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Author Archive: grappler z

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...

How Should You Best Use Your 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...

It’s Possible To Roll Like a Savage & Still Avoid Cauliflower Ear

To some jiujiteiros having “cauliflower ear,” or in more scientific terms, a perichondrial hematoma, can be a badge of honor, but to others it can be their worst nightmare. Here are a few tips to...

Why Training BJJ in the Gi Gets More Appealing as We Age

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. “If You Want Longevity, Do Gi Jiu-Jitsu” Chris Haueter My first year...

Why You Should Never Brag or Talk About Who You Defeated in Training

Winning and losing. Two situations in which every Jiu Jitsu player will find himself at some point, most of us facing defeat in our very first session and keep doing so for a long while. But then the...

Travis Stevens On Why He Chose Judo Instead of Wrestling, BJJ or Baseball

Judo Olympic silver medalist and BJJ black belt Travis Stevens is an elite athlete with a tremendous mindset. He could have succeeded at any sport where he would have focused it on. He talked to...