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Author Archive: grappler z

10 Takedown Tactics Used by GSP which Made Him One Of The Best Wrestlers in MMA

Georges St. Pierre, the former UFC welterweight champion was arguably one of the best takedown artists in MMA. He was able to out-wrestle many elite level wrestlers and all this without even having a...

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...

What To Eat Before & After BJJ Training

Although consistent training to be able to excel in Jiu-Jitsu is very important, the energy that your body needs to fuel itself through those rigorous trainings is just as relevant. The meals you eat...

Should I Learn & Use Dangerous Submissions?

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...

How to Take Care of ‘Small’ Injuries from Sparring

Not just as fighters but as human beings it’s inevitable that we are going to face some injury in our lifetime. Here are some ways to prevent them, but also some tips on how to nurse yourself back...

There Is No Such Thing as The ‘Right Way’ To Do a Grappling Technique

That’s right, you read the title correctly. As strange as that may come off, there is really no right or wrong in BJJ and Grappling in general, unless, of course, the technique you’re trying to...

21 Signs Your Jiu-Jitsu Sucks

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...

Wrestle Like a Pro: 5 Best Chain Takedown Sequences (Highest % Success Rate)

Do you want to wrestle like a pro? Then you need to chain wrestle. Here are five great chain takedown sequences Wrestling, BJJand judo can be like a chess game where you plan two to three steps ahead...

Should I Use My Strength and Size in BJJ?

Being physically bigger, and stronger than your opponent is always an advantage in BJJ. However, it’s very important to realize that those factors don’t necessarily guarantee a victory. A...

Mistakes To Avoid When Doing BJJ Techniques From the Internet

Photo: McHugh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Nowadays, the Internet is meant to connect us through a common platform as a source of unfiltered and untainted information across continents. Spreading visual...

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...

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...

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...

The Fastest Way to Get a BJJ Blue Belt

While you should never rush the process to the next belt rank — especially if you are a white belt — there are a few key elements you can focus on to make the journey smoother and...

How To Get a Good Training Session With White Belts

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 rolling with a very intermediate level and inexperienced...

Finding The Right Grappling 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....

Why It’s Important to Have Bad Days

If there’s something that the entirety of the human population can agree on, it’s that everyone has had bad days. If it’s because you locked your keys inside your car, or missed a step and went...

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...

How To Create 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...

3 Rules To Avoid 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...

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...

Essential nutrition and supplements for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Like other other mixed martial arts, BJJ is a very challenging sport. But in order to be fully immersed in BJJ, it’s vital to be leading a healthy lifestyle. Although taking supplements is not...

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...

3 Most Important Tips for 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...