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Author Archive: grappler z

How To Pull Off Keenan Cornelius’ Reverse Omoplata on Yuri Simoes

The reverse omoplata is the Lochness monster of Grappling, wherein it’s a very rare submission especially at the highest level. This weekend Keenan Cornelius was able to pull it off against a...

Jiu-Jitsu Practitioners, It’s Your Duty To Work On Your Takedown Game

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. I was recently at a major BJJ tournament in Las Vegas coaching our team...

Tremendous Breaking Pressure: Superior Grip Toe Hold

The toe hold is a powerful submission using a ‘kimura’ grip on the opponent’s foot and putting a big torque. We are often taught the technique with emphasis being put on grabbing the the...

Understanding Turtle Position by Gordon Ryan: Jiu-Jitsu & Wrestling

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. We all know the natural human reaction when somebody is getting physically...

The Most Effective Ways To Memorize Grappling Techniques

Many times, students will scarcely remember a technique they practiced in class by the end of the week. Sometimes the move is entirely forgotten by the end of the class! With so many techniques being...

Ways to Train Takedowns Without The High Risk of Injury

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs cascao bjj hard knocks out of Las Vegas nv.​ One of the most commonly neglected aspects of training for a BJJ...

Dealing With Nerves in BJJ Competitions

BJJ competitors may develop extreme anxiety before competitions, sometimes to the point of getting physically sick a couple days before a big match. This is not the most auspicious way to tackle a...

Most Common BJJ Injuries & How To Roll With Them

Going too hard during BJJ practice is like pushing a rubber band to the point of snapping. Often times while rolling, tapping out isn’t an option because our egos are dominating our minds. Only...

Bad Habits BJJ Helps You Quit

Whether you’re trying to stay true to your New Year’s resolutions or you’re just trying to kick a bad habit, Jiu-Jitsu can put you on the right course. BJJ is even better than those Hollywood...

Best Stretches for Grappling 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...

3 Tips For Your First Competition

Photo: Jelena Calasan Your very first BJJ tournament is going to be stressful. “Do your best, and have fun” is much easier said than done, when you don’t quite know what to expect, and might...

What To Do With Someone That Doesn’t Respect the Tap in BJJ

“Checkmate! That one word captures the elegance of chess, where the goal of the game is to take your opponent’s King, but the final move is never played. Rather, players try to maneuver their...

Is It Really a Bad Thing To Be a ‘One Trick Pony’

  “One trick pony” (OTP) is that person from the academy that is always trying the same technique. Different types of one trick ponies can be classified in three categories. Stubborn but not...

Perks of Having a BJJ Boyfriend

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to date a guy who trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, then the short answer is, it just may change your life. Seriously. Outsiders who don’t understand the...

How To Handle Unsolicited Advice From BJJ Training Partners

Photo by Daria Kochetkova Photography. IG: Tebezvonu. As with so many other pursuits, the more knowledge one acquires in BJJ, the more it strengthens your expertise in the “gentle art.”...

How Many Days a Week Should I Train as a White Belt?

Photo by Daria Kochetkova Photography. IG: Tebezvonu. “How many times a week, as a white belt, should I train to make sure I’m making the most effective use of my time, without overtraining and...

“I Still Don’t Get It” How To Get The Most Out Of Techniques Shown During BJJ Training

Sometimes when we go to train we just don’t pay enough attention to the technique of the day. Sometimes we do it because we are tired, we presume that we already know the technique or because we...

What is the Difference Between Whizzer and Overhook?

In Grappling, an overhook, is often confused with a whizzer. Both are clinch hold which are used to control an opponent. Nelson Puentes a BJJ black belt and Wrestler explains the how a Whizzer is...

Lost Techniques of Judo: What a Waste

In 2013 all leg grabbing techniques were banned in competition by IJF, Judo’s rulling body. Their goal was to make Judo more dynamic and attractive, but by enforcing this change, many of...

Side Control Escape – Most Common Mistakes

Top BJJ black belt Jonathan Thomas aka Macarrao gives some good tips on common mistakes when escaping side control:   I think recomposing is one of the most important aspects of your game that...

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....

What Should I Eat on Competition Day?

Photo: Pakajunk. Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. We all know that we should eat clean, healthy and stay...

McDojos: How To Recognize Them And What To Do

What are McDojos, and how do you look out for one? As a beginner in martial arts, it might be difficult to tell the difference between a reliable academy and a McDojo. A McDojo is a martial arts...

Two Guys 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...