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Author Archive: grappler z

Underestimating Your Opponent: Why Does It Happen 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...

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

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...

Should Women Train More Often with 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...

You Are Not a 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...

How to Train BJJ Twice per Week and Get Better

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 matters to attend to, or your academy just doesn’t...

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...

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...

Effective Ways To Balance Family Life, Work & Jiu-Jitsu

We know that time is limited during our lifetimes and there is only so much you can do during a day. You have to allocate time to your career, to your hobby or hobbies and to your family. In this...

Judo & BJJ Training for the Older Grappler (over 50)

How should you be training Judo, BJJ or Wrestling when you’re over 50? You’re no spring chicken anymore and can’t be doing the same acrobatic manoeuvres that you were doing in your...

Which Wrestling Style Is Best For MMA?

It’s well known that wrestling is an essential component for success in MMA. Randy Couture, Frank Edgar, Daniel Cormier, and many other world champions have strong wrestling backgrounds. Even...

Sometimes Technique is Not Your Problem – It’s a Physical Problem

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...

How Working as a Bouncer Improved My Wrestling

It was yet another summer night in Lake Como, New Jersey. I was working as a bouncer at Bar Anticipation, affectionately known by its clientele as Bar A. This was a Tuesday night, the liveliest night...

Two Tweaks That Will Add to the Control and Viciousness of Your Triangle

The triangle choke is one of the most common and also one of the highest percentage submissions in Grappling. When executed perfectly, it is a powerful weapon which is very hard to escape. There are...

Ways for BJJ Practioners 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....

How To Decrease Knuckle, Finger & Joint Pain in Jiu-Jitsu

When Keenan Cornelius, an American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner renowned for his “Jiu Jitsu Grand Slam,” was asked about his injuries, he noted, “My fingers hurt the most.”  Knuckle and...

John Danaher Wears Rash Guards Everywhere He Goes. His Reasons Will Surprise You!

John Danaher is an innovator and one of the most underrated coaches in the world of MMA and Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. His Genius mind is partly responsible for the creation and huge success of his team,...

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...

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...

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...

3 Tips For Your First Competition

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 feel a great deal of...

Why Do So Many People Quit at Blue Belt?

It’s not abnormal to see people easily come and go at many Jiu-Jitsu academies. The “blue belt blues” syndrome is extremely common among BJJ practitioners who receive their blue belt and then...

Does Your Wrestling Suck? 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 Prioritize Muscle Groups for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

How should competitors prioritize their time in order to develop these attributes? What are they, and what order should they be ranked in? Here is a quick guide to the key physical attributes any BJJ...