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Author Archive: grappler z

No BJJ Schools Nearby? Here is How You Can Still Train

So, you’ve decided to enter the “ossome” realm of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu… After reading countless articles about how BJJ positively impacts the mind by improving confidence, relieving stress...

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...

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...

BJJ Black Belt/Navy Seal Jocko Willink Grapples with Journalist

From September of 1990 to 2010 Willink was a Navy SEAL Platoon Commander and Seal Task Unit Commander leading hundreds of operations in combat. He earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from...

Developing Leadership Skills Through Jiu-Jitsu Practice

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has already proven to be one of the best sports for an all-rounded, full body workout. But in some ways, it is far more important for building life-skills and strong leadership....

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”...

Should Getting Your Blue Belt Take Longer?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a belt system that is longer and harder to get...

Body Weight or Free Weights Training For Grapplers?

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 Often Should You Roll to Win & Roll to Learn?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Out of all the training aspects that come along with practicing BJJ, not...

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...

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...

Natural Home Remedies to Fight Off Ring Worm

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Hopefully you belong to a gym that mops and disinfects the mats daily....

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...

Powerful Concept For Beating A Better Grappler Than You

How do you beat someone bigger, better, and stronger than you? Is it even possible to win against an opponent who seems to have more advantages? While the obvious answer seems like “no”, never...

Khabib Nurmagomedov & Crew Play “Dagestani” Basketball

Khabib Nurmagomedov and his crew warm and cross train by playing what the call ‘Dagestani Basketball’ which is a mix basketball, rugby & grappling. Will Harris Productions spent time...

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...

Should Grapplers Avoid Sports Drinks?

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 out with the three main reasons we eat. Number one, we eat for...

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...

Can You Still Train BJJ With A Knee Injury?

Injuries will definitely take a toll on your body in any sport, but they can be debilitating in high-impact Jiu-Jitsu. For this reason, it’s important to differentiate what is considered high-risk...

Getting Submissions From Bad Positions

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...

Should Bottom Turtle Position Really Be Avoided At All Costs?

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...

Where Did All the Takedowns Go 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. I was recently at a major BJJ tournament in Las Vegas coaching our team...

These 5 Principles Helped Me To Become Sambo World Champion

Guest post by Ivan Vasylchuk, a world champion in Sambo from Ukraine. He is a Master of Sports, and Sambo World Champion, and gold medalist at the SportAccord World Combat Games. How to become world...