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Author Archive: grappler z

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...

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...

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...

Pro Tip: Focus Less On Collecting Techniques & More On Combinations

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. Less number of techniques and more combinations It’s Time to Use...

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...

350lbs Powerlifting Champion Competes at BJJ Worlds

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu attracts all types of profiles from computer nerds to elite athletes from other sports. At this year’s BJJ world champion, it was quite surprising to see strength athlete...

Should You Master Both Sides Or Focus On The Dominant One?

Should you be drilling, or training the non-dominant side? Or should you focus entirely on the dominant one? Although many instructors have different opinions, this article explores a couple of...

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...

Why You Should Never Brag or Talk About Who You Beat in Training

Winning and losing. Two situations in which every Jiu Jitsu player will find himself at some point, most of us facing defeat in our very first session and keep doing so for a long while. But then the...

How To Roll Like a Savage While Avoiding Cauliflower Ear

To some jiujiteiros having “cauliflower ear,” or in more scientific terms, a perichondrial hematoma, can be a badge of honor, but to others it can be their worst nightmare. Here are a few tips to...

Eddie Bravo Training Jiu-Jitsu with His 6yr old Son

There is no greater joy than to share your passion of Jiu-Jitsu with your children. Making them appreciate the gentle art is not an easy task though as many of them may not understand the intricacies...

When Jiu-Jitsu Becomes An Addiction

We often read stories of how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is able to “save your life” because it is good for body, spirit and mind. Yes, it sure is but it is also true that what you almost never...

How Many Techniques Should You Know?

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 techniques a BJJ practitioner should know has always been...

Hesitating in Your Attacks is Holding Back Your Game

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter Cascao Vital. He runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. One thing that really separates a great competitor from the rest of the...

Making Yourself Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. There are some old school lessons from Helio Gracie out there that still...

Double Leg Takedown, Should a BJJ Guy Drop his Knee?

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. There are a handful of techniques that crossover into countless martial...

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...

What Should I Eat on Competition Day?

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 hydrated, but on...

Why Training in the Gi Gets More Appealing as We Age

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. “If You Want Longevity, Do Gi Jiu-Jitsu” Chris Haueter My first year...

Sometimes it’s Not Conditioning, it’s Pacing

Guest post by James Duscio, a BJJ black belt under Walter cascao vital and runs Cascao Evolution BJJ out of Las Vegas nv. So many scenes are played out in training and competition where matches are...

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,...

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....

Superior Grip Toe Hold by Bernardo Faria & Ian McPherson

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...