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Author Archive: grappler z

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...

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...

The Korean Grip Ouchi Gari

Ōuchi gari or large inner reap is part of the original 40 Judo throws introduced by Judo founder Jigoro Kano. This highly effective technique is classified as a foot technique, Ashi-Waza. There are...

25 Single Leg Takedown Finishes in 3 Minutes

One of the world’s favorite takedowns! This a compilation of Single Leg Takedowns from the following positions: 1. Snatch Single Position 2. Shin Block Position 3. Firewood Position 4. Rambo...

Catch Wrestling’s Mean & Effective Back Submissions

Catch Wrestling is a grappling style which was developed in Great Britain in the 1900’s by J. G. Chambers. Many of today’s submission grapplers, pro wrestlers and MMA fighters come...

20 Things Jiu-Jitsu Teaches Us About Business & Entrepreneurial Success

In 2013, Forbes magazine published an article entitled, “Why You Should Fill Your Company With ‘Athletes.’” The post reached such popularity that it was viewed by nearly 410,000 people. So...

BJJ Girl On 3 Things NOT To Do When Rolling with Females

If you want to have more females training in your academy, then you have to create a welcoming atmosphere to encourage them. When it comes to rolling, do you roll with a female teammate the same way...

Implementing Strategies & Tactics To Win Grappling Matches

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Photo: Miljan Zivkovic We as martial artists are accustomed to training...

Closed Guard 2.0 – How To Use an Old Position in Modern Grappling

When I started BJJ in 1994 the Closed Guard was not just a position. It was the magic pill that makes you invincible. Royce Gracie was fighting in the UFC choking people out and breaking arms from...

Inspirational Black Belt Promotion Speech about Persistence & Self Belief

A black belt promotion is a big deal in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It usually takes around 10 years to receive the much coveted belt and within that time frame, the practitioner has to go through all the...

Kyle Snyder’s Search of Obstacles: A True Champion’s Mindset

Two returning freestyle wrestling Olympic champions were set to battle at the 2017 world championships. This had huge implications in the team race for the World Championships too since Russia and...

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....

How to Keep Yourself from Burning Out 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 people that stick with BJJ from white belt to black belt is...

Should I Learn & Use Dangerous Submissions?

Heel hooks, calf slicers, and neck cranks are all deemed dangerous submissions and prohibited from competition by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), a non-profit that hosts...

Why Every Law Enforcement Officer Should Learn Wrestling

We all know the dangers police officers face on the job. Whether it’s rowdy drunks, people behaving wildly due to drugs, or simply criminals who aren’t afraid of nor hold respect for the badge,...

These 5 Principles Helped Him 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...

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...