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Author Archive: grappler z

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 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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Do You Really Have What It Takes To Open Up a BJJ School?

After many years of blood, sweat, and tears, you’ve finally climbed up to a brown or black belt, and find yourself wondering if quitting your desk job and opening up your own Jiu-Jitsu academy...

Tips For Women Who Want To Start Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Yes, it’s finally here! You read that headline correctly. For all the beautiful, brave women that have decided to start their journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, this article is here for you . Written...

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...

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...

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...