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Author Archive: grappler z

“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...

Do You Know The Kesa Kimura?

In Judo the scarf hold/Kesa Gatame is a popular position to pin your opponent, but for some strange reason, BJJ players see it as a risky position because they feel that you can get their back taken....

How To Get a Good Training Session 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...

Difference in Guillotine Used in BJJ & Luta Livre

It’s interesting to see how a same technique can be done in a different way depending on the Grappling styles. We’ve already established that there is not right or wrong way to do a...

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...

Using Timing To Overcome Speed

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 that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gives an opportunity for the smaller,...

Geo Martinez Gives Advice For Struggling White Belts

When you are a BJJ white belt, you will often be on a emotional roller coaster ride. You have to deal with constantly getting smashed in training by everyone, and often find yourself wondering why do...

The Missing Details To The Controversial Arm-in Stack Pass That Confuses Newbies

The traditional beginner Gracie Jiu-Jitsu guard pass where you stack your opponent and put one hand in and one hand out and pass to the side is still being thought widely in BJJ academies. Now, many...

Craig Jones’ Heavy Duty Side Smash Pass

Craig Jones is known in the grappling circles as the guy who came out of nowhere and submitted huge stars Leandro Lo, Murilo Santana and even the UFC’s Chael Sonnen at the 2017 ADCC. He...

Heavyweights, This is How You Should Train To Improve in BJJ

In Jiu Jitsu, we often hear stories of the smaller technical guy beating the bigger, stronger guy. This started in UFC 1 and will continue for probably however long grappling (and by default...

How Long Should We Focus On One Technique?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. One habit that almost all BJJ practitioners have, is the desire to move on...

Geo Martinez’s Advice For Struggling Blue Belts

When you are a BJJ blue belt, you have reached a respectable level where you are no longer a total beginner but you are somewhat in a strange place. The blue belt is usually the belt level where you...

Specialist or Well Rounded Approach to Grappling: Which Way To Go?

A really interesting topic when it comes to the development of your game is whether to be ultra specialized in something or be as versatile as possible. There are multiple pros and cons for each of...

Kickboxing World Champion 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....

Should You Give Everything Up To Become a BJJ Athlete?

Jiu-Jitsu is far bigger than just a sport. To many, it’s a humble, yet powerful game of floor chess. Sometimes, especially in midlife, career crisis strikes, and many adults begin to question...

How to Foster a Supportive Relationship From Your Spouse That Doesn’t Train BJJ

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Lets be 100% honest, we all know of a training partner or two who was once...

Start Hitting These Sneaky Side Control Escapes and Submissions From Inferior Position

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Since my first day stepping on the mats, I have always heard the principal...