’s Pro Tip

In a typical BJJ academy, competitors will often make up fro 10 to 30% of the student body. Then from that small group of competitors, you have to distinguish the pro and regular competitors. Pro...

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...