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Author Archive: grappler z

Should You Ever Take Extended Breaks in BJJ?

Whether it’s just a week or a full month of rest, there are many advantages but also disadvantages to taking time off from BJJ practice. Although the determination and perseverance of a Jiu-Jitsu...

The ‘Lezginka’: Caucasus Fighters Victory Dance is Amazing To Look At

If you follow various martial artists from the Caucasus region, you will notice that they share similar aspects. They all have a great base in grappling arts, they are very aggressive and tough and...

The Art of Balancing & Excelling in Family Life, Work & Jiu-Jitsu

We know that time is limited during our lifetimes and there is only so much you can do during a day. You have to allocate time to your career, to your hobby or hobbies and to your family. In this...

How Long Should You Hold Stretches For BJJ?

Regularly stretching is a necessity to be successful in any type of martial art. But do you hold the stretches for 5-10 seconds, or 60 seconds? Which is more beneficial? And, what is the difference?...

Powerful Concept For Beating A Better Grappler Than You

Photo: prestonsmithphotography.net   / instagram.com/prestonsmithphotography/ How do you beat someone bigger, better, and stronger than you? Is it even possible to win against an opponent who...

How Working as a Bouncer Improved My Wrestling

It was yet another summer night in Lake Como, New Jersey. I was working as a bouncer at Bar Anticipation, affectionately known by its clientele as Bar A. This was a Tuesday night, the liveliest night...

Youtube Celebrity Logan & Jake Paul Wrestling Matches

Youtube superstar brothers Logan and Jake Paul have more than 28 million subscribers on the video channel and have been all over the news with the outrageous pranks. The older brother, Jake Paul ran...

Is There Really 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...

MMA Fighters Try Women’s Self-Defense Techniques

When you attempt to get your self defense training from some sketchy videos, you can expect the worst to happen in the real world… How about what happens when you try those online self defense...

How To 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...

The Art Of Muay Thai Clinch Foot Sweeps and Trips

In boxing, fighters are separated when they clinch; in The Thai striking art of Muay Thai, it is allowed. They launch strikes from there and also wrestle to set up foot sweeps or trips. If you ever...

Five Reasons Why Grappling Should Be Your Fitness Routine

Photo by Daria Kochetkova Photography. IG: Tebezvonu. Whether you want to feel more confident about your appearance, or need to improve your overall health, then exercise needs to be a part of your...

3 Tips For Wrestlers Transitioning To MMA

Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by...

The Biggest Mistakes You Can Make When Competing in Jiu-Jitsu

There are many mistakes BJJ students make with respect to competition. They range from putting a lot of emphasis on a bout, even if it’s not at a black belt level. Any tournament you do has its own...

Developing Your A-Game Or Experimenting On New Moves

If you’re a dedicated “jiujiteiro,” then wondering how to maximize your training time properly and effectively has definitely crossed your mind. Specifically, when is it appropriate to spend...

Judo & BJJ Training Tips for the Older Grappler

How should you be training Judo, BJJ or Wrestling when you’re over 50? You’re no spring chicken anymore and can’t be doing the same acrobatic manoeuvres that you were doing in your...

Which Wrestling Style Is Best For MMA?

It’s well known that wrestling is an essential component for success in MMA. Randy Couture, Frank Edgar, Daniel Cormier, and many other world champions have strong wrestling backgrounds. Even...

How To Decrease Knuckle, Finger & Joint Pain in Jiu-Jitsu

When Keenan Cornelius, an American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner renowned for his “Jiu Jitsu Grand Slam,” was asked about his injuries, he noted, “My fingers hurt the most.”  Knuckle and...

Difference Between Luta Livre and BJJ: Footlocks

Many BJJ practitioners wrongly believe that the Brazilian grappling art of Luta Livre is just a No Gi version of BJJ. This is simply not true. If you have rolled with a legit Luta Livre practitioner...

Judokas Throwing Each Other in a Game of Chess On The Mat

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often referred to as Chess on the Mat. Since Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu comes from an older form of Judo, it’s a nice surprise to see some Judoka adopting the principles of Judo...

How To Pull Off Keenan Cornelius’ Reverse Omoplata on Yuri Simoes

The reverse omoplata is the Lochness monster of Grappling, wherein it’s a very rare submission especially at the highest level. This weekend Keenan Cornelius was able to pull it off against a...

Jiu-Jitsu Practitioners, It’s Your Duty To Work On Your Takedown Game

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...

Tremendous Breaking Pressure: Superior Grip Toe Hold

The toe hold is a powerful submission using a ‘kimura’ grip on the opponent’s foot and putting a big torque. We are often taught the technique with emphasis being put on grabbing the the...

Understanding Turtle Position by Gordon Ryan: Jiu-Jitsu & Wrestling

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...